The Harlin Museum Board of Directors Announces the Election of New Officers

The Harlin Museum is pleased to announce the addition of two new officers to its board of directors following their officer elections at the December board meeting.

To the office of President of the Board of Directors, board members elected West Plains resident and former board Vice President, Vicki Warren-Martin.  Ms. Martin, a board member since 2018, operates her own freelance media marketing service and is also the museum’s IT Manager and PR Coordinator. Her interests include art, photography, regional & world history, and philanthropy.

To the office of Vice President of the Board of Directors, members elected West Plains resident Cleo Cockrum, Ed.D. Ms. Cockrum, a board member since 2018, has a doctorate in Developmental Education Administration and also serves as the museum’s Gallery Manager. Her interests include quilting and textile arts, local history, personal genealogical study, and spending time with her friends & family.

The offices of Board Secretary and Board Treasurer continue to be occupied by Ms. Septembre (Temi) Lasater, a board member since 2018. Ms. Lasater is a life-long Ozarks resident and a graduate of SMSU-WP with a cow-calf operation in Howell County. Her interests include local/regional history, folkways, and genealogical research. She is also an active member of the Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society.

Please join us in congratulating these ladies on their newly-elected positions!  

If you are interested in volunteering at the museum or in joining the Harlin Museum Board, please send an email to the board with “VOLUNTEER REQUEST” in the subject line and send it to the following email address:

Or you may contact the museum at (417) 256-7801; please leave a message with your name and contact information regarding your request.


Entry Dates Announced for Harlin Museum’s 44th Annual Fall Art Show Competition

The Harlin Museum is pleased to announce that the entry dates for the 2019 Annual Fall Art Show Competition will be Friday & Saturday, September 13th & 14th, from 12 pm – 4 pm in the museum’s Hathcock Gallery (upper level). Please see the entry guidelines to ensure that all entries adhere to the show’s standard. The museum also announces that the minimum required age to enter has been dropped to 16 years old and older this year, opening this more professional art show to a younger age group than ever before,



Friday Night Is For Downtown Stroll On The Square

The Harlin Museum will be open special hours this Friday evening, July 12th, from 12 pm until 8 pm, as a part of the Downtown Stroll On the Square. This is an event sponsored by West Plains Downtown Revitalization, a non-profit effort whose mission is to encourage patronage of businesses located in West Plains’ downtown district around the town’s historic Courthouse Square. Visitors will have the opportunity to take in Hathcock Gallery’s current art exhibit, “Harlin Museum presents: The Permanent Collection,” while enjoying complimentary drinks & hors d’oeuvres. This event is free and open to the public. Come peruse the selection of the specialty stores on the square, take in the eclectic Permanent Collection at the museum, and end your evening over a cup of joe and a pastry at 10/40 Coffee. We’ll see you there!

As Spring 2019 Arrives, Learn the Art of Nature Journaling w/ Upcoming Harlin Museum Workshop April 27th & 28th

Join local instructor, Wendy Ziegler, on Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th, 2019 for our 2-Day Plein Air Nature Journaling Workshop & Nature Walk!

Nature journaling (sketchbook journaling) is the art of recording the natural world in its own environment; sketching in detail and recording information about plants, animals, mountains, and landscapes to use as a reference or for instances when it cannot be captured in detail by a camera.

This workshop’s emphasis will be on learning how to look closely at nature while observing with a keen eye and recording what you see in detail.  The cost for the workshop is $40, if you pre-register before April 20th, or $50, if you register after April 20th. The cost will cover instruction & student grade materials that will be provided to use during the workshop, however, you are encouraged to bring your own supplies. You can find a list of required supplies here.

The indoor part of the workshop will be in the Lower Level Classroom Space of the Harlin Museum on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. The Nature Walk portion to practice your skills will be on Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm at Galloway Park. It is recommended that all wear walking shoes and comfortable weather-appropriate clothing for the outdoor portion. Of course, participants are invited to bring their own lunch or snacks for either portion of the workshop.

If you are interested in signing up for this workshop or would like more information, you may contact either the instructor, Wendy Ziegler, by email at or Harlin Board member, Gladys Morris, at 417-255-0920 or by email at

IMPORTANT: Please pre-register to attend ASAP for the best value and so that set-up spacing, and materials can be verified ahead of time.  Registering and paying in advance guarantees your space in the workshop.


