Clara Straight Retrospective Exhibit

In Recognition of a Grand Lady

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Clara Straight has lead a very remarkable life. We at the Kirksville Arts Association would like to honor Clara and support her artwork. We will be exhibiting her paintings/artwork in the gallery June 21st to August 30th, 2019.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 by Clara’s 100th birthday on August 28, 2019. We hope you will help us reach that goal. We will be hosting different fundraising events throughout the year and hope you will support this special campaign. In June 2019, in honor of Clara’s 100th birthday, the Kirksville Arts Association will have an exhibit of Clara’s private collection of her favorite works. 

Please download the brochure here for more information on how you can help.

Summer on the Square

Yes, it’s still cold and dull outside, but it’s never too early to start thinking about warmer weather. Check out these event dates and put them in your calendar, because Summer on the Square isn’t that far away!

Summer on the Square Line-Up:


07 – “Keota” – Acoustic With Attitude – Macon MO (sponsored by Fort Chariton – Yarrow) 

14 – “D. Clinton & M. Cochran” – Folk / Blues – Springfield MO

21 – “Show Me Brass” – Brass Band – Columbia MO (sponsored by Maxwell’s – Kirksville)

26 – “Jimmy and Karla Campbell” – Bluegrass – Baldwin City KS



05 – “Arron Russell Band” – Country / Rock – Springfield MO (sponsored by Chariton Valley Associates – Kirksville)

12 – “Kirksville Community Band” – Kirksville MO

19 – “Renewed” – Gospel Quartet – Kirksville MO

26 – “Pumptown Family Band” – High Energy – Ellston IA



02 – “Miracles Rising” – Contemporary Vocal – Kirksville MO

09 – “No Apology” – Old Style Country – Greentop MO

16 – “Lenny Spy” – Blues / Rock – Columbia MO

23 – “Deadwood” – Country / Rock – Kirksville MO

30 – “Truman Steel” – Percussion – Kirksville MO

Friends of the Gallery Fundraiser



Dear Kirksville Arts Community,
Please join us next Friday, March 1st for the 20th Annual Friends of the Gallery Fundraiser: Dream On, to be held in the University Art Gallery in Ophelia Parrish on the Truman State University Campus. Without these funds many of the national and international caliber exhibitions we bring to Kirksville would be out of reach, and funding for area school children to visit the gallery would be unavailable. This year’s theme “Dream On” reflects on the current exhibitions (last day also March 1st) and invites us to dream about the future of arts in Kirksville.
Suggested donation of $40 reduced to $20 to paying members of KAA and MOSI.
RSVP to / 660-785-4133
Best wishes,
The Friends of the Gallery Committee

Murder Mystery Dinner

Hello KAA Members, there’s a fun event coming up you may want to attend!

Take Root Cafe is partnering with the Curtain Call Theater to host a Murder Mystery Dinner. Ticket price is $50, but it’s worth it for a decadent 4-course French New Orleans inspired meal! The theme is: Mardis Gras, Masks, and Murder!

The dinner will be held at Take Root Cafe on February 16th, 5-9:30 PM.

For more details, please visit their facebook page at:

For more upcoming events from the Curtain Call Theater or Take Root Cafe, visit their websites here:

Curtain Call Theater Website

Take Root Cafe Website

North Missouri Fiber Artists

North Missouri Fiber Artists

The purpose of this group is to explore the fiber arts and related topics. We seek to inspire, encourage, educate and share the joys of fiber arts with others. We provide a forum for showing work and getting meaningful feedback. The current interests of active members are broad including: sewing, cross stitch, dyeing, spinning, knitting, crochet and weaving. Exchange information and ideas. The group is open to anyone, at any stage of development in the fiber arts (from “want to learn” to expert) who is interested in participating in the Guild. We currently meet on the third Saturday of most months from 2-4 pm.