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Current Exhibitions

check out what is currently on exhibit at the Arts Council Galleries!


Lorimier Gallery & Gallery 100
Wanakee Pugh

On exhibit from: November 9 - 29, 2014

Reception: November 7th from 5 - 9 pm

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is proud to display the artwork of Wanakee Pugh during the month of November. Ms. Pugh’s show will include a diverse array of artistic media and genres.

The artist was born in New Jersey and raised in Michigan. In 1980 she moved to New York City to pursue a modeling career, which ultimately spanned 20 years. Her client list included such industry giants as Revlon, Clairol and Avon, and she regularly appeared in Vogue, Self, Essence, Ebony and Glamour magazines.

While in New York City, Pugh’s frequent visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art inadvertently segued her into a career as an artist. She began deciphering each painting as a series of lines, shapes, shadows, highlights and colors. Eventually, this led to Pugh painting studies of the Hudson River School masterpieces and quickly transitioned to her painting original works.

Ms. Pugh’s flexibility allows her to paint in several genres. She states, “I enjoy painting old world charm as much as contemporary abstracts. It may be my fashion background influencing me, but to paint the same style every time I pick up a brush feels like putting on the same clothes every time I get dressed.”

Jean A. Chapman Gallery
Visual Arts Cooperative
Reception: November 7th from 5 - 9 pm


The Visual Arts Cooperative displays new work from their talented local members in the Jean A. Chapman Gallery every month. Window exhibitors for August are Dawn Melka and Melissa Whitaker. You can read about the Visual Arts Cooperative here.

Community Wall

Empty Bowls Silent Auction
Reception: November 7th from 5 - 9 p
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The Annual Empty Bowls Silent Auction of hand-crafted, painted and glazed ceramic ware benefiting the Salvation Army will take place from November – December at the Arts Council. The Empty Bowls banquet is scheduled for Sunday, November 2nd from 12 – 2 pm at the Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau. Empty Bowls will also be selling handmade items at the 44th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Extravaganza at the Osage Center on November 22 & 23rd.

To see what bowls are available, or keep track of the bidding, click here.


If you have any questions regarding these exhibits, please contact us at 573-334-9233.