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Art is focus of Friday's Broadway Nights

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Broadway Nights continues on Friday evening in downtown Monett with a focus on the arts.

"We're trying to do things inside and get people to go in each store," said Shaun Bennett, one of the organizers of Broadway Nights. Ten stores will have visual artists on hand displaying their creations and rendering new pieces.

Among the artists will be:

* Audra Rausa, a portrait artist from Monett, who will be at Fashion Crossroads. Rausa will be having a drawing. The winner will get to choose from eight portraits in Rausa's rock star collection. Tickets are $1 each and will be on sale in advance at Hilltop Incense, 203 Hickory in Monett, or at Fashion Crossroads from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the time of the drawing. Proceeds will benefit Joan and Allen Harvey, of Cassville, whose home burned over the weekend.

* John Palmer, a painter and carving artist, from Monett, will show his work at Westco.

* Jed Bennett, a mixed media artist from Carthage, will display his work at Peppers and Company.

* Gwen Campbell, from Monett, who paints in pastels, will be showing at Bruner Pharmacy.

* Jana Larmer, a painter from Monett, will have her easel set up at Mocha Jo's.

* April Davis, a painter from Neosho, will show her work at Blessings Books and Gifts.

* Kay Stephens, a painter from Monett, will be set up at The Trunk.

* Geri Carey, a painter from Monett, will be showing her work and creating new art at Brownsberger's.

* Dave Bennett, who offers painting lessons, his 14-year-old student Courtney Neumier and Shaun Bennett, who carves artistic creations, will all be at Denali Dreams.

At Mocha Jo's, the bluegrass band Brightwater Junction, which has offered standout performances in past years at the Kings Prairie benefit concert, will perform at 7 p.m.

Many of the participating stores will have new merchandise and be offering after-Christmas sales.

In February, Bennett said Broadway Nights will repeat this week's format by having musicians performing live in each of the participating businesses. In March, authors will be in each store. Bennett said 15 authors have already volunteered to participate.

"Come on down, get out of the cold and see some regular artists do some creating," Bennett said.

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I think it would be wonderful if you put pictures of the artwork in the paper and online. It would give our artists more access to those who might not be able to come to Broadway nights. Many of them are very talented.

-- Posted by slhwrtn on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 11:43 AM

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