HANNIBAL — Eight members of the Missouri Artisans Association/Best of Missouri Hands organization have been selected to have their work displayed at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion as part of an ongoing partnership titled “Best of Missouri Hands at The Mansion.”
Each year a different medium is selected to be featured. Invited to display their work in 2014-15 are Best of Missouri Hands Juried Members and photographers, Faith Bemiss, a reporter at the Sedalia Democrat and a freelance fine art photographer, of Sedalia; Todd Tuttle, of Poplar Bluff; Hilary Hitchcock, of St. Louis; Gary Winn, of Blue Springs; Lori Purk, of St. Louis/Clarksville; Martin Spilker, of Bethel; Harry Enderle, of Boonville; and Kim Carr, of New Florence.
Bemiss’ photo was taken in the African section of the Kansas City Zoo this spring and is close-up of a brightly colored bird, the Greater Blue-Eared Starling. Bemiss, an outdoor photographer since 1994, has had photos published on the covers and inside national magazines as well as had many pieces exhibited in national art shows across the country including the Missouri Top 50 at the Missouri State Fair.
The Best of Missouri Hands is privileged to have a presence at the Governor’s Mansion since the organization partnered with Governor and Mrs. Bob Holden to collect and display ornaments created by Missouri artisans on the Governor’s Mansion tree in December 2002.