Because I should – I.A.M.

Fantastic, high-quality art is here just in time for the holiday season. The 2006 holiday sale by Independent Art Market is Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10 at the beautifully renovated Shaw’s Gallery, just two blocks East of the Missouri Botanical Garden on Shaw Avenue. The artists organizing this terrific event are excited about a weekend filled with a diverse lineup of new artists; a sake, sushi and fashion cocktail reception, poetry readings organized by Observable Books; a variety show organized by 52nd City, and a broad range of musical performances.

This year marks the third annual Independent Art Market holiday sale. The sale will run 6 p.m.-12 a.m. on Friday, 12 p.m.-12 a.m. on Saturday, and 12-6 p.m. on Sunday. Independent Art Market is a St. Louis, Missouri based artists cooperative. Participating artists work in traditional and non-traditional media with an emphasis on quality. Each studio is self-represented and Independent Art Market is artist organized.

There is a wonderful assortment of performances this year. On the evening of Friday, December 8 the editors of St. Louis-centric art, literature and culture magazine 52nd City are putting on one of their fantastic variety shows from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., followed by the musical stylings of DJ Play from 10 p.m. to midnight. Saturday evening begins with a sake, sushi and fashion cocktail reception 6-8 p.m. The evening continues with a alternating line-up of poetry readings organized by Observable Books and live music including Bernadette, Farm Team, Jonas Lyn, and Bravo Company. Sunday afternoon features a mellow coffee house environment, with light musical accompaniment provided by various musicians, including Celia, Eric Enger of Gentleman Auction House, the jazz music of Dizzy Atmosphere.

This December promises the biggest and best Independent Art Market holiday sale yet.

More information is available at

Who: Independent Art Market
What: 2006 Holiday Sale
When: Friday, December 8, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
Saturday, December 9, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Sunday, December 10, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Shaw’s Gallery
4065 Shaw Ave., St. Louis MO, 63110
Why: Inependent Art Market, accept no substitutes.
Contact Eric Woods at The Firecracker Press, 314-776-7271.