Artrageous Fridays An art crawl in Columbia, MO 2014-10-09T21:46:06Z WordPress Kate <![CDATA[Imago Gallery & Cultural Center]]> 2014-09-29T15:40:05Z 2014-06-09T13:11:03Z The show reception for Journey Through Our Beautiful World featuring the work of Mike Seat and Yukari Kashihara will be held on Friday, October 10th from 6-9 PM. Be sure to catch a special performance that evening at 7:30 PM by vocal ensemble Esprimere.
On Saturday, October 11th, Matt Ballou will be doing a painting demo from 2-4 PM.
Stop by the Imago Center at any time on Friday or Saturday (11 AM – 6 PM) to pick up a coupon for a free Italian wine tasting at The Wine Cellar & Bistro during Artrageous Weekend.


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Kate <![CDATA[Stadium Shoe (NEW!)]]> 2014-08-01T16:16:16Z 2014-04-17T17:21:11Z A shoe boutique on wheels and online. Stadium Shoes can pop up during a festival or serve a crowd where a traditional shoe store may not be able to exist. Step on to the truck to buy a pair of fun socks or discover a new brand of footwear, or even just to experience something new.

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Kate <![CDATA[Cafe Berlin (NEW!)]]> 2014-10-06T15:14:01Z 2014-01-13T17:50:02Z

During Sunday Brunch on October 12th enjoy the jazz sounds of Paulo Oliveir & Taryn Doty!

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Kate <![CDATA[Yellow Dog Bookshop (NEW!)]]> 2014-10-06T13:07:33Z 2014-01-13T17:41:46Z

During Artrageous Weekend (Oct 10-12)- Check out our window display features The Very Old Man with Enormously Long Wings – the central figure in a short story of the same name by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Created by local artists and husband & wife team, Nick & Erin Potter, the window is taken over by the character in Marquez’s short story. Made with paper mâché and other fiber materials, you can feel the melancholy emanating from his slumped figure.

The books in the window feature many magical realist authors.


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Kate <![CDATA[PACE Performing Arts in Children’s Education]]> 2014-08-01T16:17:37Z 2014-01-13T17:33:11Z PACE is a non-profit, youth, theater company. Our mission is to enrich, educate and entertain Columbians by raising young artists who give through their art to the community. Each season, PACE stages a variety of high quality theatrical performances that appeal to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. To support our developing performers, we offer instruction in dance, acting and vocal music.

At PACE we believe that communities benefit when art involves everyone. Our outreach programs include the award winning Arts in Health series that teaches children about issues that affect their social, emotional and physical health. YEAH!, our free after school dance program, offers dance instruction to underserved populations, and PACT, our youth leadership group, brings music and theater to hospitalized children. We welcome the participation of all Columbians as audience members and performers.


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Kate <![CDATA[Tallulahs (NEW!)]]> 2014-10-08T13:57:29Z 2014-01-13T17:31:56Z Tallulahs is offering 40% off Halloween items during Artrageous Weekend!

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Kate <![CDATA[Calhoun’s]]> 2014-10-07T17:48:45Z 2014-01-13T16:48:57Z

Ashley Cooper’s work will be on display during the Artrageous Weekend. Come visit Calhoun’s Friday evening from 6-9pm or Saturday from 12-4 to visit with the artist in person.

Ashley-mostly known for her Tiger drawings-will be working on a number of subjects over the weekend.

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Kate <![CDATA[Blenders (NEW!)]]> 2014-03-21T18:08:58Z 2014-01-13T05:24:52Z At Blenders, our mission is to provide the fuel people need to do the things they love. We make all of our smoothies, pressed juices, and other works of freshly pulverized art from scratch: no purees, no powder mixes, no syrups, and no ice. A full cup – every time – so you can get back to working, playing, and creating. Locally owned by a member of Columbia’s Cultural Affairs Commission and featuring work by resident artists, make Blenders the first stop on your Artrageous adventure.

Catering Available: Order Online:

Hours:  7am-9pm Monday-Friday  |  10am-9pm Saturday-Sunday

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Kate <![CDATA[Missouri Theatre (NEW!)]]> 2014-03-21T18:09:22Z 2013-04-17T20:13:47Z In the heart of downtown, the Missouri Theatre is home to Columbia’s Performing Arts. Having been beautifully restored to its original grandeur, the Missouri Theatre hosts civic events and University Concert Series events throughout the year. Now operated by the University of Missouri, the theater provides something for everyone: film festivals, concerts, nationally-known artists, dance parties & more.
Schedules, information and tickets at

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Kate <![CDATA[The Root Cellar Grocery]]> 2014-01-13T05:39:51Z 2013-01-04T17:26:30Z The Root Cellar Grocery is a fresh-format grocery store located in downtown Columbia, Missouri in the newly renovated North Village Arts District a few block north of the University of Missouri campus. In addition to providing the community with fresh, locally-grown produce, meat and dairy, each week we collect available local food products and sell them to subscribers in an attempt to provide the freshest, healthiest local food available in our region as part of our Bounty and Barnyard Box programs (  As you can tell, we’re up and running and in the mix of the local food world in Missouri.

Tuesday-Friday 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm

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Kate <![CDATA[Grindstone Lithography Workshop]]> 2014-08-01T16:18:51Z 2012-11-16T17:00:39Z Grindstone Studio is a creative workshop for printing artists. Our studio prints and sells original lithographs, woodcuts and etchings by local, national and international artists. The studio has an ongoing exhibition space showcasing studio and workshop artists.
Exhibition Hours: Tuesday-Friday 3-5 pm & by appointment
Production Hours: Call for times


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Kate <![CDATA[Talking Horse Productions]]> 2014-08-01T16:19:09Z 2012-11-16T16:39:46Z Talking Horse Productions was founded in 2012 as a not-for profit company. Our mission is to produce high-quality live theatrical productions in the new Talking Horse Theatre, a small (60-75 seat) venue located at 210 Saint James Street, in the North Village Arts District in downtown Columbia. Our productions focus on strong character-driven scripts rather than lavish sets and costumes. While we serve the entire Columbia community, we also desire a strong connection with all three college campuses because of our location. We offer opportunities to participate not only as audience members, but also as volunteers. THP currently has one student volunteer serving as a financial intern, and another who handles our Twitter account. We are very excited about the opportunity to create a new performing space, and we know you’ll love it!


