Missouri River Artist To Visit Library June 25 for Two Free Programs

On June 25 at 6pm, Missouri artist Steve Snell will talk about his “Adventure Art on the Mighty Mo’” film series, in which he traveled the length of the Missouri River painting what he saw. Starting at the headwaters in Montana, he created more than 100 paintings while on expedition down the river.

This presentation is free and open to the public as part of the Marshall Public Library summer reading program.

Several of Snell’s Missouri River paintings will be on display at the library throughout the month.

Before the evening presentation, Snell will host a “plein air” watercolor workshop at Indian Foothills Park at 3pm, inviting local residents aged 16 and up to learn how to paint landscapes. En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and refers to the act of painting outdoors.

The library will supply free paint, brushes, and paper limited to the first 20 participants who sign up to the workshop. The 6pm library presentation does not require signup.

Snell’s work has been shown in galleries and film festivals throughout the country. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Tallgrass National Preserve in Kansas, the Teton ArtLab in Wyoming, and along the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska and British Columbia, which was sponsored by the National Parks Service and Parks Canada. Steve is also an avid paddler, spending time each summer exploring local rivers and painting watercolors.

Snell earned his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011 as well as a B.F.A. in Painting and B.S. in Art Education from Miami University in 2006. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri where he is an Associate Professor of Art in the Foundation Department at the Kansas City Art Institute.

See Snell’s artwork here: https://www.steve-snell.com/

Workshop Sign Up: https://forms.gle/AUqXp5ntQnWWxmy88

[Supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.]