First Friday Art Walk adds new venues in August

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Swirly Circles by Tricia Courtney at Hawthorn Galleries in August

Join First Friday Art Walk, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 6, to enjoy new venues, new art displays, live entertainment, food, fun and fellowship in the Downtown Arts District at the heart of historic Springfield, MO. Click here to view the August 2010 Art Walk E-newsletter or Click here to view and print the August 2010 Art Walk Map

Two new Art Walk venues debut in August: Canvas, at 315 South Avenue, and Red Door Studios, at 313 Park Central East, Ste. 201.

Canvas presents an inaugural show by various local artists themed Open for Business, plus music by Postmodern Minute and an activity for the kids!  Canvas is a venue designed to connect people relationally through the creative arts and to see the city transformed. We do this through Performance and Visual Art, Dance, Music and Writing.

Red Door Studios, owned by Crystal Renee and Jack Van Matre, comprises Crystal Renee Photography, Behind The Red Door Photography and VM Photo Design. A combined studio whose services include wedding and family photography, it specializes in classy boudoir and fashion photography. Enjoy live entertainment, wine, food and special offers during Art Walk.

For families on the go, 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.

August Gallery Guide

Please note: Due to the summer break, Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, MSU Brick City Gallery, MSU International Center, MSU Student Exhibition Center and OTC Fine Art Gallery will be closed in August. They will reopen with the Sept. 3 First Friday Art Walk.

Genuine Service, a photo composite by Chris Wood

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, continues its show of New Photography by Harold Patterson; plus Fountains and Faces, featuring Annette Wardell’s photographs of Rome; Finding the Sun, a series of floral images by photographer Donna Bieber; natural images by Chris Wood from his series, For Everything There is a Season; urban images by photographer Jason York from his series How God Sees Us; a variety of works by OTC art student Patricia Frater will be featured in the new Emerging Artist section; handcrafted jewelry by Amanda Bearse; and George W. Kiefer’s historic murals. Also enjoy acoustic guitar music by Brad Cook and free 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, presents Photographer Jason Bowers of Pheonix Photography. 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

Canvas, 315 South Avenue, makes its debut on the Art Walk with a show by various local artists themed Open for Business, plus music by Postmodern Minute.  We will also have an activity for the kids!  Canvas is a venue designed to connect people relationally through the creative arts and to see the city transformed. We do this through Performance and Visual Art, Dance, Music and Writing.

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents Photography by Dudley Martin. Dudley’s love of photography began at the age of 12, when he began experimenting with a second-hand camera loaned to him by his father. Since then, it has been his goal to communicate with others through his work rather than just showing them a “good picture.” Dudley, who has practiced law since 1960, says he doesn’t so much take pictures as make them. Enjoy the opening reception 6-9 p.m. Aug. 6. (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 shows  with Featured Artist Jim Mayfield and Painter Debra Sutherland, while its ongoing display of pottery features Julia Schaefer, John Ehlers, Katrina Stevens, George Milne and Duane Bone. Also showing are hand-crocheted hats by Cynthia Stenquist. (417) 864-4343

The Evangel University Bellwether Gallery, 600 W. College, Ste. 116, will feature works by Photographer Lane Simmons, Ceramicist Mitch Yung and Painter Michael Buesking, all three Evangel University faculty members. (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 Place du Tertre at Montmartre, Paris, with artists working live at their easels accompanied by French music and food. 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 a longtime downtown retailer featuring antiques, gift items and collectibles. Its 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, presents Featured Artists Hue Parnell and Ann Marie Rausch in August. Hue, who holds a BFA in ceramics from Missouri State University, began as a studio potter before moving on to teach art and serve as a public school administrator. His dream has always been to work as a studio artist, a dream he now pursues with wife Marla, a graphic designer with a background in advertising and creative direction. Ann Marie turns tables, chairs, chests, dressers and more into brilliantly colored art pieces that boldly invite imagination. “I am a colorist,” Ann Marie says.  “I explore bright bold colors in original combinations and designs. I am always searching for and creating new patterns. I combine that love of color and patterns by applying them to old one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, thus creating a new, fun, whimsical and useful piece of artwork.” 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 August.  Built in 1926 using architectural cues from all over the world, this Springfield landmark features ornamentation inspired by European and Mediterranean cultures and is itself a work of art. (417) 863-7843

