The people have spoken! The People’s Choice $50.00 cash prize winner in the Arts Council of Barton County’s October “Monsters on Main Street” competition is Andrea Braker, with”Your Spooky State Representative – Mike Kelley!” Mike Kelley as a “Lamar landmark?” Yeah, we get it! That’s awesome! And Andrea obviously put a lot of time and effort into this super-creative Halloween entry! So CONGRATULATIONS ANDREA! You can come pick up your prize at The Gallery any Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM – and now through Christmas, any Sunday as well, from 11:00 to 2:00.

A big “thank you” to everyone who entered and who made our October art show at The Gallery so much fun. Everyone can come pick up their entries during the same hours listed above. Here’s a photo gallery of all the entries – enjoy!

Attention Barton County artists and photographers – it’s time to have some good, old fashioned Halloween fun!

Monsters on Main Street

When the Arts Council runs a photography contest, the first rule is usually that every picture must be “as taken,” with no manipulation using Photoshop or other computer graphics programs.

WELL, NOT THIS TIME! For the “Monsters on Main Street” competition, you not only CAN manipulate your images any way you want, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO!

Here is the basic premise of the “Monsters on Main Street” competition:

1. Take a photograph here in the Lamar/Barton County area of a common Main Street landmark everyone who lives here would recognize, such as the Courthouse, stores on the Square, the Plaza Theater, Harry Truman’s birthplace, the grade school or high school, the football field, McDonalds/Sonic/Pizza Hut, a cemetery, the library, Walmart, the laundromat, Wheeler Park, well known area homes — any place we locals would be sure to recognize.

2. Drop one or more monsters into the scene, by whatever means at your disposal. Whether that means Photoshoping images into the picture, having real people in costume pose for the shot, physically pasting in cut out pictures collage-style — whatever you can dream up, it’s all good! The sky’s the limit! Take this basic one-two concept, landmark + monsters, and let your imagination soar!

3. Be as creative as you can – that’s all there is to it!

4. All entries will be displayed throughout the month of October at The Gallery, 206 W. 10th St., Lamar.

5. Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite entry, and the “People’s Choice” winner will receive a $50.00 cash prize!

6. The “Monsters on Main Street” contest IS NOT LIMITED TO PHOTOGRAPHS ONLY! Artists, feel free to express the premise outlined above in any medium of your choosing – painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, mixed media, etc. Put a local landmark and monsters together any way you want, and you’re in the show and contest!

7. There is NO LIMIT on the number of times you can enter! Create as many awesome scenes as you want! The more works you enter, the better your chances of winning the cash prize!

8. The Arts Council reserves the right to refuse any entry that does not follow the “ground rules” below:

Some Ground Rules:

“Monsters on Main Street” is intended to be an exercise in good, old fashioned creative Halloween fun! By the word “Monster,” we are thinking of the creepy creatures of classic Hollywood movies, such as vampires, werewolves, ghosts and ghouls, gargoyles and goblins, Frankenstein, zombies, skeletons, mummies, Godzilla, King Kong, the Blob, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc. Classic creatures of myth and folklore would be great too, i.e., Big Foot, Momo the Monster (anybody remember him?), the Loch Ness Monster, flying saucers, aliens, giant black panthers, etc.

Just keep it fun – and Family Friendly!

Kitsch and camp are great, genuinely spooky is wonderful, strange and mysterious are just what we have in mind! However, ABSOLUTELY – NO crazy killers, NO chainsaws, NO axe murders, NO blood, NO gore, NO violence, NOTHING even mildly suggestive in an “adult” way – PERIOD. Let’s make “Monsters on Main Street” a fun and fascinating show that everyone of any age can safely enjoy!


THE DEADLINE FOR ENTERING HAS BEEN EXTENDED!!!  You can now bring your awesome entries in throughout the month of October! We will collect “People’s Choice” ballots only during the last week of the month, to allow the maximum number of entries to be on display when voting begins. The ballots will be counted, and the $50 cash prize winner announced on Halloween! Bring entries ready to hang to The Arts Council Gallery, 206 W 10th St., Lamar, just west of the Square on 10th St. The Gallery is open every Tuesday through Friday from 11:00AM to 5:30PM.

Questions? Comments? Email The Arts Council at ArtsCouncilofBartonCounty@yahoo.com. Thanks! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

With a record breaking 70 entries, the Ninth Annual Youth Art & Photography Contest held in conjunction with the 2011 Lamar Free Fair was the biggest, most successful contest so far! If you missed your chance to visit the Gallery and see the show on display while the Fair was in town, fear not! Thanks to the generosity of all the fine young artists and photographers involved, we have held the entire display over as The Gallery’s “featured artist” show for the full month of September. So make time this month to visit The Gallery and view these fabulous creations by Barton County’s best and brightest young people! The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM. We hope to see you soon!

