Art Walk features kids’ art, international art in September

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First Friday Art Walk welcomes back its four collegiate galleries Sept. 4 with a variety of fantastic shows, while Randy Bacon Studios presents a unique traveling exhibit with Convoy of Hope and Metro Credit Union joins the lineup with a focus on local children’s art.

The September Art Walk includes hands-on activities, live music, face painting, refreshments and original art by local, national and international artists in 26 venues, 6-10 p.m. Sept. 4. Among the highlights:

  • College galleries kick off the fall semester in style with a quartet of shows: Visit Drury Pool Art Center Gallery for Greg Booker, Jim Mayfield and Brian Stuparyk: Photographs and Prints; MSU Art & Design Gallery for Billyo O’Donnell: Painting Missouri;  MSU Student Exhibition Center for the international exhibit Letters of Bulgaria-Alphabet of Europe; and OTC Fine Art Gallery for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s 75th Anniversary Season exhibit, including live music by a Symphony ensemble
  • The Creamery Arts Center features Grateful and Giving an exhibition of original artwork by Shirley Yiping Zhang, an MBA student from Beijing studying at Missouri State University. 
  • Fashioned By Jaye holds its Final Art Walk Exhibit and Farewell Event, featuring  art by Jaye Coltharp and Kourtnie Lyn, face painting by Bill Baunach, refreshments and unbelievable clearance prices on handcrafted items
  • Fresh Gallery presents three featured artists in three different mediums: fabric and fiber artist Janice Brueggemann, ceramicist Barb  Radovanovich and painter Sandra Strother
  • Good Girl Art Gallery presents Beyond the Gaze, a collection of portraits by Fayetteville artist Basil Seymour-Davies 
  • Hawthorn Galleries Inc. presents local artist Dale Augustson and music by Darice Augustson
  • In September only, Metro Credit Union presents 75 original works by the children of ARTWORKS Summer Camp at Sequiota Elementary School. Enjoy original art, live acoustic music and refreshments at Metro’s Campbell Avenue office
  • Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building proves that three is a magic number with a trio of artists – David Cogorno, Stephanie Cramer and Ismael Ortiz – sharing their Latin heritage and artistic passion
  • Randy Bacon Photography Studio and Gallery presents the Festival of Art and Compassion featuring multiple bands, free refreshments and the Convoy of Hope traveling exhibit Reel Lives, featuring photos by Randy Bacon and stories by Shannon Bacon; Bacon Gallery also continues its Lost & Found Photo Exhibit in September

For parents who want to attend Art Walk but think they can’t afford child care, think again! Family Art Night at the Downtown Y offers child care for ages 3 months to 12 years, 6:30-9 p.m. every First Friday for only $10 per child. Kids enjoy healthy activities and snacks, story time and a hands-on art project to take home. Call (417) 862-8962, ext. 149, for information or to preregister.

Full details of the Sept. 4 Art Walk appear in the September Gallery Guide below.

September Gallery Guide

ArtWhole Studios, 408 W. Walnut, continues its display of studio owner Chet Burgtorf’s photography series Colors of the Caribbean. There will also be new works from artists Scott Green, Sarah E. Splitter, Shavonne Downey and Allen J. Miller. Guests can show off their own artistic flair by taking part in our group painting. The gypsy tango stylings of Moonhoney will be there for your entertainment. Plus, for the first time, you’ll be able to take Moonhoney home with you! CDs will be available for purchase. We’re also proud to once again serve appetizers from Twilight Grille. For more information or to make an appointment call us at (417) 866-7929 or email us at

Big Smile Photography, 207 Park Central East, features international award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Jeremy Lawson’s creative lifestyle wedding and portraiture work. Big Smile displays Jeremy’s 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 Photographer Jason Bowers. The Memphis, TN, native who emphasizes outdoor photography returns to Bodhi Salon and Spa with a selection of new images. (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,  features Grateful and Giving an exhibition of original artwork by Shirley Yiping Zhang presented by Springfield Regional Arts Council and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. The exhibition features more than 30 pieces of artwork created by Zhang using various Chinese styles including Gongbi, Xie yi, Gouache and Baimiao. Zhang’s artwork aims to express the beautiful parts of life in the world with a concentration on landscapes, flowers and birds. Some of her work also  integrates Chinese traditional painting styles, music, calligraphy, Chinese language and literature. Zhang, from Beijing, China, is  an Executive MBA student studying at Missouri State University. Before Art Walk begins, A Meet the Artist event will be held 5-6 p.m. where Zhang will demonstrate Chinese painting techniques and perform songs based on the literature found in some of her paintings. This event is free and open to the public.  (417) 862-ARTS (2787)  Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays

DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, continues its show by Featured Artist Cyndilee in September. In addition to Cyndilee’s acrylics, DB Design also features works by painters Debbie Sutherland and Jerry Ellis, potters John Ehlers, Duane Bone, Cheryl Matlock, Julia Schaefer and Katrina Stevens, jewelry artists Jill LeGrand and Tammy Kirks, and stained-glass artist Nathan Smith. (417) 864-4343

