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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO-- Friday, Apr. 7, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Southeast Missouri Arts Council will host a reception for the 15th Annual Visual Arts Cooperative’s two-gallery show. Their exhibit will be on display through April 29.

The Visual Arts Cooperative presents a multitude of artistic styles and a wide range of media including most all types of paint media, graphic art, sculpture and ceramics, fabrics, collage and mixed media, and photography/digital art. 

The annual exhibit, which displays around 100 full size works plus a collection of miniatures, is a chance to showcase the talents of the over 40 Visual Arts Cooperative artists. This year marks the beginning of the fifteenth year the organization has been together, working tirelessly to promote the arts in the Southeast Missouri region. 

The Visual Arts Cooperative was founded by Dr. Jean Chapman and Dr. Edwin Smith, and was formed in conjunction with the Arts Council’s move to its previous location on Main in Downtown Cape Girardeau. The group offers the opportunity for members to show and sell their artwork on a continuing basis.  When the original idea of a Visual Arts Cooperative was conceived, Dr. Chapman stated, "Our goal is to show art of the highest quality produced locally.” The Visual Arts Cooperative Gallery at the Arts Council provides a permanent venue for the group of artists, and is changed on a monthly basis to exhibit new pieces.

 The window exhibitors for the month of April are Susan Corvick and Anita Dickerson.

Food for this reception will generously be supplied by the Visual Arts Cooperative to commemorate their 15th Annual show at the Arts Council. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will generously supply wine and other beverages.

Join other arts patrons and supporters in congratulating the Visual Arts Cooperative on the commencement of their fifteenth year at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, located at 16 North Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau, MO. The gallery is also open Tuesday- Saturday, from 10am to 6pm.