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6697small- AndreaHello! My name is Andrea and I am a sales manager for the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau. I am an avid traveler, and I love the experience of meeting new people, experiencing new unexpected environments, the FOOD, the art, music and just soaking it all up.

Each month I am going to introduce you, our visitor, to all things Columbia, especially our fabulous arts community. Along the way we will explore some of our fabulous locally- owned restaurants or one of our many music venues or fabulous festivals. I hope you enjoy this city as much as I do, and of course, we would love to have you back many times to take advantage

So you have made it to Columbia, now what? The North Village Arts District is nestled in the blocks just north of Broadway to Park Avenue, north of downtown. The Village is home to art galleries, a yoga studio, dance companies, a distillery, farmers market, artisan market with over 150 artists, and more. Grab a cup of coffee at Fretboard, dine at Range Free, or listen to live music. The options are endless.

NVADFFPostcardIf you are lucky enough to be here at the first of the month, tap into this bohemian paradise and take advantage of First Fridays. A free art crawl from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where you can enjoy live music and entertainment, art demonstrations, refreshments, and more.  A perfect date night event or bring the family, each month there are also children’s activities with plenty to see and do.

Saturday nights in the North Village are just as fun. How about a bourbon and vodka tasting at DogMaster Distillers? Celebrating a year in the North Village, Van and Lisa Hawxby are crafting high quality new American spirits, or if micro-beer is more your style, just to the west of the North Village is Logboat Brewing Co., a wildly successful micro-brew. Or take advantage of the great live music venues, featuring 3 unique and fun venues to choose from. Enjoy music inside or out, featuring jazz, blues, rocka-billy, southern rock and more. The Social Room is on the west end of the North Village, Rose Music Hall to the North and opens in a new windowThe Bridge on the South side.

Glenn's 8If you are here for the whole weekend, take advantage of Sunday brunch in the District at Room 38, Glenn’s Café, Bleu or Tellers then pop over to the North Village for Sunday’s Farmers Market, a pop-up market managed and operated by area farmers and craftsmen.


Whichever you choose during your stay, you will be entertained, enriched and pleasantly surprised by WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.

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6697small- Andreaopens IMAGE file Hello! My name is Andrea, and I am a sales manager for the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau and also an avid traveler. I LOVE to travel, and I love the experience of meeting new people, seeing a new environment, the FOOD, the art, music and just soaking it all up.

Each month I would like to introduce you, our visitor, to all things Columbia, especially our fabulous arts community. Along the way, I will introduce you to some of our fabulous locally owned restaurants or one of our many music venues or fabulous festivals. I hope you enjoy the city as much as I do and of course, we would love to have you back many times to take advantage of

This month I would like to introduce you to Access Arts, also known as School of Service. School of Service was started by Hurst John in 1971. John was an accomplished architect who had a son with Cerebral Palsy, and he felt art should be integrated into his learning. “Access Arts is open to all ages, abilities and economic circumstances.”

Access ArtsAs a visitor to Columbia, you may be inspired by the beauty of the city and the amazing art galleries and public art, and Access Arts is perfect for a weekday art retreat, or if you are here for a conference and want a fun, interactive activity for your attendees – Access Arts is a unique place to rent for an activity or an afternoon reception. Your attendees will be inspired by the amazing artwork displayed throughout the three Access Arts campuses, and you will help move the mission of the organization forward by “providing creative learning experiences for everyone”… community member or visitor.

For more information about Access Arts, check out their website or stop by at 1724 McAllester Street, Columbia, Missouri 65201.
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Sarah Dresser from the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs offers a monthly snapshot of what gallery exhibits to check out around town.

Sager Braudis Gallery
The 2015 Late Summer Exhibit is on display at the Sager Braudis Gallery (formerly known as PS Gallery) in the North Village Arts District through September 26. Featuring artwork by Luca Cruzat, Amy Meyer, Nora Othic, Joe Pintz, and Joel Sager. Opening reception is August 7, 6-9pm, during First Fridays in the North Village Arts District.

SB Gallery Aug. 2015

Columbia Art League
CAL Members’ Summer Open on display through August 19 at Columbia Art League.

