The Saint Louis Art Fair presented by Centene Charitable Foundation (SLAF) and produced by Cultural Festivals is proud to announce its 29th year as the Art Fair returns to the streets of downtown Clayton on September 9 to September 11, 2022. The Saint Louis Art Fair is a nationally juried fine art and fine craft show consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top fine art fairs.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we look forward to welcoming everyone back this September to be a part of the magic in the streets of downtown Clayton, Missouri during the St. Louis Art Fair,” said Stacy Engles Wipfler, 2022 Chairperson. “With world-class Art, local food and drink, live entertainment and thousands of area community members sharing their love of art, I can’t think of better way to end summer and kick off fall. This event would not be possible without our generous sponsors, tremendous staff, hundreds of volunteers and our event management team leaders, and of course we also thank the City of Clayton for continued support as we lay out the groundwork for this year’s art fair.”
Hours for this year’s art fair will be Friday, September 9 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Saturday, September 10 from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; and Sunday, September 11 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The three-day celebration of art attracts thousands of art enthusiasts from across the region to a space filled with beautiful art, live music performances, delicious food samplings from some of the area’s premier restaurants, children’s activities, and much more.
Each year, the production team and its governing board choose a theme to best represent the mood and feel they’d want guests to experience. This year’s theme exemplifies the spirit of joy and expressiveness that Art provides to the community. To highlight the immense amount of love and connection SLAF receives from its supporters, the theme has officially been selected as, “Love is in the Art.”
“We continue to be overwhelmed by the love and support of the community and are thrilled to be bringing the Saint Louis Art Fair presented by Centene Charitable Foundation back to the streets of downtown Clayton,” said Executive Director Sarah Umlauf. “Our goal this year is simply to continue our mission to inspire and engage our community with the foremost celebration of exceptional visual art, and, of course, spread the theme of ‘love’.”
A nationally recognized art fair, artisans will be coming from more than 33 states and 3 countries with an incredible collection of sculptures, paintings, mixed media, and more on display in downtown Clayton. Something is bound to catch every art lover’s eye while capturing their hearts. As always, the art fair features a field of emerging artists, first-timers as well as returning artists and award winners who will bring their original art to town for the event. Each year, up to 1,200 artists submit to be included in the prestigious art fair. From there, jurors whittle the list down to 180 artist vendors, who are invited to showcase their creations.
Guests will not only fall in love with the Art but find entertainment from a variety of musical, dance and spoken-word performances along with a special Creative Castle area with hands-on activities for children. There will also be new, interactive artistic experiences including custom-led tours to help you, “Meet the Artists,” larger-than-life floral installations, chalk art creations, chef-inspired food demonstrations, and so much more! Please refer to saintlouisartfair.com for more details and a full schedule of new features.
Additionally, SLAF is excited to release its 2022 Commemorative Print. The official Commemorative Print will be unveiled during a private Saint Louis Art Fair Kick-off Party on Thursday, August 11.
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About Cultural Festivals and the Saint Louis Art Fair
Cultural Festivals enhances the cultural landscape of St. Louis, offering innovative programs that bring the arts to dedicated arts enthusiasts.
The Saint Louis Art Fair presented by Centene Charitable Foundation and produced by Cultural Festivals is a not-for profit corporation, designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 organization and is tax-exempt in the state of Missouri. Governed by a local board of directors, all support goes directly toward presentation of the annual St. Louis Art Fair and its cultural outreach programs and services presented throughout the year. Donations to the Art Fair are tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. For more information, visit www.saintlouisartfair.com.
Lynn Venhaus has had a continuous byline in St. Louis metro region publications since 1978. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, currently reviews films for Webster-Kirkwood Times and KTRS Radio, covers entertainment for PopLifeSTL.com and co-hosts podcast PopLifeSTL.com…Presents, and writes features and news for Belleville News-Democrat and contributes to other publications. She is a member of CCA, AWFJ and St. Louis Film Critics Association. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Theater Circle.