Art Walk wants to be your Valentine in February!

1 - January 19, 2011 - 0 Comments

Hearts for the Arts painting by James Crafford

Shake off the winter doldrums with Art Walk in February! Winter Break is over and Art Walk comes roaring back with 23 participating galleries displaying a wide variety of new art, live music, live art demonstrations and much more.

Take your Valentine to Art Walk, 6-10 p.m. Feb. 4, and fall in love with the colors, textures, sounds and scenes that are the First Friday experience!

Also, be sure to share the love with our newest member, Lime, a new advertising and media company. Lime makes its debut with work by Artist Marty Salsman.

February Highlights:

  • Abundant Life Covenant Church continues its new series, The Night Watches; images from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Canvas presents Living Art during the Feb. 4 Art Walk, and don’t miss the fun in the Make-and-Take corner.
  • Incredible photos await in Running With The Engine: The Fire Photography of Harry K. Garvin at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery
  • Fresh Gallery brings photography into sharp focus with February Featured Artists Dale Brueggemann and Clarissa French
  • Good Girl Art Gallery touches on serious themes including crimes against women and women’s self esteem in a pair of shows: The Locker by Delanie Cooper and Flawed by Amy Carroll.
  • Enjoy the Hearts for the Arts Silent Auction and Reception at The Creamery, 6-9 p.m. during the February Art Walk.
  • Join Springfield Pottery for Image: Clay and Canvas; a two-person show featuring the work of Ceramic Artist Justin Rothshank and Miniature Portraiture Artist Brooke Rothshank.

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 with preregistration. 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. Please note: Family Art Night is $10 per child with preregistration; those who do not preregister will pay $13 per child. Preregistration tells the Y how many children to expect so it can make sure there are enough staff members and volunteers to go around, so please help them help your kids!

February Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, continues its new series, The Night Watches; images from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Enjoy Paintings by Ed Gibson, Photography by Chris Wood and Annette Wardell and George W. Kiefer’s historic murals. Also enjoy music and FREE refreshments. (417) 864-4971 www.abundantlife Office hours 9-4:30 p.m. M-F; Services 7:30 p.m. W, 10 a.m. Sun Enjoy art, live music 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

Canvas, 315 South Avenue, will present three Living Art pieces and a variety of art experiences during the Feb. 4 Art Walk. Canvas is a gallery and event venue designed to connect people relationally through all forms of creative art, and kids are always welcome to explore their creative side at our make-and-take table!  (417)-869-4138 Open on First Fridays and by appointment.

Hearts for the Arts painting by Jamie Agee

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, hosts the 3rd Annual Hearts for the Arts, a fundraising exhibition and silent auction of heart-themed works. A project of Springfield Regional Arts Council in partnership with presenting sponsor AT&T Real Yellow Pages, Hearts for the Arts bidding began Jan. 14 and culminates during a free public reception, 6-9 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk Feb. 4.  All auction proceeds benefit the Arts Council’s arts education programming. Bid online today at SRAC arts education programming that supports local teaching artists and arts organizations reaching more than 30,000 children annually in SRAC’s 27-county region. (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 The Art of Martha Squires in February. Enjoy Martha’s bright realism in acrylic paintings whose subjects range from portraits to landscapes and beyond. (417) 864-4343

Image from Running With The Engine: The Fire Photography of Harry K. Garvin

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents Running With The Engine: The Fire Photography of Harry K. Garvin. “At seven years of age I would run block after block after the Engine.  My father used to whip me enough to break any boy’s heart, and his back too, because I would run with the Engine.  There was no boy whipped more for it, but my father could never whip it out of me.” – John A Cregier, New York Fire Department, 1882. The exhibition title “Running With The Engine” comes from the days before motorized and horse-drawn fire apparatus when volunteers – men and boys in cities and towns across America – ran to fires pulling hand-operated pumps or engines.  The exhibition itself is a result of Garvin being embedded with the members of the Los Angeles Fire Department. A professional LA cinematographer and Steadicam operator, Garvin holds BA degrees in History and Economics from the University of South Carolina. He has been a motion picture camera and Steadicam operator on a variety of films and television shows including Tin Cup; Liar Liar; Stuart Little; The Patriot; Rat Race; The Ring; Master and Commander; Anchorman; Beauty Shop; Zathura; ER; Underdog; Dirty Sexy Money; and The Green Hornet. (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, presents A Show to Be Announced for the February Art Walk (417) 865-2815, ext. 7258 Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. W-Sat

