Columbia Art League
Through the eyes of Executive Director Diana Moxon
Columbia Art League (CAL) is a non profit organization that was founded in 1959. It is located in the North Village of Columbia, Missouri.
For over fifty years, CAL has been a staple in Columbia’s community. The art culture in Columbia is often credited to CAL-- from First Fridays, to Art in the Park, the community is able to give local artists the appreciation they deserve.
Art in the Park is an annual event hosted by CAL held at Stephens Lake Park. This event is free and hosts around 110 artists on a summer weekend. Several different types of art will be displayed and available for purchase-- including multi-media, ceramics, fibers, glass, and more.
Columbia Art League started as six amateur artists who wanted feedback on their artwork.
Within the first year of being an organization, CAL rose to 100 members. Now, CAL has over 500 members. Two thirds of the members are artists while the other third are art patrons.
Executive Director, Diana Moxon, describes the mission of CAL as “creating a stimulating environment for the enjoyment of the visual arts through exhibitions, education, appreciation, promotion and the creation of art.” Moxon is one of many executive members that delegate the league.
“CAL represents the artistic voice of the community” Moxon said.
“Allowing artists of all disciplines and abilities the chance to show their work in a professional environment. Our outreach programs help under-served members of the community.”
“CAL represents the artistic voice of the community.”
Local Jewelry Artist
Hinnah has grown up with the image of beautiful roses throughout her life. She sees these flowers reflecting in her jewelry pieces. Art is a form of expression, and many artists reflect upon events in their life when creating pieces.
Elle Hinnah, a member of Columbia Art League who creates jewelry, shared “It offers me so much flexibility and freedom,” “I love the comradery of the artist community.”
“I love the comradery of the artist community.”
Randy McDermit views his paintings as different parts of his life. McDermitt has been a member of CAL since 1999 and heard about the organization from a friend.
He uses charcoal, pastel, acrylic, and ink when creating his artwork. McDermit’s artwork is diverse, yet typically shows an abstract theme.
“I like doing abstract,” McDermit said. “I don’t like necessarily natural looking paintings. I also like showing some humanity. I do not feel like I can do abstract unless I have a subject, so I have to put faces in them.”
Local Glass Artist
Glass artist, Peggy King has been creating glass art for 12 years, and has been involved with CAL for the same amount of time. She started fusing glass upon her retirement, and sees it as a “blessing” that she started working with glass.
Peggy shares “My studio I work in I built a couple years ago as a retirement gift to myself,” King said. “I built everything I need for my glass in here, it is my own little place.”
“I built everything I need for my glass in here, it is my own little place.”