Monthly art pop-up shows coming to Mission Plaza in SLO


“Through the Flowers” is one of a planned series of art installation pop-ups to occur monthly at Mission Plaza.

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A series of monthlong popup installations will bring colorful, interactive art to Mission Plaza through the summer in partnership with cultural nonprofits.

The first of the downtown San Luis Obispo pop-ups is called “Through the Flowers,” created in collaboration with the city and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA).

The creation of artist Laurie Shapiro will be up through the end of April.

Additional plaza pop-ups will be posted each month this summer featuring a different cultural nonprofit.

SLO city funding will contribute to the art installations, which will be unique to each of the nonprofits’ missions.

“Arts are an essential part of our community and improve the quality of life for all residents and visitors,” said Molly Cano, SLO’s tourism manager. “We are

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Springfield Missouri’s National Art Shop closing as owners retire

National Art Shop, a go-to place for local artists for decades, is set to close its doors for the last time Wednesday.

Jean and Jerry Sanders, who opened the store in 1970, are retiring and have been unable to find anyone to buy them out and continue selling art supplies.

The decision ends 51 years in business that began with a simple problem: Jerry Sanders’ mother and aunt — local artists Louise Prater and Lucille Hammond — couldn’t find art supplies for sale in the Queen City.

There were a few paint stores they could buy from, but selection was limited, and that got Jerry Sanders thinking.

“I had always wanted my own business, and I made a few calls to the art museum and some art professors about the lack of an art supply store,” he told the News-Leader in 1995. “I got a positive response.”

Soon enough, he

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ROBYN TANNEHILL: Art can enhance our communities is many ways | Columnists

Public art can be a powerful tool for building better cities. As we move forward into the “rebuilding stage” of the pandemic, we cannot underestimate the impact the arts can have on everyday issues. Our governments cannot treat arts and culture as an afterthought – the first budget cut and the last investment made. The power of art as it relates to education achievement, creative economy investment, and economic development have to be considered.

The Stanford Social Innovation Review summed this up perfectly when they wrote, “[t]here is no discipline that nurtures and sparks the cognitive ability to imagine, and unleashes creativity and innovation, more than arts and culture. There is no approach that breaks barriers, connects across cultural differences, and engages our shared values more than arts and culture. There is no investment that connects us to each other, moves us to action, and strengthens our ability to make

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Vision & Spirit: African American Art at Gantt Center museum

It’s hard to know whether you’re in an art exhibit or a treasure hunt.

Vision & Spirit: African American Art,” a collection of more than 100 works tracking the black experience from the Underground Railroad to contemporary equality themes, is as remarkable for what it hides as what it shows.

Filling two galleries at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture on South Tryon Street, the exhibition repeatedly startles the visitor into double-takes.

So many pieces contain a subtle subtext, a hidden icon, an odd historical juxtaposition that even the most casual viewers find themselves stirred to amateur detectivedom, drawn deeper into the photos, canvases and stitchings to unlock what lurks within.

Channeling the West African cloth tradition in one of her intriguing quilts, artist Faith Ringgold hides an urgent message around the border that whispers to a runaway slave: “Look for an old farmhouse with

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