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The Interpretations III exhibit opens August 22, with a reception the same day from 6-8pm. A marriage of 40 visual artists and 40 literary artists, each submitting one work of his/her own choice with any theme. Then, an art swap: Each visual artist receives a work from one of the writers; each literary artist receives an artwork. The task for each artist and writer: to create a second work of art or piece of writing, which is his or her interpretation of the other artist’s work. The result: A show of 80 artworks and 80 pieces of writing. The aim of the show: A reminder that we all see the world differently; our interpretations of the world around us are uniquely ours. How will each artist interpret the other artist’s work? How will the viewer interpret the written words and artworks in the show? This will be the third year of this extraordinary show. The previous two years’ entries can be seen in the Interpretations and Interpretations II books, available to view or purchase at the Columbia Art League.

Montminy Art Gallery
The City of Columbia Career Awareness Related Experience (C.A.R.E.) Gallery Program is hosting its annual end-of-summer show to display the artwork that these talented young artists have been creating all summer. The exhibit is on display at Boone County Historical Society’s Montminy Art Gallery through August 28. Artwork includes woodblock prints, ceramic sculpture, photography, mixed media pieces, textiles, and more!

Montminy August 2015

The C.A.R.E. program, which began in 1982, is a comprehensive program for Columbia’s at-risk youth that includes: paid real-world hands-on experience, career exploration, mentoring, and life skills training.

Also around town…

  • Craft Studio: Hometown: Personal Cartographies, artworks made by the City of Columbia C.A.R.E. Gallery Program artists-in-residence on display through August 14. Reception August 7, 4-6pm.
  • First Fridays in the North Village Arts District on August 7, 6-9pm.
  • Matt Moyer Exhibit on display at Orr Street Studios through August 30.
  • State Historical Society: Audubon’s Paper Menageries on display through November 28. Curator’s walk-through on August 29 at 1:30pm.

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Thanks to Sarah Dresser, from the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs, who will be offering a monthly snapshot of what gallery exhibits to check out around town.

Artrageous Weekend
The Artrageous Weekend 2015 season kicks off April 10-12 with the introduction of its biannual event structure. The weekend begins on Friday with the traditional self-guided gallery crawl throughout The District from 6-9pm. On Saturday, enjoy a variety of interactive and educational activities and demonstrations. Live performances and restaurant collaborations conclude the weekend on Sunday with musical or artistic brunches.

Imago Gallery

Imago (April 2015)

Pictorial, Plastic: Ballou, Fletcher, Wiggs is on display at Imago Gallery & Cultural Center through April 24. Stop by the gallery during Artrageous Weekend on Friday, April 10 for Creativity Speaks, featured artist Jennifer Wiggs will be giving a brief talk at 7pm titled, “How We Create.”

Columbia Art League

CAL artwork by Emily Phaup (April 2015)

Artwork by Emily Phaup

Feast opens April 21 at Columbia Art League. Opening reception is Saturday, April 25, 6-8pm. A sumptuous indulgence, Feast, speaks to our undeniable love of food – the comfort it offers, the sensuality and passion it evokes, and the obsessions it can burden us with. The idea of the feast – an orgy of taste, texture, aroma and color, conjures up images of medieval banquets, cornucopia laden tables, goblets a-slosh with wine, limitless excess and extravagance. Feast invites artists to play with their food, to create for the viewer a delectable escape or even to remind us of the brashness of such opulence in world where many still hunger.

PS Gallery

PS Gallery artwork by Katie Musolff (April 2015)

Artwork by Katie Musolff

The Spring Exhibit is now open at PS Gallery. On display through May 30, the exhibit features works by Andy Fletcher, Susan Taylor Glasgow, Katie Musolff, Cody McLouth, and Joel Sager.

As the end of the semester draws near, don’t miss exhibits happening on our three campuses…

  • On display through May 10 at the Historic Costume Gallery at Stephens College is The Day. The Dress. The Dream., featuring bridal gowns and wedding attire from three centuries. Highlights include a dress worn at Grace Kelly’s wedding; a Vera Wang dress and a 1949 design by Ceil Chapman. Also on display will be custom designs by Stephens alumnae; multi-generational dresses worn by grandmothers, mothers and daughters; and other wedding attire such as mother-of-the-bride dresses and grooms’ attire.
  • Reverie on display through April 16 at MU’s Bingham Gallery. Closing reception on April 16
  • At Columbia College’s Greg Hartwick Gallery, see upcoming exhibits Letterpress, works by area typesetters, April 6-22 and works by Don Krumpos & Johanna Winters, April 27-May 16.

