Lake of the Ozarks artist creates colorful tiles

This artist’s work made one young mother burst into tears. She paints bold, beautiful women in bright colors but also cozy, quiet cottages in pastels. Her intriguing tiles can be creative accents in any room. Discover where to see her work.

Go Green For the Holidays and Everyday

Green giving is a great way to give gifts. Holiday gifts and parties can be sustainable and sensational. Read all about some great ideas to go green this holiday season and all year long.

The Heartfelt Art of Ellizabeth Exley

Elizabeth Exley found her artistic niche in needle-felting. The artform involves the clever manipulation of wool to transform it into a delightful 3D creation. Elizabeth weaves together her community and her faith with the art she loves.

Art of Glass

Artist Wanda Tyner creates colorful, textural art with glass. Her work, from functional platters and bowls to conversation-piece wall hangings, always evokes Wanda’s love of nature, travel, and music. Follow her journey from art lover to artist.

Imagine, Believe, Inspire

This artist has her mantra painted on her studio walls and lives it. She’s still passionate about her artwork after 41 years, and she explains her inspirations, her motivations, and how she has expanded into different media.

Mark Mark Twain’s Birthday In A Fun Way!

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain, has been hailed as the "greatest humorist the United States has produced." And you can celebrate the 188th anniversary of his birth in a fabulously fun way on Nov. 25, 2023.

An Artist Who Didn’t Know It

Glass artist Peggy King from Columbia creates many different items. Each is stunning in its own way. Read about her journey into the creation of art from glass and her commitment to Best of Missouri Hands.

Santa Maker’s Magic

Columbia, MO artist Kevin Begley makes the most incredible wooden Santas you have ever seen. Stop my Missouri Life Mercantile in Rocheport to see them in person. You will want to start a family tradition with these noteworthy beards.

Missouri Life’s First Photo Contest!

For Missouri Life’s first-ever photo contest, we teamed up with Mpix and asked our readers to take their best shot. And wow, were we impressed. The tranquil scenes, majestic landscapes, and curious culture captured really showcased the best of the Show-Me State.


If you enjoy fall festivals, you'll want to check out one on Saturday Sept. 23, 2023. Admission is free and there are lots of fun festivities and activities, from music, to sampling spirits, to browsing artisan offerings, to trying your hand at painting.