CoMo Art: Artrageous Friday

House of Vansickle Spring Art Fashion Fusion

House of Vansickle Spring Art Fashion Fusion

The studio of PJ Allen-Thomas at Orr Street Studios.

The studio of Chris Frederick at Orr Street Studios.

Gorrilla art created by Smithton Middle School students.

Original art was on display everywhere, even on feet.

Grand opening reception at Grindstone Lithography Workshop.

Grindstone Lithography Workshop.

Ben Chlapek custom coloring prints at Perlow-Stevens Gallery.

Busker Ian Meyer with his Mike Sleadd temporary art tattoo at PS Gallery.

Colleen R. with her Mike Sleadd temporary art tattoo at PS Gallery.

CoMo Food: Taco Truck

Scott Rowson - The Man With The Plan!

Just look for the orange and white taco truck!

Carnitas Tacos - Delicious!

Vegetarian Tacos - Aren't they beautiful?

Today only from 11-2 in the parking lot of Tiger Cleaners (located at the corner of 8th and Locust) Scott Rowson is selling carnitas (or vegetarian) tacos with beans and rice and a soda for $7.00 to benefit the Family Counseling Center. Head on down there quick before they sell out!

While you’re there, pick up your tickets to the second annual Superstar Columbia Karaoke event on Monday, October 24, 2011, at The Blue Note.

Family Counseling Center of Missouri, Inc. is a not-for-profit mental health service organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities by helping people make positive changes in their lives and empowering them to make healthy and effective choices. Family Counseling Center’s community-based network of programs has been serving individuals and families throughout mid-Missouri since 1972.

CoMo Events: Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center 23rd Annual Ride-A-Thon

Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center will host the 23rd Annual Ride-A-Thon on Sunday, October 16, 2011, at the Shooting Star Trailhead of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. The event will be held from 9am to 2pm and feature a 10-mile trail ride, lunch by the guys from Allepo Grotto, raffles, door prizes, awards and the opportunity to have your picture taken with Roy Rogers and his pearl handled pistols. Come join the fun and help to support a great cause!

Cedar Creek is a non-profit agency that has served the Mid-Missouri area since 1988. Led by Founder and Executive Director Karen Grindler, the center provides therapy to more than 200 riders per year in 8-week Spring, Summer and Fall sessions. Cedar Creek requires many volunteers to assist with the therapy and make riding safe and fun for the people who come each week. Cedar Creek is accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship organization, the umbrella organization for all Equine Therapy. Cedar Creek is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Cedar Creek is not a United Way agency and receives no Federal or State funding, but relies on donations from individuals and organizations to continue their success.

More information can be found at, by emailing or by calling 573-875-8556.

CoMo Events: Farmers and Artisans Market

There is a new market in town that serves more than one purpose. It’s the new Farmers and Artisans Market in the North Village Arts District. Such a great concept for Columbia! The community loves its artists and farmers and really care about buying locally. It is on Sundays until November 13th and goes from 9am to 2pm.

I’ve gone the past two weeks and it almost doubled in size over that time! I think there is a great mix of farm stands with awesome looking produce, and art booths with wonderful handmade items. And I appreciate that it is on Sunday and not Saturday. Saturdays are usually busier and makes it harder to get to the farmers market. It’s nice to have a choice now!

While I was there I had to pick up some new potatoes from the community garden, a bar of handmade soap, and an adorable little handmade pot. Next time I will plan my grocery shopping better so I can pick up some more fresh produce. The art is an added little bonus to the trip! It will be great to pick out handmade gifts for upcoming birthdays and holidays.

You should definitely stop by and check out the new Farmers and Artisans Market. It is located at the Wabash Bus Station at 126 North 10th Street. Just grab a smoothie or coffee up the street at Kaldi’s or Main Squeeze and do some shopping! Visit for more information.

CoMo Event: with heart handmade market

This Saturday is the first ever with heart handmade market in downtown Columbia. This is an event you won’t want to miss! There is quite a line-up of talented vendors and I want to introduce you them.

Pale Horse Studios




c. jane create    


Along for the Ride    


the shirt off his back     


Adore by Leslie    






Little Bird’s Stolen Press 


Curley Fish Crafts  


brittney’s buttons  


Mama Roots   


whimsy vintage 


Just a short introduction – I want you to visit and meet everyone in person. Everyone will be out there rain or shine – so make sure you stop by and get yourself some goodies! Think about upcoming birthdays or other things you might need gifts for! 🙂

Yes, that’s me {c. jane create} up there… I’m participating, too!

The market is at 9th Street and Elm near Shakespeare’s from 9am to noon. Hope to see you there – if you visit, make sure to tell me that you read my CoMo Collective post, I might have a special deal for you!


CoMo Art: The Larry Show

If you have a chance to stop by the George Caleb Bingham Gallery in the art building on the corner of Hitt and University, make sure you do so. What I really meant to say is – Plan to stop by and see the Larry Show. It runs until August 25th when they will hold a reception from 4 to 6.

Larry, the star of the show, is a model for the art department. He poses for the students to draw, paint, or sculpt him. When I was in school I had the pleasure of meeting Larry and I sketched him in my drawing class. He is such an interesting man.

I don’t want to show too much, you should experience it yourself.  You’ll get a good glimse into Larry’s life. And a look at some fabulous art work. It is a collection of pieces from several artists.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. You can call 573.882.3555 if you have any questions. Enjoy!

CoMo Shopping: Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall

In North Texas, where I spent the latter part of my childhood – you know, the part you can actually remember – there were tons of antique stores in our little downtown square. My parents are collectors, in a small fashion, so antiquing grew on me too. Then, in 2005, I found myself in a new place without a car and a desire to hunt for treasue. I had to wait until I returned home to go antiquing. Until 2007 when I offically became a Missouri resident and had my own mode of transportation. I started asking around and googling antique stores. The first one I decided to visit was Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall, so I paid them a visit.

