Boone County Art Show brings mid-Missouri art to downtown Columbia

Friday, October 7, 2011 | 7:44 p.m. CDT; updated 11:49 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 14, 2011
Nancy Carper, left, listens as Lisa Ryan instructs her on how to set up the artwork at the Boone County National Bank on Friday afternoon. Volunteers came to the bank to help arrange the art show that will take place this weekend.

COLUMBIA — The Boone County National Bank at 720 E Broadway was quiet Friday morning. But by that evening, things had gotten a little "artrageous." 

"Here it comes," Columbia Art League Executive Director Diana Moxon yelled to volunteers that had assembled in the lobby. Minutes later, artists started flooding in the two sets of double doors, canvases and sculptures in hand. 

If you go:

What: The Boone County Art Show 

When: Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Boone County National Bank (corner of 8th and Broadway)

What you can expect: Nearly 270 works of art done in six mediums 

Additional information: An awards ceremony on Oct. 9 at 4:30 p.m. will honor winners in the professional and amateur categories.

One hundred and seventy-five artists submitted almost 270 works of art to the show this year. Pieces were hung Friday night and the show will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday. All submitted entries will be displayed, and the show has professional and amateur categories.  

Peg Crawford, a member of the Columbia Art League, has volunteered to help set up the show for the past three years. An artist herself, Crawford said she used to help out in the art league's gallery each week.

"There's amazing artists in this community, in Boone County," she said. "Both professional and non."

This year the show will be judged by Rob Quinn. Quinn is chair of the Department of Art and Director of the Ruth E. Stocksdale Gallery of Art at William Jewell College in Liberty, according to a news release from Boone County National Bank.

The art falls into six categories: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, fiber and other mixed media. Mary Wilkerson, senior vice president of marketing at Boone Country National Bank, said most of the pieces fell into the nonprofessional painting category this year. 

The bank has a long history of patronizing the arts. The show, a collaboration between the Columbia Art League and the bank, was started in 1959. R.B. Price II, bank president at the time, invited the art league to move their sidewalk show into his bank when it started to rain.

When the show opens on Saturday morning, the 16,000-square-foot bank will become mid-Missouri's largest art gallery. The transformation started when existing artwork was removed from the walls and easels were assembled for the art that was brought in Friday evening.

After a brief awards ceremony Sunday evening, a complete reversal process will take place as volunteers put the bank back together for business.  

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Delcia Crockett October 8, 2011 | 11:56 a.m.

Soooo-ooooo-ooooo...any time you want to get your bank's name in the paper free of charge and get people to walk in your bank's door as door count or get some public attention for your bank, just hang some art and announce it in a story in the paper?

This ought to work for a lot of folks. Hey, businesses, heads up!

Free advertising for your business!


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