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents Greg Booker, Jim Mayfield and Brian Stuparyk: Photographs and Prints. Enjoy the opening reception 6-9 p.m. during the Sept. 4 First Friday Art Walk. (417) 873-7263 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Th

Elite PhotoArt Fine Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., features Artist Eric Vaughn. Eric paints on glass and will be showing a variety of his works. Also featured is Rebecca Elliott. Rebecca is a freelance interior designer and will be displaying samples from her projects. Elite PhotoArt will also feature hand-crafted jewelry by Big Nose Creations, pottery by Bari Precious, artwork by Ammie Cyr, Nancy Rose, Gary Adamson and Jay; and photography by Larry Daniel, Chris Short, Dwayne Hillme and Gallery owners Will and Lisa Roberts. (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, will hold its Final Art Walk Exhibit and Farewell Event Sept. 4. The event features Art by Jaye Coltharp and Kourtnie Lyn, face painting by Bill Baunach, refreshments, and huge discounts on all of our unique locally hand-crafted items. (417) 862-4100 Open Noon-7 p.m. M-F; 2-7 p.m. Sat

Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., will be closed Sept. 4 and 5. A longtime downtown retailer featuring antiques, gift items and collectibles, Fitzwilly’s monthly art exhibits emphasize unique sketches and paintings by talented local artists. (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.

Fresh, located at the southwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, features artists Janice Brueggemann, Barb  Radovanovich and  Sandra Strother in September. Fresh represents 22 juried regional artists,  including Dolores Bauer,  Bruce Burnaugh, Stephanie Cramer, Alicia Farris, Clarissa French, Mary Hamilton, Joy Hyde, Ann Meese, Jeanie Morris, Angel Nahon, Carol Penprase,  Anne Marie Rausch, Karen Schneider, Peggy Thatch Sibley,  Debbie Sutherland, Denene Taliaferro, Karla Breeding Trammell, Sharon Warren and Elaine Willig. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Th; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. F-Sat

Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, presents Abby Waters. Abby is an artist who works primarily in acrylic paints on canvas. Her current work focuses on exploration of color and form to articulate struggles and joys that occur in life. (417) 863-7843

Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, continues its display of Baskets of Botswana, featuring museum-quality baskets hand woven by the women of the Beyei and Hambukushu tribes in northern Botswana. Also, in partnership with Team World Vision Ozarks, Global Fayre presents 26.2 Miles for Africa. Team member Chris Miller will attempt to run 26.2 miles on a treadmill in front of Global Fayre, which will offer information on Team World Vision’s efforts to fund relief work in Africa. For every purchase made at Global Fayre Sept. 4, $1 will be donated to Team World Vision. Team World Vision athletes dedicate themselves to running, cycling, and triathlon events while raising awareness and funds for relief work in Africa. (417) 873-9792 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-W, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Th-Sat, 1-5 p.m. Sun or by appointment

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents a collection of portraits by Fayetteville artist Basil Seymour-Davies in September. The show, Beyond the Gaze deals with the figure in the context of a background of psychological symbolism. As a youth growing up in Bangkok, Basil was influenced by the large hand-painted billboards and movie posters that abounded in his city. This influence can be seen in these colorful and poignant paintings. (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 local artist Dale Augustson. A fixture in the Springfield art scene and a regular artist and musician at Hawthorn, Augustson sees his art as “a visual symphony of space, color, form and motion. The space between those elements is like the silence of rests in music. The essence of the finished work is alive and urges the viewer to breath in harmony with it.”

Meet the artist and enjoy live music by Darice Augustson at the opening reception during the Sept. 4 Art Walk. (417) 866-6688 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat

Inveno Health, 429 N. Boonville Ave., features new work by local painter Stephanie Cramer, including a first look at Dear Roy, a visual story of the 1930s Northeast, pairing antique letters, postcards, and maps with the signature beauty and vibrancy of Stephanie’s work. With beautiful artwork, a stunning facility, and innovative medical research all under one roof at Inveno, there are many reason to come north of the square in September! 417-831-1270

Metro Credit Union, 447 S. Campbell, joins the Art Walk in  September with a display of more than 75 pieces of children’s artwork, produced at the second summer session of ARTWORKS Summer Camp at Sequiota Elementary School. Enjoy original art, live acoustic music and refreshments during the Sept. 4 Art Walk. ARTWORKS, now in its 27th year, is a multi-disciplinary approach to the arts that allows students to study with professional artists and art teachers in the visual and performing arts for an intensive 10 days. This selection of artwork comes from a variety of courses, including Adventures with Pirates, Archeology/Ancient Egypt, Bobble Head Blast, Chinese Brush Painting, Go Green, Into the Wild, Tree House Design, Video Claymation and more. “Participating in downtown events is a fun way for us to give back to the community which has supported our credit union over the years,” says Kathie Peterie, Metro Credit Union president. (417) 869-9654

