"Tuesdays at the Capitol" features Folk Artists During April

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-076 For Immediate Release: March 25, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is partnering with the Missouri Folk Arts Program to sponsor "Tuesdays at the Capitol" in April. This annual event brings Missouri's best traditional artists to the Missouri State Museum for live demonstrations. The hands-on demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Missouri State Museum, located on the first floor of the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

On April 14, fifth generation German-American furniture maker Keith Baumstark and his apprentice Ryan Baumstark, both from Hermann, will speak about their family heritage and tradition and will showcase Old World joinery or woodworking and other furniture-making techniques.

On April 21, Linda Hickman from Williamsburg and her apprentice, Gloria Acker from Chesterfield, will create German-style bobbin lace, also known as "kloppelei." Various finished pieces of their intricate lace work will be displayed.

On April 28, blacksmith Pat McCarty from Washington and his apprentice, Doug Knight from Owensville, will exhibit blacksmithing techniques and a variety of hand-forged utilitarian and decorative objects.

The artists are past or present participants in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP), which pairs master traditional artists with talented apprentices to pass artistic and cultural traditions on to the next generation.

The Missouri Folk Arts Program (MFAP) and TAAP are funded by the Missouri Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Established in 1984, MFAP builds cross-cultural understanding by documenting, conserving and presenting Missouri's living folk arts and folk life in collaboration with Missouri's citizens.

For more information, contact the Missouri State Museum at 573-751-2854, the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf), or Deb Bailey at the Missouri Folk Arts Program at 573-882-3653 or BaileyDA@missouri.edu. For information on state parks and historic sites, visit www.mostateparks.com.