Local artists to be featured in two STARCO shows

Both Gallery Zeke and the Evans House will host exhibits featuring local artists in November. Gallery Zeke will showcase local ceramic artists at a show titled, “Clay, Culture, and Identity.” The Evans House will be open to display an abstract series, “Surfaces”, a solo art exhibition of the work of Kella Payne-Unnerstall.

Ceramic Art Show at Gallery Zeke

“Clay, Culture, and Identity,” an art show featuring the work of local ceramic artists, opens with a reception on Friday, November 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.  at Gallery Zeke. The show will run through November 24, open to the public on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday each week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for Thanksgiving Day.  

“Clay, Culture, and Identity” is sponsored by the Steelville Arts Council and the Ozark Potters’ Guild. Opening night will include a reception at the gallery with refreshments, and a chance to talk with the artists and arts council members.

“Clay, Culture, and Identity” showcases the work of the Ozark Potters’ Guild, a loose community of ceramic artists living and working in or near Steelville. Each artist uses clay to express their own unique identity informed by culture:

•    Kate Sachs’ pottery is inspired by medieval designs and motifs.
•    Mickey Allen strives for “yugen,” Japanese for “an awareness of the universe that triggers an emotional response too great for words.” Her work often includes texture and images of horses.
•    Stu Ha’o’s amorphous pots draw on personal history and narrative.  
•    Julie Balogh Brand’s work is guided by a love of both pottery and painting. Her current work is an expression of her Hungarian heritage.   
•    Jamie Smith’s pottery is inspired by his Wyandot ancestry and by growth patterns in nature.  
•    Rob Bowness’ wood-fired, salt-glazed stoneware and porcelain borrows from Asian, European, and East Coast folk pottery traditions. His recent work draws from his mid-20th century childhood.

“Clay, Culture, and Identity” will serve as both a fine art show and a gift shop. The east side of Gallery Zeke will be used to display special or significant work, while the west side will have smaller items. All or most of the artwork will be for sale.

Gallery Zeke is located at 106 E. Main Street in Steelville. For more information on this exhibit, contact Rob Bowness at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Solo Show at Evans House

Kella Payne-Unnerstall is an artist from Bourbon who will be featured in Steelville in November. Her abstract series, “Surfaces,” will be displayed as a solo art exhibition at the Evans House Art Center. The show will begin on November 2 with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and spirits will be served.

Kella is a local artist who is known for her intricate abstract drawings, textiles, and pyrography. She graduated from high school in Washington, Missouri and obtained her Associates degree in Studio Art from East Central College, Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Methodist University, and is finishing her Master of Arts in Human Services and Gerontology at Webster University. She lives and works in Bourbon.  

The Evans House Art Center is dedicated to promoting local and regional artists by providing space for exhibitions, classes and artist residencies. The gallery is located at 303 West Main Street in Steelville. It is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when an artist is exhibiting.   

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