Fabric artist inspired by Missouri River

Lydia Crespo, a St. Charles native, graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Lydia’s specialty is the creation of dyed fabric that is influenced by the natural world, and her shop features comfortable clothing and décor items that showcase her unique fabric designs. Since 2018, Lydia has been showcasing her work at Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles.


A Closer Look

Her face practically fills the frame. You can see every freckle—and the determination in her eyes. She’s Abby, a twenty-two-year-old with Down syndrome who wishes servers wouldn’t offer her a kid’s menu. She’s a homecoming queen working at her old high school and dreaming of going to college and getting married.


The Gentle German Artist

Should you be so lucky as to meet Neil Heimsoth at his studio in Cole Camp or at one of the events hosted there, especially one showcasing the town’s German heritage, you may notice he is always smiling and telling a joke.


April 15, 1889

Thomas Hart Benton is born in Neosho, Missouri. He became one of the most famous artists in America in the 1900s and helped develop the regionalist movement, which exposed lives of average Americans in the Midwest to a larger audience.


March 20, 1811

Birthday of "The Missouri Artist," George Caleb Bingham.