Artichoke Annie’s is H-U-G-E. That is both good and bad. Good because if you are looking for something specific, you are likely to find it. Bad because you can’t just run in and out, I am always there for at least an hour. Bad because the prices match the size of the building… they, too, are big. You can find good deals, but furniture is always priced pretty high. Like that adorable teal/aqua dresser? Almost $700. For me that’s about the same as a rent payment, I don’t think I’m going to drop that kind of money on an old dresser. Even if I did pretty much fall in love with it.

Kitchen and dining items are usually a good price. I’ve gotten several Pyrex dishes there and a couple of other odds and ends. They do a great job of grouping like items together so you don’t have to search every booth for your grandmother’s prized gravy boat that your cousin stole before you had a chance to ask for it. {No, that didn’t actually happen to me, I made up the scenario.}

The people who work there are super nice and very helpful. They will hold your finds at the front of the store until you are ready to check-out and will load larger items into your car for you. They don’t allow purses into the store, but do have lockers for you to keep your things. I usually leave my purse in the car and go back out for it when I’m ready to pay.

Shopping at Artichoke Annie’s is not the same as walking my hometown square and visiting all the little shops, but it does satisfy my antique craving. As a bonus, they are open every day from 8am to 8pm so I don’t have to worry about scheduling my weekend around their hours. They do accept credit and debit cards, but some sellers are open to negotiations, so come prepared with cash to help your offer.

They are hosting a Spring Flea Market on Saturday, May 28th starting at 8am. Many outside vendors come to this market and the prices are usually better than inside the store. They will also have a concession booth with food and drinks. Make sure you have cash for this event, you pay each seller individually.

Artichoke Annie’s is located at 1781 Lindberg Dr Columbia, MO 65201-1718

CoMo Art: events tomorrow!

There are a couple of awesome events happening tomorrow (May 5th)!

The first is the craft sale at the Craft Studio on Mizzou’s campus. You can’t really find much info online, but I know it runs from 10am to 1pm in the basement of Memorial Union. I went last year and bought a bunch of fantastic handmade clay bowls of various sizes. They had the most beautiful glazes! I gave a couple as holiday gifts and kept a few of them for myself. They are priced wonderfully, so I hope to grab a few more to have on hand for gifts. They also had some knit and crocheted scarves and some sewn goodies. There is always a variety, so if you have time over your lunch break stop by and check it out!

The Museum of Art and Archaeology is also hosting an event tomorrow from 4 to 8pm called Slow Art Day. It is actually an annual global event. The idea is that you’ll slow down and enjoy a few select pieces of artwork instead of running through the museum trying to everything at once. It is free and open to public and they’ll be serving some snacks and wine. You can learn a little bit more on their website.

I also want to mention one event going on this weekend in St. Louis. I know it’s not in Columbia, but a lot of people might be traveling for Mother’s Day this weekend! The 24th annual Art Fair will be running Friday through Sunday at Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Oh! And don’t forget to stop by the Columbia Art Leauge to see the Red Show. I stopped by the other day – there are some amazing pieces. I specifically enjoyed the drawings of the pomegranate and the Tootsie Roll Pop wrapper.


-christa jane

CoMo Sports: Mizzou Softball

First things first: I’m no sports writer. I’m not even a sports fanatic. But I want to let you in on a little Columbia Sports secret: Mizzou Softball.

Mizzou Softball Team

The softball team is arguably the best Mizzou sports team this year. They are ranked eighth in the country and have won 40 out of 46 games so far this season. Chelsea Thomas, a redshirt sophomore, is their top pitcher and leads the country in earned run average (0.72) and has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week five times. Two-time All American Rhea Taylor is one of the most exciting lead-off hitters in the country. She holds the Big 12 record for most stolen bases in a career. Mizzou has made it to the Women’s College World Series two years in a row and are hoping for a three-peat this season.

Chelsea Thomas

They are a serious group, as evidenced by this recent article. A lot of other teams have cheers and chants and matching hair bows – pretty reminiscent of high school ball if you ask me. The Mizzou team are all professionals – each time they walk onto the field, they are there to do their jobs.

Fans at University Field

There are only six games left in the regular season, all at home, and then the Tigers hope to host the first round of post-season play. Tomorrow they play a double-header at University Field against Western Illinois starting at 3pm, and this weekend they take on Texas at 2:00 on Saturday and Sunday at noon. Sunday’s game will also be shown on ESPN. If Missouri sweeps Texas, they will become number one in the Big 12 and will be inline to win the Big 12 overall.

This could be their year, and you should bare witness! Tickets are $5 for adults, children and seniors are $3, or free if you have a Spirit Pass. Bring cash for the concessions – they serve a mean grilled hot dog! If you already have weekend booked up, plan ahead for next weekend when they play Iowa State. All game dates and times can be found on

-christa jane

CoMo Event: Artragous Friday tomorrow!

Artrageous Friday is a quarterly event that is free and open to the community, and the second one this year is tomorrow. This is the fifth year they have brought together the artists of college campuses, downtown, and the North Village to showcase their work and present it to the public. And for the first time, they are including several local restaurants that support the local artists and the art community.

Make sure you stop by and enjoy some of the event tomorrow from 6 to 9 pm. The other two Artrageous Fridays for the year are scheduled for July 22nd and October 7th & 8th. You can find more information and a complete list of participating locations and restaurants on their website,

If you visit any of the locations, stop back here and let me know what you thought! Enjoy your Friday!

-christa jane