Town Hall Report 2019

Members’ Show Summer 2019

Members’ Show Summer 2019

Two town hall meetings took place at CAL on Tuesday, August 20th and Saturday, August 22nd.

Each session had about 10-12 people. 

The main topic was: How can CAL improve?

*Means we’ve already started addressing these areas

Key Areas:


*Juror’s process/guidelines/public statement to read

Critique sheets from the juror for all works

Allow artists to make work NFS

*More friendly faces

*Give kind feedback

*More shows

Member Benefits

Business & marketing plans for artists

Professional development

**Social Media how to & also use in promotion of our artists

Artist members supporting new artists

Rejection workshop

Fun things like trips to other galleries/museums

Group critique

Increase artist interaction: potlucks, art club, open studio

Non Artist Member Benefits

Why should non-artists become members?

What events / benefits do non artists have at CAL

Do you have to be a member to participate in things at CAL? (No!)


*MORE - just do more

Bring back postcards

Stick to newsletters & social media

Talk to us MORE

Talk about sponsorship more

Table tents in restaurants

Ads in other arts organizations publications


How to classes for artists: framing, matting, 

Teach the teachers how to teach

Increase outreach for Scholarships to Youth Classes

Sponsorship for youth classes

Expand classroom, have more classes

Utilize the family friendly events in town: Sunday farmer’s market, Saturday famer’s market (the Pavillion). 

Showcase the artwork made by the students in their classes at CAL


Increase Community Exhibition reach to include lower income locations

More free or sponsored activities to lower income community members

Increase awareness about CAL outside of CoMo

Collaborate with the District

*Make connections with Colleges & University - get more students in our space

*Make connections with sporting events/attendees 

Community Exhibition Program

Increase number of locations

Find more places to showcase 3D artworks

Put plaques in all the places we have a CEP relationship

Increase awareness by promoting that we have a CE program and also showcase the artists on social media

Increase CEP reach to include lower income locations: housing authority, Armory building, ARC, etc.

Have a standard of presentation that is followed through with or okayed by CAL staff

Gift Shop

Update policies

Have a system to keep product fresh

Standards on how things are displayed & with information about the artists

Work with people on pricing, packaging, display etc.

Signage (like on the front of the windows)

Market the fact that we have a gift shop


How do we get more

How to treat & train them

Collect testimonials

Appeal to a younger audience

The Columbia Art League is celebrating 60 years this year, and while it’s a wonderful institution in the community, CAL needs to be able to learn and grow with the community it serves. So we thank each of you who has reached out to us and let us know what you think we can do to improve. Here’s to 60 more years of providing arts to the Columbia community!

If you’d like to give feedback to us about CAL, click the button below or come by the gallery and ask to speak with Kelsey. Thank you!

The Child Within Gallery Show

The Child Within reception was so fun! Our Locust Street Elementary students brought a new level of energy to the night and it was great seeing artists of all ages chat and interact.

Juror’s Statement

Children’s art is fearless, bold and bright.  Often as adults, we wish we could return to this methodology of art making, but we struggle to put our fears, perfectionism, and self-judgment aside.  In allowing adult artists to collaborate with a Locust Street Elementary School student, the work represented in “The Child Within” was created with a child’s spirit in mind.

Before reviewing the work for “The Child Within,” I wrote several criteria before selecting the work to include in the show.  Since the goal of the show is to promote collaboration among a Locust Street artist and an adult artist, I looked specifically for works which were an interpretive response to the Locust Street artist’s work, rather than a direct copy.  Additionally, since a second goal of “The Child Within” was to showcase excellent craftsmanship and skill, I also avoided work that was attempting to mimic the naïve style of a child.  

The works selected for “The Child Within” represent a wide range of interpretations based upon their collaborator’s original art.  Some works include a specific visual reference to the work of the Locust Street artist’s work, and some, a subtle hint. All of the works, however, honor the spirit and intent in which the original work was created. 

Award recipients include:

James Reece, 1st place winner

James Reece

Bora Bora Bird’s Eye View

The juror said:  This is a beautiful example of a collaboration between child and adult artist.  The artist who created this meticulously crafted quilt was able to expand upon the vision of the original artist with gorgeous color and imagination.

Michelle Marcum, 2nd place winner


Michelle Marcum

My Imaginary Friend

The juror had this to say: At first glance, this piece is very similar to the artwork on which it was based.  It appears that the artist who created this painting carefully imitated the texture of the paint found in the original work.  However, when examined closely, the true collaboration is revealed: the painter created two subtle eyes and a set of teeth in order to invent a new found creature.

Gennie Pfannenstiel, 3rd place winner

Gennie Pfannenstiel

The Vista

The juror said about this work: This is a celebration of the work on which it was based. The rich color and variety of materials creates a lush and riotous collaboration with the original work.

The show is colorful and fun and will be up through the end of October, be sure to come by and see it for yourself!

Rainey Bailey King

By: Liv Jackson

Rainey Bailey King’s artistic process is abstract and fluid, and it allows for an exciting array of very different pieces to come to fruition. An excellent representation of such creations is his piece entitled “Fake News”.


King submitted this piece to Columbia Art League’s exhibit “Truth”, which challenged artists to experiment with their definition of the word and examine how truth perpetuates throughout everyday life.

“When I saw the little back story for the “Truth?” exhibit I thought it would be a really good one to submit, so I kind of wrapped it up and got it framed up and everything,” says King.

This was only his second time bringing a piece to Columbia Art League. He explains that he brought another piece in in 2017, but that his artistic style differs so much from one work to another, one may not know the two were made by the same person at first glance.

The background of “Fake News” was created with spray paint. King makes his backgrounds separately and will set them aside until he discovers what belongs on top. The creation of the base of the canvas is often emotionally driven.

Background of
“Fake News”

What he chooses to layer atop the passionate backgrounds may vary totally in content matter. For this in particular, he printed out a photo of Donald Trump’s open mouth giving a speech, cut it out, and applied it to the corner. From that sprouts a speech bubble, filled not with words, but with a golden spot.

King had noticed an uptick in the usage of the term “fake news” by politicians and the media, but the gravity really resonated with him when he saw it tattooed across his friend’s knuckles. These observations led to the creation of the visually intriguing piece.

The piece has controversial undertones, but leaves interpretation up to the viewer.

“You can’t just look at it and really know the direct opinion,” he says. “It’s very questionable, and I like that.”

Another stylistic decision was very intentionally made by the artist concerning the framing. The colorful piece hangs inside a very ornamented, gilded gold frame. King says this was a decision he made to evoke a sense of the era of High Renaissance.

“[This was the] highest point where, politically, there was a lot of control, [relating to] church and state stuff,” says King.

This tone of the “border of control that is politics” shines through both the framing and the content of the painting. It also plays with the interesting theme of “Truth?”, asking the viewer to posit their own opinions of the current climate surrounding free speech in the United States.