The Hannibal Arts Council has “Two Exhibits In One” on its walls, featuring both the 2011 Originale winners and “Five Fabulous Femmes.”
After opening in early August, the exhibit will continue until Sept. 5. at Hannibal Arts Council gallery, 105 S. Main St., in Hannibal, Mo.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The HAC is closed Sunday and Tuesday. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Hannibal Art Club and HAC.
The Five Fabulous Femmes whose art is on display are Martha Mudd Adrian, Mary Beth Baudendistel, Shala Dryden, Kathy Kroeger and Marghie Young.
Also displayed are pictures by 2011 Originale Best of Show winners Stephen Schisler and Deidre Klassen.
“All that Jazz” is the title of Klassen’s modern art, in contrast to her drawing of Edgar Allen Poe.
Schisler’s “The Old Keyboardist” features shades of blue, while his “Say Anything” poster is more colorful.
Adrian contributed her old-fashioned painting of Hannibal’s Central Park, with ladies in long dresses carrying parasols. This was inspired during one of her morning walks. As owner of Mark Twain Book & Gift Shop, Adrian has been painting Tom and Becky pictures for postcards for her shop, so she often does people from that era. “I just do the old-time things, because I have the Mark Twain Book & Gift Shop,” she said.
Another of Adrian’s pictures has a straw hat and three pots. This was inspired by her mother, the late Blanche Mudd. “She loved to work in the garden,” Adrian said. “She wore that hat. The straw had holes, and the sun would come through the holes. She took green material and covered the holes. ... Every time I look at it I laugh.”
Adrian has been honored for her art. Her pictures have “won a couple of Best in Shows,” she said. “I have done fairly good with them. That’s not the reason I paint, but it is nice.”
Her niece, Mary Beth Baudendistel, also has work in the show. One of her large pictures illustrates the children’s story, “The Princess and the Pea.”
Local artist Marghie Young has both modern art and nature in her featured pictures, which include a “Happy Jaco.”
Shala Dryden’s contributions are eccentric, each featuring modern shapes created in one color and shades of gray, named things like “Mental Prowess.”
Kathy Kroeger contributed Christian quilts to the show, including one called “God Is With Us.” She explained it was inspired by her family, with Christ in the center, then a large circle for her husband, John, and smaller circles for the others. She made it to show that “God is with us and changes us.” This quilt won the Best of Show prize at a Culver-Stockton College art show in 1994, when she was a nursing student.
Page 2 of 2 - She has been quilting since 1980, following the example of her grandmother, Marie Bridges. Kroeger also took quilting lessons at the Hickory Stick.
Another quilt has a picture of Mark Twain in one corner and Halley’s Comet going through the center. It is named “Veni, Verdi, Abivi,” which means, “I came. I saw. I went,” and this represents Mark Twain’s traveling.
Another quilt on exhibit was created for an eighth grade class at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Edwardsville, Ill. She borrowed it for the exhibit. Explaining this quilt, Kroeger, a registered nurse, said she working in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis while living in Hannibal.
She worked with Linda Raney, a nurse practitioner, whose son was in the class. They wanted to donate something special to the school in Edwardsville, she said. After discussing a quilt, Kroeger said, she drew three patterns.
They chose the one called “Children of the Light.” The quilt features “The Blessed Mother and Jesus,” she said, along with names of each student and something they said. “Each of the children gave their impression of how they would be a light to the world,” she said. “The children wanted to inspire others and be part of the community.” The other side of the quilt has the students’ pictures from the yearbook that year.
See photo gallery for more pictures of the art exhibit.