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'Cooper's Landing' piece selected as city's annual commemorative poster

Thursday, September 4, 2014 | 10:43 p.m. CDT; updated 3:36 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 8, 2014
"Cooper's Landing," a fiber piece by Columbia artist Dre Roberts, was selected as the city's commemorative poster for the 22nd Poster Party for the Arts on Thursday.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified JJ Musgrove, director of the city's Office of Cultural Affairs.

COLUMBIA — The city's Office of Cultural Affairs revealed the annual commemorative poster on Thursday, a piece titled "Cooper's Landing" by Columbia artist Deb Roberts.

The poster depicts local musicians, wooden soldiers and cyclists along the river port. Her "story quilt" was selected for the 22nd Poster Party for the Arts, which was held at Memorial Stadium.

A jury of five people from Columbia's culture and arts community chose the image from 87 entries by 17 mid-Missouri artists, according to the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Roberts said she chose Cooper's Landing as the subject of the poster because it is an icon of Columbia. Icons are a common theme in Roberts' art. She said she was also inspired by the "eclectic" crowd that frequently visits the riverside area.

Roberts used both hand and machine stitching to create "Cooper's Landing." She sewed basic fabrics instead of her usual mix of beading, scanned photos and fabric scraps.

"I wanted the piece to be about me and not about a fabric store," Roberts said.

Sales of the $15 poster go toward the Columbia Arts Fund, an endowment that supports local culture and arts organizations. Previous Poster Party for the Arts events usually made about $5,000, said JJ Musgrove, director of the city's Office of Cultural Affairs. This year the office raised $17,500.

In past years, the event has been held in homes. Musgrove said this year's location at the East Tower Columns Lounge at Memorial Stadium provided an opportunity for the university to support the arts and culture.

Musgrove said the public setting drew more attention to the event and allowed for more donations.

"Cooper's Landing" posters are available for purchase year-round at Deck the Walls in Columbia Mall or at the city's Office of Cultural Affairs.

Supervising editor in Bailey Otto.


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