Kelsey Hammond has a graduate degree in Fine Art Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. and an undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Kelsey co-owns the Yellow Dog Bookshop and is the Executive Director of The Columbia Art League in Columbia, MO.
In the main gallery: Grounded.
This is a powerful collection of reworked self portraits.
In the lobby gallery: Studio Practice Makes Progress.
A collection of wonderfully whimsical, yet strong tiny pieces - drawings and paintings.
Martha Daniels is a plein air artist from rural Boone County, Missouri, who enjoys sharing her love for nature through painting and art.
Her background in wildlife conservation and nature education peeks through her paintings. Prairies are complex and fascinating habitats and subjects for many of her works. Martha sees art as a way to capture moments of beauty in the fields, woods, and rivers. She loves to share those colors and forms with others to help connect them with the outdoors. For Martha, art is a way to absorb the soul-soothing and spirit-calming aspects of the natural world.
Martha Daniels writes, " Wherever life may tug me, to new places and fresh experiences, it is the prairie where I return to find calm. Seeing the sunrise while painting orange dotted fields of paintbrush or clusters of goldenrod and asters is an awakening in me of life's most treasured moments and the fantastic gift of the life-giving prairie. "
Yinling (Lillian) Sung is a native of Taiwan. She earned a M. F. A. Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Lillian Sung began her design career as a senior publication designer at Cornell University. Her career has involved teaching and design at various institutions, both in the Eastern and Western worlds, including establishing an art and design college in Inner Mongolia, China and founding "Art Love Studio" in Columbia, Missouri.
Sung has worked as an educator at Stevens College and the University of Missouri.in Columbia. She also was also the curator at Davis Art Gallery. Additionally, Sung is a published author, with both a design book "Poster Design Principles and Theory" and "Three Words a Day for Comprehending Mandarin Chinese".
Her work has been shown in Syracuse University in New York, Malaysia, Mongolia, China, and West Surry College in England.
My artwork embodies three interconnected integral parts: Visible, Invisible, and Beyond.
Visible aspect centers on the physical forms perceived by our eyes—the dots, lines, shapes, colors, and spaces that lay the foundation for my design compositions.
Invisible components represent the underlying content of my artwork. Within this enigmatic world shaped by my intentions and connotations, the essence of my creations comes alive. Employing a unique heating process, involving water and other natural materials, initiates a playful metamorphosis journey. Sometimes, instinctive decisions stemming from my consciousness lead me to interrupt the transformative process at certain points. Through this technique, I have come to realize the countless possibilities that lie within, all united by a mysterious organic structure underlying their content.
Beyond embodies the function of my artwork, serving as a profound reflection of my philosophical values, experiences, and inner thoughts—manifested abstractly to leave a lasting impact on contemporary art. Moreover, my work seeks to challenge the boundaries of traditional art forms.
When viewers approach my art pieces and engage with them deeply, allowing their minds to open to boundless imagination, my world becomes theirs. A rhythmic exchange of energy between creator and observer synchronizes, forging a heartfelt connection that I refer to as "heart to heart."
Linda Helmick is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She is an artist/researcher/teacher who grounds her work in the belief that creative expression is a basic human right that should be accessible for all. She promotes creativity as a powerful force for change, healing, and transformation. Her areas of expertise include critical creative work with underserved populations and building art education/art therapy wellness and self-care curricula to better serve those who have experienced trauma. Linda creates art to enhance her own human understanding and to find greater ways to contribute to the world as an artist/researcher/teacher through the life she lives and the marks she makes in creative partnership with others. Her goal is to create work that is honest and at times beautiful.
Walking through this experience and creating these paintings was an act of love. In my visual exploration of Friedl Dicker Brandeis who taught art to children while interred together in the Nazi camp of Terezin outside of Prague during World War II, I found love. Brandeis had a love for art and a love for teaching, and she had a love for children that enabled her to defy the confines of the camp. When I walked where she walked, stood where she stood and taught, and viewed the artwork the children made under those circumstances, it was obvious to me that love was in the room with them. Love was at the heart of their creations. Friedl, through her experience as an artist and art teacher, saw firsthand that meaningful creative artmaking could see them through. Could lift these young people, if only for moments at a time, out of the horrific circumstances they found themselves in. These paintings are the result of my creative exploration of the extraordinary love she gave to this work. If teaching art with love and passion could do that then, it certainly can do that now.
Tricia Dietrich is the creatrix of Sacred Source Studios, LLC., a space that utilizes ritual, creativity, and movement to help people connect to their intuition, discover the language of their soul, and live legendary lives.
Tricia's art and offerings have helped hundreds of people worldwide to get out of their own way and embody their unique blueprint.
When she is not “working”, you can find Tricia on her deck, drinking a glass of dry red wine with Shawn, her handsome hubby, and the hummingbirds. At night, she can be found dancing in the woods under the moonlight with her siSTARS.
