Celebrate the coming of spring with Art Walk!

1 - February 15, 2011 - 0 Comments

"Sign of the Times" by Alicia Farris

Banish the winter gloom and celebrate the coming of spring during the March 4 Art Walk, 6-10 p.m. in 22 participating galleries. See exciting new shows, live music, and all the color, texture and sensation that is the Downtown Arts District experience! View the March 4, 2011, Art Walk Map or the latest Art Walk Newsletter for all the details. This month, Art Walk welcomes a new member, CaraDee Photography, at 305 E. Walnut, Ste. 109. View CaraDee’s beautiful fine art photography during the March 4 Walk. Art Walk is also delighted to welcome members of the Missouri Art Education Association to the March 4 Walk, and art education is honored in a quartet of shows this month.
A bonus event during the March 4 Art Walk is The Art of Space, a collaborative downtown art installation at 205 Park Central East, the former basement location of The Skinny Improv. Presented by Drury students, faculty and alumni in partnership with Gelato Mio and Urban Districts Alliance, The Art of Space is modeled after packing-tape structures designed by For Use/Numen in Germany and Vienna. The public is invited to help create this public art experience, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 ahead of the March 4 Art Walk. Contact Gerard Nadeau, gnadeau@drury.edu, for more information.

March Art Walk Highlights:

Canvas pulls out all the stops with a Book Release and Signing Party for artist Gary Bedell, Living Paintings by Eric Vaughn, Face Painting by Frenchie and kids’ art activities in the make-and-take corner.
DB Design Studio and Gallery features renowned Missouri Artist Jesse Barnes in March.
• Experience the destruction of one Springfield landmark and the rise of another in Rebecca Miller’s Shifting Scapes at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery.
Fresh Gallery presents its first-even Emerging Artist Competition and Exhibition during the March 4 Art Walk.
Good Girl Art Gallery presents Transience by Shauna Smith in March. Experience Shauna’s works, inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi.
• Visit MSU Brick City Gallery for Eastern: Mehdi Saeedi, featuring the work of Saeedi, an internationally acclaimed Iranian designer and poster artist.
• Experience a quartet of exhibits featuring works by K-12 art educators and/or their students: Art is Monumental at The Creamery Arts Center; Artists as Educators at The Gillioz; Two and a Half Artists at OTC Fine Art Gallery; and Art by Republic High School Students at Park Central Branch Library.
• See innovation in action as Gabe and Terry Bloodworth craft their new Venetian-Style Goblets at Springfield Hot Glass Studio.
Springfield Pottery presents Enshrined: New Sculptural Work by Jesse Ring.

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!

March Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, offers new landscape paintings and natural images by Chris Wood in For Everything There is a Season; Harold Patterson expands his series Blessed with new nature photos; photographer Annette Wardell presents her newest photography series; photography by MSU student Rebekah Clark will also be featured in the Emerging Artist area; and George W. Kiefer’s historic murals. Also enjoy live music and FREE refreshments. (417) 864-4971 www.abundantlifecovenantchurch.com Office hours 9-4:30 p.m. M-F; Services 7:30 p.m. W, 10 a.m. Sun

Canvas, 315 South Avenue, features a Book Release and Signing Party for artist Gary Bedell. This art experience is complete with live music, food and Living Paintings by Eric Vaughn, and kids are welcome to explore their creative side with our make-and-take corner. Face painting is also available from Frenchie the face painter! (417)-869-4138 Open on First Fridays and by appointment.

CaraDee Photography, 305 E. Walnut, Ste. 109, makes its Art Walk Debut with the March 4 Walk.  Established in 2005, Cara Dee Photography is fine art studio and gallery focused on portrait and wedding photography.  The studio has moved to its new location on Walnut as the result of ongoing growth and expansion. Featuring the fine art photography of Cara Stucke and Mark Gilmore, CaraDee Photography is proud to join the Art Walk and plans to be an active member of the downtown small business community. (417) 368-7341 www.caraspictures.com

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents, Art is Monumental, a K-12 student art exhibit sponsored by the Missouri Art Education Association. Teachers from around the state have submitted their student’s work which expresses the “Monumental Moments” experienced in the creation of art. Come take a trip through art history and celebrate the accomplishments of our state’s budding artists The mission of the Missouri Art Education Association is to advocate quality visual arts education by supporting creative teaching, providing opportunities for professional development and encouraging the study and implementation of best practices in the art education discipline. (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 The Art of Jesse Barnes in February. A natural and self-taught talent, Jesse sold his first original oil painting at age 10. Now, the eminently collectible artist specializes in Early American Nostalgia and landscapes, and he is known for his lighting effects. Jesse’s works have been featured by Ducks Unlimited, Hallmark Cards, American Field magazine and The Bradford Exchange. In 1999 Jesse created a Limited Edition Collectors Print for the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee. Enjoy Jesse’s work at DB Design throughout the month of March. (417) 864-4343