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Kate <![CDATA[Trey Bistro]]> 2014-10-06T15:12:40Z 2012-11-16T16:06:59Z Enjoy the blues and folk duo of Dave Angle & Dave Dearnley during Sunday Brunch on October 12th!

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Kate <![CDATA[Dogwood]]> 2014-10-07T13:52:43Z 2012-09-29T13:39:11Z (Located in the alley behind D-Sport on Walnut)
Dogwood will open its doors for Artrageous on Friday night (October 10th) with invited artist Charlie Thompson. Catherine Armbrust will have her hand-dyed scarves for sale, and the usual cast of Dogwood residents will be available to give art crawlers a look into their creative spaces. Dogwood will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

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Kate <![CDATA[Stephens College Historic Costume Gallery]]> 2014-10-07T15:47:03Z 2012-09-11T21:17:08Z Located on Stephens College Campus; mezzanine floor of Lela Raney Wood Hall
The latest exhibit at the Historic Costume Gallery will tell “Her Story” and will feature pieces from female designers such as Clair McCardell, Hattie Carnegie and Lucille that have not been previously displayed.

Be sure to stop in for light refreshments & enjoy this amazing exhibit!


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Kate <![CDATA[Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar]]> 2014-10-06T15:10:10Z 2012-04-11T13:38:32Z Whether it’s lunch, hors d’oeuvres, entrées or desserts, you will find Bleu has a signature cuisine that is unique, sophisticated, and delectable!  Bleu offers an atmosphere that is upscale and upbeat; serene and stylish; classy and casual.  Our wine list has been assembled to permit you to select a match for your meal that suits your individual palette.
Friday, October 10th:  Sip & Nosh Happy Hour  3pm-6pm
Sunday, October 12th: Meredith Hammer Trio During Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm

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Kate <![CDATA[Guerilla Art]]> 2012-03-22T15:03:46Z 2012-03-22T15:02:22Z In an effort to liven and beautify the space between our Artrageous Members/Venues, Artrageous Fridays will coordinate and promote the budding concept of ‘guerrilla art’.  These spontaneous, organic, creative & temporary art installations will enhance the excitement and appeal of Artragoeus Fridays allowing community members to display their works in parking lots & alleyways, on buildings & sidewalks, and even places in between.

If you are interested in participating please contact Kate for more information;
& keep your eyes peeled during Artrageous for art outside the traditional parameters!

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Kate <![CDATA[The Center Project]]> 2014-08-01T16:29:59Z 2011-11-11T22:26:53Z The Center Project strives to encourage respect, safety, inclusion, and compassion among people of al gender expressions and sexual orientations.  The Center Project exists to foster greater understanding, visiblity, support, and appreciation of gender and sexual minorities.  We promote unity by providing educational outreach, community activities, a resource center, and a variety of support services.

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Kate <![CDATA[Second Story Antiques (formerly Solliday & Williams)]]> 2014-09-30T15:48:06Z 2011-10-27T19:22:29Z Second Story Antiques will feature paintings by John Wehmer, a mid-century abstract painter from St. Louis, during Artrageous Weekend.

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Kate <![CDATA[Studio Home]]> 2013-01-04T17:43:51Z 2011-09-20T20:27:10Z Studio Home’s unique mix of vintage, antique, and contemporary furnishings blends comfort and sophistication. A constant influx of new finds keeps our showroom fresh, inviting, and cutting-edge. With more than 30 years of experience combined, the Studio Home staff is knowledgeable in all aspects of interior design, flooring, archival framing, and in-store furnishings. We go beyond the scope of other interior design firms in the range of our services and the personal approach that drives our design philosophy. At Studio Home, we want you to feel at home.

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Kate <![CDATA[Boone County National Bank]]> 2014-01-15T22:32:12Z 2011-09-09T20:31:22Z Boone County National Bank and the Columbia Art League present the 55th Annual Boone County Art Show, located at 720 East Broadway inside the bank. Nearly 200 works from professional and non-professional artists are on display and on sale for art enthusiasts. The show is free and open to the public on Saturday, October 11 from 9am to 5pm and Sunday, October 12 from 11am to 5pm. A special fund-raising reception is held to support the Art League on Friday, October 10 from 8pm to 10pm. Contact the Columbia Art League for details on this unique event. For more information on the Boone County Art Show contact Mary Wilkerson at Boone County National Bank or Diana Moxon at the Columbia Art League.

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Kate <![CDATA[Hoot Design Co.]]> 2014-01-15T23:04:46Z 2011-05-23T14:11:05Z Specializing in unique paper goods for you, your home and your baby.  Hoot is also a full service marketing and branding shoppe, with years of experience in the advertising and design world.  Our clients include Open Studio Pilates, MEHA, VAMC, Boone Hospital, and many more.
Stop by to see our Columbia prints and recycled bags, our custom baby prints, and our unique stationery!

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Kate <![CDATA[The Beach Salon]]> 2014-04-22T20:40:20Z 2011-05-23T14:06:52Z Located in The North Village area of The District in Downtown Columbia, Missouri. At the Beach salon rejuvenation begins with our peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. Our designers are committed to you by offering exceptional customer service, quality hair design, nail and skin care, along with product recommendations to help you maintain your signature look.

As you enjoy your unique salon experience at the Beach salon, you will be captivated by the artistic businesses in the renovated Orr Street Arts Warehouse, where living art is created every day.

We’d love to share our salon with you.

