Crafting Culture

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Craft Alliance celebrates 50 years with three exciting signature events.


SINCE ITS FOUNDING in 1964, Craft Alliance has focused entirely on contemporary craft. Whether to take in art exhibits, hands-on classes in a variety of craft disciplines, free community programs or simply to purchase from the gallery shop, approximately 60,000 people come through CA’s doors each year to experience the ancient human connection to handmade objects of art and beauty. Fifty years later, the organization continues to offer innovative and inclusive programming that engages the community and triggers dialogue about contemporary craft.

To celebrate its golden anniversary, the organization kicks off a yearlong celebration this month that will include special exhibits, events and parties.

“Good as Gold” exhibits contemporary craft objects at Craft Alliance’s Delmar location April 4-June 15—presenting works in clay, wood, metal, glass and fiber—that either integrate real gold or feature the hue.

On April 12, wearing gold will be de rigueur for the 50th anniversary ARTrageous GOLD Ball at the Palladium featuring auctions, dinner, dancing, a memories video and opportunities for trips and experiences. Regional Arts Commission Executive Director Jill Maguire will speak to CA’s future in contemporary art, and there will be a “surprise reveal of something that really speaks to our future,” Executive Director Boo McLoughlin says.

St. Louis Collects: A Passion for Contemporary Craft features works from more than a dozen of the best craft collections in the St. Louis area, with exhibition showpieces that encompass all media—glass, wood, clay, fiber—and could include anything from abstract baskets to two-dimensional works of fiber materials. McLoughlin says the show gives the community an opportunity to see the work that’s been collected by St. Louis collectors who have supported CA’s exhibition program from the beginning. “Without them,” McLoughlin says, “we wouldn’t be here.”



Photo courtesy of Susan Freda and Auri Lucidatest.


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