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Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings, December 3-5, 2010

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This weekend you can cross those special someones off your holiday list in an extra-special way, thanks to arts and crafts sales happening all over the city, including the Muddy River Arts Holiday Art Show and Sale. Forgo the mass-made goods in favor of a hand-made and hand-picked object; with 30 artists on display there's sure to be something you're looking for. Find details on this show and more in the list below.

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Elysia Mann
Hold On, from the Cherokee Print League Holiday Sale.
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Cherokee Print League Holiday Sale: From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., print artists will be stationed inside a host of venues along Cherokee Street between Louisiana and Indiana avenues, offering their work at reasonable prices just in time for the ChristmaChanuKwanzaa season. Sat., Dec. 4, free admission. The Firecracker Press, 2838 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-776-7271, www.firecrackerpress.com.

Holi-DIY: The St. Louis Craft Mafia presents this sale of handmade art and DIY crafts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., Dec. 4, free admission. 3125 Cherokee Street, 3125 Cherokee St., St. Louis.

Augusta Glass Studio Holiday Sale: Featuring the high-end glasswork of Sam Stang and Kaeko Maehata; glass blowing demo at 2 p.m. Starting Dec. 4, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 12, free admission. Augusta Glass Studio, Locust St. and Hackman Rd., Augusta, 636-228-4732, www.samstang.com.

A Dance to Jules Feiffer: Exhibition of signed, limited edition prints made by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 3. Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 26, free admission. Center of Creative Arts (COCA), 524 Trinity Ave., University City, 314-725-6555, www.cocastl.org.

Gifted: Show and sale of art work by more than a dozen local and regional artists, all marked at recession-friendly prices. Opening reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5. Starting Dec. 4, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 8, free admission. phd gallery, 2300 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-664-6644, www.phdstl.com/.

Infrastructure: Arny Nadler: Arny Nadler explores the material and formal potential of rebar in small-scale sculptures. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, December 3. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 8, free admission. Good Citizen Gallery, 2247 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-348-4587, www.goodcitizenstl.com.

Katy Trail Splendor: Pastel paintings along the Katy Trail by Michele Wells. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 3. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31, free. Gateway Gallery, 7921 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314-503-3880.

L.A. Marler: OpArt Gardens: Digital collages combining original photos with geometrically-drawn illustrations. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 3. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31, free. Gateway Gallery, 7921 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314-503-3880.

Leo: From SFO to DEL: Artwork by Anukriti Sud Hittle. Opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 5. Dec. 5-24; Dec. 26-29, free. University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-3150, www.ucpl.lib.mo.us.

Muddy River Arts Holiday Art Show and Sale: Thirty area artists sell pottyer, fused glass, jewelry, fiber arts, metalwork and photography. Fri., Dec. 3, 12-8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission. Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd., Richmond Heights, 314-991-0955, www.ethicalstl.org.

Park Avenue Glass Studio Holiday Sale: Sale of hand blown glass ornaments, vases and other objects, plus glass blowing demonstrations and cookies. Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 5, free. Park Avenue Glass Studio, 3145 Park Ave., St. Louis, 314-776-7715, www.parkavenueglass.com.

Photo Imaging Education Association International Student-Teacher Exhibit: Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 3. Dec. 3-17, free. Webster University May Photography Gallery, 8300 Big Bend Blvd. (2nd Fl., Sverdrup Bldg.), Saint Louis, 314-961-2660, www.webster.edu/maygallery.

SEEN 2010: Annual photography show featuring the best work by St. Louis area photographers. Preview from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, December 3; Opening Gala from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, December 4. Dec. 3-Jan. 12, free. Studio Altius, 3518 Greenwood Blvd., Maplewood, 314-769-9769, www.studioaltius.com.

Something Small for the Holidays: Small, affordable art perfect for gifts, made by 25 local artists. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 3. Tuesdays-Saturdays; Sundays. Continues through Dec. 19, free admission. Norton's Fine Art & Framing, 2025 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314-645-4040, www.nortonsfineart.com.

Editor's note: If you don't see your show listed, please leave the information in the comments (and drop a note to calendar@riverfronttimes.com so we can list it in the online calendar). All art openings are free unless noted. For a full list of all ongoing art shows in the St. Louis area, please click here.

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