Art Walk blossoms in May

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Enjoy senior exhibits, Symphony Art, wine tasting & more

Art Walk erupts with color and activity in May with senior exhibitions and student showcases, Springfield Symphony Art, new works by Gavyn Sky, silent auctions, a wine tasting, plus live music, poetry, a variety of refreshments and, as always, a few surprises.

Art Walk is proud to once again partner with Ozark Greenways for the Bicycle Rally on the Square. Ride your bike to Art Walk and park it on the square. Bring a decorated bike to compete for prizes in the Art Bike Contest and register for Bike, Bus, Walk to Work Week coming up May 17-21.

Art Walk is also proud to continue its support for Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival in May. Each Art Walk venue has a collection box for Arts in Action. All funds donated support arts education and the Care to Learn Fund, which provides direct aid to schoolchildren in need.

Meanwhile, the Downtown Y offers affordable child care for Art Walking parents via Family Art Night, serving children ages 3 months to 12 years, 6:30-9 p.m. 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.

Among the highlights for First Friday Art Walk in May:

  • View the Springfield Symphony’s 75th Season Artwork Collection and bid in the Symphony’s silent auction at Abundant Life Covenant Church, which also features pastels by Ed Gibson, photography by Annette Wardell, Donna Bieber and Chris Wood, a poetry reading by Paul Gabbert and live music by Tom Tyson Jr.
  • Enjoy the Mid-Lakes Conference High School Art Competition & Show at The Creamery Arts Center, featuring works by high school students from Ash Grove, Fair Grove, Marionville, Pleasant Hope, Skyline, Stockton and Strafford.
  • Experience a French Artists Bistro at Farmers Gastropub with live painting on site by artist Matt Hale.
  • See Where the Wild Things Are, an exhibit by Springfield R-12 Early Childhood Special Education, plus live music by Randy Buckner at Global Fayre.
  • Enjoy a senior BFA exhibition, a collaborative show by Jo Van Arkel and Carla Stine, and a wine tasting by Peaceful Bend Winery at Good Girl Art Gallery.
  • Visit Obelisk Home to see new works by abstract painter Gavyn Sky, plus view and bid on birdhouses designed by regional artists to support Habitat for Humanity.
  • See outstanding works by college students in the exhibitions at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, The Evangel University Bellwether Gallery, Good Girl Art Gallery, MSU Brick City Gallery, MSU Student Exhibition Center, and OTC Fine Art Gallery.
  • Experience Art Transforms at Randy Bacon Gallery, as well as Art Work by Parker Asay.
  • See Beads and Blossoms created before your eyes at Springfield Hot Glass Studio.

May Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, presents the Springfield Symphony’s 75th Season Artwork Collection featuring original works by Brad Noble, Ellen Baird, Jane Troup, Renee Alyson, Sophie Parker, Bill Armstrong, Kate Baird, Debra Sutherland, Kathleen Allie and one of the final paintings by the late Robert E. Smith. The collection is part of a silent auction benefiting the Springfield Symphony Orchestra that will end on May 15, plus Everyday Light, a show of pastel paintings by Ed Gibson; Ancient Architecture, featuring Annette Wardell’s photographs of Rome; Finding the Sun, a series of floral images by photographer Donna Bieber; a quintet of images by Chris Wood from his series, For Everything There is a Season and images from his Iphone Xpressions collection; and George W. Kiefer’s historic murals. Enjoy a poetry reading by local poet Paul Gabbert at 7 p.m., plus acoustic guitar music by Tom Tyson Jr. and refreshments. (417) 864-4971 Office hours 9-4:30 p.m. M-F; Services 7:30 p.m. W, 10 a.m. Sun

APO After Dark, 303 Park Central West, continues its show by Featured Artist M. Scott Phifer presenting a collection of soft pastels. APO After Dark is the evening/weekend drop-in center for AIDS Project of the Ozarks, offering confidential HIV/syphilis testing, safer sex supplies and risk-reduction counseling free to the general public. A variety of community artists will be displaying and offering art for purchase in the venue during Art Walk. (417) 832-0462 or follow us on Facebook.  Open 7 p.m.-midnight every F & Sat

