We went to the St. Louis Art Fair held in downtown Clayton tonight. I had a volunteer job and Dale strolled along with me. This art fair is one of the top five art fairs in the country and after spending a few hours walking through the streets looking at the different art offerings, you'll get no argument from us. We laughed so hard when we passed by a store front on Forsyth and saw this:
Collinsville Crossing! A map of the new Collinsville Crossing! Where are we anyway? Clayton or Collinsville? What a small world. Then when we finally decided to find a seat and have something to eat, who do we see at a table across from us?
Lois and Bill Metzger from Collinsville. Lois is a fellow member of Collinsville Progress, we've been on that board forever and will be working the Collinsville Italian Fest Progress booth later this month. She said after reading my shirt, "Oh, you're working here tonight?" What a riot. Collinsville or Clayton? Where are we?
As you look at each art booth, each one showing different types of art you sort of feel like this:
You can go this way. Or you can go that way. So we went on to Italy.
We loved these Tuscan/Italian paintings by a man named Copeland from somewhere in Georgia. I really liked this one:
It reminded me of the Donna Leon novels which are always set in Venice.
But Dale really really liked this one done by an artist from the Chicago area. As soon as we passed by her booth we knew the place setting was Chicago.
But, it was just a bit pricey so we decided to go home and sleep on it.
The food booths are along Brentwood as is the main stage and a huge tent with scores of tables covered with tablecloths (!) this is Clayton after all.
The stage is huge.
This is the first year Clayton has made recycling easy. With at least 75 green recycling containers, the downtown is pretty well inundated. There is no excuse for tossing that bottle or can into the regular trash this year. Would that more city festivals would do the same.
And, yes, that is Dale paying for a couple glasses of wine. In glasses that are recyclable.