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The Arts Council of Barton County will host a Free Open Air Art Show, featuring works by local fine and folk artists, photographers, sculptors, handcrafted jewelry makers and more, to be held in conjunction with the 2011 Missouri State Chili Cook-off in Lamar, Missouri. This event will benefit the Rebuilding Fund for St Mary’s Catholic Church, which was tragically destroyed by fire in 2009. http://www.catholicextension.org/site/epage/98416_667.htm. The church has been rebuilt and is back in service, but much remains to be paid for! Please help!

When: Saturday, July 16th, 2011, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Where: Moore Pavilion, 103 East 10th St., Lamar Missouri. The Moore Pavilion is one block east of the historic Lamar town square.

How Much?: This event is FREE, but donations to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Rebuilding Fund will be gratefully accepted.

Contact: To have your work included in the Art Show, please call Chris @ 417-214-5458. For info on the Missouri State Chili Cook-off, call Dixie @ 417-682-5432. For more info on the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Rebuilding Fund, go here. http://www.stmarysfirelamar.com.

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Photo Courtesy of Griifitt Photography

Sandra Conrad - Photo Courtesy of Griffitt Photography

“Raw,” an exhibit of emotionally charged oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, sculpture, and charcoal and pen and ink drawings by Mount Vernon artist Sandra Conrad will be on display in the Arts Council Gallery through June 30th, at 206 W 10th St. in Lamar. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 to 5:30. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

There will be an artist’s reception for Ms. Conrad at the Gallery on Saturday, June 11th from 2:00 to 4:00, with refreshments provided by The Wild Plum Café. All are welcome to attend!

A Southwest Missouri native, Conrad was born in Neosho, lived in Joplin for many years, and now resides in Mount Vernon. She currently attends Missouri Southern State University, though she was a working artist long before deciding to enroll in traditional “art school.” She has taught classes at the Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, and has personally shared her intense and evocative paintings and sculptures with collectors and art aficionados at shows and festivals throughout the state. Her mission as an artist is “to open people’s eyes” to a deeper emotional dimension too many disregard while immersed in the ordinary routines of life. With images ranging from the dreamlike, to the disturbing, to the sorrowful, to the impishly lighthearted, Conrad’s work runs the gamut of human emotion and imagination, and leads viewers to a deeper confrontation with themselves.

This summer, Conrad will teach a class on creating “altered books,” a striking example of which can be viewed in the current Gallery exhibit. The class will be held at the Gallery, and is sponsored by The Arts Council of Barton County.

Here are some pics of Sandra’s work! Added at last!

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Local artist Colleen Brand loves color, and the vibrant hues in her many nature and travel inspired paintings seem to literally leap off the canvas, drawing the viewer into scenes that challenge us to experience, as if for the very first time, the profound, yet whimsical beauty of the world around us. Whether the subject is a Puerto Rican rain forest hut (complete with hot tub!), deer grazing in a Southwest Missouri wood, or her beloved schnauzer “Pookie” peeking slyly from the  window of a passing car, Colleen’s paintings show us, not only what these images “look like” to the eye, but how they “feel” when the eye, heart and imagination work together to catch a glimpse of the magic hidden beneath life’s surface.

Colleen was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1940. She moved to Jasper, Missouri in 1970, and later to Lamar. Her first job in the area was at Judy’s Cafe in Jasper, followed by 30 years of service with O’Sullivan Industries. She worked for several years at Summer Fresh, Wal-Mart and Lamarti’s, and even moved briefly to Tallahassee, Florida to work in construction, before returning to Lamar and retiring in 2009.

She got her start as an artist when she opened “Herbs R Food & Gift Chalet,” a store on the Lamar Square selling herbs, gifts and handmade ceramics. Her friends Steve Ortner and his wife taught her how to make the ceramics, and she took naturally to painting small decorative scenes on items before their final glazing. Upon retirement, she rediscovered her talent for painting, and now gives full expression to her love of nature, travel, life and color on canvas instead of pottery. In the few short years since taking up the brush in 2009, she has produced more than 150 paintings.

Her work will be on display throughout the month of April in The Arts Council Gallery at 206 W 10th St., Lamar, on the northwest corner of the Square. An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, April 2nd, from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Gallery, with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and sweet treats catered by The Wild Plum Cafe and Colleen’s granddaughter, Brandi Beam. Both Saturday’s reception and the full April art show are free and open to the public. All are invited to come and meet the artist Saturday afternoon, and to enjoy her work all month.

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Looking for something different and exciting for your child’s next birthday party? How about an art-themed party, catered by The Wild Plum Cafe, located inside The Arts Council Gallery, at 206 W 10th St., on the Lamar Square, with an age-appropriate art/craft class for all attendees taught by a talented Arts Council volunteer? For more info or to schedule your child’s party, call The Wild Plum Cafe at 417-682-3225.

Enjoy these pictures from our first Art-Themed birthday party art class – “Painting Cats!”

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