"I create art because I have to be a healthy, whole person. It's as essential to my life as having regular bowel movements. When I am not expressing myself or being creative I feel stopped up, bloated, and a little bitchy.." ~Tricia Dietrich
My vision is to use intention to create beauty that illuminates the soul's path.
My quest is to understand the stories that are living through me and create a life that is one of service and authenticity. I use a variety of tools to pave the road of my journey. Paintbrushes, paint, glitter, and outlandish costumes are my favorites.
Each of my paintings begins with an energetic pull. This pull is often something I cannot ignore, yet may not fully understand. It usually coincides with a series of events happening in my life that generate inquiry or just feel like fun.
Form emerges. In this process, I feel free to do and be whomever I choose. In deepening the process, the energetic pull that brought me to the canvas begins to take form and inform me. I trust and paint until the form reaches completion. In this process, wisdom is gained. In this, I reclaim and acquaint myself with parts of me that may have been lost.
The Muse Reclaimed Art Show is an immersive exhibition that celebrates the transformative power of art. As an art teacher, the process of teaching often involves creating paintings to demonstrate techniques and styles to students. However, there comes a time when the teacher must take these teaching paintings and turn them inward, infusing them with their own spirit and creativity.
In this show, the artist has reclaimed her teaching paintings from various workshops taught over the years. Each painting has been transformed and reimagined to become a new source of inspiration and support for her newly emerging body of work. The process of reclaiming these paintings involves a deep re-evaluation of the lessons taught and learned, infusing each piece with a unique sense of creative spirit and personal growth.
Through the Muse Reclaimed Art Show, visitors are invited to witness the artist's journey of self-discovery and evolution. The exhibition showcases a range of styles and techniques, each painting a unique expression of the artist's personal voice and vision. As the artist steps into a new way of teaching and creating, the show invites viewers to explore their own creative potential and the transformative power of art.
The Glade At Pickle Springs, Dave Walker
Good Morning America, Dave Walker
Keeping Watch, Dave Walker
His Eye Is On The Sparrow, Dave Walker
Dave Walker, a Missouri native, lives in Columbia Missouri with his wife Julie. He has three grown children. Dave received a BSE in art education from Northeast Missouri State University, now called Truman State University.
His original media of choice were oils and watercolors. In 1992 Dave became interested in fabric piecing and has constructed over a dozen quilt tops. In late 2009 he segued into making fabric collages which he calls Fabricscapes. Current fabric choices give him an unlimited range of possibilities and subjects.
Dave’s Fabricscapes are constructed using a “cut and glue” or “hold and sew” technique of raw edge machine appliqué, textile painting, and thread work. Most pieces are completed using free-motion machine quilting that compliments the design and adds interest or shading. All his art pieces are matted and framed under glass and appear to be a painting or a photograph. The closer you look, the more you see. Each work depicts a story of travel, a record of time, or an impression from nature, either real or pictured in his memory.
Dave’s artwork has been well-received by the public, accepted into several galleries for special showings and is displayed in patrons’ homes and businesses throughout the U.S. He has had one-man solo exhibits in Cape Girardeau at: the Nature Center, Edward Bernard Gallery, and the Southeast Missouri Arts Council Gallery. He has won first, second, and third place at two different shows at the Sikeston Depot Museum; First, Second, and honorable mention at the Margaret Harwell Art Museum in Poplar Bluff; Best of Show at “Art for the Heart of It” Southeast Hospital, Cape Girardeau, and honorable mention at the CottonBoll Art Show in Kennett, Mo. He has won honorable mention, third place and second place at the Annual Boone County Art Shows, Columbia, MO. He had a Fabricscape accepted into a National Art Show in Tulsa Oklahoma and has three commissioned pieces displayed in Cancer Hospitals--one in Cape Girardeau and two in Orlando Florida. He has been the featured artist at the Blue Stem Gallery in Columbia, the Capital Arts Gallery in Jefferson City and at the Sikeston Depot Museum. In 2022, he was the featured artist at Orr Studios and Gallery, the Boone County Bank in Columbia, Unity Center and the Garriott Porter Art Studio in Fulton. He is a Juried Best of Missouri Hands Artist.
Paintings by Lana Costanzo
"What brings JOY into our lives? A smile, a kiss, a gift, a kind word, a Yipppppeee, a song, a color, a celebration, a hug, a colorful painting to enjoy. . . The key element to my work is JOY." Lana Costanzo
This is a section of the 24'x48' acrylic painting, inspired by the local Columbia, MO treasure, Shelter Gardens. It is a "must see in person" piece, filled with imagery that is familiar to many. Lana has been very intentional with composition and brushstrokes while maintaining her signature sense of exuberant, high vibration. Joyful, indeed!