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.
November 2013 - February 2014 - At the Gallery, Dawn and Tom Allen: Woodland Fantasy