Mini Mystery Contest Winners

OR21-Mini-Mystery-Writing-Contest-BlogAs part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from “Furious Hours” and tell us a tale of another crime using the line “It began with a bang” as a springboard for — and the first sentence of — a mini mystery of your own. The stories could have been based on a historic crime or completely imagined, we just asked that you tell of a crime or of its aftermath.

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your mysterious tale.

Our two winners are Claire Dooley and Jana Stephens. Honorable mentions go to Tina M. Hines and Andy Brouder.

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Bearing Witness: Art Exhibit Winners

For this year’s One Read art exhibit, we asked artists from Mid-Missouri to submit works that that explore the experience of careful observation, investigation or the revelation of something previously unknown. We thank all of the contributing artists and we extend a special congratulations to the winners listed below. Thanks also to our judges for their careful consideration of the entries and for providing us with comments on the winning pieces.

You can view the entire exhibit virtually at www.orrstreetstudios.com.

First Place
Ancestral Revelation
Sharyn Hyatt

Pastel and gouache
Judge’s comments: There is a real depth to this work. It reveals layers and encourages you to investigate. The shadowed, hard edge around the figure’s face suggests that something has been peeled away to reveal what’s underneath.
Ancestral Revelation Saryn Hyatt

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Bearing Witness: One Read Art Exhibit Call for Submissions

close-up of a person's eye with the words "Bearing Witness"

Bearing Witness
A One Read Art Exhibit
Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia and orrstreetstudios.com)

“History isn’t what happens, but what gets written down.”

~Casey Cep, “Furious Hours”

Inspired by this year’s One Read book “Furious Hours,” we invite Mid-Missouri artists ages 16 and older to contribute works that explore the experience of careful observation, investigation or the revelation of something previously unknown.

Cash prizes will be awarded for three winners, sponsored by Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The third place winner will receive $50, second place $75 and first place $125 plus a one-year membership to the Columbia Art League.

The exhibit will take place September 1-24, and can be viewed in person at the September 3 First Friday reception or virtually at orrstreetstudios.com.

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Flash Fiction Contest Winners

As part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from “A Gentleman in Moscow” and tell a nostalgic tale in 250 words or less. The stories could have been about anything and anyone, but we asked to make sure it evokes longing, explores a memory or reflects on better days past.

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your stories of nostalgia.

Our two winners are Bethany Bade and Grace Gomez-Polacio. Honorable mentions go to Jenna Cunigan and Bonnie Zelenak.

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Confinement: Art Exhibit Winners

For this year’s One Read art exhibit, we asked artists from Mid-Missouri to submit works that that explore the experiences of of isolation and confinement. We thank all of the contributing artists and we extend a special congratulations to the winners listed below. Thanks also to our judges for their careful consideration of the entries and for providing us with comments on the winning pieces.

You can view the entire exhibit virtually at www.orrstreetstudios.com through September 26.

First place
Black Hole
Jenny Chicone
Tapestry

tapestry of woman in blue pants holding phone

“Black Hole,” is both a unique take on the theme and very recognizable form of isolation. We all have felt confined by our technology, and this piece cleverly puts the viewer in the first-person perspective. The shading and detail accomplished in the medium of tapestry is very impressive.

Second place
Soul of Forms
John Fennell
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