About Us

Gesso Magazine is the definitive guide for what to do and where to go in the Saint Louis/Metro East as well as an ideal platform for artists, poets, writers, and musicians to share and promote their work.

Gesso Magazine, formerly known as Str8-Up Magazine, is a monthly publication featuring the arts, music, and culture of the Saint Louis/Metro East.
Since its inception in 2006, Str8-Up Magazine has been a leader in promoting the arts in the local community and has established itself as a place to check for all manner of local events large or small.
Starting January 2019, Str8-Up Magazine will be known as Gesso Magazine and will continue the very thing that it set out to accomplish: bringing art, music, and culture to the people of the local communities.
Issues of Gesso Magazine will contain feature articles on local artists and musicians, spotlights of local venues and businesses, original comics, and a comprehensive calendar of events. In addition, each issue includes creative submissions from local readers. All this plus additional web content is offered free of charge to our readers through the support of local advertisers.

From the last issue of Str8-Up, we were publishing 8,000 copies per month; but starting January 2019, Gesso Magazine will be publishing 10,000 copies per month and our goal within the first 3 months is to have them at over 400 regional restaurants, shops, clubs, galleries, colleges, hotels and other high traffic businesses throughout the many communities of the Saint Louis/Metro East area.

Want to be a part of the movement?

Submissions are always encouraged and each submission is seriously considered! With your submission, you authorize the use of your creative work in the print pages of Gesso Magazine and/or online and/or in other Gesso related materials.