Museum hosting Ozark 7 Art Show
Creativity shines as local art students win awards
Art is alive and well in Barry County schools, and students are showcasing their impressive creativity and talent in works of art in the Ozark 7 Art Show pieces on display at the Barry County Museum through April 24.
Hosted at the museum for the third year, the large show features art from seven schools including Exeter, Southwest, Wheaton, Purdy, Verona, and two Joplin schools.
The students competed in a wide variety of art mediums, including watercolor, oil, acrylic, charcoal, pastels, mixed media, ceramics, wearable art, fiber and weaving, black and white and more.
“We’re very honored to be able to do this,” said Museum Director Kathy White. “We enjoy having events like this because it brings people in. Anything you have that brings family members in, especially an art show, that draws parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles in to celebrate…we want them to be able to see and experience art from the local schools. The pieces are displayed for one month for students, parents, teachers, and the community to see.”
To have the pieces displayed over the course of a month is especially meaningful, White said.
“That’s very important to the students and teachers to have them available for one month and to be celebrated longer,” she said. “We have had teachers say they can praise their students, but when [the praise] comes from an outside source like parents or the community, it gives students that extra confirmation. Students have been so pleased to have their pieces taken to the art show.”
Students and teachers arrived early on March 28 to put their works of art on display, which cover the walls of the museum and several standing panels on the main floor. Judges came at noon to view and award the pieces.
“The judges come from different places,” White said. “They are experts in the arts. The art teachers of each school take turns at being in charge.”
Exeter High School Principal Robert Taylor, along with Exeter Superintendent Ernest Raney, stopped by to view their students’ artwork and express appreciation to the museum.
“It is nice the schools are allowed to have [the show] here,” Taylor said.
Family, friends and the community are invited to view the comprehensive art collection during the museum’s regular business hours through April 24, which are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
On Saturday, April 14, the museum extended its hours until 8 p.m. to view the collection.
For more information, the museum can be reached at 417-847-1640.