CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 29, 2007 -- The art gallery and Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum, both at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, will participate in Cape Girardeau's "Around Town" program beginning this fall, placing them among several community art venues to be open on Friday evenings as a part of the “First Friday” program.
The first exhibit in the art gallery at River Campus, which opened last week, will be featured in the "Around Town" program with a closing reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. The River Campus art gallery exhibit features student art created in summer workshops, including 45 works of clay, ceramic, fiber, figurative sculpture and computer art. Until Sept. 7, the gallery is open from weekdays from 1 to 5 p.m.
“Around Town” is a collective network of artists, studios and galleries promoting interest in the arts and public awareness of the presentation of fine artistic venues. “First Friday” is a partnering of studios and galleries in Cape Girardeau in an effort to provide the city with a monthly arts venue. Most of the galleries will have a new show opening on the first Friday of each month with local, regional and national artists displaying their artistic and diverse mediums. Several galleries provide light refreshments, and all visitors are encouraged to visit the studios and galleries during the monthly event.
The River Campus art gallery is located on the first floor of the south wing of the newly restored St. Vincent's College and Seminary Building. The room spans 1,275 square feet and has exhibition space for approximately 40 paintings or sculptures, depending on the size of the artwork. The gallery also will feature a monitor screen to exhibit 3D animation, allowing those who specialize in digital artwork to show their creations.
Southeast's Crisp Museum will be open for the first time as a part of the "Around Town" program on Friday, Nov. 2. Visitors will be invited to view the first traveling exhibit, the Hainsworth Collection, to be displayed in the new Museum at River Campus. The exhibit is a collection of American paintings from the Hainsworth Collection and includes examples of Hudson River School scenes, American Impressionism, Ashcan painters and Regionalism, with a study by Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton.
Museum hours on Nov. 2 will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and admission will be free.
The Museum will subsequently be open every first Friday evening, with the exception of Jan. 4, said Ellen Hahs, curator of education with the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum.
Other arts venues throughout the community also will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month as a part of the "Around Town" program, Hahs said. Participants include Southeast Missouri State University's Art Gallery at River Campus, the Garden Gallery, the Black Door Gallery, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, 1.2.5 Gallery, Edward Bernard Gallery, the Visual Arts Co-Op, Westray in association with Cat Ranch Art Guild and The Artist Studio.