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Everyday Objects on a Giant Scale Make Playful Art

Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen- Photo by Mark McDonald.

If the aluminum giant struggling to emerge from the ground in St. Louis County ever makes it out, he can play badminton on the lawn of a museum in Kansas City, and have the turtles in a St. Louis park for pets. Both Turtle Playground by Bob Cassilly and Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art take things ... Read More »

New Experiences in Downtown Jefferson City

Jefferson City might just surprise you.

Living in a place your whole life can either be a great thing, meaning you know everything there is to know, or a bad thing because your view on the area is jaded by only knowing what you were taught. Having always lived in the Jefferson City area, I thought I knew it all, including where the best places to ... Read More »

McKittrick and Hermann Heritage Hoedown

Join other foodies for a fun day with great food.

Join Slow Food Katy Trail and other Missouri food enthusiasts as we explore the culinary heritage of McKittrick and Hermann,two towns that grew up across the river from one another in the 1800′s. We begin the festivities with lunch at a local, sustainable farm. Then we’ll spend the afternoon tasting at wineries and touring the Deutschheim State Historical Site (where we’ll be transported to the 19th ... Read More »

Poet, Painter, Sculptor, Scribe: Artists Intertwine Disparate Skills

Missouri Arts Council Blog July 3

Michelangelo painted frescoes and carved statues. Miles Davis blew the trumpet and designed album covers. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote novels and drew hundreds of scenes and maps to illustrate the worlds he chronicled. In Missouri today, there are many artists whose creativity likewise flows through more than one channel—or as Peggy Wyman puts it, “have more than one arrow in their ... Read More »

Bird’s-Eye View of Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks becomes even more beautiful from the air.

As much as I would love for “thrill seeker” to be my official profession, I, unfortunately, can only claim that title on the weekends. From cliff jumping to para-sailing above sharks, I have done it all. But nothing quite prepared me for the thrill ride at Lake Ozark Helicopters, Inc. Ever since I can remember, riding in a helicopter has ... Read More »

The Weekend Guide to Farmington

Catch beautiful views while relaxing at Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Marler

With its prized wineries, multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities and proximity to state parks, Farmington has a lot going for it. Visitors can experience the exhilaration of a water slide, the beauty of a scenic hiking trail or the challenge of a unique golf course. In addition, a wide variety of stores and more than 400 hotel rooms provide shopping ... Read More »

Paint and Sip

The Canvas on Broadway

It was my “artsy-craftsy” sister’s birthday, and I’d found the perfect gift. A paint and sip evening at The Canvas on Broadway. What’s a paint and sip event? It’s a painting class where you also have wine and music and the best part is you don’t have to be artistic. I know I’m not, but I created a masterpiece all ... Read More »

Create Your Own Art: Family Arts and Crafts

Kids can express their creative sides in pottery classes around the state.

Throughout Missouri’s museums and exhibits you’ll find plenty of opportunities for the family to create their own arts and crafts. Here are a few stops to check out along the way … NORTHWEST Start your family arts and crafts adventure at the Puppetry Arts Institute , in Independence, to learn the history of puppetry and watch a featured presentation. Visit ... Read More »

Top 10 Fun Ways to Get Your Kicks in Carthage

Experience perfectly preserved 1930's small town America at Red Oak II.

Carthage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau announces summer 2013 is packed with family events. With traditional opportunities available as well as special events, Carthage offers individuals and families a variety of opportunities for fun in and out of the sun. Check the Carthage CVB website for all the up to date information and events, Visit-Carthage.com. Red Oak II is a work in ... Read More »

We’re Dry and Ready for the Fourth of July!

Sounds of the Saint Charles Municipal Band billow through Missouri’s largest and oldest historic district.

Here in St. Charles, we’re all about events, especially given we played host in 2012 for more than 130 event days. By our last count, that breakdown comprised 18 parades, nine festivals, 29 sporting events and another 17 special events and activities of various shapes, sizes and duration. Recently we’ve been worried, as many folks have across the Midwest, about ... Read More »