Exhibits/Gallery

We are partnered with the West Plains Civic Center to host art exhibits on the mezzanine at their facility.  Called the Gallery at the Center, this is an ideal space, with a professional hanging system, to display the artwork of area artists.    We are so pleased for this opportunity to promote the arts!

Some of our exhibits are co-sponsored with Missouri State University-West Plains University/Community Programs department.

Anyone interested in more information about these exhibits or the potential for exhibiting should contact Administrator Kathleen Morrissey at 417-293-7751.

This page will feature our exhibits, leading with the latest.    Check back often for news of upcoming works to be exhibited.

WEST PLAINS ARTISTS GUILD MEMBERS FEATURED IN EXHIBIT AT THE
GALLERY AT THE CENTER

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host a mixed-media exhibition of pieces produced by members of the West Plains Artists Guild of West Plains. The exhibit will be displayed at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from August 1-27, 2017. The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

West Plains Artists Guild is a diverse group of artists and art enthusiasts interested in promoting an awareness of art; encouraging and uplifting fellow artists through events and activities of common interest; and providing opportunity for learning new skills and fresh understanding through workshops, classes and exhibits.

The Guild welcomes artists of all skill levels to join them. Although art is an individual activity, creativity is fed by fellowship. They meet once a month on the third Tuesday at noon at The Harlin Museum, located at 507 Worchester Street, West Plains, MO.

Artists participating in this exhibit include: Angela Bullard, Anna Cluck, Barbara Willey Elgin, Gladys P. Morris, Ginny Thomason, Regina Willard, and Velma Wilson. The group has provided these biographical comments:

Angela Bullard – Bullard returned to West Plains after several years in Chicago, Illinois, where she was pursuing an active career as a professional actress. In addition to the theatre arts, she has always had a great love of the visual fine arts, taking many classes and workshops while attending college. She attended classes at the Art and Chisel Studio while living in Chicago, and has studied with and participated in watercolor/monotype workshops with Ingrid Albrecht.

After returning to her home in the Ozarks and all the colorful splendor surrounding her in the area, she really wanted to get back into painting and the visual arts. She has participated in several workshops with local award -winning artist Regina Willard to improve her painting techniques. Willard’s expressions of color and her enthusiasm in working with oils instantly won Bullard over for the medium.

Bullard also enjoys expressing herself by exploring other artistic visual mediums – textiles and fiber arts, painting abstract designs, and jewelry making. Angela is a creative new artist to be watched.

Anna Cluck – Cluck grew up in southern Illinois, just outside of St. Louis Missouri, but has also lived in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas; giving her the opportunity to meet many colorful people and visit a multitude of museums. Although she worked as an accountant, she always found comfort and beauty in nature and life that surrounded her.

After retiring, Cluck and her husband traveled throughout the country, giving her a wide variety of natural scenery and subjects to paint during her retirement years; finally settling down on the outskirts of Pomona, Missouri.

Although Anna’s favorite medium to work with is oils, she also has produced many award-winning pieces in acrylics. Anna’s art is mainly self-taught, although she has attended many workshop and seminars with prominent professional artists. You can see Anna’s love for life and art through the subjects that she paints; her flower gardens, pets, home life, scenery, and the places Homer and she visited in their travels. Anna is a passionate, enthusiastic person, and an award-winning artist. Her personality glows from within and shows in her art work.

Barbara Willey Elgin – Elgin (Barb) was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and even as a small child liked to draw and color. She would copy cartoon characters from the funny papers that came in the Sunday Star and from comic books. Barb was very creative on her own as a child. When she would color in her coloring books, she would add in characters to make it more personal. Barb’s favorite was a little worm that she would add to most of her drawings and coloring book pages. Her little worm didn’t have a name, he was her little friend and she added him in doing things, sitting on a leaf or a shoulder. Once she had him running for his life, with sweat shooting out over the his head.

When Barb was older, her Dad bought her a John Knaggy art set that had her first set of pastels, along with colored pencils and watercolors with instruction booklets. Barb saved her allowance for buying Foster art books, where she came to love drawing portraits in graphite and pastels. Throughout her Junior and Senior High School years, Barb was always in the special art classes for gifted students.

Since retiring Barb has taken many art classes and workshops learning to mix colors and painting techniques to enhance her painting skills. Although, she has tried other mediums, pastels on sanded paper is by far her favorite. Barb is a dedicated artist with an innate natural talent and ability. Her awar-winning work is something that should be shared with the world.

Gladys P. Morris – Gladys Morris is from rural Maryland. She moved to West Plains, Missouri in 2003 after retiring from the US Air Force. Her extensive travels with the military have given her the opportunity to visit many art museums not only in the United States, but other countries as well. Morris’ first “Wow” moment in art was during a field trip to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC to see the “Mona Lisa” during her senior year in High School.

After graduating from high school, life took her in a different direction, not leaving her with much time for art and painting. Since retirement Morris decided to focus on developing her artistic skills and techniques. Her art is basically self-taught, although she has attended several workshops and seminars. She dabbles in all mediums, and just has fun creating and painting nature in its full burst of color.

Gladys has hosted many workshops as well as art camps for children, and is committed to promoting the visual fine arts in the West Plains area. Gladys’ art work has won many awards, and has been included in art shows in Maryland, Alabama, Missouri and Arkansas.

Ginny Thomason – Thomason is a long-time resident of West Plains a mom of two and an ecstatic first time grandma. She is a self-taught artist, dabbling in a wide variety of mediums. Art is therapy for Ginny, and was for many years a relatively private passion.

