Live music, art auctions, hands-on activities mark February Walk

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The February First Friday Art Walk, a free community event, will be held 6-10 p.m. Feb. 6 in 26 participating venues. The February Art Walk features an exciting mix of entertainment, art, hands-on activities and two charity auctions. See the February 2009 Newsletter  here.

During the Feb. 6 Art Walk, visitors can:

·         enjoy a free concert by Springfield favorite Lyal Strickland and new works by the in-house artists at Figment Art Gallery & Culture House;

·         bid for original artwork at the Hearts for the Arts Party at The Creamery;

·         experience the artistry of Painter Stephanie Cramer at Obelisk Home;

·         explore Boyer’s Commonalities in a show by Artist Josie Mai at Global Fayre;

·         see Randy Bacon’s Favorite Portraits from 2008, including 40 never-before-exhibited images at Bacon Photography Studio & Gallery;

·         make your own Art Walk Mini-Make project at Springfield Pottery, a new monthly feature, for only $10;

·         view the works of local Artist Tim Breaux at Hawthorn Galleries; and

·         bid on Silent Auction art items at select venues in First Friday Art Walk’s first-ever community service event, which culminates in a March 3 community-wide fund raiser for Victory Mission cosponsored by Bellwether Gallery of the Arts.

The Victory Mission fundraising event, held at 6 p.m. March 3 at Second Baptist Church, 3111 E. Battlefield Road, features Ron Hall, an international art dealer, and Denver Moore, a formerly homeless folk artist who lived on the streets for 22 years, telling their story as documented in the NY Times best-selling book, Same Kind of Different as Me. Tickets to the event are $10; call 887-3111 for ticket locations.

Meanwhile, our four college galleries return to the Walk after winter break with new shows:

·         Photographer Susan Carr explores the America’s last unique environment – the private home – in Personal Spaces: Details of American Homes at Drury’s Pool Art Center Gallery.

·         Photographers Dana Fritz, Larry Gawel and Gwen Walstrand provide their varied perspectives in Garden Views: The Culture of Nature at MSU Art & Design Gallery.

·         The MSU Student Exhibition Center presents Original Scout Paintings by Norman Rockwell, Joseph Csatari and Ross Young, in celebration of the Scouts anniversary in February.

·         OTC Fine Art Gallery presents portrait quilts and soft sculptures by Fiber Artist Dianna Callahan.

Finally, we are delighted to announce that the Downtown YMCA is again offering affordable child care for ages 3 months to 12 years at Family Art Night, 6:30-9:30 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk. At a cost of only $10 per child, parents can leave their little ones at the Y to enjoy healthy activities and snacks, story time and a hands-on art project to take home – in February, Valentine Cards and heart trees. Call Kyla Bentley at (417) 862-8962 ext. 149 for more information.

See the full Gallery Guide below.


February Gallery Guide


Bellwether Gallery of the Arts, 600 W. College St., presents The Best of Springfield High School Art Students. Come and view the two and three-dimensional work of our artists of the future. (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, continues its dual show in February. Artist Sarah Splitter, who often works in pen and ink, explores the use of watercolors in combination with her breath, creating images that are “snapshots” of her exhalations. Photographer Bethany Taylor displays several pieces from her latest photography collection, titled Discovering Energy. This series is inspired by her passion for sustainability and her ambition to help fuel the alternative energy industry. 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, concludes its Hearts For The Arts display and art auction with the Hearts for the Arts Party during the Feb. 6 Art Walk. Hearts for the Arts features works done on 12-by-12-inch tiles by more than 80 local and regional artists, photographers and writers. Silent auction bids will be accepted at until 4 p.m. on Feb. 6, and bids may be made in person at The Creamery until 8 p.m. during the Art Walk. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays

DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, is delighted to feature Debbie Sutherland, an accomplished artist in watercolor and acrylic, during February and March. Debbie has been painting all her life, winning numerous awards and studying under highly renowned artists including Rex Brandt, Milford Zornes and Irwing Shapiro. Debbie is a member of various watercolor societies and is currently serves on the board of the Missouri Watercolor Society. 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 Personal Spaces: Details of American Homes by Photographer Susan Carr. In early 2000, Carr began photographing the homes of people who have lived in the same place for 40 years or more, exploring the personal spaces that constitute some of our few remaining unique environments. The homogenization of the American landscape is refuted in this display of individuality and private life. Also in February, the Pool Art Center features the Study Abroad: Volos Student Exhibition featuring works by students of Drury’s study abroad program in Volos, Greece. (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 artwork from three of its valued employees: Debbie Joiner, Brian Koschak and Christie Bonnivier. Joiner will be displaying her photography, highlighting her digital talents and her artistic eye. Koschak is a cartoonist and has created graphics for albums, concert posters and comic books. He will display some rare canvases as he brings his bold line illustrations to large pop art with a fine art flare. Bonnivier, a graduate of Antonelli Institute for Art & Photography in Philadelphia, will be showcasing some of her personal fine art photography. Also on display will be images by Gary Adamson, Ammie Cyr, Nancy Rose and Gallery owners, Will and Lisa Roberts. Come enjoy hot Java Dave’s coffee, hot chocolate, delicious cookies and each other’s company. (417) 569-3322 or (417) 234-7761 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat or by appointment.

Fashioned By Jaye, 212 S. Campbell, presents Photographs by Kassidi Bremer. 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, presents a free concert by Lyal Strickland 7-10 p.m. during the Feb. 6 Art Walk. Lyal’s much anticipated CD, Well Fed & High Strung, was recorded in Springfield in two sessions. “The new album focuses on the heart of the songs. It’s really raw and organic. Just me and a guitar,” Lyal says. Don’t miss brand new unique artwork by the Figment Artists: Painter/Potter Kelly Kennedy; Potter Brian King; Painter Kat Allie; and Painter Abby Waters. Also, take a tour of Figment’s latest addition, Monarch Recording Studio. (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., features select landscapes, reflections of Tuscany, florals and other watercolors by local artist Charli Stout. Fitzwilly’s is always pleased to showcase talented artists such as Charli Stout. (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 Photographer Carl James. A retired architect who has been photographing seriously for around 20 years, Carl has been a member of the Springfield Visual Arts Alliance for approximately six years. His work has been featured at Nonna’s, Well Fed Head Books, The Bellwether Gallery, Springfield Nature Center, Nearly Famous Deli and Pasta House, The Library Station and Borders Music and Books, and he has exhibited work at Hawthorn Galleries. “My photography interests vary, but my primary interest is landscapes, architecture and bridges,” Carl said. (417) 863-7843

Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, presents Josie Mai: Commonalities. Seven works on paper reflect the imagery, color, pattern and spirit of a meditation on Boyer’s commonalities. The mixed-media paintings are variations on the thematic imagery of a figure, the literal text of the commonalities, the mandala, the vessels, and the fabric. It is hoped that they challenge the viewer toward positive reflection and change toward unity rather than divisiveness. Josie Mai is assistant professor of art at Missouri Southern State University, Visual Arts Faculty at Missouri Fine Arts Academy, and the Director of Soulfari Kenya Inc., a non-profit engaged in humanitarian service in Kenya. Boyer’s commonalities are: All of us experience the cycles of life. All of us develop symbols. All of us respond to the aesthetic. All of us have the capacity to recall the past and anticipate the future. All of us develop some forms of social bonding. All of us are connected to the ecology of the planet. All of us produce and consume. All of us seek meaning and purpose. (From Education in a Multicultural World by Ernest Boyer) (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 Painter Matthew Bell. A former MSU student from Carrollton, Mo., Matthew’s large paintings are portraits of people reflecting pop culture. His perspectives and use of bright colors provide an interesting and kitschy dimension. The show will continue until March 4. (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., is proud to present the artwork of local Artist Tim Breaux. Covering a wide range of subject matter, Breaux’s work is often influenced by “a sense of community and hard work.” Meet the artist and enjoy live music at the opening reception, 6-10 p.m. during the Feb. 6 Art Walk. (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 Garden Views: The Culture of Nature. Photographers Dana Fritz, Larry Gawel and Gwen Walstrand regard gardens from three distinct perspectives. (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 Original Scout Paintings by Norman Rockwell, Joseph Csatari and Ross Young. The exhibit, sponsored by the Ozarks Trail Council of Boy Scouts of America and the College of Arts and Letters Public Art Committee of Missouri State University, celebrates the importance of Scouting and its many volunteers. In addition, the exhibit kicks off the Boy Scout Anniversary during the month of February. Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on Feb. 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916. The paintings will be on display at the Student Exhibition Center through Feb. 12, with a reception during the Feb. 6 Art Walk. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays

