Catapult After Hours Series Opens Sept. 10

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The After Hours: Conversations on Art and Culture series opens the 2020-2021 season on Sept. 10 with this semester’s topic, “The Business of Art: Artists as Entrepreneurs.”

The event, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Catapult Creative House, will feature Jean Rissover, owner and operator of E•KleK•Tix Gallery and Studio in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place. The event will also be available on Zoom at https://semo.zoom.us/j/98206798595.

Rissover has operated the one-room, one-woman E•KleK•Tix Gallery since 2017. She began painting in 2011 after retiring from a career in journalism. Previously, she also served as a social worker and taught social work courses at Washington University in St. Louis and St. Louis University. Much of her work, which is largely figurative, is based on or inspired by experiences from her past.

In her presentation, “Running a Small Gallery for Fun If Not Profit,” Rissover will focus on her experiences as an entrepreneur. She will explore non-financial reasons for opening a gallery space; the gallery as a space for promoting the arts in the community; and the role of a gallery in the encouragement of local artists.

This semester’s After Hours topic, “The Business of Art: Artists as Entrepreneurs,” reminds participants that many artists are independent contractors who, in addition to creating art, must exhibit and market their work. The key is to understand the differences between strategies and venues in order to succeed as an entrepreneur. The speakers for this semester’s series will expound on the intricacies of various institutions, such as galleries, museums and non-profit organizations.

After Hours: Conversations on Art and Culture lectures take place at Catapult Creative House. They are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to tour the entire Catapult facilities, including the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Art and Design students’ studios upstairs, as well as the Catapult Creative Shoppe, which features student work and local business products.

Catapult Creative House is located at 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information contact Leah Powers at lepowers@semo.edu or (573) 290-5372.

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