On Display in Mid-Missouri: Flow painting with Terri Jo Elliott

Education / Stories / March 13, 2019

By Jimmy Mustion

Editor’s Note: Professional artist Jimmy Mustion has regularly shared upcoming events and activities for Jefferson City Art Club and Capital Arts with HER Magazine for more than a year. Utilizing his expertise in the field and handle on artists and arts-related happenings throughout Mid-Missouri, Jimmy has now developed a column called “On Display.” After its success in sister publication, the News Tribune, HER Magazine has asked Jimmy to specialize the column for HER. Enjoy learning about these talented individuals, upcoming events and how you, too, can get involved in or support area arts.

Meet a farmer, a goat herder and an artist: Terri Jo Elliott.

Photo courtesy of Terri Jo Elliott) After suffering an injury for work,artist Terri Jo Elliott found herself on disability. She credits goat have been pouring farming and her furry friends to have helped her and provide sound therapy after this sudden life event.

Living in the country has allowed Terri Jo to be able to live out the dreams she had as a child of raising animals.

“I’ve had my small hobby farm for approximately 30 years. I raised three sons on the farm,” she said. “When they were young they used to complain that we didn’t live in town like all of their other friends. However now that they are grown men and each and every one of them have stated that they appreciate the fact they grew up on a farm.”

The animals that Terri Jo enjoys raising the most have been goats and chickens.

“Goats are enjoyable as they are interactive and quite engaging,” she added.

After suffering an injury at work, Terri Jo became disabled and she said she “spiraled into despair.”

“The goats gave me a purpose and provided me with therapy to pull myself out,” she said. “I also took up acrylic flow painting.”

Flow painting is where Terri Jo can let her imagination run wild. She mixes the various paint colors and decides which technique she is going to use, and no two paintings come out the same.

“It is wondrous to see the paintings develop with the colors and techniques that you chose,” she said. “You can paint on any flat surface. I have painted on canvases, furniture and my personal favorites are ceramic coasters. I have been painting on the coasters and sealing them with epoxy and placing cork on the bottoms so they don’t scratch any surfaces.”

Terri Jo has met many new friends with her goat farming and her acrylic flow paintings.

“I could have just rolled over and quit when I became disabled, but instead I looked for
and found a purpose,” she said.

For more information about Terri Jo and her artwork, email her at pydades@yhaoo. com.

Mid-Missouri art news

Some readers may now enjoy and identify with Jerry Ricker, who brings artists from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, New Jersey (or wherever the email or call comes from) by using his professional acting name, “Rick Jey,” through two TV programs taped at JCTV on the Lincoln University campus. “Mid Missouri Art News” and “Spotlight on the Arts” air on MediaCom and CenturyLink (check with provider for days and times). Since October 2016, more than 50 shows of the programs are also available to view on YouTube by visiting “JCTVAccess” channel.

Take a look at artists that have been interviewed and don’t forget to subscribe and “like:” “Fireside Carvers” Rick Griggs, Tom Holt and Cliff Olsen, James Mustion and Joshua Hartzler in April; Fred Schollmeyer and Gary Lucy discussing “Marketing Your Art Work;” and Karen Glines speaking about Billyo O’Donnell and their compilation book, “Painting Missouri.” Rick Jey has also announced that the Runge Conservation Nature Center has invited him and his guest artists back for another “Call for Nature’s Art”exhibit, which will be open from May 1 through June 30, 2020.

The Jefferson City Art Club’s Adult Fine Arts exhibit is open through the month of April at Capital Arts, 1203 Missouri Blvd. The exhibit features work of formally trained artists, art instructors, art related business people and artists who make a percentage of their income from their art. Capital Arts Gallery is open from noon-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 573-635-8355.

The 71st annual High School Sketch Day will also be held at Capital Arts from May 7-13, at Capital Arts Gallery. Kids are asked to sign in and pick up their drawing boards at 11:30 a.m. A reception will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. May 9 at Capital Arts.

Jefferson City Art Club member Artist Dottie Dallmeyer, a former member of the Historic Preservation Commission and Historic City of Jefferson, has been involved in the production of High School Sketch Day for more than 25 years. On year, the Historic Preservation Commission and Historic City of Jefferson coupled with the Jefferson City Art Club to co-sponsor Sketch Day.

“This event would coincide with Historic Preservation Month (in May) and generate interest in the historic buildings in town. It was decided with backing from (these two organizations), prizes could be provided for the event,” said Dottie, who was there from the beginning of this combined effort to inspire the youth of Jefferson City. “Every year they have given prizes and ribbons. The winners are hosted with a ceremony in which the prizes and ribbons are presented to the winners by the mayor of Jefferson City.”

The Village Art Studio in The Art Village at Village Square are offering many exciting classes this year, which fill up quickly, especially summer art camps for children. Upcoming Kids’ Art Workshops for children ages six and older are held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-4 p.m. April 6 and May 4. Sessions cost $35 and include supplies. The Spring Break Art Camp for children ages six and older is $125 per session and held from 8:30- 11:30 a.m. or 1-4 p.m. March 25-29. Summer art camps will be held from June 3-7, 10-14 and 17-21, with the Crea-Teen camp held from June 24-28. Additional summer art camps are scheduled from July 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26. Call Ann DeRosier at 573-230-1414 for reservations and more information.

Jefferson City Art Club has featured artists throughout the year, featuring a collection of their artwork at the club’s website, jeffersoncityartclub-missouri.com. They also have an exhibit on display during the same time period at the Department of Motor Vehicles, 1617 Southridge, which is open from 7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. The next featured artist is James Mustion from April 2-May 14.

The Mid-Missouri Art Alliance operates a gallery at 115 E. Broadway in Ashland, Missouri. Find out more about local artists, events and classes offered by calling 573-657-0711 or visiting midmissouriartalliance.com.
The Columbia Art League’s Headquarters and Gallery, 207 9th St. in Columbia, will
accept artwork for the “Icon” exhibit from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. April 17-18. The exhibit will open April 23 – after the “Truth(?)” exhibit ends April 19 – and remains open until June 14. The reception for this show will be from 6-8 p.m. April 26. The gallery is open from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. For
more information, call 573- 443-8838 or visit visit http://columbiaartleague.org.

The “Mimic the Masters” exhibit is open from March 15 through May 18 at facility at Art House, 531 Court St. in Fulton. A reception will be held from 7-7:30 p.m. March 15. Art House is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 573-592- 7733 or call arthousefultonmo.org.

Professional artist Jimmy Mustion sits on the club promotions and publicity committee for Jefferson City Art Club and Capital Arts.

“The Tiger”

Joshua Hartzler, also known as “The Duke of Artz,” is a young artist diagnosed with mild autism. Occasionally, he grows anxious and has a hard time understanding specific situations, he said.

“As the ‘The Duke of Artz,’ I look at art myself as an artist, creating life out of his own hands while using his imagination in the art world by planting a seed, giving it fresh clean water and giving it love, care and kindness,” he said, sharing one of his creations, “The Tiger.”

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