Troy, Missouri – Talented local artists were brought to screen earlier this month at a show hosted by Woods Fort Golf Course. James Day, a photographer from southeastern Lincoln County, and Jennifer Bishop, an illustrator who has lived in the county for more than 40 years, have shown many of their works. The evening was not only a celebration of local art, but also a tribute to the county’s residents who have a reputation for public service and the common good.
Woods Fort, jointly owned by Messrs., was represented by Mr. David Thompson at the event. Thompson, who had previously run in the lime race nearly half a decade ago when he stopped a bank robbery, was delighted to host the event, which was a meet-and-greet for judges nominee Michael Jacobs.
When asked about hosting an event for the benefit of the community, Thompson sweetly said, “Are you asking? No problem; that’s kind of the way I am.” [If] Anyone else might ask that I give them the same deal I give to other nonprofits.”
More than a dozen pieces of art were displayed in the evening, with five of those belonging to Dye. One of the editions, which involved taking 200 photos and stitching the top 15 together using the software, took over 7 hours to capture. Dye also shared the details in another shot, a blazing sunset across a cloudy sky west from Frenchman’s Bluff in Cuivre River State Park.
“I took this last week,” Day said. “I love the cloudy sky; for this piece, when I ascended to [Frenchman’s Bluff]There were little clouds across the horizon. I sat there for two hours to get this shot.”
Dye, a longtime photographer, sold two pieces in the evening. He shared that he couldn’t pick a favorite, saying, “It’s like trying to choose which of your kids is your favorite,” but shared that he has more than 250,000 images stored, with over 10% of those — 25,000 photographs — being highly artwork. the quality. Dye currently works as a freelance photographer for Lincoln County and beyond with his work, Dynamic Depth Photo.
The other artist on display was Jennifer Bishop, who has only been practicing art since 2018. Within two years, she earned her first commission. The evening featured many of its portraits and landscapes, but Bishop is more diverse than just these two.
“I enjoy drawing a little bit of everything, [but tonight] only you [see] Landscapes and Pictures,” Bishop shared. Alongside the pictures was a painting of Main Street in Troy, as well as a close-up of a magnolia tree in bloom. Bishop often uses a combination of personal observation and imagery to channel her artistic enthusiasm.
Between being a registered nurse since 1993, wife and mother of two sons, she didn’t have the time to pursue art; After her sons grew up and out of her, she started to practice oil painting and now has a small studio in her home.
Her drawing of a magnolia tree, perhaps her most striking painting, took nearly 40 hours to paint.
“[I’m glad we have the opportunity] Jacobs, who also shared how the invite-only event came about, said. “The invitation list was compiled by an undisclosed party – the idea for tonight is to take out those people who do a lot of volunteer work and who spend a lot of time getting involved in the community.” The large demographics of the invitees were social workers, local philanthropists, and community activists.
Although the event had some political intent, the gist of the evening was to pay tribute to the service of the local community and to promote the county’s artistic and cultural scene.
“We’re really happy to talk about art; about James Day with his portraits and Jane Bishop with her paintings. Amazing. There’s a lot of talent in Lincoln County and it’s good to be a part of it,” Jacobs said.