Ginny is an award-winning animal and pet artist. Last year, she began accepting pet portraits on commissions. Her pet portraits seem to come alive with expression and feeling on paper. Surprisingly, Ginny enjoys working in watercolor most.

Ginny also teaches the Monday after School Art program for children in grades K-8, as well as various art camps and workshops in her home town of West Plains and the surrounding communities. Students learn the fundamentals of color theory, while having the opportunity to experiment with different tools and techniques. Her focus is always on giving the child enough instruction to be confident, but enough freedom to enjoy being creative in expressing themselves.

You can find more about Ginny’s art journey on her blog: joyfullyginny.wordpress.com or on her Facebook page: Gin’s Joyful Pet portraits.

Regina Willard – Willard is from West Plains. Her desire and passion for art started at a very early age. When she was in her teens, she was exposed to oil painting and instantly fell in love with it as a medium. Regina is primarily a self-taught artist who gained knowledge from attending workshops with accomplished artists such as Laura Robb, Carolyn Anderson and Laura Putnam. and paints regularly in her studio. Her ideas for paintings are sparked by surroundings of familiar subjects. She describes her style as “painterly with emphasis on color and brushwork.” “I enjoy the sound of the brush on canvas and the mark making process” she said. “My favorite part of a painting is the beginning where the paint is born of just scribbles and brush strokes.”

Willard’s work has been exhibited in numerous juried and non-juried shows in the Ozarks, winning multiple awards including Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards. She is currently a member of the American Impressionist Society, the National Oil painters of America and president of the local Artists guild. Her paintings have been purchased by local West Plains businesses and by private individuals throughout the U.S. She lives in West Plains with her husband Jason.

Velma Wilson – Wilson has gone by the name Squeekie since day one. He mother called her that in the hospital, because when she cried or fussed she squeaked. Being from a large family in a very small town, the nickname stuck. Born and raised in Thayer, Missouri, Wilson’s innate love for art was inherited from her grandmother. As a young girl she always loved to draw and color.

Although, Wilson has attended artists’ workshops, her talent in the use of color is mainly self-taught, by being creative and experimenting with mixing, blending and harmonizing her pallet of colors. Although, she enjoys being creative and working in all mediums, her medium of choice is oils. Because they are thicker and slower drying, there is some flexibility to step away from the work, come back with a fresh look, and make changes.

Wilson’s ambition is not to become an award-winning artist but to pass on her love of art and her joy of being creative as an artist to her grandchildren one day.

WPCA will host a Meet the Artists Reception on Saturday, August 12, 2-4 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend, view and discuss these wonderful pieces. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

PHOTO GALLERY – ARTISTS GUILD EXHIBIT

 

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CAMPUS COMMUNITY SPRING ARTWORKS EXHIBIT

 

A Spring ARTWORKS Exhibit, featuring Missouri State University-West Plains’ faculty, staff, students, and alumni will be on display in the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center, from April 15 through May 7, 2017. The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours. Sixteen artists’ works will be featured, and all artists have ties to the local campus.

 

Organizer Wendy Ziegler says, “All are invited to share an experience from the diversity of visual arts created by our Missouri State University-West Plains Campus Community. For your viewing pleasure and to encourage more local visual arts involvement, we present this sampling of the talent represented on campus.”

 

“West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) is proud to sponsor this exhibit with its wonderful examples of the talent available in our community,” says president Paula Speraneo. “And we are pleased to offer a Best of Show prize of $50.”

 

WPCA will host a Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 29, from 2-4 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center.  All are invited to attend, view and discuss these wonderful pieces with the artists.  The exhibit is co-sponsored by Missouri State University-West Plains Academic Affairs, West Plains Civic Center, and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

The program book for the exhibit, with artists’ details, is available here.

Artworks to be featured are pictured on this page.

 

 

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West Plains Council on the Arts will host a photo exhibit by artist Karen Eubank – “In the Dew of Little Things” – at the Gallery at the Center. The exhibit will be displayed at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from January 30 – March 5, 2017.  The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

 

               Karen Eubank is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, with a double major in English and journalism. She spent 30 years in the Gainesville R-V schools, teaching high school English and journalism before re-focusing her efforts into administration, first as an A+ Coordinator and then junior high principal. She has three grown sons with degrees in art, photography, and film production; it was their creative endeavors and adventurous spirits that encouraged Eubank to expand her own horizons.

 

In 2010, when Eubank’s youngest son graduated high school and left home, she began writing a blog as a way to fill the void. As she approached retirement two years later, she realized she needed more than her blog writing to occupy her time, and photography seemed the perfect complement. When she started looking for photographic opportunities to enhance her writing, she found true joy behind the camera lens. In 2012 she also began writing a day tripping column for the Ozark County Times, supplementing her articles with photos of her journeys. It was that exposure, perhaps more than anything else, that created a following for her work. She continues to provide columns and photographs for the newspaper, and she has also had her photos featured in 417 Magazine and on various websites.

 

“Photography has been a calming, soul-satisfying experience for me,” said Eubank. “I love capturing Nature’s beauty and charm, especially in the early morning light. Looking at the world through the lens has forced me to slow down, to breathe deeply, and to focus on all the little details I never noticed before. Like so many other moms and teachers, for years I was focused on fulfilling everyone else’s needs and overwhelmed by the weight of the world. But wearing a camera around my neck has reminded me to stand in quiet reflection before blazing sunsets, to gaze in silent wonder at thundering waterfalls, to smile in sheer delight at tiny, trembling wildflowers—and in doing so, I’ve found the elusive peace I didn’t even realize I’d been searching for.”

