Category Archives: Downtown Columbia

North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association elects board members

DOUGLASS-NORTH CENTRAL

By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

The North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association elected 12 of a possible 15 board members at their annual meeting Saturday afternoon. The meeting also included a Q&A discussion with First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt.

Of the previous 15 board members, 11 ran for reelection, one was present but did not run and three did not attend. The only new board member was Zach Rubin, who also became an association member at the meeting.

Acting president Tracy Greever-Rice was among the three absent board members, whom the group decided to contact to see if they were still interested in running for this year’s board. Board members can be added at any time until the board reaches 15 members.

The board’s officers, including the president and other positions, will be elected at the monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Cougar Room of Columbia College’s Dulany Hall, 600 N. Eighth St.

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Pilates studio to hold grand opening on Artrageous Friday

DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA/DOUGLASS-NORTH CENTRAL

By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the grand opening of Open Studio Pilates with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on Friday, April 15.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Open Studio Pilates, 300 St. James St., Suite 102, in the North Village Arts District. It is part of Artrageous Fridays, a free, quarterly event from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Columbia. Pilates students will demonstrate exercises and instructor Laura Detert will discuss acrylic painting techniques using the art on display in her studio.

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New cafe holds art contest for year’s worth of free coffee

DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA/DOUGLASS-NORTH CENTRAL

By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Local artists are competing to win a year’s worth of free coffee at The Muse Cafe and Gallery, which opened in downtown Columbia in February at 110 Orr St.

The Spontaneous Art Show: “If It Fits, It Shows!” contest will end this Friday, March 25. You can vote until 5 p.m. Friday at the art contest’s Facebook photo album by clicking the “like” button on a photo of any piece of artwork. Entries are displayed on Facebook and inside the cafe.

“At the end of the day Friday, we’ll tally up all the votes on Facebook and then make an announcement,” the cafe’s co-owner Richmond Wheeler said. “I’m sure we’ll have a very excited customer-slash-participant in the show.” Continue reading

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Pilates studio opens in North Village Arts District

DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA/DOUGLASS-NORTH CENTRAL

By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

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Laura Detert was working a full-time paralegal job and teaching pilates classes when she realized she had found her calling: teaching pilates. Detert had been coming home from her full-time job feeling drained — much different from how she felt after she taught a pilates class.

“When I came home (from pilates), that just felt so good,” Detert said. “I knew when I came home more refreshed after teaching that I must be doing the right thing.”

Detert’s Open Studio Pilates, 300 Saint James St., Suite 102, opened March 1 in the North Village Arts District.. But to get there, Detert had to take a leap of faith. She left her paralegal job last year to finish her pilates certification, which she completed in November 2010. Continue reading

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Orr Street Studios reaches out to kids for free art session

DOUGLASS-NORTH CENTRAL

By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr St., is inviting kids to attend a free art session on Saturday, March 12. Activities will include making stained glass and cartooning.

The art session, Second Saturday, is a monthly event for adults to make art at Orr Street Studios, which is held on the second Saturday of each month. Although kids are always welcome to attend other art sessions, this Second Saturday event is the first one to specifically reach out to kids, said Catherine Parke, Orr Street Studios working artist and Artists Guild member.

Parke said adults are encouraged to stay and create art with the kids. She said they can learn from the confidence kids have when they create art. Continue reading

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Lee Elementary to host annual Not So Silent/Silent Art Auction

SCHOOLS: LEE ELEMENTARY

By KATHRYN LANDIS

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Downtown Columbia’s display windows will soon show off works by some of the area’s younger artists.

Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School is hosting its fifth annual Not So Silent/Silent Art Auction on Saturday, March 19. The auction will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in Windsor Auditorium, 1405 E. Broadway, at Stephens College.

Pieces for sale will be previewed in downtown windows from Friday, March 11, to Thursday, March 17.

Entertainment for the night will include live music as well as three silent films starring Buster Keaton: “High Sign,” “The Goat” and “One Week.”

Proceeds from the auction will go toward supporting the artist-in-residence program at Lee. The program brings in professional artists to the school.

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Calling all gardeners

COLUMBIA

By ALAHANDRA JONES

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

Do you like to garden? Have you always wanted to try it? The Community Garden Coalition’s annual organizing meeting‚ the Spring Thaw Community Gardening Kick-Off, is being held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash Street.

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