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Kate <![CDATA[As Societal Impact of the Arts is Widespread; So Will be the Effects of Cutting Their Funding]]> 2011-04-19T21:29:55Z 2011-04-18T20:10:51Z  By- Kate Gunn


“There is no better indicator of the spiritual health of our city, its neighborhoods and the larger region than the state of the arts.  The arts deepen our understanding of the human spirit, extend our capacity to comprehend the lives of others, allow us to imagine a more just and humane world.  Through their diversity of feeling, their variety of form, their multiplicity of inspiration, the arts make our culture richer and more reflective.” 

These words spoken by Jonathan Fanton, of the MacArthur Foundation, eloquently describe the arts and their far reaching impact on the whole of society.  The arts community, domestically speaking, has recently enjoyed a vibrant period with a steady surge in museum acquisition and expansion, art production and sales, growth in film and theatre production, and the acceleration of interest in the performing arts such as music, dance and even community theatre.  Even small communities have turned their focus to the art industry to help drive the economic condition of their towns.  Missoula, Montana, with a population just over 64,000, boasts is own symphony orchestra, two ballet companies, a prize-winning repertory theatre, and even an International Choral Festival.[1]

            Only recently has the art industry been considered an economic driver of communities because of its ability to facilitate jobs, generate government revenues and provide a cornerstone for tourism.  Nationally, the nonprofits arts industry creates 5.7 million jobs and $166.2 billion dollars in total economic activity each year, resulting in $29.6 billion dollars in local, state, and federal tax revenue, a 24 percent increase in the past five years[2].   In the United States, the performing arts industry includes over 9,000 companies such as theatre, opera, dance, musical groups, and symphonies, creating nearly $14 billion dollars in combined income.[3] 

Even greater than their own sustainably, is the arts unique ability to leverage a significant amount of revenue for other industries such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and city revenue such as parking or transit income.  Americans for the Arts, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group conducted the largest economic impact study of arts organizations in 156 communities and regions nationwide. This study confirms that often patrons attending a cultural or art-related event, will generally pay for parking, and go out for dinner.  The average attendee spends $27.79 dollars per person, per event, not including the price of admission for their show[4].  In Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County, nonprofit arts industry generates $341.5 million dollars annually in economic income.  This total breaks down into $230.6 million spent by arts organizations and $110.8 million dollars in event related spending., excluding the cost of admission, which reflects an average of $17.45 dollars per person spent on hotels, restaurants, parking, souvenirs, refreshments, and other similar costs. 

Artistic events which are able to attract audiences from surrounding areas generate even more income for the hosting community.  Out of town participants spent significantly more in the categories of lodging, meals, and transportation than their local counterparts.  Non-local attendees spend twice as much as local attendees averaging $40.19 dollars to $19.53 dollars, respectively.[5]  A research study by the Travel Industry Association and Partners in Tourism found 65 percent of all adult travelers attended an art event while on a trip fifty miles away or more from their homes, 32 percent prolonging their stay due to the event[6].  These results challenge a common misconception that spending on arts and culture comes at the expense of economic development.  Arts organizations are businesses, much like other industries such as automakers or retailers.  They hire staff, purchase products and services, pay rent and utility bills, and provide government revenue.

            U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY), states, “They [the arts] create a hub of economic activity that helps an area become an appealing place to live, visit and conduct business.  These industries also create jobs, attract investments, generate tax revenues and stimulate local economies through tourism and urban renewal”.  Similarly in Florida, in Miami-Dade County alone, more than 1,000 arts businesses help to employ 23,000 workers and 12 million attendees spend more than half a billion dollars in ticket prices and event-related spending annually[7]

Another such example of the ability of the arts to generate local revenue is The Utah Shakespearean Festival which produces more than 35 million dollars through lodging, dining and other local activities.  Michael Bahr, director of the festival Art in Cedar City, proclaims that art is not a luxury; it is business.  “It feeds our souls and our families…but it also fills our dinner plates, pays our mortgages, and enhances our standard of living.”  He further elaborates that Art in Cedar City is responsible for hiring a talented workforce, filling local hotels and restaurants, and providing a positive economic impact far beyond the theatre[8].  Tim Daly, an actor on the popular television series Private Practice and co-president of the Creative Coalition, explained how it takes nine days to film a one-hour long episode of the show, which greatly impacts the hosting community by employing 200 people a day, and spending $20,000 on food from local caterers and $2,500 dollars on dry cleaning[9]

            Many key products and services extend from artistic institutions producing a ripple effect throughout variety of industries.  Most arts and entertainment organizations’ products are a combination of tangible and intangible elements.  A physical element of an art opening is the hanging images or sculptures in the room, an intangible element would be the emotional benefit you receive from viewing these works.  Products in the art industry encompass everything from the building and services to the core product, or items directly related to the organization.  The core product of an art gallery is the original artwork on display, for instance.   The core product of the symphony is the music is produces.  Products can further be divided into what is expected by viewers or attendees such as a high quality sound system at a theatre or the souvenirs for sale at festivals.  Products may include pictures, drawings, photos, sculptures, books, and even supplies which are needed in the production process. 

Services also account for a large portion of art-related products including framing, delivery, appraisals, technical support, lighting installation, printing, marketing and public relations and even building contractors and architects.  Services are often inseparable from the provider, for example, a theatre production is the result of the performances of the actors, and the way they work together.  In the art industry, services can also be perishable.  While retailers are able to sell merchandise from one day to the next, an unsold seat in a theatre cannot be sold twice the following night.  To recoup losses from unfilled seats, an entire performance must be scheduled. 

            The products produced in the art industry—specifically core products—are generally introduced first in the primary marketplace, where artists sell their art to collectors and dealers or debut performances.  The primary market represents work which has not been bought or sold before.  At this stage in the market, a price point is determined based largely on demand, but also based on development and creation.  These prices are then maintained by marketing, sales techniques, fashionable trends, and even the “Vanity Fair that is art collecting”.  It is especially prudent in recessionary times to target a primary target market or those who are closest to the operation such as board members, development teams, and long-standing donors.