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Thanks to Sarah Dresser, from the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs, who will be offering a monthly snapshot of what gallery exhibits to check out around town!

Columbia Art League

Night and Day gallery

(Night and Day, John Fennell)

First of all, congrats to Columbia Art League for being honored this month with the 2015 Missouri Arts Award in the Arts Organization category. Night and Day is currently on display through February 20 at CAL.

From the chiaroscuro of 17th century Dutch Renaissance masters to contemporary landscape, still life, and abstract, the visual power of light and dark, has been much studied and masterfully rendered. Light and dark are inextricably linked. Neither has meaning or context without the other and this consummate duality is embedded deeply in the subconscious mind. Perpetually manifested in our culture as the ultimate tension between opposites, Night and Day is the great battle between good and evil, joy and sorrow, feast and famine, and the ongoing quest for balance in the yin and the yang.

The Columbia Art League’s next exhibit, Everything is a Remix, opens February 24. Opening reception is February 28, 6-8 PM.

Orr Street Studios

Brad Mahieu

(Brian Mahieu)

Orr Street Studios features an exhibit by Brian Mahieu, on display through February 28. Mahieu has been a plein air landscape painter since 1987. That year, he traveled to Paris, France and lived in the Latin Quarter for one month. Seeing the Impressionist masterpieces, Monet’s gardens at Giverny and the French countryside, which reminded him of Missouri, created the impetus to paint en plein air exclusively. The primary motif of his work has been the Missouri River Valley at dusk with an emphasis on capturing the mood and atmosphere of the landscape.

PS Gallery

Late Winter Exhibit (Laura Lloyd)

(Late Winter Exhibit, Laura Lloyd)

PS Gallery’s Late Winter Exhibit is now on display with an opening reception tonight, February 6, 6-9pm! The exhibit features expressive oil paintings with incredible perspective by Ahzad Bogosian (St Louis, Missouri), needle work by Stephanie Clark (Salt Lake City, Utah), the return of Laura Lloyd’s beloved ceramic sculptures (St Louis, Missouri), and a variety of pieces created with gouache and watercolor on paper by Joel Sager (Columbia, Missouri). The exhibit will run through March 28.

PS Gallery is also collaborating with Access Arts and the MU Thompson Center for the Art for Autism exhibition, on display through March 17 in the Hallery. Art for Autism is a unique program that provides kids with autism or other developmental challenges with an opportunity to learn from area artists, create their own artwork, and support the work of the Thompson Center. Access Arts provides space and equipment for the programs. All of the student works in the exhibit are for sale with proceeds benefiting the Thompson Center.

Columbia College

Paper in Particular

Opening February 23, Paper In Particular is an annual, juried exhibition held by the Columbia College art galleries. The exhibition showcases the very best in art that incorporates paper as a primary element. Prints, drawings, photographs, digital images, paintings, sculpture, etc., are all eligible. Reception is February 27, 7-9 PM. 

“The national, juried exhibit has a simple through line — works must be on or of paper, as longtime Professor Ben Cameron put it. The medium itself is simple, its potential nearly limitless. It is that very sense of possibility and accessibility, the knowledge that paper is ‘always with us,’ that appeals to artists with very different ways of working and making meaning, department Chair Mike Sleadd said.” – Columbia Daily Tribune, February 16, 2014

Other openings and exhibits around town:

  • James J. Froese – 37 Days Until Spring opens Feb. 12 at the Boone County Historical Society’s Montminy Gallery
  • Craft Studio and Bingham Gallery, both on University of Missouri’s campus, have frequently rotating exhibits.

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If you’re going to be in Columbia this Friday, we have just one question for you…are you ready to get Artrageous?

Artrageous Fridays are a quarterly event that celebrate the vibrant and ever-growing art scene in Columbia. From 6:00-9:00 in the evening, opens in a new windowThe District and the opens in a new windowNorth Village Arts District as well as Columbia’s college campuses highlight all of the artistic opportunities that Columbia has to offer. Businesses from galleries to shops to banks all open their doors to art enthusiasts to expose them to music, dance, theater, pottery, painting and more!

Participating venues will have artists on hand, activities you can enjoy and, of course, plenty of art for sale. You can also enjoy art while you eat at some of The District’s most fantastic local restaurants. Each stop will offer a unique, inspiring experience all centered around the arts. So come on down and get Artrageous!

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