Celebrate the holiday season with Art Walk

1 - November 26, 2010 - 1 Comments

First Friday Art Walk welcomes the Holiday Season in December with a plethora of Student Exhibitions, hard-rocking art by DA Frizell at Smart Group and Gallery, a threefold visual art show at The Creamery Arts Center, a portion of the national AIDS Memorial Quilt at APO After Dark, candle- and soap-making at Farmers Gastropub and much more. View the December 2010 Art Walk Map to plan your Art Walk, and to get the latest info and a peek at the art, View the December 2010 Art Walk E-newsletter.

Join Art Walk’s 24 participating galleries for the original art, music, food and fun that the Downtown Arts District is known for, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 3. And don’t miss the Art Walk Shopping Spree Raffle, which concludes Dec. 11. Tickets are $2 on a chance to win one of two $100 Gift Certificates good at any Art Walk venue.

Also, Art Walkers are invited to serve as judges for Springfield On Display, a holiday window-decorating contest unveiled during the Dec. 3 First Friday Art Walk.

December Highlights:

  • View The Face of AIDS, a photo project by Drury University students, along with pieces of The AIDS Memorial Quilt at APO After Dark. And don’t forget, Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day.
  • The Creamery Arts Center breaks new ground in December with the first-ever joint exhibition of three area visual arts groups: the Visual Artist Alliance of Springfield, Springfield Plein Air and Studio 55
  • Drury University’s Pool Art Center Gallery presents the Iraq Suicide Attack Pillow Project: A Memorial by Artist Benjamin June, with an Artist Talk 6-7 p.m. during the opening Art Walk reception
  • Artist Kelly Bigbee of Flower Child will be showing floral art and demonstrate candle making and soap making at Farmer’s Gastropub.
  • Hawthorn Galleries presents New Work by Mosaic Artist Juanita Herrel plus live guitar music by Ray Smith and Emily Higgins.
  • Experience Senior Exhibitions by MSU students at MSU Brick City Gallery, MSU Student Exhibition Center and Good Girl Art Gallery, plus the OTC Fine Art Student Showcase Exhibition Fall 2010 at the OTC Fine Art Gallery on the third floor of the Gillioz, and in the Gillioz Theater lobby.
  • Experience the edgy art of Monsters, Music and Mayhem at Smart Group and Gallery, featuring the artwork of DA Frizell, internationally known for her work for Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed and Sevendust.

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. Note: Starting in January, parents must pre-register to qualify for the $10 per child fee. Parents who drop off their kids without pre-registering will pay $13 per child.

December Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, welcomes the Christmas season with a variety of art, including the debut of a new series, The Night Watches: Images from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Enjoy Paintings by Ed Gibson and Photography by Chris Wood; Annette Wardell presents her photography series, Visions of Christmas; OTC art student Patricia Frater features a variety of works in the Emerging Artist section; and don’t miss George W. Kiefer’s historic murals. Also enjoy music and FREE refreshments. (417) 864-4971www.abundantlifecovenantchurch.com 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 The Face of AIDS, a photo project by Drury University students, plus portions of the The AIDS Memorial Quilt.  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. (417) 832-0462 www.aidsprojectoftheozarks.org or follow us on Facebook. Open 7 p.m.-midnight every F & Sat

Canvas, 315 South Avenue, will present A Living Art Installation for EVERYONE. Have you ever thought it sounded like fun to go to Art Walk, but felt intimidated? If so, you’re not alone, and it has become the mission of local artist Eric Vaughn to define the Midwest art scene and make it approachable. “I am interested in finding a new market for the arts,” he says.  “It bothers me when people say ‘I don’t know art but I know what I like,’ because, to me, that means they feel excluded on some level.” Vaughn’s Living Art Installation supports the Jeremiah Project, started by Larenda Haden de Orellana of Rogersville, to provide a nutritious lunch and education to kids in Guatemala. Check out the KSPR story on Eric here: http://www.kspr.com/news/local/kspr-artist-chalks-for-a-more-artis-112510,0,3342489.story (417)-869-4138 Open on First Fridays and by appointment.

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, features a Visual Art Triad Exhibition, a first-ever joint show by three area visual art organizations: the Visual Artist Alliance of Springfield, Springfield Plein Air and Studio 55. The members of these groups have been invited to submit work for display which will open Dec. 3 with a First Friday Art Walk reception, 6-9 p.m., generously underwritten by Jeanie and John Morris. Visual Artist Alliance of Springfield (formerly the Springfield Visual Arts Alliance) has an extensive membership including sculptors, potters, photographers, mixed media and fiber artists. Springfield Plein Air is an outdoor painting group that meets seasonally to paint on location in and around the Springfield area. Studio 55 artists have all lived 55 years or more, and are enjoying their Golden Years by creating art. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) www.SpringfieldArts.org Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays

DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, presents Featured Artist Stevia Bonebrake, plus DB’s ongoing display of pottery featuring Cheryl Matlock, Julia Schaefer, John Ehlers, Katrina Stevens, George Milne and Duane Bone, and jewelry by Tammy Kirks. (417) 864-4343

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents Iraq Suicide Attack Pillow Project: A Memorial by Artist Benjamin June. June has been making a pillow for every suicide attack in Iraq since the U.S. invasion on March 20, 2003. “The suicide attacks are but a small aspect of the war, but for me they are the most horrifying because of how personal, psychological and deadly they are,” June says. “There was never a suicide attack in the country before the U.S. invasion, and to date there have been more than 1,600 separate attacks that have left more than 17,500 people dead.” The contradiction between the softness of the pillows and the brutality of the attacks is the contradiction between fragility and comfort, and chaos and destruction. “I choose to make small pillows, because they are inherently intimate objects, to explore the physical intimacy of the suicide bombers with the people they kill,” June says. His memorial pillows “are not for the victims or for the attackers; they are for the whole, tragic situation.” Don’t miss the Artist Talk, 6-7 p.m. during the Art Walk opening reception. www.benjaminjune.com (417) 873-7263 www.drury.edu/pacgallery 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, features a Show to Be Announced in December. (417) 865-2815, ext. 7258 Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. W-Sat

Farmers Gastropub, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 160, will move its working artist into the pub this month to accommodate a private party in the Pershing Street Bistro space. December’s featured artist is Kelly Bigbee of Flower Child, who will be showing floral art, candle making and soap making. Farmers Gastropub invites artists who are interested in demonstrating their talents on future First Fridays to contact owner Bill Griffiths. (417) 864-6994 www.farmersgastropub.com 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

Fresh, located at the southwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents Featured Artists Dolores Bauer and Karla Breeding Trammell in December. Enjoy Dolores’ wonderful, textural paintings and Karla’s jewelry, painting and sketches. Fresh is a collective gallery of fine art and craft featuring 24 juried regional artists. (417) 862-9300 www.springfieldarts.org/fresh Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, presents artwork from the OTC Fine Art Student Showcase Exhibition Fall 2010 in December. The Showcase Exhibition continues in the OTC Fine Art Gallery on the third floor of the Gillioz building with live musical performances and storytelling. (417) 863-7843 www.gillioz.org

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Altered Perceptions by Sean Fitzgibbon and the Senior Exhibition of artist and MSU student Ashley Byers. Sean Fitzgibbon’s work is composed of juxtaposed images that explore concepts of mystery and perception. He incorporates various media in his work such as acrylic, color pencil, charcoal, ink, torn paper and found objects to demonstrate the randomness of human consciousness. Fitzgibbon studied art in Missouri, New Jersey and Rome, Italy, receiving his Master of Fine Art from the University of Arkansas.  Fitzgibbon is currently exhibiting work on the East Coast and throughout the Midwest.  He is also working on a documentary graphic novel that chronicles the Norman Baker years, the darkest years of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR. For more information about his work please visit www.seanfitzgibbonart.com. (417) 865-7055 www.goodgirlartgallery.com 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 present New Work by Mosaic Artist Juanita Herrell. Hawthorn also features a wide variety of unique and affordable local artwork, from original paintings and sculpture to handmade jewelry and pottery. Local art makes a great holiday gift! Enjoy local art and live music by guitarists Ray Smith and Emily Higgins during the Dec. 3 Art Walk (417) 866-6688 www.hawthorngalleries.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat

Inveno Health, 429 N. Boonville Ave., reminds you ‘tis the season … for giving! As part of Obelisk Home’s Give the Gift of Art holiday promotion, the gallery displays work from Karen Schneider, Stephanie Cramer, and Kat Allie, many priced under $500.  Featured artist Karen and St. John’s physician J. Michael Schneider, in partnership with Obelisk Home, have pledged a generous 15% of the sale of Karen’s brilliant watercolors to St. John’s Foundation for Community Health. Pick out a great gift and help a fantastic cause this holiday season.  (417) 831-1270 www.invenohealth.com

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents Six Senior Exhibitions by students completing degree requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, on display through Dec. 14. Exhibiting are Lacey Cain, Ceramic Sculpture; Kaycee Johnson, Photography; Kenny Moore, Drawing; Todd Reynolds, Photography; Claire Tisch, Photography; and Christopher Wilding, Drawing. (417) 829-5092 www.art.missouristate.edu/gallery.php Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and University holidays

MSU International Center, 301 S. Jefferson, Will Be Closed for the Dec. 3 Art Walk. (417) 836-6618 http://international.missouristate.edu