            After the primary lifecycle is over, most core products enter into the secondary market.  Artwork is in the secondary marketplace would include works purchased by individuals, businesses, foundations or dealers.  The greatest degree of difference in the art industry is art does not depreciate with age, rather value is determined by universal desirability.  In performance art, the secondary market includes shows which have been purchased by theatres or corporations and are currently touring or being performed for paying audiences.  Performance art can also increase in value as time goes on, for example, with many symphonies or plays making special rereleases to honor anniversaries of original productions.  In some cases, the secondary market is seen as more prestigious because the timing allows for stabilization or sober evaluation of worth after the initial hype has waned. 

            There is also a third market in the art industry, the tertiary market.  In this stage, collectors and dealers recycle though the auction houses art items which have previously entered the secondary market. 

However grand and far-reaching, with the downturn in the overall economy, arts and music organizations are facing harsh financial realities which are in turn negatively impacting communities which rely on these sectors to create jobs and generate revenue.  Public schools are losing arts programs; art programs are losing grants; numerous theatres, opera houses, music venues and galleries face closure.  Artists themselves are losing their jobs, with the current unemployment rate conservatively estimated at 12.5 percent.  With the economic crisis only a few months old in early 2009, some 10,000 arts organizations nationwide, representing about 10 percent of the total, had disappeared or were facing closing their doors.  According to the most recent economic forecasts, many of the world’s economies are either entering or are well-into the most severe financial recessions in more than 50 years.  Unlike previous economic downturns in the United States such in as the dot-com bust and the tragic events of 9/11 in the early 2000s, the past year has had devastating effects on the art industry in particular.  Curators, directors, administrators, and other art industry leaders have all observed a recurring trend—the current recession is much more widespread in the art industry, with some even categorizing it as “brutal and relentless”.  There is no one culprit, rather, a combination of declines hitting the art community from all sides including declining stocks, the banking crisis, the slashing of state and local funds for the arts, and finally a decrease in demand due to decreased discretionary income. 

            Many museums, galleries, performing groups, and other non-profit art groups are dependent on support from endowments.  Nevertheless, while stocks and investment income continue to decline, so do these much needed endowments.  A recent survey of art museums in the United States found most have lost at least 20 percent of the value of their endowments, and most directors are expecting a continued trend of decline in 2010 and 2011.  In less than a year, between January and November 2008, the endowment of the Indianapolis Museum of Art fell from $382 million dollars to $292 million dollars[10].  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art lost a quarter of the value of its $148 million dollar endowment from July to September alone in 2008[11].  Because many endowments are failing to yield income, they are considered “underwater”, or their current value has dropped beneath their historical value resulting in the loss of millions of dollars to many of even the most prestigious art institutions.

            The banking crisis, another contributing factor to the decline in support for the arts, has cut off funds from reliable corporate donors at an overwhelming rate.  While most boards of directors for art businesses are well diversified, Wall Street tycoons sitting on these boards had been disproportionately generous in the late 1990s which offered a “golden age of giving” to many art institutions.  Hedge-funders, CEOs, and even whole corporations such as Merrill Lynch and Wachovia have funded the construction of renovations, rotundas, wings, and even whole buildings for the arts.  The Met’s first gallery devoted to contemporary photography was endowed predominantly by the senior director of Goldman Sachs, Robert Menschel[12].  More than 20 institutions added wings or buildings in the past three years or are presently continuing construction.  In addition, many art programs and building expansions were able to be funded through bond issues, which in most cases is not problematic, however, institutions with adjustable-rate securities have been hit hard by rising interest rates, some climbing as high as 11 percent halting construction and forcing organizations to refinance millions of dollars worth of bonds[13].   Furthermore, the banking crisis and economic decline has led to the perception among some of the largest and most reliable corporate supporters is that contributions to the arts could be viewed as elitist and excessive at a time of rising unemployment and general economic hardship, which  has led to a subsidiary effect on corporate donations.

            What was once a growing source of support, state and local tax funds have also been slashed.  According to the National Assemble of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), state agencies devoted to the arts support 28,000 grants and programs in 5,600 communities nation-wide, however, state governments have fallen on tough times too resulting in a far-reaching impact to the arts communities[14].  Many state legislatures have proposed cutting arts funding by 20 percent or more to compensate for state deficits, resulting in the same, if not more, organizations all competing for the same funds.  This means many will be left with no financial support from the state in the upcoming years.  In Colorado, the state legislature has reduced funding by 80 percent to the Colorado Council for the Arts.  Nowhere is the collapse of government arts funding more drastic than in America’s “Rust Belt”, which has been in industrial decline when the Big Three automakers crumbled.   While many state art agencies have lost millions in state funding, some states, like Michigan, are proposing cutting funding entirely to the arts until the recession has ended and generally prosperity is restored to other industries.  One exception to these sweeping governmental cuts is the Smithsonian; where, despite endowments being down by 30 percent, federal funding was up by 7 percent for the fiscal year of 2009[15].

            Many organizations looked to the recent stimulus plan to provide much needed government relief and a reinstatement of government financial funding.  However, arts funding met opposition when many senators argued that vital services such as soup kitchens and homeless shelters should receive funds first.  While this sentiment can be appreciated, it perhaps was also exaggerated.  Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), introduced an amendment preventing arts groups from receiving economic recovery funds.  The amendment proposed that stimulus funds could not be used “for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theatre, art center, and highway beautification project”[16].  This shortsighted amendment originally passed by a substantial margin of 73-24, however, in the final wrangling of bill, and after strong lobbying by the arts community, the clause pertaining to the arts was removed and the National Endowment for the Art (NEA) was awarded $50 million dollars.  A seeming victory for the arts, 50 million dollars is just 6.3 percent of the total $787 million dollar stimulus package, a “drop in the bucket” says philanthropist and art proponent Eli Broad, the founder of home builder KB Homes and financial titan SunAmerica[17].