 

Eubank’s exhibit, “In the Dew of Little Things,” references her favorite Khalil Gibran quote: “For in the dew of little things, the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” Those little things in nature, she believes, have brought her not only peace but also joy and rejuvenation in this second stage of her life.

 

In addition to photography and writing, Eubank enjoys traveling, hiking, and cycling with her husband, Norman. Examples of her photography can be seen at https://facebook.com/KarenSEubank;  her blog can be found at http://www.icedteawithlemon.wordpress.com

 

WPCA will host a Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, February 18, from noon till 2 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center.  All are invited to attend, view and discuss these wonderful pieces with the artist.  The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

 

 

 

 

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Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit at the Civic Center

One Life: The Mask of Lincoln, a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, will be on display at the West Plains Civic Center “Gallery at the Center”, November 2-27, 2016. 

 The exhibit is sponsored by Missouri State University-West Plains, University/Community Programs.

No American has had more written or said about him than Abraham Lincoln. To both his contemporaries and posterity, Lincoln has been an endless subject of mystery and fascination. To commemorate the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, this exhibition provides many faces of Lincoln from the museum’s collection, a collection that charts Lincoln’s passage from a fresh-faced Illinois congressman to his grizzled isolation as president. One of the highlights is the rare appearance of the original cracked-plate portrait of Lincoln by Alexander Gardner. The exhibition also shows how Lincoln used the new art of photography to convey his image to Americans, letting them see in him what they most desired.

 

In the two-hundred years since his birth, Abraham Lincoln remains as much a puzzle as he was to his contemporaries. That he came from nothing and was an obscure figure, almost to the moment of his nomination for the presidency, only adds to his mystery. His essential nature remains elusive, despite our best efforts to reveal the “real” Lincoln. Perhaps, though, that very mysteriousness is the key to his character and personality. Lincoln, with a supreme confidence in himself and an almost providential sense of his personal mission, was incredibly adroit in his ability to adapt to circumstances and shape events.

 

This exhibition concentrates on presidential portraits to show the changing face that Abraham Lincoln presented to the world as he led the fight for the Union. Shaping himself to the uncertainties of the present, mindful of his role as the heir to the Founding Fathers, Lincoln led the nation where it never intended to go: from a political crisis over states’ rights to the revolutionary act of abolishing slavery. What is uncanny is how Lincoln moved toward this conclusion in public, before an audience fascinated and yet bewildered by the workings of an extraordinary mind.

 

West Plains Council on the Arts will host a reception will be held November 3 at 8 p.m., immediately following the performance of “Danny Russel as Abraham Lincoln”, which will be at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center theater. Travel from a log cabin to the White House in this compelling hour-long theatre performance by actor Danny Russel. Watch as young Abraham Lincoln overcomes hardscrabble poverty, fails in business, and finally unites a divided and broken nation. At the reception, you can mingle with “Honest Abe” himself, who will remain in character and costume throughout the evening.

 

 

Isolation and Connections in the Ozarks

(in conjunction with the 2016 Ozarks Studies Symposium)

Photo by Kelli Albin
Photo by Kelli Albin

Four area photographers will be featured in a photo exhibit themed “Isolation and Connections in the Ozarks.” Artists providing works include Kelly Albin, Bruce Carr, Dennis Crider, and Patty Ingalls.

This fascinating exhibit will be on display September 12 through October 5 in the Gallery at the Center located on the mezzanine at the West Plains Civic Center. The exhibit is available for viewing during normal operating hours for the Civic Center.

The exhibit was prompted by the theme of the Ozarks Studies Symposium, which will be held September 23 and 24 at the West Plains Civic Center. The artists were invited to provide their own distinctive interpretation of the Symposium theme, to be represented through their photography. The exhibit demonstrates the artists’ view of how the Ozarks region has been viewed as a place of isolation and/or connection.

Kelli Albin graduated from West Plains High School in 1984. Albin went on to attend Oral Roberts University, where she majored in Commercial Art graduating in 1987. Returning to West Plains she attended MSU where she earned a teaching certificate in Art and Special Reading and received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education.

Albin taught at West Plains Elementary and Howell Valley Schools, and is currently teaching K-12 art at Dora R-III. She also teaches photography at MSU-West Plains. In addition to teaching, she enjoys photography, drawing, painting, jewelry making, and writing and illustrating children’s books. Five of her books are available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Bruce Carr was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved with his family to Mountain View, Missouri, graduating from Liberty High School. After college his career history includes work in the food service industry, factory supervisor and visual inspector, care-taker, real-estate appraiser, and restaurant management. After experiencing a detached retina, he apprenticed with photographer Bob Fleming at Fleming Foto in West Plains. Fleming appreciated his “good eye for photography.”

Carr’s photographic work includes wedding, art and nature photos. Carr says, “I had painted before so that had an influence on how I approached my photography. I was influenced by the naturist paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, Georges Seurat and Claude Monet. I think it’s a shame that people don’t really look at what’s around them. There is beauty in the simplest thing and everywhere you look there is something interesting to see.”

Dennis Crider has always had an interest in photography, and at age 4 he took his first photograph during a family vacation to Yellowstone National Park. The picture of Old Faithful blowing its top caught his father’s attention. “Perfectly centered,” he said. That was the start of it all.