From "Rebecca Miller: Scape Shifting"

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents Rebecca Miller: Scape Shifting, a documentary photo display on the destruction of Tindle Mills and the construction of The O’Reilly Family Event Center. “When I was 16, I got my first car. It was a fire-engine red, 1970 Chevy Malibu Chevelle,” Rebecca says. “I loved that car. I drove it well into my 20s until it was too expensive to maintain.” Thinking she would someday sell it, she kept it at her parents’ house for years. When she finally decided to get rid of it, “We opened the hood and an opossum was living in the engine. It was a good lesson in learning when to let things go.” That experience informs Scape Shifting. “What buildings do we value and why?” she asks. “When do we tear down? When do we build up?” Rebecca’s exhibition is about the changing nature of the world around us. “It is also about the cycle of life; life of inanimate objects that can have an emotional impact on you,” she says. Rebecca Miller is an associate professor at Drury University, and her work has been shown in more than 50 museums and galleries across the United States. Don’t miss her Artist’s Talk, 6-7 p.m. during Art Walk. www.millerebecca.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, will present a Show to Be Announced in March. The Bellwether is a beautiful and comfortable space for display of art by Evangel art students and faculty (417) 865-2815, ext. 7258 Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. W-Sat

Farmers Gastropub, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 160, 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 on Art Walk nights. 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 Gallery, located at the southwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents its first Fresh Emerging Artist Competition. Entries must be dropped off at The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28 or Tuesday, March 1, for jurying. Accepted artwork will be displayed at Fresh Gallery March 4-28. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place 5- 6 p.m. March 4 prior to First Friday Art Walk. Cash prizes will be given for Best of Show, First, Second and Third Place at $100, $75, $50 and $25, respectively. The Best of Show winner will also have an opportunity for a month-long guest showing at Fresh Gallery. An application can be downloaded at www.fresh.org. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. T-Sat

Ceramic Art by Fadra Hepner at The Gillioz

Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, in association with OTC Fine Art Gallery, presents Artists as Educators, featuring the work of Painter and Community Art Educator Alicia Farris and Ceramic Artist and New Franklin R-I Art Teacher Fadra Hepner. Alicia Farris works mainly in watercolor and acrylic and strives to express her passion for color and for the beauty of nature in her paintings. While her work has qualities of realism, she is often more driven by the use of color and light than strictly by form. Alicia also loves to convey the personality, spirit and emotion of what she paints, rather than to merely replicate her subject on paper. Fadra Hepner is also inspired by nature. “I believe that color, texture, form and line are the most beautiful when they have an organic feel. In my work, I attempt to replicate some of the flowing beauty and random patterns that nature has to offer,” she says. As an art educator, “I love that I am able to ‘hook’ my students in 6th grade, and see them grow artistically, intellectually and emotionally all the way through High School,” she says. “I have seen students’ confidence grow with hard work. I have seen the pride on their faces after winning a ribbon. I have seen them struggle through technique and meaning with their artwork to complete something they didn’t think possible.” (417) 863-7843 www.gillioz.org

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Transience by Shauna Smith in March. “I work with objects that I have collected from nature and home,” Shauna says. “I search for organic forms to meticulously place within a traditional still life to echo the stillness of shadows, moods, and sanctuary. I strive for an atmosphere of melancholy, tranquility, and loneliness.” Shauna’s paintings, she adds, “establish points of experience, one being a sense of patience or pause. The grace and delicateness of the form balances with the resting space of calm mindful reflection. The palette is warm and earthy. Only that which is necessary is present.” Influenced by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi – Wabi refers to the philosophical construct or spiritual path and Sabi refers to the aesthetic ideal of the actual material object – Shauna says, “There is beauty in all things, especially those that are imperfect, simple and humble.” (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., Will be Closed for the March 4 Art Walk, but don’t miss the March display by Missouri Painter Billyo O’Donnell. Hawthorn’s lower gallery features nine pieces created by O’Donnell during a rehearsal of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, plus several of O’Donnell’s bright and vibrant landscape paintings, welcoming in a long-awaited spring. 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. (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., has thawed out and is ready to share a new line of products and technology inspired by St. John’s physicians. The spirited watercolors of Karen Schneider warm our gallery space with masterfully framed originals and smaller prints available in various sizes. Our matching gift promotion continues through March with 20 percent of sales benefiting St. John’s Foundation for Community Health. www.invenohealth.com (417)831-1270.

