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the returns of art

by Ben Chlapek

by Ben Chlapek

Art, what art thou? For a while now, we have been wondering about the importance of art. You may be surprised that we ponder such questions but, truth be told, we wouldn’t be an art gallery if we were not asking those questions. They are refreshers. They are reminders. They are rejuvenators.

Well, today, it was not a question but a group of 20 students from the Missouri Scholars Academy who reminded us about the importance of art. The joy it brought onto their faces is magical and something to behold. As adults, we sometimes forget the little joys art brings us because it can have an unsettling effect. Those young high school students were elated at a title. They were amazed, as they approached, to see the Martincic bathing suit is made out of paper. They were “fooled” because they were open to being “fooled”. They allowed themselves to be taken. They met the object of art with the openness of one who discovers a land for the first time. No baggage! No fear! Only possibility!

This feeling is not restricted to young high school students. Art is democratic and its language is universal. It speaks to the dormant child in all of us. It wakes it up to reconnect it not only with the world but us as well. It is the dormant child who gives us back hope in the world. Art gives us hope because it appeals to man’s greatness. In a speech, Kevin Spacey reminded us of that. “Art and creativity are one of the most significant ways that humanity uses to fight back against and lift itself out of the muck, and the dirt, and the grime, and the horror, and the unfairness of political persecution, racist attack, hatred, intolerance, and downright cruelty.”

Art can only do its job if we let it, if we are open to its magic.  Art comes with the sweet melody of milk and honey. Art invades and conquers because it brings only blessings.

To the one who allows art to enter one’s world, it will elevate.

By bringing art to our community, we fulfill an important function for we are art’s humble servants. Our gallery provides a space where everyone, including our Missouri Scholars, can keep the child from being dormant.

That’s why we ask ourselves questions.


The Save PS:Gallery Campaign

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A little over $10,000 raised! How exciting! Our community is coming through for us and we are very confident that our goal of raising $40,000 will be successful. We worked really hard to set up this arm of our campaign, and we are working even harder for the next 30 days to continue to make it amazing. Check out our Indiegogo site, watch our great video, and see some of the great perks you get for contributing! We are sure you will find something, for there is something for everyone and everything comes with delicious ice cream.

As we continue our efforts, we are also working on the summer show. Slowly, the new art is arriving and soon, it’ll feel like Christmas at PS:Gallery. Great new works coming!

Don’t forget to join us in our effort to continue bringing great art to our community!


When opportunity knocks…


Today, art is everywhere and some would say –wrongly, I might add- that its presence is overwhelming and daunting. The transformative power of art is an expression of the artist to see the world s/he inhabits differently. Through the lenses of the artist, the familiar appears unfamiliar; objects seem to take on new shapes. Had Dorothy seen Kansas through Chris Dahlquist’s photography, she probably would have never left. Joel Sager’s faceless faces, inspired by 19th century photos, come alive and tell the viewer a vibrant and complex story. There is a certain lightness that contradicts the Victorian heaviness of that period. And in the hands of Jo Stealey, paper is no longer just paper but seems to have a history. Art is an awakening for it forces the viewer to evaluate and reevaluate at the same time. And for s/he who is touched, the art is very giving. Its gift is an unveiling of its secrets and an opportunity for a fresh outlook. Art allows for renewal of the self through sensual liberation.

As spring slowly makes its way into our environment and the fashion world unveils its colorful collections, PS Gallery readies itself to hang the 2013 Spring Exhibit. This spring, the gallery will host 6 artists whose art is another opportunity for renewal and rebirth. These artists, our guides, continue art’s tradition of fresh new outlooks without severing themselves from art’s long history.

Daniel Marks’ colorful acrylic will remind the viewer of Van Gogh and/or Munch. His fluid buildings, wavy and elastic, embark the viewer on a dream birthed in reality. Bede Clarke’s earthenware is playful and joyful. Upon viewing his bowls, the viewer will be reminded of happy couples making faces in a photo booth. His other works, more serious with their geometrical lines, balance the totality of his work. Art is playful but serious too.

Elizabeth Fox’s works borders that of surrealism with a touch of pop art. Her women are strong and complex. They are not afraid of staring back as the one in “Mystery Train” who returns the male gaze. In “Memory of a Sensation”, the iconic Fawcett poster grins self-assuredly as a man enters the sacred room. The complexity of her characters reflects that of her work.

Joseph Pintz’s earthenware takes ordinary kitchen objects and gives them a touch of antiquity with fresh colors.

