SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Ozarks will have an opportunity to see new art starting this weekend.  The Just As I Am exhibit will be opening at Randy Bacon Photography Studio and Gallery on Saturday, January 15.  The stars of the exhibit all have down syndrome.

“The excitement and joy of this entire project, Just As I Am, is infectious,” says Photographer Randy Bacon.

One subject, 55-year-old Trent Seibold, has lived a life you read about in a storybook.  Trent was born in California and raised by missionaries in India.  When asked what his favorite picture is in the studio, he is quick to point out his own picture. 

“I like that I have a mustache and a beard and I look grown-up,” smiles Seibold.

Riley Hesterly loves sports, singing, and dancing. 

“One thing I want people to know about me is that

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Art Works Gallery artist Michelle Jewett has entered her work in this years Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Her piece, “Pristine Wilderness” is an acrylic/mixed media painting. “It is a product of my imagination, although it could easily have been inspired by the jagged awe inspiring peaks of the Eastern Sierra.“

She created the mountain range using pieces of magazines with intriguing colors and textures then used acrylic paint to blend the shapes into a cohesive image. The light and dark pieces suggest sun lit and shadowed mountain faces. A restful sky and richly colored foreground complete the painting.

“To me this work reflects a beautiful, peaceful and untouched wilderness,” said Jewett. A short video about her piece can be viewed on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytUl7en1wPM



This year Eileen Blodgett submitted an original mixed media painting entitled “Renascence” for The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibit. “I was inspired by my

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By MEG HERNDON | Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA – The Shelby County Arts Council will open its 2022 Adult Juried Art Exhibit gallery on Thursday, Jan. 6 from 6-8 p.m.

The free exhibit, which will be open until Thursday, Feb. 3, is comprised of art that was submitted by artists from across the state. The art show’s juror, Terry Strickland, a realistic, contemporary figure painter, determined which pieces of art made it in to the show and which did not.

On the opening night of the gallery, winners will be announced for “Best in” for each artwork category as well as a winner for “Best in Show”.

Artwork categories include: drawing, painting, photography, 3D and mixed media.

Winners of the “Best in” categories will win $250 each and the “Best in Show” winner will receive a $750 cash prize.

The Shelby County Arts Council is also accepting submissions for its

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The Historic General Dodge House has been awarded a $2,600 Humanities Project Grant by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to establish a unique art exhibit.

The exhibit, which will be displayed at the Beresheim House, the next-door companion to the Dodge House, will feature 40 paintings and sketches by artist George Simons, including some of the earliest images of Council Bluffs, and contemporary photographs of the same areas by local photographer Buck Christensen.

The department awarded 31 grants totaling $364,760 to support public humanities projects and educational programs in 17 Iowa cities that encourage contemplation, spark conversation and invite communities to explore the human experience. Funding for the new program comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency that last year recognized the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs as its interim state humanities council partner in Iowa.

The Dodge House already has many of Simons’ work

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