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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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