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The Stories Behind the Art at Wentzville’s Multi-Generational Art Show

Rosemary Ziegler Quilted Book

The Crossroads Arts Council presents the 3rd annual SPANNING THE GENERATIONS “Senior to Senior” art show March 29, 30, and 31 at the Wentzville Community Center, 500 West Main Street, in Wentzville’s Historic Downtown. The show is open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night.

This visual art show is open to all professional and non-professional artists, senior in high school to senior citizen. It is free and open to the public. Come and discover the local artist who could be your neighbor and you never knew they had talent!

This year, as usual, has many fascinating stories behind the art. For example, several artists from Blank Canvas Studios (you may have seen them at the Mosaics street show in St. Charles) are represented with an amazing variety of art, including painting and felt sculpture. Blank Canvas is an art-based day program that provides services to adults with special needs. The studio is one of two similar programs run by the Missouri branch of Resources for Human Development, a non-profit based in Philadelphia.

One of the award winners is a beautiful quilted book created by Rosemary Ziegler, who conceived the idea while living in Kirksville for a summer. She would spend the hot summer days quilting on her porch, and found herself discussing the meaning of life with Mormon missionaries who would pass by. The book is a visual record of her thoughts.

Debbie Kindschuh, one of the jurors, is exhibiting handmade paper collages of water lilies, with the images and process reminding her of travels to Japan. She is teaching a paper collage class on Monday, May 8 at 6 p.m. at Progress Park Community Room.

Also exhibiting is Ishimwe Bertrand, a young artist from Rwanda. His family was devastated by the 1994 genocide. He and his brother are “paying it forward” by creating the Irembo Foundation to help parents earn money to send their children to school. Ishimwe will be in the St. Louis area this summer, and is looking for venues to exhibit his art and share his story.

Bruce Howard, another juror, is exhibiting a humorous painting titled Dedicated. It depicts a service dog studying at the library to be the best he can be. He was inspired a couple of years ago when a fellow artist was donating a painting for a fundraiser (the family is expected to pay $10,000 which is half the cost of raising and training a service dog) and
decided to contribute. The fundraiser was cancelled because the funds were raised by friends and family, so both paintings were sent to the wheel chair bound child. She loves them both and kept them. Bruce is working on a larger version to send to the service dog training center in Xenia, Ohio.

So, come discover the art that’s been hiding in your neighborhood, and learn the awesome stories behind them! Although this show has been judged and ribbons awarded, there is still a ribbon that has yet to be awarded: the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD.

Come, see the art, jury the show for yourself, and select your favorite artist. Bring the kids.

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