(Photo by Tim Jaynes, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Three award-winning artists, several different art forms -- one family.
"A Family Portrait: The Artwork of Annie, David and Laura," will feature a variety of art by three members of the Schuchart family: Annie Schuchart of Sikeston and her two youngest children, David Schuchart, 24, of St. Louis and Laura Schuchart, 19, who is attending the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
The exhibit opens Saturday with a reception from 5-7 p.m. and will run through December.
Annie Schuchart said all five of her children showed a talent for the arts but it was her two youngest who had the best opportunity to develop their talent.
She explained it was when these two were young that she transformed the upstairs room of their home into studio space and became active in her painting. "They were up there with me a lot," she said. "They were exposed to it more."
This exposure was enough of an influence that both went on to study art at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
David Schuchart majored in art history, graduating with a bachelor's of fine arts.
"He's working at Gateway Exhibits in St. Louis," Annie Schuchart said. "They design and build trade show booths. It's art related so he's enjoying it."
Laura Schuchart is currently taking classes with an emphasis in studio art.
"I think its wonderful. It is risky to go into something that is not guaranteed an income," Annie Schuchart said. "I understand it because when you have that passion for art within you it is wonderful if you can do it."
This Sikeston Depot exhibit will feature the latest paintings by Annie Schuchart, most of which are watercolors. "It is definitely my favorite medium," she said.
Her paintings, both watercolors and oils, display a wide range of styles, techniques and subject matter. Along with landscapes and florals, "I've been doing more face and figure ideas lately," she said.
In addition to being known throughout Missouri, Annie Schuchart's work is also currently in a gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., she said, "which is pretty exciting for me."
As this is the first exhibit to feature their pieces, David Schuchart and Laura Schuchart are excited by the Sikeston Depot show.
"It's a great opportunity," David Schuchart said. "I know this isn't my mom's first, but it's pretty much the first for me and Laura, being so young."
Much of the art by David Schuchart that will be on display is best described as sculpture as they are three-dimensional pieces.
"I like to think of it as 'junk art,'" he said.
Going far beyond simply displaying found objects, David Schuchart's pieces are very often anthropomorphic and kinetic, equipped with servomotors so they move.
"I also have some robots which I did, which I think would be the extreme of kinetic sculptures," he said.
Much of the artwork by Laura Schuchart will also be three-dimensional but using a more conventional medium: ceramic.
"She'll have some bowls and vases, other unique creations she's done," Annie Schuchart said.
For example, one piece is a pair of wings painted to evoke the four seasons. "She's got a pretty good imagination," Annie Schuchart said.
In addition to their other pieces, the exhibit will also include pencil portraits by both of the younger Schucharts.
"They've always been very good at drawing," Annie Schuchart said. "I've still got some pictures David drew when he was four years old because I was so impressed with how detailed they were." Laura, she added, "has always done really well, too, in drawing, and had a eye for it."
While this isn't the first exhibit Annie Schuchart has had at the Depot with a family member -- a previous show there featured her paintings alongside those painted by her sister, Margaret Schneider of Chesterfield -- this show is a bit different.
"I'm very excited about it," she said. "It is special to do it with my two children."
The opening Saturday, which will include string music by Miriam Brehmer and friends, is free and open to the public.
For more information call the Depot at 481-9967.