May 2019 Exhibit Announcement: Harlin’s Annual Photography Show Competition

We are pleased to announce that the exhibit in the Hathcock Gallery for the month of May 2019 will be our annual Photography Show Competition!  If you, or someone you know, is interested in photography and would like to enter, please read the guidelines below:


Harlin Museum’s 2019 Photography Show Competition

Exhibit Dates: May 2nd – 26th, 2019


Entry Dates

Friday, April 26th, 2019 from 12 pm – 6 pm & Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 12 pm – 4 pm in the Hathcock Gallery of Harlin Museum

Entry Fee

1 photograph -$15.00, 2 photographs – $25.00, 3 photographs – $30.00, 4 photographs – $35.00
Photographers may enter a maximum of 4 photographs. Cash or check only; make checks payable to the Harlin Museum.

Entry Categories

  1. Black & White
  2. Color


  • Best of Show – $100.00
  • 1st place per category – $75.00
  • 2nd place per category – $50.00
  • 3rd place per category – $25.00



All photographs must be original works of the photographer entering. All works must not have been previously exhibited in the Harlin Museum’s Photography Show.  Photographs must be no smaller than 8” x 10” and no larger than 24” x 30” matted and framed under glass.  Photographs must be framed and ready with wire and eye-screws for hanging.  No Saw-tooth Hangers. Artists may offer their photographs for sale. Sales commissions are split between the artist & the museum 80/20.


Awards Reception

The Awards Reception will be held Saturday, May 25th, 2019, from 12 pm to 4 pm, starting with a meet & greet social for the photographers, their families, and their friends, followed by the awards ceremony at 3 pm, where the ribbons, prize money, and special awards will be presented by members of the Harlin Museum Board. Entries will be released after the awards presentation.  Entries may be picked up at the museum at any time the following week during regular business hours.



The 2019 Harlin Museum Photography Show Competiton is sponsored and hosted by the Harlin Museum Board.  Proceeds after expenses go towards the museum’s maintenance and the sponsorship of future shows and activities

Points of Contact
Gladys Morris, 417-255-0920,
Vicki Martin,

Learn the Basics of Crochet at Saturday, March 23rd Workshop w/ Angela Bullard

Instructor Angela Bullard

Join us for a fun craft workshop where participants will learn the basics of crocheting and receive one-on-one instruction to crochet their very own scarf! Cost is $20.00/person; must reserve a spot in advance. Students will need to provide their own supplies; you can find a list of them here:


Winners from left to right: Amy Copen, Andrew Holden, Sarah Lyn Wilson, Leslie Myrick, & Eric Lee Rudolph

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

Franklin D. Roosevelt


If February’s High School Art Show at the Harlin Museum was any indication of the capability of today’s youth to take art to the next level, we would say that the future is definitely something worth looking forward to! Students from Southern Missouri area high schools entered the best of their recent work to the museum’s annual competition show, filling the gallery with professional-quality graphite sketches, white & black charcoal and scratch art masterpieces, colorfully diverse acrylics, and inventive three-dimensional pieces of both sculpture and yarn craft.

Students from West Plains High School, Cabool High School, Liberty High School, Thayer High School, and even a few who home-school, participated in the competition show, earning ribbons and monetary prizes for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, and also several honorable mentions. For many of the students, this was their first competitive show and they drew their inspiration from a variety of sources, including nature, sports, television & film media, fantasy, celebrity; and the human form. However, one source seemed to truly be at the heart of their inspiration, encouraging them to hone their artistic skills and supporting their decision to enter the competition — their art teachers. The teachers of these students played an integral part in the experience, with many going out of their way to assist the students by accompanying them to the museum to both enter their art and to receive their awards, by showing them the ropes of proper art presentation by providing frames and aiding them in attaching picture wire for proper gallery hanging, and by celebrating and sharing their successes via social media.

The Harlin Museum’s High School Art Show Best of Show winner is Andrew Holden, a senior at Liberty Senior High School in Mtn. View, Missouri
The Best of Show winner, graphite pencil drawing titled, “Yee Haw”

The Best of Show award went to a Liberty Senior High School senior, Andrew Holden, for his graphite pencil drawing titled, “Yee Haw,” a portrait of a rodeo barrel racer in action atop his horse. The caliber of Andrew’s skill is so fantastic that many thought the drawing was actually a black & white photograph. Other winners included:

1st Place winners:

“Moon Eyes” (Mixed Medium) by Madison Newton of West Plains Senior High School 

“Cosmic Garden” (Mixed Medium) by Leslie Myrick of West Plains Senior High School

“White Iverson” (White Charcoal) by Sarah Lyn Wilson of Liberty High School


2nd Place winners:

