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The public is invited to attend a free opening reception for
"The Best of Missouri Hands Invitational,"
the newest exhibit at the Margaret Harwell Art Museum, on Friday, May 2nd from 5 – 7 p.m.

Creations of selected artists from across Missouri working in a variety of media, ranging from stained glass mosaics to photography to watercolor will be on display from May 3rd through May 25th.

The criteria for selection for this show included artists who are juried members of the Missouri Artisans Association d.b.a. The Best of Missouri Hands, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and recognizing artists and artisans who “represent a diverse range of art forms and mediums, all of which exhibit the highest level of artistic quality and craftsmanship.”

The works of fourteen artists will be on display. Local art is represented by the paintings of James A. Pinkerton and the photography of Todd Tuttle. Regional talent is found in the ceramic work of Tammy Clark from Dexter, Marti Hartle and Leslie Compass’ stained glass mosaics from their homes in Cape Girardeau and Scott City, respectively; hailing from Jackson is Julie Bricknell, who works in ceramics; from Chaffee is Aaron Horrell, a painter and photographer; also showing are the drawings of Jeanie Eddleman from Marble Hill. Statewide art on display include the paintings of Catherine A. Mahoney from Hermann, Darla Zook from Garden City, Brenda Beck Fisher of Hannibal, Shirley Eley Nachtrieb of St. Charles, and Deby Gilley of Alrich, Mo.; sculpture work of Kay Foley from Columbia, Mo. is also on display.

Financial assistance for this program has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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