            Demand for art programming has also declined since the beginning of the current recession.  With the housing bust and rising unemployment, many individuals have a significantly lower amount of disposable income resulting in a shift to less expensive art experiences, less travel to artistic events, fewer art purchases (by both individuals and companies), and a reduction in ticket purchases for performances.

            Once flush with corporate and private donations, rising ticket sales, and government subsidies, many non-profit arts groups are finding themselves reeling.  “I’ve never seen anything like this in my 25 years in the business”, said Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center.  Cuts of all kind have been initiated since late 2008 including staff and artist layoffs, furloughs, canceled performances and tours, and reduced seasons.  Historically, contributions to the arts recover only after other business industries have returned to profitability and begun hiring workers again, meaning the light at the end of the tunnel may still be out of sight for many in the arts.

By January 2009, nearly all art directors had begun cutting financial budgets by 5-20 percent, with many prepared to make further cuts in 2010[18].  The New York Botanical Garden has reduced its staff by ten percent resulting in 49 staff members losing their full-time jobs.  Despite their summer exhibit winning a place in Time magazine’s list of Top 10 museum exhibits in 2008, the Botanical Garden decided to cancel their 2009 exhibit stating they just couldn’t afford the financial risk[19].  The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art has eliminated 32 jobs in an effort to save 4.4 million dollars a year.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has cut 74 positions as of 2009 and is prepared to cut another 10 percent[20]

Other institutions have initiated hiring freezes, cut back on travel, or delayed renovation projects to ease the financial burden.  One such organization is the St. Louis Museum, which has halted major expansion projects.  Despite having more than $120 million pledged of the $125 million needed to complete their renovations, the Museum is carefully monitoring wealthy donors who have asked to delay payments on some of those pledges[21]

Cancelled shows and layoffs are extremely prevalent in the theatre and dance industries.  Lowered ticket sales and declining donations have caused many to shorten season, cut staff and artists, or even cancel whole productions.  To prevent layoffs, many including the Dance Theatre of Harlem, are cutting salaries by 10 percent hoping to retain their employees but still save precious dollars.  The sixth-oldest continuously operating opera company in the United States, the Connecticut Opera, closed its doors after 67 seasons laying off an entire staff and canceling two spring productions[22].  In Baltimore, Maryland, the Baltimore Opera has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy causing them to cancel their performances of The Barber of Seville and Porgy and Bess; ticket holders will not be reimbursed as terms of the bankruptcy[23].     

Public education has also suffered losses.   Arts education in the school curriculum is generally the first to be slashed during budget cuts as school administers divert funds to the more basic necessities such as lunch programs or classroom supply needs.  In elementary schools, music and art classes are disappearing as resources dwindle resulting in teachers losing jobs and children not being introduced to critical music and art subjects until potentially high school.  Universities are also forced to cut or combine courses, and full-time professors in art departments are being replaced with lower paid, adjunct professors. 

            While times are certainly bleak for the arts, there are ways to endure.  For any industry to survive they must become sustainable, not only by thriving in favorable economic times, but perhaps more importantly in times of financial turmoil by creatively weathering the storm and maintaining control.  Louise Slaughter, co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus stated,

            “Across America, cities that once struggled economically are reinventing and rebuilding themselves by investing in art and culture-a proven catalyst for growth and economic prosperity.  By creating cultural hubs, nonprofit arts businesses help cities define themselves, draw tourists, and attract investment.  Federal support must go on if we hope to continue enjoying the substantial benefits they bring”.

As emphasized by Slaughter, communities must whip up support from Washington for the arts industry to expand/survive.  While many in state and federal legislative positions are proposing cuts in arts funding, the argument must be made for the importance of the arts to local economic engines; providing jobs, stimulating tourism, and producing tax revenue. 

Arts organizations have responded by professing their educational initiatives as examples of how they give back to society and warrant additional money from the federal government.  The Washington Performing Arts Society sponsors a gospel choir for inner-city youth who performed their talents for President Obama at his inauguration[24].    The focus is on cooperation, not competition over funds.  During the 2009 holiday season, the Idaho Museum of Natural History partnered with Toys for Tots offering free admission to anyone who brought a toy to the museum to donate.  The museum’s charity marketing manger noted the relationship was meant to aid a charity in need as well as pull people into the museum and the museum gift shop.  In New York, the Schenectady Museum and Planetarium began a partnership with the local library and school system to offer a two for one membership program to provide individuals who otherwise may not have the means, a chance to visit at no cost[25]. As previously stated, to ensure the local community views the arts as critical to their area, many institutions are looking for ways to deepen their value within society to ensure growth, not just economic gain. 

There has been a shift in government funding, as well as corporate funding, over the last decade and clearly the art community needs to undertake new funding strategies in order to survive long-term.  The recently published, “Arts and Culture in the Metropolis: Strategies for Sustainability,” study declares now is a critical financial moment for the arts and the degree of recovery from their economic troubles is largely dependent on their city’s organizational aid for such an industry.  Charlotte, North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois are cited as two cities which are organizing means to support the arts locally, and help to provide the public with an education of the far-reaching impacts the arts plays in the community[26].   As new and localized funding strategies and arts education are accepted as catalysts for renewing the industry, art businesses can establish concrete leadership, grow an understanding of their place within greater society, develop a vision for the future, and finally, instill a collaborative effort between organizations, all to ensure the future progress and sustainability of arts programming and institutions.

Leadership is critical, as is in any industry, and the person or persons in this role should view the arts institutions and programs as part of this leadership.  Meaning, a great leader is a figure-head for the arts community, but allows the art institutions themselves to lead the community through involvement, philanthropy, and dedication to the success of the entire society.  The “Arts and Culture in the Metropolis: Strategies for Sustainability” study sites that the implementation or set up of an Office of Culture Affairs has previously been a successful tool in driving a collective leadership and vision for the arts in a given city allowing them to locally fund and support their cultural programs and institutions.  Often, an Office of Cultural Affairs, OCA, includes not only arts and culture, but tourism and economic development.  By marrying these previously separate elements of community importance, a collaborative vision can be developed.                    

