NVAD Village News January 2023

The Artsy


Happy New Year from NVAD!

Hi NVAD Friends, Happy 2023! Thank you for being a part of our NVAD community. Our volunteer board works to promote our area and our businesses through First Fridays and other art opportunities and appreciates our members and friends participation.

A few highlights from 2022:

〉 12 successful First Fridays
〉 Installation of over 15 works of art as part of the North Village Arts Walk, generously funded by Veterans United Foundation
〉 Provided additional signage, radio advertising and social media to promote NVAD

Things to look for in 2023

〉 Additional NVAD Art Walk installations
〉 Updated NVAD members booklet
〉 Development of the Orr St. Park (former Ameren site) by city of Columbia Parks and Recreation
〉 Installation of additional way-finding signage for our area
〉 Plus more in the works!


Again, our entire board appreciates our businesses and friends, and the creative community they help to maintain!

Tootie Burns

President, North Village Arts District

First Friday

NVAD hosts a free art crawl on the first Friday of each month from 6 -9pm. Galleries, shops, and businesses will be open and hosting music, art demonstrations, activities, refreshments, and much more. Join us for this family-friendly event.

First Friday is this week,
January 6th!

Member Spotlight: Curations573

“Gallery of Gifting” January Extravaganza
Wednesday – Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm

This holiday season, Curations573—Where local happens, is offering an extravaganza of gallery-quality gifts under $100 each during “Gallery of Gifting.” This is the perfect opportunity to buy art and support local artists and artisan, while also giving a unique, meaningful gift to someone special. The gallery is now open for extended hours this week and next and has a private parking lot for customers just steps away from their front door. Gift wrapping and packaging services are available to customers to make gift-giving even easier. This is the perfect way to show your support for local artists, and artisans, and give the gift of art this holiday season. Don’t miss out on the Gallery of Gifting holiday extravaganza at Curations573.

Wednesday – Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm at 1103 East Walnut Street, Columbia, MO.
Or, text 573-424-3352 for availability and to schedule private shopping experiences! 


Local musicians are featured at many venues and businesses throughout the North Village Art District including First Fridays. Be sure to visit each location’s website for who is playing and when.

Here are a few music venue calendars:

Cafe Berlin

The Blue Note

Fretboard Coffee Open Mic Night

Rose Music Hall

NVAD Featured Exhibit:

Sager | Reeves Masters Exhibit

Columbians are fortunate to live in a town with access to many unique shops, restaurants, and bookstores. One of Columbia’s many treasures is the Sager Reeves Gallery at 1025 East Walnut in the heart of the North Village Arts District. In addition to monthly exhibits, Sager Reeves brings the Masters Exhibit to Columbia every year which includes a combination of works by famous and lesser-known artists. 

This year’s exhibit includes works by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali as well as art by Corita Kent, Leonor Fini,  and Ben Cameron. The intention of combining works by famous artists with lesser-known artists is to provide a broader picture of the way in which artists influenced each other and how cultural events shaped the messages and styles of their work. An understanding of the relationships between artists, their living situations, and social circles, creates truer stories of the artists behind the art.

The Masters Exhibit began in December and will continue through the end of January. Although many of the works in the exhibit have been purchased, there will be a “refresh” and purchased pieces will be replaced by new works. The new exhibit pieces will be available the first week of January for gallery members. The gallery will be open for public viewing on the First Friday of 2023 – January 6th. 

In the spirit of local business collaboration, books are available in the Sager Reeves onsite shop. Yellow Dog Bookshop curates a reading experience for each exhibit which includes books about specific artists, topics related to the exhibit, artistic styles, and more. In addition, Sager Reeves merchandise is available with special reduced pricing for gallery members.

Interested in being more involved in bringing art to Columbia? Sager Reeves offers membership to the gallery in 3 tiers. For more information about membership pricing or if you’re interested in scheduling a private tour of the gallery,  you can check out the Sager Reeves website.

Upcoming Events in the North Village Arts District

North Village Arts District First Friday

This Friday! January 6th! | 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
More information below

Curations 573 “Gallery of Gifting”

Gallery-quality gifts under $100 each! First Friday and Wednesday – Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm
at 1103 E Walnut Street. F
ree parking.

First Friday Sager | Reeves Masters Exhibit

This Friday! January 6th! 1025 E Walnut St. 

First Friday After Party at Serendipity

This Friday! 9PM – 11:30PM
Music by DJ KVREEM | Hosted by J. ARTiz & MO’ Soul Collective | $10 at the door | Ages 21+

"The Gymnast" by Larry Young

North Village Art Walk Featuring:

“The Gymnast” by Larry Young

The North Village Art Walk is pleased to feature Larry Young’s bronze sculpture “The Gymnast”, which stands proudly on Walnut Street in front of Love Columbia. The 7-foot bronze sculpture is inspired by the 1972 Olympic performance of Russian gymnast Olga Korbut. The artist was so inspired by her movements on the beam that he wanted to capture that moment forever. The North Village Art Walk is a program of the North Village Arts District that curates and promotes public art. It is funded by Veterans United Foundation and aims to create an urban art experience that is accessible to all. The featured sculpture is just one part of the Art Walk, which features over 30 pieces of public art. The Gymnast is a stunning example of Larry Young’s artistry and dedication to capturing the moments that inspire us. We are proud to feature The Gymnast as part of the North Village Art Walk and hope that it will continue to inspire viewers for years to come.

Speaking of the Arts

Mid-Missouri is fortunate to have a weekly radio program focused on visual art, music, literature, and more. Speaking of the Arts hosted by Diana Moxon the former Executive Director of the Columbia Art League interviews art makers and explores all aspects of creative expression. 

Speaking of the Arts can be heard Thursdays on 89.5 KOPN from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

NVAD Members: Be sure to check your email inbox for information about your membership dues for 2023!

Have questions about this page or the North Village Arts District? Contact us

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