Stroll, shuttle and shop at the Dec. 5 Art Walk

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Warm up to Art at the Dec. 5 Art Walk with two new venues, a free shuttle, live music, ample parking, a holiday raffle and of course, great art. View the December Newsletter here.

New venues. Obelisk Home, 214 W. Phelps, makes its Art Walk debut in December with featured artists Ismael Ortiz and Sophie Parker. Also, Six23 Condos, 623 W. Walnut, joins the Art Walk featuring artwork selected from field of more than 50 area artists, plus a sneak peak at the new Six23 building.

Shuttle stops. An expanded Art Walk map, including a shuttle route and stops, will appear in the December Art Walk Newsletter.

Live music. Enjoy performances by Stringfield, an award-winning dulcimer duo, at Global Fayre; Dale Augustson at Hawthorn Galleries; the new OTC Choir at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. at OTC Fine Arts Gallery; and a free concert by singer songwriter Rhett Roberson at Randy Bacon Photography Studio & Gallery.

Parking. Enjoy free parking at Storefront Studios, located at the corner of Main and Water, where you can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, meet the studios’ up and coming artists, and then catch the shuttle to all points Art Walk. Free parking also is available at Jefferson and Elm, immediately behind Art Walk member Bodhi Salon & Spa. Parking is available for a fee in two parking garages at Campbell and Olive; the fee is waived for patrons of Hollywood Theatres, who can get their parking validated at the movie house.

Art Walk Raffle. First Friday Art Walk venues will sell $1 raffle tickets for chances on two $100 Art Walk Shopping Sprees. Winners will receive $100 in Art Walk Bucks good at any Art Walk commercial venue. Winners will be drawn at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at The Creamery Arts Center.

Child care. Family Art Night at the Y offers affordable child care for ages 3 months-12 years 6:30-9:30 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk. The cost is $10 per child and includes activities, healthy snacks and an art activity to take home. Contact Kyla Bentley, (417) 862.8962, ext. 149, for more information or to pre-register.

First Friday Art Walk, a free, self-guided walking tour of downtown art galleries, will be held 6-10 p.m. Dec. 5, featuring arts demonstrations, live music, food and fun in 29 participating galleries.


December Gallery Guide

Bellwether Gallery of the Arts, 600 W. College St., presents The Artwork of Frances Norheim and Thorn Norheim: A Memorial. Springfield native Frances Horton Norheim (1936-2008) drew inspiration from the rolling hills of the Ozarks when she began drawing at an early age. Thorn Joel Norheim (1908-1989) was born in Eidsvold, Norway. Traveling the world at an early age and came to the United States in 1923. He was personally commissioned by the King of Norway, King Haakon, and Crown Princess Martha, to do paintings for the king’s palace. Frances and Thorn met and married in California, where they became known as “The Art Couple.” Thereafter, they painted together, opened studios, premiered West Coast gallery openings, created murals and taught art classes. This show honors their lives’ work. (417) 831-1778 Open 1-5 p.m. T-F; Noon- 3 p.m. Sat

Big Smile Photography, 207 Park Central East, features international award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Jeremy Lawson’s creative lifestyle wedding and portraiture work, and displays his one-of-a-kind portrait and wedding images from local events as well as events from around the world. (417) 527-2885 Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F and by appointment

Bodhi Salon and Spa, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 106, presents Barb Johnson-Kille. A graduate of the New England School of Art and Design in Boston, Johnson-Kille has been painting since grade school, producing her first mural at age 12. “I love painting to uplift an environment or create the perfect atmosphere in a home or office,” she said. “Custom work or faux finishing is so enjoyable for me; it is exciting to transform a room with color and energy.” Johnson-Kille is also a licensed massage therapist at Bodhi Salon and Spa. A cutting edge salon and spa that offers a full menu of services, Bodhi keeps it green with earth-friendly products and practices that make feeling good feel even better. (417) 864-4399 Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. M-F; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents Paintings by Deborah G. Wilson and Photography by the S.W. Missouri Camera Club 6-9 p.m. during the Art Walk. A Missouri native and world traveler, Wilson has pursued her art in all corners of the globe, most recently in Hawaii. She calls herself a “soul painter” because “my artwork is born out of my soul rather than from my fingertips.” Watercolor is her favorite medium, and in it she captures exotic jungle scenes and other natural subjects. The S.W. Missouri Camera Club, launched more than 20 years ago by local amateur and professional photographers, will present works by its members.  (417) 862-ARTS (2787) Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays

DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, presents Featured Artist Parker Asay. An accomplished graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in art, Asay works in pen-and-ink, watercolors and mixed media. DB Design continues to show works by painters Jerry Ellis and Karolyn Farrell. DB also displays the work of in-house artists Tammy Kirks, John Ehlers, Katrina Stevens and Duane Bone. (417) 864-4343

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents Retrospective: Tom Parker, featuring the work of Drury Art Department Chair and Tom Parker. A professor of art and art history who has been at Drury since 1980, Parker has won numerous prizes and awards for his work, which he regularly exhibits in solo and group shows. Parker’s work has appeared in major museums, including the Whitney Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the Gallery du Temple in Lacoste, France. (417) 873-7263 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Th

Elite PhotoArt, 325 E. Walnut St., features the works of Photographer J. Hayes, including images from the region and from his travels. For more information, visit Also on display are images by Ammie Cyr, Nancy Rose and gallery owners Will and Lisa Roberts. (417) 569-3322 or (417) 234-7761 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat or by appointment.

Fashioned By Jaye, 212 S. Campbell, presents Paper Mosaics by Jaye Coltharp, featuring scenes of downtown Springfield. Fashioned By Jaye is a gallery and boutique featuring work by local artists and locally handmade jewelry, handbags, home decor, and gift items. (417) 862-4100 Open Noon-7 p.m. M-F; 2-7 p.m. Sat

Figment Art Gallery & Culture House, 600 W. College, Kelly Kennedy of Art & Souls Studio joins the in-house artists at Figment with an opening reception during the Dec. 5 Art Walk. A native of Iowa, Kennedy brought her 15 years of experience as a painter, potter and sculptor to the Ozarks in 2004. (417) 868-8179 Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. T; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. W-F; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat

Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., presents Landscapes by Charli Stout, as well as watercolors. Not only is Charli an award-winning artist, but also she has been published. (417) 866-3696 Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat; First Friday hours 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, presents Robert E. Smith. A nationally known folk and outsider artist, Smith is also a writer of fiction and autobiography, a singer and a songwriter. Though best known for his work on poster board and canvas, he has also painted tables and televisions. An Ozarks original, Smith has displayed his works at the prestigious Museum of American Folk Art in New York City, and his paintings have been sold in galleries coast to coast. (417) 863-7843

Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, presents Stringfield. The dulcimer-wielding duo of Gail Morrissey and Victoria Johnson bring their award-winning skills to Global Fayre where they will feature a Christmas set during the Dec. 5 Art Walk. (417) 873-9792 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat or by appointment

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Paintings by Nick Owens and Ceramicist Bryan Lynch.  Lynch’s show features his functional ceramics loosely based on Majolica with experimentations in sgraffito. (417) 865-7055 Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., presents its third annual Holiday Gift Show, including a wide selection of original paintings, prints, sculpture, glass work, bronzes and one-of-a-kind jewelry creations. With original artwork starting at $15, there’s a unique holiday gift for every budget. The Art Walk reception features live music by Guitarist Dale Augustson. (417) 866-6688 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat

MSU Art & Design Gallery, 333 E. Walnut, presents Exhibits of Senior Work by students completing degree requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Art/Studio Art degree. Student artists featured at the gallery are Laurie Marshal, Alyson Srch, Bret Ballard, Jessica Dilberto, Justin Dartt, Samuel Hitchcock, Zack Tate and Chuck Travers. (417) 829-5092 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Th; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. F; Noon-6 p.m. Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and university holidays

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents MSU Art & Design Department BFA Senior Exhibit. Students featured are Josh Bell and Lucas Witt, ceramics; Lindsey Burkes and Rebecca Lorenson, painting; Sara Kate Copeland, drawing; Kayti Doolittle, mixed-media installation; and Zoey Engel, animation/printmaking. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays

Nonna’s Italian American Café, 306 South Ave., features Artist Ina Crisman. Crisman discovered her affinity for painting four years ago. After studying portraiture with Karen Murphy, Crisman said, “A whole new world opened up for me, and I have found that seeing the world through artist’s eyes is truly a gift.” Over time, her subject matter has expanded to embrace landscapes, animals, architecture and abstracts in addition to portraits. (417) 831-1222

