Sunday, February 27, 2011

Show Me Your Tax Bracket

Friday, March 18 · 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Aisle 1 Gallery
2627 Cherokee St.
Saint Louis, MO

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Show Me Your Tax Bracket

A mixed media, invitational group exhibit featuring over 40 artists from St. Louis, across the United States and Canada.

Curated by Bryan Walsh and Danielle Spradley.
The exhibit will open March 18, 2011 and continue through April 16, 2011. Gallery Hours: Saturdays Noon-4pm or by appointment

Drinks provided by PBR.

Confirmed participating artists:

Alicia LaChance
Amy VanDonsel
Ben Pierce
Blütt (Chicago)
Bryan Walsh
Cbabi Bayoc
Chris Sabatino
Christopher Burch (San Francisco)
Daniel Burnett (Chicago)
Daniel Gaeng
Daniel Jefferson
Danielle Spradley
David Langley
Eric Nichols
Erin Morrison (Seattle)
Florence Glidez (New York)
Garrison & Alison Buxton (Vermont)
Gina Alvarez
Jason Spencer
Jen Everett
Jenn Carter
Jerald Ieans
Jeremy Rabus
Joey Potts (Chicago)
Jonathan Villoch (Brooklyn, NY)
Joshua Chapman
Joy Tiyasirichokchai
Julie Malone
Jun Nakamura (Boston)
Justin Tolentino
Kristen Bartel
Laura Lloyd
Matthew Eckhard (Minneapolis)
Melvin Jefferson
Michael Hoffman
Myles Keough
Peat Wollaeger
Phil Jarvis
REVISE CMW (Chicago)
Robert Tapley Bustamante (Kansas City)
Ron Schwartz (Canada)
Ruben Aguirre, Jr. (Chicago)
Ryan Frank
Sarah Giannobile
Seitu Smith
Sleepy Kitty
Steven Glanville (Canada)
William Burton, Jr.
Zack Smithey

Bad Shoe Issue #5 Release Party

Tuesday, March 15 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm


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On March 15th (the Ides of March), St. Louis lit mag Bad Shoe will release its 5th issue, hosted by the Archive bookstore at 3215 Cherokee Street.

This is a special issue of the lit mag, which is the only periodical publication for emerging and eminent lady writers and artists in St. Louis. For the first time, the editors are publishing male perspectives on femininity.

Authors/artists in Issue #5:
...Jacob Cohen
Tony Renner
Mary Phillips
Kelli Allen
Matthew Freeman
Phil Gounis
Erin Nihiser
Byron Lee
Brett Underwood
Bob Reuter
Aaron P. Ruiz
Christopher Alex Chable
Christine Callahan
Carrie Keasler
Nicky Rainey
Joe Sulier
Erin Wiles

Many of the authors published will be reading excerpts of their work at the release, with Matt Freeman and the Skekses providing musical entertainment. Doors are at 7, reading starts at 8. The Cherokee Peach will sell snacks, wine, beer, and handmade sodas, and the Archive will also be open for book sales. Bad Shoe Issue 5 will be available at the special release price of $8. No cover charge.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Firecracker Press at the SGC International Conference

The Firecracker Press, a St. Louis graphic design and letterpress  studio, is pleased to announce their involvement in the 2011 SGC International Conference. The conference is an annual printmaking conference hosted by a different city each year. St. Louis was selected  as the 2011 host city, and artists from all over the United States and several other countries will attend the conference. This year is St. Louis’ chance to shine, and all of its printmakers are working hard to  make that happen, including The Firecracker Press.

Both Eric Woods (owner) and Matty Kleinberg (shop manager) are  participating in several art exhibits and demonstrations. Although there are conference events happening all four days, Friday night’s activities highlight the Cherokee Street area, where Firecracker is  located. Between printed yet tasty tacos, printing presses turned musical instruments and a wall of type, there is something to keep you busy all night long.

The following is a list of activities and events The Firecracker Press  will be involved in, and we hope you are able to attend at least a few. Firecracker will also be open for regular business hours, Mon-Fri 10-6 and Sat 11-5 pm.

Friday, March 18th:

Cherokee Printmakers' Special
Time: 5-10p
Location: In front of Latino Americana, 2800 Cherokee St.

Project coordinators Eric Woods and Kim Wardenburg are collaborating with Carlos Dominguez of Latino Americana Restaurant, as well as Ana Rivera of El Chico Bakery and other participants from the neighborhood, to serve up the "Printmakers' Special"—a taco meal complete with edible, printed tortillas inspired by the people of Cherokee Street. A free, limited-edition zine with their stories will be given to the first 250 people who purchase the "Printmakers' Special."

Manual Feed
Reception: 8p
Location: The Firecracker Press, 2838 Cherokee St.

Join The Firecracker Press for the first and only performance of Manual  Feed, an experimental music group comprised of print-makers and print-lovers! We'll click, rattle, and roll our way to an ear-shattering fusion of printmaking and musical experimentation as we play our presses. All this cacophony will produce a physical realization, a short book printed before your very eyes as we play that will be free to all takers. Audience members are welcome to join in.

