The Gallery: Where Art and Artist Collide

Dorothy Kelley, Curator, 573-783-5609

The Gallery located at 101 E. Pinckney Street, just off Whitener Street behind The Reagan Hotel, was born out of the need for a venue to promote the work of Nature Photographer, Kevin Ward. Kevin, who has staged successful shows at Marbles Gallery in Lafayette Square, and The Nature Center in Cape Girardeau, has an impeccible eye for flora and minute details that most of us walk past every day.

After staging several exhibits of his work, the team of Ward & Kelley discussed the need to promote the work of other local and regional artists to showcase the unbelievable impact Visual Art can have on one’s existance, and the region in which one lives. Today, exhibits rotate every 2-3 months, and the venue has been home to the work of Textile Artists, Sculpturs, Artifact Collectors, Photographers, Painters, Jewelry Craftsmen, and even Children’s Art. Themes have ranged from Indian Artifacts, to Wedding Photography & Ensembles Past & Present – featuring well known local Photographer Russ Middleton, to Modernism portrayed by Artist Abril Borrego, to the exceptional Watercolor & Oil works of Kathryn Breitenstein, to “Ebru” The Art of Turkish Marbling by Trey Copeland, Amazing Photography by Channel 12’s Weatherman, Brian Alworth, the work of Multi-talented Teacher and Artist, Jan Chamberlain, Landscapes of the Ozarks by Butler County Artist, Michael Phelps, and The Seasons of Flowers by Marble Hill native, Dodi (Ricketts) Conrad, who closed the 2011 Season at The Gallery with her amazing work. And the list goes on…..

With natural light pouring into the vaulted room, the space is captivating to Art enthusiasts of all ages. Regardless of the medium the exhibit is supporting at the time of visit, you are sure to capture the true aesthetic value. The Gallery is FREE of admission and commission. 100% of all sales are returned to the artist. Each exhibit is complemented with theme appropriate furnishings and Objects de'Art.

Photo Artist, Greg Holden at The Gallery in Marquand

September 2016 – October 2016

“If I could only say one thing to the world, it would be: DON’T TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED,” says Holden. “I have carried a camera with me for many years, and over those years, I have learned so much about nature and habitat. I do on occasion photograph people, but my true love for this art is outdoors, in the great world we live in. At Bryce Canyon National Park, I head a man complaining about being there every year, and how nothing ever changed. I, on the other hand, became engulfed by the beauty, and was appalled that could make such a statement. This man took the wonders of this part for granted, plain and simple, while I saw the part through the eyes of a tourist who was seeing the park for the very first time. That’s when I decided that I would take a stance and become one…. A Tourist, that’s how I will perceive the world and everything in it from now on.”

Although Holden still travels when he can, most of his work as a Photo Artist takes place within a 50 mile radius of his home in the St. Louis, MO area. As the viewer enters The Gallery, you’ll be greeted by a stark white image of a Catalpa Blossom gently floating along a stream… simple, yet the artistry and beauty speak volumes in this silhouette. This is the type of “Wow” factor, Holden strives to achieve. The exhibit can be seen at The Gallery through the end of October, but on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. you will have the opportunity to “Meet The Artist.” The Gallery is open Thursday – Sunday each week from 12:00 – 4:00, or by appointment by calling 573-783-7656.