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JUNE 7, 2018 - Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery's June exhibit opened on Tuesday with a Members' Only All Media Exhibit. The Members' Only Exhibit features more than 100 items from 24 artists throughout Missouri. The exhibit features a variety of media including watercolor, woodcarving, fused glass, fiber, blacksmithing, acrylic painting, drawing, hand ceramics, oil paintings, photography and more. The Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery allows artists a forum to demonstrate the creativity and diversity of the artist and artisans throughout our area and beyond. The work selected in this exhibition exemplifies traditions and handmade art through the artistry of the artist whose work is part of the exhibit. This exhibit will be available for viewing through June 28.

Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery Features All Media Metal Exhibit in May
Featured Artist Jessie Cargas

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Cargas was born in 1964 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her media is steel, and the finishes are polyurethane, paint, patina or powder coat. Her pieces begin with a vision, a design, then are drawn, cut, sanded, shaped, rolled, and or welded, then finished. She has ventured into some - somewhat specific themes, keeping them abstract. The visions come from within, from previous pieces, and from keeping open to every day influences.

Current works include table top and book shelf sculptures, larger indoor and outdoor sculptures, and wall hangings. The Turn-About sculptures are sculptures that stand on their own, turn it another way, and it presents itself with a new look. Jessie has been inspired by Brother Mel Meyers, as well as many others, including art along Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has shown her work at art festivals, local galleries, garden centers, art strolls and on her website: Jessie has honed her skills by learning from others, the internet and practice, practice, practice. She focuses on metal sculpting and her business she created, Weld Made ArtWorks, LLC. She is not limited to certain conventions but open to exploring new ideas and trying different things, while simultaneously adding her own unique style. A passion for completeness and quality is seen in every piece created.

Cultural Corners All Media Metal exhibit will include metal artworks from Jessie as well as many other metal artists from surrounding areas. The exhibit captures several types of metal artwork from a range of creative aspects. Metal will be on exhibit throughout May and can be viewed at Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. All Cultural Corner exhibits are open to the public and free of charge. The Meet the Artist Reception will be held on Thursday, May 31, from 5 until 7:30 p.m.

For more information visit www.culturalcornerartguild. org or call 660-240-5022.

Cultural Corner Art Gallery opens new exhibit
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Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery has welcomed watercolor artist Lana Cease for its February exhibit. Cease, of northwest Missouri, was born and raised in Iowa. She was taught to paint in oils at a young age by her mother and later took many art courses throughout high school but experienced very little watercolor. A photographer by trade, she let her painting mainly go to the wayside until 2012 when her husband, Gene, bought her a watercolor class through AKMA as a Christmas gift. "I'd always loved the look of watercolor but really didn't know the proper techniques," she said. "Having learned the basics of oil painting, it was difficult to make the jump as the approach to watercolor is the exact opposite of oil." Cease took to it quickly and from there it unfolded extensively. "Watercolor was just a hobby for me to start, but after a while it blossomed into something more, something bigger than I expected and from that a potential exhibition started to form." Cease adds, "This is certainly a lifelong dream and something I never really thought would happen to me."

Photo Courtesy / Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery

Cease's work is found at galleries and shops near northwest Missouri, numerous publications, various exhibitions throughout the country as well as in private collections from Washington, D,C,, Montlignon Paris, France, Sandy, Utah, Hilvarenbeck, Netherlands, and more. Cease is a member of National Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society & Professional Photographers of America. She is the recipient of various awards from Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Spokane Watercolor Society & Missouri Watercolor Society.

The Lana Cease Watercolor exhibit is now featured in the Cultural Corner Gallery opening February 6, 2018. The exhibit will continue through Thursday, March 1, when a closing reception will be from 5 until 8 p.m. The reception is open to the public. For more information regarding this event or other events at the Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery visit or call 660-240-5022. To learn more about Lana Cease and her work visit

Cultural Corner to Welcome David Cook, Children's Author, Illustrator of Nort's Stories
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Cultural Corner welcomes David Cook - author and illustrator of Nort's Stories - for a book signing November 18. Cook was born and raised in Chillicothe, Missouri. He is the son of the late John Cook and Barbara Cook. David currently lives with his wife and three children in Kirksville, where he teaches 7th and 8th grade science at William Matthew Middle School. He has a B.S. in Biology from Truman State University, a master's in education from the University of Central Missouri, and a master's in religious education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Cook also spent three years with the International Mission Board in Gatchina, Russia, where he taught English as a foreign language, as well as worked with the local Baptist church in youth and children's outreach. Cook's love for writing and illustrating began as a young child and developed into a series of faith-based stories featuring his signature character Nort. Cook will be at the Cultural Corner for the book signing from 1 until 3 p.m., featuring his recent book Nort's Stories (enter the world of Nort & Anne as they teach their two sons, Sebastian and Fredrick , what it truly means to bring glory to God in everything they do). At 2 p.m., "Nort's Christmas Story" will be told while being illustrated. Find out more info about Nort's Stories at or for more information about this event contact Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery at 660-240-5022 or stop by at 424 Locust Street.

November 2017 Featured Exhibit - Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery will be hosting the John Rollins Photography Display "Three Corners of the Globe" as the featured November exhibit. The exhibit will feature photography from Africa, the Arctic and Patagonia. John Rollins is an attorney and award winning photographer from Kansas City, Missouri. His photographic emphasis is nature and wildlife. He has traveled throughout Africa, South and Central America, the Arctic, and Antarctica capturing images of dramatic landscapes and rare and endangered wildlife. He was a finalist in National Geographic's prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year Competition in 2016. He has been listed as one of the top 10 Travel Photographers in the world by the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) and by travel website He has won numerous photography awards and competitions and has been published worldwide. "Three Corners of the Globe" will open on Thursday, November 2, and will be featured at Cultural Corner Gallery through Thursday, November 30. Rollins will be in Chillicothe on Saturday, November 4, for an opening reception and program on his travels and photography. The reception will begin at 5 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. The reception and program is open to the public. For more information regarding this event or other events at the Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery visit or call 660-240-5022. To learn more about John Rollins and his work visit He explains that this photo (above) was taken far out on the sea ice near the coast of Baffin Island. Toward the center of the photo, one can see a mother polar bear and her yearling perched atop a huge snow covered iceberg.