The vision determined by the OCA should be multi-layered to focus on the important role the arts play in the life of residents both socially, intellectually and even politically.  The group gathered to determine this vision to be a diverse one as to ensure there are no biases or slanted agendas.  Some City Councils appoint individuals to a Commission on Cultural Affairs to assist the OCA and provide more community involvement.  The “Arts and Culture in the Metropolis: Strategies for Sustainability” study uses the city of Chicago as a prime example of a city whose OCA pairs vision with collaboration and progress.  While the arts portion of the OCA in Chicago employees only 70-80 people out of 300 in the entire office, all divisions report to the same person, the head of the OCA, resulting in a shared effort.  This shared effort means successfully integrating excellent marketing, technical assistance and training, film, tourism development, economic development, and development of public art, but most importantly, the ability to fund the arts locally.

In May of 1997, the OCA in Columbia, Missouri initiated the One Percent for the Arts program.  This program allows for one percent of the cost of new city construction or renovation projects to be used for site specific art.  Some above ground capital improvement projects are also eligible to have a public art component.  Since 1997, the city has been able to install projects for public viewing at local fire stations, public transit sites, and most recently, the new City Hall building[27].  These projects are intended to further the public awareness, participation, and support of the arts in the community.   

Upon setting up a collaborative and knowledgeable vision for the art community, goals and specific timetables must be established.  The group or Office of Cultural Affairs, dedicated to the achievement of the arts should set reasonable but challenging goals for both their staff and the community.  The progress of these goals should be monitored and revisited after an established period of time so as to consistently and continually ensure they are being met, or if not, there will be immediate indications that changes are needed.

Cities in the United States, and around the world, are competing to attract new business as well as the brightest young professionals.  Studies indicate those communities which are obtaining these recruits are communities that offer an abundance of arts and cultural opportunities.  Charlotte, North Carolina has been extremely successful in their strategy to build a strong arts and cultural sector.  Charlotte is not on a coast or in the mountains, near a typical tourist or residential attractions, so the community realized than in order to maintain their city as a top banking center, it had to attract well-educated, talented residents by facilitating a community dedicated to the arts.

The Art Industry comprises not only of museums, galleries and theatres, but also artists, performers, musicians, and dancers.  The Arts Industry is unique in its ability to impact a wide range of industries, entire societies, and also support schools and governments.  By generating billions of dollars in annual revenue, the Arts are able to provide an economic catalyst on the local, state, and national levels.  Additionally, these economic impacts are felt by restaurants, hotels and retailers who benefit from traffic generated by arts programming.  As studies indicate, areas with prospering art institutions aid an area in becoming, or maintain, an appealing place to live, visit, and conduct business.

Recent economic hardships have impaired the arts industry, slashing funding and forcing some institutions and programming to close entirely.  Declining endowments, the banking crisis, cuts in state and federal funding, and a lowered consumer demand have all impacted the arts leaving many institutions unable to pay staff, continue programming or performances, or even keep their doors open.

Sustainability and education seem to be the critical elements in the continuation of the arts; restoring them to more successful and thriving times.  Studies indicate by developing of Offices of Cultural Affairs local communities are allowed to collaborate and lead their cities into a position able to support the arts in their area, in turn, supporting their entire community.

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Goodman, Oscar B. (2007, January 3). Nevada Views: Las Vegas and the Arts, Promoting Cultural Activity Helps the Local Economy.  Retrieved March 5, 2010 from

Hass, David. (2007, July). Strategies for Sustaining Arts in Philadelphia. Retrieved from The William Penn Foundation March 2, 2010.

Higgins, Charlotte. (2009, March). Arts world braced for ‘hurricane’ as recession hits. The Guardian. Retrieved February 12, 2010 from

Hoye, Sue. (2009, January 2). Recession Hits Arts Groups Especially Hard. The Chronicle of Philanthropy.  Retrieved February 12, 2010 from

Kaufman, Jason Edward. (2009). Museums Make Deep Cuts in Face of Global Financial Crisis US Budgets Slashed, Programming Reduced and Expansions Halted. The Art Newspaper, (198).

Lynch, Robert L. (2007). Arts & Economic Prosperity III. Americans for the Arts research.

World Socialist Web Site. (2009, February 17). Massive Cutbacks in arts funding by US companies, governments. Retrieved March 5, 2010 from

Peers, Alexandra. (2008). After the Building Boom. The Wall Street Journal, D6.

Spector, Mike. (2009). Arts Groups Lose Out in Fights for Funds. The Wall Street Journal, A4.

US Committee on Education & Labor. (2009). Economic Crisis is Having Catastrophic Effects on the Arts and Music, Witnesses Tell House Panel. Washington, D.C.

Ward, Doug. (2009, October 23). Recession hits B.C. non-profits, charities. Vancouver Sun. Retrieved February 12, 2010 from

[1] Note. Visit the Missoula’s Convention of Visitors Bureau for more information into their art industries & performances.

[2] Note. View the Americans for the Arts study at


[4] Note.  From the study “Arts & Economic Prosperity III, funded by Americans for the Arts.

[5] Note.  View more information through the economic impact study completed by Americans for the Arts.

[6] This research study conducted by the Travel Industry Association and Partners in Tourism was conducted in 2001.

[7] Visit the Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs website for more information.

[8] Visit Utah’s City Government Website for more information.

[9] See Committee on Education & Labor; Geroge Miller Chairman

[10] Note. From “Museums Make deep cuts in face of Global Financial Crisis US budgets slashed, Programming Reduced and Expansions Halted” by Jason Edward Kaufman, 2009, The Art Newspaper.

[11] Ibid.

[12] Note. From “After the Building Boom” by Alexandra Peers, 2008, The Wall Street Journal.

[13] Note. From “After the Building Boom” by Alexandra Peers, 2008, The Wall Street Journal.

[14] Visit for more information on State Arts Agencies and their art industry support.

