Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery has its first director. Mindy Stedem, of Chillicothe, assumed the position last week.

Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery has its first director. Mindy Stedem, of Chillicothe, assumed the position last week. The announcement was made by Carol Gregg, president of the guild’s board of directors. Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery, 424 Locust Street, officially opened last September and, until now, its staffing and event coordination was reliant solely on volunteers. While volunteers will remain vital to the organization, the director will be able to focus attention on coordinating events, raising funds, planning exhibits, expanding class offerings, increasing facility rentals, and promoting overall awareness and interest in the guild and gallery. One of Stedem’s first goals is to organize the guild’s first membership drive. Among member benefits, Stedem said, is that members can use the Cultural Corner space beyond just seeing the exhibits. While the exhibits are open and free to the public, members have access to the facility for creating and displaying their own fine art. “We have a lot going on and the board decided that we needed some help,” Gregg said in announcing Stedem’s employment. “There are so many ways to develop our guild and our next step was to hire a director to help organize and facilitate that growth.” The director position is part-time. Stedem is a Chillicothe High School graduate and has college degrees in human resources and business management. She worked as a sales assistant for DN Tanks, in Kansas City, handling sales, trade shows, marketing, and more. She and her husband, Frank, lived in Kansas City for about 20 years before returning to Chillicothe two years ago. They have two children: Chandler, 14, and Lilly, 12. Stedem has been involved in fund-raising activities for Bishop Hogan Memorial School in Chillicothe and other efforts. “It’s a good fit,” she said about her background and her new position at the gallery. “I am super excited. The more I learn about what we have going on, the more ideas I have to grow opportunities in our community.” This includes getting art into the hands of people not familiar with fine arts, she said. “There are so many different forms of fine art,” she added. The Hands Across Missouri art exhibit has its closing reception tonight. The gallery’s next exhibit will feature watercolors by artist Brenda Fisher, of Hannibal. That exhibit will run throughout July and have its closing reception Aug. 4. Fisher will offer a watercolor workshop to the public on July 20. Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery also now has a phone number: 660-240-5022. The gallery is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tonight’s special closing reception will be from 5 until 8 p.m.