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents the Mid-Lakes Conference High School Art Competition & Show, 6-9 p.m. during Art Walk. The Mid-Lakes Conference features approximately 500 exemplary artworks created by regional 9th-12th grade students from Ash Grove R-IV, Fair Grove R-X, Marionville R-IX, Pleasant Hope R-VI, (Skyline) Hickory Co. R-I, Stockton R-I, and Strafford R-VI high schools. Awards will be selected for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention in each of the 29 categories on display. Plaques will be awarded for Best of Show 2-D and Best of Show 3-D.  Light refreshments will be served during the Art Walk reception. Work will remain on display through the month of May. (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 Featured Artist Debra Sutherland. DB also displays work by potters John Ehlers, Duane Bone, Cheryl Matlock and Katrina Stevens, jewelry artist Tammy Kirks, and stained-glass artist Nathan Smith. (417) 864-4343

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents its Senior Capstone Exhibition during the May Art Walk. Enjoy the opening reception, 6-9 p.m. (417) 873-7263 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Th

The Evangel University Bellwether Gallery, 600 W. College, Ste. 116, is a beautiful and comfortable space for display of art by Evangel art students and faculty. It continues its show of Work by Graduating Seniors, featuring the work of 12 Evangel seniors in studio and graphic arts. (417) 865-2815, ext. 7258 Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. W-Sat

Farmers Gastropub, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 160 (entrance on Pershing next to The Moxie), converts its bistro space into a replica of artists’ bistro Place du Tertre at Montmartre, Paris, with artists working live at their easels accompanied by French music and food. Matt Hale is featured in May. Farmers Gastropub invites artists who are interested in demonstrating their talents on future First Fridays to contact owner Bill Griffiths. (417) 864-6994 The Gastropub is open 9:30-11 p.m. M-W and 9:30 a.m.-midnight Th-Sat, with Bistro Dining 6-9:30 p.m. Th-Sat

Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., is showing collections of charcoal drawings by Artist Jennifer Purvis in her Art Walk debut. Jennifer first became interested in drawing while in college and has continued drawing and sketching since. (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 Sharon Warren and Sandra Strother in May. Sharon is an award-winning artist who loves the versatile world of watercolor and acrylics. The love of the beauty of all creation is at the core of her works, which have been featured in the Missouri Watercolor National Show in 2007, the MOAK Show at Springfield Art Museum in 2008 and the National Oil & Acrylic Society’s Best of America Show 2009.  A local, state and national award-winning artist, Sandra is well-known for her custom watercolor portraits of people and animals. Her lifelong love of horses and rural scenes is a continuing theme in her work, along with her passion for the rodeo, Western art and bird dog hunting. Fresh will also conclude its First Anniversary Celebration and Silent Auction during the May 7 Art Walk. Fresh is a collective gallery of fine art and craft featuring 22 juried regional artists. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. T-Sat

Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, presents A Show To Be Announced in May. The Gillioz Theatre displays work by a variety of artists and is a magnificent work of art itself. Built in 1926 using architectural cues from all over the world, this Springfield landmark features ornamentation inspired by European and Mediterranean cultures. (417) 863-7843

Global Fayre, 324 S. Campbell, presents Where the Wild Things Are, an exhibit by Springfield R-12 Early Childhood Special Education, plus live music by Randy Buckner during the May Art Walk. Randy is a fingerstyle guitarist from Springfield whose influences include Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Marcel Dadi and Jerry Reed. Music has been an important part of his family since the 1870s when his great-great grandfather, Sam Weatherman, took up the fiddle. Randy’s father, Jerry, taught him how to play the guitar at age 9. Randy, who teaches at Hoover Music Co., is dedicated to the performance and promotion of fingerstyle guitar music. His CD, Bronwyn’s Songs, will be released in May. (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 two shows: BFA Exhibition: H.E. Croan and Text and Context, plus a wine tasting. Do you ever catch yourself staring at the shapes clouds make only to find yourself faced with a girl who is part tree, part seedling offering her heart to the heavens or perhaps a pair of slumbering dreamers who are slipping out of their heads?” Croan asks. “I often find myself seeing these very things while looking at the images splatters of paint make on a piece of paper. … The work in this exhibition explores the search for meaning in what appears to be random.” Text and Context is a show of mixed media and collage art by Jo Van Arkel and Carla Stine. As a writer and literature professor, Jo is drawn to words and stories which she has translated to canvas in the form of magical vignettes. Carla’s work has spanned the gamut of mediums, from ceramics to interior design. Her artistic evolution has brought her most recently to graphic design and illustration, which has inspired an appreciation for typography, explored in this current work. Jo and Carla share a penchant for whimsy, humor, and the many ironies of the human condition, which are reflected in their work. Good Girl also features a wine tasting by Peaceful Bend Winery. (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 Studio Madness: New Work by Emily Frost, Elizabeth Chapman and Lyn Phariss. While the subject matter and the techniques of these three women is vastly different, ranging from Frost’s assemblages to Chapman’s vibrant abstracts to Phariss’ plein air landscapes, their work is ultimately connected through the presence of a unique and compelling feminine voice. Meet the artists and enjoy live music by the Ojakangas String Group 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., invites visitors to relive their younger days while perusing paintings from Childhood in its Landscape, an art initiative inspired by Lil Olive of Good Girl Art Gallery to benefit underserved children, ages K-teen, from the Springfield Community Center. Local favorite Stephanie Cramer is also featured, recently taking “Best in Show” honors in the Childhood in its Landscape project. Hidden talent is proudly on display in our beautifully renovated gallery space, adjacent to Obelisk Home, just steps north of the square. (417) 831-1270