Farmers Gastropub, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 160, presents A Show to Be Announced in February. 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

Fresh, located at the southwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents

Rusted by Clarissa French

Featured Artists Dale Brueggemann and Clarissa French in February. Dale Brueggemann says he “first picked up photography as a Junior High student, when a family friend introduced me to the darkroom, camera gear, and the possibility of doing something more than just snapping away at people squinting into the sun at family gatherings and tourist spots. But a growing family without a growing house (no room for a darkroom) and growing bills without growing income (graduate school) led me to pretty much abandon photography for several years.” About five years ago, with the encouragement of his wife Janice, Dale returned to photography. Describing his photographic tastes as “eclectic,” Dale says, “Perhaps I’m a bit of a frustrated painter, because I enjoy manipulating the image after the shot almost as much as taking the shot itself.” Clarissa French is a Springfield native who left a 20-year career in journalism – including five years as editor of the award-winning Springfield Business Journal – to expand her horizons as an artist, editor and writer. Clarissa seeks a painterly aesthetic in her photos, and she also enjoys creating abstract kaleidoscopic designs with images of leaves, fireworks, flowers, ice and oddly juxtaposed objects. In addition to her photography, Clarissa works in book editing, grant writing and Internet communications, and she dabbles in short fiction and poetry. Working and freelancing primarily in the nonprofit sector, Clarissa is a founding member of Fresh Gallery and serves as communications director for First Friday Art Walk. Fresh is a collective gallery of fine art and craft featuring 24 juried regional artists. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, presents A Show To Be Announced for the January Art Walk. Between now and then, Art Walk encourages all who love Springfield history, downtown and The Gillioz to step up and help save our historic movie palace with a donation, no matter how small! (417) 863-7843

Image from The Locker by Delanie Cooper

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents two shows in February: The Locker by Delanie Cooper and Flawed by Amy Carroll. The Locker was inspired by the hundreds of photos discovered in a storage locker belonging to convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala, who lured in his victims by asking if he could take their pictures. Upon viewing these photos, “I felt haunted, but also inspired,” Delanie said.  Some of her images in charcoal “appear as if they are emerging from darkness, to represent the light that radiates from the subjects of his photographs.” She also created matchbooks covered with prints of her work to represent the destruction of the victims. “This collection was created to give respect to the victims, but also to let me explore loss through my artistic abilities,” she says. Flawed explores the unfortunate focus of women, and society, on their physical flaws – sometimes to the point of obsession and oftentimes to the point of poor self-image. “But what truly is flawed is our perceptions of ourselves and of beauty, and our society’s standards of beauty,” says Artist Amy Carroll. The women she has photographed – ordinary soft-in-the-middle, saggy, wrinkly and otherwise “flawed” women – in the end are awed by their own beauty as viewed through Amy’s lens. “It changes the way each woman looks at herself, feels about herself, carries herself,” Amy says. “And, hopefully, it challenges the beholder to see beyond the ‘flaws’ of ordinary women and be awed by the beautiful, real form instead.” (417) 865-7055 Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat

Constellation by Linda Mitchell

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., is pleased to present Artist Linda Mitchell’s Memory, Fantasy, Mystery, exhibiting this February in Hawthorn’s lower gallery. Using mystical animal figures and ordinary objects in surreal settings, Mitchell creates visual and emotional narratives. Mitchell’s assemblages combine painting, photography, fabric and found elements, fusing them together to tell complex stories of our temporary lives. In the upper gallery, Hawthorn continues its exhibition of the work of Painter Brad Noble. After finding international acclaim, Noble’s work returns to Springfield for the first time since 2002. With proficient talent like the Old Masters and an imagination like the Surrealists, Noble effortlessly brings bodies, souls and worlds into being. Enjoy the opening reception and live music by Emily Higgins and Friends during the Feb. 4 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 Exclusively Karen Schneider. The walls are talking at Inveno Health: Each of Karen’s vibrant paintings tells a story, and this month our gallery is lavished with her work. The artist’s generous donation of 10 percent and Inveno’s matching gift will benefit St. John’s Foundation for Community Health through the month of February. Also, come in to see our latest in physician-inspired technologies. (417)831-1270. (417) 831-1270 

