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 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 actuallya 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
“LightningStrikes” (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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Entry Dates: Friday and Saturday, January 4 & 5, 2019, 12 noon to 4 pm at the Harlin Museum in the Hathcock Gallery, 405 Worcester Ave, West Plains, MO 65775, (417) 256-7801.
Entry Fee: 1 entry – $20.00, 2 entries – $30.00, 3 entries – $35.00, 4 entries $40.00; Payable to the Harlin Museum. Artisans can only enter 4 items.
Entry Categories: Artisans and crafters can enter a full range of different types of textile items to include but not limited to quilts and afghans; crocheted & hand knitted articles, embroidery, and handwoven items; and handmade textile apparel. Items may not be displayed by categories, but by museum design to best display/show the entries.
Prizes: Ribbons and prizes will be awarded for overall best of show and 3 each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and 6 honorable mentions. The prizes will consist of Best of Show – Gift Basket or Gift Certificate worth $50.00 and Gift Certificates for each of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. There will not be any particular categories for the Prizes Awards given. Prized will be awarded on artistic craftsmanship.
Guidelines: All entries must be original works of the artists entering. All work must not have been previously shown in Harlin Museum past exhibits. All entries that need special support to display item must have the support base accompanying the article. Large quilts will be hung against the wall with butterfly clips. Smaller quilts and quilted wall hangings will be hung on panels. Tables will be available to display smaller textile items and items that cannot be hung. Designer clothing must have the proper hangers to assist in displaying the items. All hangers and display supports will be returned to owners at the end of the show with their entries.
Reception: The meet and greet social for the artisans will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 12 noon to 3pm, the awards will be presented at 2 pm, by the Harlin Museum Board President. All entries will be released at 3pm, and the museum closes at 4 pm. Entries may be picked up at the museum the following week Tuesday through Friday, from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Entries Posted for Sale: The Harlin Museum will take 20% commission on the posted price of any sales during the show at the museum.
Points of Contact: Cindy McLean, 417-274-6184, email@example.com
Kick off your 2018 holiday season with a trip to the Harlin Museum!
Bring the kids, bring your guests, bring some friends! Bring everyone to see our beautiful holiday decorations, winter art & historic Ozarks railroad map display, and elaborate Christmas-themed model train gardens. It’s an enchanting display that fascinates both children & adults alike. A must see stop on your fun-holiday-things-to-do list!
Admission is free & open to the public during our NEW museum hours:
Laura L. Valenti of Ozarks Farm & Neighbor magazine stopped by the museum to find out what we were all about. Find out what she had to say by clicking on the above photo to read the article on their website! #DiscoverYourOzarks #HarlinMuseum
Calling all artists!! Entry dates for the Fall Art Show are Friday & Saturday, September 21st & 22nd, 2018
Get ready! The Harlin Museum’s Annual Fall Art Show is right around the corner. This will be a juried show competition with all two dimensional art entries to be accepted including:
Water medium (includes: acrylic, gouache, regular watercolor and watercolor pencils)
Mixed medium/collage, to include original wood burning art and wood carved art wall hangings (depth not to extend more than 2.5 inches from the wall)
Graphics (includes: pencil, graphite, charcoal, ink, linocut, and colored pencil.
There will be over $1,000.00 awarded in prize money to be given out to entrants. Amount of entries will determine categories. Prizes will include awarding the overall Best of Show with a cash prize of $500 with ribbon. Ribbons and prize money will be awarded for each of the three categories; 1st place – $100.00, 2nd place – $75.00, 3rd place – $50.00, plus Honorable Mentions ribbons. Other prizes will include Memorial Awards, Purchase Awards, Artistic Encouragement Awards and a People’s Choice Award.
Entry dates for those who would like to participate in this year’s exhibition and competition will be this week, Friday & Saturday, September 21st & 22nd, 2018 from 12 noon to 4pm in the Hathcock Gallery of the Harlin Museum.
Entry Fee: 1 painting -$20.00, 2 paintings – $35.00, 3 paintings – $45.00, 4 paintings – $50. Make checks payable to the Harlin Museum. Entry limit is 4 pieces per artist.
Guidelines: All paintings must be original works of the entered artist. No Copies. All work must have been done in the last 4 years and not previously shown in any Harlin Museum Competition Art Show Exhibits. All 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. Any subject that can be presented to school children will be accepted. Size Limit: No larger than 36 X 48 inches. All entries will be evaluated for artistic quality, integrity, presentation, and must meet the above hanging guidelines to meet the juried entry process for acceptance into this show.
A meet and greet social & awards reception for the artists will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Ribbons, prize money and special awards will be presented at the reception at 2pm by members of the Harlin Museum Board. Paintings will be released at 3pm. Unclaimed paintings may be picked up at the museum the following week, Wednesday through Friday, from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Join us at the museum for an artist workshop that will help you present your art at it’s best!
Harlin Board President Gladys Morris will be giving a class from 12 noon – 3pm on Wednesday, September 12th & again on Saturday, September 15th outlining the different ways you can improve the presentation of your art to make your masterpiece truly shine!
Workshop will include:
Materials available to the DIY artist
Foal Points: How to draw the audience’s attention in, rather than distract from it
Choosing the right frame for your project; how to properly accent & compliment your artwork
Planning art to use standardized framing materials
Framing: the proper tools necessary to frame your own artwork
How to spruce up & reuse old frames from yard sales
What are gallery-wrapped frames and how to use them effectiely
Taking pride in your art: what the presentation of your art says about you as an artist
Cost for the workshop is $15 per person. All proceeds will go toward the operations & maintenance of the museum.
This single-artist pop art exhibition is a delight for the senses.
Diverse pieces ranging from recycled-material sculptures of giant insects, lion’s heads, & geometric mobiles to vibrantly painted landscapes and pencil-sketch portraits brought to life weave this artist’s web of creativity & imagination. On display in the Harlin Museum’s Hathcock Gallery until September 15th. A MUST SEE!!!