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Hearing Voices Seeing Visions

Join us for an inspiring evening of poetry and art with poet Leanna Petronella and artist Joy Wilson.


Joy Wilson is a large scale, narrative artist who lives and works in Columbia with her partner and their two children. A native of Kentucky, but most recently a trans- plant from Chicago, her oil paintings weave sculptural stories of still-life imagery of nature and flowers to tell stories of memory and time.

Joy spent over a decade working in commercial architecture and design before returning to her passion for art when she managed the former Gallery M at Melwood Art Center in Louisville, Kentucky. She attended Indiana University Southeast where her early work was recognized with various awards. Last year, her journey was featured in the Chicago Tribune as part of a series highlighting the evolution of gender and sexual identity through artists’ relationships with their younger selves. Joy has a studio at Orr Street Studios, and is represented by Sager Braudis Gallery in Columbia. Her art will be displayed in an October show at Sager Braudis.


Leanna Petronella's debut poetry collection, The Imaginary Age, won the 2018 Pleiades Press Editors Prize. Her poetry appears in Beloit Poetry Journal, Third Coast, Birmingham Poetry Review, CutBank, Quarterly West, ElevenEleven, and other publications. She holds a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Second Saturday for Kids

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Hello Art Makers and Art Lovers! Our next SECOND SATURDAY for KIDS, Into Space 2, is coming up on Sat Oct 12, noon-3 p.m. Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr.

We will continue exploring the fascinating interactions of filled space and empty space in the arts that we began exploring at the July 13 SSfK.

If you were with us for the mid-summer SSfK, Into Space I, you know how intriguing it is to explore music, drawing & painting, clay modeling, and other arts in terms of space. If you weren't able to be with us in July, you'll have a great time making your first exploration on October 12!
Here's our line-up of interactive arts activities:

  • Drumming: Jonathan Crisp & Pam Sisson

  • Movement & Dance: JABBERWOCKY Studios

  • Drawing & Painting: Orr Artists Dareth Gottmoeller, Jane Mudd, Byron Smith, Frank Stack

  • Reading, Writing & Clay Figure Modeling: Kate Bushnell & Grace Cunningham

  • Drawing and creating inhabitants for imaginary planets you'd like to live on

    As always, SSfK is offered free of charge to young people, ages 5-15, with accompanying adult. Bring a friend! Your friend will thank you!! We look forward to seeing everyone on Sat Oct 12, noon-3, 106 Orr St.

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Photo Vision


Photo Vision is a juried, open themed photography exhibition and competition free and open to Professional and Non-Professional Photographers 18 and over living in Mid-MO. The exhibition will be on display at Orr Street Studios October 2-October 26. Winners will be announced at the reception during First Fridays, Oct 4, 6-9pm.

Cash prizes totalling $1000 will be awarded for three winners from each of the two divisions in addition to honorable mentions as the judge desires.

Non-Professional awards: First Place: $200, Second Place: $125, Third Place: $85.

Professional awards: First Place: $275, Second Place: $190, Third Place: $125.

This year’s juror is Matt Rahner. Matt is an artist, photographer, independent curator/researcher, and museum professional currently residing in Saline County, Missouri. Rahner serves as the Registrar and Exhibitions Coordinator at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art located in Sedalia, Missouri. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Art at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, where he still teaches both Analog and Digital Photography courses as an adjunct instructor. Rahner’s work has
been exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kansas City Public Library, and The Griot Museum of Black History in St. Louis. He earned his MFA from The University of Missouri at Columbia in 2014, and his BFA from Columbia College in 2010.

Submit ONE original work of photography (color, black and white or special process). Space is limited, not all work submitted is expected to be displayed. Pieces should be ready for display (WITH SECURE HANGING WIRE, NO SAWTOOTH HANGERS, will be accepted) Work should be labeled on the back with artist’s name, email, title of work, and price. (Orr Street Studios takes a 35% commission on all sales, so price accordingly). Questions? Contact director@orrstreetstudios.com

Important dates:

Submit artwork to Orr Street Studios 106 Orr St., Columbia
Friday, Sept 27 12pm-6pm
Saturday, Sept 28 12am-3pm
Pick up artwork Sunday, October 27 9am-1pm
Monday, October 28 3pm-6pm

Photo Vision is sponsored by:

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Hearing Voices Seeing Visions

Orr Street's Hearing Voices Seeing Visions 2019-20 season begins next Tuesday September 10th at 7:00 pm with guests, artist John Fennell, and poet Lynne Lampe. Join us for an evening of imagination, art and poetry!

Clouds Moving In- John Fennell

Clouds Moving In- John Fennell

Lynne Jensen Lampe's poems have appeared in Isthmus, South Florida Poetry Journal, New Letters, and The First Anthology of Missouri Women Writers. She studied with Larry Levis in his graduate workshop while earning her journalism degree at the University of Missouri and soon after received honorable mention in the first New Letters Literary Awards. After a decades-long detour into teaching, activism and visual art, she began studying and writing poetry again while researching her mother’s experiences in state mental hospitals. She edits books and journals in Columbia, Missouri, and is a member of Dame Good Writers and the Reflections poetry group.