Stedem Named Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery's First Director
By Catherine Stortz Ripley

Mindy Stedem of Chillicothe assumed the position of director last week. The director position is part-time. The announcement was made by Carol Gregg, president of the guild's board of directors. Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery, 424 Locust Street, officially opened last September and, until now, its staffing and event coordination was reliant solely on volunteers. While volunteers will remain vital to the organization, the director will be able to focus attention on coordinating events, raising funds, planning exhibits, expanding class offerings, increasing facility rentals, and promoting overall awareness and interest in the guild and gallery. One of Stedem's first goals is to organize the guild's first membership drive. Among member benefits, Stedem said, is that members can use the Cultural Corner space beyond just seeing the exhibits. While the exhibits are open and free to the public, members have access to the facility for creating and displaying their own fine art. Stedem is a Chillicothe High School graduate and has college degrees in human resources and business management. She worked as a sales assistant for DN Tanks in Kansas City handling sales, trade shows, marketing, and more. She and her husband, Frank, lived in Kansas City for about 20 years before returning to Chillicothe two years ago. They have two children: Chandler, 14, and Lilly, 12. Stedem has been involved in fund-raising activities for Bishop Hogan Memorial School in Chillicothe and other efforts.

Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery also now has a phone number: 660-240-5022. The gallery is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

June 12, 2017 - Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery in Chillicothe and The Best of Missouri Hands are presenting "Hands Across Missouri," an exhibition of handmade fine arts and crafts created by Midwest artists and artisans. The show opened last week at Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery, 424 Locust Street, and continues through July 7. Hands Across Missouri was developed by the Missouri Artisans Association, doing business as The Best of Missouri Hands, and the Cultural Corner Art Guild to provide a forum to demonstrate the creativity and diversity of the artists and artisans of Missouri and the Midwest region. The 51 works selected for the exhibition exemplify Missouri's traditions and handmade arts and crafts through the creativity and artistry of the 19 artists whose work is part of the exhibit. A closing reception, open to the public, will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, July 7. Many of the artists whose work is on display will be attending the closing reception. The gallery is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

CAPTION: Don Crozier, of O'Fallon, hangs artwork that is part is being displayed as part of the Hands Across Missouri show taking place now through July 7 at Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery.

April 4, 2017 - Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery opened its April exhibit today with award- winning Dave Walker and Hannah Smith exhibiting "fabricscapes," paintings and pottery. The exhibit will be in place through Saturday, April 29. Walker is originally from Chillicothe, and his artistic journey began with quilting. As a fiber artist, fabric is Walker's medium. He said his art is accomplished using a 'cut and glue' or 'hold and sew' technique of raw edge machine applique, textile painting, and tread-work.

"Each 'fabricscape' is completed using free-motion machine quilting that compliments the design and adds interest or shading." Walker uses vibrant colors and varying textures to create captivating pieces of fabric art. "Each work depicts a story of travel, a record of time, or an impression from nature, either real or pictured in my memory."

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Hannah Smith grew up with two artistic parents, with her father, Dave Walker, creating works of art from fabric, and her mother, a musician. With such a strong creative foundation, she honed a passion for arts at an early age. Like her father, Smith uses the natural world as her muse, and enjoys experimenting with mixed media creations. Her work has been shown in regional art galleries and art fairs throughout the Midwest, with a number of works belonging to private collections across the region. Approximately 80 works of art will be on display at Cultural Corner, and many will be for sale. Also available for purchase will be Smith's first self-published adult coloring book titled, "Enchanted Ocean." The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, April 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Cultural Corner is located at 424 Locust Street in Chillicothe, and is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pictured: Artists Dave Walker and Hannah Smith

March 7, 2017 - Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery will feature area art in its exhibit which opened Tuesday, March 7, 2017, with an opening reception scheduled for Friday, March 10, from 5 until 8 p.m. Local artists will showcase paintings, drawings, fiber art, mixed media, ceramics, stained and fused glass, and woodcarving during this exhibit, which is scheduled to run through Saturday, April 1. In celebration of Youth Art Month, Cultural Corner will also feature a selection of art local students of all grade levels, in addition to the March middle school "Artists of the Month." Artists participating in this exhibit are: Vilma Holt, Barbara Garvey, Daniel Riekena, Zelma Cleveland, Mary E. Wiilis, Mary K. Underwood, Marj Locker, Jim Jones, Steve Holt, Pat Hollowell, Lowell E. Grimm, Carol Gregg, Gloria Gooch, Frances Crouch, Josh Campbell, Patrick M. Brandt, William Bellais, Kelly Christopher, Jim Norris, Will Ford, Tami Bagley, and Sonya Corf. Dozens of local student artists will be exhibiting as well. Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CAPTION: Chillicothe wood carver, Steve Holt, sets up his display of wood carvings at Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery.
This month's exhibit features all media and a Youth Art Month Exhibit.
The exhibit opens today and an opening reception will be Friday. C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Art Gallery Events
The public is invited to an o
pening reception at the Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery featuring work from more than a dozen local and area photographers on Friday, February 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. Photographers will feature a variety of photography, including nature, artistic portraits, sports, travel and more. These artists will be showcasing their work for the duration of the exhibit, set to run from February 1 to February 24, with select pieces offered for sale. The event is open to artists, guests, guild members and the general public. Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery located at 424 Locust Street is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is a not-for-profit organization serving an 11-county area in Northern Missouri. For more information, call Cultural Corner at 660-620-8828 or visit their website at

Grand Opening
One of many guests to Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery views artwork by painter Billyo O'Donnell during the gallery's grand opening Friday, September 23, 2016. The event featured O'Donnell's "Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air" exhibit, a 115-piece collection. Each painting represents one of Missouri's 114 counties, plus the incorporated city of St. Louis. The paintings, along with essays written by Karen Glines, were compiled into a book with the same title as the exhibit. Both O'Donnell and Glines presented "The Journey of Painting Missouri" program Friday evening. Musical entertainment was provided by Mary Willis.

C-T Photos / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a
ribbon-cutting ceremony welcoming the gallery as a chamber member.

Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery to Open with 'Painting Missouri' Exhibit
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The public is invited to a grand opening scheduled for Friday, September 23, at the Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery. After a 5-month renovation, Cultural Corner is ready to open its doors to the public with its first featured exhibit "Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air." This 115-piece exhibit features paintings from each of the 114 counties in Missouri, plus the city of St. Louis. The Painting Missouri journey began in 2001, when acclaimed artist Billy O'Donnell and journalist Karen Glines teamed up to document - O'Donnell with paintings and Glines with essays - the rich history and culture of the diverse state of Missouri.