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, 215 W. Mill St., presents Senior Exhibitions by Brett Baureis, Kendle Durden, Lara Hoyt, Caleb Knodell and Jeffrey Markus, students completing requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at MSU. (417) 829-5092  Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and university holidays

MSU International Center, 301 S. Jefferson, presents Miracles—Religious Festivities in Peru, a photo display by artist Angie Keller. (417) 836-6618

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents an artists’ reception for the Art and Design Department’s BFA in Design Senior Students’ Professional Design Practicum Final Projects Exhibition during the May 7 Art Walk. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays and University holidays.

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents two events during the May 7 Art Walk: artwork by Artist Gavyn Sky and a Silent Birdhouse Auction to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. Enjoy the unique abstract works of award-winning artist Gavyn Sky, which will amaze viewers with its unique textures and fluidity of color, and bid on artist-designed birdhouses to help the Drury University Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity raise funds for safe and decent housing.  (417) 616-6488

One80One, 318 W. Walnut, features the works of Artists Jessica Mahan, Meganne Rosen O’Neal, Debbie Raymer, Javier Saltares and Nicholas K. Tarr in May. Mahan, who is making her one80one debut, is a sculptor who works in plaster, handmade paper, copper and aluminum wire, cut and assembled mat board, and wood. She also enjoys painting in oil and acrylic, batik, drawing and printmaking. Visitors will also be treated to live acoustic music by Jessel Harry and light hors d’oeuvre. One80One is a strategic marketing firm with a focus on Web development and new media, as well as utilizing traditional branding and advertising to enhance clients’ brands and engage clients’ audiences. (417) 865-0181 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F

OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents its Fine Art Student Showcase Exhibition Spring 2010. Enjoy work from visual art students in Drawing I and II, Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Printmaking, and Painting I, as well as performances by Music Department classes including Small Ensemble, Songwriting and Classical Guitar students.  Dramatic staged readings taken from our Script Writing class will be performed by Theater 101 students. Special refreshments will be served and 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 Artist Joey Borovicka. Meet the artist and discuss his paintings on display. (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., presents a trio of exciting art events during the May Art Walk.  With Art Transforms Downtown, Springfield High School students will unveil a community project of outdoor murals, beginning with 10 8-by-8-foot murals on the side of C&C Flooring across Main Street from the Bacon Gallery. Art Work by Parker Asay puts the focus on MU fine arts graduate, entrepreneur and educator Parker Asay, an artist who specializes in illustration. Parker owns Freelance Graphics and teaches life drawing at the Springfield Art Museum.  Plans are underway to have Parker do some painted illustrations on the wall across from the Monarch Art Factory after the student installation in May. Finally, Randy Bacon continues his show of photos from James River Assembly’s Cherish Kids Program, a foster care and adoption program. (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., presents Beads and Blossoms, demonstrating a variety of blown and torch-worked pieces during May’s Art Walk. Dani Underwood will be making “critter” beads, Kathy McCormick will demonstrate her floral bead technique and Terry will be blowing floral motif vases. 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. (417) 864-4677 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

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