The History of Art Works On Main Gallery
Our Gallery is in a 100+ year old building on Owensville’s historic main street; built by the Koch family as their grocery store. The Deppermann’s eventually purchased the store and over the decades the building changed hands several times. Unfortunately, neglect led to its decline and the once beautiful building had become a blight to First St. This is where our story really begins, Miss Anna Mae Rademacher, a retired teacher as well as owner and proprietor of the Farmers’ Merchant Café next door and our unofficial First Street Ambassador, purchased this sadly neglected building in 2011. In 2012 with determination and a dream, she created a place for talented and skilled local and regional Missouri Artists to exhibit, sell, demonstrate and teach their Art.
In May 2015, Anna Mae sold the Farmers’ Merchant Café to focus more on the gallery and in July of 2015, AWOM became a 501©3 a Not for Profit Corporation. Our mission is to promote the Arts through Education, Exhibits and Outreach while providing a venue that will also enhance historic downtown Owensville. Anna laid down the foundation for AWOM to build on, it is our goal to continue to expand our membership base and establish an endowment fund for the Gallery and the Anna Mae Rademacher Arts Scholarship, which was created to honor Anna who passed away in December of 2016. The Gallery and Art Scholarship is Anna’s Legacy to the community she loved so much.
Up to $500 is available annually for Art Scholarships to seniors who intend to pursue their education in the Arts (Visual, Theatre, Music, etc.) following graduation. The Scholarship competition is open to graduating seniors from OHS and HHS. Since 2012, we have been displaying, selling, and creating a network of a wonderful array of talented and skilled Artists and Artisans from various locals in Missouri. We have created unique events such as our Annual Gasconade County Co. “Fair Plein Air”, and throughout the year various arts and crafts events and classes provided by our Artists/Artisans members and volunteers to encourage our community to participate and enjoy the Arts.
The funds for AWOM, come from our annual membership fee from Artist, Artisan, Business and Community members, as well as donors and supporters of the Arts.
To learn more about becoming a member or a volunteer, you may call us at 573-437-2502, or find us on Facebook at: http//www.facebook.com/113N1stOwen or stop by for a visit.
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