Growing up in Wichita, Kan., Dennis always had a camera in his hand. He ventured for the action when neighborhood boys built a ramp and pushed their wooden homemade go-carts into the air. He just had to capture the moment. His interest led to further studies and employment at a photo processing facility in Wichita, as well as work as school photographer in high school and college. That combination of schooling and training led to a job at the West Plains Daily Quill where he worked for 39 years before retiring in 2008.

Since then he has divided his time between travels with his cameras and showing his growing collection of photographs in various exhibits and at festivals in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Three times he was chosen out of thousands of photographers from around the world as a finalist in the Best of Nature Photography Show hosted by the San Diego Natural History Museum. One of his photos also was a finalist in Cowboys and Indians magazine’s annual photography contest in 2011.

This fall Dennis will be selling photographs during Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival in Branson. Many of the images in this exhibit were taken in May during a 130-mile stagecoach journey in the panhandle of Texas billed as “The Last Stage to Matador.” The stagecoach, along with its owners Cowboy Rick and Arkansas Bev Hamby, will be on display at Silver Dollar City adjacent to Dennis’s booth. That festival is from Sept. 14 through Oct. 31

Patty Ingalls developed her passion for photography at an early age, playing with her parents’ equipment as they progressed from disc camera to 110 to 35mm. As a high school senior she received her first 35mm camera. As a photography student at Missouri State University, she began to work with other camera formats. With an Art minor (emphasis in Photography) Patty spent countless hours learning about proper exposures, composition, film developing in color and black and white, as well as print development in the darkroom. She combined her passion for photography with her Bachelor’s in Social Work and created a photo journal of the homeless in Springfield, as well as patients in a Springfield nursing home. These photo projects solidified her passion for creating images that capture the essence of a person, and remind us of the dignity of a human soul.

In 2007, after a ten-year hiatus to raise 4 children, Ingalls reluctantly made the switch from film to digital photography. In 2011 she began a new project to chronicle the aftermath and healing process in Joplin, Missouri after the catastrophic tornado devastated the town. Years later, she still returns to Joplin to continue capturing images of healing. Ingalls’ award winning work has been published in various magazines, newspapers, TV and websites. Her body of work ranges from portraits & still life, to sports & events, to landscapes, waterfalls and storms.

In 2015, Ingalls opened her studio (“Patty Ingalls Photography”) in beautiful historic downtown West Plains, and she began her second business, The Zizzer Zone, to chronicle the efforts of local high school varsity students. In her spare time Patty can be found chasing waterfalls and thunderstorms. You can find examples of Patty’s work at PattyIngalls.com or on Facebook “Patty Ingalls Photography”. Also, visit TheZizzerZone.com or on Facebook “The Zizzer Zone”.

A Meet the Artists reception will be held on Thursday, September 22, from 5-7 p.m. on the mezzanine at the West Plains Civic Center. Refreshments will be provided. This exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and the West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a stage agency.

 

MATHEMATICAL SCULPTURES BY

ALBERT CARPENTER

FEATURED IN GALLERY AT THE CENTER EXHIBIT

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West Plains Council on the Arts invites everyone to view a distinctive collection of mathematical sculptures by artist Albert Carpenter. The exhibit will be featured in the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from February 23-March 15, 2016.  The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

Carpenter, a resident of Tecumseh, Missouri for over 20 years, initially developed an interest in art and geometry as an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary. It was during this time, while studying under the direction of artist Lewis Cohen, that he combined his burgeoning passions and started making geometric sculptures.  However, it was not until eight years ago that he began constructing novel polyhedra, three dimensional structures, based on the Platonic and Archimedean solids.  Since then, Mr. Carpenter has invented seven classes of polyhedra, and contributed over 200 new shapes to geometry.

From these, one class has been selected for its intrinsic beauty for display here – the crown polyhedral. These objects are of particular interest, not just for aesthetic reasons, as it is speculated that they could also be synthesized as molecules.  Thus conceived, they would open up new avenues of research for chemists.

Two pieces of Carpenter’s art were shown last May at the 2015 Bridges Conference in Baltimore, Md.

Mr. Carpenter says, “It is through art that I hope to not only share the joys of geometry, but also to inspire present and future mathematicians and scientists to study these forms, so that one day they may be created in the laboratory.”

The remainder of his polyhedral models and sculptures may be seen at http://polyhedron100wordpress.com

WPCA will host a Meet-the-Artists Reception on Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 12-2 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center.  All are invited to attend, view and discuss these wonderful pieces

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

 

 

“MICHAEL ROBERTS REMEMBERED”

ART EXHIBIT

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In memory of Michael Roberts and to honor the impact his life and art had on our area, West Plains Council on the Arts will host a multi-media exhibition of pieces of his artwork, loaned from private collections. The exhibit will be displayed at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from November 23 to December 20, 2015.  The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

Michael Roberts was a well-known and much liked local artist who worked in a wide range of media. When he died in West Plains, Missouri twenty-five years ago he was working as a Special Education teacher. Before moving to West Plains, he had also worked as an art teacher for ten years on an Indian reservation in Arizona. He was the first in the area to die of HIV/Aids; his work is included on the original Aids Quilt.

Roberts was best known for his quirky drawings, elaborate horsewear for Arabian horses, and pastel drawings for the local Wesson Ranch. Many of the paintings commissioned by the Wesson Ranch will be included. Roberts’ work is known to include drawings in pencil, watercolor, oil, crayon, stained glass, and fabric. On display will be whimsical pencil drawings titled “Don Quixote,” “Of Eagles,” “Dawt,” “Icarus,” and “Godiva.”   “The exhibit will also include stories and anecdotes written by those who knew him and were influenced by him.  His children have endorsed the exhibit and will be providing some of the loaned items,” officials said.

