Big Small Town … the perfect description for St. Louis & the perfect title for my latest blog highlighting some for my favorite local artists and creative minds. Okay, I admit I stole the title from one of these fabulous creative minds but it really fit perfectly. Even if you aren’t a native St. Louisian,  please keep reading as all of these artists can be shopped and shipped most everywhere!

Bill Michalski deserves all the credit for my latest blog title and for affectionately chronicling the curiousities of his native St. Louis for years at Big Small Town Designs. I’ve mailed his unique greeting cards and post cards to friends, family and framed a few of my favorites. There are birthday greetings, thank-yous but my favorite continues to be the holiday sampler. Big Small Town Designs can be found in a variety of St. Louis stores or are all available online.

For functional pottery and a little more, look no further than Yael Shomroni. I have been collecting and gifting pieces of her beautiful pottery for the last 12 years. Yael’s work can been seen at Craft Alliance, Krueger Pottery, and Vogel Studios in Artspace at Crestwood Court. You can become a fan of Yael Shomroni Pottery on facebook where you can see gorgeous photos of her most recent creations and contact her for purchasing information.  Though each piece is truly functional, each one can stand alone as a stunning piece of art.

As you can see Old Barn Rescue creates one-of-a-kind wall decor from up-cycled doors, windows, furniture and molding.  They state, “We love finding just the right door knob or hook, and getting our hands dirty digging for the perfect treasure to finish a piece”.   Each creation is truly an original work of art. If you are in the market for something more whimsical, check out their entire line of wall graphics. “You can make a statement with words and images that are uniquely YOU” and who doesn’t appreciate that?

So I consistently decline any invitations to pampered chef parties, party lites or anything of the sort so it was very out of character for me to accept an invite to a trunk show for Love Bird Vintage Jewelry. (Truth be told, it was  held at a local wine bar so maybe that had something to do with it). Anyway, I’m thrilled I went as I was completely blown away by the incredible necklaces and earrings by Heather Robinson. She combines the nostalgia and familiarity of vintage charms and design with a unique and modern twist. And while I’m not a “jewelry person” and probably haven’t bought a piece in 10 years, one necklace seemed made for me when I tried it on and I’m determined to make it my signature piece.

Please let me know if you have a favorite local artist that I need to check out!