Kick off Labor Day Weekend with Art Walk Sept. 2

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The holiday starts with a burst of fall color, live jazz, a craft brew beer tasting & more!

Art by Cyndilee Dawson at Obelisk Home

The Labor Day Weekend begins with First Friday Art Walk Sept. 2! Center City’s university galleries come roaring back for the fall semester with exciting new shows at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, Evangel University Bellwether Gallery, OTC Fine Art Gallery, MSU Brick City Gallery and the MSU Student Exhibition Center. Experience original local art, live art demonstrations, live music, refreshments and more in 22 participating venues, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 For the latest information, View the September 2011 Art Walk Newsletter or View the September 2011 First Friday Art Walk Map.

Among this month’s special events, Revel Advertising and Art Walk sponsor Wil Fischer Companies team up in a Beer Tasting of the craft beers of O’Fallon Brewery. Revel will also host Live Jazz by MSU students during its show by Featured Artist Stephanie Cramer.

Other September Art Walk Highlights:

  • Enjoy Urban Images, a Tribute to Wilson’s Creek and Clouds at Abundant Life Covenant Church
  • Wind in Motion is the theme at Canvas in September with wind sculptures, Living Art and Featured Artist Kat Philbin, plus Live Jazz by MSU students.
  • Experience the Civil War through the eyes of Springfield 5th graders and 8th graders at The Creamery Arts Center with the Civil War Art and Writing Competition Display, sponsored by the 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War, which will be held at The Creamery Sept. 23, 24 and 25.
  • Painter Debra Sutherland returns to DB Design Salon & Gallery in September with her latest works.
  • Drury University Professor Emeritus Mike Dickey opens the 2011-2012 season at Drury’s Pool Art Center Gallery with his one-man show, Inviting the Bell to Sing.

    "Omega" by Jodie Laravee

  • Fresh Gallery presents Featured Artists Karla Breeding Trammell and Maneesh Anand.
  • Experience an epic tale told in fired clay at Good Girl Art Gallery with Artist Nate Ferree’s show A Monument to the Pirate Robot Who Saved the People of Earth
  • Visit Park Central Branch Library for The Art of Jodie Laravee and Desiree Dixon’s Art Talk on La Galerie des Glaces: The Imagery of the Sun King.
  • The Resident Artists of Figment Art Gallery and Culture House take over the Monarch Art Factory and Randy Bacon Studio during the Sept. 2 Walk.

Affordable Child Care During Art Walk

The  Downtown Y offers affordable child care for Art Walking parents via Family Art Night, serving ages 3 months to 12 years, 6:30-9 p.m. for only $10 per child with preregistration; $13 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.

September Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, celebrates back-to-school by highlighting student works.  Enjoy new photographic images from KSMU Sense of Place history series reporter and MSU student Rebekah Clark; Living Words images by OTC art student Patricia Frater; and Urban Images by Drury student Nathan Wood and College of the Ozarks student Jonathan Wood. Also featured is a new Clouds photography series by Harold Patterson; Annette Wardell’s Tribute to Wilson’s Creek; Chris Wood’s Where are You? poem with images; and 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 the theme Wind in Motion in September. Experience Rhonda Simon’s wind sculptures made from plastic sheeting, bags and fans and Eric Vaughn’s Living Art, plus enjoy Live Jazz by MSU students and the works of Featured Artist Kat Philbin. Kat’s medium is watercolor and she focuses on unique pairings of animals and people in odd situations, such as Tiny Cheeseburger, which depicts a smiling Tyrannosaurus Rex holding a tiny cheeseburger. Canvas will have a dozen other artists on hand during Art Walk, as well as a final showing of Animals of Eden, featuring the animal creations from the Springfield Little Theatre’s June production of Children of Eden. And Canvas always welcomes kids at the make-and-take art table where they can create their own, free piece of art. (417)-869-4138 Open on First Fridays and by appointment

At CaraDee Photography Fine Art Portraits and Gallery, 305 E. Walnut, Ste. 109, amazing images are an everyday occurrence! Photographers Cara Stucke and Mark Gilmore are setting contemporary trends while capturing the poetry and art that is life. (417) 368-7341

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, invites you to experience the Civil War through the eyes of Springfield 5th grade and 8th grade students in the Civil War Art and Writing Competition Display.  Enjoy art by 5th grader and poetry, diary entries and other writings by 8th graders, all inspired by a beautiful collection of white horses donated by Obelisk Home. Also, don’t miss the Awards Ceremony Sept. 22 where prizes will be presented to the winning students. The contest and display is sponsored by the Missouri Literary Festival, to be held Sept. 23, 24 and 25 at The Creamery and Jordan Valley Park. (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 Featured Artist Debra Sutherland in September; plus enjoy pottery by 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 Inviting the Bell to Sing, a one-man show by Drury Professor Emeritus Mike Dickey featuring his recent photographic works.  Inviting the Bell to Sing opens the Pool Art Center Gallery 2011-2012 season; enjoy the opening reception 6-9 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk. Mike earned his MFA from Ohio University in 1971 during the time of the “grand experiment” in certain graduate programs and photographic schools. At that time, the emphasis was on complete open freedom and academia was set far into the background.  He brought that philosophy to Drury University during the 1980s and ‘90s, and it is a significant influence in his work.  (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 its Foundations Show, featuring the work of Evangel students in the university’s 100-level art courses. (417) 865-2815, ext. 7258 Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. W-Sat