For more information about the content of the upcoming exhibit, contact coordinator Gene Weinbeck at 417-274-0876, or by email at gene.weinbeck@gmail.com
WPCA will host an Exhibit Reception on Saturday, December 12, from 2-4 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend, view and discuss these wonderful pieces.  The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

 

 

The Missouri Immigrant Experience Exhibit

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A traveling photography exhibit featuring the immigrants who have helped shape Missouri will appear Sept. 15 through Oct. 14 at the Gallery on the Mezzanine at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St.

“The Missouri Immigrant Experience,” an exhibition curated by the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) in St. Louis, is being hosted by the Missouri State University-West Plains University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department and the West Plains Council on the Arts. Admission is free.

The exhibit, which features photographs of four Missouri-based artists, explores the lives and history of Missouri’s immigrants and refugees, showing immigrant workers who just arrived at the turn of the 20th century and highlighting modern refugee families from Asian, Bosnian and Latino populations in the Show-Me State, to reveal the depth of our communities’ immigrant roots. The photographs also depict refugee and immigrant families celebrating old and new traditions in their adopted homeland.

“We often forget just how much of a melting pot we actually are here in America. Photographs like the ones in this traveling exhibit remind us of our rich immigrant past, and they also show that Missouri is still a final destination for many immigrants and refugees today,” said Jennifer Moore, coordinator of theater and events for the U/CP Department.

A special opening reception for the exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 also will serve as the start of this year’s Ozarks Studies Symposium hosted by Missouri State-West Plains, organizers said. “We are pleased to once again participate in this reception for the symposium and hope the exhibit will spark many discussions in line with this year’s theme, ‘The Lure of the Ozarks,’” said Paula Speraneo, president of the West Plains Council on the Arts.

The annual Ozarks Studies Symposium celebrates various aspects of Ozarks culture through presentations and performances by representatives of the academic world and the public sector. The event, in its ninth year, reflects the university’s commitment to serve as a link between the predominantly rural region it serves and the world of higher education and scholarship, facilitating communication between these two communities and fostering a mutually beneficial relationship between them.

For more information about “The Missouri Immigrant Experience” exhibit, contact the U/CP office at 417-255-7966. For more information about other U/CP-sponsored events, visit http://wp.missouristate.edu/ucp/.

Additional information about the West Plains Council on the Arts, who receives partial funding from Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, may be obtained by visiting http://westplainsarts.org/. For more information about MIRA and its programs, visit http://www.mira-mo.org/

 

 

“YIKES, BIKES”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DENNIS CRIDER
TO BE FEATURED AT GALLERY AT THE CENTER EXHIBIT

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West Plains Council on the Arts invites everyone to view a distinctive collection of artwork by local photographer Dennis Crider in his exhibition titled “Yikes, Bikes”, photos of bicycles and bicycle parts at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from August 3 thru September 13, 2015. The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.
One of Dennis Crider’s earliest memories was a bicycle wreck he had when he was about four years old. This occurred on a quiet street in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. As he recalls, he was a couple of blocks from his house, wearing no helmet, when the wheels failed to get over an uneven portion of the street near the curb. Over he went and cracked his head on the concrete. Crider says, “It was the first time I actually saw stars just like cartoonists depict in the comic strips.”

About nine years after the skull-crushing incident, he was riding to Hamilton Junior High in Wichita alongside a childhood friend when his second accident occurred. He was chatting with his buddy while looking to the left when he crashed into a parked car. Over the top of the bicycle he went onto the car’s trunk. That one hurt too.

A few years later his daredevil instincts took over when he attempted to ride over a couple of large boulders and take a leap into a sinkhole. Needless to say, the bicycle did not make a safe landing, but Dennis managed to shake it off without much injury.

Bicycles have always been an interest to Dennis, but not as serious as his love for photography, which brings us up to date.

“Yikes, Bikes” shows various types of bicycles, from antiques to modern models, and the photographic techniques that were used show an evolution from antique to modern day styles. This collection includes bicycles in and around West Plains, as well as Cabool, Nixa, Springfield, and in the states of Arkansas, New Mexico, Kansas, Colorado and Illinois.

Crider’s final note, “Words of advice to all you bicycle riders out there. Always wear a helmet, always look where you are going, and never try to leap over boulders. I hope you enjoy the exhibit.
WPCA will host a Meet-the-Artists Reception on Saturday, August 15, from 12-2 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend, view and discuss these wonderful pieces
The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
Dennis Crider’s Facebook page has many more examples of his work and plans for other exhibits

 

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“IMAGE MAKERS” EXHIBIT

TO BE FEATURED AT THE GALLERY AT THE CENTER

 

 

West Plains Council on the Arts will sponsor an exhibit of photos by members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area, under the direction of Fine Arts Coordinator Deidre Button. The exhibit will be on display November 24 through December 12, 2014, at the Gallery at the Center, in the West Plains Civic Center. The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

WPCA President Paula Speraneo stated, “We are pleased to once again be able to showcase some of the work of these young artists, and want to demonstrate that their work has value.”

“All photos were taken by members participating in the Image Makers photography program. Members have learned various techniques such as leading the eye, pattern, texture, and macro photography. The program has really blossomed, and I’m excited to highlight the images these members have created,” says Button.

