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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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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!

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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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The first annual Lamar Fall Folk Festival was a huge success! Here are some pictures:


The Art Show


The Music


Fun for the Kids


Missouri Second Cavalry


The Vendors


Thanks to everyone who played a role in making the first annual Lamar Fall Folk Festival a grand success! We can’t wait for next year!

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The Arts Council of Barton County and the 10th Street Community Farmers Market are Proud to  Present

The First Annual

Lamar Fall Folk Festival!

When: Saturday, October 23rd, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: Under the Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar, Lamar, Missouri!

Featuring Blue Grass Music by

The Drywood Bluegrass Band

Vern Young and Joe Smith

Storytelling with Ralph Williston

Art Show Featuring Lowell Davis

Magic by Dennis Wilson

Breakfast & Lunch to benefit the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Rebuilding Fund – Lunch Featuring Chili Cook-off Champions Dixie & Jr. Johnson’s Famous Firehouse Chili!

Plus: 10th Street Community Farmer’s Market!

Square Dancing demonstration, craft vendors, traditional skills demonstrations, lots of children’s activities including face painting, pumpkin painting, build-a-scarecrow and more! Trick or Treat Safety with the Lamar Police Department! 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouting! Civil War History and Antique Weapons Display! And much, much more!


Admission is FREE!


Craft Vendors: NO RISK!  Set up is FREE. Pay 10% of actual sales to the Farmers Market. Call 417-682-6990 to sign up!


Folk Artists: SHOW YOUR WORK! Call 417-214-5458 for details.


TRADITIONAL SKILLS: Can you demonstrate quilting, spinning, weaving, woodcraft, blacksmithing, corn shelling or other traditional country skills? Call 417-214-5458!

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