No fooling! First Friday Art Walk is April 1

1 - March 16, 2011 - 0 Comments

Join the galleries of the Downtown Arts District 6-10 p.m. April 1 for First Friday Art Walk, a monthly festival of visual art, live music, live art demonstrations, food and fun in 23 participating galleries. View the April 1, 2011, First Friday Art Walk Map or View the April 2011 Art Walk Newsletter for the latest information.

Art by printmaker Cynthia Moore

Enjoy printmaking displays at OTC Fine Art Gallery, a Festival of Short Films at The Gillioz, the Big Read kickoff with Edible Books and a cooking contest at Park Central Branch Library, and a trio of shows at Randy Bacon Studio. Also, be sure to check out our two newest members, CaraDee Photography and The Lime Agency this month.

April Art Walk Highlights:

• Enjoy new photography series at Abundant Life Covenant Church: Anticipating Spring: Fassnight Creek by Annette Wardell and Waterfalls by Harold Patterson.
• Student art takes center stage at The Creamery Arts Center, Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, Evangel Bellwether Gallery, MSU Student Exhibition Center and Park Central Branch Library.
• Meet Artists Bill D Baunach and Judy Oehlke at Farmers Gastropub.
Fresh Gallery presents art in two and three dimensions with its featured artists, Painter Ann Meese and Jewelry Artist Elaine Willig.
Good Girl Art Gallery presents Jennifer Manning Pierson’s Confounded Fables, and Nathan Gamel’s Family Trip to Thailand in April.
Hawthorn Galleries offers New Work by Dave Bennett and Tim Breaux.
Inveno Health goes where no gallery has gone before with Gavyn Sky: EXPOSED!
• Visit MSU Brick City Gallery for In the Space of Soil, an exhibit by installation artist Sara Good.
• Enjoy Patterns – Artworks by Mary Hamilton at Obelisk Home.
• Go to Springfield Hot Glass Studio to experience the works of Featured Artist Kaela Welliever.
Springfield Pottery welcomes An Exploration in Polypores and Other Crustlike Fungi by ceramic artist Neely Hachtel.

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; $13 per child without 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.

April Gallery Guide

At Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, spring has sprung with the launch of photography series Anticipating Spring: Fassnight Creek by Annette Wardell and Waterfalls by Harold Patterson. Chris Wood will introduce his new R. E. S. T. photography and paintings collection. Along with George W. Kiefer’s historic murals, enjoy 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, presents an Artist Versus Artist event! All artists are encouraged to paint the art of another artist, in their own style. We will have more Living Art, face painting by Frenchie and as always, a make-and-take activity for the kids! Also, stop in to buy a pair of TOMS Shoes and/or sign up for TOMS Shoes’ One Day Without Shoes, 6-9 p.m. April 5. Canvas and TOMS Shoes hope to bring 1,000 people to downtown to go barefoot in support of TOMS Shoes effort to provide shoes to people in need around the world. Canvas hopes to sell 500 pairs of TOMS shoes, which will result in 500 pairs of shoes being given away in Third World countries. (417)-869-4138 Open on First Fridays and by appointment.


CaraDee Photography Fine Art Portraits and Gallery, 305 E. Walnut, Ste. 109, enthusiastically anticipates spring with a collection of Butterflies! Taken in locations all over the Midwest, butterflies are captured beautifully in the photography of Mark Gilmore and Cara Stucke. (417) 368-7341
The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents A Fortunate Inspiration, a Central High School International Baccalaureate Presentation, at The Creamery, 6-9 p.m. during the April 1 First Friday Art Walk. A Fortunate Inspiration is the result of a nine-month collaboration between Central High School’s departments of art, film, music and theater and showcases students’ work as part of their International Baccalaureate curriculum and examinations. The collaboration began as a poem inspired by a fortune cookie, which became a film, which led to artwork, student musical compositions and finally a student-produced play. Artwork from Central High School International Baccalaureate art students will be featured as well as performances by music and theater students. A special film festival will also highlight student film work. This exhibition is presented free to the public. (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 Jesse Barnes in April. 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  April. (417) 864-4343
Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents the Annual All Student Competitive Exhibition. Enjoy the opening reception 6-9 p.m. during the April 1 First Friday Art Walk. (417) 873-7263 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Th