Global Fayre, 324 S. Campbell, puts its focus on the Missouri Prairie Foundation in August with a display of images of prairie grouse, provided by Foundation board member Glenn Chambers, plus 10 percent of all purchases on Aug. 6 will be donated to the Missouri Prairie Foundation. The mission of the Missouri Prairie Foundation is to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities through acquisition, management, education, and research. At least 15 million acres of Missouri, covering more than a third of the state, were prairie at the time of European settlement. Fewer than 90,000 acres remain. Tallgrass prairie is one of the Earth’s most biologically diverse and now rare ecosystems, and we have it right here in Missouri. It is ours to conserve for the benefit of future generations. (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 On the Inside, a show by Artist Virginia Trammell. Virginia’s ceramic sculptures are both handbuilt and slip cast and assembled. Collectively they are a study on the body and cells on a microscopic level and the connections made between particles. Trammell’s work shows “How the smallest molecules have an effect on the whole, and how delicate the balance is.” A graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute majoring in Ceramics, Virginia has her own ceramic business – Damselfly Ceramics – where she sells functional pieces, tiles, and reproduction Calico buttons.  (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 Offshoots: New Work by Tricia Courtney. Best known for her bold and highly textured oil paintings, Courtney also explores several different mediums. Her other artistic endeavors include recycled metal assemblage, drip painting, and the creation of a whimsical world of fanciful children’s characters. Like a plant that sends out new shoots every year in order to keep growing, so too does Courtney keep her creative spirit alive with each new “offshoot” of her work. Meet the artist and enjoy live music by the Ojakangas String Group from 6 to10 p.m. during Art Walk (417) 866-6688 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat

August is HOT at Inveno Health , 429 N. Boonville Ave. Join us as Stephanie Cramer personally unveils 3 newly inspired grand canvases. Get in touch with the ideas that inspire the artist and investigate Inveno’s line of products that address current challenges in healthcare. We might be away from the square…but the walk is downhill! (417)831-1270. (417) 831-1270

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents the images of Ozarks native Photographer Carl James. “My photography is very personal to me. It is how I connect with the natural world around me. It, along with poetry is my best form of personal expression,” Carl says. Born in Almartha, Mo., a tiny hamlet between Ava and Gainesville in Ozark County, the draftsman turned architect turned photographer and book author has spent much of his life hiking, canoeing and backpacking. While his travels have taken him to Italy, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, France, Holland, Mexico, Canada and England, he says,  he has “found no place as beautiful and mystical as the Ozarks outdoors.”  (417) 616-6488

One80One, 318 W. Walnut, invites visitors to enjoy A Variety of Fabulous Art at a web site launch party for Habitat for Humanity during the August Art Walk!  Experience sketches by Andrea Donohue, Meganne Rosen O’Neal and Javier Saltares, photography by Lori Radford and Mayalynn Hall, painting by Megan Land and other creative works. (417) 865-0181 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F

Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, features Art in a Variety of Media by Jenny and Sarah Wolken. Also enjoy Sounds on the Square concerts presented by Pension Consultants and the Friday Night Farmers Market. Library staffers at Park Central know downtown and will be happy to guide you to galleries, parking, shopping and (of course) all things library. (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 an opening reception for Artist Sarah Hurlburt. Born in Springfield and raised in Nixa, Sarah became fascinated with color and shape in elementary school, discovering her artistic talent early.  Sarah graduated with honors from Missouri State University in 2009, earning a B.A. in Art and Design with an emphasis in painting. Also, enjoy The Skinny Improv at the Bacon Gallery during Art Walk as the troupe performs a special skit while interpretive local artists paint as the players perform. Visit Bacon’s adjoining gallery, Figment Art Gallery & Culture House, and enjoy live music and free refreshments. (417) 868-8179 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat

Red Door Studios, 313 Park Central East, Ste. 201, makes its Art Walk debut in August. Owned by Crystal Renee and Jack Van Matre, Red Door Studios comprises Crystal Renee Photography, Behind The Red Door Photography and VM Photo Design. A combined studio whose services include wedding and family photography, it specializes in classy boudoir and fashion photography. Enjoy live entertainment, wine, food and special offers during Art Walk. (417) 818-2665 or (417) 300-9892 and Open by appointment only.

Smart Group and Gallery, 405 W. Walnut, continues its show Wit and Whimsy, featuring Springfield Artist Carla Stine and Cincinnati Artist Juli Cady Ryan, plus studio works in progress by gallery associates Kevin Richardson, Brannon Estis and Winston Riley in painting, photography and sculpture. (417) 425-7596 Open 10 am to 6 pm M-F; 11-8 Sat

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 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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