Art Walk brings the world to Springfield in October

1 - September 29, 2009 - 0 Comments

Art Walk has an international flavor in October with shows that span the globe, including the World Wide Photo Walk display at Global Fayre, Berlin, Poor but Sexy at Drury University’s Pool Art Center Gallery,  Visiting From Qingdao: Daqing Zhang and Yake Xu at MSU Art & Design Gallery, a taste of world music at OTC Fine Art Gallery, part of its multifaceted Annual OTC Fine Art Faculty Exhibition and an Exhibition on Social Justice at Randy Bacon Photography including work by acclaimed UN artist Ibiyinka Alao from Africa.

Come downtown 6-10 p.m. Oct. 2 to enjoy art, live music, food, art demonstrations and fun for all ages in 25 participating venues. Among the highlights:

  • Good Girl Art Gallery presents Editorial, portraits of artists by third-generation photographer Stanton Stephens. An interactive photo booth will also be a part of the opening, where gallery goers can have a portrait taken and then see it later online.
  • Hawthorn Galleries Inc. presents the 2nd Annual Women Artists of the Midwest Exhibition, featuring new artwork by Alishia Brundege, Jeanne Davis, Cathey DeLisle, Lisa Esposito and Louise Thies.
  • Enjoy the work of Photographer Alan Pierson and Painter Linda Perry, and sample the Missouri Literary Festival at Park Central Branch Library with readings of original short fiction, Poetry Out Loud performances and local slam poetry. The Literary Festival continues Oct. 3 and 4 at Hammons Field and The Creamery Arts Center.
  • Celebrate fall with Springfield Hot Glass Studio’s annual Pumpkin Party, featuring the new line of metallic stemmed pumpkins, pumpkin treats from Amycakes and hourly blownglass pumpkin giveaways.


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.

The Y also invites the community to enter its Show Us Your Colors art contest. Win a free, three-month Y membership or a free program of your choice. Entries can be in any medium: painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, ceramic/pottery or photography. Enter by Oct. 31. Entries will be judged by YMCA and the public. Top entries will be displayed at Artsfest, Dream Big Festival and Cider Days. The cost is $10 per art entry.


Full details of the Oct. 2 Art Walk appear in the October Gallery Guide below.


October Gallery Guide


ArtWhole Studios, 408 W. Walnut, presents Portraits by Chet Burgtorf, plus new works from artist Scott Green. One of our most popular Art Walk features will continue as guests can take part in our group painting.  Enjoy the Gypsy tango stylings of Moonhoney and delicious 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. Born and raised in Memphis TN, Jason had never taken photography seriously until he moved into the Ozarks 10 years ago. Since then there has always been a camera by his side. Whether he’s walking down the street, floating down a river or hiking in the Rockies, he’s always taking pictures. Come by Bodhi Salon and Spa to see his collection of photographs. (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 The Poetics of Construction: Greening the Architecture Lexicon, a design charette conceived by architect Jeff Barber with a statewide call for entries of sustainable architecture featuring graphic design and freestanding maquettes. This exhibition is held in conjunction with the Missouri Literary Festival and will run through Oct. 29. The Missouri Literary Festival will be held October 2, 3 and 4 at Hammons Field and The Creamery Arts Center. (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 a Show To Be Announced in October. 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 Berlin, Poor but Sexy, an international exhibition of 10 artists who lived in Berlin. Enjoy the opening reception 6-9 p.m. during the Oct. 2 First Friday Art Walk and don’t miss the talk by exhibit curator Sarrita Hunn 6-7 p.m. (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., opens up the entire gallery for viewing in October and will feature Photography Times Nine this month: Fine Art Photographers Larry Daniel, Robert Breshears, Chris Short, Dwayne Hillme, Christine Bonnivier, Debbie Joiner, Lisa Roberts and Will Roberts; and Portrait Photographer Kara Dye from Owens Photography. We will also feature well-known artist Ross B. Young, who is famous for his Sporting Dog Art, and paintings by Alyce Cox. (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.

Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., is pleased to announce the return of Photographer David J. Eslick with an exhibition of work showing scenes of the Ozarks and other interesting sights from around the country. (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, presents Featured Artists Stephanie Cramer and Debbie Sutherland in October. Fresh is a collective gallery of fine art and craft featuring 21 juried regional artists. Fresh artists are Dolores Bauer, Janice Brueggemann, Bruce Burnaugh, Stephanie Cramer, Alicia Farris, Clarissa French, Mary Hamilton, Joy Hyde, Ann Meese, Jeanie Morris, Angel Nahon, Carol Penprase, Barb Radovanovich, Anne Marie Rausch, Karen Schneider, Peggy Thatch Sibley, Sandy Strother, 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 Photographer Corinne Merritt.

