Pahlo Art Center opening shows off the facility and the artists

Friday, May 5, 2006
Harpist Meg Lawson provides the musical ambiance for the April 14 opening of the current art show at Pahlo Art Refinery, "Show Me Talent -- A Unique and Comprehensive Collection of Missouri Art." The show is available for viewing Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 10 at the old Fitzgibbon Hospital building on South Brunswick in Marshall.

The opening Friday, April 14, of the Pahlo Art Center's new show, "Show Me Talent -- A Unique and Comprehensive Collection of Missouri Art," was a chance to show off two kinds of art, the kind put on display in the building and improvements to the building itself.

The first kind may have been the main focus of attention for patrons attending the opening reception of the show. They were able to wander through the 12 completed studios, enjoying the art displayed there and along the walls of the first and second floor corridors.

Among the works displayed were the winners of the juried show. In the professional competition, Jerrold Carton received first place with his oil painting, "The Migration," and Lloyd Bennett received second place with his acrylic work, "Rhapsody in Color."

In the amateur competition, Jessica Huck was awarded first place for her acrylic painting, "Revealed (self portrait)," and Shawn Huston was awarded second place for a charcoal drawing called "The Prey."

In the youth category, Angel Curtis won with an oil painting called "Houses."

The show includes work by artists from around the area and the state, including Boonville, Rocheport, Cape Girardeau, Sedalia, Shawnee, Kan., Columbia and Kansas City, according to Dee Yoh.

The artists studios are also works of art, after a fashion, demonstrating the art of building renovation, taking a crumbling, dusty, abandoned space and making it not only inhabitable but attractive. Volunteers who have adopted rooms in the building fix things up themselves, according to Yoh, and a number of volunteers have helped with common areas like hallways.

Yoh said three more studios are in the process of being renovated and five rooms are available for adoption by artists or art organizations. For information on adopting a room, contact Pat O'Hanlon at (660) 831-1000.

The current show is free and will run Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 10.

Jeremy Fry, program chair of Friends of the Pahlo Center, the group staging the show, noted that patrons for the first time will be able to select People's Choice Award winners.

The dollar-a-vote program "provides everyone the opportunity to share their opinions as well as help us be able to support the venture of revitalizing the old hospital," Fry said. "Sometimes people have a favorite piece overlooked by the judges they would like to see recognized."

The voting for the People's Choice awards will continue through the run of the show, according to Yoh.

The Pahlo Art Refinery recently was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Marshall Tourism Commission to support promotional efforts and to help with elevator repair.

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