Understanding the importance of painting on location, O'Donnell traveled 160,000 miles over the course of the seven-year project to capture each image on site, painting en plein air, or open air, in each of the counties. The project was completed in 2008, and the paintings, along with essays written by Glines, were combined into a book, titled "Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air" which is currently sold out of its third publication. Of note, the image selected for the cover of the book is "Round Bales," painted in Livingston County. As written in the book, O'Donnell explains, "I painted the scene in the low rolling hills, five to six miles south of Chillicothe in the last light of day." According to Glines, University Press, the publisher of the book, selected this painting as the cover image because it "best portrayed the state of Missouri." Both O'Donnell and Glines will be attending Cultural Corner's grand opening Friday, Sept. 23, and will be presenting "The Journey of Painting Missouri" beginning at 7 p.m. The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce will be present for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:45 p.m. Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery is located at 424 Locust Street in Chillicothe. Built in 1940, the building accommodated a number of businesses before most recently housing the Odd Fellows Lodge. The building was purchased by Cultural Corner in 2014 and underwent a complete interior remodel beginning in March, revealing the barrel ceiling and exposed concrete floors that provide the modern industrial feel to the space. The renovation was funded through tax credits awarded by the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Neighborhood Assistance Program, and local and state grants and donations. Cultural Corner offers a variety of art classes each month, including painting, woodcarving, stained glass, drawing, and will soon be offering pottery. Event space accommodating up to 150 people is available for rental. Guild memberships are also available.

City Gives Nod for Parklet Placement
By Catherine Stortz Ripley
City Council Meeting 08/29/16

City council members gave their nod of approval for Main Street Chillicothe to place a cedar parklet in front of Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery, 424 Locust Street, to provide additional outdoor seating. Micah Landes, director of Main Street Chillicothe, presented the proposal to council members during their regular meeting. The organization has the opportunity to add more seating after recently winning a $4,500 cedar parklet during the Main Street state conference inWashington, Mo. The parklet measures 16 feet by 8 feet and would extend the sidewalk outward to provide seating. Although it is portable, the parklet would remain in place through much of the year and be removed during winter. Landes stated that the Art Guild and Gallery would welcome the addition. She noted, however, that the Art Guild and Gallery plans to create a permanent sidewalk "bump-out" at which time Main Street would look for a different venue for the parklet. The council approved the request by granting an encroachment permit.

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CAPTION: A cedar parklet was constructed and placed in front of Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery on September 14, 2016. Main Street Chillicothe recently won the parklet, valued at $4,500.

Cultural Corner Opens for Award Recognition
By Catherine Stortz Ripley
June 29, 2016

CAPTION: A wall of windows line the east side of Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery. Although renovations are still taking place at the facility, 424 Locust Street, the building hosted its first event last week in recognition of Chillicothe being designated as Missouri's Creative Community of 2016. Guests in attendance included legislators of north Missouri as well as members of the Missouri Arts Council, which held its quarterly meeting while in Chillicothe; and Missouri Citizens for the Arts, which had its annual meeting.

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More than 100 people with an interest in the arts attended a dinner reception observing the Missouri Arts Council's selection of Chillicothe as the state's Creative Community for 2016. A formal ceremony had taken place in the rotunda of the state capitol building in Jefferson City earlier this year and last week, members of the Missouri Arts Council and Citizens for the Arts, celebrated locally in Chillicothe's newest arts venue - Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery. Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery purchased the former Oddfellows building at 424 Locust Street in November 2014 and began offering art classes in January 2015. In August last year, the organization was approved for $350,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to help fund renovations. Soon, the entire building was gutted, with the walls, rooms, furnishings and even the dropped ceiling that concealed an approximate 25-foot high ceiling being removed. Although renovations were still incomplete, enough work had been finished so that last week's event could take place there. The building's renovation should be completed by mid-July.

Doors Open for State Arts Groups
June 23, 2016

CAPTION: Approximately 100 people gathered at Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery for a reception hosted for the Missouri Citizens for the Arts and the Missouri Arts Council Wednesday evening. The spacious building features an abundance of natural light coming from windows and a large glass overhead door. Carol Gregg spoke on behalf of the art guild and thanked individuals and groups for their support. The evening included Chillicothe art instructor Daniel Riekena painting a portrait of Sen. David Pearce, who made the announcement last August that the art guild would receive $350,000 in Neighborhood Assistant Program tax credits to help fund renovations.

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Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery hosted members of the Missouri Citizens for the Arts and the Missouri Arts Council for a reception Wednesday evening. The reception was to celebrate Chillicothe having been named the Missouri Arts Creative Community for 2016. Missouri Citizens for the Arts conducted their annual meeting on Wednesday, and the Missouri Arts Council had its quarterly meeting today (Thursday) in Chillicothe. Approximately 100 people attended Wednesday's reception. Renovation of an old building at 424 Locust Street, which Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery had acquired, began less than a year ago. Although some work remains to be completed, crews worked long hours to get enough done so that the two arts groups of Missouri could enjoy the facility during their visit. Part of the evening's program included the presentation of a resolution commemorating Chillicothe's designation as a Creative Community. Sen. David Pearce made the presentation to the board of directors of Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery, as well as other supporters of the arts, including representatives from Main Street Chillicothe, the Chillicothe Area Arts Council and the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce.

Cultural Corner Taking Shape
June 10, 2016

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Those who drive by the Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery will notice that exterior signage has been put up and that renovations of the building seem to be on the downhill side. This 5,000 square-foot facility located at 424 Locust Street has been under construction since March. The general contractor for the project is Copeland Construction. According to Wes Miller, project supervisor, the crew is finishing up bathroom tile and hardware, and Fosters is finishing up duct work. On Monday, painters will arrive and will finish up the painting in about three days, according to Miller. The lighting arrived on Thursday and will be put in today (Friday). "We're getting close," Wes said. He hopes to have the renovation wrapped up by the first of July.

Creating A New Space
May 24, 2016

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Renovation of the Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery continues at 424 Locust Street. Copeland Construction is the general contractor hired for the renovation. The walls are up, tile is finished in the bathrooms, and soon duct work will begin in the 5,000 square-feet facility. Wes Miller, project supervisor with Copeland Construction, said there is a lot of painting going on now and finishing work will start soon. He hopes to begin installing interior doors and hardware by the end of next week. The renovation began in March and is expected to be completed this summer.


