Write for Cranky Yellow

Cranky Yellow is an art and media project founded in 2005 by artist David Wolk. We curate exhibitions, produce music shows, collect toys, and promote the arts in Saint Louis, MO and beyond.

12.19.16 Five Monday morning slices of music / Organ Thing

12.14.16 David Wolk’s Cranky Yellow Takes New Form with Songs and Music Videos / Riverfront Times

3.24.16 A Look Inside Cranky Yellow/The Upcycle Exchange On Cherokee Street / Alive Magazine

9.15.15 Strange Folk Festival To Fill Union Station With 200 Makers / Alive Magazine

6.2.14 Notes from the Fringe part 2: Foster and Fortitude / Snoops Theatre Thoughts

7.15.13 This Saturday David Wolk Unfolds as Charm Ape. / Wrong Division

8.16.12 / Talking to David Wolk of Cranky Yellow / St Louis Magazine

12.01.11 / Cranky and Relieved: Cranky Yellow a Few Months Later / Chase Marci

09.15.11 / Cranky Yellow is Closing for Good / Riverfront Times

07.24.11 / Cranky Closed For Now / Chase Marci

07.05.11 / Cranky Yellow Closes It’s Doors — For Now / Riverfront Times

06.02.11 / CJ Boyd at Cranky Yellow / Riverfront Times

05.10.11 / So Many Dynamo’s Cinco de Mayo Set / Riverfront Times

04.01.11 / Cherokee Street Defines Eclectic / St Louis Magazine

03.17.11 / Cranky Yellow Quaffs Bitter Bureaucracy / Show-Me Daily

03.16.11 / Cranky Yellow, Cherokee Street Oddity Emporium, Tries to Fight City Hall / Riverfront Times

02.17.11 / Crankfest 2011 Takes Place this Weekend at Cranky Yellow / Riverfront Times

01.28.11 / The Acro-Cat Circus is Coming to Town! / St Louis Magazine

01.27.11 / Point & Clique Awards: Best Use of Facebook to Promote a Business / Riverfront Times

01.24.11 / The Bengsons at Cranky Yellow / Riverfront Times

08.18.10 / Fishin’ for Goodies / Riverfront Times

07.13.10 / Cranky Yellow / KSDK Channel 5

07.07.10 / Come Once, Leave Happy / Riverfront Times

03.19.10 / Cranky Yellow: Shows, Crafts and Art in the City / Student Life

??.??.10 / Best of St. Louis – Best Junk Store / Riverfront Times

09.28.09 / Cherokee Street Gallery Owners Create Social Networking Site for Artists / Riverfront Times

09.19.09 / Featured Review: Meth and Hot Dogs / Riverfront Times

09.16.09 / Cranky Yellow / Corridor40

09.11.09 / Pretty Much the Coolest Place in St. Louis- Cranky Yellow / Eyeluv

08.07.09 / Meet Claude, The Loveable Bigfoot / Girls Guide to the Galaxy

08.06.09 / Meth and Hotdogs at Cranky Yellow / Corridor40

04.22.09 / The (Cat) Circus Comes to Town / Riverfront Times

04.15.09 / Paws for a Cause / Riverfront Times

04.02.09 / Cranky Yellow Grand Re-Opening Celebration / Art Patrol

04.01.09 / St. Louis Artist Space Cranky Yellow is Actually Quite Pleasant / Toasted Rav

09.25.08 / Cranky Yellow Owner makes Quirk, not cash / St. Louis Beacon

09.01.08 / Crammed Organisms / FiberArts Magazine

12.08.08 / Wounded Bird: Revamped Vintage / Student Life

08.27.08 / Jason Spencer: Depleted Uranium at Cranky Yellow / Art Patrol

08.26.08 / Zombies Invade Cranky Yellow / 52nd City

06.24.08 / Exhibit looks at the plush side of life / St. Louis Post Dispatch

06.15.08 / Plushie Galore / VenusZine

06.11.08 / Not Your Mother’s Plush / St. Louis Beacon

06.04.08 / Plush Proliferation / Riverfront Times

06.01.08 / The Stuff of Madness / St. Louis Magazine

01.30.08 / The Well-Crafted “I Love You” / Riverfront Times

Cranky Yellow is generously made possible by contributions from the following artists, writers, creative individuals and organizations. 

Cate Anevski

Cate is an artist, illustrator, and general crafty lady living in the middle of the woods in Boring, Oregon

More at: http://www.beeskneesindustries.com

Cara Louise Band

STL based Americana songwriter and singer.

More at: https://caralouiseband.com

Mister Ben / Freezerburn

Field studies by Mister Ben.

More at: http://frzrbrn.tumblr.com

Jesse Balmer

Jesse Balmer is a drawing enthusiast from San Francisco, California.

More at: http://www.jessebalmer.com

Liam Barrett

Illustrator/maker from the South Wales valleys. Living in Cardiff.

