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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!

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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!

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You Are Invited to

The Arts Council Christmas Bazaar




Saturday, December 18th, 9AM to 2PM

Free food! Sample Janet Dermott’s gourmet cookie mixes, Queen Family Farms’ fabulous dips, plus free mulled cider, Farmer’s Market kettle corn, and more!

Great shopping! Last chance to buy local, handmade gifts for everyone on your list at the Arts Council Christmas Bazaar!

Family photos! Christmas family portraits by  Christie Boswell of Creatively Designed Photography, only $10!

Awesome Prizes! Winners will be drawn at 1:00 PM! There’s still time to sign to sign up!

See you Saturday!

Here are some awesome pictures of the Bazaar, taken by Anne Ray:


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The Arts Council Christmas Bazaar opens Saturday, December 4th, 5PM-9PM, UPSTAIRS in the Arts Council building on the NW corner of the Lamar Square. Come visit us after the parade (or even before)! This is not like any ho-hum “Home for the Holidays” Arts Council event you’ve seen before. It’s an all-local, handmade, ultra-cool “mini-mall” with three separate stores to choose from. The Handmade Shop features stunning (and affordable!!!) jewelry by Vickie Clark and Fern Brown, “Mo-Chocolate” gourmet cookie mixes and candy’s by Janet Dermott, Queen’s Family Farm’s fabulous dips, jams, candied nuts, Pam Allen’s local honey, plus wreaths, scarves, holiday decor, etc etc etc! Wow! Store #2 is a “re-sell-it” shop featuring high quality, gently used, items. We’ve got doll house furniture, hand-carved African masks from the Ivory Coast, beautiful framed art, books, movies, clothes, dishes, just tons of amazing stuff and more coming in every day. Last but not least, store #3 is Peaceacre – you all know who that is! Handmade soaps, scrubs, lotion bars, spa salt bars, gift sets, and other natural bath and body care products. Peaceacre has added imported Bohemian cloth purses, lace scarves, and all kinds of new goodies just for this Bazaar! And the best part is, after Saturday, all three stores will be open every Thursday and Friday from Noon to 6PM, and Saturdays from 9AM-2PM though December 18th!

But wait, there’s more! The amazing Kristie Boswell of Creatively Designed Photography will be doing Christmas portraits. Visit her Facebook page for details – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001893811571

There will be frequent drawings for gift baskets, jewelry and other “door prizes.” Check back for details!

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The Arts Council of Barton County Invites Kids to


Making Art From Recycled Materials!

Join us Thursday, April 22nd, from 4:00 PM  to 5:00PM, for our FREE April Creative Kids Class, Making Art From Recycled Materials. Participants will create an original mixed media collage that transforms found, discarded and recycled/recyclable objects into art. It will be a fun, informative and creative Earth Day hour for all! This class is open to anyone ages 6 and up. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

WHEN: Thursday, April 22nd, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

WHERE: The Arts Council NE classroom, located in the Arts Council building, 206 W 10th St. (upstairs), Lamar.

INSTRUCTOR: Carolyn Dunsing, from Peaceacre.

REGISTRATION: This is a FREE class, but advance registration is required. Please call (417) 681-0199, and leave a message that includes your name, phone number, and how many kids you’re signing up. Or email your info to  ArtsCouncilofBartonCounty@Yahoo.com.

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