Portrait Artist to paint in Steelville during August

One of the glories of art is how it outlives us. You now have the chance of a lifetime—of more than a lifetime—to have your portrait, or a family member’s portrait, painted in oil by a world-class artist.

Steelville Arts Council’s Artist in Residence for the month of August is internationally-known artist Henryk Ptasiewicz. Henryk will be the featured artist in an exhibition entitled “Go Figure” at Gallery Zeke on Main Street in Steelville, opening on August 8. Also, during each August afternoon, Henryk will be painting oil portraits, either in the gallery or at the Evans House on Main Street. Henryk prefers to paint portraits from real life, but can also paint from photographs. He paints in a realistic manner with an impressionist style.

Steelville City Council Notes

July 6 Meeting

During Executive Session, Christopher Hussey was hired as a police officer. He was approved to begin at the fourth step on the salary schedule at $12.67 per hour. Hussey has three years experience with the Bourbon Police Department.

The council heard about damage to city infrastructure from the June 19 flood.  The UV System for the sewer treatment plant was not working. Parts had been ordered, but hadn’t arrived yet. A portion of the Greenway Trail had been repaired, the bridge on First Street needed some concrete where the water washed out around it, as well as some on the surface. The guardrail on the Fourth Street Bridge needed to be replaced.

Peak and Cornick take on Chicago

Editor’s Note: Steelville High School Class of 2015 graduates Hannah Peak and Taylor Cornick competed at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference (FBLA NLC) in Chicago in early July. This was the first time in 21 years that Steelville was represented in the national competition. Peak and Cornick started this year’s run when they took first place against two other teams at the district level and first place against seven other groups at the state level. Peak has served as an intern at the Steelville Star for the past year and was asked to write her own personal account of the national event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Area firefighters battle flames in Steelville home

A Steelville family lost their home to fire on Thursday, although firefighters were able to contain flames to one section of the house so that some possessions could be saved.

Celebrated ceramicist speaks in Steelville

“I was looking at light falling on grass,” world-renowned ceramic artist Wayne Higby told those gathered to hear him speak at Gallery Zeke on Saturday, July 18. The statement was a response to his mother’s query to him as a child, “What are you thinking?” He would respond, “Nothing,” and she would tell him that couldn’t be. He said he realized he was observing the world around him. The influence of light and landscape permeated his presentation about his life and work. The talk was one of four presentations offered in the Ceramic Artist Speaker Series during Steelville Clay Fest 2015.