Best of Missouri Hands Awards Announced

Awards have been announced for the Best of Missouri Hands
exhibition of juried artwork, which runs through Sept. 18 at William Woods
University. A “meet the artists” reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 18.

Award recipients:

  • Jerry Cox, Hillsboro, Mo., Best of Show
    for “A Woman’s Heart,” a sculpture

  • Shirley Nachtrieb, St. Charles, Mo., first
    place for “Journey of Souls,” a watercolor

  • James Heck, Nixa, Mo., second
    place for “Mourning the Muse,” a sculpture

  • M.J. Goerke, St. Louis, Mo., third place
    for “Handmade Book Collection”

Receiving an award of excellence:

  • Vic Barr, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Lori Purk, St. Louis, Mo.

Receiving honorable mention

  • Sandy Kolde, O’Fallon, Mo.
  • Jill O’Bright, Kirkwood, Mo.
  • Jerry Cox, Hillsboro, Mo.
  • Judith McLaughlin, Webster Groves, Mo.

The sixth annual “Celebrating Creativity” show is
being held in the Mildred M. Cox Gallery, located in WWU’s Gladys Woods Kemper
Center for the Arts. It is this year’s Natalie Collins Acker Memorial Exhibit,
an annual event named for a 1932 WWU alumna who was a generous supporter of the
arts at William Woods. 

The Best of Missouri Hands was founded in 1989 as
the Missouri Artisans Association, a nonprofit corporation “dedicated to the
development and recognition of Missouri arts and artisans through education,
interaction and encouragement.”
The exhibition at WWU includes a cross-section of
the current state of Missouri’s arts and fine crafts from members of Best of
Missouri Hands. It contains paintings and drawings, photographs, textiles,
ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media.
The juror, Ellen Klamon of St. Louis, Mo., has been the
exhibition chair for this show for the past five years, taking it from its
inception to its present incarnation. Klamon is a juried member of the Best of
Missouri Hands in two categories: jewelry and drawing. She has been making and
selling jewelry since she was about 12, and the jewelry she makes today
contains a playful botanical theme.
The Cox Gallery is open to the public Mondays through
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is
free. For more information, call 573-592-4245.                          
Best of Show, “A Woman’s Heart,” a sculpture
by Jerry Cox 
First place, “Journey of Souls,” a watercolor
by Shirley Nachtrieb
Second place, “Mourning the Muse,”
a sculpture by James Heck
Third place, “Handmade Book Collection”
by M.J. Goerke