 

West Plains Council on the Arts will host a Meet-the-Artists Reception for the photographers on Wednesday, December 3, from 4:30-6 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend, view, and discuss the photos with the young artists. Proceeds from any sales will benefit future programs at the local Boys and Girls Club.

 

 

Kathryn Fisher holding her piece entitled “Lilies and Lemons en Plein Air”; Regina Willard holding “Texas Creek Bend”
Kathryn Fisher holding her piece entitled “Lilies and Lemons en Plein Air”; Regina Willard holding “Texas Creek Bend”

 

  “A BRUSH WITH LIFE”

ARTWORK BY REGINA WILLARD AND KATHRYN FISHER   

West Plains Council on the Arts invites everyone to view a unique collection of artwork by local artists Regina Willard and Kathryn Fisher in their exhibition titled “A Brush With Life” at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from October 6-26, 2014. The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

Regina Willard says, “I’m primarily a self-taught artist and painter working in oils and acrylics. My style would be considered painterly with an emphasis on color and expressive brushwork. Creativity comes from my surroundings…nature, conversations with people, intriguing shapes and color appeal to me greatly. I don’t particularly want to paint the photo or exactly what I see. I want to interpret it in paint and give it a new life beyond what is actually there.”

After years as a successful textile artist, Kathryn (Kat) Fisher shifted from painting with thickened dye on cotton cloth to painting with oil paint on cotton or linen canvas. Her work is impressionistic with a lean toward expressionism.  She has studied with such artists as Joshua Been, Dreama Tolle Perry, Michael McClure, John Porter Lasater IV, Matt Smith, C.W. Mundy and Carolyn Anderson. Her work encompasses landscapes, animals, still life and figurative paintings.  Her goal is to find beauty even in unexpected places and to bring to the viewer the joy, peace, excitement or wonder she found in the moment.  She is a member of the American Impressionist Society.

WPCA will host a Meet-the-Artists Reception on Saturday, October 18, from 1-3 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend, view and discuss the artwork.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

 

Gallery.Williams.HillServStn01WILLIAMS EXHIBITION TO HIGHLIGHT OPENING RECEPTION OF THE 2014 OZARKS STUDIES SYMPOSIUM

 

Barbara Williams, artist and per course faculty member at Missouri State University -West Plains, will be the guest speaker at the opening reception for the Ozarks Studies Symposium on Thursday,

September 18, from 5 – 7 PM on the mezzanine at the West Plains Civic Center. Her photographic exhibit, “Ozark Snapshots”, will be on display from September 15 through October 5, 2014.

 

These “snapshots” of Ozarks family members caught in a moment of time are of actual people and actual places in could-have-been combinations.  Williams states, “Memories, and what my eyes still see, are combined in mixed media collage of etchings, water media and photographs.  Producing them has been a way to stop time, making it stay; to keep the people, places and things with me which are too valuable to disappear and which have too quickly changed.  Collected items such as brightly colored 1930’s tablecloths, wall coverings, period furniture and images of remaining Ozarks native stone buildings serve as inspiration and reference for these pieces of a time ‘here and gone.’”

The reception is admission free and sponsored by the West Plains Council on the Arts and Community Foundation of the Ozarks with financial support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

 

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Beatlemania Exhibit to be Featured

at the Gallery at the Center

 

West Plains Council on the Arts, in support of the Ozarks Beatlemania Festival, invites everyone to view a unique collection of photos and other memorabilia commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles weekend stay at Pigman Ranch on the banks of the Eleven Point River near Alton in the Missouri Ozarks. The exhibit will be featured at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from August 1 through September 12, 2014.  The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

 

The Alton Community Foundation, an affiliate of Community Foundation of the Ozarks, has collected and catalogued a unique display which celebrates the anniversary of the Beatles’ 1964 visit. The official website http://ozarksbeatlemania.com/ states: “Res­i­dents of the Mis­souri Ozarks, Ore­gon County, the sur­round­ing towns, and espe­cially the River­ton com­mu­nity, have regaled oth­ers with sto­ries of Pig­man Ranch and its rich and col­or­ful his­tory for many decades, includ­ing the unex­pected visit of the Bea­t­les for a leisurely week­end on Sep­tem­ber 18–20, 1964. Reed Pig­man, through his char­ter air­line, Amer­i­can Fly­ers, con­tracted to fly the Bea­t­les to their con­cert des­ti­na­tions dur­ing their U.S. tour in 1964.  After their Dal­las con­cert, the Fab Four and entourage had a 3 day break before fly­ing to New York City, the last stop on their tour.  Brian Epstein, Bea­t­les man­ager, took Pig­man up on offer of a quiet, leisurely week­end on the ranch in the Mis­souri Ozarks.  No instru­ments, no music, no scream­ing fans (well, that didn’t work out so well) just horse­back rid­ing, fish­ing, swim­ming, rest, and relaxation.”

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The exhibit will be on display until the Liverpool Legends Concert at the West Plains Civic Center at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12.  The 2012 Grammy nominee Liverpool Legends Tribute Band, hand-picked by Louise Harrison, sister of the late Beatle George Harrison, performs songs spanning the entire career of the Beatles and on through their solo years.  With precise attention to instruments and special effects, the Liverpool Legends make you feel like you are back in the 60’s at the real thing!