Student Art at Evangel Bellwether

The Evangel University Bellwether Gallery, 600 W. College, Ste. 116, features the work of 12 graduating Evangel seniors. Media include photography, graphic design, drawing, printmaking, and painting. (417) 865-2815, ext. 7258 Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. W-Sat
Farmers Gastropub, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 160, will host a reception for the Chamber of Commerce International Business Council during the April 1 Art Walk, with Artists Bill D Baunach and Judy Oehlke working on and displaying their art in the Bistro. 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 Featured Artists Ann Meese and Elaine Willig in April. Enjoy Ann’s beautiful, nature-inspired paintings and Elaine’s original jewelry designs, plus the work of Fresh’s 22 regional artists. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. T-Sat
Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, is partnering with the Missouri Film Alliance to showcase short films produced by local artists and filmmakers in the region during the April Art Walk. We will also be showing a free movie at the end of the evening. (417) 863-7843

Art by Nathan Gamel

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Jennifer Manning Pierson’s Confounded Fables, and Nathan Gamel’s Family Trip to Thailand, A Dog’s Dream. “Confounded Fables loosely expresses situations of the surviving oppressed in current times,” Jennifer says. “Endearing, resilient creatures and symbolic landscapes confidentially describe situations which I personally absorb daily. Children of a decreasing middle class, those who survive illness, poverty, hunger, loneliness, shame, ignorance, hyperactive or docile recognition, depression, or hatred are personified through these visual fables.” Inspired by the effort of love or kindness that is surprisingly, freely given in desperate times, she says, “Perseverance by those who suffer offers hope, strength and inspiration.” Family Trip to Thailand, A Dog’s Dream features Nathan Gamel’s paintings of people, animals and the Thai language, documenting a recent family adventure. (417) 865-7055 Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat

Tim Breaux: Monument Sky

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., is proud to present new work by local painters Dave Bennett and Tim Breaux. Continuing their artistic explorations of Missouri and the Southwest, Bennett and Breaux return to Hawthorn with new bodies of work. Experience Art in Action at Hawthorn from 6 to 10 pm April 1. Meet artist Tim Breaux and watch him at work on a new painting, and also enjoy Live Music by Anisa Dawn. (417) 866-6688 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat
Inveno Health, 429 N. Boonville Ave., presents something new with

Mayan Summer by Gavyn Sky

Gavyn Sky: EXPOSED! Springfield’s truly unique self-inspired and self-taught artist presents his latest “naked” works, stripped of his signature resin finish. Gavyn bares all in color, texture and simple magic that begs to be admired. Also, see how Inveno Health is marching to market with medical products to benefit the Springfield community and beyond. (417)831-1270.
The Lime Agency, 400 E. Walnut, B-100 – located in the basement office suite at the southeast corner of Walnut and Jefferson – makes its debut on the Art Walk in April with Artist Marty Salsman, whose artwork spans traditional and digital methods. 417-501-4801 Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. M-F
MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents In the Space of Soil. Memphis, Tennessee, installation artist Sara Good presents a series of garden- and soil-related works that share a regard for the character of found materials and the practice of time-intensive handmade processes, as well as botanical concern. “My connection to earth has always felt very deep and direct. It is at my center. It has shaped my sensibility as a sculptor,” Sara says. “This earth: sensed in the scale and mass of land form, or in the heavy-handedness of natural force. Earth: the physical, tactile arena, dictating experiences of bodily contact. Or the consumptive power of earth, observed within natural process, and perceived in the swallowing infinity of vast open spaces.” The exhibition continues through April 22. (417) 829-5092 Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and University holidays
MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents the Art and Design Department’s BFA Studio Art Exhibit. Enjoy an artist’s reception, 6-10 p.m. during the April 1 First Friday Art Walk. The art featured in this exhibit is by students who are completing their degree requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art. Students displaying their bodies of work are Angela Evans, who will show her sculpture, and Carl Glaser, who will exhibit his paintings and drawings. In addition, five students graduating with a degree in Computer Animation are premiering their senior BFA work at the Plaster Student Union at 7 p.m. with an encore performance at 8 p.m. on April 15. Student animations include works by Bryan Ivanoff, Malinda Meredith, Christopher Perry, Cole Biesemeyer, and Sara Linn. The public is invited to attend the reception and view the exhibit through April. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays and University holidays

