An opening reception for Addie Seabarkrob and featured member Pat Kerns is scheduled for Saturday, July 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Alliance Art Gallery in Hannibal.

To say that Addie Seabarkrob’s acrylic paintings leaves a lasting impression may be a bit of an understatement. One of her colleagues at John Wood Community College loved a triptych residing in an office. He retired, and two years later called her from Florida.

“I love it. I’ve always loved it. I can’t stop thinking about it.”

And the triptych soon flew to its new home.

As the Alliance Art Gallery’s July Second Saturday guest artist, Seabarkrob admits her parents didn’t exactly have easels and paintbrushes in the living room: her mother was an accountant, her father a lawyer but her love of art started with Crayolas—even the smell of them—and perhaps her art-teaching grandmother.

“I was really interested in art as a child but had to work at it to get the skills,” she said.

An opening reception for Seabarkrob and featured member Pat Kerns is scheduled for Saturday, July 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Alliance Art Gallery in Hannibal.

Seabarkrob's latest artistic exploration started with a ride in a two-seater plane. Aloft with a pilot friend, Seabarkrob found herself fascinated with the aerial perspective. As she looked out the cockpit window, she visually felt that tension between “abstract and representational.”

Clean angles, vibrant colors, a sense of how small people are has inspired a new series of paintings.

Pat Kerns, Member Artist

A person once said, “Clouds are the heaven. Flowers are a smile from heaven.”

Pat Kerns, realizing how ethereal both can be, has been known to jump into her car, bathrobe-clad, camera in hand, to capture a cloud-captivating sunset or dawn. Or she can be seen strolling through the Farmers' Market and her own garden choosing flowers — not destined for a vase but a canvas.

Perhaps her fascination with clouds goes back to childhood days of visiting Aunt Leta who believed one of the best ways to spend the day was lying on the grass watching clouds shape-shift. Obviously cloud-love passes through generations as Pat’s son was an avid storm chaser.

Flowers offer the same fleeting perspective of beauty. After retiring a few years ago, Kerns — once a multi-media art teacher — has chosen to focus on graphite, pastel, and oil.

“I love working from actual life. You are trying to capture that moment. Even with clouds, I am trying to remember that moment,” she said.

That moment, whether a cloud or fragile flower, where art meets life, is precisely where Kerns wants to take the viewer.

A piece of Kerns’ work will be given away in a free drawing held at 6 p.m. during the Second Saturday opening reception. The gallery is located at 112 N. Main in Hannibal.