 

The Liverpool Legends have played all over the world and in historic places such as Carnegie Hall and the Cavern Club in Liverpool, made famous by the Beatles. The Tribute Band now a rock and roll staple of Branson, has appeared on the Travel Channel’s “Beatlemania Britain” and headlined “International Beatles’ Week” in Liverpool where 100,000 Beatles fans jammed Victoria Street to hear them in concert.  Liverpool Legends general admission tickets can be purchased at the West Plains Civic Center (417-256-6123), The Train 100.9 (417-264-7211) or at www.ticketmaster.com

 

 

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 “HANDS AT WORK AND PLAY”

KELLI ALBIN’S PHOTOGRAPHY TO BE FEATURED AT GALLERY AT THE CENTER EXHIBIT

 

West Plains Council on the Arts invites everyone to view a unique collection of photographs from artist Kelli Albin, in her exhibition titled “Hands at Work and Play” at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from July 1 through July 27, 2014. The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

A 1984 graduate of West Plains High School, Albin attended Oral Roberts University, where she majored in Commercial Art, graduating in 1987. She obtained her teaching certificate in Art and Special Reading from Missouri State University-West Plains, and has received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.    Albin began teaching Art in 1990 at West Plains Elementary, later at Howell Valley School, and is currently teaching art at Dora R-III to students in K – 12th Grade.   She has recently added MSU-WP to her teaching resume, adding a class in photography there.   In addition to teaching she enjoys photography, drawing, painting, jewelry making, and writing and illustrating children’s books.

About her current exhibit, “Hands at Work and Play”, Albin states “The idea for this exhibit came about when I took some photos of my Uncle Glen playing his fiddle. I liked the close up shot of his hands doing what he loved to do.  I began to pursue this idea by taking pictures of my friend Michelle Carlson, throwing a pot on the wheel.  Michelle showed the photos to her son, Brian, who is a hand therapist.  He really liked the idea and wanted to see more. He thought the photos would be a good decorating theme for his clinic.  With that thought in mind, I was spurred to bring my idea to completion. So, eventually this exhibit became a reality. “

Organizers hope the community will take advantage of this opportunity to view this black-and-white collection during the exhibit’s stay at the Civic Center.

WPCA will host a Meet-the-Artist Reception for Kelli Albin on Saturday, July 12, from 1-3 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend, view and discuss the artwork with Albin.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

 

 

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 “WINDS OF THE SOUTHWEST”

JOYCE FRANCE’S ARTWORK TO BE FEATURED AT GALLERY AT THE CENTER EXHIBIT

 

West Plains Council on the Arts invites everyone to view the unique artwork of artist Joyce France, in her exhibition titled “Winds of the Southwest” at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from April 21 through May 18, 2014. The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

France came from Southern California in 1963, and has lived in West Plains ever since. She spent a lot of time in Arizona and found inspiration in the rich colors of the southwestern desert.  Many of her paintings have a southwestern flavor, especially in the choice of colors.  France says, “Using a pallet knife is my very favorite method of getting those vivid colors on canvas.”

france4With a lifelong love of photography, France operated Foto’s from France photography studio for twelve years in West Plains. “Photography taught me a lot about composition and lighting, and by doing my own printing I learned about color,” France said.  She painted a bit in the late 80’s and early 90’s then set it aside to manage her business, France Fire Extinguisher Company.

France recently started painting again, mostly oils, but loves art of all kinds, including gourd art, which will be represented by several gourd pieces in the exhibit.

“I first saw gourd art in Arizona about 4 years ago and knew immediately this was something I had to try.  The process involves carving, burning, inlay, and beading.  Each gourd is unique in its shape, color, and markings and these features help determine the design I create. With so many shapes available, the possibilities are endless.”

WPCA will host a Meet-the-Artist Reception for Joyce France on Saturday, April 26, from 10 am to noon, in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend and take advantage of this opportunity to view and discuss the artwork with France.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

 

 

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MEET THE ARTIST RECEPTION AT THE
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

 

A Meet the Artist Reception will be held at the Boys and Girls Club, 613 W. First Street in West Plains, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 4:30 to 6:30 PM, in conjunction with their “Open the Door to Art” exhibit during National Boys and Girls Club Week March 24-29. The community is invited to stop by the Club during this open house.

 

“We’re very glad to have this opportunity to recognize and encourage these young artists. We urge community members to take advantage of this chance to view the artwork and personally meet the artists,” WPCA President Paula Speraneo said.  “Club members, under the direction of Arts Coordinator Deidre Button, have some very interesting pieces to exhibit, and we definitely want to demonstrate that their efforts have value to us.”

For more information about this exhibit or the Boys and Girls Club, phone 417-204-CLUB or arts@bgcluwp.com.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area and West Plains Council on the Arts.

 

 

 

DuddenSketchRICHARD DUDDEN’S ARTWORK – “ABSTRACT. SOULFUL. RAW.”   TO BE FEATURED AT GALLERY AT THE CENTER EXHIBIT

 

West Plains Council on the Arts invites everyone to view unique artwork selections in “The Richard Dudden Exhibit – Abstract. Soulful. Raw.” which will be on display at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from February 17 through March 16, 2014.  The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

Richard Dudden was born in Colorado and just recently moved to West Plains with his wife and daughter from Springfield, Missouri. He has been crafting since the age of six using wood and recycled materials, and illustrating ever since he could hold a crayon

Dudden’s artwork comes from his soul, a visionary using common objects to create his unique art. His sculptures are often made from reclaimed or donated wood. A majority of his paintings are layered with joint compound mud, salvaged paint and scavenged elements. In each piece of art, Richard’s imagination is captured in subtle details.

