Cherokee Street Celebrates St. Louis Printmaking

For the last several years St. Louis’ Cherokee Print League (CPL) has organized an annual holiday sale. But the event has become less an economic transaction and more a day-long, street-wide celebration of printmakers, businesses and nonprofits that make up the wider Cherokee Street community. The event brought in printmakers from St. Louis and beyond, and featured a Friday night party and exhibition at BANK Projects, a passport map guide and stamp collecting contest, traveling music groups, food trucks, print shop tours, printmaking demonstrations, events for kids, and a closing party at Foam Coffee & Beer.

With each year it gains momentum. The autonomy, originality, community-mindedness, and DIY fervor that have long been tied to printmaking are paralleled in the entrepreneurial and creative spirits of the broader Cherokee Street community.

BANK Projects, where the Friday night kick-off party and exhibition was held this year.

CPL Passport

Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts

Prints by Dan Zettwoch

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Eric Woods, owner of Firecracker Press, holds up a recent project called Letterpress Trail, a map marking letterpress shops in the Midwest! Enthusiasts can visit them all, and collect stamps from each location on the backside of the guide. Look for West Coast and East Coast guides in the future, as well as an online listing to accompany the paper guide.

Here’s the backside of the Letterpress Trail, not to be confused with the Oregon Trail.

Shop tours at Firecracker Press.

Artists and print shops stamp passports, giving participants a chance to win prizes later in the day!

Printmaking events for kids were held at Tucci Events. Below are big, easy-to-use wood blocks for kiddos to print with.

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PieCrust Magazine at Paper Boat Studios.

At Foam with Sleepy Kitty, home to the closing party later in the day.

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