STARCO to reopen gallery and gift shop

    The Steelville Arts Council (STARCO) will re-open Gallery Zeke and Heartland Arts in July after closure on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Gallery Zeke and Heartland Arts will open their doors again to the public on July 3. Gallery Zeke’s hours will be Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Heartland Arts Gifts and Gallery will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    The first art exhibit to be on display will be “Art of the Quarantine,” open from July 3-25 at Gallery Zeke. This exhibit will examine what artists have been creating during this most unusual time in our country. Artwork can be any medium, but must have been created during the pandemic months from March to the present.
    The deadline to enter artwork for this show is June 21 and interested artists should visit STARCO’s website at for details on how to enter art in the show.
    Due to COVID-19, the STARCO board of directors held a special meeting on Wednesday, May 27, and took emergency action to approve an amendment to the organization’s bylaws. This amendment postpones the organization’s annual meeting until May of 2021 and allows board members with expiring terms (Rosella Roberts, Jim Barnett III, and Annette Burdett) to serve an additional one-year term.
    Many community organizations, such as the Steelville Arts Council, are experiencing the economic impact of the current crisis. Those who are in a position to help STARCO through these challenging times, are asked to please consider a charitable donation to ensure the next 10 years of its existence. Donations can be made online at ​​ or by contacting a STARCO Board Member.
    STARCO President Scott Perkins had announced closure of the organization’s theater and galleries on Wednesday, March 18, along with cancellations and postponements of upcoming events in order to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with state and regional health departments.