Springfield

Large mural art and culture festival coming to downtown Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Midwest’s largest mural art and culture festival is coming to downtown Springfield with over $10,000 raised to make the event happen.

Meg Wagler, founder of Mid x Midwest, came up with the idea after switching careers from graphic design to visual arts.

“It was challenging to get paid a respectable amount. I think that it was maybe not the norm in this region,” says Wagler.

In 2019, Wagler started putting the festival together.

“That was hard to do without any seed funding, so we just went ahead and postponed the whole thing so that we could do it correctly.”

In 2021, Wager started a campaign with hopes of raising $10,000 for the event. She raised $10,423.

“It’s exciting on a couple of different levels. I think it means that people believe in the idea. Now we have a little bit more leverage to move forward

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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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