The Hannibal Arts Council Inaugural Exhibit at the new 105 S. Main St., location is set to open on today, Oct. 30, with a Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 p.m. and opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


The Hannibal Arts Council Inaugural Exhibit at the new 105 S. Main St., location is set to open on today, Oct. 30, with a Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 p.m. and opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Inaugural Exhibit will feature two area artists, Len Moss and Al Beck.
Len Moss will display a large retrospective exhibit of his paintings and Al Beck will exhibit his clay works.  Also on display will be The Steibel Collection, an 18-piece 1920s comic collection from the HAC permanent collection.
Len Moss, painter, was born on a farm between Hannibal and Monroe City in 1916. His family moved to South Texas in 1928. There he completed elementary and high school and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor of arts degree in 1938. He worked as a draftsman, a commercial artist, and crewman on a Gloucester fishing schooner before joining the U.S. Navy and serving aboard various ships and stations as a naval officer and naval aviator.  He is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Upon retiring from the Navy, he returned to Missouri in 1972. With the skill and help of his late brother-in-law, he built a home in the country just west of Hannibal, where he still paints when not travelling to “see some more of the world!”
Al Beck, clay works, taught at Culver-Stockton College from 1968 to 2001. Beck, professor of art emeritus, prides himself on the fact that he taught art for more than 45 years at the primary, secondary and college levels and never gave a test. Though his exhibit at HAC only includes a sampling of his clay works, Beck has an array of creative talents and interests, including: poetry; fabric design; paper-casting; folk singing and banjo; and creative thinking/interdisciplinary activity workshops.  Beck lives in rural Monroe City with his wife, Carmen Federowich, on a property which features some unique architecture, including the Pyrapod, a two and a half story high pyramid wrapped in copper.
The exhibit will run through Nov. 20.  Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For this exhibit, the gallery will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Major exhibits are sponsored by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. All exhibits and Opening Receptions at the Hannibal Arts Council are always free and open to the public.