West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host “The Ozarks in Reality and Imagination,” an exhibition of works by area current and retired art teachers to be on display from Sept. 15 through Oct. 13 in the West Plains Civic Center.
The gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular civic center hours.
Ten area art teachers, current and retired, have taken on the challenge of expressing the theme through their artwork. The members combined have over 180 years of teaching experience. Many have studied with national and international artists. They have been both student and instructor, inspiring many young artists.
Artists will present their works that relate to the Ozarks in reality, or as the area is perceived by those in and outside the culture.
“We recognize that we have an untapped resource in our local art educators. Those years spent encouraging and mentoring young people, while postponing their own artistic endeavors do not go unnoticed,” organizers said. “We’re excited to discover what they will contribute to this interesting theme.”
The exhibit coordinates with this year’s Ozarks Studies Symposium theme of the same title, which is scheduled for September 19 through 21, also at the civic center. The symposium is conducted by Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP).
WPCA will host an opening reception for the Ozarks Studies Symposium and meet the artists event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in the gallery. All are invited to attend, meet the artists and discuss the pieces. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
Kelli Albin: Albin is a West Plains High School graduate who went on to attend Oral Roberts University, majoring in Commercial Art. She earned her teaching certificate in Art and Special Reading from MSU (formerly Southern Missouri State…
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