Lunch With Art

 LUNCH WITH ART

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host a quarterly “Lunch with Art” event for current and prospective members in the meeting room at the West Plains Public Library, 750 West Main, West Plains.

After the brief program, WPCA board members will host open discussion on current plans, programs available through Arts Alliance partners, and invite attendees to comment regarding future arts endeavors for the area. Here’s an opportunity to open conversation with current board members and contribute to the future of arts in West Plains.

Lunch will be catered by Dawn Dionne. Cost of the luncheon is $10 for WPCA members, $15 for non-members. Reservations should be  made online through the current Lunch with Art event page, by calling Paula at 417-293-2325, or via email info@westplainsarts.org

Individual membership is $25/year. Other membership levels and benefits are described on the website westplainsarts.org, along with a membership application.

 

 

MAY 2021 Lunch with Art


WPCA QUARTERLY “LUNCH WITH ART”

FEATURES THE DAVIS CREEK ROUNDERS

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host their quarterly “Lunch with Art” event for current and prospective members on Monday, May 17, from noon till 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the West Plains Public Library, 750 West Broadway, West Plains. The Davis Creek Rounders – Dennis Crider, Marideth Sisco, and Ken Wagoner – will be the featured presenters.

               It’s the long-awaited return of one of the Old-Time Music Festival’s earliest old-time music groups – the Davis Creek Rounders – What’s left of us.

Over the decades a number of musicians, both local and those passing through, sat in with a core group that met every Thursday in the music room at the home of West Plains resident and MSU biology professor Rick Cochran. That core group included former Quill sports editor Dennis Crider, attorney Ken Wagoner, and former Quill staff writer Marideth Sisco. Rick passed away in 2017. Crider, Wagoner and Sisco are pleased to be reuniting for this special performance to celebrate the many happy years they spent ‘Thursday nights at Rick’s.’  Sisco says, “It was a mighty good time every time, and we’re pleased to share again those happy memories.”

After the brief program, WPCA board members will open discussion on current plans, programs available through Arts Alliance partners, and invite discussion regarding future arts endeavors for the area. Here’s an opportunity to open conversation with current board members and contribute to the future of arts in West Plains.

Attendance is limited, so reserve your spot early. Masks will be required to attend this program. “While we appreciate that masks are somewhat inconvenient, best practices at this time call for wearing one indoors when close to others,” organizers say. “We’ll do our best to provide a safe, socially distanced, but intimate experience for all.”

FEBRUARY 2021 LUNCH WITH ART

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host their quarterly “Lunch with Art” event for current and prospective members on Monday, February 8, from noon till 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the West Plains Public Library, 750 West Broadway, West Plains. Melissa Smith, Tourism Coordinator for the City of West Plains, will be the featured presenter.

Come and learn about the new ideas for local Public Art projects. Smith will also bring us up to date on the progress and changes being made at the Welcome Center, cultural tourism efforts for West Plains, and how the arts can be involved.

Smith says, “A 16-foot vintage postcard that says “greetings from West Plains” is going up on the outside wall of the Welcome Center. More is planned – just something to get people to stop or divert here to see. Then we can make sure they get a Visitor’s Guidebook and hopefully they will spend some money while they are here…eating or shopping, or decide to spend the night and venture out to see one of the mills…or make us their destination on their next trip.”

After the brief program, WPCA board members will open discussion on current plans, programs available through Arts Alliance partners, and invite discussion regarding future arts endeavors for the area. Here’s an opportunity to open conversation with current board members and contribute to the future of arts in West Plains.

Attendance is limited, so reserve your spot early. Masks will be required to attend this program. “While we appreciate that masks are somewhat inconvenient, best practices at this time call for wearing one indoors when close to others,” organizers say. “We’ll do our best to provide a safe, socially distanced, but intimate experience for all.”

