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Blasts From the Past

| musicians | speakers | special events

We are in our ninth year of providing a home for the arts in the West Plains area. Local artists show their work in our gallery. We present regular musical performances, and host several area special events. This page has information about some of the happenings at the Yellow House over the years. If you'd like to be listed here, or if you'd like to change your listing here, contact us. We include links to your site or online reviews, if available.






Among those whose work has appeared in our gallery are the following:

David Lakish
This longtime Ozark County painter creates pastoral images and landscapes in the Impressionist tradition.

Michael McClure -- Ozarks Impressionist Painter
McClure works in watermedia, pastel and oils. He presently operates Michael McClure Fine Art & Murals, a studio/art gallery near Willow Springs. He divides his time between fine art painting and murals.

Kitty Chrysalis
Kitty Chrysalis is a fiber artist. Her recent work is a result of her love of recycling, and is made mostly from salvaged copper wiring. She also uses some found objects and lampworked glass beads as focal points in her pieces. Her motto is, “Work with what you've got.”

Dana Leake
Dana Leake, marquetarian, is a long-time resident of the Ozarks. He has had a life-long interest in woodworking, and for the past several years has turned his hand to the ancient art of marquetry. This allows him the artistic freedom to create his art while making a conscious effort to respect the woodlands surrounding his home and studio at Dogwood Hill.

Susan Leslie Lumsden
The original “Rebel Quilter,” Susan Lumsden's art quilts were a great hit in our gallery. Susan recently served as curator for Roots of Racism: Ignorance and Fear, an art quilt show touring nationally.

Bruce Carr
In 2002 Bruce was experiencing retinal detachment in his left eye. Emergency surgery was able to re-attach the retina, but the vision in that eye is now impaired. In February of 2004, he began an apprenticeship as a photographer, either in spite of or because of the impairment. In June, he displayed an exhibit of paintings, poems and photographs at the Yellow House, entitled The Dismantled Eye. He also entered his first photography show at the Harlin Museum. His photograph entitled Kitty received a Best In Show award. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.



We have regular musical performances, ranging from bluegrass, country, and rock to Celtic, jazz, and classical. Among the artists who have performed at the Yellow House over the years are the following:

Still on the Hill
Kelly Mulholland and Donna Henschell live in Arkansas and perform internationally. Encompassing bluegrass and folk, their repertoire is entertaining, and the duo are visually dynamic as well as musically gifted.

Jim Scott
 An immensely talented musician and singer, Jim sings songs which make us think--and he manages to make us laugh, too.

Stan Slaughter  
The "Eco Troubadour," Stan's music and his message are not only entertaining but educational. He's tremendously amusing and thought-provoking.

3rd Window  
Performing as a duo, 3rd Window put on a show that was creative, unique and full of energy. 3rd Window blended rock, folk, jazz, tribal and funk with soulful lyrics for a compelling musical sound.

Marideth Sisco   
A native Ozarker, storyteller and songbird, Marideth wows the crowd every time with an eclectic mix of tunes ranging from old time country to torch songs.

The Fantods   
Led by our favorite microbrewer, Steve Markley, on banjo, the Fantods perform newgrass music. Dana Leake, Gary Due, and Dennis Crider fill out the rest of the group.

Brad Smith
 In addition to being our longest serving board member, Brad's music is a favorite. He performs folk-flavored rock, including original compositions by local musicians and poets.



We have had a number of speakers present programs at the Yellow House.  Among them have been members of the community. Others have been Missouri Humanities Council speakers from their Speakers Bureau.

Simon Jones
In conjunction with the National Audio Theatre Festival in June 2003, Simon Jones, the voice of Arthur Dent in the BBC's production of A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, gave a reading of new material by Douglas Adams.

David Ossman
Yes, that David Ossman. This member of the Firesign Theater performed a benefit for the Yellow House while he was in West Plains as part of the National Audio Theater Festival in May 2002. The evening included Ossman's performance with backing music by local musicians.

Daniel Woodrell
West Plains resident and author, including novels Woe to Live On (made into the film Ride with the Devil by director Ang Lee) and Tomato Red, spoke about writing at the Yellow House in 2000.

Dr. Fred Pfister
Dr. Pfister, editor of The Ozark Mountaineer, has presented two programs at the Yellow House:

  • Whatever Happened to Alf Bolin’s Head?: Bushwhackers, Guerrillas, and the Civil War in the Ozarks: 1860-1900
  • Walt Whitman (1819-1892): Memories of President Lincoln

Alex Primm
An independent scholar specializing in oral history and the Ozarks presented Rivers of Timber: The Big Piney and Beyond. Daniel Boone’s son began rafting lumber in the 1820s. The trade continued until the Depression. Men and women who worked on Ozark rivers left stories, folklore and a wilderness culture which amazes and entertains.

Denise Henderson Vaughn
An award-winning reporter for the West Plains Daily Quill, Vaughn is also a long-time member of the Ozarks Resource Center board.  Vaughn has her own project with ORC in which she travels to area schools discussing the karst topography of the Ozarks. She presented her program at the Yellow House.


Special Events

The Yellow House is also the home of some area special events:

Earth Day
An outdoor festival presented by the Ozarks Resource Center. For the past five years, our parent organization, Ozarks Resource Center, has organized West Plains' Earth Day celebration. For two years the event took place on the grounds of the Yellow House Community Arts Center.

St. Patrick's Day Feast

Each March 17, the Yellow House has a special St. Patrick's Day dinner. The menu includes corned beef and cabbage, vegetables, rolls, and desserts. We also offer Celtic music for our diners.

The Italian Dinner

Held on or near Columbus Day, the Yellow House has established a new tradition--the Italian Dinner. The first dinner featured unforgettable lasagna and the talents of Pamela Pyles Linkhart, world-class opera singer.

The Hallowe’en Ball

Each year the Yellow House becomes the Haunted House, featuring the traditional performance of the “Monster Mash.”

Concert at the River

Annual outdoor benefit concert presented by Ozarks Resource Center and the Yellow House.


The Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 W. Cleveland, PO Box 21, West Plains, Missouri 65775
The Yellow House is a project of Ozarks Resource Center, a not-for-profit organization
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