Art by Mary Hamilton

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Patterns – Artworks by Mary Hamilton. “For me, the element of pattern is soothing and even symphonic in works of art. I wanted the paintings in this series to represent my fascination with synthetic patterns, whether in the actual stripes of fabrics of a still life or even more subtly in the shapes and numbers within the abstract designs,” Mary says. “Although the subject matters are eclectic in nature, each subject was selected to be placed with a distinct pattern in the composition to balance and enhance the rhythm that the pattern produces. Whether the design appears traditional, cubistic or abstract each attempts to bring harmony through repetition.” The simplicity of synthetic patterns, Mary adds, “symbolizes the natural order of things and helps tell the visual story about the simple objects they surround.” (417) 616-6488
OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor of the Gillioz, presents The Smallest Room In The House by Printmaker Cynthia Moore and a collective exhibition of prints by The Unnamed Printmakers at The Creamery, a group which includes artists Roxie Castro, Cathy Clemens, Stephanie Cramer, Genny Gramer, Nancy Crandall, Deby Gilley, Jerry-Mac Johnston, Barb Jurecka, Steve Miller, Dottie Peterson, Cayce Schultz and Chad Woody. Cynthia Moore explores black and white media in printmaking, drawing, typography, collage and book arts. Her work has been included in solo and national juried exhibits and is in the U.S.I.A.’s International Embassies Collection. She teaches at Missouri State University. The Smallest Room in the House is a series of linoleum block prints based on scenes set in the bathroom. “By focusing on one room I have sought to discover what is hidden, what is revealed, what is seen in reflection or through a veil of water. These prints are intended to evoke the memories, grace and mystery of everyday activity.” The Unnamed Printmakers at the Creamery consists of a core group of about 10 artists meeting each Monday at the Creamery from 5:30 to 7 p.m. “While most of our work has been with relief printing, our members are starting to venture out to monotype, collograph (thank you, Cathy Clemens), solar plate and silk screen. This is a craft/art that can fascinate for many years.” (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 students from Fordland Middle School showing works of photography on the theme of “community.” Also, two special events kick off the Library’s annual Big Read event series (see At 6 p.m., join us for the Edible Books Festival. See cake creations from several local bakeries. Vote for your favorite, help us choose a winner, and then we’ll eat the entries. At 7 p.m., the Cast Iron Cook-Off features chefs from Victory Trade School in a North vs. South face-off. Watch teams create their dishes using the cast-iron cookware of the Civil War, and then sample the results. (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 an opening reception for Josh Linden, mixed media painter, during the April 1 First Friday Art Walk. The reception is FREE and open to the public. Live music and free refreshments will be served. Josh Linden was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and moved to the Ozarks as a young child. Art and photography have always been his passion. Through all of his life experiences, Linden’s art has found a voice he hopes will stir a creative spark in others. His mixed media paintings reflect a metamorphosis: he takes things that are old and ugly and transforms them into something new and beautiful, while respecting the materials’ raw and unfinished qualities. Also during Art Walk, enjoy art by Lindsay Breidenbach, and images from Faces of Autism. Lindsey, 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 Faces of Autism is a photo project designed to raise autism awareness and support. It features photos from over 30 local families. Local photographers Matt and Heidi Giles of Freedom Photography agreed to provide their services at no cost for Faces of Autism. Black River Imaging, a local photo lab and printing service, is also donating services for the project. (417) 868-8179 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat
Revel Advertising, 214 W. Phelps, Ste.102, conveniently located next to Obelisk Home in the Inspired Commerce building will feature Elizabeth Chapman during the month of April. Elizabeth is an expressionistic abstract artist who has spent a majority of her life in the Ozarks. She graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education, which she uses as an art educator. Elizabeth states “the journey begins with a blank canvas: believing in faith that a painting will emerge. 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) 368-6966
Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., presents eclectic young artist Kaela Welliever as its featured guest artist during the April 1 Art Walk. A native of Holton, Kan., and graduate of Northwestern Missouri University, Kaela teaches art in the Marshall, Mo., school system and is active in a wide range of artistic media. On First Friday, she’ll show a broad range of work including glass, ceramics, acrylic paintings on canvas and photography. Kaela has studied glass blowing with Springfield Hot Glass resident glass artists Gabe and Terry Bloodworth, and they will also be on hand to demonstrate their glassblowing skills during Art Walk. (417) 868-8181 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat
Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., will host An Exploration in Polypores and other Crustlike Fungi; featuring the work of ceramic artist Neely Hachtel. April 1- April 23. Hachtel’s work draws inspiration from her adventurous hiking trips over the last 8 years. From the Appalachian Trail to the Continental Divide Trail, she has come to appreciate all that nature has brought to her work. Springfield Pottery, a fine craft gallery and community clay center, is located in downtown Springfield at 416 South Campbell Avenue. An opening reception for the artists will be held 6-10 p.m. during the April 1 First Friday Art Walk. 417-864-4677. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

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