Obelisk Home, 214 W. Phelps, makes its Art Walk debut with Artists Ismael Ortiz and Sophie Parker. “My work is comprised of found objects conceptually combined to express the meaning and relevance of daily items,” Ortiz said. “By placing them in a new context where balance, purpose, placement and harmony associate the pieces to one another, I ask the viewer to rethink the familiar objects that make up a piece and relate them to present situations and social conditions.” Parker noted, “My paintings are an exploration of the natural world. The forms and phases of nature intrigue me, and in my work I try to capture nature’s balance between chaos and order, the wild and the tame.” (417) 616-6488

OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents Fall 2008 Student Showcase, featuring works by OTC Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Drawing I and II and Painting classes. Readings of 10-minute plays from Playwriting 101 and other Dramatic Presentations will be performed on the Gillioz Theatre stage 7:30-10 p.m. OTC will also feature a Memorial Exhibition of the Photography of Jason Isenbletter. OTC also features a good table and coffee from The Coffee Ethic. (417) 447-8873 Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Th; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. F; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on First Fridays

Park Central Gallery, 122 W. Park Central Square, is a department of Hagerman New Urbanism Architects and Developers. The gallery offers a variety of art, and past exhibits include Watercolor USA Honor Society artists, local artists of merit and emerging artists. (417) 869-6888 Open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. M-F, 6:30-9 p.m. First Fridays, and by appointment

Park Central Square Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, presents Katie O’Neal: Photography and Chuck Travers: Still Life. (417) 831-1342 Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. M-Th; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat 

Pure Boutique, 438 W. McDaniel, presents The Art of Chassidy Hawkins in December. Pure: Fashion in a contemporary boutique that features local artists and their artwork. Pure delivers the latest looks to Springfield by creating complete images for both men and women. (417) 832-0800 Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. M-Sat

Randy Bacon Photography Studio & Gallery, 600 W. College St., presents The Art of Sarah LAI-cheuk wah. A painter from Hong Kong, LAI-cheuk wah was in 2007 honored with Cheng’s Fine Arts Award in Western Painting, Grotto’s Fine Arts Ltd.’s Award and the Ramon Woon Creative Prize. The Bacon Gallery also features a free concert by Rhett Roberson during Art Walk. Ongoing displays include Love Nests: An Exhibit of Marriage, Life and Each Other by Randy Bacon in collaboration with Ozarks Marriage Matters & Operation Us, and winning art work from CASA. Love Nests Calendars and CASA cards are on sale at the gallery. (417) 868-8179 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat

Six23 Condos, 623 W. Walnut, solicited art from more than 50 regional artists, choosing the best to display in its Lobby Gallery, which debuts with the Dec. 5 Art Walk. (417) 343-2909

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., will craft Large Bowls and Vases in Holiday Colors as visitors bask in the glow of the glass furnace. (417) 868-8181 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Th; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat

Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., is a fine craft gallery and community clay center that features some of the best examples of fine craft in clay, wood, metal, glass, fibers, photography, printmaking, jewelry, and more by over 45 local regional and national artists. Springfield Pottery offers a variety of classes and workshops for adults of all skill levels and a summer kids’ camp. It also directs the Claymobile outreach education program and a successful artist-in residence program. (417) 864-4677 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Storefront Studios, 319 N. Main St., features its newest member, Victor Edwin Humphrey in December. “I try to influence people to think deeply, to smile – and then giggle – at the absurdity of the ambiguities of modern life and death, much as children do when they are not totally Xed out emotionally and spiritually by immature adults.” Storefront Studios will warm up visitors with hot chocolate and cider while they check out the art and talk to the artists. More than a dozen local artists offer a variety of oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, art cloths, wood carvings and more. Participating artists include Gina L. Pulis, Candace Fruge, Carol Lee Marshall, Joan Gentry, Joey Borovicka and Lorraine Taylor. (417) 862-ARTS (2787)

Studio 405, 405 W. Walnut St., presents Jeffrey Allen Price: Sculptures. (417) 865-0450

Susan Sommer-Luarca Fine Art Gallery and Frame Shoppe, 221 Park Central South, exhibits a large body of Susan’s work in originals and fine giclee, museum prints. Susan is an internationally known and widely acclaimed artist with the honor of being Official Artist for the U.S. Olympic Team, Beijing. Official Triple Crown Horse Racing Artist and Artist for the 2008 Super Bowl, Susan also paints LIVE at many nationally televised events. (417) 866-4ART (4278)


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