Craft Alliance Announces Frankie Toan: Strange Familiars | fun

Craft Alliance is pleased to present strange acquaintances, a solo exhibition with Denver-based fiber artist Frankie Toan (they/them/their). The exhibition will be held at the Staenberg Gallery September 16-October 29, 2022 with an opening reception on Friday, September 16, 2022.

Strange family members represents the last six years of Toan’s work. In their large-scale soft sculptures, Toan brings together investigations of plants, bodies, strangeness, ecosystems and the interconnectedness of all things. The exhibition is installed as a “Queer Garden”, a space that is festive and playful, with bright colors, a fantastic sense of scale and materials such as fringe, sequins and vibrant prints. In this garden, Toan imagines more equitable and cooperative associations between people and their environment. Toan reexamines what constitutes a “family” and extols the values ​​of collective nourishment and mutual care.

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Craft Alliance Creative Commons will also feature a special curated exhibition

in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden showing the many connections between gardens and creative creation.

“We are excited about the synergy between Frankie’s Garden and the fascinating collections of the Missouri Botanical Garden,” says Jennifer Scanlan, Deputy Director of the Craft Alliance. “During the exhibit, the Craft Alliance is offering classes in many garden-based crafts, as well as free workshops and activity kits for children to explore both exhibits through hands-on activities.”

Based in Denver, Frankie Toan is an artist who works primarily with craft and DIY materials and techniques to create large plush sculptures, interactive works, immersive installations and public art. Toan has participated in many group shows and collaborations around the country. Recent projects include “Finger Dome,” a room at the Meow Wolf Denver Convergence Station, and “Public Body,” an art installation for “Between Us Alleys,” a public art intervention project in downtown Denver. They have held residencies at RedLine Contemporary Art Center and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, among others. Toan holds a BFA in Craft Materials Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

Meet the Artist | October 7, 2022 | 5-6 pm

Join Frankie Toan and Jennifer Scanlan, Deputy Director at Craft Alliance, for refreshments and a tour of the exhibition

Workshop with Frankie Toan | October 8, 2022 | 1-2:30 p.m

More information comes at

Creative Play + Story Time | September 24 and October 1 | 10-11:30

Join us for story time and hands-on activities! After story time, young artists (ages 5-9) will enjoy creative play with a Craft Alliance teaching artist. September 24: Colorful Prints and October 1: Handmade Seed Paper

Get and Discover Gallery Bags

Youngsters aged 5-9 can explore, play and experience the Frankie Toan exhibition through new interactive gallery bags. Bags include Julian is a mermaid by Jessica Love and Have you ever seen a flower? by Shawn Harris and encourage learning through lots of hands-on activities.

All events take place at Craft Alliance, 5080 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis. Louis, MO 63108.

Craft Alliance is a non-profit arts center dedicated to empowering and enriching communities through craft. From its location in the Delmar Maker District of St. Craft Alliance is part-funded by the Arts and Education Council; Regional Arts Commission; the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; and the generous support of its members. For more information, call 314.725.1177 or visit

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