Beautiful works of art inspire us and brighten our day, even if our own artistic skills peaked with kindergarten finger-painting. Also, presentations by skilled performers give us another art form to enjoy.
At Bluestem Missouri Crafts, peruse works from more than 300 regional artists and craftspeople. The gallery offers art glass and ceramics, apparel, jewelry, garden art and home décor. Three distinct gallery rooms comprise this Columbia shop, where you can find a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone. Bluestem offers elegant, unique wrapping free of charge.
In Clarksville, a community of artists shares its wares at Simpatico–An Art Gallery Co-Op. Award-winning photographer Lori Purk operates the co-op and shares the space with other highly talented Missouri artists. Admire this selection of fiber art, sculpture, pottery, watercolors and metal-works. Simpatico sits on the banks of the Mississippi River and welcomes visitors every weekend.
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, in Cape Girardeau, celebrates the creative works of nearly 50 local artists. Three lovely galleries – the Jean A. Chapman Gallery; Gallery 100; and the Lorimier Gallery – make up this excellent destination for art lovers. See everything from vibrant paintings to exquisite woodcarvings. The galleries stay open late on the first Friday of each month, when you can enjoy refreshments and chat with the artists about their creations.
In Kansas City, countless wonders await at a store named Stuff. Situated in the Brookside neighborhood, this can’t-miss shop offers all kinds of art. Browse creations made by regional, national and international artists. As the name implies, you’ll find plenty of great “stuff” there, in addition to the lovely artwork. Other offerings include stationery, handbags, baby gifts and home accents.
Wander into a 19th century farmhouse and find a world of beautiful objects. The aptly named Farmhouse 1807, in Caledonia, welcomes guests to this “general store,” which is stocked with antiques, birdhouses and folk art. The gorgeous, super-soft knit items are spun by hand, using wool from the proprietor’s own flock of sheep. Knitters, take note: they sell skeins of wool.
Long known for its exquisite posters and stationery, Firecracker Press offers guided tours. Visit this St. Louis printing press to learn the history of moveable type and letterpress. See how the folks at Firecracker take their designs from idea to finished product. Just call ahead to schedule your visit. Be sure to examine the fabulous on-site store.
You only need to travel as far as Branson to take a journey halfway around the world. The family will be amazed by Acrobats of China–New Shanghai Circus. This breathtaking show features 40 talented acrobats showing off skills such as hoop-diving, plate-spinning and jar-juggling. The acrobats soar on the trapeze, climb poles, and demonstrate classic Chinese dance. Exquisite backdrops and a stunning lighting add to the experience.