Hollister Gets Artsy

With a new studio, a plein air painting group and events designed to draw in art-loving visitors, historic Hollister is undergoing a creative facelift.

The Pat Lambert Photography Studio and Brushstrokes Working Artists’ Studio is partnering with other neighboring businesses—including Vintage Paris Coffee and Wine Cafe, Dino’s 24 Karrot Cake Company and the newly restored Ye Olde English Inn—to create an art-friendly community. They plan to host a monthly Second Saturday Art Walk where venues feature guest artists, music and delectable treats. Artwork is available for purchase, and artists are on-hand to sign their pieces.

“It will be a pleasurable walk through the arts,” says Pat Lambert. She’s a national award-winning portrait artist and fine art photographer who is known for her photography work with children and babies. (Her large canvases grace the walls of the baby ward at Cox South.) But, despite her obvious artistic talent, Lambert never painted until she attended the Plein Air Paint Out, an outdoor-painting event last October at Big Cedar.  And now, only seven months later, Lambert has joined the Branson Area Plein Air Group and added “painter” to her resumé.

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With this new talent comes a new concept. During the week that Lambert was moving her studio to Hollister, the Plein Air Group was painting on Hollister’s historic Downing Street. Two of the other women in the group, Tonya Self and Jeanie Morris, were looking for a small storefront to set up a working artists’ studio and retail venue. One of the buildings on this downtown street was available for rent, and the three decided that it would fit all of their needs. So, Lambert moved her photography studio to Hollister, and she rents out part of her building to 10 other artists. “I love this concept,” says Self. “For 20 years I painted alone in the garage or basement. I was my own worst critic and didn’t show my work. Here we help each other, encourage each other and explore together.”

The 411

What: Second Saturday Art Walk
Where:18 Downing Street in Downtown Hollister
When: Saturday, April 9, 1–5 p.m. See live music at Vintage Paris (260 Birdcage Walk, Hollister) at 7 p.m.
For More Information: Pat Lambert Photography Studio and Brushstrokes Working Artists’ Studio, 417-334-6555, patlambertphotography.com, brushstrokesartistsgallery.com.

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