Freshness. Coolness. Playfulness. Seriousness. Rebirth. Modern.

Beginning April 2nd, these artists will give us all an opportunity. As winter slowly withers away, our 6 artists will fulfill spring’s promise for renewal.

Pitcher, 8x4x10, earthenware

Joe Pintz

Cornfield, 40x30, acrylic paint on canvas

Daniel Marks


Bede Clark


Blog written by Antoine M.


A study in gratitude

It has become my tradition to take a moment before the Thanksgiving chaos to give thanks.

I am, as always, far behind so I will keep it brief this year.

I am thankful for the people who keep us going.  Several months ago I was catching up on thank you notes and was struck by how many people were repeat customer.  I was humbled by the number of people who came in each exhibit and found something fabulous to add to their personal collection.  I am even more awed by how many people stop and thank me.  I received the sweetest note from clients who are always present, always complementary, and always finding ways to support the gallery.  They thanked me (us – PS:Gallery) for bringing them great art that they could take home and treasure.

I am thankful to have a great staff whom I trust fully.  I recently left on a much needed vacation.  For six full days, I did not read email, I did not receive texts, and I did not answer my phone.  I know many small business owner for whom this would be impossible.  I have such a competent staff that I could disconnect and know that whatever came up, they could handle it.  I could not do this without them.

I am thankful to all the people in this community that help hold the arts together and make them grow.  I won’t name names but you know who you are.  There is an amazing amount of time and energy that goes into the arts and it wouldn’t be what it is without you!

I am most thankful for my family.  I am not ashamed to say that I am in LOVE with the new manager for the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Columbia.  Chris started his new job after Thanksgiving last year and is doing a great job in leading the city in all things arty.  I am thankful for Charlie who now can actually help at the gallery.  She is fully capable of opening the gallery and is more than willing to jump in and show jewelry when I’m busy.  It makes me happy that she and her friends want to come help at the openings.  They dress in their best and spend the evening helping put out food and pick up trash.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Supporting the arts: what have you done lately?

ImageI have spoken often in the past six years about how you can support the arts.  I have posted articles.  I have prodded.  I have led by example (or at least I think I have).  And often many have responded.  We have certainly seen a growth in the arts and that can only come from an increase in support.  Fortunately, we have a core of amazing people who do an incredible job of supporting the arts.  This blog is not for them.  This blog is for you.

What have you done to support the arts lately?  What have your purchased from a local artist this month?  What play/musical event/dance have you seen this week?  What local not for profit arts organization have you donated to?

Why now? You may ask, why is she pestering us now?  Sunday, September 30th 2012, I attended “The Robots are Coming” at Rag Tag Cinema.  The evening was the unveiling of Lumen, an amazing robot built for Rag Tag by local artist Greg Orloff.  The real reason for the event (and the robot) is to raise awareness and funds for a digital projector system for the theater.  Long story short, because of the way movies will be released as of January 2013, if Rag Tag does not convert it’s systems to digital, we will not be able to see all the great movies we want to.  Total costs of conversion?  Lets just say $80,000.  At least that is what they are trying to raise via a Kickstarter campaign.

Again, to the point Jennifer….  So the evening of the Robot event, someone turns to me and says “This should not be difficult, if everyone gave something, then we could raise this money in no time”.  She was right.  It should not be difficult.  But it is.  I don’t know why.  I don’t know if people feel they are asked to give at every turn so they run away.  Maybe people feel like they don’t have enough to give.  Maybe people don’t care.  Maybe they just don’t know the need.  I choose to believe the last.  I choose to believe that you just didn’t know the need.

Rag Tag Cinema needs to upgrade it’s projector system to digital by January 2013.  They need to raise $80,000 to make this possible.  You can help.  If you can give $5, that helps.  If you can give $100, that helps more.  If you can give $5000, that helps an enormous amount.  Please go to their Kickstarter page to donate.

I would love to say that this is the last organization that will be in need.  It won’t.  But keep in mind all the the Arts community gives back.  It makes Columbia better.  It makes us happier, smarter, wiser, and better looking (ok,maybe not better looking).  It provides an opportunity to express who we are.  It flavors our lives.  So please support the arts.  Please allow all of us to keep doing what we love.  Please help Rag Tag keep on bringing amazing film to Columbia.  Thank you!


10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2012 (from Arts Watch)

This article was posted on Facebook by the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Columbia.  I couldn’t help but repost.  How have you helped support the arts in Columbia?

