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Diane Chappell has dabbled in many mediums throughout her life, from an early box of crayons to stained glass to watercolor.

In the early 1980s, this Ashland-based artist began working with stained glass, starting small with sun-catchers and moving on to windows and lampshades.

"It was the light through colored glass that was so pleasing to me," Chappell said.

Her work in stained glass led Chappell to have an abundance of scrap glass, which brought her to her next artistic endeavor — mosaics.

"I loved the way it was like a puzzle coming together piece by piece," Chappell said. "Mosaics are time-consuming, slow-going but can also be therapeutic. It taught me patience and gave a great feeling of accomplishment at the end of a long-term project."

Chappell said during her time focused on mosaics, she would still take "side trips" into other mediums, but always found herself going back to colored glass.

A few years ago, Chappell was looking for a change, and took up watercolor and acrylic painting, which she continues to enjoy.

"It's always been about the process and not so much an end product that motivates me," she said. "It's the challenge of getting something from my mind's eye out through my hand and onto paper. Everything I have worked with in the past affects and influences what I do today. I've also learned that it's an endless journey. I'm still on it, and there's things I haven't tried yet."

Chappell is a member of the Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance in Ashland and the Columbia Art League.

Art happenings

The Capital Arts Gallery is hosting "Myth and Legends," which gives artists room to interpret what is fact and fiction, through Oct. 29. Capital Arts Gallery also houses "The Imagination Station," which will help you to produce an art project for $1. They have many projects to choose from, a full stocked art studio and provide instructional classes as well. The Capital Arts Gallery is located at 1203 Missouri Blvd. For more information, visit

Village Art Studio, 1502 E. High St., Suites 40 and 60, is accepting registrations for Kids' Art Workshops on Oct. 5 and Nov. 2, with workshops from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Each workshop, $35 each, offers three projects — clay, painting and mixed media. Call 573-230-1414 to register or for more information.

The Mid-Missouri Art Alliance of Ashland hosts classes in many art skills, including fall classes in clay for youth and basic painting and Mid-Missouri sketchers for adults. For more information, call 573-657-0711 or email

The Lake Arts Council and "Arts at the Lake" bring entertainment to the Lake Ozark area, including Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers, which will perform at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Ozark Yacht Club. For more information, call 573-374-9297 or visit

The Sedalia Visual Arts Association will hold the 2019 annual Christmas on Oct. 4-5 at The Hayden Liberty Center for the Arts. The association always has an exhibit at Sedalia City Hall, 200 S. Osage, that features two artists. This rotating show changes every two months. Through October, the artists are Cindy Fedelleck and Chester Lux. From December to February, three artists will be featured: Jack Dieckman, Linda Hookver and Linda Rhoads, all of whom are artists-in-residence at churches.

Art Underground Downtown offers classical art training for all ages in a historic and art-filled atmosphere. They have classes for beginners through professionals, providing the resources to learn anything about art. Classes for children in kindergarten through 12th grades are held Tuesday through Thursday nights starting this month. For more information, call 573-355-2255 or email

The JCAC Featured Artist through Nov. 1 is Essex Garner. You may view a collection of Garner's artwork at the Department of Motor Vehicles, 1617 Southridge Drive. Also, find Garner as featured artist at the JCAC website,

Jimmy Mustion is a professional artist who is involved in area organizations and galleries.

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