Leandra Spangler makes art with ordinary objects
Local papermaking artist textures her creations with Legos, zippers and buttons
The silver mylar that lines potato chip bags, candy wrappers and the patterns inside security envelopes might be the perfect addition to Leandra Spangler’s latest collage. As an artist, she finds inspiration in the stuff most people throw away.
Make this: Artsy pumpkins without the mess
Four alteratives to carving your pumpkin for the Fall season
Pumpkin is the gourd we can’t get enough of, the squash we can’t quash. But carving is so been-there-done-that. Lace up your Martha Stewart apron because we’ve got some decorations to make. No knives or goo scrapers necessary.
Mid-Missouri's gun culture
A special look at people who love guns
(Web Exclusive) In this special package, Vox focuses on the people who love guns or have careers involving firearms. A different side of Columbia isn't represented here — those for stricter gun control laws.
Lauren Rundquist's jewelry is featured in local boutiques
A hobby becomes a business for a CoMo artist
Lauren Rundquist has been making jewelry ever since she started wishing her outfits had more sparkle. After repeatedly being asked by family, friends and strangers where they could find the pieces she wore, Rundquist started selling her creations by request.
Children's book binds generations
Family publishes The Gift of the Butterfly Box
As a divorced mother raising two children, Sue Ann Jackson scribbled down ideas and poems in her journal whenever she had time. The notes began forming an outline of The Gift of the Butterfly Box, a story about a little girl named Varia who’s born in the town of Safesame. Nearly three decades later, Jackson’s journal became an 82-page children’s book with oil, watercolor and pastel illustrations by four generations of women.
Video: Stephens College duo produces film in less than 24 hours
Filmmaking friends find fun in challenge
(Web Exclusive) For friends and filmmakers Meredith Jacob and Madeline Carl, making a film should be a fun adventure. This month, the two competed in a film competition together. The catch? They were tied down to a specific theme and had to include a silly line. To make it more of a challenge, they duo had only 24 hours to do it.
Storm drain art finished in time for Roots 'N' Blues
Artists paint the sidewalks to raise awareness
The purpose of nine new paintings on Columbia’s sidewalks is to spread awareness and education about the dangers of polluting stormwater drains. Mike Heimos, Columbia’s stormwater educator and the man behind the idea, hopes the project will make people realize their effect on local waterways. Any candy wrapper or cigarette butt down the drain will go directly into local creeks and streams, Heimos says.
VIDEO: Bill Wilkey, Pottery Guru: How-to
Wilkey turns clay into art
(Web Exclusive) Wilkey, 26, is an MU graduate student in art with an emphasis in studio ceramics. He says he likes to create art that is beautiful and useful. He shows Vox reporter Rob Abel how he turns a ball of clay into a pitcher. Recently, Wilkey finished a collection of porcelain dinnerware.
Video: The Dango Tabbycats
1960s-inspired rock band practice in the "Casino Dungeon"
(Web Exclusive) With band leader Benny Pritchard on the keyboard, The Dango Tabbycats like to create a vibrant sound they describe as "60s rock 'n' roll that loves girls." Vox reporter Sarah Karney takes a look inside their "Casino Dungeon."
Video: A Walk in the Woods
(Web Exclusive) Natural history biologist Chris Newbold of the Department of Conservation explains the effect of the drought on a mid-Missouri preservation area. He said the extent of the drought's effects are similar to what was documented during the dust bowls on the mid-1930s.
Bleu restaurant reopens
The restaurant moved to Boone Tavern's old location
(Web Exclusive) Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar has finally reopened after closing for a month of renovations. Vox magazine brings you a video exclusive update on what's new with Bleu.
In the Kitchen with Tiger Hotel executive chef
(Web Exclusive) Executive chef Dennis Clay discusses his culinary inspirations and offers a peak behind the kitchen doors at the Tiger Hotel. Most recently, he created the menu for the new Oak Room restaurant, set to open in the space formerly occupied by Bleu Restaurant.
A Look into the Tiger Hotel
(Web Exclusive) Owner Glyn Laverick discusses his inspirations for the renovation of Tiger Hotel. The first guests checked in on March 1, 2012.
POYi judge explains award-winning storytelling
POYi Judge Sue Morrow takes a closer look at a first place winner
(Web Exclusive) Storytelling at the Pictures of the Year International is a challenge and judge Sure Morrow tells Vox how one submission earned the first place title. "Too Young to Wed" won the magazine issue reporting and editing category.
Irish artist creates work for True/False
Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile is building two installations for the fest
(Web Exclusive) Two pieces by MU graduate Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile will be on display during True/False in front of Ragtag Cinema and inside the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology.
By the Numbers: Missouri wineries
How Missouri wineries are living up to the grape expectations of local wine lovers
Forget Napa — Missouri is quickly proving itself as a viticultural hotspot. We'll let the numbers speak for themselves.
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Makes Scents: Fragrance Finder
Want to find a scent that matches your personality? Not sure if you're a Cupcake, Patchouli or Lemon Verbena? Take our quiz to find your best match using the fragrance guide from Makes Scents in downtown Columbia.
FROM THE ARCHIVES: 5 Fun Facts About Meteorology
(Web Exclusive) Do you know how thick a bolt of lightning is? Or what happens behind the scenes of the weather desk? Vox asks five of our friendly local meteorologists for some little-known facts about their field.
MULTIMEDIA: MU students strive to be more sustainable
A conversation with Kat Seal & Monica Everett
The brick, six-bedroom house, nicknamed the Sustainahouse, on East Campus looks like others around it. The paint on the porch has faded, and a few remaining brown leaves are scattered across the small yard. However, the six students who live here are working to show just how different this little house is.
INTERACTIVE: Mid-Missouri Gun Culture
(Web Exclusive) The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S. states that people have the right “to keep and bear Arms.” Mid-Missouri residents have taken up that right. The area has a wealth of shooting ranges, and competitive shooting seems to be growing in popularity. But competitive shooters know that guns have the potential to be dangerous — and fighting that fear is often a challenge.