[15] Note. From “Funding Boost helps Institution” by Brett Zongker, 2009, through

[16] Note. From “Arts Groups Lose Out in Fight for Funds” by Mike Spector,  2009, The Wall Street Journal.

[17] Ibid.

[18] Note. From “Museums Make deep cuts in face of Global Financial Crisis US budgets slashed, Programming Reduced and Expansions Halted” by Jason Edward Kaufman, 2009, The Art Newspaper.

[19] Note. From “Recession Hits Arts Groups Especially Hard” by Sue Hoye, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

[20] Note. From “Arts Groups Lose Out in Fight for Funds” by Mike Spector,  2009, The Wall Street Journal.


[21] Note. From “Recession Hits Arts Groups Especially Hard” by Sue Hoye, January 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

[22] View more from the World Socialist Website at

[23] Ibid.

[24] Note. From “Arts Groups Lose Out in Fight for Funds” by Mike Spector, March 2009, The Wall Street Journal.

[25] Note. From “Recession Hits Arts Groups Especially Hard” by Sue Hoye, January 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy.


[26] View the “Arts and Culture in the Metropolis” study for more information.

[27] Visit for more information on arts related funding in Columbia, Missouri.

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Kate <![CDATA[YogaSol]]> 2014-03-21T18:21:32Z 2011-04-07T14:36:50Z Yoga Sol invites you to roll out your mat and dive into yoga!  Located at 210 B St. James Street in the North Arts District, Yoga Sol is filled with warm, natural light, a beautiful wooden yoga deck, tropical plants and walls that roll up to invite the outside in.  With more than 20 classes per week and workshops year round, Yoga Sol has something for everyone!  We offer Iyengar, Ashtanga, Wave Flow, Yin, Hatha, Power , Beginners, and Core Power Yoga-Something for everyone. Our highly trained, certified teachers are sure to make you feel welcome, secure, safe, and serene.  Everyone is welcome, so catch the wave and find your inner sun! 573.356-0162


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Kate <![CDATA[Orr Steet Studios]]> 2014-09-10T16:06:37Z 2011-04-06T21:04:40Z

Friday, October 10th: Reception for 1st annual PhotoVision photography exhibition/competition. Awards will be given out at 7pm.

Saturday, October 11th: Second Saturday for Kids- 3D art: Drumming, Dancing and Drawing! Free for children age 5-15 with accompanying adult. Noon-3pm
Photo exhibition will also be on display during this time

Sunday, October 12th : Gallery is open from 10-1  to view PhotoVision

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Kate <![CDATA[Tellers Gallery & Bar]]> 2014-10-06T15:07:16Z 2011-04-06T00:06:35Z

Art bar and full service restaurant since 1998. Featuring local artists and daily food and drink specials.
Artrageous Weekend:
Friday, October 10th: Happy Hour Specials
Saturday, October 11th:  All Day Happy Hour-Bloody Mary Specials
Sunday, October 12th:  Enjoy Brunch, Mimosa Specials &  the Sam Copeland Trio

Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00am-1:30am | Sunday 11am-12am

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Kate <![CDATA[Sycamore]]> 2014-10-06T21:10:17Z 2011-04-06T00:04:31Z Bar menu drinks will be half price all weekend in celebration of Artrageous!

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Kate <![CDATA[Room 38]]> 2014-01-15T23:02:01Z 2011-04-06T00:02:21Z HAPPY HOUR: 3:30PM – 6:30PM


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Kate <![CDATA[Broadway Brewery]]> 2014-10-06T15:11:29Z 2011-04-05T23:56:32Z Cultivation and Fermentation:
The Broadway Brewery celebrates local farmers and local food with a rotating seasonal menu that highlights the fruits of the area’s finest farms. Our house brewed ales are crafted from organic malted barley and fresh hops to ensure optimum quality.

Sunday Brunch, October 12th:  Enjoy the Feldges/Malke Guitar Duo!

Hours of operation:
Sunday: 10:30AM-12:00AM  Serving Brunch 10:30 to 3:00 pm
Monday: 4:00PM-1:30AM
Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00AM-1:30AM

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Kate <![CDATA[Addison’s An American Grill]]> 2013-01-04T17:40:39Z 2011-04-05T23:54:30Z Addison’s, which is located in the heart of downtown Columbia, Missouri, is the perfect choice for all dining occasions. Whether you drop by for a business lunch, a romantic dinner, or an evening on the town with friends, you’ll find delicious food, friendly staff, and a trendy, urban Americana atmosphere. Our menu also offers a variety of dishes that are sure to please your palate. From our famous Nachos Bianco to our Jalapeño Smothered Pork Chop and Diablo Shrimp Pasta, you’ll find favorite meals with a unique Addison’s twist.

One of the most distinct and memorable features of Addison’s is the series of original paintings by artist and bartender David Spear that line its walls. The works’ bold hues of red, yellow, blue, and green complement the restaurant’s interior elements and depict a variety of restaurant scenes, even behind-the-doors glimpses into the kitchens.

Daily Happy Hour & Late Specials!

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Kate <![CDATA[“We Always Swing” Jazz Series]]> 2014-09-29T21:24:37Z 2011-04-05T23:46:57Z Be sure to swing by the Jazz Series “Clubhouse,” at 21 N. Tenth St. for Artrageous! Friday from 6-9 will feature concert posters on display from the Jazz Series past 20 Seasons. Saturday from noon – 2 explore the 7,000-title Jazz Series Lending Library and learn how you can become a member. And as always, enjoy some refreshments while you’re here!



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Kate <![CDATA[89.5 KOPN]]> 2014-10-09T21:46:06Z 2011-04-05T23:45:00Z

Please come up the stairs to KOPN (915 E Broadway) during Artrageous Weekend and view the Lee Expressive Arts School all-school show. All classes, K-5 are showing in a variety of media– clay, assemblage, collage, wire, paint, prismacolors.

