New HAC art exhibit also posted on website

Amanda Pendergrass contributed her “Tree of Knowledge” for the Hannibal Arts Council exhibit that opened May 30.
By Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted: Jun. 2, 2020 10:00 am

HANNIBAL | The Hannibal Arts Council has re-opened with its regular hours and has invited the public to visit its new exhibit.

Although the many artists' whose work is included did not have an opening reception when the exhibit opened Saturday, May 30, their work may be seen by more people than any previous HAC event, because the staff has posted a photo of each piece of art on its website,

HAC Executive Director Michael Gaines said that the HAC is currently under COVID-19 occupancy limitations, so only a small number of people is allowed in the gallery at one time.

He encourages people to also see the exhibit online, explaining this was a time-consuming project but includes five exhibits in addition to the regular HAC Photography Channel.

This policy of posting the entire exhibit online began with the recent Young Masters exhibit.

The exhibit is open to the public and some of the art is for sale, both online and at the HAC gallery, 105 S. Main St. in Hannibal, until July 4.

The HAC regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and Tuesdays.

A total of 245 pictures were contributed by 50 photographers, with each invited to send five. Gaines was surprised at the number submitted, noting that all entries are included. “We got some from Italy,” he said, and from coast to coast. One photographer thanked the HAC, because it made her look through her pictures.

The featured photographer is Nandospektakular. Gaines said the photographer is living in Hannibal now, but “Nando was his Spanish name. He takes pictures of life around town,” including selfies.

The new exhibit features several types of art. A large area is the artists’ favorite creations of any type.

Exhibits by two professional artists are included: jewelry by Claire Hasemeier and contemporary abstract paintings by Mark Witzling.

Another is a display of hand-made knives by Gaines uncle, Rodney Willey, and his cousins, Dallas Roan and Shane Barrick. Gaines said this is the first time their knives have been in a gallery.

Carvings by the late John D. Fortenberry also are exhibited. Another section is monoprints by Becky Evans.

The next exhibit is scheduled July 11 to Aug. 8 and will feature several local artists, plus an open show titled Inspired By the Masters. Artists are invited to contribute for this exhibit, using any form of media.

It will include the Photography Channel with the theme being The Great Outdoors and will feature pictures by the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department.

For more details regarding this and other HAC programs contact the HAC program coordinator at or 573-221-6545.

See photo gallery for more pictures of the art.



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