A Look Inside The Historic Shaw Art Fair + Giveaway

Since 1993, the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association has displayed the cultural richness of its community by sponsoring one of the city’s premier fine arts and crafts fairs, the Historic Shaw Art Fair.

Spread over two days of family-friendly festivities, the event represents SNIA’s continuing mission to serve the Shaw Neighborhood through community-building initiatives. It also illustrates the organization’s commitment to exposing the arts to a diverse audience.

Lemke William Photography.

Held this year on October 1-2, the annual showcase has earned a national reputation for its good times, creative spirit and innovative art. Touted by both prominent art magazines and participating artists from across the country, this professionally juried affair features more than 135 established artists and craftspeople working across the mediums of clay, digital design, drawing, pastels, fiber art, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, woodworking and sculpture, displaying their work amidst one of St. Louis’ most culturally rich quarters.


Located along the tree-lined parkway of beautiful Flora Place at Tower Grove Avenue, the Historic Shaw Art Fair is one of the premier fine arts and craft fairs in the region. This year, the event awards cash prizes for best in show, first, second, third and fourth place in fine art and fine craft categories. Other honors given out include the Jonathan Collins Hoare Memorial Award and the D.J. Stamm Glass Award for Excellence in Glass Artistry.

In addition to browsing, visitors can soak in the atmosphere and enjoy tunes from some of St. Louis’ best local bands, including Karate Bikini, Cave State, iLLPHONICS, Jazz St. Louis, Wire Pilots, CaveofswordS and Grooveliner. If you need to get off of your feet, there’s also a food court featuring morsels and beverages from local restaurants.


Cultivating youth creativity is also a big component, as the fair annually exhibits work from students from area schools. Programming also includes a children’s art area, which allows these budding artists to work with students from Central and Visual Performing Arts High School to produce their own masterpieces.

Children’s entertainment also includes performances from the Blaque Berry Puppets, which educate children through conventional storytelling mixed with African, Irish and frontier folk tales. STL Balloons is also on hand to sculpt inflatable characters and creations to delight young audiences.


This event is held concurrently with the Best of Missouri Market, happening at the Missouri Botanical Garden, located directly across Tower Grove Avenue.

Admission to the 24th annual Historic Shaw Art Fair is $7 per adult for both days. Kids 14 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Attendees can save $1 by bringing a non-perishable food item to benefit the Isaiah 58 Ministries and Mount Olive Church. Proceeds from the art fair benefit the community development and philanthropic activities of the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association.

Historic Shaw Art Fair St. Louis
Oct. 1- 2
4100 and 4200 blocks of Flora Place
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