“Lost Time” (Scratch Art) by Sarah Lyn Wilson of Liberty High School

“Self-Titled” (Mixed Medium) by Skyla Caldwell of Thayer High School

“The Sixties” (Ink Markers) by Gauge Jacobs of West Plains Senior High School


3rd Place winners:

“A Native Outlook on Modern Life” (Acrylic Paint) by Adriana Tharp of Thayer High School

“Daddy’s Hat” (Graphite Pencil) by Rebecca Brinkerhoff of Heritage Home School

“Ruth Ann” (Acrylic Paint) by Home School student Cassie Jankowski

And Honorable Mention winners include:

“Body Language” (Colored Pencil) by Eric Lee Rudolph of Liberty Senior High School

“Gourd On” (Clay) by /Madison Donnaley of Cabool High School

“On the Streets of Scotland” (Acrylic Paint) by Home-Schooled student Cassie Jankowski

Lightning Strikes” (Acrylic Paint) by Emily Wood of Thayer High School

“Mind” (Colored Pencil) by Aspen Burton of Thayer High School

“Debbie” (Colored Pencil) by Emily Wood of Thayer High School

“Strong Love” (Charcoal) by Caitlyn Basham of Liberty Senior High School

“Fishy Face” (Graphite Pencil) by Amy Copen of Liberty Senior High School (which also won the People’s Choice Award)

Other entries from area students included:

“Arionna” (Graphite Pencil) by Ashley Neagle, “Letter A” (Tempera) by Jackie Mayo, “Self-Portrait” (Graphite Pencil) by Nicole Coats, “Reflections” (Watercolor) by Madison Newton, “Blake Lively” (Mixed Medium) by Hannah Collins, and “Dad” (Mixed Medium) by Kendra Collins, all of West Plains Senior High School. (pictured in listed order below)

“Kraken” (Yarn) by Madison Forseca of Cabool High School (pictured below)

“Three Stooges” (B&W Charcoal) by Amy Copen, “Emotionless” (Graphite Pencil) & “Forgetting to Forget” (Charcoal) both by Abigail Reese, “Stetson Rich” (Pen & Ink) & “Saturdays Are For Girls” (Charcoal) by Timberly Richison, “Jim” (Graphite Pencil) by Andrew Holden, “While We’re Still Here” (Watercolor) by Eric Lee Rudolph, “Like Father, Like Son” (White Charcoal) by Madison Smith, “Shattered” (Graphite Pencil) by Marcy Grendan, all of Liberty Senior High School (pictured in listed order below)

“Simplicity” (Pen & Ink) & “Trip” (Colored Pencil) by Shelby Coursey, “The Wanderer” (Pen & Ink) by Skyla Caldwell, “Majestic Bubbles” (Colored Pencil) & “Hiding Crocodile” (Colored Pencil) both by LaCrysta Adams, “Paris” (Pen & Ink) & “Scarberd” (Pen & Ink) both by Skylar Todd, “ Young & Beautiful (Colored Pencil) by Yana Hanchuruk, & “Queen” (Graphite Pencil) by Aspen Burton, all of Thayer High School (pictured in listed order below)








Entry Fee: $5.00 per Artwork item.  Cash or checks are acceptable. Make checks payable to the Harlin Museum.

Entries Acceptable: Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork will be accepted for the High School Art Show.  Entry limit – only 2 pieces of artwork per artist


Prize Awards: Prize money and ribbon awards will be given to the competition winners.  For overall Best of Show – $100.00, for each 1st place – $50.00, 2nd place – $30.00 and 3rd place – $25.00; and a ribbon only for the People’s Choice award. There will be three prizes each for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  All entries will be evaluated for artistic quality, integrity, and presentation and must meet the below display guidelines for prize awards.


Guidelines:  All two-and three-dimensional artwork accepted into this show must follow the entry guidelines. Artwork must be original works of the entered artist. No Copies.  All work must have been completed in the last 2 years and not previously shown in any of the Harlin Museum’s competition art show exhibits.  All two-dimensional work must be either framed or 1.25″ gallery wrapped canvas with wire and eye-screws for hanging.  NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS.  All acrylic and oils must be dry.  Watercolor, ink, graphics, and pastel (all works on paper) must be under glass/Plexiglas.  No snap together plastic frames. All three-dimensional artwork must have its own support base if it cannot be set on a table for display or hung by traditional framed artwork methods.  All sculptured wall hanging must have its own hanging bracket with wire attached for display. Any subject that can be presented to younger children is acceptable.  Size Limit:  No larger than 36 X 48 inches.


