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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:46 am

The Cultural Arts Alliance Wayne Ozark Region (CAAW) will be hosting its annual art show Thursday, May 23, through Monday, May 27, at the former Lantern Steakhouse in Piedmont. Thursday will be a by-invitation-only preview. 

Self-Guided Tour

A new component has been added to the annual show. This will be a self-guided, gallery tour of several locations throughout the area. A “passport” will be issued to viewers to make notes while touring each gallery. At the end of the tour, visitors are encouraged to turn in the form in order to be eligible for door prizes.

The Traveling Art Tour will include the Hovis-Elayer-Casteel Bungalow in Patterson. The home, next door to the brick Apostolic Church, was built in 1928 by Henry L. Hovis,  co-owner of the Brooks/Hovis Cafe and Garage which was located in downtown Patterson in the 1930s and 1940s. Built in the arts and crafts bungalow style, the home is currently being remodeled by Susan and Steve Eaton. Susan’s grandparents, Nan and Joe Elayer, owned the home for many years. Jerry and Linda Casteel were later owners of the home. They sold it to Susan about 10 years ago. Exhibits at the home will be an eclectic mix of antiques, many dating from the Civil War; beautiful, hand-crafted wooden pieces made by Bob Keathley; original art and art prints ranging from the turn of the 19th century to modern expressionism; and a display of antique wedding items. The Eatons also hope to encourage others who would like to restore an old home. The house is in far from perfect shape, but its classic architecture and lovely setting,  plus its family ties, make the long, laborious process well worthwhile.

Another stop of the self-guided tour will be Barb Decker’s two-car garage in Piedmont which is located at 410 Ridgeview Drive. On display at this location will be lively, creative abstracts by Trey Copeland. Decker will also have some of her art on display

The third stop of the tour will be Our Studio in Patterson. Our Studio will exhibit woodworking by Tom Allen and Dawn Sperry Allen’s illustrations from her infamous cartoon tabloid.

The members of CAAW are very excited about this unusual format, according to board members. They  expect to have a large attendance at both the stationary exhibit at the Lantern Steakhouse and at the satellite galleries. 

Musical Arts to 

Be Showcased

Although typically centered around art, this year’s show delves heavily into the musical arts. Musicians will be showcased during each day of the show. 

During the Thursday evening by-invitation event, music will be by Young-Uns’, Brandi, and Zack from 

6:30-8 p.m. On Friday from 7-9 p.m., Jerry and Rendi will be playing fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and bass music.

One of the guest speakers is a folklorist Howard “Rusty” Marshall of Millersburg, a Missouri fiddle historian and author. He has spent the better part of 40 years researching the origins of fiddle music and the people who play it in Missouri.

Marshall will conduct a fiddlemaking demonstration at 1 p.m. and will sign his book “Play Me Something Quick and Devilish.”

Marshall, a retired professor from the University of Missouri’s Department of Art History, is an author of 10 books, including, “Barns of Missouri: Storehouses of History.”

On Sunday, Mike Henson will perform from 1-2 p.m. 

From 2-3 p.m., Eric Woods, the nephew of Janet Jackson, will do a letterpress demonstration. Woods is a printmaker, who designs and produces posters for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Printmaking is one of the lesser known  forms of art and entails a detailed process of cutting and printing. 

From 3-4 p.m., a porch singin’ will be led by the Piedmont Area Community choir, accompanied by Sherri, Jerry, and Rendi. The music will be Appalachian tunes. From 4-5 p.m., Sharon Privett will be giving a pottery demonstration.

On Monday, Rich McAllister will perform at 1 p.m. and is slated to sing Sinatra tunes. A silent auction will be held at 2 p.m. Following that will be the presentation of awards. 

Featured Artist

The beautiful colors of Missouri resonate throughout the paintings of this year’s featured artist, Rich Penney. Rich Penney is a master at portraying textures and colors, and his use of light in his depictions is something one rarely sees and serves to highlight his subjects in a most unique way. Rich is a self-taught artist, following after the old masters and also some contemporary inspirations as well, such as his late cousin, the artist Otis Dozier. Penney grew up in the Southwest region of Texas and New Mexico and is now based locally in the Ironton/Arcadia Valley area.  These influences can be readily seen in his painting subjects as he shows the birds, wildlife, and other natural scenery. While not limited to the natural world, Penney also paints portraits and does impressionistic studies and renderings. 

Penney began his commercial art career in 1971 after serving his country with a tour of duty in the U.S. military. His prior commissions include exhibitions throughout New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and Missouri; and he has had such clients as The BBC, the National Park Service, Disney’s The Learning Channel, and G. Putnam Publishers. 

There is still time to get your works of art entered, in either the children’s or the adult categories. This may include painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, photography, jewelry, or other formats. The deadline for entries is May 17 at the former Lantern Steakhouse. All forms and additional information may be found on CAAW’s website at, or you may email the organization at

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