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Columbia Missourian

'Tall Stories' exhibit blends reality and fiction

By Lindsay Ross
March 17, 2010 | 11:06 a.m. CDT
Katy Ross's piece for the "Tall Stories" exhibit is titled "I can!"

COLUMBIA — At the Columbia Art League right now, you’ll be met by a contorted white sculpture of a hunched old woman. “Grandmother Frost” by Lynn Graznak Saults won third place in the exhibit "Tall Stories."

If you go

What: "Tall Stories" exhibit

Where: Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St.

When: Through April 17. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Admission: Free


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The exhibit is an abstract homage to the True/False Film Festival late last month. League Executive Director Diana Moxon described this year’s theme as “an expansion of what the truth is, like a kid telling a tall tale.” It plays with the concept of blurring the lines between reality and fiction, she said.

The exhibit is a juried show, which means a judge selected what artwork would be included and then chose the winners. The juror this year was Doug Freed, an artist and the former director of Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia.

Moxon described judging art as a personal and subjective experience. “(Freed) chose the works that he felt spoke to him the loudest,” she said.

Annie Helmericks-Louder won first place for "Big Fish," and Cody Finley placed second for "Time Lapse."

The exhibit, which had an opening reception during the documentary film festival, runs through mid-April. The pieces include sculptures, paintings and drawings.

Volunteers staff the gallery and events of the Columbia Art League, a place Moxon called “a representation of the artistic voice of the community.” "Tall Stories" brings together the work of high school students, college students and community residents, and is an opportunity for Columbians to discover artistic talent living close at hand.

“If you go to a football game, you just yell at a lot of people, but you don’t know who your citizens are,” Moxon said. “Whereas if you come to a show like this, you begin to understand some of the people who make up our community.”