May
1
to Jun 1

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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Jun
4
to Jul 13

Plates

Bo Bedilion- Handmade Ceramic Plates

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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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May
14
7:00 PM19:00

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.  

catherinearmbrust@yahoo.com

www.catherinearmbrust.com


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Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

National Geographic Pictures of the Year Award Ceremony

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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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