St. Louis Typefoundries
Opening Reception: 5-10p
Location: The Firecracker Press, 2838 Cherokee St.

In the late 1800s, St. Louis was rich with typefoundries that were  casting the popular typefaces of the day. A few were even hiring designers to develop new type styles that would also be cast and distributed from St. Louis. Many of those typefaces are still being used today and have been transformed for use in digital form. The Firecracker Press is exhibiting a host of type specimens and samples that were designed and cast just blocks from our studio door.

Saturday, March 19th:

Publisher’s Fair
Time: 8a-3p
Location: Lindell Ballroom Prefunction and Khorassan Ballroom, Chase
Park Plaza.

The Firecracker Press will be out in force to bring you a selection of  our prints, books and cards. Take a little bit of the River City home with you!

Amos Kennedy demo
Time: 9a-12p
Location: The Firecracker Press, 2838 Cherokee St.

Amos Kennedy, letterpress printer and subject of the documentary, "Proceed and be Bold", will be hosting a demonstration of various printing techniques at The Firecracker Press. Amos left his white-collar job to pursue his love of printing and never looked back. Come learn and  listen. Free to the public and open to all!


Time: Various times
Location: Various places

A distant relative of the food truck, the PrintTruck will nourish  passersby with an up-close-and-personal look at a tabletop platen press, a foldout exhibition of letter-pressed posters, and the knowledge of the printers themselves. Sponsored by The Firecracker Press, this mobile  letterpress demonstration will pop up in several locations over the course of the conference with little to no warning aside from periodic updates via Twitter @FirecrackerP. Fabulous samples and fun await all who approach the PrintTruck—keep your eyes peeled for it as you  explore St. Louis.

Lights Along the Cherokee
Time: Friday night
Location Cherokee Street

6-foot-tall paper lanterns, each constructed and designed by a different  group of local artists, community organizers, and citizens, will be placed at various points along Cherokee Street by lead artist Bob Hartzell, a local printmaker, will also make a series of  silkscreen-covered towers, all based upon a common theme, to provide a design touchstone that ties this diverse group of lamps together. Several of these lamps will be designed and printed by, and installed at  the Firecracker Press.


Be Still My Heart!
Organizer: Xenia Fedorchenko
Location: Second Floor, Bixby Hall

Be Still My Heart! is an exhibit of prints exploring the different  meanings behind these phrase.
The Firecracker Press participating artists: Eric Woods & Matty Kleinberg

MONSTERCISE! Pick Your Print
March 17, 2011 - 10:30a-1p, 1:30-4p, 6-9p
Location: Lewis Center, 721 Kingsland Ave.

At the conference, there will be live printing of these pre-carved linoleum blocks, which will consist of images of various appendages, heads, and torsos of beings real and imagined. Conference attendees will select from a multitude of blocks to assemble their own unique prints.  The Firecracker Press participating artists: Eric Woods & Matty Kleinberg

Opening Reception: 6-9p, March 17
On View: March 17-April 9
Location: Hunt Gallery, Webster University, 470 East Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves

This exhibition features both traditional forms of letterpress, as well as depictions of contemporary evolutions linking the idea of text and image—and of letter and line—allowing these components to become co-expressive elements within the object or composition. This show features the work of both individuals and some of the finest print shops in the nation.
The Firecracker Press participating artist: Both The Firecracker Press & Matty Kleinberg

The Love Library Project by Chido Johnson
March 17-April 24, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 17, 6-8pm
In conjunction with Washington Universities Printmaking Conference, "Love Librarian" Jana Harper brings Chido Johnson's Love Library Project to Craft Alliance. This project takes the concept of love as a theme to be explored in book form.
The Firecracker Press participating artist: Matty Kleinberg

Grand Opening of Paper Boat Studios tonight!

Friday, February 25 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Paper Boat Studios
2308 1/2 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO

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Featuring new work by Kathleen Perniciaro and Lauren Cardenas

Paper Boat Studios is a letterpress collaborative with locations in St. Louis, Missouri, and Seattle, Washington. Specializing in wedding invitations, greeting cards, personalized stationery, handbound books, and other printed ephemera, we provide custom letterpress design to suit our clients' needs.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Spring Freaquinox! A Benefit for Artica!

Friday, March 18 · 6:30pm - 11:30pm

The Archive Bookstore
3215 Cherokee Street

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You’re invited to the Spring Feaquinox! Come support Artica, St. Louis’ freaquiest annual multi-disciplinary art festival!

At 6:30pm we gather at the corner of Cherokee and Jefferson. The Stampede then begins at 7:00pm as we proceed up Cherokee and herd the Frequent Ox to its final resting place at the Archive!

-Take a whack at the giant Frequent Ox piñata. There will be lots of goodies inside!

-Fire up your dreams at the Bibliomancy BBQ!

-Silent auction with fabulous local art and merchandise!