First Place Winners:

Lexa Curtis, “Bonnie’s Butterfly”; Mandy Radspinner, “Sweet Corn”; Hannah Venable, “Relief”; Alannis Divine, “Gang”; Xanadayuz Selman, “Self Portrait”, Jesse Moore, “Flower”

Second Place Winners:

Rebeca Darrow, “From God’s Paintbrush”; Kayla Mayfield, “Dragonfly”; Lexi Phipps, “The Summer Pond”; Alannis Divine, “Boy”; Nick Moore, “Flowers”; Hannah Venable, “Meow”

Third Place Winners:

Jordan Splitter, “Golden Eyes”; Mandy Radspinner, “Static”; Hannah Venable, “Cracked Glass”; Kayla McCullough, “Spring Breeze”; Keaton Trout, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”; Hannah Venable, “Exotic Starfish”

Honorable Mention Winners:

Zonetta Venable, “Rocks & Grass”; Kayla Mayfield, “Bee”; Mark Venable, “Skull at Peace”; Montana Washburn, “Puppy Love”; Kayla McCullough, “Play Time”; Kayla McCullough, “Backyard Butterflies”; Ella Harris, “Our Freedom”; Cori Griffitt, “Unicorn Tree”; Riley Griffitt, “Unicorn”; Addison Berryhill, “Foes”; Mandy Radspinner, “Cubed”; Mark Venable, “Tiger”; Dylan Hill, “Eagle”; Grace Compton & Kelsey Taffner, “Tiger”; Emma Moore, “Flowers”; Lexi Phipps, “Starlight Butterfly”; Dalton Schlichting, “My M&M”; Conor Tannlund, “Cat”; Alex Davis, “Cone Flower”

People’s Choice:

Two People’s Choice trophies were awarded as well, based on the votes of Fair goers who came into The Gallery to view the show during the week of the Fair. The People’s Choice trophy for art went to Keaton Trout for his painting “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” The People’s Choice trophy for photography went to Kayla Mayfield for her photograph “Dragonfly.”

Congratulations to all!

Sample Photo Gallery: Art

Sample Photo Gallery: Photography

See lots more in the full show at The Gallery, all this month!

General Guidelines

  • Entries must be original work of youth aged 16 years old or younger.
  • Art themes may explore any subject, style or medium.
  • Photography: No posed portrait photography, but any artistic theme is welcome – nature, animals, people (candid), buildings, scenery, weather, interesting close-ups, whatever catches your artistic photographer’s eye! The sky’s the limit! But all photographs must be “as taken,” and cannot be manipulated in Photoshop or other graphics computer programs.
  • Entries will be exhibited throughout the entire month of August at The Arts Council Gallery, 206 W 10th St., Lamar.
  • Judging will occur immediately prior to the opening of the Lamar Free Fair.


Categories for judging this year will be based on age alone, rather than on thematic categories. All art will compete against all other art, and all photographs will compete against all other photographs within the creator’s age group, regardless of theme. The age groups in which prizes in both art and photography will be awarded are:


Under age 10

Ages 10 through 12

Ages 13 through 16



Under age 10

Ages 10 through 12

Ages 13 through 16


Photo must be 8 x 10 and matted

Mat can be any color or size.

No frames or double matting.

Limit of five photos per person


Photography Awards (each age group)

First place: $25

Second place:$10

Third place: $5

Peoples’ Choice: Trophy (one People’s Choice Trophy will be awarded for photography, not one for each age group. All entries will be eligible to win the People’s Choice Trophy, not just those that take ribbons, so it’s a whole ‘nother opportunity to win!)



Art should be ready to hang & may be of any size, theme and medium

Art Awards (each age group)

First place: $25

Second place:$10

Third place: $5

People’s Choice: Trophy (one People’s Choice Trophy will be awarded for art, not one for each age group)


How to Enter:

Bring entries to the Arts Council Gallery, 206 W. 10th St., Lamar (just west of the Square on 10th St.) Tuesday through Friday between 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM, any date between Tuesday, July 26th and Wednesday, August 17th. All entries will be displayed in the art gallery beginning the day they are received, so the sooner you turn in your entry, the longer it will be on display, and the more people will see it! So submit your work early!

All entries will remain on display throughout the Lamar Free fair, which ends Saturday, August 27th. Entries will be available for pick up Tuesday, August 30th through Friday, September 2nd, any time between 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM.

The amazing Gino Gebelin (www.theeveningtree.com) played live last night before an appreciative crowd at The Gallery/Wild Plum Cafe – good music, good food, good friends, and cool, cool air-conditioning! A night to remember! Here are some pics:

“Fowl Play,” an exhibit of paintings by renowned Southwest Missouri wildlife artist Kevin Guinn, winner of the 1992 Missouri Duck Stamp Competition, will be on display through July 31st at The Arts Council Gallery located at 206 W 10th St., Lamar. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. This exhibit is free and open to the public.


There will be an artist’s reception for Mr. Guinn at the Arts Council Gallery on Saturday, July 30th from 2:00 to 4:00, with complimentary refreshments provided by The Wild Plum Café. All are welcome to attend!


Guinn was born and raised in La Russell, Missouri, and currently resides in Sarcoxie. His great aunt was an artist, who taught him to draw when he was small child. He grew up sketching detailed farm and wildlife scenes, but only took up the painter’s palette when he learned of the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s annual Federal Duck Stamp Competition. Though he never won the national prize, his painting “Gadwalls” took first place in the Missouri Waterfowl Stamp Competition in 1992. In 2010, he placed in the top 10 in the Nevada Duck Stamp Competition, as well. He routinely competes in both duck and trout stamp competitions in Missouri, Oklahoma and Nevada. Approximately 25 of his colorful works are included in the July exhibit at The Arts Council Gallery.

Here are a bunch of pics from the 2nd Annual Lamar Open Air Art Show, held Saturday July 16th under the Moore Pavilion in Lamar – in connection with the Missouri State Chili Cook-off!