Local artist has work on display in Jefferson City

Well-known Steelville carver Jim Barksdale, whose work is best known by local residents who see him during Old Iron Works Days at Maramec Spring Park every year, currently has a display of some of his work and collection at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City.

The display, which has been open to the public since early this year, includes shorebirds, song birds, game birds, and more created by Barksdale, some stories about him written by area and national media over the years, unique decoys he has collected, and more. Barksdale, who was a founding member of Best of Missouri Hands, has participated in shows across the country. The Runge Conservation Nature Center is located at 303 Commerce Drive and is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Barksdale’s work will be on display until September.