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Visual Arts Venues

Cape Girardeau is full of artwork, you just need to know where to look! Listed below are Cape Girardeau galleries, local businesses and organizations that feature artwork, locations of public art, and galleries just outside of Cape but still in the Southeast Missouri region.

To see which galleries and shops are participating in the next First Friday with the Arts receptions, visit:
Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
16 North Spanish St.

The Artist Studio

38A North Main St.
(573) 651-4464
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The Artist Studio is a working studio, display studio, and instructional studio (with workshops available in watercolor, acrylic, weaving, papermaking & printmaking). It features nonobjective abstract artwork concentrating on color and texture using mixed-media. Open Fridays & Saturdays from 10am - 4pm, by appointment, and for First Fridays.

Artisan Gifts
821A Broadway St.
(573) 332-1660
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Artisan Gifts features handmade jewelry and gifts by local artist Linda Bohnsack as well as carefully selected artisans from across the country. Artisan Gifts is open during First Fridays, the holiday season, and by appointment.

The Bilderbach Art Plaza
5 North Main St.
(573) 332-0050

Bilderbach's Art Plaza is a consortium of 75+ local artists showcasing a vast inventory of one-of-a-kind art items: paintings, drawings, pottery, mosaics, sculpture, photography, ornamentals, handmade jewelry, and much, much more. Many of the artists featured in the plaza are juried members of Best of Missouri Hands. The Bilderbach Art Plaza is home to the following art galleries and shops: The Gallery of Inspiration & WESTRAY Studio.

Catapult: Creative House
612 Broadway St.
A student learning laboratory cultivating creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
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River Campus Art Gallery

518 S. Fountain St., Seminary Building Room 106
(573) 651-5901
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The River Campus Art Gallery is part of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at the beautiful River Campus. The gallery exists as a way to provide community leadership in the presentation of relevant contemporary art. The Gallery seeks to promote creative experimentation, academic dialogue and the cultural enrichment of campus and local communities through exhibitions of emerging and established artists. The gallery is open Mondays - Fridays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm and on First Fridays from 1:00 - 7:00 pm.

Rosemary Berkel & Harry L. Crisp Museum
518 S. Fountain St.
(573) 651-2260
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The Crisp Museum is part of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at the beautiful River Campus. Itincludes both an art gallery and a museum of archeological and historical artifacts and exhibits. From May 19 - August 15 it is open Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, and during the school year from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

139 North Main St.
(573) 335-5683
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A shopping destination in the midwest for decorating and gifts since 2001, Renaissance, founded by Missouri artist, Sherry Yaeger, specializes in vintage-inspired living and giving. Store Hours are Monday-Friday 10am - 5:30 pm and Saturday from 10am - 5pm.

public art

For further information regarding the Public Art of Cape Girardeau, click here!

Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
On Broadway
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The Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on Broadway is the first public art exhibition in Cape! It consists of seven substantial sculptures along Broadway St from Pacific to the historic downtown. The exhibit was organized by the Public Art Committee. This group consisted of two local artists and representatives from the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Old Town Cape, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Cape Girardeau. More information regarding locations, artists, and sculpture pricing can be found on our website here.

businesses & organizations featuring local artwork

Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
2289 County Park Dr.
(573) 290-5218
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The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, located in the County Park, features an Art Gallery. The Art Gallery shows artwork that celebrates nature and is open Tuesday - Saturday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Cape Girardeau Public Library
711 N. Clark St.
(573) 334-5279
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The Cape Girardeau Public Library often displays art exhibits in its Hirsch Community Room. Visitors to the library for the purpose of viewing the art exhibits are asked to please call the library beforehand for times when the room does not have meetings scheduled. Aside from art exhibits, they often support the arts with children & adult workshops that can be found listed here. Library Hours are Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Cateye Glasses Art Studio
2117B Broadway
(573) 380-8464
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Cateye Glasses Art Studio is owned and operated by Rosetta Whitten, a resident of Cape Girardeau with a BFA from Southeast Missouri State University and over 25 years of experience as an artist & instructor of art classes and workshops. Cateye Glasses Art Studio offers regular classes and workshops for all ages. Visit the website for more information on upcoming shows or classes.

Cup ‘N' Cork

11 S. Spanish St.
(573) 651-5282
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Cup 'N' Cork is a local coffeehouse and cafe that displays the work of several local artists on their walls. They also support the arts by holding fundraisers and open mic nights for local arts organizations.

Discovery Playhouse
502 Broadway
(573) 335-7529
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The mission of Discovery Playhouse is to create fun, educational interactive experiences for children and caregivers as they play, discover and learn. New additions to the Discovery Playhouse add bright and interactive murals created by local artists Aaron Horrell and Rosetta Whitten. The Playhouse is open Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Fridays, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Saturdays, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sundays, 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Lattitudes, LLC.
137 North Main St.
We are a fair trade store that aims not only to further the mission and quality of fair trade but local philanthropic efforts like our clothing closet with Hope Children's Home. We strongly believe in our products and missions!
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The Tangled Yarn
521 Broadway St.
(319) 350-8150
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A local yarn store selling yarns, needles, hooks, and accessories. Knitting and crochet classes are offered! Hours are Wednesday - Thursday from 1:00 - 6:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Yearning 4 Yarn
208 Independence St.
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Yearning 4 Yarn carries yarns , patterns, spinning needs and felting products. They teach knitting, crochet, spinning and felting for all ages.

Young at Art
125 S. Broadview Suite 2
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   visual arts venues in Southeast Missouri

Front Street Studio and Gallery
132 West Front Street
Sikeston, Missouri
(573) 620-2828
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Gallery owners and Arts Council members Annie Schuchart and Judy Comer offer art classes for all ages in this unique gallery and artist studio. They offer art workshops, demonstrations and featured artist receptions. There is always an opportunity to talk to and observe the artists at work, as well as purchase artwork.

Historic Downtown Ste. Genevieve

The historic district of downtown Ste. Genevieve is bustling with galleries and shops featuring artwork and artisan crafts. On the Fourth Friday of every month they open their doors for a big art walk! The Ste. Genevieve Art Guild is the best resource for finding up-to-date information about galleries and arts events in the city. Visit their website for more information!

Margaret Harwell Art Museum
421 N. Main St.
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
(573) 686-8002
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Housed in the historic J. L. Dalton Home, the Margaret Harwell Art Museum is supported by the City of Poplar Bluff and the Friends of MHAM. The museum's mission is to challenge the expansion of aesthetic awareness, the appreciation of the visual arts and the involvement of the Poplar Bluff and surrounding communities in high quality art and educational experiences. The museum houses monthly rotating exhibits free of charge. Numerous educational opportunities are available for children & adults. Museum hours are Tuesday - Friday, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm and Saturday - Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Sikeston Depot Museum
116 West Malone Ave.
Sikeston, Missouri
(573) 481-9967
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Built as the Iron Mountain Railroad Train Depot in 1916, "The Depot" is now on the list of National Register of Historic Places. It became a museum and cultural center in 2000. Thousands of visitors have viewed dozens of permanent and rotating exhibits depicting the area's history and art, all at no charge. The Depot is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Given at least two-day notice, they will open for special tours groups during off hours.