Collaborative Miniature Paintings by Horrel, Bailey Showcased in Transition Spaces 15.2


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 19, 2015 — Aaron Horrel and Barbara Bailey: Transition Spaces 15.2 opens Oct. 30 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to view the exhibition beginning Oct. 30. An opening reception will be held 4-8 p.m. Nov. 6. The artist talk will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 12. The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 24. Admission is free.

“BARBARON” is an acronym coined by combining the first names of Barbara Bailey and Aaron Horrell as an artistic venture in July 2014. The BARBARON minis are collaborative miniature paintings on Masonite. Each piece begins as an abstract work. They pass the work back and forth taking turns adding colorful recognizable creatures and developing interesting landscapes in an unexpected manner.

Bailey attended explorative art classes at Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University, which inspired the BARBARON minis. She has always enjoyed creating artwork in her spare time.

Horrell is a self-taught artist and manages the Painted Wren Art Gallery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. His love of nature has been an important part of his life.

The BARBARON mini story has been featured in the Cash-Book Journal, the Banner Press, the Southeast Missourian and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The article was picked up by the Associated Press and ran nationally in several cities, including Washington, D.C, San Diego, California, and Columbia, Missouri.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email