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Springfield Missouri’s National Art Shop closing as owners retire

National Art Shop, a go-to place for local artists for decades, is set to close its doors for the last time Wednesday.

Jean and Jerry Sanders, who opened the store in 1970, are retiring and have been unable to find anyone to buy them out and continue selling art supplies.

The decision ends 51 years in business that began with a simple problem: Jerry Sanders’ mother and aunt — local artists Louise Prater and Lucille Hammond — couldn’t find art supplies for sale in the Queen City.

There were a few paint stores they could buy from, but selection was limited, and that got Jerry Sanders thinking.

“I had always wanted my own business, and I made a few calls to the art museum and some art professors about the lack of an art supply store,” he told the News-Leader in 1995. “I got a positive response.”

Soon enough, he

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Kevin Costner’s ‘National Parks’ Drama Back in Business at ABC

ABC is committed to exploring national parks with Kevin Costner.

The Disney-backed broadcast network has handed out a pilot order to National Parks, the drama written by the Yellowstone star.

The pickup marks the second pilot order in two years for the project from A+E Studios and Disney’s 20th Television. ABC last year was unable to film the pilot amid the pandemic and extended options on the drama from showrunner Aaron Helbing (The Flash).

Gallery: 35 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Coming in 2021, Including ‘Loki,’ ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Bel-Air’ (Variety)

a woman standing in front of a refrigerator: The new calendar year is stacked to the brim with some of the biggest names in film, but this time they'll be tackling their roles on television instead.  Many of Marvel's upcoming projects are aimed at streaming, with some of the heroes from their blockbuster movies being expounded upon in spinoff series. "WandaVision" premieres Friday, Jan. 15 as the first in the long lineup of that studio's small-screen projects, including "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and "Loki."  But other widely anticipated shows are inbound too. "Dexter" will see the revival of everyone's favorite serial killer in a Showtime limited series this year, while "Friends" will have a special reunion event. Other shows to expect include "The Nevers," "The Underground Railroad" and a series based on the "Halo" gaming franchise.  Check out a list of this 2021's most anticipated series below. View the full Article

National Parks revolves around the small group of elite NPS agents as they solve these crimes while protecting these national treasures. Costner, Helbing and Jon Baird will co-write the script. The trio exec produce alongside A+E Studios president Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson. Rod Lake, Ivan Cohen and Ken Halsband will oversee for Costner’s Territory Pictures Entertainment. Anthony

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Smithsonian, National Gallery to close as covid-19 cases spike

Similar shutdowns were announced earlier this week in Philadelphia and Chicago, representing the start of a second wave of shutdowns eight months after covid-19 first prompted widespread closures.

National Gallery of Art Director Kaywin Feldman and Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III decided to take action after monitoring the recent rise in coronavirus cases being reported.

“We both expressed growing concern about the increased number of cases in the region and across the country and came to the conclusion that caution needed to prevail to protect our visitors and staff,” Feldman said.

“It can’t help but feel like a step backward,” Feldman said about the decision. “But what’s different this time is we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The prospect of a vaccine lifts our spirits. We have big plans for next year and lots to look forward to. We need to keep people

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House approves bill to create Latino museum on National Mall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill to establish a Smithsonian museum for American Latinos that would showcase Latino history, art and culture.

The bill was approved Monday by a voice vote and now goes to the Senate, where it has bipartisan support.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus hailed the bill’s passage, noting that a museum honoring Latinos has been under consideration for more than 15 years.

“The Latino story is an American story, and our history is a central thread in the history of our nation,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, the group’s chairman.

“Latinos have fought in every U.S. war. Food and music from Latin America are enjoyed in every American city. American Latinos are parents, veterans, teachers, activists, innovators, artists, scientists, business owners … and so much more,” Castro said. ”Now, more than ever, America’s Latinos deserve to have our story told and our voices to

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