Second Saturday Open House offers kaleidoscope of art

Carmen Tibbets, left, explains her animal friend dolls to Angie Sante at Alliance Art Gallery during the Sept. 12 Second Saturday Open House.
By Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted: Sep. 15, 2020 5:07 pm

HANNIBAL | While the majority of art on exhibit in Hannibal is one dimensional, some in the Sept. 12 Second Saturday Open House was unique, such as the animal friend dolls made by Carmen Tibbets.

A native of the Southwest now living in Edwardsville, Ill., Tibbets is the September guest artist at Alliance Art Gallery. She also sells animal friend kits, containing an animal head, along with hands and feet, instructions and patterns. Some are birds, rabbits and cats.

She said in the Southwest, “People have been putting together animals and people for a long time.”

Another unique art displayed during the Open House was healing rugs woven by Cathy Huse and displayed at the Gallery 310. Huse explained she was inspired by God to begin weaving healing rugs after being a ceramic artist.

“God woke me up and told me He wanted me to make healing rugs,” Huse said. “I told Him I can't do that. I don't have a loom.” Then she had an opportunity to buy a loom. She weaves them with polyester cord. Each has a Scripture verse. Buyers have told her the Scriptures are appropriate for them.

At both Alliance Art Gallery and Gallery 310 the people attending the Open House registered for drawings .

At Gallery 310 a chalk pastel picture of a wolf by Catherine Vernetti, the September featured artist, was won by Jason Leftwich of Palmyra.

A photograph won by Chance Shoemyer of Monroe City at Alliance Art Gallery was taken by J. Barry Wright of Hannibal. The picture is a battery factory in Warsaw, Ill.

At Alliance Art Gallery, Ann Titus explained the Second Saturday art events have been changed from evening to afternoon for social distancing, along with wearing masks and providing hand sanitizer.

They also have extended the hours, scheduling them from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The third gallery in the Second Saturday event was the Hannibal Arts Council, where the current exhibit offers a wide variety of venues. Rita Plowman was hosting the exhibit Saturday, discussing the works with visitors.

The artists whose work is on display at the HAC include James Zimmerman, Mary Jo Kattelman, Ryan Tonnies and Kim Carr. Also offered are a Holy Cow Open Show and Down on the Farm Photography Channel. All the HAC art also is posted on its website,

See photo gallery for more art on exhibit at the Second Saturday Open House.




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