News Release 066

"Tuesdays at the Capitol" in April features folk artists

Volume 39-066 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 16, 2011 – The Missouri State Museum is partnering with the Missouri Folk Arts Program to sponsor “Tuesdays at the Capitol” for the 24th year. This annual event brings Missouri’s best traditional artists to the museum for live, hands-on demonstrations. On two Tuesdays this April, demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol.

On April 5, Ray Joe Hastings and his apprentice Steve Eikerman, both of Doniphan, will display the art of Ozark “gig-making” and tell stories about “gigging.” This traditional way to fish at night is particularly suited to the clear rivers and streams of the region. Traditional Ozark gigs are hand forged out of metal into the shape of a fork, or trident and attached to wooden poles or arrow shafts.

On April 12, Peggy Kinder of Gladstone and her apprentice JaNae Fritz of Independence will demonstrate the art of “Potawatomi hand-stitched ribbon work.” Ribbon work is an important and prominent decorative element used to adorn the traditional clothing worn at tribal and intertribal events such as powwows.

The artists who demonstrate during these programs are current participants in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, which pairs master traditional artists with talented apprentices to pass artistic and cultural traditions on to the next generation. Missouri Folk Arts Program and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program 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. Missouri Folk Arts Program was established in 1984 and builds cross-cultural understanding by documenting, conserving, and presenting Missouri’s living folk arts and folk life in collaboration with Missouri’s citizens.

The Missouri State Museum is located on the first floor of the Capitol building at 201 West Capitol Avenue in Jefferson City. The museum, a part of the Missouri state park system, is open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, contact the Missouri State Museum office at 573-751-2854 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit