On any given weekend, there are so many arts experiences to enjoy in St. Louis. Today, we’re highlighting three events you won’t want to miss. From national artists to local ceramicists, you can fill your weekend with art. Plus, it’s a perfect time to get ahead on any holiday shopping you might have planned.

In a Way: A Takeover for the Arts

This week, world renowned street artist CASE Maclaim has been painting a large-scale mural just under the new Fresh Thyme Market location at City Foundry. His signature style combines photorealism with surrealism using spray paint resulting in a life-like graffiti appearance. The mural will be revealed at a block party organized by City Foundry and The Women’s Creative.

Head over to the City Foundry for a few hours of community fun including local arts vendors, a kids art experience with St. Louis ArtWorks, an Arts and Education Council grantee, music with DJ Agile One and a group dance experience with Yes Honey Studio.

Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at City Foundry STL (3700 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108).

Full details here.

Loutopia Exhibition Opening Party

As part of TechArtista’s Artist in Residency program, Jayvn Solomon’s Loutopia series is coming to life at TechArtista’s Downtown location. Jayvn Solomon, one of the founders of PaintedBlack STL, often goes outside to enjoy the fresh air and observe the scenery in his hometown of St. Louis. In these moments, he looks upon the city and fantasizes about what could be—parking garages in need of a mural, overlooked green rooftop opportunities, areas filled in with concrete that could be rain gardens, etc. Simultaneously, he has a desire to further combine his interests and topics he cares about: environmental stewardship and conservation, public art, alternative energy, innovative technology, socially equitable spaces and community building.

He decided to use his skills to create a series of images now called Loutopia. Throughout this series of renderings, he has taken photos of existing spaces in St. Louis and reimagined how these spaces could work to suit community needs in St. Louis. Jayvn’s intent with this work is to excite one single thought and belief in his community: that the Loutopia concept could very well be our reality in St. Louis.

They will host a Loutopia Exhibition Opening Party on Friday, November 5th, from 5pm to 9pm at 401 Pine Street in Downtown St. Louis. TechArtista will also host an artist talk and roundtable on November 18th at 6pm. The exhibition will be on view Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm until Friday, May 13, 2022.

Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at TechArtista Downtown (401 Pine Street, St. Louis, MO 63102).

Full details here.

STL Mug Market

Malaika Tolford of Place Value Pottery and Molly Svoboda of Boda Clay joined forces in 2019 to organize the first Mug Market. They wanted to bring the ceramic artists of St. Louis together and present their collective talent in an accessible way. After pivoting to a virtual market in 2020, they’re back for St. Louisans to find their favorite mugs.

You’ll be able to find mugs from Jo Hart Art, M.A.M. Clay, Ashley Drissell Ceramics, Caitlin Allen Studio, Yellowtree Clay, Ravens & Widow, Claybytay, Marija Lajsic,Tom Dykas, Zak Pottery, Meow Lady, Hw Ceramics, Oliva Gibb, Fhar Studio, Studio Carmelita, Victoria Keller Pottery, Phillip Finder, Mike Gesiakowski, All Things New, Saj Issa, Boda Clay and Place Value Pottery.

These ceramic artists range from teachers to afterhours small business owners to production style potters to multidisciplinary artists. Tolford and Svoboda shared on Instagram when they announced the lineup for the market, “Our unofficial tagline has become ‘something for everyone’ and we don’t think it could be more true as every participating artist has something unique to offer.”

Saturday Nov. 6th, 2021, from 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m. at Blueprint Coffee (4206 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63109).

Full details here.

Looking for more arts experiences this weekend? Head over to our Arts Calendar for theater, dance, exhibitions and more! KeepArtHappening.org/Calendar

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