All courses will meet at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Preservation Area, primarily in the Moss Building and occasionally in the Hillcrest Community Center unless otherwise indicated.

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Friday courses

Winter 2019 Semester

Potpourri of the Arts [4 SESSIONS]

9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Moss A
Fridays: Jan. 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15

Each semester, Osher invites the movers and shakers of mid-Missouri’s arts scene to discuss, display, perform and showcase their work. Join us for this grab bag of arts topics.

Coordinator: Carolyn Dye

January 25:  How to Develop Characters in a Novel

Writer Neal Fandek will provide information on how to develop rich and memorable characters that people can relate to.

Instructors: Neal William Fandek was raised in Copenhagen and Oslo by a Norwegian mother and ship-captain father, attended the University of California, Berkeley, and was senior editor for Penthouse Magazine. He has circumnavigated the globe, been an economic analyst, worked in a nuclear power plant and in the engine room of a Great Lakes freighter, for Wall Street, in a hot dog factory and on a Merck vaccine production line. Fandek has written and edited for web and print on both coasts and for international magazines. He lives in Missouri with his wife, the artist Marilyn Cummins, and his son, William. Peter Pike and the Murderous Mormons is his first novel.

February 1: Jefferson City Museum of Modern Art

Come learn about the programs and displays offered by the Jefferson City Museum of Modern Art (JCMOMA), located in downtown Jefferson City, which just celebrated its three-year anniversary. The not-for-profit educational museum, dedicated to inspiring creativity, imagination and a lifelong connection with the arts, is free and open to the public. JCMOMA features group tours, events, art workshops and educational luncheons for at-risk students.

Instructors: Chris Duren is a docent at JCMOMA, a mother of five children and a fine arts teacher at Lighthouse Preparatory Academy. Jennifer Mine is a docent at JCMOMA and is a retired teacher for the Jefferson City Public Schools.

February 8: The Magic and Mystery of Playwright Tennessee Williams

In this session, guests from Stephens College will present a dramatic reading from one of Tennessee Williams’ final interviews, along with excerpts from the upcoming production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus, opening Feb. 14, 2019. The instructor invites you to take part in a vibrant discussion about Williams and his canon of work.

Instructor: Ruth Ann Burke is the business manager of the School of Creative and Performing Arts at Stephens College. She will be joined by resident actor and faculty member Rob Doyen, Gail Mardirosian, dean of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, as well as talented performing arts students at Stephens College and members of the cast of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

February 15: Nature Art with Terry Martin

Please join us for an enlightening 90 minutes with artist and educator Terry Martin. Statement from the artist: “The ways nature stimulates my senses is the encouragement I need to experiment with art media. Because of this motivation, I paint and express the spirit of nature with acrylic paint on varied surfaces. I have earned signature member status in the International Society of Experimental Artists, the National Society of Oil and Acrylic Painters, “Best of Missouri Hands,” and the Mid America Pastel Society. In recent years, I have produced a number of abstract paintings inspired by nature’s sublime character. There is a flow of memory related to my naturalist experiences that guide the use of material and method. The creative process is becoming more intuitive as I continue the artistic journey.

Instructor: Terry Martin is a professor of visual arts at William Woods University in Fulton. He holds a Masters in Education, curriculum and instruction, and a Masters of Fine Art, drawing and painting, both from the University of Missouri. He’s won graduate teaching and distinguished professor awards, and was recognized as an “Icon in Education” by Ingrams Business Magazine, Kansas City.