Friday 6-9

Saturday and Sunday hours, too

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Kate <![CDATA[Makes Scents]]> 2014-09-18T14:43:07Z 2011-04-05T23:39:03Z

Makes Scents is keeping it in the family this Artrageous Weekend featuring Michael Marcum and Elsa Kelley- Marcum. Michael will be featuring his metal trees in a variety of sizes. Elsa will have new paintings and paper crafts.

Friday, October 10th- Artist reception
Saturday, October 11th- Artist demonstration 11 – 1
Sunday, October 12th- Face painting and paper crafts


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Kate <![CDATA[Columbia Art League]]> 2014-09-30T19:32:42Z 2011-04-05T23:24:36Z

Friday, October 10th from 6-8 Rockbridge High School art students will Art Busk on our sidewalk outside of CAL. This is a wild and wacky musical chairs of art making. So fun!

Saturday, October 11th at 11:30 our Saturday Art Adventures kiddos will reveal what they’ve been working on for the past 6-weeks, an interactive fantasy city-scape.
From 1-3 PM Rock Bridge high school students will be here with Face-O-Mat, the amazing portrait booth machine!

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Kate <![CDATA[Columbia Access Television]]> 2014-07-17T19:14:41Z 2011-04-05T23:22:05Z During the July AF, Columbia Access Television (23 N. Tenth St.) will be projecting three short films that were created at the end of the last school year by the Lee Expressive Arts Silent Film Club (3rd, 4th and 5th graders). We also will be serving light refreshments and sharing with visiting guests the many benefits of CAT membership.
The films:
•’The House on Maple Street’ – watch as a young woman purchases her first home, only to encounter an unwanted ghostly presence.
•’The Mad Unicorn’ – kids, unicorns and leprechauns, oh my!
•’The Bullying’ – how can a small group of friends work together to overcome an incident of bullying?


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Kate <![CDATA[Missouri Contemporary Ballet]]> 2014-10-08T14:16:49Z 2011-04-05T22:56:15Z

Friday, October 10th enjoy an open rehearsal as the Missouri Contemporary Ballet prepares for the fall performance, Nine.

Saturday, October 11th the CoMo Aerial Arts takes over the MCB studio to present, Community Performing Arts Showcase.  Enjoy an evening of aerial acrobatics, acrobalance, hoop dance & much more!  Tickets are $10 at the door.  Showtimes: 4:30pm & 8:00pm.

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Kate <![CDATA[Bluestem Missouri Crafts]]> 2014-10-06T21:31:15Z 2011-04-05T22:49:41Z

Brian J. Horsch (from Stull, Kansas) will be at Bluestem during Artrageous Weekend. He is a creator of hand built and thrown ceramic sculpture, focusing on human and animal forms both real and unreal.
Many of Brian’s pieces are functional with human or animal accents. He has, he says, “a special affinity for farmers, ranchers, and indigenous Midwest critters.”


Hours: Monday thru Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm | Friday 10:00am to 8:30pm | Sunday Noon to 5:00pm


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Kate <![CDATA[Mustard Seed Fair Trade]]> 2014-10-09T20:30:50Z 2011-04-05T22:32:42Z

Friday, October 10th-Mustard Seed Fair Trade is thrilled to feature pop surrealist artist, Michael Wolf, during our 6th Anniversary Party! Drawing inspiration from his rural upbringing and his city living experiences, (San Francisco and LA), Michael Wolf’s art juxtaposes the two, highlighting the humor, albeit sometimes dark, in both modes of living. You will see him represented in most of his paintings, in various incarnations.

Saturday, October 11th-Golden Grass Jewelry Demonstration with Nathalia Maduenho.  Nathalia will demonstrate her one-of-a-kind jewelry made with Brazilian golden grass, an exquisite natural grass, harvested once a year, which grows in one place in the Jalapao region of Central Brazil.

Sunday October 12th-Free Bracelet making with our fair trade beads and seeds from from the Guatemalan rain forest! Bringthe kids for a fun and easy Sunday activity! 12-5


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Kate <![CDATA[PS: Gallery]]> 2014-08-01T16:39:27Z 2011-04-05T22:23:59Z PS:Gallery is in the heart of Columbia, Missouri’s North Village Arts District and features rotating exhibits of local, regional, and national artists. We search the country for exceptional artists in all media. Our philosophy is that art should be inclusive not exclusive. Art shouldn’t be intimidating, but enjoyed by everyone. Come explore the gallery and let us tell you about the artists we carry and what makes them special. Whether browsing, buying or being inspired, all are welcome

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Kate <![CDATA[Poppy]]> 2014-10-08T13:57:08Z 2011-04-04T20:05:07Z Poppy presents the 2014 Holiday Collection debut from the local letterpress/illustration darlings of 1Canoe2. Letterpress in tow, Beth, Carrie and Karen will be on hand Friday evening…with a few surprises up their sleeves! Holiday sweets will be served!
Friday 10am-9pm | Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm | Sunday Noon-5:00pm

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Kate <![CDATA[The Mudd Room]]> 2014-10-08T14:01:28Z 2011-04-04T19:44:07Z During the Artrageous Weekend, mention ‘Artrageous’ & receive a FREE studio fee for pottery painting-limit 2 per ticket. We will also have pottery wheel throwing demonstrations on Saturday, October 11th.

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Kate <![CDATA[Artlandish Gallery]]> 2014-10-07T15:33:34Z 2011-04-04T19:35:21Z Go to Artlandish Gallery website

Artlandish Gallery Art-Fest-0-Rama for Artrageous
Artlandish Gallery is the place where over 45 artists show and sell their work. The work is handcrafted with love and kindness including unique gifts, fine craft, fine art, pottery, glass, jewelry, and wearables.  Your support is important to the local economy and the community. Thank you for supporting the arts in CoMo!

Live Music by:
6-7:30pm David Dearnley- A great singer songwriter.
7-9pm Johnny Fox- Fantastic blues man
7:30-9pm The Baraka Project-Turkish Music!
Fire spinning by Burn Circus & Friends (if weather allows)


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