-Entertainment! Music! More! Fun!

And best of all you get to support your favorite art festival, ARTICA!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sloup #13 Labeebee's @ Los Caminos + Birthday

It's been a year and it's our birthday (!) This Sunday February 27th, 6-8 pm @ Los Caminos, 2649 Cherokee

Please don't miss Sloup #13. Labeebee's Mid-East Cafe is surprising us with a soup from the secret soup society, Black Bear is blessing us with their overabundance of bread, and Los Caminos is hosting with their usual effortless killer combo of sophistication and warmth.

We are serious about your Sloup applications. Make them lose importantly and win gracefully. Make them talk.

After Sloup #12 at CAM, we don't know what to expect. Except goodness.

Dance party to follow

Los Caminos
2649 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, Missouri 63118

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hawes Photography open house this Friday

Members of the KC Art Community Relocate to Cherokee Street
Hawes Photography is the newest business to join the thriving community on Cherokee Street. This creative photography studio specializes in nontraditional wedding, family and high school senior portraits, commercial photography and fine art commissions. 
"Think about portraits you’d get at Wal-mart," Aaron Hawes, owner and photographer, said. "We do the exact opposite."
Hawes Photography moved their business from Kansas City to serve the local wedding market and expand their commercial presence. "A few years ago we put out a small ad in St. Louis for creative wedding photography," Hawes said. "We were getting so many contacts from brides in the area that we knew there was a real need for our style of photography here."
The move positions the studio in the heart of an area of the city experiencing a renaissance. "There’s a great community here on Cherokee Street, and we’re excited to be part of it," Hawes said. The studio, located at 2307 Cherokee Street in the former Boots Gallery space, also offers a limited number of fine art prints and vintage cameras for sale.
The media and the public are invited to attend a ‘Meet the Photographers’ open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, February 18, at the studio, 2307 Cherokee St., St. Louis. For more information, visit or call Heather Hawes at 314-932-1300.

Crankfest 2011

All concerts are ALL AGES and $5.00.
All day-time workshops are ALL AGES and FREE!

Don't miss it!

February 18-20, 2011.

Schedule and more details here:

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Monday, February 14, 2011

w/ w/o rds @ snowflake

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February 19- March 19, 2011
Hours: Saturdays 11-3pm
SGC Hours: March 16-19, 11am - 10pm

Snowflake is pleased to announce traditional letterpress to digital output, that focus on our often temporal use of language in combination with the printed image. Artists include Abra Ancliffe (Portland, OR), Tate Foley (St.  Louis, MO), Jimmy Luu (Urbana-Champaign, IL), Sonnenzimmer (Chicago, IL) and Emily Sullivan  (Akron, OH).

March 16-19 w/ w/o rds, an exhibition of printed works on paper, from w/ w/o rds will run in conjunction with Southern Graphics Conference in St. Louis,w/ w/o rds

3156 Cherokee Street (at Compton)
St. Louis, Missouri 63118

Curated by Leslie Mutchler, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

An Extended Happy Hour to Benefit the Luminary!

Friday, February 18 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm

3359 South Jefferson Avenue Saint Louis, MO 63118-3117

More InfoCome unwind from your workweek with a live listening party courtesy of US English and a DJ set by Wolf Peach Society! A $5 (suggested) cover and 20% of drink sales go to benefit the Luminary Center for the Arts, but really we all benefit from a night of fun with music and friends!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bean Dinner Fundraiser for CAMP tonight @ Black Bear Bakery

CAMP will be having a delicious BEAN DINNER fundraiser at Black Bear Bakery on Wednesday, February 9th, from 7 to 9pm, at 2639 Cherokee St.  Drop by CAMP first at 3026 Cherokee for the Capoeira Angola classes at 6pm, and then head over to Black Bear for your bean-y reward.

On the menu so far:
Lentil Dal (veg)
Pea Dal (veg)
Chili with MEAT w/ rice
Curried black-eyed peas (veg)
Bean Soup
... and other dishes.

Come on by to enjoy this feast! We'll be showing a couple movies in the 2nd floor balcony, and the artist Craig Downs may be coming by to auction off an artwork!

Black Bear is located at 2639 Cherokee St, just a few blocks east of CAMP. Admission is $5-10 sliding scale, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds!

The Community Arts and Movement Project,, 3022A Cherokee, St. Louis, MO. 314-827-4730.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mad Libs Mad Love at the Firecracker Press

Saturday, February 12 · 2:00pm - 4:00pm

LocationThe Firecracker Press
2838 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO

More InfoCome get a customized card for your sweetie printed as you watch! We’ve set some handsome type for a love letter you’ll wish you wrote, old-school Mad Libs style. Tell us the name and adjectives you want, and we’ll print you up a steamy card that is sure to impress your lover with your taste in paper goods. The rest is up to you.

$10 for custom letterpress card

Saturday February 12th from 11-5

2838 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis MO 63118

Call (314) 776-7271 or visit for more info