Seasonal merriment from Paris to Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo 12/19/13 (Review)
-- With bright, merry colors; a touch of the whimsical; and a new holiday play set in gay Paree, 'tis the season for the artists at Columbia's Orr Street Studios
, three of whom have been Heart Beat "artists of the month."
Seems only fitting that we take readers on a virtual tour of the studio to encourage a real tour -- and some gift-buying, of course -- like we did nearby Artlandish
Gallery a couple years ago.
Click the links to see the works.
Our December artist of the month, photographer Anastasia Pottinger
, may be best known for her uncanny ability to capture the rapture of the human spirit. Scroll down her Orr Street page
and you find happy children and pensive teens; the weathered fissures of old age; the utter delight of being (almost) new born.
A favorite of mine and my family, Jenny McGee has a flair for the abstract
to which she has added an understated palette of lush, natural colors in the pieces exhibited on this page
It must be a very recent frost, for the oranges retain their bright colors -- even the stems are still green. Whether Parke meant to paint a winter scene I cannot say -- it's merely an interpretation, just as it is when I say she seems to have captured the lively essence of a peacock
in the third painting on this page
Rounding out the holiday spirit at Orr Street is C'tait la Nuit
('Twas the Night), a new play from the Greenhouse Theatre Project
A coming of age tale set on the verge of a Parisian Christmas Eve, C'tait la Nuit
tells of a young man who sets out to find his birth parents -- the poet and cabaret singer who gave him up for adoption in France. He runs across an assortment of characters straight out of Dickens. Christmas is the story of a birth, to adoptive parents (in the Biblical sense), so it seems a fitting subject for a play set around Christmas time. C'tait la Nuit
plays at Orr Street Studios, 7:30 p.m. tonight through Sunday.
Visit the studio at 106 Orr Street in Columbia
, in the heart of the North Village Arts District.
-- Mike Martin for the Columbia Heart Beat