MSU Art & Design Gallery, 333 E. Walnut, presents Billyo O’Donnell: Painting Missouri through Sept. 25. Award-winning Eureka, MO, plein air painter Billyo O’Donnell devoted years of travel and logged more than 150,000 miles while creating a painting for each of Missouri’s 114 counties and the city of St. Louis. The result is an extraordinary collection of scenes and seasons along the highways and byways of the multi-faceted Show-Me State. (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., and the department of art and design host the international exhibit Letters of Bulgaria-Alphabet of Europe. Organized by the International Triennial of the Stage Poster – Sofia, Bulgaria, the exhibit features work from 30 eminent artists from all over the world. This exhibit opened at the European Cultural Section in Paris and has traveled to Madrid, Tokyo, New York City and 80 other countries. This exhibit is dedicated to the cultural heritage of Bulgaria, where the Cyrillic alphabet was developed in the ninth century. Thirty poster designers were invited to design posters on the theme of an assigned letter of the alphabet, among them Cedomir Kostovic, professor in the department art and design at MSU. Cedomir worked with the letter “C” representing his native country, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays

Nonna’s Italian Café, 306 South Ave., features the work of Jody Powers and D.J. Ball, who are mother and son. Both are painters, with Jody working in oils and D.J. in acrylics. The exhibit consists of landscape and still life paintings. In addition, D.J. is also one of our talented cooks in the Nonna’s kitchen. (417) 831-1222

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, welcomes back 3 favorite artists: David Cogorno, Stephanie Cramer and Ismael Ortiz. The artists come together for this special show, sharing a Latin heritage and a passion for creating unique works of art. (417) 616-6488

OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, kicks off the fall 2009 semester with 10 original artworks created by area master artists specifically for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s 75th Anniversary Season! These works by Brad Noble, Ellen Baird, Reness Alyson, Jane Troup, Robert Smith, Sophie Parker, Bill Armstrong, Kate Baird, Debra Sutherland and Kathlene Allie will be displayed at the Symphony concerts and around the community throughout the concert season. The First Friday display features a Springfield Symphony Orchestra ensemble. All are invited for this wonderful celebration of visual and performing art! (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 Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, features Photographer Alan Pierson and Painter Linda Perry. Meet the artists and talk with them about their work on display. (417) 831-1342 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., presents the Festival of Art and Compassion during First Friday Art Walk. Multiple bands will perform live music throughout the Monarch Art Factory. Free refreshments will be provided. The Festival of Art and Compassion marks the Springfield unveiling of Reel Lives, an exhibit of portraits and stories by Randy and Shannon Bacon focused on people helped by Convoy of Hope. A Convoy of Hope semi truck, converted into a 55-foot traveling art gallery that houses the Reel Lives exhibit, will be parked on Main Street in front of Randy Bacon Studio during Art Walk. Convoy of Hope photos, information and videos will also be posted throughout the Monarch Art Factory. Bacon Gallery also continues its Lost & Found Photo Exhibit in September. For more information, call (417) 868-8179. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat

ROX Stoneworks, 220 S. Campbell, Second Floor, (entrance on McDaniel), the studio of Sculptor Bruce Burnaugh, presents Works in Progress by ROX students and Paintings by James Crafford, plus live music by Guitarist Drew Summers. ROX Stoneworks is a working studio teaching stone sculpture Sat, Sun and Mon, 9:30-3:30.

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., is a working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work. Springfield Hot Glass Studio continually displays its current blown glass, beads and fused work, offering live demonstrations on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and First Fridays. Classes are available; please visit our Web site. (417) 868-8181 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., presents Image and Clay, an exhibition of current work by Chicago ceramic artist and author Paul Andrew Wandless, on display Sept. 4- 5. An opening reception for the artist will be held 6-10 p.m. Sept. 4 during the First Friday Art Walk. Paul will give a demonstration workshop 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, on how to create imagery on clay through the use of screen, relief, decal and mono printing techniques. Many techniques from his book, “Image Transfer on Clay” will be explored in detail. The fee for the workshop is $50 and space is limited. Participants are encouraged to preregister by calling the studio at 417-864-4677. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Susan Sommer-Luarca Fine Art Gallery, 221 Park Central South. Internationally acclaimed and widely collected artist Susan Sommer-Luarca exhibits a stunning body of work in originals and fine art giclees. Susan holds the honor of being the Official Triple Crown Horse Racing artist, artist for the 2008 Super Bowl, Official Artist for the U.S. Olympic Team Beijing 2008, Official Artist for the U.S. Olympic Team Vancouver 2010, and more. Susan also paints LIVE at many nationally televised events, such as the Kentucky Derby and the Super Bowl. (417) 866-4278


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