Chicago native John Fennell has been a painter for more than 35 years and now works in Columbia out of Orr Street Studios. After graduating from Northern Illinois University, he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago and then studied privately with artists Milford Zornes and Gianni Cilfoni. He later earned a master's degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has exhibited in Chicago and Milwaukee, as well as in St. Louis, Kansas City, Fulton, Ashland and Columbia, Missouri. His work is in many private collections. He recently retired as a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism where he taught magazine writing, design and publishing for 13 years. Before teaching, he was a journalist and editor. A former newspaper reporter, he assisted the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Mike Royko at the Chicago Daily News. For seven years he was the editor of the international design journal, Step-By-Step Graphics before becoming editor-in-chief of the award-winning monthly, Milwaukee Magazine.

About the Work:
Light in all of its manifestations has been my primary interest as a painter. Light is color and in a broader sense light is the foundation of seeing and a metaphor for knowing. Recent work explores color in three distinct areas:

The landscapes – influenced by the Hudson River School, the Impressionists, Cezanne, Matisse, Braque and others – are often painted or sketched outdoors and/or completed in the studio. I paint landscapes because I am fascinated by the natural world and the idea of transcendence, to be at once in the world and yet go beyond it. That’s what happens in painting, an act of the mind as much as it is of paint and brush. In a way, I become one with what I see, what I try to interpret. The landscapes are evidence of those journeys.

The geometric abstractions, influenced by the mid-century modernists, emphasize pure form and color – landscapes of the mind, if you will. I am particularly interested in how the mind orders line, shape and color from seeming chaos. I begin these explorations with random lines and swashes of color not knowing where the painting will lead. Guided by intuition, the lines and shapes gradually take form. As I add additional layers of paint – often over a period of weeks – I discover new patterns and colors.

The urban-inspired work begins with sketches on street corners. At times they remain true to the visual experience. In other works they transcend what I see into what I experience – the rhythm, color, and mood of urbanity. I think of these interpretations as visual music, like jazz. This ultimate transformation excites me because I am never sure where the painting will take me.

Hidden Form- John Fennell

Hidden Form- John Fennell

Longing- John Fennell

Longing- John Fennell

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Second Saturdays for Kids presents Into Space 1

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Hello Art Makers and Art Lovers. 

Please join us for the July 13 SECOND SATURDAY for KIDS, Into Space I: Inner, Outer and In Between, noon-3 p.m., 106 Orr Street. And mark your calendars for Into Space II, Sat Oct 12! 

Here's the line-up of art activities on Sat July 13 at Orr:
Ed Hanson, vocalist, choral music & theater director, founder of Talking Horse Productions: Sound & Silence in Music & Singing
Orr Street Studios Artists: What's in the Empty Space in a Painting
Columbia pottery makers: What's There & Not There in a Bowl
Teen artists: Making telescopes, seeing space
SECOND SATURDAY is for young people ages 5-15 with accompanying adult. Always free of charge!

Any questions Call or email us at: 573-289-0825; ourart.cparke@gmail.com

See you on Sat July 13, noon - 3 p.m., 106 Orr Street. And bring a friend to SSfK. It's a great gift of friendship!

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Bo Bedilion- Handmade Ceramic Plates


A stunning array of works of art masquerading as utilitarian objects. Master ceramicist Bo Bedilion offers you a feast for your eyes and the perfect way to bring an artful touch to your table no matter the event.

Reception: 6-9 pm, First Friday June 7th, 2019.

Artist’s Statement

 The work displayed in this exhibition describes my current interest in exploring the surface of handmade ceramic plates through dividing space and making marks. Using multiple glazes, the surface designs are built with both additive and subtractive methods of glaze application. Pouring, dipping, trailing, resisting, washing, inlaying, and carving all contribute to the final composition.  My ultimate goal is to provide utilitarian pottery that is as enjoyable to view as it is to use.

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Hearing Voices Seeing Visions

Join us for a special evening of Art and Literature.

Catherine Armbrust, artist and Gallery Director of the Bingham Gallery at the School of Visual Studies, University of Missouri will show and talk about her work. Writers Cassie Donish and Grace Gardiner will read from their work. This will be the last Hearing Voices Seeing Visions till September. Don’t miss it!

Cassie Donish

Cassie Donish

Cassie Donish is the author of the poetry collections The Year of the Femme (University of Iowa Press, 2019), selected by Brenda Shaughnessy as winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and Beautyberry(Slope Editions, 2018). Her nonfiction chapbook On the Mezzanine (2019) was selected by Maggie Nelson as winner of the Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition. A poet, prose writer, geographer, and educator, her writing has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Best New Poets, Colorado Review, VICE, jubilat, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review Online, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Co-editor-in-chief of The Spectacle, she earned her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she received an Olin Fellowship and served as the Junior Fellow in Poetry. She holds a BA in English and comparative religions from the University of Washington and an MA in human geography from the University of Oregon. She currently teaches classes at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she's pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing. She grew up in South Pasadena, California.

Cassie identifies as a gender nonconforming femme, preferring sheor they pronouns. Her website and most other public materials currently use she/her.

