The Steelville Arts Council initiated a new Artist In Residence (AIR) program this summer as a way to further connect artists of all disciplines with the Steelville community. Four visiting artists have participated in the program’s first year and have gallery shows of work resulting from their residencies scheduled for exhibition this fall.
The program was made possible because of the council’s renovation work on a small house located behind the Evans House gallery on Main Street. The two-bedroom home offers artists a comfortable, quaint living space with a retro-style décor. The residency housing is provided free to the artists while they live and work in Steelville.
Greg Edmondson of St. Louis and Michael Woody of Vicksburg, Miss., were the first artists to come to Steelville as part of the AIR program. They spent the month of June working on paintings and drawings that will show at Evans House the last half of October. The opening reception for their Evans House show will take place on Friday, October 11. Edmondson’s colored pencil drawings use patterns and repetition to create unique designs that seek balance within space; Woody’s work uses spray painting to create softness and color play similar to that of ancient Zen art.
Brea McAnally was the visiting artist during the month of July. She and her husband James prepared an installation exhibit at Gallery Zeke that is on display through this weekend. The conceptual work explores the struggle required to maintain proper balance in an unbalanced, modern world. The gallery will be open to the public on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. McAnally grew up in Sullivan and now lives in St. Louis, where she is director of the Luminary Center for the Arts.
Mark Regester is a photographer from St. Louis who seeks the unusual within the urban or rural landscape as his subject matter. With an eye that is slightly cocked from the normal, he finds interest in the things most of us ignore in our daily lives. Regester was the resident artist in Steelville for the month of August. A series of photographs taken in the area during his residency and a short conceptual film project he completed while in Steelville will be on exhibit at Gallery Zeke in October. The opening reception and gallery party for “Interstate Heart” show will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 7 p.m. The public is invited for the refreshments and to meet the artist. Zeke’s will be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday in October for the show’s display.
Expect to see renowned regional, national, and even international artists visiting the Steelville community in the years to come as the AIR program continues to develop. The AIR Committee will be working to secure future artists for the program in 2014, and continuing to build new relationships between creative artists and the surrounding community and its culture.
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