Craft-O-Matic Headlines this Weekend's Art Events

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Join the craftiest folks in St. Louis this weekend for Craft-O-Matic, a giant day-long craft fair with dozens of vendors. Visitors can purchase handmade items and even pick up a cat, if they wish, as Tenth Life will be at the event with adoptable kitties. Not ready for kitty commitment? Craft-O-Matic will also be collecting donations for Tenth Life at checkout. More info on this event and more after the jump.

Make some new friends at Craft-O-Matic this Saturday. - RILEY CONSTRUCTION.
  • Riley Construction.
  • Make some new friends at Craft-O-Matic this Saturday.

Craft-O-Matic: Saint Louis Craft Mafia presents this DIY sale of handmade goods by local artists. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sat., June 4, free admission. Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-863-5811, www.art-stl.com.

Chris Smentkowski: Transcendental Voyeurism: Primitive ceramics, abstract oil paintings of fictional landscapes and a feedback/drone installation by Chris Smentkowski. Free opening reception at 6 p.m. Fri., June 3, free. Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-772-3628, www.fortgondo.com.

De-Stash-O-Rama 2011: Huge garage sale of art materials and studio junk donated by local artists. Sat., June 4, free admission. St. Louis Artists' Guild, 2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton, 314-727-6266, www.stlouisartistsguild.org.

Agony + XTC: An installation by Whitney Lorene Wood and Amanda Elise Bowles that explores the intersection between rave and religion. Fri., June 3, 8:30-11 p.m., free. Spring Avenue Church, 688 N. Spring Ave., St. Louis.

Art and Air: A huge event featuring 120 artists, music and food. Fri., June 3, 6-10 p.m.; Sat., June 4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., June 5, 12-5 p.m., Free. Eden Theological Seminary, 475 E. Lockwood at Bompart, Saint Louis, 314-961-3627.

Cross Contamination: Aunia Kahn and Mike Turney display their works in this collaborative exhibit. Opening reception Friday, June 3 from 7-11 p.m. June 3-24, Free. Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St., St. Louis, 314-771-8230, www.madart.com.

Down to Earth: Surreal objects created from household objects by Gregg Louis. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 3. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 24, free. Atrium Gallery, 4728 McPherson Ave., St. Louis, 314-367-1076, www.atriumgallery.net.

Looking In, Looking Out: Paintings by Jessica Hargreaves and Susan Kraut. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 3. Fri., June 3; Sat., June 4, free. Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, 2713 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314-960-5322, www.hoffmanlachancefineart.com.

Make Your Mark Community Mural Project: Chesterfield Arts invites interested painters of all ages to come out and help make a 500-foot, paint-by-numbers mural on the floodwall. Sat., June 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free, www.chesterfieldarts.org. Chesterfield Commons, Edison Ave. and Baxter Rd., Chesterfield.

Nests, Shells and Corners: Six artists rethink how we occupy everyday spaces such as home, office and studio. Opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 3. Starting June 4, Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays. Continues through July 31, free. St. Louis Community College-Meramec-Meramec Gallery, 11333 Big Bend Rd., Kirkwood, 314-984-7632, www.stlcc.edu/mc/.

Pablo Helguera: Artoons: New Yorker-style cartoons that satirize the denizens of the art world. Fri., June 3; Thu., July 7, free. Isolation Room/Gallery Kit, 5723 Dewey Ave., St. Louis, gallerykit@gmail.com, gallerykit.blogspot.com.

The Process: Life and the Vibrations of Sound: Zack Smithey explores visualizing sound through his paintings. Closing reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 3. Mondays-Fridays. Continues through June 3, Free. Concrete Ocean Art Gallery, 2257 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-497-0199, www.concreteoceanart.com.

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