Exhibit puts different spin on Quincy art scene

Zachary C. Meyer, organizer of the Chameleon Collective Art Expo, hangs a piece of art at the Quincy Mall. The exhibit will run through Sunday, Sept. 22, and is open during mall hours. The show features 16 local artists. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)
Posted: Sep. 13, 2013 10:45 am Updated: Sep. 27, 2013 2:15 pm

By STEVE EIGHINGERHerald-Whig Staff Writer

Zach Meyer says the Chameleon Collective's purpose is to bring a new kind of edge to the local art scene.

"And I continue to see signs that the different approaches we offer are being accepted and welcomed," said Meyer, who founded the Chameleon Collective a few years ago to help provide an outlet for local artists who may look beyond the traditional audience.

Examples of what this local art guild offers are on display through Sept. 22 at the Quincy Mall. The display is in the west end of the mall where the former Mustard Seed Christian book store used to be.

The show is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

This is the second show for the Chameleon Collective, following what Meyer said was a successful 2011 display, also at the mall.

"This is a show that is 100 percent local, with artists from Quincy, Hannibal, Ursa and Carthage," Meyer said.

Meyer said he came up with the concept of the Chameleon Collective after graduating from art school in Kansas City and returning home to Quincy. Meyer, a sculptor who is showing "whimsical wishing wells" at the current display, aligned himself with other non-traditional artists who work together to promote their own original pieces of art.

Meyer says many of the offerings at the mall are unique, unusual or a combination of both.

Local artist Sylvana Purcell deals with embroidery and fabric art, offering pieces that are "incredibly intricate," Meyer said.

The colors Purcell uses come from vegetable dye.

Joe Conover is another artist whose work offers an unusual twist.

"Joe is an encaustic artist -- he paints with wax," Meyer said. "Joe is recognized in the community for his work and his art sells very well."

All artwork on display is for sale, Meyer said. The price range is from $50 to $1,200. Much of what is on display is in the $300 to $600 range, Meyer said.