Renovation Begins at Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery
March 31, 2016
By Catherine Stortz Ripley

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CAPTION: The interior of the Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery building is being cleared to make way for a complete renovation which began last week. Part of the work involved removing a dropped ceiling that had concealed an arched ceiling 20 to 25 feet high. The ceiling, as shown above, will be cleaned and stained and be part of the final look of the building's interior.

Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso was known to have said that "Everything you can imagine is real." This quote is playing true for a group of individuals who imagined that an old closed-in building near the northwest corner of Ann and Locust streets could be transformed into a spacious art gallery. Workers from Copeland Construction have completely gutted the building at 424 Locust Street to make way for a full renovation. The building is home to Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery. The gallery welcomed its first classes last year with the intent that major renovations would take place within the bricks and mortar building.

Last week, the walls, rooms, furnishings and even the dropped ceiling that concealed an approximate 20- to 25-foot high ceiling have all been removed, giving way to a grandiose 5,000 square-feet of open space. Crews took down the drywalls and tore out the insulation. Boley Insulation was called to suck out the 8-inch blown-in insulation from the ceilings and once that was completed, the drywall ceilings were torn down, according to Wes Miller, project supervisor with Copeland Construction. He noted that through the process of gutting the building, seven 40-yard 
dumpsters were filled - approximately one a day since Monday, March 21. "A lot of lumber came out of here," Miller said.

The transformation will include setting aside two-thirds as art gallery and exhibit space, which will also be available for private party rental, said Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery President Carol Gregg. There will be a catering kitchen and three classroom spaces in the back, as well as a bathroom facility, two kilns for firing pottery, and office space. Once the debris is removed from the building, the interior will be power-washed. The ceiling will be stained and the metal trusses painted bronze to match the windows. All of the windows on the south side of the building are currently bricked in; however, through the renovation process, the bricks will be removed and new windows installed. Altogether, eight windows will be reopened to provide natural light into the gallery space and the two craft rooms. The floor will be stained multicolor and polished. The renovation also includes new roofing and applying stucco to the front of the building. The guild hopes to secure funding for a community mural to cover the building's south exterior wall. Gregg said it is the intent to have design input from community members.

The art guild and gallery will be a venue for all forms of fine arts, for workshops and for people in town as well those residing outside the Chillicothe area, Gregg said. "People can come in and do classes and do their artwork," Gregg said. She also noted that there will be space available for artisans to store some of their artwork and supplies. The facility is expected to be open and operated by volunteers and part-time staff.

The renovation is expected to be completed by mid-July; however, Gregg said she'd like for gallery to be completed by mid-June when Chillicothe hosts the Missouri Arts Council's quarterly meeting. Chillicothe was named the host city for this meeting because of its designation as the 2016 Missouri Arts Creative Community. The renovation is expected to cost $650,000, Gregg said, and is being funded largely through $500,000 that were sold in tax credits, much of which came from local sources. Additionally, the Livingston County Community Foundation recently announced a $20,000 grant for the project.

Claire Ashbrook, formerly of Chillicothe, is the architect on the project. She is employed with the Susan Richards Johnson firm. From what has been learned so far, the building was constructed in 1939-40, according to Mary Bonnette, who has been researching the history of the property. The building's original purpose is unknown at this time, although it is believed that it may have been used as a service garage since there are overhead doors on the east and west ends of the building. In later years, the building was occupied by Camp Auction, with new and used furniture. A dance studio, also in later years, occupied the front third of the building. Prior to construction of the existing building, the land was used for a livery stable.

Foundation Donates to Cultural Corner and Art Guild
March 18, 2016

The Board of Directors of the Livingston County Community Foundation is pleased to announce a grant of $20,000 to the Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery to go toward renovation of their building at 424 Locust. The building which they purchased in December of 2014 is in need of a new roof and a heating and cooling system and energy efficient electrical and lighting which are designed to accommodate the temperature and humidity controls necessary to protect works of art. The grant will consist of two payments - $l 0,000 now and an additional $10,000 in 2017. The total budget for the project is approximately $650,000. Funds for the LCCF grant will be drawn from the Nafidred Bradbury Permanent Endowment account administered by the Foundation. The Livingston County Community Foundation was organized in 1998 as a recommendation of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce to set up a permanent endowment which would grant funds to other county non-profit organizations to fulfill their objectives. The major areas of interest for the Foundation are Economic Development, Community & Rural Development, Education, Community Health and Welfare, Youth and Arts and Humanities. Since its organization the group has made over 80 grants totaling $500,000 all benefiting non-profits in Livingston County.

Benefit Dinner, Art Sale Successful for Cultural Corner Art Guild
By BRITTANY TUTT November 9, 2015

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CAPTION: Carol Gregg, president of the Cultural Corner Art Guild, welcomes guests to the organization's art sale and benefit auction Sunday night. This event raised about $4,000.

The Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery had an art sale and benefit dinner Sunday evening at the gallery. According to the Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery board member, Steve Shoot, there were 94 in attendance and the event raised about $4,000. The money raised will help the organization carry out its mission statement which is to "educate, encourage, and inspire the community in the development of art by providing a dynamic and supportive venue for exhibits, programs to bring artists together, and workshops and instruction which foster the creative process." "I think the event was a success from several standpoints," Shoot said."One being local artists got to show off their talent and those who attended got to see what the building looks like now before the renovations." Shoot said he's glad those who attended got to see the state the building is in now so after the major renovation, community members will appreciate it that much more.

On the menu for the evening was Cornish game hens prepared by chef Michael Leamer served with mashed potatoes, green beans and croissants. Those who attended also got to indulge in assorted gourmet desserts prepared by chef Pam Jarding. There was also a cash bar available provided by Kevin Murray and Jerseys Sports Bar and Grill. There were a number of artworks created by local artists on display, many of which sold. These included photographs, paintings, stained glass, wood carvings, and more. The art pieces that didn't sell will still be up for sale at the art guild in the "Main Street Holiday House." The prices of the art were suggested by the artists and art auction coordinators. Chillicothe Orchestral Ensemble, under the direction of Mary Willis, provided music throughout the night, and there was also a 50/50 raffle which was won by Scott Cady.

