Mardi Gras weekend has finally arrived – so cut the King Cake and let’s have some fun.  The big celebration will be downtown, but if that isn’t your thing, we have some celebrations planned in the East Loop.

Kick off the weekend by attending the RAC opening reception of Latinicidad, which starts at 5:30, and then head over to Serendipity Gallery to meet Zachary Smithey and see his amazing work.  Finish the evening with a late dinner or drinks at any of the great places in the Loop.

Sunday there will be a Community Carnaval Event at the RAC from 3 to 6 pm.  Serendipity will be open as well and we’ve planned some fun activities for the kids including face painting and balloon art.

Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be safe.

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smithey-inviteSM Please join us in welcoming Zack back to the Loop.  If you were a fan of his St. Louis Cardinal pieces, you will love his  images of Lincoln and Mark Twain.  Zack has also done some amazing work in enamel – including his Materialization of Sound painting series and Memories sculptural work – all of which are now on display in the gallery.

While you are in the neighborhood, we recommend a short walk down to the block to the Regional Arts Commission for the opening of “Latinicidad – Celebrations of Carnaval in Latin America”.  The opening reception is the same evening from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Make a night of it in the East Loop!

Congratulations St. Louis on your first 250 years!

St. Louis has been my home since 1981 – and I’m very proud of this city and the people in it.  We are excited to see and participate in various celebrations planned by STL250 and communities around St. Louis.  We encourage everyone to visit www.stl250.org to view the calendar of events and/or volunteer to become a part of the celebration.

Here is one of our favorite celebrations of St. Louis by local artist Tony Artz.  Tony celebrates St. Louis with his colorful view of the downtown skyline entitled “Gateway to the West”.

Gateway to the West by Tony Artz

Gateway to the West by Tony Artz

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The sun is out and the temperature is climbing – just in time for Valentine’s Day (predictions are for a balmy 37 degrees).

Enjoy a walk in the sun in the Delmar Loop, stop into Serendipity Gallery to warm up, and find the perfect gift for your valentine.  Here are a few ideas (plus corny sentiments):

Handmade Clocks - to help you count the hours til you are together again.

Handmade Clocks – to help you count the hours til you are together again.

Life is a box of fused glass pendants - no calories!

Life is a box of fused glass pendants – no calories!

Chandelier Earrings to celebrate the light she brings to your life

Chandelier Earrings to celebrate the light she brings to your life

Valentine’s Day – love it or hate it –  it is just a few weeks away.

Our modern traditions of Valentine’s Day can be traced to the courtly traditions of 18th Century England when lovers expressed themselves with the exchange of flowers, candy, jewelry and greeting cards (aka valentines).  Sir Hallmark of Cards must have been very busy.

Since the 19th century, mass produced valentine’s have become the norm.  Be a rebel – revive the tradition of the handwritten valentine with one of JD Dehne’s clever and whimsical hand-cut valentines.  It’s a card your sweetheart will cherish!

Bee Mine Valentine

Bee Mine Valentine

 

 

You're My Type Valentine

You’re My Type Valentine

With Love Valentine

With Love Valentine