The world outside our doors and windows holds incredible beauty if we stop and take the time to look, but the remarkable thing about the natural world is that it is ever changing.
Thanks to the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art at State Fair Community College and members of the Sedalia Visual Art Association, several of those images of nature have been captured on canvas, in photographs and sculpture for posterity.
“The Daum is committed to supporting the local arts community, many of whose members were active in the campaign to start the museum,” Thomas Piche’ Jr., director of the Daum, said. By including Sedalia artists in our programming, we help to facilitate a dialogue between the wider art world and the efforts of people who have found in art a vehicle for personal fulfillment.”
The Missouri Outdoors Sedalia Visual Art Association Member’s Exhibition features 37 works of art by 20 artists and highlights a wide range of genres. The show opened June 18 and runs through July 26.
“SVAA is very appreciative for the opportunity to show our work for the last five years in the Goddard Gallery in conjunction with the Daum Museum exhibits,” said Faith Bemiss, president of the Sedalia Visual Art Association. “The opportunity for us to exhibit as a group helps us not only promote local arts and artists, but it lets others, including students at SFCC, know about our group. It is a perfect partnership.”
Shirley Horacek created two of the pieces, Yard Ornament from 2007 and Red Vine from 2005, in the exhibit. The works are collages, featuring thousands of pieces of torn paper painstakingly glued on paper to recreate the image of her backyard garden.
“I can’t really say how long it took me to create them,” Horacek said. “I really didn’t work on them a solid amount of time. Overall, it may have taken me a month to create a piece.
“I’ve been a part of the Art Association here in Sedalia since my dear friend, Kay Greer, insisted that I join. Both our husbands worked together at State Fair and her encouragement with my art helped so much. It was an impetus to make more art because we all (the members) seem to feed off each other.”
Artist Victoria Weaver, who works as the Curator of Education at the Daum, shares a similar view as Horacek.
“This is a great venue for us to have the opportunity to come together as artists to support one another and celebrate our work,” Weaver said. “We partner with the mid-Missouri artists from Warrensburg quite often on various projects, so it is nice to come together at an event such as this.”
Weaver had the only piece of sculpture in the showing.
Her work entitled “Gathered Landscape” (2013) is made from hog intestines cast over a glass mold. It is then removed and the top portion of gauze, which is free-stitched, is added.
Weaver used natural dried plant material, honey locust pods, to rim the center of the sculpture.
“The annual summer exhibition by the Art Association honors the group’s accomplishments,” Piche’ said. It helps to contextualize the work we do to bring art to an area distant from urban art centers.”
The exhibit runs until July 26. The Daum is open from 11 a .m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.