Cultural Corner Hosting Art Show and Benefit Dinner
October 22, 2015

The Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery will hold its 1st Annual Art Show & Benefit Dinner on Sunday, November 8, at The Guild's soon-to-be renovated building at 424 Locust in Chillicothe. A reception will begin the evening's festivities at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Celebrity chefs Michael Leamer and Pam Jarding will prepare special culinary dishes for the dinner. Cornish hens will be the featured dish served by Chef Leamer. Chef Jarding will provide a delicious end to the meal through her preparation of homemade desserts. Throughout the evening, the Chillicothe Orchestral Ensemble will perform. The ensemble is comprised of five talented local musicians. The Art Show will feature a number of works that will be available for purchase by local artists and additional artworks will also be on display throughout the building. There will also be a caricature artist on hand to prepare personal artworks for willing participants. Tickets for the event are $25 per person. The tickets may be purchased from any Art Guild board member or by calling 660-973-2996 or 660-247-0154 by November 2. Members of the Art Guild's board of directors include: Carol Gregg, Steve Holt, Kris Daniel, Frances Crouch, Micah Landes, Barbara Sizemore, Margaret Vance and Steve Shoot.

Art Guild to Host Meeting Addressing Tax Credits
September 22, 2015

A special public meeting will be held Wednesday, September 30, at the Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery to explain how local residents can save money by purchasing tax credits. The hour-long meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Art Guild's facility, located at 424 Locust Street in Chillicothe. It was announced in early August that the Art Guild had been awarded $350,000 in tax credits by the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). The actual cash value to the Art Guild is $500,000. The funds from the sale of the tax credits will be used for the renovation of the guild's building. "At the meeting we will explain how tax credits can be used to make a contribution to the Art Guild, how the donors may claim the tax credits when they file their Missouri tax return, and how the monies raised will be used in the renovation process," said Steve Holt, Art Guild Board Member. "We will also have plenty of time for questions after the conclusion of the presentation." Holt explained NAP tax credits are basically a fundraising tool that helps nonprofit organizations attract donations to carry out a project through to its completion. "We are already receiving a great deal of interest outside of the immediate area," said Holt. "However, the board of directors at the Art Guild felt it was very important to offer local residents the opportunity to purchase the tax credits." Holt said he would also explain at the meeting how donors acquiring the tax credits would be able to use them in multiple years. "We will have the tax credits available for purchase right after the meeting concludes," Holt said. "So, if anyone is interested in this program, we urge them to attend."

State Awards $350,000 in Tax Credits to Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery
August 13, 2015

CAPTION: Architect Claire Ashbrook explains details of the renovation plan for the Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery. The organization has been awarded $350,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to renovate the building.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery has been awarded $350,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to bolster fundraising efforts to renovate its facility at the corner of Locust and Ann streets in Chillicothe's historic district. By having the NAP tax credit designation, Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery can attract donations to obtain the funds necessary to carry its renovation project through to completion. The organization purchased the 4,900 square-foot building late last year. Work will include interior and exterior renovations to restore the building and bring it into ADA compliance. Upon completion, the facility will conduct art and art education classes, gallery exhibits, artist-in-residence programs, and will provide event and meeting space.

Sen. David Pearce was in town to make the formal announcement of the NAP designation during a gathering at the gallery Wednesday afternoon. By qualifying for NAP tax credits, eligible donors can redirect their Missouri tax dollars to the organization's project. "This is shot in the arm for the community, for local artisans and for people who appreciate art," Pearce said. "Also, it will be a good opportunity for those of us who have a tax burden to be able to somewhat direct a place for our tax to go," he said. "We can direct the money to come here."

An estimated 50 people were present for Wednesday's announcement. Carol Gregg, president of the Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery, introduced special guests and said that she is hopeful that the facility will be operational by mid-year 2016. "We have to sell the tax credits and raise additional monies to complete the fundraising process, but we hope to be ready to go sometime later this year or early 2016," she said. Also speaking at the event was Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney. "This is a true economic asset to our community," Haney said.

The tax credits were awarded through the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Department representative Kimberly Baughman explained what tax credits are and how they can benefit the local project. "The tax credit program is a win-win for everybody," she said, with financial benefits to those who give. "In return, the state will offer you a tax credit that equals 70 percent of your contribution... so, when tax time comes, instead of paying into the Department of Revenue, you are going to be able to use these tax credits to offset the amount you owe," Baughman said. She explained, as an example, if someone in the 28 percent tax bracket donates $10,000 for the project, that person would receive $7,000 in Missouri tax credit, $2,800 in federal income tax deduction, and $600 in state income tax deduction, to produce a total savings of $10,400. Eligible NAP donors must have a business tax liability in Missouri, she said. Among them could be corporations, small business corporations, limited liability corporations, individual partners in partnerships or shareholders in small business corporations, banks, credit institutions, and insurance companies. Eligible donors could also be individuals who have rental property in Missouri or operate farms in Missouri. A minimum donation to take advantage of the tax credits is $500 and is offered on a first-come, first serve basis. Those not eligible for NAP tax credits are still eligible to take advantage of federal and state income tax deductions on donations.

Also speaking during Wednesday's event were architects Susan Richards Johnson and Claire Ashbrook. "This project represents the type of project we really like to sink our teeth into," Richards Johnson said. "Our firm has been committed to this project since it came in our door. I know you will be tremendously successful." Ashbrook, formerly of Chillicothe, explained the renderings of the floor plan and stated that part of the renovation will involve removing interior walls and opening up the space to create a large room for community gatherings and could be rented out for receptions and become a potential revenue source. Multiple classrooms will be built in the back of the building. "This facility can be used for multiple things beyond art," Ashbrook said. The renovation will also include removing the false ceiling and exposing the original high ceiling. David Copeland Construction will be the contractor for the project.

Renovation of the building is expected to take five to six months, and the work could begin shortly after the fundraising is completed, Gregg said. The organization purchased the building from the Oddfellows in November 2014 and began offering art classes shortly after the first of the year. Gregg said that the organization will be servicing 11 counties and provide all forms of art, including music, theater, and visual art. "The goal is to teach art in all forms," she said. "Not only will we use local teachers, but we also will bring teachers in from the outside to do workshops." She also extended words of appreciation for Steve Holt and Steve Shoot, who worked to get the project eligible for NAP tax credits. "Getting the NAP tax credit designation is the kickstart for the project," Gregg said. "It will cover three-fourths of the cost of renovation." On the web:

Cultural Corner Makes Big Strides
By Brittany Tutt (CT)
April 17, 2015

CAPTION: The Cultural Corner - Art Guild and Gallery offers many artistic classes every month. They recently held a wood burning class and a scarf dying class that were very popular.

