Central Reform artists, artisans showcased at ‘Art Shuk’

Twenty nine members of Central Reform Congregation (CRC) will be selling their artwork at the congregation’s first “Art Shuk: A Marketplace for Artisans.” The event will run from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at CRC, 5020 Waterman Avenue in the Central West End.

Products sold will range from fine art to funky creations, including literature, jewelry, photography, paintings, mezuzot, ceramics, enamels, wearable art, CDs and a teddy bear that sings the Sh’ma. Artists will sell both Judaic and secular art. Prices range from just $5 to more than $1,000.

All artists will donate 20 percent of their proceeds to support CRC. In addition, CRC will be selling gift cards from popular merchants, with a portion of the proceeds going to the synagogue.

The event is co-chaired by CRC members and artists Deborah Katon and Amy Theusch. “We wanted to plan an event that would support the artists in our community, raise money for CRC, and give the community a chance to come together,” says Katon.

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Adds Theusch, “We’re hoping Art Shuk gives people an opportunity to find unique, locally-made gifts for loved ones or themselves. We are thrilled with the number and caliber of artists choosing to participate this year and hope to make Art Shuk an annual event.”

The CRC Art Shuk is open to the entire St. Louis community. Visit www.centralreform.org/artshuk for more information and a full list of participating artists.