THAYER -- A little bit of culture has come to Thayer in the form of a new art gallery.
Thayer resident Judith Cornelius has opened the new business at 107 Chestnut Street. She said the Chestnut Hill Gallery will be open most afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
"We will offer several original works of art for exhibit and sale from area artists," Cornelius said. She said several local artists will be featured at the gallery, including Thayer artist Norma Strickbine. "We have Raku Pottery and candle lanterns by Julie Casebourne of Hollister, Mo., and handmade purses by Chris Chimo and Amy Schneider of Mountain Home, Ark.," Cornelius said.
Cornelius is no stranger to art. She has taught art for 28 years and served on the state Council for Missouri Art Association. The past 18 years she taught art in the Mountain Grove, Mo., school system before retiring. Most recently, she and another teacher had an art gallery in Mountain Grove, the Rose Hill Gallery.
"The gallery was located in a 1940s market and was very unique," she said.
She said the Chestnut Hill Gallery will feature an exhibit that will change every few months. The opening exhibit features children's art. "Through the Mind of a Child" is a collection of student art Cornelius has collected over her years of teaching. She said any area artist who would like to have work on exhibit in her gallery may come by and talk to her.
Other articles of interest at the gallery include original drawings and portraits by Elwyn Van Meter of Thayer and Lino and woodcut prints by Deby Gilley of Mountain Grove. Glass collages by Elizabeth Brown of Ava, Mo., will also be on display at the gallery.
"We hope to offer something to the community on a full-time basis they don't normally get to see. Local people will be able to get themselves acquainted with all the talented people in the area," Cornelius said.
She said the gallery would also be a working studio. "This is a place where our grandchildren and some of the local artists will be working," she said.