Student shows, hands-on activities mark Dec. 4 Art Walk

1 - November 25, 2009 - 0 Comments

 Come downtown for holiday lights, hands-on art activities, live music, art demonstrations, university senior exhibitions and fun for all in 25 different venues during First Friday Art Walk, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 4. A special treat of the Dec. 4 event will be caroling by the young women of the Pattonville High School Chamber Choir at various Art Walk venues.

Add your creativity to the group painting at ArtWhole Studios, enjoy a trio of diverse artists in the latest show at Good Girl Art Gallery, vote for your favorite banner in the Art Transforms exhibit at Randy Bacon Gallery and celebrate the season at the Seventh Annual Christmas Ornament Party at Springfield Hot Glass Studio.

Additional highlights:

  • Visit Bodhi Salon and Spa to enjoy the works of Artist Bam Martin. Born in Chicago in 1967, Bam overcame color blindness and dyslexia to become a successful drummer for local favorites the Trash Angels, as well as a talented artist. Bam began sketching at age 8, and his gift has developed into works in acrylics and oils.
  • Be inspired by the works of featured artists Painter Karen Schneider and Jewelry Artist and Painter Karla Breeding Trammell, who take center stage at Fresh Gallery for the month of December.
  • Explore the original and iconic works of Artist Santiago Jim Delgadillo at the historic Gillioz Theatre.
  • Experience the unique photography of James Radke at Global Fayre, and don’t miss the regional photography exhibit at The Creamery Arts Center, featuring works by members of the Southwest Missouri Camera Club and Webster County Camera Clique.
  • See the latest works of Artist Elizabeth Chapman, and enjoy music by Stringfield at Hawthorn Galleries.
  • View MSU senior exhibitions at MSU Art & Design Gallery, Brick City and the MSU Student Exhibition Center.
  • Enjoy a multisensory arts experience at OTC Fine Art Gallery with student art, live music and dramatic readings of student-authored scenes.
  • Play in the clay at Springfield Pottery. First Friday miniMakes are back and this month’s project is Clay Fortune Cookies. The cost is only $10, and finished, fired pieces are ready for pickup in 14 days.

Meanwhile, for families on the go, Family Art Night at the Downtown Y offers affordable 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.

December Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, features seasonal photos from its magazine Present Truth, as well as artwork by Present Truth designer and photographer Chris Wood. Chris owns his own design business, expressing himself in a variety of artistic media. (417) 864-4971

ArtWhole Studios, 408 W. Walnut: Chet Burgtorf is featuring a new photography series, and there are new works from Kristen Atkinson, Scott Green and others. We’ll show a collection of group paintings created during previous Art Walks. Of course, guests can still take part in a group painting this month. The Gypsy tango stylings of Moonhoney will be there for your entertainment, and 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 (417) 866-7929

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 Artist Bam Martin. Born in Chicago in 1967, Bam overcame color blindness and dyslexia to become a successful drummer for local favorites the Trash Angels, as well as a talented artist. Bam began sketching at age 8 and his gift has developed into works in acrylics and oils. He cites his influences as Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Nechita. While living in Dallas for 17 years his pieces sold in several galleries, clubs and restaurants. Now Bam is happy to present his work that finds “perfection in imperfection” in Springfield. (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, home of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, features local and regional photographers in December. Both the Southwest Missouri Camera Club and Webster County Camera Clique have invited their members to display their favorite images of varied subject matter in a range of styles. (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 featuring Artist Stevia Bonebrake in December. DB Design also continues to show works by Deanna Henion and 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 Στιν Πυρά: Into the Pyre by Todd Lowery. Intrigued by the notion of “Into the Pyre” and the flux and jumble of Greek culture, this new body of work emerges from a sabbatical in Greece. Todd Lowery has been a faculty member at Drury since 1994. He has shown his work in numerous galleries around the U.S. including Space 1205 in Brooklyn, SVA Gallery in NYC, Visual Arts Gallery in NYC, the Springfield Art Museum, the Grossman Gallery at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, and the SRISA Gallery in Italy. Don’t miss the artist’s talk 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

Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., presents Reflections of Tuscany, done in watercolor, plus collages and scenes of the Ozarks in an exhibition of works by local artist 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.

Fresh, located at the southwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents Featured Artists Karen Schneider and Karla Breeding Trammell in December. Karen is a painter, a member of Missouri Watercolor Society and Springfield Regional Arts Council, as well as a poet and a playwright. “Movement and dynamics are important aspects of a painting to me. A good painting will catch the viewer off balance and set them to imagining – what is happening here?” Karen says. Karla is a jewelry artist and a painter. Her jewelry explore color, symmetry and contrast in one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings, while her paintings range from still life to flights of fancy. Fresh is a collective gallery of fine art and craft featuring 21 juried regional artists. (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 Santiago Jim Delgadillo. Originally from Tucson, AZ, Delgadillo has lived in Springfield for over six years. “I was brought up in a very religious environment and I often draw on this upbringing as the source of inspiration for my work,” he says. “My art has been described as “the Renaissance meets Warhol” as I use many religious icons within my compositions coupled with a “pop art” style. There is some metaphysical meaning to my work, although, I believe it can be appreciated simply for its aesthetic purpose.” (417) 863-7843

 Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, presents Photographer James Radke. James has put down roots in many areas across the United States. He has lived on both sides of the Rockies, in Colorado and on the shores of the Carolina coast. He lived in the Ozarks during the ‘70s and moved toward the northern California coast in the mid ‘80s, returning to the Ozarks in 2003. James’s photographs have been exhibited from Tokyo to Mannheim and San Francisco to Daytona Beach. When looking at these photographs you are looking at Springfield and the Ozarks through his eyes; these images are simply his visual memories and personal discoveries. James hopes that you are as intrigued with Springfield as he is. (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, brings back popular Artist Christopher Mostyn with his show Kindness is in Short Demand, featuring his wild and fun cartoon art that “middle schoolers go crazy over” in December. Also, jewelry artist Beth Spatafora will be on hand with her newest batch of awesome handmade jewelry. Barbie Paintings by Debbie Curtis will also continue for the month of December. (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 pleased to show the work of local artist Elizabeth Chapman. Working in styles ranging from realistic to abstract, and utilizing various mediums from transparent watercolor to collage, Chapman’s style is as dynamic as her compositions. With various styles, sizes and prices Chapman’s work makes a perfect gift for the holidays. Meet the artist and enjoy live music by Stringfield’s Gail Morrissey and Victoria Johnson during 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., welcomes the holiday season with the continued display of works by local painter Stephanie Cramer. Stephanie’s colorful collection of small abstracts, which are perfect gifts for any visual art enthusiast, fit perfectly into the inspiring building renovation completed by Obelisk Home. Come north of the square in December to Inveno Health and Obelisk Home, the works are worth the walk! (417) 831-1270

MSU Art & Design Gallery, 333 E. Walnut, presents Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibitions at the Art & Design Gallery and at Brick City, Dec. 1-11. Megan Timmerneier, Connie Dodson, Aaron McCarty, Emily Million, Lauren Phillips and Margaret Love are exhibiting paintings, drawings, photography and jewelry at the Art & Design Gallery; John Coleman, Alex Kreeger, and Matthew Russell are exhibiting sculpture and drawing at Brick City. (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., hosts the Art and Design Department’s BFA Studio Art Exhibit from Dec. 1 to Dec. 10 with artist’s reception 6-10 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk. The exhibit features art by students who are completing their degree requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art, including Danielle Christlieb, Ceramics; Natasha Montgomery, Photography; Caitlin Blaine, Drawing and GJ Flokstra, Computer Animation. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays and university holidays

Nonna’s Italian Café, 306 South Ave., presents Works by Allan Burch. Burch is a commercial illustrator and portrait artist based in Forsyth. His art combines visual influences that range from Impressionist masters to modern pop culture. Through expressive color, a sense of mood and energetic marks that reflect the human touch, Allan aims to connect with his viewers on an emotional level. (417) 831-1222

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Artist Isaac Karner. “In my art, I have used objects and material whose function and purpose is well known to create autobiographical works,” Isaac says. “It is my hope that people will be able to transfer the functions and connotations of the various materials to the piece as a whole.” (417) 616-6488

OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents Works by OTC Fine Art Students, highlighting pieces produced in Drawing I and II, Two-Dimensional Design, and Painting I. Enjoy live performances by OTC’s Small Ensemble, Songwriting, and Classical Guitar students, plus dramatic readings from the Script Writing class will be performed by Theater 101 students. The gallery will also display artwork from the academic fraternity Phi Theta Kappa’s juried art exhibition titled The Paradox of Affluence. The competition was open to all Springfield college students. Special refreshments will be served during the opening reception. All are invited! (417) 447-8873 Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Th; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. F; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on First Fridays

Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, features Photography by Corey Brown. “I fell in love with photography the first time I stepped foot in a darkroom,” Brown said. “I was so amazed at the process of watching my images come to life, that I have been hooked ever since.” Stop by and meet the artist during the Dec. 4 Art Walk. (417) 831-1342 Open 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Th; 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat

Randy Bacon Photography and Figment Art Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College St., present Art Transforms, featuring 35 original banners designed by Missouri State University students enrolled in Dr. Michele Granger’s Visual Merchandising class. The banners depict the theme, Art Transforms, and visitors to the Monarch are invited to vote for their favorites. The top 10 banners chosen will receive the People’s Choice Awards and will be presented to the Downtown Springfield Association, which will then select its favorites to be permanently displayed in the downtown area. Also, don’t miss REEL LIVES, featuring Randy Bacon’s breathtaking portraits from his journeys with Convoy of Hope. Randy will offer these images for sale, with all proceeds going to support the Los Angeles Refugee Camp in El Salvador. (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., presents its Seventh Annual Christmas Ornament Party! We’ll be making mini ornaments, Venetian-style ornaments and tree-topper ornaments all evening. A working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work, Springfield Hot Glass offers live demonstrations on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and First Fridays.(417) 868-8181 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-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 us for First Friday Art Walk miniMakes: miniMakes are open to all ages and no experience is necessary. Come play in the clay with us every First Friday from 6 to 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. Allow 20 to 30 minutes to complete your project. December miniMake: Clay Fortune Cookies. Springfield Pottery, 416 South Campbell Avenue, (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 like the Kentucky Derby and the Super Bowl. (417) 866-4278.

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