Since a teenager, Corinne has always had a camera in hand. She is an award-winning photographer with a passion for travel that tends to take her off the beaten path, as you can see in her photographs. (417) 863-7843

Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, presents photos by Springfield area participants in the World Wide Photo Walk, which was held July 18. Forty photographers ranging in age from 10 to 70 participated locally, joining around 27,000 photographers in more than 900 locations all over the world. Global Fayre also features music by The Archimedean Point. Jeremy Shelton on vocals/guitar and Daren Hudson on drums/vocals) aim to restore amiable experience to existence via musical journeys with the public as the prime passenger. “Awaken the sunshine slumbering in your soul.” (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 photographs by Stanton Stephens, in a show titled Editorial.  Stanton is a third-generation photographer with a BFA in painting from the University of North Texas.  He spent eight years as part of the art and music scene surrounding Dallas and Denton, Texas.  For his recent series, he approaches his portraits of artists as a kind of editorial photograph, using the work of each artist as a thematic launch point.  Stanton currently works full time at his family’s portrait studio in Bolivar.  An interactive photo-booth will also be a part of the opening, where gallery goers can have a portrait taken and then see it later online. (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 the 2nd Annual Women Artists of the Midwest Exhibition, featuring new artwork by Alishia Brundege, Jeanne Davis, Cathey DeLisle, Lisa Esposito and Louise Thies. This group was formed to act as a catalyst to bring women fine artists together from across the Midwest. WAM members have the opportunity to collaborate and pool artistic and professional resources. The group seeks to encourage other women artists to cultivate their artistic talents, which will in turn develop a strong female artistic community. In addition to helping artists further their careers through artistic growth and professional development, our goal is to gain support and recognition for female artists in the Ozarks and throughout the Midwest. Meet the artists and enjoy live music at the Opening Artist Reception during First Friday 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 work by local painter Stephanie Cramer, including a first look at Dear Roy, a visual story of the 1930’s Northeast, pairing antique letters, postcards, and maps with her work’s signature beauty and vibrancy. We will also be introducing a new product, Theraworx hand cleanser!  Throw away your alcohol-based products, and come sample the science of natural skin care. 417-831-1270

MSU Art & Design Gallery, 333 E. Walnut, presents Visiting From Qingdao: Daqing Zhang and Yake Xu. Enjoy traditional Chinese painting and ceramics through Nov. 13. (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 innovative pieces from the Art and Design Department Foundations Exhibit on display from September 29 to October 14.  The work displayed will be from the previous semester’s projects in the following courses:  Art 100, Two-Dimensional Design; Art 101, Three-Dimensional Design; Art 115, Drawing I; and Art 215, Drawing II.  Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays and university holidays

Nonna’s Italian Café, 306 South Ave., is exhibiting The Work of Aaron Michael Pearlstein, urban photographer. Born and raised in a mountain town of east Tennessee, Aaron’s work includes both landscape and architectural images.  He likens his photographs to “little windows of the world, a reminder, a memory of places we have been, or of people we love.” (417) 831-1222

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Artist Misty Ware. Misty’s career path has led her from art director, teacher and freelance graphic designer to commissioned artist. Concentrating on painting and mixed media collage, the paper and/or typography Misty adds to her imagery is recycled from vintage books, ads and magazines. Such material “often gives the piece a unique textural quality, gives the type new purpose, and symbolizes the importance of our past in our present lives,” she says. (417) 616-6488

OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents the Annual OTC Fine Art Faculty Exhibition. In addition to 2- and 3-dimensional artworks by visual art instructors Cathy Clemens, Kat Allie, Tom McCune, and Jim Delgadillo, theater instructor Jon Herbert will perform a solo work titled “In the News,” presenting characters from his own original play. Music instructor Andrew Bishko will perform instrumental pieces in the World Music vein, including Native American Flute, Klezmer, Celtic and Latin selections, and special refreshments will be served.  All are invited to this fabulous collaboration by our talented Fine Art Faculty. (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. Plus, enjoy Missouri Literary Festival on the Square as the library presents readings by finalists for the Missouri Literary Festival Award for Short Fiction, Poetry Out Loud performers and local slam poets (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 an Exhibition on Social Justice including the interactive exhibit Step Into Africa World Vision: AIDS and Poverty Relief; work by acclaimed UN artist Ibiyinka Alao from Africa; art and photography from Project Rescue, a sex-trafficking intervention organization; and works by Artist Keith Upchurch, whose modern graffiti and tattoo style art explores social justice themes of activism and hope in mixed media. At Figment, view new work from house artists Kat Allie, Kelly Kennedy and Abby Waters. (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. ROX Stoneworks is a working studio teaching stone sculpture 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., will be hosting its annual Pumpkin Party featuring the new line of metallic stemmed pumpkins, pumpkin treats from Amycakes, an hourly blownglass pumpkin giveaway and (as always) free glassblowing demonstrations all evening .(417) 868-8181 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-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, and jewelry by over 45 local, regional and national artists. 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 like the Kentucky Derby and the Super Bowl.  (417) 866-4278.

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