Award winning artists enjoy an autumn stay in Steelville

By Mary Young, member STARCO Plein Air committee
    Through the Artists in Residence program, the Steelville Arts Council provides an opportunity for artists to have a lovely place to stay while painting the many scenic views in and around the Steelville area.

    While participating in STARCO's 2020 Plein Air event, Tammie Lynn Dickerson and Caroline Goldsmith both made arrangements to return in the fall. These two talented artists captured glorious landscapes as the autumn foliage was at its peak in Steelville.
    “Oh, how I love painting autumn on Main Street in Steelville! I just couldn't resist the gorgeous fallen leaves at the Evans House!” gushed Dickerson on the first day of her visit.
    Dickerson and Goldsmith are both award winning artists who have dedicated their careers to painting. At the 2020 Plein Air event, Dickerson received a purchase prize from Red Moose Vineyard and a purchase prize from FCNB for Still Life on Main. She got third place from Steelville Manufacturing for the Paint Anywhere Day. Goldsmith received third place from FCNB for her Still Life on Main and an Honorable Mention from Red Moose Vineyards.
    Both women travel the country participating in art events season after season, through sunshine, rain and even snow, but nothing prepared them for the devastating crush of COVID-19. “Plein Air is not for Sissies” is one of Steelville Arts Council's slogans printed on t-shirts and totes. The artists have painted through heavy downpours while standing in puddles, but the pandemic has dampened the opportunities for artists to make a living in 2020 and possibly even beyond.
    That is why Dickerson and Goldsmith appreciated the invitation to not only return to paint here in Steelville, but also to display and hopefully sell some of their paintings to the public. Both women’s artwork can be viewed at Gallery Zeke on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at a private showing set up by contacting an arts council member. You can also find out more about their artwork online at or and on Facebook and Instagram.
    In addition to their works, some of the paintings left by previous artists in residence are for sale on the arts council’s Art Squared online auction. To access the website, go to
    For more information about the artists in residence program, please contact Annette Burdett at 573-775-2334.
    In addition to Gallery Zeke, the Steelville Arts Council also operates Heartland Arts Gifts and Gallery. Both places are located on Main Street in Steelville. Heartland Arts hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.