“Every piece of my work has a story. My artwork comes from years of experiences seen and unseen. It is more than just a painting or wood carving, it’s a piece of me.” Says Dudden.

He designed and painted many murals around the Springfield area, including one at Bowerman Elementary School. In August 2008, during a First Friday Art Walk, he created a 50-foot jungle-themed mural in oil pastels at the Metro Credit Union.

Supporters say Dudden can turn any vision into a reality. From custom murals, illustrations, to business signs, his one of a kind visions prevail in his passion to create a lasting impression.  He looks forward to getting involved in the community arts.

WPCA will host a Meet-the-Artist Reception for Dudden on Saturday, February 22 from 10 am to noon, in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend and take advantage of this opportunity to view and discuss the artwork with Dudden.

 

 

 

Lee Burrow with memorial brass of “Sir George Speke” Dowlish Wake Somerset. In armour, c. 1528
Lee Burrow with memorial brass of “Sir George Speke” Dowlish Wake Somerset. In armour, c. 1528

GALLERY AT THE CENTER TO FEATURE

SESSIONS ENGLISH MEMORIAL BRASSES

 

The “Sessions English Memorial Brasses” will be on exhibit at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from October 15 through November 30, 2013. The collection consists of twelve brass memorial plaques, facsimiles of originals that are housed in English churches.  In mediaeval England it was the custom for those who died to have brass plaques engraved to their memory.  These were often tomb markers and portraits and were laid on the floor or walls of the church.  The memorial portraits are accurate pictures of the past, telling us about social customs, armour, trades, professions, and family stories.  They depict a 350-year period of England’s history.  Several thousand of these “brasses” adorned churches throughout England, but religious purges in the 1500’s and 1600’s destroyed and damaged many. The popular hobby of brass rubbing – rubbing an impression of the engraving onto paper using a hard wax crayon – is thought by some to have added more to the damage.

Each piece in the Sessions Collection was either acquired or commissioned by Dr. Kenneth Sessions while he was living in England and together, represented a cross-section of brasses found in English churches. The facsimiles were molded on the original brass in the church to give them the exact size and character of the originals.  The replicas could be safely rubbed to produce an exact result.  It is a simple and beautiful, ages-old art form, easily managed by everyone.  Sessions brought his collection to Ava, Missouri, where they subsequently went on loan to the Ava Fine Art Gallery and Museum.  When Dr. Sessions left Ava for a home in Waco, Texas, he transferred ownership of the collection to Lee Burrow, president of the Ava Art Guild and co-owner with her spouse Chuck of the Ava Fine Art Gallery, Three Sisters Store, and the Ava Theater. Under Lee’s auspices, the brasses were exhibited for a number of years at the Upstairs Gallery, where many children and adults had the opportunity to view the extraordinary artwork and make brass rubbings of their own to take home.

In January of this year, Lee and Chuck made their new home in West Plains, and with them, the Sessions English Memorial Brasses found a new home with the West Plains Council on the Arts. The twelve panels range greatly in size.  The smallest, “Anne A. Wode (Wood)” measuring 8” x 20” is described as a lady holding two swaddled chrysams (infants) who died in childbirth.  It is dated at 1512.  The largest, “The Peyton Trio” measuring 39” x 81” memorializes Sir Thomas Peyton and his three wives, c.1484.  The WPCA will host a Meet-the-Artist and Thank-You reception for Lee and Chuck Burrow on Saturday, October 26 from 10 am to noon, in the Gallery at the Center.  Lee will share background information on the Sessions Collection and lead a hands-on workshop on making brass rubbings for children and adults.

brassrubbingBrass rubbings workshops for school groups will be offered. Those interested in arranging such a workshop should call Paula Speraneo at 417-293-2325.

Kenneth Sessions while he was living in England and together, represented a cross-section of brasses found in English churches. The facsimiles were molded on the original brass in the church to give them the exact size and character of the originals.  The replicas could be safely rubbed to produce an exact result.  It is a simple and beautiful, ages-old art form, easily managed by everyone.  Sessions brought his collection to Ava, Missouri, where they subsequently went on loan to the Ava Fine Art Gallery and Museum.  When Dr. Sessions left Ava for a home in Waco, Texas, he transferred ownership of the collection to Lee Burrow, president of the Ava Art Guild and co-owner with her spouse Chuck of the Ava Fine Art Gallery, Three Sisters Store, and the Ava Theater. Under Lee’s auspices, the brasses were exhibited for a number of years at the Upstairs Gallery, where many children and adults had the opportunity to view the extraordinary artwork and make brass rubbings of their own to take home.

In January of this year, Lee and Chuck made their new home in West Plains, and with them, the Sessions English Memorial Brasses found a new home with the West Plains Council on the Arts. The twelve panels range greatly in size.  The smallest, “Anne A. Wode (Wood)” measuring 8” x 20” is described as a lady holding two swaddled chrysams (infants) who died in childbirth.  It is dated at 1512.  The largest, “The Peyton Trio” measuring 39” x 81” memorializes Sir Thomas Peyton and his three wives, c.1484.  The WPCA will host a Meet-the-Artist and Thank-You reception for Lee and Chuck Burrow on Saturday, October 26 from 10 am to noon, in the Gallery at the Center.  Lee will share background information on the Sessions Collection and lead a hands-on workshop on making brass rubbings for children and adults.

Brass rubbings workshops for school groups will be offered. Those interested in arranging such a workshop should call Paula Speraneo at 417-293-2325.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.