West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host an exhibition of works by area current and retired art teachers, entitled “The Ozarks in Reality and Imagination”. The exhibit will be displayed at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from September 15 through October 13, 2019.  The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

This exhibit coordinates with this year’s Ozarks Studies Symposium theme of the same title, which is scheduled for Sept. 19 to 21, 2019. Artists are welcome to present their works that relate to the Ozarks as they are in reality, or as the area is perceived by those in and outside the culture. Works are welcome that relate to any time frame or thematic era.

Teachers wishing to participate in this exhibit are encouraged to contact Janey Hale jhale2129@gmail.com or by phone at 417-505-9792. Or contact WPCA at info@westplainsarts.org for more information. 

“We recognize that we have an untapped resource in our local art educators. Those years spent encouraging and mentoring young people, while postponing their own artistic endeavors do not go unnoticed,” organizers say. “We want a chance to discover what they will contribute to this interesting theme.”

WPCA will host a Meet the Artists event on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend, meet the artists and discuss the pieces.  The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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