Our co-op style art gallery is run by a group of friends who are all working artists. Many of us are juried members of the Missouri Artisans Association (Best of Missouri Hands). We met each other showing our work together in our tents at fine art and craft shows around the area in the years prior to opening the gallery. Eventually, we wanted a permanent place out of the elements where we could share and sell our art year-round. We were drawn to the beauty of the area, the quaintness of the town and the already thriving working artist community. We opened Simpatico in historic downtown Clarksville on the banks of the Mississippi in July of 2006.
Simpatico currently features the work of nine Missouri Artists. The type of work available includes nature photography, several types of glass and jewelry, wearable fiber art, willow furniture, pottery, baskets, sculptures and more. A visiting artist member of the co-op is on hand each weekend to greet visitors and to discuss their inspiration and processes. Our gallery is connected through an inside door to the Great River Road Pottery and Wood Shop. When our potter friend, Erin Garrison (also a Best of Missouri Hands juried member), is throwing or firing pots during the week you will be able to visit our gallery as well. If you come to town and she is not open, please call the phone number posted on her door and she will come over and let you in if she is available.
Simpatico is a word that is found in several different languages; English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. It means agreeable, likeable, being on the same wave-length and congenial. That is how we see ourselves and our art work. We hope you will stop by and visit us and this wonderful town!