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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Art guild enriches culture in community

  • "Culture plays a big part in who we are as beings, and art is a big part of culture," said Carol Gregg, who serves on the Missouri Arts Council, has worked with the arts for over 30 years and is the president of the newly created organization,The Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery.
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  • By BRITTANY TUTT btuttt@chillicothenews.com
    "Culture plays a big part in who we are as beings, and art is a big part of culture," said Carol Gregg, who serves on the Missouri Arts Council, has worked with the arts for over 30 years and is the president of the newly created organization,The Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery. "We need to grow the culture within ourselves and our community. If we don't nurture and grow culture within our community, it will die...I feel it's my duty to plant a few seeds," she said. Gregg is planting a big seed right in downtown Chillicothe by turning the old Oddfellows building, located in the 400 block of Locust Street, into the new Cultural Corner Art Guild and gallery facility. This organization will "educate, encourage and inspire the community in the development of art," according to The Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery's mission statement. The Cultural Corner will be a venue that will display exhibits, provide programs to bring artists together and also provide workshops and instruction that foster the creative process, according to a press release given to the Constitution Tribune yesterday. The acquisition of the building was completed yesterday morning. The newly obtained Cultural Corner building is 5,000 square feet. The front part of the building is planned to be a gallery filled with jury approved art and in the back of the building is where workspaces are planned to be located. In those workspaces, Gregg envisions there to be several different areas for different projects, such as, wood carving, pottery, painting, music and much more. The Cultural Corner is also planning on hosting and / or housing a variety of activities and experiences for all ages for people of north Missouri, according to the press release. Gregg said, "I see it as a place for not only art events, but also things like birthday parties." Gregg said being able to paint a canvas or make a piece of pottery, and then being able to take it home with you afterward would make for a cool birthday party. She also said she could see events like Wine and Art parties happening in the space. Gregg has wanted to do this project for about 15 years. When she started to enquire about how many people in the community would be interested, she had over 150 people on her list in a day and a half. That's when she knew that it was the right time. "You would be amazed by how much talent we have," Gregg said when discussing how many skilled artists there are in Chillicothe and surrounding communities. Gregg also expressed how big of a need there is for a space that artists can share. Some schools, such as, Bishop Hogan Memorial School do not have an art teacher. Gregg hopes The Cultural Corner can be a place where these children can come to learn about art and express themselves creatively. There is a board of 9 people from the community that have been helping with this project; that board consists of: Carol Gregg, president; Micah Landes, vice president; Steve Holt, treasurer; Steve Shoot; Barbara Sizemore; Francis Crouch; Taylor Marcolla; Kris Daniel and Kelly Poling. Gregg is planning on the board holding a town hall meeting soon to divide people up into committees based on their strengths. There will also be an open town hall meeting soon in which the community can come and listen to budget plans and other future plans for The Cultural Corner. Gregg said nothing is set in stone yet but she hopes to have The Cultural Corner open Monday through Friday and also Saturday mornings. She hopes the facility will be ran by volunteers, but will also employ a part-time administrative director. The Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery is in the process of becoming a 501 c3 non-profit organization and plans to open it's doors this fall. "I believe we will be able to open pretty quickly since the community has been very supportive so far," Gregg said. Tax deductible donations can be made through Mainstreet Chillicothe. The membership drive will begin for all ages this coming week. If you are interested, please contact Carol Gregg at cgregg@flexible-staffing.com or Francis Crouch at fnscrouch@gmail.com.

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