More at: http://www.liambarrett.co.uk


I joined CY in 2010. I write about music and provide serious emotional support throughout CY.

Alex Chiu

The world that I create is a world full of bubbly eyed creatures that dance and play.

More at: http://alexchiu.tumblr.com

Famous When Dead

My artworks are heavily influenced by popular culture, past and present and I am constantly on the look out for fresh ideas. There are no obvious themes to my work although the reoccurring subjects of fragile celebrity and fallen idols are noticeable in recent works.

More at: http://www.famouswhendead.com

Wrong Division

Wrong Division is a St. Louis music blog created by Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen. The site is mostly focused on anything from punk and noise to experimental rock.

More at: http://www.wrongdivision.com

Lil Duncan

Out in the world every day, trying my hardest. Artist Ben Duncan.

Brut Force

Brut Force is dedicated to curating, electronically publishing, and developing a national online archive of Outsider and Self-Taught Art.

More at: http://www.brutforce.com

Fort Gondo

fort gondo compound for the arts was a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts forum founded in 2002. Our approach to programming is borrowed from the socioeconomic model of microlending: we offer small loans of time and space to under-recognized artists — or artists wishing to realize otherwise unrealizable projects — whose exceptional merit has been otherwise overlooked by mainstream organizations.

More at: http://www.fortgondo.com

 Emily Hemeyer

My creative practice and work reflects a humanistic interest in interpersonal exploration through the facilitation of events, collaborations and installations.

Joanna Hoge

A visual artist and illustrator who works primarily in the medium of ink.

More at: http://www.joannahoge.com


An explorer of the universe interested in technology. The Earth is quite beautiful. Let’s stop messing it up.

Concrete Jungle

A zine for broken hearts and restless minds. Non – profit local small pressing, Concrete jungle is bringing our art community closer and stronger by providing an outlet for talented individuals a way to express themselves and putting it in print.

Super Future Kid

My work is largely based on themes that strongly relate to certain ideas of childhood and youth, a time that still has a great influence on my personality and artistic identity.

More at: http://www.superfuturekid.com

Jennifer Kosharek

A painter, rag doll maker, spray paint artist who lives and works in St. Petersburg, FL. She is a mail artist and a Free Art Friday artist.

More at: http://www.kosharekart.com

Art by Leaux

Designer from Chicago residing in St. Louis.

More at: http://www.lolaogbara.com


Magzdilla (aka Maggie Morrill) lives in Saint Louis, MO with her laptop, making zines, paintings and lots of reality-bending art stuff.

Bobby Marines

Critical Mass

Critical Mass for the Visual Arts is a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.

More at: http://www.criticalmassart.org

Killer Napkins

I am Killer Napkins. I am an artist of sorts. I make weird shit.

More at: http://www.killernapkins.com


In 2011, Nick graduated from the McNally Smith College of Music with a Bachelor of the Arts in Music Business. He has spent time working in audio engineering, booking, graphic design, promotion, song writing, and sound tech.

Angelo Olegna

Illustrated cityscapes.

More at: https://angeloolegnaart.wordpress.com


Art, Vinyl Toys, Kooky shit. Paul is a designer, sculptor and painter working away in sunny san diego.

More at: http://www.paulkaiju.com

William Paulsen

I am interested in developing a practice that is broad and multifaceted; my interests range from painting to photography to architecture and urban planning, and I enjoy exploring all of these fields and their interconnections.

More at: http://www.williampaulsen.com

Edo Rosenblith

Edo’s work arrives in various mediums—ceramics, drawing, painting, prints, and wall installations— yet they remain unified in approach to subject matter.

More at: http://www.edorosenblith.com

Mustafa Shaheen

Painter/musician residing in Sacramento, CA

More at: http://www.mshaheen.com

Gold Sparrow

My work explores the play between the internal and external aspects of reality as they relate to both mind and spirit.

More at: https://fruitinajar.wordpress.com

Apak Studio

The artwork of Aaron and Ayumi Piland.

More at: http://apakstudio.tumblr.com

Kill Taupe

I draw stuff. Sometimes well.

More at: http://www.killtaupe.com

Tyler Thrasher

An adventurer, caver, illustrator, animator, electronic music producer, and the list keeps going.

More at: http://www.tylerthrasher.com

Michelle Volansky

An illustrator, graphic designer and style enthusiast from St. Louis.

More at: http://www.michellevolansky.com

David Wolk

Creator of Cranky Yellow and Artist in STL.

More at: http://www.davidwolk.com

Irena Zablotska

Aka joulu is an Ukrainian artist and illustrator currently based in London. Influence is taken from travel, people, animals and childhood fears.

More at: http://www.zablotska.com

Dan Zettwoch

Illustrations, Comics, Diagrams, Paintings, Maps and Secret Codes, affixed to the hidden plywood wall of a backyard fort with masking tape.