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents the Art+Design Biennial Faculty Exhibition Part II, featuring 11 faculty members from Missouri State’s Art+Design Department, each exhibiting artwork created within the last two years. The exhibition continues through Feb. 24. (417) 829-5092 Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and University holidays

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., The Foundations Exhibit kicks off the semester’s events at the Student Exhibition Center.  The exhibit begins Jan. 18 and will be on display through Saturday, Feb. 5.  Enjoy the closing reception during First Friday Art Walk Feb. 4. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays and University holidays

Art by Elizabeth Chapman at Obelisk Home

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Artist Elizabeth Chapman in February. “The journey begins with a blank canvas; believing in faith that a painting will emerge,” Elizabeth says. “The first marks are made and the dialogue has begun. Responding instinctively, colors, lines and textures bring life to the canvas. Music often strikes the chords of inspiration, drawing out the deep emotions that become a work of art. This universal language is used as personal communication to the viewer.” (417) 616-6488

Photography by Bruce Stidham

OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor of the Gillioz, presents Bruce Stidz: The American West in February.  Enjoy the opening reception for British-born photojournalist Bruce Stidham, 6-10 pm during the Feb. 4 Art Walk. Bruce drove some 15,000 miles across the western United States to complete this latest series of landscapes. Photographs from several well-known national and state parks are featured in the exhibition. Born in Bolton, England, Stidham received his photographic training at Blackburn College in Lancashire, England, and studied under Prof. Richard Peregrine, later training with photojournalist Chris Tofolas. Bruce worked for numerous news agencies and had a three-season stint as an English Premier League soccer photographer with the Bolton Wanderers and Manchester Evening News. He went on to do freelance work in the U.K for Nike, British Airways and many others. In 2006 he formed STIDZ Media. Bruce spends the majority of his time in the Springfield area, yet he frequently travels abroad and often returns to the family home in Cambridge, England. He is a citizen of both the United States and Great Britain. For further information about his company, visit (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, presents works by Artist and Ash Grove High School Teacher Faye Clifton. Meet and talk with Faye during the Feb. 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

Art by Joan Smith

Randy Bacon Photography and Figment Art Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College St., presents an opening art reception for Celestial Heavens, a show by Painter Joan Smith, during the Feb. 4 First Friday Art Walk. A mixed-media painter and working artist at the Bacons’ adjoining Figment Art Gallery & Culture House, Joan Smith produces artworks that are vibrant, emotional and all about light, color and movement. “As humans, we are caught in the moment and movement of time,” she says. “This journey of “art is alive” is an expression of my heart.” Celestial Heavens is a reflection of the wonders of the Milky Way as revealed by the Hubble telescope. Also, enjoy live music from A to the B off and on during the night, and anyone who schedules a photo shoot during Art Walk hours gets a FREE sitting. Local vendors will be offering a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts just in time for Valentine’s Day. (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, 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:, and (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 Sky paintings some of the most captivating works of art you will ever see. (417) 368-6966

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., invites you to enjoy Hearts Aflame, with the Hot Glass artists crafting of their classic Valentine’s Day items including torchwork and hand-cast hearts, glass flowers and blown-glass perfume bottles. 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

Ceramics by Justin Rothshank

Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave will host Image: Clay and Canvas; a two-person show featuring the work of Ceramic Artist Justin Rothshank and miniature Portraiture Artist Brooke Rothshank. An opening reception for the artists will be held during the Feb. 4 First Friday Art Walk. Also, Justin will give a demonstration workshop that explores his work and his use of decals on his surfaces, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5. Topics will include how to apply decals to green and glazed ware, as well as how to create your own decals with a home laser printer.  The fee for the workshop is $30 and space is limited. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling (417) 864-4677. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

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