Reception:  A meet & greet social for the students, teachers, family and friends of the artists will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Ribbons, prize money and special awards will be presented at the reception at 2 pm by the Harlin Museum Board President. Paintings will be released at 3 pm, until the museum closing at 4 pm.  Unclaimed paintings may be picked up at the museum the following week, Thursday and Friday, from 12 noon to 6 pm or Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm.


Entries Posted for Sale:The Harlin Museum offers artist’s the opportunity to sell their work while it hangs in the gallery. A percentage of all commissions received on sales made during the show will be split between the Harlin Museum & the artist (20/80). 


Point of Contact:  Gladys Morris, Harlin Museum Board President, 417-255-0920,


An Ozark Art Form Come Alive: Quilts Dominate the Harlin Museum’s 2019 Textile & Quilt Show Competition

January in Southern, MO started off pleasant and sunny for wintertime but turned a little colder (and more treacherous) just in time for the opening of our 2019 Textile & Quilt Show at the museum. Opening weekend, we had inclement winter weather (read: ice) in our forecast, forcing us to close the museum Friday & Saturday, Jan. 11th & 12th, and to postpone our very first Gala Night @ the Museum for the 2019 season, which was to feature a “Bed Turning” demonstration to compliment the show.

However, as the saying goes – the show must go on!  Although the weather affected our number of visitors for the show’s opening, it didn’t affect the number of entries we received for the exhibit’s display. Boasting a full gallery of locally-created pieces of textile art and original quilts, our first show of the year is a dazzling display of creativity in this most-beloved Ozark art form.

2019 Best of Show winner by Alma Pruett of Cabool, MO.

The Best In Show prize was awarded to Alma Pruett of Cabool, MO for her entry, “Stack & Wack”, a lovely and bright pink cotton quilt which was created using the quilting method of the same name, which you can read more about here. The quilt was both pieced together and quilted by machine.





The 2019 blue ribbon 1st place winner by Linda Ramsey of Houston, MO.


Our 1st place blue ribbon was awarded to quilter Linda Ramsey of Houston, MO for her entry, “Dreams of Winter”, a machine pieced and quilted strip-style quilt with an appliqued snowman figure. You can learn more about the strip-quilting method here.


Alma Pruett of Cabool, MO placed a second time this year (2019) with this red ribbon 2nd place quilt.


The 2nd place entry, “Hunter Star”, another creation by Alma Pruett of Cabool, MO, is a rich burgundy & gold featuring the popular eight-pointed star style pattern of the same name. To learn more about creating your own Hunter’s Star-style quilt, you can follow our link here.



3rd place was awarded to Shirley Earls of West Plains, MO for her entry, “Log Cabin Dots” a lovely multicolor quilt using the log cabin technique to create the dotted pattern on the quilt. You can learn the basics of this technique here.


Shirley also donated a second patchwork quilt in hues of purple, pink, and green against a white background for the museum to give away as the prize in a fundraising quilt raffle. Tickets to enter the raffle are 1 – $1.00, 6 – $5.00, an arm’s length of tickets (so be sure to send someone with long arms to get your tickets!) – $10.00, and enough tickets to stretch from fingertip to fingertip (again, send those long-armed people to get your tickets for the most chances!) for $20.00.


2019 Quilt Raffle Donation from Shirley Earls, West Plains, MO.

The winning ticket will be drawn on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14th, 2019.  All proceeds will be used for the wintertime utilities & ongoing maintenance of the Harlin Museum. You can visit the fundraiser page on Facebook here.

Honorable Mention awarded to Alma Martin of Mountain Home, AR.
The second Honorable Mention award to Cindy Pirch, West Plains, MO for her knitted entry, “Button Blue.”




Two Honorable Mentions were also given out for this show; the first, to Alma Martin of Mtn. Home for her freestyle design quilt, “Springtime in Bloom” which features a centered house design & rows of brightly-colored two-pointed tulips.

The second Honorable Mention ribbon was awarded to Cindy Pirch of Summersville, MO for her knitted entry, “Button Blue”, a matching royal blue set of knit scarf, hat, and headband.



Along with all the individual entries, the exhibit in the gallery also includes interesting antique sewing implements, including an antique wooden spinning wheel from the museum’s permanent collection, along with other heirloom quilt tops and crocheted pieces, antique sewing accessories, and antique quilts & coverlets.  Be sure to stop by before the exhibit closes!

The Quilt & Textile Show will be displayed in the Hathcock Gallery of the museum until the Artist’s Awards Reception at 2pm on January 26th.   All winners are encouraged to attend so that they may be awarded their ribbons & accompanying prizes, as well as having their photo taken for our official record of the event. The museum is open Thursday & Friday, 12pm-6pm and Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-4pm.