Randy Cohen

Almost one year ago, I posted The Top Ten Reasons to Support the Arts in response to a business leader who wanted to make a compelling case for government and corporate contributions to the arts.

Being a busy guy, he didn’t want a lot to read: “Keep it to one page, please.”

With the arts advocacy season once again upon us…(who am I kidding, it’s always upon us!)…here is my updated list for 2012.

10 Reasons to Support the Arts

1. True prosperity. The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. They help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. When times are tough, the arts are salve for the ache.

2. Improved academic performance. Students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, lower drop-out rates, and even better attitudes about community service—benefits reaped by students regardless of socioeconomic status. Students with four years of arts or music in high school average 100 points better on their SAT scores than students with one-half year or less.

3. Arts are an industry. Arts organizations are responsible businesses, employers, and consumers. Nonprofit arts organizations generate $166 billion in economic activity annually, supporting 5.7 million jobs and generating nearly $30 billion in government revenue. Investment in the arts supports jobs, generates tax revenues, and advances our creativity-based economy.

4. Arts are good for local merchants. The typical arts attendee spends $27.79 per person, per event, not including the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters. Non-local arts audiences (who live outside the county) spend nearly twice as much as local arts attendees ($40.19 vs. $19.53)—valuable revenue for local businesses and the community.

5. Arts are the cornerstone of tourism. Arts travelers are ideal tourists—they stay longer and spend more. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that the percentage of international travelers including museum visits on their trip has grown annually since 2003 (17 to 24 percent), while the share attending concerts and theater performances increased five of the past seven years (13 to 17 percent since 2003).

6. Arts are an export industry. U.S. exports of arts goods (everything from movies to paintings to jewelry) grew to $64 billion in 2010. With U.S. imports at just $23 billion, the arts achieved a $41 billion trade surplus in 2010.

7. Building the 21st century workforce. Reports by The Conference Board show creativity is among the top-five applied skills sought by business leaders—with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring. The biggest creativity indicator? A college arts degree. Their Ready to Innovate report concludes, “…the arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd millennium.”

8. Healthcare. Nearly one-half of the nation’s healthcare institutions provide arts programming for patients, families, and even staff. 78 percent deliver these programs because of their healing benefits to patients—shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and less medication.

9. Stronger communities. University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower poverty rates. A vibrant arts community ensures that young people are not left to be raised solely in a pop culture and tabloid marketplace.

10. Creative Industries. The Creative Industries are arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and advertising companies. An analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data counts 904,581 businesses in the U.S. involved in the creation or distribution of the arts that employ 3.3 million people—representing 4.25 percent of all businesses and 2.15 percent of all employees, respectively.

11. What is your #11? Share with us in the comments below…

Want to post these reasons on your wall or take it to a meeting with your mayor? Download these 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2012 from our main website.


Happy New Year

As the noise fades of the horns blowing and champagne corks popping, I look forward to the year ahead.  What am I looking forward to you ask?  Why, let me tell you:

Last year in February we moved into our new location in the North Village Arts District.  It has been a great new home.  We have four exhibits planned for the main gallery space.  They dates are as follows:

Winter 2012 Exhibit  January 4th – March 31st.  Reception is January 14th (yes, that is coming up.  Put it on your calendar now).

Spring 2012 Exhibit April 4th – June 30th.  Reception April 21st.

Summer 2012 Exhibit July 5th – September 29th.  Reception July 14th.

Autumn 2012 Exhibit October 3 – December 29th.  Reception October 13th.

We also have a few Hallery exhibits scheduled for 2012.  The ones on the books are:

Workshop Salon Exhibit  January 4-February 11th

Food: Fact or Fiction  February 14 – March 31

Ed Ailor  May 15 – June 30

Matt Ballou  July 5 – July 28

There are many more to come, so stay tuned.  You can always find current information on our website under the News tab.

In addition to all the fun things going on at the gallery there are a ton of fun art-related things coming up in the community at large, such as:

The Columbia Art Leagues new show.  The Seven Deadly Sins (and the Seven Holy Virtues) January 10 – February 25,
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 12

Artrageous Friday  January 20

North Village Arts District Valentines Market  February 3

True/False Film Festival  March 1-4

I am sure there are many many events in the next few months that I am missing, but that’s enough to keep you busy.

Thank you for your support in 2011.  It was a busy and productive year.  Thank you in advance for your support in 2012.

Jennifer Perlow