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., will host the Art and Design Department’s BFA Studio Art Exhibit through Dec. 9 with an artists’ reception to be held during First Friday Art Walk. The exhibit features art by students who are completing their degree requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art.  Participating students and their areas of concentration are: Amanda Gibson, Photography; Jenny Starr-Busch-Johnson, Drawing and Printmaking; and Ashley Russell, Painting. Later this month, five students graduating with degrees in Computer Animation will present a show of their work at the Plaster Student Union Theater at 7 and 8 p.m. on Nov. 19, and a montage of these works will be featured at the Student Exhibition Center. Participating students are Kyle Brown, Kurt Dillow, Jolee Sewell, Samantha Stanley, and Kyle Brown. (417) 836-6999 www.sec.missouristate.edu Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays and University holidays

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, and its featured artists invite you to Give the Gift of Art. Stephanie Cramer, Gavyn Sky, Karen Schneider, Kat Allie, Mary Hamilton, Carl James, Dustin Burgert and Joan Smith have created new and exclusive art under $500 for Obelisk Home, specifically for the gift-giving season. Come and find the perfect gift. (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com

One80One, 318 W. Walnut, Will be Closed for the December Art Walk. 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 www.one80one.com Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F

OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents the opening reception for the OTC Fine Art Student Showcase Exhibition Fall 2010, featuring artwork from OTC Fine Art students in Drawing I, Two-Dimensional Design and Painting I. Also, enjoy live performances from the OTC Music Department classes, including Songwriting and Classical Guitar students.  Theater students will stage dramatic performances throughout the evening, and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will host an interactive Storytelling Event. This event demonstrates through pictures and literature the history of storytelling through the years. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own stories based off of photography submitted by students from the OTC Fine Arts Department. Traditional Native American storytelling and music will be provided by Randy and Val Falcon also during this event as well as a few other surprises and guests. Special refreshments will be served. 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, hosts a show of Pencil Drawings by Artist John LaRose. At 7 p.m., Moby Jo takes the Community Stage. Come hear the acoustic stylings of Brian Plunkett, Jodi Meadows, Mikelle O’Neal and friends. (417) 831-1342 facebook.com/parkcentrallibrary 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 Cardboard Testimonies. In conjunction with Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Bacon completed portrait studies of 11 individuals/families with strong and compelling stories of overcoming a variety of life challenges. The portrait subjects were unaware that during the shoot that they would be asked, on the spot, to write their before and after testimonies on cardboard, sharing their inspiration and life lessons. As part of this project, Bacon and his film crew also compiled a documentary short film of one of the portrait subjects, a father and husband diagnosed with a life threatening spinal cord tumor, sharing his experience of life and healing. Enjoy some of Bacon’s favorite family portraits of 2010, plus live music and free refreshments. (417) 868-8179 www.randybacon.com www.gallerysounds.net 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, comprising Crystal Renee Photography and VM Photo Design, presents New Artwork, plus new albums  and drawings for a free 20-page10x10 album from Behind the Red Door Photography, and a free family portrait By Crystal Renee Photography. Everyone coming to see us for art walk will receive discount offers and special promotions as well for family photography and also Boudoir Photography. Check out Jack and Crystal’s photography on their Web sites: www.CrystalReneePhotography.com, www.VMPhotoDesign.com and www.BehindTheRedDoorPhotography.com (417) 818-2665 or (417) 300-9892 Open by appointment only.

Revel Advertising, 214 W. Phelps, Suite 102, features Artist Gavyn Sky. Gavyn’s unique paintings have an interactive and captivating quality that has art lovers across the country taking notice. His designs tend to produce images unique to each viewer.  Looking closer, every square inch of a painting is an entire world of textures, colors and detail and that makes Gavyn’s paintings some of the most captivating works of art you will ever see. (417) 368-6966 www.reveladvertising.com.

Smart Group and Gallery, 405 W. Walnut, presents Monsters, Music and Mayhem, featuring the artwork of DA Frizell, internationally known for her work for Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed and Sevendust. Making his local debut at Smart Group and Gallery, Frizell brings more than 60 imaginative pieces in media ranging from traditional pen-and-ink to 3-D sculpture, including rock CD covers, science fiction imagery, the A7X Deathbat and children’s horror character the Patchwork Monkey. Frizell’s show is a provocative collection of imagery that pushes the limits of conventional decency with illustrations such as “Echo at the Gates of Hell,” “Incubus” and “Breathe.” This show will be Frizell’s first since relocating to Springfield from Phoenix. Her art can be seen in Revolver Magazine and across multiple platforms digitally. Smart Group and Gallery invites rock and art fans of all ages to enjoy the visual representations of artist DA Frizell. For a preview, visit www.dafrizell.com. (417) 425-7596 www.smartgroupandgallery.com Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., will craft Large Scale Glass Fish and Elephants for December’s Art Walk, 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 www.springfieldhotglass.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., presents The Annual Intern and Resident Art Sale during the December Art Walk, featuring artwork, gifts and Christmas ornaments from Springfield Pottery’s hard-working interns and residents! A fine craft gallery and community clay center, Springfield Pottery 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 www.springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

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