Grace Gardiner

Grace Gardiner

Grace Gardiner's research interests include the relationship between jazz and poetry in American literature and culture, compositional practice across the arts and intermedia, lyric and genre theory, and posthumanism. Some of her recent work appears or is forthcoming in Mom Egg Review, SWWIM Every Day, and LETTERS. A former poetry editor for The Greensboro Review and intern for Persea Books, she holds an MFA in Writing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. https://pearlsthatwere.tumblr.com/

I Let the Sky (Catherine Armbrust)

I Let the Sky (Catherine Armbrust)

Catherine Armbrust grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas but has enjoyed life in various parts of Missouri since 1989.  An alumnus of the University of Missouri, she earned her MFA in Fibers & Sculpture and BA in Anthropology.  Armbrust currently lives in Columbia, Missouri and works as the director of the George Caleb Bingham Gallery on the MU Campus. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the MU & UMKC Art Departments, and teaches Fibers at Columbia College (Columbia, MO). 

Though her work has shifted somewhat since her husband’s sudden passing in 2015, Armbrust’s mixed media work most often conflates biological and cultural themes in the forms of costumes, dioramas, collages, soft sculpture, and installations.  In that work she channels a Rococo spirit to parody human methods of collection, ornamentation, pleasure, play, and seduction.  



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Seasons: Natural Collages by Denise Mustain

Sister of Acceptance

Artists Statement:

It begins with a seed. A seed in nature, a seed in the greenhouse, a seed of an idea. 

SPRING marks busy months of planting seeds, transplanting small plants into larger containers in the main greenhouse, watering, weeding, and preparing them to go outside. In the woods, carrying my small presses, I seek plants such as fern fronds, Jack-In-The-Pulpit and buds to press. Later will come locust flowers, plum blossoms, bluebells, and other woodland surprises. 

SUMMER is for mass planting and collecting for pressing.
Delphiniums, bachelor buttons, cosmos, hollyhocks, zinnias, and many others are blooming. In the food garden, vegetable plants such as potato, peas, and chives offer delicate flowers, a double gift. The pressing of plants takes many hours daily. 

As the days shorten in AUTUMN, activity slows, and I turn inward.
In my studio, I begin to open presses to see how plants have dried, and the first images come to mind. This is the season that sparks creation. At my desk, a magnifying lamp illuminates the delicate petals, hearty leaves, and common weeds that will make up a piece. Sometimes representational, sometimes abstract, I play with my materials: a twig is a nose is a twig again. I deconstruct the plant as it was and give it a new shape. 

In deep WINTER, while the gardens sleep, the ideas for images that were seeded in my mind throughout the year start to take shape in my studio.
Here a hornet’s nest becomes a mountain, and individual petals from a vibrant poppy forms a wild hat. It is slow, painstaking work. While looking at what I have, I also must always look ahead: searching seed catalogs for new flowers and old favorites to grace my gardens in the spring. 

After many days, many hours, (sometimes 150 hours) the picture is complete, and may use 50 or more different types of plant pieces. Using a pressing technique and proprietary sealing method learned from the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild, the image is protected for years to come. 

Following the seasons, the cycle of planting, harvesting, gathering, ideating, and creating makes up my work and life. 

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National Geographic Pictures of the Year Award Ceremony


Orr Street Studios is proud to have the National Geographic Pictures of the Year Exhibit and Awards Ceremony. On display in our gallery are almost 40 of the winning photographs. The exhibit is open for all to see during our regular business hours or by appointment. The Awards Ceremony on Friday April 26th is a public event and all are welcome. Tickets are free and available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poy-and-cpoy-awards-reception-tickets-58593075466

Origins of The Pictures of the Year:

In the spring of 1944 in Columbia, Missouri, the Missouri School of Journalism sponsored its "First Annual Fifty-Print Exhibition" contest. Founded by Cliff Edom, its purpose was, "to pay tribute to those press photographers and newspapers which, despite tremendous war-time difficulties, are doing a splendid job; to provide an opportunity for photographers of the nation to meet in open competition; and to compile and preserve...a collection of the best in current, home-front press pictures.”

In 1945, Edom founded the College Photographer of the Year contest. CPOY (www.cpoy.org) continues to provide valuable feedback and encouragement to thousands of young photographers, many of whom have gone on to win in POY. 

In 1948, following a decision to invite magazine photographers to participate, the Fifty-Print Exhibition Contest became the News Pictures of the Year Contest. In 1957, the University of Missouri and the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) merged their respective contests. Through this partnership, "Pictures of the Year" was developed and continued until 2001 when NPPA and Missouri parted ways. Pictures of the Year became Pictures of the Year International and is now administered by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Since then POY and CPOY have grown and are internationally recognized as premiere contests that set the standard for the entire industry. As the contests grew the overall mission of POY has expanded. In 2011 Dr. Loup Langton and Dr. Pablo Corral Vega founded POY Latam (www.poylatam.org) to “celebrate excellence in documentary and artistic photography in Latin America.” Today, there are POY, CPOY and POYLatam awards' seminars, workshops, exhibits and an important archive photojournalistic work that spans more the past 75 years.

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