Today is Small Business Saturday.  It’s the one day of the year where the national focus is on the small business owners and the wonderful variety of products, services, and jobs they bring to local communities.   The Loop has a lot of wonderful small businesses and we hope your shopping, entertainment and/or dining plans bring you to the Loop this holiday season.  We appreciate your business.

We’ve pulled out all the stops today for our own unique celebration of the holidays called Light Up the Loop.  Come and do some shopping, eat some good food and participate in the activities we have planned including meeting Santa and his reindeer, seeing the St. Louis ballet company perform, competing in an obstacle course at Big Shark, and getting your photo taken in the Ugly Holiday Sweater cutout at Serendipity.

We look  forward to seeing you!
Lisa Anne

Happy Holidays St. Louis!


ATTENTION SHOPPERS AND KIDS OF ALL AGES.  Please Join us Saturday, November 30 for The Loop’s annual holiday spectacular – Light up the Loop. Serendipity Gallery will be providing photos with our Ugly Sweater cut out and candy canes for the kids throughout the day. A few of our resident artists will be on hand to discuss their work. For more information on the special events for the day, visit

OPERATON FOOD SEARCH VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE AND CHALLENGE.  STARTING TODAY, Loop businesses are participating in a friendly competition to generate donations for Operation Food Search.   The winner will receive a plaque from Operation Food Search, but more importantly, for every $1 donated through the virtual food drive (which ends on December 31), Operation Food Search will be able to purchase $22 worth of food to provide to local families in need. Please help us reach our Loop-wide goal of raising $5000.

Here’s how it works:

I’ve started off our page with a $100 personal donation – so friends, family, customers, show you care and let’s raise some money (every $1.00 counts) to prevent local families from going hungry!

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

Lisa Anne, Rose and the Gang at Serendipity Gallery

St. Louis has some fantastic holiday multi-taskers and they were out in full force last night.  We had a wonderful party, raised awareness and some money for local cancer group Lung Cancer Connection, and accomplished some early holiday shopping.

Clark Whittington was charming – and Artie was a big hit, dispensing over 50 pieces of original art throughout the evening.  Artie is settling into his new home and looking forward to seeing you soon.

Thanks to everyone who made this event a success.

Lisa Anne

Ladies of Lung Cancer Connection - we salute you!

Ladies of Lung Cancer Connection

Artie meets a new friend

Clark Whittington, Artie and Lisa Anne  Artie meets a new friend


The key to surviving and enjoying the season  is to embrace the concept of “Holiday Multi-tasking“.”Holiday Multi-tasking” is the combination of one or more necessary activities of the holidays with some elements of fun, thereby avoiding becoming a Grinch, scrooge or hum-bug.

Our Wednesday evening reception provides a perfect opportunity for you to embrace Holiday Multi-tasking.  From 6 – 8 pm we are hosting a reception for  Artomat® creator Clark Whittington, to introduce you to the newest addition to the gallery – Artie the Artomat®.   Becoming a Holiday Multi-tasker is  as easy as 1-2-3-4:

(1)    Enjoy some  pop culture – Clark will tell us how he came up with this concept and for $5.53 you can kerplunk your way to owning a piece of original art

(2)   Support Lung Cancer Connection during Lung Cancer Awareness month – a portion of the proceeds from the evening (including silent auction items donated by Neil Brown, Rose Hagan and Sharmon Zielnski)  benefit LCC

(3)   Make headway on your holiday shopping list  – we have hostess gifts, handcrafted ornaments for your annual ornament exchange party, and that perfect gift for someone special on your list

(4)   Savor a chance to catch up with new and old friends while enjoying a  beverage and light appetizers

We look forward to assisting you in mastering Holiday Multi-tasking.

Lisa Anne

Glass Ornaments                       "Masquerade Earrings"                   Prosperity Bowl

®®Thank you all for the great response to last week’s KWMU interview on “CityScape” (thank you KWMU).  We are looking forward to the event next week – cocktail party from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, November 20.


As excited as we are about introducing you to Artie the Artomat®, we are happy to be partnered with Lung Cancer Connection in honor of National Lung Cancer Awareness month.  To learn more about this organization, check out their website at    A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Lung Cancer Connection – so get your holiday shopping started (or finished) early!


I am also happy to announce that a few of our artists have donated silent auction items – including owner Rose Hagan, photographer Neil Brown, and jeweler Sharmon Zielinski.  So now there are even more reasons to make your way to the Loop next Wednesday evening!  The  event is free to the public – we just ask that you rsvp if you plan to attend so we can have plenty of refreshments on hand –

Artie and I hope to see you soon.

Lisa Anne

Artie the Artomat

Artie the Artomat


We’ve been getting some interesting questions about our Art-O-Mat and I wanted a chance to tell everyone more about “Artie”, so serendipity strikes again!

What color is Artie – Artie is a vintage fire engine red machine with black pinstripes.  He is a little over 5 feet tall and very handsome.

What kind of art comes out – each piece is an original work of art approximately the size of a cigarette package.  Art includes jewelry, paintings, jokes, sculpture, etc.

Do I get to pick the type of art – No, but that is part of the charm.  You put in your token (approx. $5.53 – including tax) and get a wonderful surprise when this work of art dispenses a small work of art for you.  They really are quite amazing in their quality.

Where do the artists come from –  Artists submit their work to Clark Whittington, subject to a submission process which is posted at

To learn  more, please tune in to KWMU Radio’s “CityScape” this Friday from 12 to 1 pm to hear an interview with Clark and me about our upcoming November 20 event.  We will also be interviewed on KTVI-TV “Fox2 News in the Morning” on Wednesday, November 20 at 8:50 am.  We are looking forward to seeing all of you on November 20th!

Lisa Anne



Please join us on Wednesday, November 20 for a cocktail reception at Serendipity Gallery to celebrate the installation of the Art-O-Mat and its creator, Clark Whittington. The Art–O-Mat is a vintage cigarette machine that has been converted to vend small original works of art.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Lung Cancer Connection, a local organization that provides information for cancer patients and funding for cancer research in the greater St. Louis are.

We hope to see you soon.

Lisa Anne