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April 18, 2015, marks one year since The Cultural Corner - Art Guild and Gallery was officially registered with the State of Missouri as an incorporated Missouri non-profit organization. The Cultural Corner - Art Guild and Gallery was created for the sole purpose of promoting art, in whatever form it may take. The guild and gallery serves an 11-county area in north Missouri and is financially supported through memberships and sponsorships. The gallery is located at 424 Locust Street in downtown Chillicothe.

The gallery has accomplished a lot in its first year. The gallery achieved federal income tax 501 (c)3 status, achieved Missouri non-profit status, launched a Facebook page and website, bought a nearly 5,000 square foot building to house the guild and gallery, began a series of classes in January of 2015 in which almost all classes are taught by volunteers and remodeling plans for the building have been completed by an architect who is a Chillicothe native (Claire Ashbrook). The art guild also participated in the recent Chalk Walk, sponsored by Main Street Chillicothe. The Cultural Corner - Art Guild and Gallery's Board of Directors include: Carol Gregg, Steve Holt, Steve Shoot, Kris Daniel, Micah Landes, Margaret Vance, Frances Crouch, Kelly Poling and Barbara Sizemore. The board of directors represents a variety of artistic and business experiences. The board meets two to four times a month to keep up with the demands of a new organization. The board is now working on creating more committees for the guild and gallery and are gathering more input from the community.

Classes at the gallery started in mid January, and the gallery has had about 10 to 12 classes each month. The board is now looking to add new classes and are looking into grants to bring in artists to teach their skills to the community. At this time, the gallery is open only for events and classes, or by appointment. The board is hoping to hire a part time administrator soon so the gallery can be open part time during the week. Upcoming events at the gallery are: April 18, Mommy / Grandma and Me painting class, 1 p.m.; April 25 and May 2, "For the Birds" (Mommy/Grandma and Me) where participants will make two stained glass bird baths. Every Monday evening there is Painting With Friends for all ages from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

To learn more about the gallery and to get a schedule of the classes visit their website.

Culture Corner - Art Guild & Gallery Offers Classes in March
March 2, 2015

Volunteers and teachers working with the Cultural Corner - Art Guild & Gallery will be offering a minimum of eight classes during the month of March. All of the classes will be held at the organization's building located at 424 Locust Street, in Chillicothe.

  • A "Mommy/Grandma and Me" painting class will open the class activities at The Guild on Saturday, March 1, at 1p.m. Frances Crouch and Margaret Vance will be teaching this unique class, which focuses on bringing family members together while providing instruction and enhancing an artistic experience. The "Mommy/ Grandma and Me" classes are just $25 each or $50 per couple.

  • A series of beginning wood chip carving classes will begin March 11 and run three consecutive Wednesdays. Local woodcarver Steve Holt will serve as the instructor for the classes, which will result in the participants carving an ornamental box. The classes will begin at 6 p.m. and last approximately two hours. The cost for this class is $35 for an Art Guild member or $40 for a non-member of The Guild, plus $15 for materials. Class size is limited to 10.

  • On Saturday, March 14, Crouch and Vance will return to The Guild with a different class, entitled "Art Adventure." The class, which will begin at 1 p.m., will be for 7-to-12-year-old children. The cost for the class is $25.

  • There will be a special Friday night class offering on March 20. The second "Cork & Canvas" will be taught by Denice Belcher and begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost for members of The Guild is $45 and $60 for non-members.

  • A truly unique class will be held Saturday, March 21, introducing the first fiber art class to be conducted in Chillicothe. "Fun with Felt," will be taught by Stacy Heydt of Marshfield with the class scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. Fiber art is widely known through many art circles and includes costumes, sculptures, designer wear and painting. The cost of the class, which includes $30 in materials, is $75 for members of The Guild and $80 for non-members. There is a sign up deadline of March 13 for this class.

  • On Saturday, March 28, Belcher will return to teach an art class for a Brownie Troop. This class will begin at1 p.m.

  • Guild President Carol Gregg will be hosting a focus group the evening of March 11, at 7 p.m. at the Flexible Staffing Office located at 402 South Washington. "The basis of the meeting is to determine and identify the artistic needs of the community and the surrounding area," said Gregg. "We want to hear from people in the area what services, events and activities they would like to see us offer."

  • Gregg also issued a reminder that "Painting with Friends," is held every Monday night from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Art Guild & Gallery. To register for classes, please go to the website. A PayPal account can be set up through this website. Interested participants may also contact Margaret Vance to register.

Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery begins Membership Drive
CT January 22, 2015

The first-ever membership drive is under way for the Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery per Frances Crouch and Margaret Vance, co-chairs for the new organization. Although renovations have not yet begun for the gallery, classes have already begun. An active membership base is important to its success. Anyone wishing to be a part of the membership committee should call Crouch at 660-646-6898 or Vance at 660-646-5160.

Membership levels are set at Student $25, Participating Artist $50, Family of Four $80 (each additional family member add $10), Friend of the Guild $60, and Senior Citizen $55. Business sponsorship levels have also been established: Corporate Impressionist $200, O'Keefe Associates $250, Benton Circle $350, Renaissance Patrons $500, DaVinci Donors $1,000, and Michelangelo Masters $1,000. The gallery is a non-profit organization so donations, memberships, and sponsorships are tax deductible.

Other board members include Steve Holt, Steve Shoot, Micah Landes, Barbara Sizemore, Kris Daniel, Kelly Poling, and Carol Gregg. Class ideas include watercolor, graphic art, glass, colored pencil, charcoal, oil, pastels, acrylic, mixed media, painting china, wood carving, photography, pottery, fiber or felt art, weaving, art yards, photo inspired yarns, jewelry making, air brush techniques, print making, and papermaking. Classes are currently being held for woodcarving and painting (Corks & Canvas). A Kansas City-based architect specializing in renovating buildings located within historic districts is working on a design plan for the building. Until the renovation begins, classes and programs will continue.

Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery Opens With First Event
CT January 9, 2015

CAPTION: The newly-created Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery conducted its first community class, Corks and Canvas, Thursday evening. There were 10 participants in the painting class, which was led by Chillicothe artist and muralist Kelly Poling. More classes are being planned for later this month, including a Mommy/Grandma & Me painting event and two woodcarving classes. The gallery is located at 424 Locust Street.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery, an organization which recently opened in the former Odd Fellows building at 424 Locust Street in Chillicothe, conducted its first event with a group of 10 people taking part in a painting class taught by local artist and muralist Kelly Poling. After a brief introduction, each participant sat down in front of a blank canvas set on a tabletop easel. During the next 2 1⁄2 hours, Poling provided instruction for sketching and painting, shared advice, and gave encouragement to participants. By the end of the evening, participants had created their own still life paintings, based upon a display set up by Poling. "He had us draw whatever section of that display we wanted," said Mary Livengood, one of the participants. Then, when the painting began, Poling shared techniques of how to begin by painting the background of the canvas and how to shadow the objects in the setting. "He was very positive in his responses and was encouraging," said Livengood. The class, called Corks and Canvas, included light refreshments and wine provided by Black Silo Winery in Trenton. Livengood admitted that she panicked when she learned what the group would be painting. However, when it her work was complete, she was pleased with the end result. Aside from having her own artwork to take home, she enjoyed the evening with friends and meeting new people. "It ended up being so fun," Livengood said. "I would recommend it to anyone."

Thursday's event was one of many art classes to be held at the gallery. The gallery's mission is to educate, encourage and inspire the community in the development of art by providing a dynamic and supportive venue for exhibits, programs to bring artists together, and workshops and instruction which foster the creative process. Most of those attending Thursday's class were first-time painters. "That's the beauty of the art guild," said Carol Gregg, president of the newly-formed organization. "People of all ages can come and take classes and learn art."

The next event is Mommy/Grandma & Me, a painting class designed for children who will be accompanied by an adult. Both attendees would paint, side-by-side. Local artists Margaret Vance and Frances Crouch will be teaching the class. The cost is $50 per couple - each additional child $25. The price of the class includes all materials. Space is limited. (For more information, contact Margaret Vance.)

Plans are in the works to renovate the 5,000 square-foot building, and more classes are anticipated, including graphic arts, colored pencil, charcoal, painting, china painting, woodcarving, photography, pottery, fiber, jewelry making, glass and stained glass. The guild intends to focus its efforts on an 11-county area, according to Gregg. "When you look across north Missouri, with the exception of Marceline, there are very, very few art guilds or even art galleries in operation between Hannibal and St. Joseph," Gregg said.

Plans Start for Cultural Center
October 10, 2014

The board of directors of the Cultural Corner - Art Guild & Gallery held its first community meeting Thursday evening, October 9, 2014, in its future home at 424 Locust in Chillicothe. The two-hour meeting included presentations from Board President Carol Gregg and other members of the board of directors, including Steve Holt, Frances Crouch and Steve Shoot. Architects Susan Richards Johnson and Claire Ashbrook also provided specific details to those in attendance on the planned renovation of the former Oddfellows facility.

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In her opening remarks, Gregg cited the importance of art in a community, especially for "your children and your grandchildren and their children and their grandchildren and so on." Johnson and Ashbrook followed with their design ideas for the building. Johnson, the owner of the architectural firm, has a 27-year history of renovating buildings, especially those with historic value. Her company was involved with the renovation of the Livingston County Library several years ago. "We wanted the exterior of the building to blend with the other buildings in this historic downtown area," said Ashbrook. "But, we wanted a minimalist interior design to highlight the artists and their works of art." Through the inclusion of "flexible walls", the building will be able to be used in a variety of ways and not place limitations on how the facility can be used, Ashbrook said. Johnson also pointed out the building is located within the city's historic district and would be eligible for state and federal tax credits.

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Holt's presentation covered five topics, including the market area the Art Guild and Gallery would serve. Holt said the goal was to interact with artists and those supporting the art community in an 11-county area. The counties the Art Guild & Gallery would be focusing on included Chariton, Linn, Sullivan, Mercer, Grundy, Carroll, Caldwell, Daviess, DeKalb, Harrison and Livingston. Holt also discussed the importance of family participation in arts, artists helping each other, student involvement in art activities and the availability of meeting space for businesses and organizations.

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Crouch, with the assistance of Margaret Vance, discussed the various membership and sponsorship levels. Membership levels included Student, Participating Artist, Family of Four, Friends of the Guild and Senior Citizen. Plans were also discussed for six different sponsorship levels for individuals and businesses. Shoot served as the facilitator for a "brainstorming" session. The session focused on receiving ideas involving events, activities, classes, interaction with schools and fund raising recommendations. Some of the ideas included types of art classes, gallery openings, gallery exhibits, workshops, digital media, photography, school field trips, art festivals and commissioned art sale events.

Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery Community Meeting
October 7, 2014

The Chillicothe-based Cultural Corner - Art Guild and Gallery will hold its first ever community meeting, Thursday, October 9, at its new home at 424 Locust. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. "We are planning on conducting a series of meeting with residents in the area and many of the surrounding counties to determine what they want and expect from their guild and gallery," said Carol Gregg, president of the newly formed organization.

The meeting will begin with a welcome and overview from Gregg, followed by a presentation by Chillicothe native Claire Ashbrook, who is an architect with the firm Susan Richards Johnson, of Kansas City. Ashbrook will focus her remarks on the proposed renovations to the nearly 5,000 square-foot building, which formerly housed the Oddfellows organization. Steve Holt, co-founder of Community FundWorks, a company which specializes in writing grants for non-profit organizations and a member of the organization's board of directors, will then discuss in detail a recently submitted grant application made on behalf of the art guild. "We have discussed in general working with area school districts, holding exhibits, workshops, classes, receptions and gallery openings, and so much more, but we really want to receive some feedback from area residents as to what they would like for such a facility," said Holt. Following Holt will be Frances Crouch, who will discuss membership and sponsorship opportunities. Steve Shoot will wrap up the evening's activities with a brief "brainstorming" session designed to generate a number of ideas for the board of directors to study in the future. "We intend to focus our efforts on an 11-county area," said Gregg. "When you look across north Missouri, with the exception of Marceline, there are very, very few art guilds or even art galleries in operation between Hannibal and St. Joseph."

Refreshments will be served throughout the evening and those who take the time to attend the meeting will have an opportunity to tour the facility, as well. "If anyone is unable to attend the meeting, but they wish to pass along any ideas for us to study, please drop us a note in the mail," said Gregg. The organization's mailing address is P.O. Box 24, Chillicothe, MO 64601.