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents Eastern: Mehdi Saeedi, featuring internationally renowned artist and designer Mehdi Saeedi. Born in Tehran, Iran, Saeedi combines a traditional Eastern focus on the aesthetic with personal expertise in Perso-Arabic script to create what has been called a “wholly conceptual approach to contemporary art.” Honored with numerous international awards for his poster art, Saeedi will display his work at Brick City through March 24. 417) 829-5092 www.art.missouristate.edu/gallery.php Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and University holidays

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., hosts the Art and Design Department’s Design and Imaging Exhibition from Feb. 22-March 4. An artist’s reception will be held 6-10 p.m. March 4 during First Friday Art Walk. The exhibition features work by sophomore, junior and senior Graphic Design and Illustration majors. Work was produced in the past two years in the following courses: Two-Dimensional Design for Digital Media, Introduction to Digital Imaging, Computer Animation I, Computer Animation III and the Senior Exhibition classes in these areas. (417) 836-6999 www.sec.missouristate.edu Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays and University holidays

"Downtown Blues" by Elizabeth Chapman

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Artist Elizabeth Chapman in March. “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 www.obeliskhome.com
OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor of the Gillioz, presents Two and a Half Artists, featuring Artists and Kickapoo High School Teachers Cynthia Bylander and Steve Fielding, and Student Artist Taylor Baker, a Kickapoo senior. Cynthia Bylander says her artwork can best be described as “eclectic” in style. “I focus on the inner beauty of the world around us, rather than on the external appearance alone,” she says. “I want to make people feel, as well as to see. Although my works have elements of reality—my hope is to transcend reality, invite the viewer to enter that unelaborated space, where an awareness of one’s soul of a higher power can be felt.” Ceramic Artist Steve Fielding has taught ceramics at the secondary and university level, primarily at Kickapoo, for more than 30 years. A 1992-93 Fulbright exchange teacher to Nottingham, England, Steve’s clay creations have been shown in many juried exhibitions throughout the region. His greatest support as an artist comes from wife Cheryl and daughters Clare and Cydney. (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 work by Artist Linda Bruner and Amanda Tell’s Republic High School Art Class for the March 4 Art Walk, along with musical guests The New Monsters Collective. The New Monsters Collective, featuring Roni Dickey, Will Knauer, Erin Alden and Rob Bailey, is a group of “mixed-genre musicians trying to transcend the labels of modern music and make something both classic and progressive.” The library’s Art Talk event features Rebecca Steiner on Developments in Renaissance Cartography, presented in partnership with Dr. Billie Follensbee, PhD, of Missouri State University’s art-history department. (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., is excited to announce an opening art reception for Painter Carol Peacock, Painter/Sculptor Lindsay Breidenbach and Painter/Illustrator Nate Branscom 6-10 p.m. during the March 4 First Friday Art Walk. Carol Peacock is a native of Chicago currently residing in Eureka Springs. Her goal is for the viewer to feel unity, serenity and/or love when viewing her paintings. “When we quiet ourselves in meditation, we learn it is safe to feel. Feeling is knowing. Knowing is confidence. Confidence leads us back to our higher self, helping us to be our highest vision of ourselves at all times,” she says. View her work at www.eurekaspringsartists.com. Lindsay Breidenbach, a recent BFA graduate of Evangel University, departs from two-dimensional work with her new installation piece Cocoon at Figment Art Gallery and Culture House, adjoining Randy Bacon Photography Studio and Gallery. Learn more at www.lin-thefig.com. Nate Branscom, a self-taught local artist who works alternately in oil and various dry media, explores a range from figurative to narrative still life to some sort of fusion of the two. His inspirations range from Baroque masters, Cezanne and Freud to punk rock, post-rock, and out-of-context banter. His current collection of drawings, Vicissitude, is centered on the theme of ontology and heuristic introspection. These drawings were inspired particularly by American and Eastern European folklore customs. Learn more at NateBranscom.blogspot.com. Also, as an added bonus, Painter Joan Smith’s paintings will be shown through March. Enjoy art, live music, free refreshments and top off the night with handmade gifts from local vendors! (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, is proud to feature New Works by Artist Gavyn Sky during the March 4 Art Walk. Stop by to experience Gavyn’s unique paintings, which 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 www.reveladvertising.com.

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., presents Gabe and Terry Bloodworth demonstrating their new Venetian-Style Goblets during the March 4 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 Enshrined: New Sculptural Work by Jesse Ring. Jesse is a ceramic artist and a current artist-in-residence at Springfield Pottery. This Springfield native is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. An opening reception for the artist will be held 6-10 p.m. on Friday, March 4, during First Friday Art Walk. For more information, contact the studio at 417-864-4677. www.springfieldpottery.com info@springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

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