Art show ‘The Sirens of SoMo: The Unexpected’ opens Oct. 7

somo-showemailMetropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Carter Art Center Gallery proudly presents a Fall 2016 exhibit, “The Sirens of SoMo: The Unexpected.”

About the exhibit:

  • A montage of street culture photography, paintings depicting female strength, and hand-rubbed collages torn from the pages of National Geographic.
  • Show dates:   Oct. 7-Nov. 11
  • Location:   MCC-Penn Valley Carter Art Center Gallery
  • Receptions:
    • First Friday, Oct. 7,  5-9 p.m. (Gallery opens at 1 p.m.)
    • First Friday,  Nov. 4, 5-9 p.m.
    • Artists will be in attendance at the receptions.
  • Gallery hours:
    • Tuesday-Friday:  1-5 p.m.
    • Saturday:  Noon-3 p.m.

Artists in the exhibit are Sandra ConradLinda Jarvis Teeter and Josie Mai. The presenters all hail from the southwestern part of Missouri, thus the name of their traveling show.

About the artists:

Sandra Conrad:

Sandra Conrad

Sandra Conrad is a working artist based out of Neosho, Mo. She achieved a bachelor of fine art on full merit scholarship from Missouri Southern State University in May 2015. In addition to showing at regional art festivals, she participates in solo and group gallery exhibitions. Conrad is president of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition and a member of artCentral in Carthage, Mo. She also co-organizes the Dr. John H. Galey Art and Music Festival in her hometown of Neosho. Conrad’s art examines the many layers of the human existence and emotional connections made, both externally and internally.

  • “I like to show the strengths of individuality.”
  • “I look a lot at the struggles that we have internally and how we present ourselves to society either hiding those struggles or embracing them and finding the strength that you find when you do embrace them.”

Linda Jarvis Teeter:  

Linda Jarvis Teeter

Linda Jarvis Teeter was born in Kansas City, Ks. and has an associate in art from Johnson County Community College, a bachelor of art and English studies and a bachelor of science in secondary education from Pittsburg State University. Teeter was also the owner of a Farmers Insurance Agency for 38 years, founder of the Joplin ArtWalk, co-founder of Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, member of Spiva Center for the Arts, artCentral Hyde House, Springfield Regional Arts Council, and Kansas City Artists Coalition.  As an artist, she has won more than 50 national and local honors, while engaged in series works and traveling shows for galleries and college campuses. Owner of Urban Art Gallery in Joplin, Mo, Teeter was the 2016 recipient of the ARTY award, for bringing the arts culture to Joplin and helping it thrive, awarded by the Joplin Chamber of Commerce.


  • “I love street art.”
  • “I got into the artistry of it, to capture it and actually study and help others understand, there is a very big difference between vandalism and art.”

Josie Mai: 

“Blue Iris” by Josie Mai

Josie Mai’s primary medium is collage material from National Geographic magazine. Pieces are hand-torn. Paper and adhesive are applied with fingertips and palm. The rich colors and textures from all over the globe remind us that we are citizens of the world, and that it’s crucial for an artist to travel and explore. She is inspired by the life of artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her respect for the desert and abstraction. In addition, inspired radial design and mandala forms represent meaningful symbols from countless cultures over countless centuries. The ones she creates with collage and occasionally acrylic are personally meaningful, but do not represent a particular cultural construct. Josie Mai earned a master in fine arts from Parsons School of Design in New York. She taught art K-12 in Kansas City, Ks. and Kansas City, Mo., taught at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Ks. Currently she is the Executive Director of Spiva Center for the Arts and a Carthage resident.

  • “In this day and age of video and installation and really cold technology, I love it. I wanted to do counter culture, with work that is back to the hand.”