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ArtTalk: Artrageous Fridays offer a window into the Columbia arts scene

By Scott Wilson/Missourian Reader
January 14, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST
This poster (as well as subsequent poster images for 2013) was produced by students at Stephens College who took recognizable Columbia landmarks and "mashed them" with famous works of art.

This article is a part of ArtTalk, a Missourian project inviting people from the arts community to tell us what’s cooking around town. To submit something you're excited about and open the eyes of the community to local art,  fill out the form at the bottom of this story. Find past submissions here.

Here's the latest in the series, written by Scott Wilson.


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Q: What's your connection to Columbia's art scene?

A: I live and work downtown and have been involved in the arts community for a number of years.

Q: What artistic project or product are you excited about? Why?

A: Artrageous Fridays in 2013 (the first of the quarterly art and cultural crawls is this month). As the excitement of the holiday season fades and our inevitable cabin fever sets in, the beginning of the 2013 Artrageous season offers an opportunity to celebrate our local arts & cultural scene.

Time/Date: 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
Throughout Downtown Columbia
More information online:

With 35 local businesses and organizations participating in 2013, this free, self-guided gallery crawl ensures a unique experience no matter your artistic preference or familiarity. Listen to live jazz at the "We Always Swing" Jazz Series, or watch our incredibly talented local ballet company at Missouri Contemporary Ballet. View local, regional, and national artist works at PS Gallery or Columbia Art League. Visit with artists such as David Spear at Alleyway Arts or Chris Morrey of Dogwood. Local restaurants and bars have even gotten in on the evening to showcase their "culinary art" — Sycamore, Broadway Brewery and Trey Bistro offer delicious and local fare, while Bleu, Tellers, Room 38 and Addison's offer happy hour prices before or after the crawl.

Columbia is fortunate to have so many local organizations devoting themselves to the arts. Let's support them this Artrageous Friday by purchasing one-of-a-kind pieces from Bluestem, Poppy, Mustard Seed and other shops, by buying tickets for a concert or theatrical performance, or by showing up and thanking them for their tireless efforts which benefit our community in so many ways.

Q: Who are the people behind the product/project?

A: Kate Gunn is the director for the events (a volunteer position). However, every business and artist that participates is involved in making the evening a unique and exciting event.

Have something from Columbia’s arts and culture scene that you’d like to share with the rest of the community? Become a part of ArtTalk.

The rules? There aren’t many. Describe works of art, places, events, workshops, exhibits or anything else arts-related. The only restriction is that you can't share your own work. To submit, fill out the form below or email the same information to us at

This invitation is part of the Missourian's partnership with the Public Insight Network. Read more about that here.

Questions? Contact Joy Mayer, the Missourian's director of community outreach, at or 573-882-8182.