Emerging, international artists illuminate March Art Walk

1 - February 16, 2009 - 0 Comments

The March First Friday Art Walk, a free community event, will be held 6-10 p.m. March 6 in 25 participating venues. Live art demonstrations, hands-on activities, shows by emerging, local and international artists, plus live music, food and fun make downtown Springfield the place to be in March. View the March Newsletter here. Among the highlights of the March 6 Art Walk:

·         Henk Pander: Steel and Bones at the MSU Art & Design Gallery features the work of Dutch-born painter Henk Pander. Often skewed and rendered with graphic-novel directness, Pander’s mesmerizing, un-idealized depictions of post-industrial decay, emergency response situations and military aftermath resound with the psychological effects of lost purpose, rough tragedy, and unredeemed violence, and suggest the awesome philosophical enormity of history and time.

·         Artist Kristi Mashburn is the focus at Bodhi Salon & Spa in March. A major influence and theme in Kristi’s art is the many strong women who have inspired her and given her strength, both in real life and pop culture.

·         Young emerging artists take the spotlight at Elite PhotoArt and Global Fayre for First Friday. Elite welcomes Painter Ryan Brummitt, whose oil-on-canvas works focus on careful and colorful interpretations of both the West Coast shore line and the Rocky Mountains. Global Fayre presents Artist Ashley Berry. Ashley’s art is an analytical representation of black history and personal self-discovery.

·         Artist Cindy Kopenhafer makes her Art Walk debut at Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques. Classically trained in art at Western Montana College, Kopenhafer specializes in oil painting.

·         Enjoy First Friday On Stage at 7 p.m. at the Park Central Square Branch Library, where the Springfield Regional Opera will provide a preview of the upcoming performance of “Little Women,” and view the work of Artist Jan Bennicoff.

·         Springfield Pottery continues its hands-on offerings with a new miniMake project for March. Play with clay and create your own Sham-rock for only $10. Springfield Pottery will fire your work in the kiln and have it ready for pick up in two weeks.

·         Garry McMichael brings the sensibilities of a professional photographer to painting in his show Ozark Landscapes in Pastels at The Creamery Arts Center. “I’m constantly searching for those fleeting moments when the atmospheric conditions, the light and the awesome landscape come together in a flash of visual inspiration,” he says. “Whether you get your inspiration from the quiet flow of an Ozark stream, taking a quiet walk through the rugged Ozark Mountains, or watching a summer thunderstorm roll across an old farmstead, I hope you will enjoy my art.”


And don’t forget Family Art Night at the Downtown Y, offering affordable child care for ages 3 months to 12 years, 6:30-9 p.m. every First Friday. Parents can experience Art Walk while the kids enjoy healthy activities and snacks, story time and a hands-on art project to take home. The cost is $10 per child. Call Kyla Bentley at (417) 862-8962, ext. 149 for more information.

March Gallery Guide


Bellwether Gallery of the Arts, 600 W. College St., introduces and features Painter Alyce Cox as well as the three dimensional wood creations of Robert Duffer. Alyce, an oil painter, studied under some of the most prestigious contemporary California teachers and has won numerous awards at regional juried shows. Her works have shown at the world-renowned Descanco Gardens in California. Robert Duffer creates exquisite wood pieces and has participated in juried shows locally. (417) 831-1778 www.bellwetherarts.com 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 www.bigsmilestudios.com Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F and by appointment

Bodhi Salon and Spa, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 106, presents Artist Kristi Mashburn. Originally from Houston Texas, Kristi’s chaotic and ever mobile upbringing has shaped and colored the canvas of her life. The many people, cultures and places she has encountered in her travels have helped establish the foundation for the creative, eclectic and honest artist she is today. At the heart of her paintings is her passion for life and the pictures of the world she takes with her mind. Now a resident of Springfield, Kristi’s work has been featured in galleries around the world, including L.A., San Francisco, New York, London and Hong Kong. (417) 864-4399 www.bodhisalonandspa.com 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 Ozark Landscapes in Pastels by artist Garry McMichael through March 30. Garry got his start as a student photographer at Missouri State University and working at Mignard Studio at the Plaza Shopping Center. As an editorial photographer, he handled assignments for National Geographic, Time, Newsweek and Forbes, among others. His commercial photography studio in St. Louis is his business, but painting Ozark landscapes in oils and pastels is his spare time passion. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) www.SpringfieldArts.org Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays

DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, continues its show of works by accomplished painter Debbie Sutherland. Debbie has been painting all her life, winning numerous awards and studying under such renowned artists as Rex Brandt, Milford Zornes and Irwing Shapiro. Debbie is a member of various watercolor societies and 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 Ghost Ships by Jennifer Torres. Torres has always seen the boat as a form of escape: a way out; or perhaps a way in. Still used in many cultures for hunting, fishing and moving goods in and out of communities, boats become a life force and a most basic necessity. Torres has a deep love for all types of watercraft and has spent much time studying their various forms and learning traditional methods of boat construction. Torres will discuss her work and experiences in an artist talk 6-7 p.m. during the March 6 Art Walk. (417) 873-7263 www.drury.edu/pacgallery 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 artwork of aspiring local artist Ryan Brummitt. Ryan’s work focuses on careful and colorful interpretations of both the West Coast shore line and the Rocky Mountains using oil on canvas. Ryan has some beautiful creations, some of which can also be seen at www.myspace.com/coastart. Also on display will be work by Bonnie Melnick, Dwayne Hillme, Chris Short, Gary Adamson, Ammie Cyr, Nancy Rose and Gallery owners, Will and Lisa Roberts. Come enjoy hot Java Dave’s coffee, hot chocolate, snacks and each other’s company. (417) 569-3322 or (417) 234-7761 www.elitephotoart.com 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 Mixed Media Art on Clothing for the March Art Walk. 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 www.fashionedbyjaye.com Open Noon-7 p.m. M-F; 2-7 p.m. Sat

Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., features for the first time works by Artist Cindy Kopenhafer. Cindy received classical training in the arts from Western Montana College, where she specialized in oil painting. Cindy has shown in various juried exhibitions around the country, as well as being published. Fitzwilly’s is very pleased to be showing her works. (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 Photos by the Southwest Missouri Camera Club. Located in Springfield, the club has been an active organization for a quarter of a century. Organized by a group of amateur and professional photography enthusiasts, the club has grown in membership through the years. Club members come from all walks of life, with varying degrees of photographic experience – from the novice to the professional and everything in between. (417) 863-7843 www.gillioz.org

Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, presents Artist Ashley Berry in March. A young emerging artist from Kansas City, Ashley has high hopes of bringing more “black art” to Springfield. Ashley’s art is an analytical representation of black history and personal self-discovery. She longs to unravel the truth, not only of her own origin, but also the entire race of her people. Strong evidence of African culture is not prominent prior to slavery in American history. Without knowing the whereabouts of her ancestors she is left unfilled, disconnected and plagued with questions: Where would she be if blacks were never enslaved? How would life differ? What is her destiny? She responds through artistic interpretation – conveying the pride, oppression and influence that have left a mark within our society. This is her personal memoir. These are her people. (417) 873-9792 www.globalfayre.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat or by appointment

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Ozark Natural Landscape – Visions from an Ancient Plateau, featuring photographs by Ozarks native photographer David Burt. Since his youth, David has explored the region, capturing the essence of its beauty with his camera since 1978. (417) 865-7055 www.goodgirlartgallery.com Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., extends its showing of Artwork by Tim Breaux, and introduces a New Work by local artist Nancy Valadez. Meet the artists and enjoy live music at the opening reception, 6-10 p.m. during the March 6 Art Walk. (417) 866-6688 www.myspace.com/hawthorngallery Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat

MSU Art & Design Gallery, 333 E. Walnut, presents Henk Pander: Steel and Bones. Called “a lyric investigator of extreme situations,” Dutch-born painter Henk Pander has played a major role in Portland, Oregon’s artistic community for over 40 years. Trained in the rigorous Dutch Academy, and informed by a childhood shadowed by Nazi occupation and an impoverished life in Holland as a result of World War II, Pander’s sometimes larger-than-life paintings meld traditional realism, still-life, and painterly virtuosity with contemporary drama, turbulence, and danger. (417) 829-5092 www.art.missouristate.edu/gallery.php 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 the Art and Design Department Foundations Exhibit Feb. 24- March 14. An artist’s reception will be held 6-10 p.m. during the March 6 First Friday Art Walk. The art featured in this exhibit is from courses required to gain acceptance into art and design department degree program, including Art 100 – Two-Dimensional Design; Art 101 – Three-Dimensional Design; Art 115 – Drawing I; and Art 215 – Drawing II. (417) 836-6999 www.sec.missouristate.edu Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays

Nonna’s Italian American Café, 306 South Ave., presents A Show to Be Announced in March. (417) 831-1222 www.nonnascafe.com

Obelisk Home, 214 W. Phelps, presents The Art of Jeffrey Sweet. Sweet, a Springfield native, shares his love of photography and nature in images that focus on the inherent beauty of form, shape, color and design that are so often overlooked in the frantic rush of life. His philosophy is simple: Stop often and explore the world around you … you may find something unexpected and wonderful. (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com

OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, features Painter and Mixed Media Artist Holly Elkins. Holly specializes in expressionistic, multicultural portraits. “Today, my art is greatly inspired by research … photographs and images of distant lands with kindred faces,” she says. “I am inspired by culture and history and news today.  By seeing the beauty and anguish and fear in others, the same soul in the eyes, the very different forces and forms, by understanding these, we come closer to understanding one another.” (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 Artistic License: Oil, Watercolor and Mixed Media by Jan Bennicoff and at 7 p.m. enjoy First Friday On Stage with members of the Springfield Regional Opera presenting pieces from the upcoming performance “Little Women,” the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. (417) 831-1342 www.myspace.com/parkcentrallibrary Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. M-Th; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat

Randy Bacon Photography and Figment Art Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College St., present a variety of shows in March. The March 6 Art Walk includes an opening reception for Sculptor Jacob Burmood at Randy Bacon Photography, along with Bacon’s 2008 Retrospective Exhibit. Meanwhile, don’t miss the Latest Works of Figment house artists, including brand new paintings by Kat Allie and Abby Waters; paintings and pottery by Kelly Kennedy; and pottery by Brian King. Also, tour the Bacons’ brand new addition, Monarch Recording Studio. For more information, call (417) 868-8179. www.randybacon.com www.gallerysounds.net 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 Live Glass-Blowing Demonstrations by Gabe and Terry Bloodworth, who will be working with green glass in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Also, enjoy the original artwork of Painter Dustin Burgert. (417) 868-8181 www.springfieldhotglass.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Th; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat

Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., a fine craft gallery and community clay center, features some of the best examples of fine craft in clay, wood, metal, glass, fibers, photography, printmaking, and jewelry by over 45 local, regional and national artists. Join Springfield Pottery for First Friday Art Walk miniMakes. Come play in the clay with us every First Friday, 6-10 p.m., when we will offer a new object in clay for you to make. For a small fee of $10, you will be guided through the miniMake project of the month, and we will have it fired and ready for you in 14 days. The March miniMake: Sham-rocks. (417) 864-4677 www.springfieldpottery.com 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 chai 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) www.sslworldwide.com

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