 

NOVEMBER 2020 LUNCH WITH ART

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host their quarterly “Lunch with Art” event for current and prospective members on Monday, November 16, from noon till 1p.m. in the Community Room at    the West Plains Public Library, 750 West Broadway, West Plains. Marideth Sisco will be the featured presenter.

Masks will be required to attend this program. “While we appreciate that masks are somewhat inconvenient, best practices at this time call for wearing one indoors when close to others,” organizers say. “We’ll do our best to provide a safe, socially distanced, but intimate experience for all.”
 
Attendance is limited, so reserve your spot early.
 

Marideth Sisco’s observations on life in the Ozarks are carefully distilled from a wealth of hill-country lore handed down through generations of rural and small-town living. At turns heartwarming, hilarious and haunting; the tales extracted from family, townspeople and her personal journey are a tapestry of humor, irony and a discerning wit, prying timeless truths from the stark simplicity of life lived close to the bone and closer to nature.

She shares, “I began my singing career at age 3, standing on an ice cream freezer at an auction, when my great uncle Tom Ferguson stood me up there during a break in the sale and told me to sing for the crowd. I’ve never stopped.”

She’s never stopped talking about the Missouri Ozarks where she was born and raised, either. A consummate storyteller and extemporaneous speaker, especially when it comes to sharing tales of the unique Ozarks culture that is fast passing away, Sisco is much in demand as a public speaker.

An Ozarks mainstay, Sisco has invested much of her life in cultural preservation work. Years were spent covering her community as a reporter for the West Plains Daily Quill newspaper before her retirement. Today, her writing still is heard regularly through “These Ozarks Hills,” her radio program on KSMU that focuses on the daily life, joys and lore of the region. She also garnered national recognition through the acclaimed film “Winter’s Bone,” in which she served as a music consultant and vocalist. She is a Missouri Master storyteller and is the 2018 winner of the Quill Award from the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame.

Reservations may be made online through the November 2020 Lunch with Art event page, by calling Paula at 417-293-2325, or via email info@westplainsarts.org

FEBRUARY 2020 LUNCH WITH ART

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host “Lunch with Art” for current and prospective members on February 10 from noon till 1p.m. in the community room at the West Plains Public Library,  750 West Broadway, West Plains. Dennis Crider will give a presentation on some of his photography adventures and techniques.

West Plains, Missouri photographer Dennis Crider took his first picture at the age of 4 during a family vacation at Yellowstone National Park. It was a shot of Old Faithful blowing its top and that photo was recently found among thousands of family photographs.

Hailing from Wichita, Kansas, Dennis was yearbook and newspaper photographer in high school and college and learned much of his trade while working for a film processing plant in Wichita during summer months. In 1969 he became a reporter/photographer at the West Plains Daily Quill newspaper. By the time he retired in 2008 he was head photographer and sports editor.

Since retirement he has been busy photographing things that don’t talk back and selling photos at art shows in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. His favorite subjects are wildlife, nature, scenic, landscapes and the cowboy way. He also recently co-authored a coffee table book “Last Stage to Matador” with Rick and Beverly Hamby, and future plans include another book of a stagecoach journey through Palo Duro Canyon in the panhandle of Texas. That adventure will be in May this year.

NOVEMBER 2019 LUNCH WITH ART

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host “Lunch with Art” for current and prospective members on November 19, 2019, from noon till 1p.m. in the meeting room at The Hampton Inn, 1064 London Lane, West Plains.  Angela Bullard will demonstrate Wool Needle Felting techniques.

Angela Bullard has been an art lover from childhood, always experimenting with different techniques and mediums to see what can be created. Bullard studied art in college and has attended many classes and workshops in Chicago and regionally. Since moving back home to West Plains she has received many awards for her eclectic work at juried and non-juried shows at the Harlin Museum.

