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Friday, May 4, 2007
Mingo Native Landscape, by Tim Vollink, is one of the winners that will be displayed at the Arts Council Gallery.
Benjie Heu, second from left, and his ceramics students, from left, Jon Myer, Allison Hinkson and Doug Simmons, checked a few of the projects fresh from the kiln that will be in an exhibition at Garden Gallery. (Fred Lynch)

Today's First Friday is a big one, with seven locations in Cape Girardeau and Scott City hosting exhibitions of original artwork from local and regional artists. An out-of-the-ordinary aspect of this month's exhibitions is the presence of end-of-the-year shows by high school students in both Cape Girardeau and Scott City. Southeast Missouri State University ceramics students will also exhibit work this month. Here are the First Friday receptions going on tonight.

"New Works" by Rochelle Steffen at Buckner Brewing Co., 132 N. Main St.

Southeast Missouri State University art student Rochelle Steffen has impressed many in the local art community as an exhibiting member of the Visual Arts Cooperative and the now-closed Fountain Street Gallery. This year Steffen won Best of Show in the university's annual juried art exhibition.

Central High School seniors will have their work on display at the Gallery 1.2.5.

Steffen was scheduled for a solo exhibition this month at Fountain Street before the gallery closed, but was able to secure space at Buckner Brewing Co. instead for her first solo exhibition. About 40 pieces of Steffen's contemporary style -- fibers, collages, mixed media, traditional and digitally modified photography, including several photos taken in Cairo, Ill. -- will be on display from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight at Buckner's Riverview Room.

For more information, call 334-4677.

Scott City Student Art Exhibition at Schock's Community Arts Center, 116 E. Hickory St., Scott City

The Artist Gallery

Scott City High School art teacher Matt Miller set up this show, the third annual, to continue increasing the profile of the small-town school's growing art program. "I was looking for a way to basically let our art students show off their talent," Miller said of starting the show. "We have plenty of ways to do that in sports and music, but not art." Miller said he's seen growing interest in Scott City's art program among students, faculty and the community. Southeast Missouri State University art professor Paul Schock is donating space at one of his properties in Illmo to host the show. Drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture will make up the exhibition -- 38 pieces by 22 students -- which will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information call the high school at 264-2138.

Paducah Printmakers, Mingo Swamp Flora and Fauna Photography and Visual Arts Cooperative at Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, 32 N. Main St.

Sculptures are part of an art exhibit by Scott City High School students. (Fred Lynch)

This month the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will bring in six nationally recognized Paducah, Ky., artists, the Paducah Printmakers, for an exhibition of prints including intaglio, woodcuts and linoleum cuts, aqueous printing, monotypes and clay monotypes. The printmakers claims a mission of educating the public about original printmaking and dispelling the perception that prints are mass-reproductions. Artists in the Printmakers are Lorrie Cody, Char Downs, Charlotte Erwin, Freda Fairchild, Kate Foley and William Renzulli. The Mingo Swamp Flora and Fauna Photography exhibition will feature photos from last year's first ever Mingo photography contest, meant to elevate public awareness of the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. The Visual Arts Cooperative will put on its monthly exhibition with new work from the local artists in the cooperative. At 5:30 p.m. there will be a vintage clothing fashion show from the collection of Carol Ann Miller, known as the "1904 St. Louis World's Fair Lady" and owner of the largest vintage clothing collection in the country. Six local women will model clothing from the Civil War era to the 1940s. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight. Call 334-9233 for more information.

Cape Central High School Senior Art Exhibition at Gallery 1.2.5, 125 N. Main St.

Gallery 1.2.5 will host Cape Central art exhibition for senior students, with work from 36 seniors and pieces numbering well over 100. Included will be about 130 two-dimensional works and three life-size sculpture pieces, but those are only some of the work to be displayed. Cape Central High School art teacher Judy Barks-Westrich said pieces in of all media will be on display at the exhibition, which will be on display for two weeks. Westrich said the work in the exhibit demonstrates quality and competence beyond the high school level. "This won't look like a high school student art show," she said. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight. Call the high school at 335-8228 for more information.

Weavings by Pam Duncan and Anne Foust at The Artist Studio, 38A N. Main St.

Pam Duncan and Anne Foust are both craftspeople and artists in their own right -- Duncan makes pottery while Foust created handmade jewelry. But over the past month the two took a workshop on weaving at Judy Barks-Westrich's Artist Studio. The results will be on display tonight at the studio from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information call 651-4464.

Southeast Missouri State University ceramics exhibition at Garden Gallery, 83 Broadway

This First Friday the Garden Gallery will open up its doors to ceramics students learning under Benji Heu at Southeast Missouri State University. The exhibition will include about 20 ceramics pieces from students, both under- and upperclassmen, in a culmination of techniques learned through the school year. Heu said he started exhibiting his students' work annually as a way to show students the importance of exhibiting work in the "real world." "Hopefully the end result of their education is they're going to be an exhibiting artist, so this gives them a small taste of what it's like to exhibit your work," Heu said. Pieces will be available for purchase. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Organic and natural bakes goods made by True Loaves will also be featured at the reception. Call the gallery at 332-7123 for more information.

Glass art from Christopher B. Mosey and Christopher Morrison at Edward Bernard Gallery, 107 West Drive

Cape Girardeau's only contemporary glass art gallery, the Edward Bernard Gallery, will feature the art glass of Christopher B. Mosey of Chattanooga, Tenn., and glass sculpture by Christopher Morrison of Bellingham, Wash., in addition to its large stock of other glass art pieces and jewelry. The gallery will be open from noon to 9 p.m. today. Call the gallery at 332-7733 for more information.

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