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'Band of Artists' exhibit at Depot defined as 'unique'

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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Sikeston Depot Museum Director Mike Marsh (left) and Doug Dirnberger, art teacher at Notre Dame Regional High School, discuss one of the projects submitted for the high school student art show, "Band of Artists." Leonna Heuring, Staff
SIKESTON -- The latest exhibit at the Sikeston Depot Museum offers a unique way to blend music and art.

"The dictionary defines unique as: 'existing as the only one or as the sole example; having no like or equal," said Sikeston Depot Museum Director Mike Marsh.

Marsh said "unique" is an appropriate description of "Band of Artists," the new exhibit at the Sikeston Depot Museum, which officially opens today and runs through June 30.

Marsh said he got the idea for the new exhibit while recently visiting his son in Omaha, Neb.

"Someone had painted a landscape scene on a guitar, and that got me thinking," Marsh said.

The result of that idea, Marsh said, were silhouettes of a wide variety of musical instruments drawn onto plywood. A class from the Sikeston Career and Technology Center cut out the pieces. Then eight different regional high schools volunteered to turn those cut-outs into works of art, Marsh said.

"Our only instructions to the students were to go crazy and do something creative and out of the ordinary," explained Marsh. "Boy, did they come through."

Students from Sikeston, East Prairie, Charleston, New Madrid County Central, Dexter, Poplar Bluff, Notre Dame and Saxony Lutheran schools produced the final products.

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