On Display in Mid-Missouri: The many artistic sides of Jerry Ricker

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By Jimmy Mustion

This artist signs his works as J. Ricker, but is known to a lot of fellow artists and art lovers by “Art By Jerry.” In other arenas he is known as Rick Jey, who hosts three television documented format interview shows know as “Mid-Missouri Art News,” “Spotlight on the Arts” and “Quilting Inside and Out.” His time is donated to bring the viewers documentary content that is either taped at the Lincoln University JCTV Access Studio located within the School of Journalism guidelines or taped on location, again all time and expense donated.

Artists and quilters are from different Mid-Missouri areas, neighboring cities or states stretching out as far as an artist who resides in Hawaii part of the year. A gentleman sculptor from New Jersey state was recently interviewed. Rick Jey takes a look into the artist’s passion for what he/she illustrates in his/her artwork, which even applies to the art of quilting. There is always a story and or a passion behind every piece of work. These programs air on MediaCom, CenturyLink and YouTube.

Why does an individual take on such a task one asks? Rick Jey stated that as a member of the Jefferson City Art Club and Sedalia Visual Arts Association he has witnessed somewhat of a division among the art communities over the past years, where each one has attempted to bring together the art communities and make available each and every artists artwork, or each organization’s efforts to present the artwork of artist’s or for the art lover to view. Through JCTV Access, he has made this available for the viewers.

“Sunshine on the Hilltops” by Jerry Ricker

J. Ricker is also an artist who loves the magic of oils on canvas or board. He has been successful in marketing his artwork over the years, but does not make the average exhibits compared to an artist who works the circuit. His subject matter is based mainly on life experiences and people who have been a part of that life experience, which covers an array of many memories.

From the time of discovery – drawing on the farmhouse bedroom where he was born (in St. Clair County, Missouri) – and moving on through life to soon reach the mature age of 75 (in June this year), he has a biography of experiences that will soon be put into a few chapters depicting those struggles. His experiences cover being an assistant to a U.S. Army Security Agency special agent, the experience of playing guitar and singing with a Beatles band before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965 and life as a director of Parks and Recreation of a suburb city in Kansas City, Missouri, assistant director of Boys Clubs of Tucson and metro manager of two World Bazaar of Import retail stores.

“Girl in Pink Dress” by Jerry Ricker

He also graduated from the Columbia School of Broadcasting, landing his first job as a part-time broadcast announcer in Harrisonville, Missouri. He also spun records for a disco Pepe’s in Tucson and developed his own talent agency that Arizona city. Ricker said he was known as the Dick Clark of Tucson before retiring in 2009.

One thing led to another and acting became a part of his life in Tucson, pointing out he currently is referred to as “marketable.” He is signed mainly with Images Agency St. Louis and also other agencies across the U.S., making Rick Jey a member of their stable of actors, senior models and voiceover personnel.

“Thunderstorm” by Jerry Ricker

This past winter 2018-2019 Ricker worked on three new paintings and wants to share them with readers. He invites the community to tune into his television programs and view artworks from anyone that has been on his programs since October 2016 at the “Call for Nature’s Art” exhibit, which will be held during the months of May and June 2020 at Runge Nature Conservation Center, 330 Commerce Drive in Jefferson City.

J. Ricker has brought to the table all that he can offer to anyone who is a lover of art and life story experiences with a continuation of life itself as it is presented to him.

Mid-Missouri Art Happenings and Exhibits

 The Village Art Studio are gearing up to offer their 2019 summer art camps, available for children ages six and older. The “African Animal Safari” themed summer camp will run from June 3-7 and July 8-12, and “Lakeside Summer” camp will be from June 10-14 and July 15-19. “Ole Mexico” will be the theme of summer camps held June 17-21 and July 22-26, and a CreaTeen summer camp for middle and high school students will be held June 24-28. Each camp is $125 per session, held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 573-230-1414 or visit thevillageartstudio.com.

The artwork of artist Fred Schollmeyer will be featured on the Jefferson City Art Club’s website, jeffersoncityartclub-missouri.com, now through June 26, and at the Department of Motor Vehicles, 1617 Southridge Drive, which is open from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.

The next featured artist is Kathleen Date from June 25 through Aug. 7. Capital Arts Gallery will host the “Celebration of Missouri” exhibit from May 18 through June 26. Works of art celebrating the history, culture and the nature of Missouri will be on display at the gallery, 1203 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City. A reception is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. June 3. For more information, call 573-635-8355.

Larry Carver has released a series of videos each having a melodic tour meandering through compositional elements of his paintings. By pausing the video at each element, viewers will be able to produce their own versions of these works of art. Carver works in acrylic paint (a water soluble paint that dries quickly) on canvas. To access these videos, visit Cindy Powell Carver’s Facebook page. A new painting and video is posted about once a month.

The SilverSmith’s Design Co., 11272 Highway 50 in Tipton, Missouri, is run by Debbie and Sarah Smith. Debbie designs and re-designs handmade clothing, which can also be created from repurposed clothing. Both Sarah and Debbie make personalized jewelry they have recently started making personalized antique spoon and fork rings.

For more information, call 660-473-1750. Art House will hold the Callaway Plein Air event and exhibit from May 23-26, with a reception on May 26 at its gallery at 531 Court St. in Fulton. For more information, call 573-592-7733 or visit arthousefultonmo.org.

The “Icon” exhibit continues through June 14 at Columbia Art League, 207 South Ninth St. in Columbia. The exhibit gives the artists a chance to explore their feelings about iconology and idolatry in modern society.

The Members’ Summer Open will begin June 18-Aug. 9, and don’t forget Art in the Park June 1-2. For more information, call 573-443-8838 or visit columbiaartleague.org.

The Sedalia Visual Arts Association maintains a rotating art exhibit at The Sedalia City Hall in Sedalia Municipal Building 200 S. Osage, Sedalia. Featuring two new artists every two months Through June 15, Gary Cadwallader and Faith Bemiss are those artists. From June 15 until after the Missouri State Fair in August, Dave Carter will feature his Missouri Mills paintings. The association will also host a show at the Goddard Gallery at Daum Museum of Contemporary Art at State Fair College in Sedalia from May 24 through Aug. 18, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. June 27. For more information, visit sedaliavisualartassociation.org.

The Jefferson City Art Club is in its 115th active year and is dedicated to fostering art appreciation. They meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the third Monday each month from September through May at Community Christian Church, 409 Ellis Blvd. They share their art, enjoy refreshments and listen to a presentation from a professional artist, outside a short business meeting. For more information, visit jeffersoncityartclub-missouri.com.

Jimmy Mustion is a professional artist who is involved in area arts organizations and galleries. 

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on April 2, 2020

I have a picture drawn on a peice of cardboard that has J Ricker. Not sure if it’s the same artist. He drew it for my Grandpa.

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