Please welcome Mary Drastal to the Best of Missouri Hands Board. Mary will head up our Visiting Artists Committee.
Mary taught art for 30 years in the public school districts in St. Louis County. She is the founder of the Summer Arts Institute at Maryville University; she directed and taught in this visual arts program for middle and high school gifted artists. She is on the founding team of the Arts Ahead Gifted Academy in the Ladue School District and taught art foundations for Fontbonne University.
Mary has a degree in art from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, a Master’s degree in painting from Fontbonne University, and an MAT in gifted art education from Maryville University.
She belongs to several regional art associations and exhibits work regularly. Her memberships include the Gateway Pastel Society, Best of Missouri Hands, St. Louis Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Mid Missouri Fine Arts, and Greater St. Louis Art Association. Supporting artist groups is very important to her.