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FROM READERS: Homegrown Art Show to take place at Mojo's on May 5

March 19, 2013 | 10:00 a.m. CDT

Lindsay Lewis is an artist, music admirer, avid traveler, uncontrollable laugher and a wannabe Beat Generation author who is planning Homegrown Art Show partnering with Rainbow House on May 5 at Mojo's.  

I graduated from the University of Missouri after spending my last semester abroad in Valparaíso, Chile. I backpacked through parts of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Peru, ending my trip at the commemorated Machu Picchu in Aguas Calientes, Peru. I had traveled quite a bit before (thanks to my awesome parents), but something about my time in South America taught me so much more than my prior adventures. I learned the value of independence, understanding the culture around you, and really savoring every minute of each experience. After returning back to the States, I started craving the excitement of adventure and creation that were surrounding me for the seven months prior.

Wanderlust had set in again, and I needed something to occupy my mind. I started thinking about what my life had calculated up to at this point, and with such a mixture of experiences, I needed a way to channel my energy into one project that would illustrate them all. That's when I came up with the idea to host the Homegrown Art Show, which is a hodge podge of over fifteen artists, an outdoor jam session with local musicians, a face painter, live spray paint space art, Pepe's Food Truck, and more music with Mind at Large, The Thin Dimes, and Mary & the Giant. The best part about this event is that 100% of our proceeds from ticket sales, the silent auction, and in-kind donations will go to Rainbow House, a local non-profit that focuses on the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect cases. 

The whole idea started as one little seed that I planted with a couple of close friends, Kyle Coggins and Mattie Darden, who have dedicated more time than most to this event. I just woke up one morning and told them both, "Hey, let's plan an art show!", and, of course, they immediately welcomed the idea with open arms and hopped on board. Now, we have this amazing event that so many people in Columbia have already helped us out with. We're all extremely grateful for how generous and eager everyone has been to help us make this event something that everyone in Columbia will enjoy. And, there you have it. My story and how this whole Homegrown Art thing got started. I hope you come out to Mojo's on Cinco de Mayo from 4 to 11 p.m. and enjoy the holiday with a Chorizo burrito and some of the best art and music in Columbia. 

Check out the video below to see some of the roots of inspiration for the Homegrown Art Show. If you can't see the video, you can find it on YouTube here. For more information, join this Facebook event.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian calledFrom Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing.Here's how. Supervising EditorJoy Mayer.