Angela has dabbled in watercolor, oils, colored pencils, acrylics, wax, pastels and fibers. She stumbled across the art of needle felting while in a fiber phase working on her crochet skills. The technique requires a sharp, barbed needle that is “stabbed” repeatedly into loose wool fibers. This friction from the needle’s barbs makes the wool felt or bond together. The next logical step was to make landscapes! Wools come in a gorgeous array of colors and have the benefit of a textural appearance, so paintings have a real feeling of depth. Historically, wool felting has been used to make shelter and clothing as well as decorative pieces. Come and enjoy learning about the fascinating and beautiful technique of needle felting with Angela!

After the brief program, WPCA board members will open discussion on current plans, programs available through Arts Alliance partners, and invite discussion regarding future arts endeavors for the area. Here’s an opportunity to open conversation with current board members and contribute to the future of arts in West Plains.

Lunch will be catered by Dawn Dionne. Cost of the luncheon is $10 for WPCA members, $15 for non-members. Reservations should be made by November 9, and may be made online through the November Lunch with Art event page, by calling Paula at 417-293-2325, or via email info@westplainsarts.org

Individual membership is $25/year. Other membership levels and benefits are described on the website westplainsarts.org, along with a membership application.

AUGUST 2019  LUNCH WITH ART

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host their first “Lunch with Art” event for current and prospective members on August 27, 2019, from noon till 1p.m. in the meeting room at The Hampton Inn, 1064 London Lane, West Plains.

Regina Willard will demonstrate her quick painting techniques, painting a bouquet on a 6×8 small canvas, and will have some pieces for sale as well. Willard’s paintings are sparked by familiar surroundings, subjects she enjoys observing. She considers her style impressionistic with emphasis on brushwork and notes of color.  “When I paint, I want to give something of myself whether it be an emotion or feeling by way of a color or a mark made. I’m most intrigued by movement of paint and how a mark laid next to another in a different direction can give a subject life…… drawing the viewer to engage in my work.”

After the brief program, WPCA board members will open discussion on current plans, programs available through Arts Alliance partners, and invite discussion regarding future arts endeavors for the area. Here’s an opportunity to open conversation with current board members and contribute to the future of arts in West Plains.

Lunch will be catered by Dawn Dionne. Cost of the luncheon is $10 for WPCA members, $15 for non-members. Reservations should be made by August 20, and may be made online through the August Lunch with Art event page, by calling Paula at 417-293-2325, or via email info@westplainsarts.org

WPCA QUARTERLY “LUNCH WITH ART”

FEATURES THE DAVIS CREEK ROUNDERS

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host their quarterly “Lunch with Art” event for current and prospective members on Monday, May 17, from noon till 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the West Plains Public Library, 750 West Broadway, West Plains. The Davis Creek Rounders – Dennis Crider, Marideth Sisco, and Ken Wagoner – will be the featured presenters.

               It’s the long-awaited return of one of the Old-Time Music Festival’s earliest old-time music groups – the Davis Creek Rounders – What’s left of us.

Over the decades a number of musicians, both local and those passing through, sat in with a core group that met every Thursday in the music room at the home of West Plains resident and MSU biology professor Rick Cochran. That core group included former Quill sports editor Dennis Crider, attorney Ken Wagoner, and former Quill staff writer Marideth Sisco. Rick passed away in 2017. Crider, Wagoner and Sisco are pleased to be reuniting for this special performance to celebrate the many happy years they spent ‘Thursday nights at Rick’s.’  Sisco says, “It was a mighty good time every time, and we’re pleased to share again those happy memories.”

After the brief program, WPCA board members will open discussion on current plans, programs available through Arts Alliance partners, and invite discussion regarding future arts endeavors for the area. Here’s an opportunity to open conversation with current board members and contribute to the future of arts in West Plains.

Attendance is limited, so reserve your spot early. Masks will be required to attend this program. “While we appreciate that masks are somewhat inconvenient, best practices at this time call for wearing one indoors when close to others,” organizers say. “We’ll do our best to provide a safe, socially distanced, but intimate experience for all.”