Art Guild Enriches Culture in Community
August 6, 2014
By Brittany Tutt, C-T

CAPTION: The Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery board members gathered at the Flexible Staffing building to sign papers that would make the old Oddfellows building their official facility yesterday morning. Back row left to right: Steve Shoot, Barbara Sizemore, Kenny Higgins (with Oddfellows), Francis Crouch, Micah Landes and Taylor Marcolla. Front row left to right: Kris Daniel, Leroy Hansburg (with Oddfellows), Carol Gregg and Steve Holt.

C-T Photo / Beth Cox

"Culture plays a big part in who we are as beings, and art is a big part of culture," said Carol Gregg, who serves on the Missouri Arts Council, has worked with the arts for over 30 years and is the president of the newly created organization, The Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery. "We need to grow the culture within ourselves and our community. If we don't nurture and grow culture within our community, it will die... I feel it's my duty to plant a few seeds," she said.

Gregg is planting a big seed right in downtown Chillicothe by turning the old Oddfellows building, located in the 400 block of Locust Street, into the new Cultural Corner Art Guild and gallery facility. This organization will "educate, encourage and inspire the community in the development of art," according to The Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery's mission statement. The Cultural Corner will be a venue that will display exhibits, provide programs to bring artists together and also provide workshops and instruction that foster the creative process, according to a press release given to the Constitution Tribune yesterday. The acquisition of the building was completed yesterday morning.

The newly obtained Cultural Corner building is 5,000 square feet. The front part of the building is planned to be a gallery filled with jury approved art and in the back of the building is where workspaces are planned to be located. In those workspaces, Gregg envisions there to be several different areas for different projects, such as, wood carving, pottery, painting, music and much more. The Cultural Corner is also planning on hosting and / or housing a variety of activities and experiences for all ages for people of north Missouri, according to the press release. Gregg said, "I see it as a place for not only art events, but also things like birthday parties." Gregg said being able to paint a canvas or make a piece of pottery, and then being able to take it home with you afterward would make for a cool birthday party. She also said she could see events like Wine and Art parties happening in the space.

Gregg has wanted to do this project for about 15 years. When she started to enquire about how many people in the community would be interested, she had over 150 people on her list in a day and a half. That's when she knew that it was the right time. "You would be amazed by how much talent we have," Gregg said when discussing how many skilled artists there are in Chillicothe and surrounding communities. Gregg also expressed how big of a need there is for a space that artists can share. Some schools, such as, Bishop Hogan Memorial School do not have an art teacher. Gregg hopes The Cultural Corner can be a place where these children can come to learn about art and express themselves creatively.

There is a board of nine (9) people from the community that have been helping with this project; that board consists of: Carol Gregg, president; Micah Landes, vice president; Steve Holt, treasurer; Steve Shoot; Barbara Sizemore; Francis Crouch; Taylor Marcolla; Kris Daniel and Kelly Poling. Gregg is planning on the board holding a town hall meeting soon to divide people up into committees based on their strengths. There will also be an open town hall meeting soon in which the community can come and listen to budget plans and other future plans for The Cultural Corner. Gregg said nothing is set in stone yet but she hopes to have The Cultural Corner open Monday through Friday and also Saturday mornings. She hopes the facility will be ran by volunteers, but will also employ a part-time administrative director.

The Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery is in the process of becoming a 501 (c3) non-profit organization and plans to open it's doors this fall. "I believe we will be able to open pretty quickly since the community has been very supportive so far," Gregg said. Tax deductible donations can be made through Main Street Chillicothe. The membership drive will begin for all ages this coming week. If you are interested, please contact Carol Gregg at or Francis Crouch at

Group Considers Vacant Building for Art Gallery
April 15, 2014

[See updated council meeting 05/27/14.]

A south-facing wall at the northwest corner of Clay and Washington streets once served as a canvas for an attractive mural of Livingston County's historic Graham's Mill bridge. However, for the last couple of years, the wall has been anything but eye-pleasing. The wall was deteriorating and, for safety reasons, the mural was removed.

Now, plans are in the works to repair the wall, and a group of people have organized to not only lobby the city to get the wall fixed but to establish an art guild and gallery in Chillicothe. Carol Gregg, representing the newly-incorporated Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery, explained to council members during their regular meeting Monday evening at City Hall the vision which she and others have for that corner of downtown Chillicothe. She said that the organization's intent is to purchase the building as a venue for local and area member artists to display their artwork as well as provide space for them to work on their pieces and offer classes. The effort is a community development project for all ages. The core group toured several downtown buildings in search of a home for this project and became interested in the purchase of the building at 504 Washington Street, which is currently owned by Ken Mata.

"This is what we would like... for all the area artists to come and walk into that building, be a member of this art guild, have the gallery in the front part of the building where they can come and display their art. I envision painters, pottery, photographers, wood carvers... all forms of fine art. The back two-thirds would be a place where artists can come on a daily basis and work on their arts or have classes."

Gregg, along with others, were seeking a consensus from city council members to repair the wall. The city has a responsibility in getting the wall fixed because it is a party wall and the city owns the green space, according to City Attorney Robert Cowherd. Initial estimates put the cost of repairs around $30,000. The CDC has already announced a $10,000 commitment to fund the mural.

There are around 70 members who are now part of the Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery. A few of them attended Monday night's meeting, including Kris Daniel and Steve Holt, as well as Micah Landes from Main Street Chillicothe. Daniel explained to council members that the mission statement of the organization is to educate, encourage, and inspire the community in the development of art by providing a dynamic and supportive venue for exhibits, programs to bring artists together and workshops and instruction which foster the creative process. "We already have an agreement worked out with the building owner," Daniel said. "We've come to great terms, but one of the contingencies on signing the contract is that we have a commitment from the city that the building will be repaired," Daniel said. She said the project would fill an empty downtown space and would be a great addition to Chillicothe. "We have so many artists in this town and we need a venue," she said.

Holt, who has been a wood carver since 1986, organized a carving club last fall with around 15 active participants ranging in age from 10 to 83. He said a facility such as this building could be used for working sessions, display and teaching classes. Gregg said the facility could be an incubator project for artists to bring in their artwork for sale and display and that the group could also incorporate the park with arts activities and bring more people to the downtown area.

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