There's No Place Like Home!
We are pleased to announce that the Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance has found a place to call home, at 115 E. Broadway, next door to the Ashland Pharmacy. The new community arts center will provide space for public workshops, studio rentals for artists, and a gallery where the public can enjoy and purchase art by local artists. MMAA members have been hard at work cleaning, painting and refurbishing the space. The doors will open on April 15, 2016, with a ribbon cutting planned during Chamber Days (April 21-23, 2016).
Members Make a Difference!
The Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance is for artists and art-appreciators alike! We depend on the generosity of our members and donors to support our workshops, scholarships, exhibits and other educational opportunities. Members are the lifeblood of the organization. Annual membership dues provide us with revenue for day-to-day needs, not just special events and exhibitions. To join, just click the button below, and choose the membership level that's right for you!
Opportunities for Local Artists
The Gallery at Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance will soon be "the place" to enjoy and buy local art. We are currently accepting applications from local artists and artisans who wish to have their artwork included. Please email Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The MMAA arts center also has “open concept” studio space for rent. This space will accommodate up to five artists. There are two spaces of approximately 80 square feet, and three spaces of approximately 64 square feet. We are charging by the square foot, with a tiered rate determined by the length of the lease (3 months, 6 months or 1 year). Lessees will have 24/7 access to their studio, the option to display their work for sale (either in their studio or in The Gallery), and use of the art center's classroom for private individual lessons. Please email Tracy at email@example.com for more information and an application.
Artist Spotlight: Tracy Eichhorn
Periodically, Art Matters! will feature interviews with Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance members. We begin this feature with Tracy Eichhorn, the MMAA board president, and most would agree, the driving force behind the organization. Tracy is pictured below, along with three pieces of her artwork: "Lips," "Vacation," and "Chevrolet."
Art Matters! (AM): Tracy, please tell us a little bit about who you are, and how art fits into your life.
Tracy Eichhorn (TE): I am an Air Force “brat” and lived all over the country growing up. Rick and I call Ashland/Hartsburg home now and have been in this area a little over 15 years. We have three dogs: two goldies and one toy poodle who is queen of the house. I have one daughter Jessica, a son-in-law, Chris and three wonderful grandsons, Ayden, Ethan and Gavin. I have been interested in art all my life, taking classes every chance I get but really got serious about it around 10 years ago. I am the Human Resources Manager for Miller’s Professional Imaging and have been with them for over 21 years. I got the chance to join the Columbia Art League and started putting work in their shows, taking classes and was asked to join their board. I served as their board President for two years and board secretary for 3 years.
AM: Can you describe a time when you first realized that creating was something you had to do?
TE: Not sure when the first time was but sometimes when I look at something, an object, landscape, human form, etc. something will click and I’ll have to put what I see down on paper or canvas. It doesn’t always turn out the same as what is in my head but when it does…wow, what a great feeling that creates.
AM: What are you working on right now -- or what are you currently obsessed with?
TE: I’m currently obsessed with cold wax painting. I took a class with Amy Meyer, through Columbia Art League and I love this process. It is part painting, part mixed media…very messy. Love it!
AM: What is the most indispensable item in your studio?
TE: My drafting table.
AM: Besides creating art, how else do you enjoy spending your time?
TE: I love spending time with my family, doing things with the grandsons, shopping with my daughter, country rides with Rick. I also have a big vegetable garden, love to go to auctions and flea markets and visiting friends and family in Pittsburg KS.
AM: Anything else you'd like to mention that I didn't ask?
TE: I hear people say all the time “I have no talent or no creativity”…I find that is just not true in most cases. Really pay attention to what you like to do and I’ll bet you will find there is some creativity in that activity. And it is NEVER too late to get started…I’m all about reinventing yourself no matter your age or circumstances. Make every day a new adventure.
Mark Your Calendars!
On April 16, 2016, Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance will conduct a workshop on The Art of Kite Making. We will make (and then hopefully fly) tetrahedral kites. It will be held at the Southern Boone Public Library from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The session is open to adults and children (children must be accompanied by a participating adult), and is free of charge. Please contact the Southern Boone Public Library to reserve your spot.
"Chamber Days" will be held in Southern Boone County April 21, 22 and 23, 2016. Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance will have our Grand Opening during this time! Please watch our Facebook page for more information on our ribbon-cutting and other activities.
Join us for the "Home Is Where The Art Is" 5K Run/Walk on May 21, 2016. Start time is 9:00 AM in Ashland, Missouri. Proceeds will go to the "Home Is Where The Art Is" fund to establish a community art center in Ashland.
A "Go Fund Me" campaign is underway to help raise funding for the Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance. The community arts center will provide space for workshops and classes for the public, art exhibits, studio space and a retail gallery for local artists and artisans. If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, just click the button below. We appreciate your help and support.