Nonna’s Italian American Café, 306 South Ave., presents Self Portrait Works by Isaac Karner. (417) 831-1222

Obelisk Home, 214 W. Phelps, presents Painter Stephanie Cramer. “I see the painter as analogous to an actor/director bringing the viewer along to new places, memories, dreams, and family histories. I like to give the viewer space to interpret what they see on the canvas,” Cramer said. “Painting is like a freeze frame. It helps both the viewer and the painter to pause – if just for a second – as we enter into that two-dimensional space. Most of the time the stage is imaginary or based on dreams and memories. Like Alice, the viewer is invited to step into the drama, or the wonderland, inside the looking glass.” (417) 616-6488

OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, is thrilled to feature The Art of Dianna Callahan, fibers artist. “For the last year, I have been making portrait quilts by drawing portraits on fabric with oil stick, then appliquéing and quilting the wall-hung pieces,” Callahan said. “I also have a few soft sculptures with fabric and wire.” OTC Fine Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for the artist during Art Walk, and Dianna’s work will remain on display through March 2. (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 focuses on local artists and often features the work of owners Bo and Jerry Hagerman. (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 Challenging Conceptions: The Artwork of Lynley Farris. (417) 831-1342 Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. M-Th; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat

Randy Bacon Photography Studio & Gallery, 600 W. College St., opens its First Friday Art Walk with Randy’s most extensive exhibition of Portrait Photographs in years. Randy presents his favorite photos of 2008, including 40 never-before-exhibited images. Randy, his wife Shannon, and Photo Assistant Nikki Nisly have also teamed up to present special written thoughts and poignant stories to accompany some of the photos, making the night even more special. Bacon Studio & Gallery also shakes up Art Walk with the popular DJ’s, producers and re-mixers of Black Box Revue, 7-10 p.m. They love music and they love to make us dance with their vast knowledge of the best new wave, indie and dance rock. For more information, call (417) 868-8179. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., features the artistry of master craftsman Terry Bloodworth with Live Glass-blowing and Crafting Demonstrations throughout First Friday Art Walk. (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., introduces First Friday Mini-Makes during the Feb. 6 Art Walk. Drop by Springfield Pottery during the Art Walk and craft your own quick mini-creation. For a small fee of $10, Art Walkers of all ages will be guided through the Mini-Make project of the month, which will be fired and ready for pick up in 14 days. February’s Mini-Make project is clay hearts. Visitors will also enjoy 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. (417) 864-4677 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Storefront Studios, 319 N. Main St., features the work of more than a dozen local artists in oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, art cloths, wood carvings and more. Enjoy a hot cup of chair while you view the works of participating artists Alexander Jones, Gina L. Pulis, Candace Fruge, Carol Lee Marshall, Joan Gentry, Victor Edwin Humphrey, Joey Borovicka and Lorraine Taylor. (417) 862-ARTS (2787)

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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