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Current Exhibitions

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

Lorimier Gallery & Gallery 100
2nd Annual Members Exhibit

On exhibit from: October 3 - 31, 2014

Reception: October 3rd from 5 - 9 pm

The Arts Council will be showing a solo exhibition of Vicki Rueseler Overstreetin the Lorimier Gallery & Gallery 100 for the month of October. Overstreet’s exhibit will include numerous plein air pieces depicting both landscapes and urban scenes from the artist’s personal experience, as well as figurative images. Overstreet’s style is impressionistic, and is characterized by her use of clean, bright colors, and her technique of utilizing an energetic brushstroke.

The artist, who currently resides in Mississippi, works with oil paints and has travelled across the country to further her skill in plein air and oil painting techniques. She states that her pursuit of plein air painting, “has taken her to many beautiful places to study and paint on site.” She adds, “Landscapes are a reoccurring theme and always a challenge…to try and capture light, color and shadow in that particular place and moment in God’s creation, is a humbling and exciting experience.”

Overstreet is a founding member of the Mississippi Oil Painters Association, as well as a member of The Gallery Guild, The Art Study Club, and the American Impressionist Society, Inc. Her works can be found at the Southern Breeze Gallery in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

Jean A. Chapman Gallery
Visual Arts Cooperative
Reception: October 3rd 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

Benton Neighbor Days - Winning Photography
Reception: October 3rd from 5 - 9 p

This year marked a change for the Benton Neighbor Days in their exhibition strategy. In the past, the Benton City Park became home to 16 exhibits, but this year they decided to create a single open-entry exhibit. Local award-winning photographer and Arts Council member Larry Braun filled the role of judge. In addition to jurying, he has joined the Photography Committee and will help plan the contest in the future. Next year the Committee plans to continue the focus on photography with an addition of a woodworking category.

There were over sixty entries, all in the amateur category with ten percent of the entries from area youth. Most of the applicants were from the Benton community, but there were a few photographers who came from outside the area.

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is proud to have the opportunity to highlight the nine winning photographs during the month of October on our Community Wall. Winners were selected for the categories of Overall Best Photo, Youth, Things, People, People, Animals, Landscape, Plants/Trees, Images of Benton & Scott County, and Neighbors Choice.

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