Farmers Gastropub, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 160, presents Artists at Work during First Friday Art Walk. Artists demonstrate and sell their art in an echo of the art scene at Montmartre, Paris. 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 Gallery, located at the southwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents Featured Artists Karla Breeding Trammell and Maneesh Anand. A native of the East Central Arkansas Delta, Karla began making art as soon as she could hold a pencil. “The goal of my art,” she says “is to capture the beauty and complexity of life, especially nature, and share my experiences with others by recording elements of time so that the fleeting moment endures indefinitely.” Working in various media – drawing, painting and jewelry crafting – Karla is a founding member of Fresh Gallery. Karla has taught art at OTC and is available for private instruction for individuals and groups. She also takes commissions. Maneesh is an abstract artist who uses simple elements of artistic expression to create complex yet minimalist abstract drawings. “Each line dot and curve is placed precisely to create images that beg the eyes’ caress,” he says. The pieces are created in such a way that the vision and experience is dynamic and unique.  Ideally, the work is informed not only by him self as the artist but by the experiences of the individuals who view them.  “It is this basic form of interaction which fuels the creative spirit of my art,” he says. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. T-Sat

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents A Monument to the Pirate Robot Who Saved the People of Earth by Artist Nate Ferree in September. Nate’s exhibit in fired clay includes a 6-foot tall ceramic robot and a series of original tiles that reveal the story referenced in the show title. (417) 865-7055 Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., is proud to present Darkness into Light: New Works by Dale Augustson.  In his third annual show with Hawthorn, Dale Augustson presents a new body of work exploring the subtleties of color and light.  Investigating the emergence of color from darkness – the concept that black is the presence of all colors – Augustson’s work evokes a unique sense of potential and possibility. Enjoy the Opening Reception 6-10 p.m. Sept. 2 when you can meet the artist and experience live music by harpist Darice Augustson. (417) 866-6688 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat

Inveno Health, 429 N. Boonville Ave., presents Hypnotize at the Sept. 2 Art Walk. Hypnotize will draw you in to a conglomeration of colors, allowing you to fully experience the brilliance of Artist Gavyn Sky. This is more than a show, its pure engagement with the art. Inveno Health proudly hosts the latest advances in medical device development by St. John’s Research & Development Division (417) 831-1270.

Kiss My Gas Scooters!, 212 S. Campbell, continues its show of  Pencil Drawings by Rodney Schertz, plus enjoy the latest models of scooters and accessories, as well as a line of apparel for the well-dressed rider. (417) 863-9600.

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, reopens in September with A Show To Be Announced. (417) 829-5092 Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and University holidays

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., invites you to kick off your holiday weekend with the Art and Design Department’s Foundations Exhibition. This year’s show is under a new faculty coordinator, so look for some exciting new displays. The Foundations Exhibit features projects assigned in beginning level classes including Art 100 – Two-Dimensional Design; Art 101 – Three-Dimensional Design; Art 115 – Drawing I; and Art 215 – Drawing II.  Completion of these classes is required to gain acceptance in the Degree Programs of the department. Enjoy the artists’ reception 6-10 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Sept. 24.  (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays and University holidays

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Exuberance: The Artwork of Cyndilee Dawson “Like everyone, I have made art since childhood; I just never stopped,” Cyndilee says. “In school, my favorite medium was crayons, because it allowed me to lay down heavy layers of COLOR! I naturally progressed to oil paints and pastels, drawn to their creamy texture, which evoke a feeling of pure sensuousness in me.” Her latest interest is the encaustic medium. “This ancient technique combines layers of beeswax and oil paint fused together with a torch, giving my work a luminous quality. It’s like painting with fire!” (417) 616-6488

OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor of the Gillioz, presents Featured Artist Isaac Karner. A mixed mixed-media artist/painter and in house artist for Obelisk Home gallery, Isaac is fascinated with the symbolic meaning of common objects in an artistic context. “Growing up around farms in Colorado, I grew to love finding bits of junk and machinery. Each piece has a history and is a connection to whoever had it before.” Trash, like art, is indicative of the culture that produces it, he says. “Perhaps that is why I find found objects so useful in creating an artistic experience, which is a communication between the artist, the art itself, and the viewer. It is my hope to take the detritus of our society and create something new, beautiful and transcendent.” OTC will also feature Live Jazz by MSU students during the Sept. 2 Art Walk. (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, proudly presents The Art of Jodie Laravee. She uses a combination of pencil drawings and digital manipulation to create her striking images. At 6 p.m., Desiree Dixon of Drury University will give her Art Talk on the subject of La Galerie des Glaces: The Imagery of the Sun King. First Friday Art Talks are collaboration between the library and Dr. Billie Follensbee of MSU’s Art History Department in which undergraduate students present their papers on a variety of topics. (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 the Figment Gallery Resident Artists in an extended exhibition. Enjoy the free opening reception with live music and refreshments 6-10 p.m. during the Sept. 2 Art Walk.  Visitors will enjoy work by Figment in-house artists Sarah Hurlburt, John Payne, Lane Simmons and Lindsay Breidenbach, including a unique blend of painting, drawing, photography, ceramic and installation art. The Figment Resident Artists Exhibition is also the kick-off for their newest endeavor: Art Classes, debuting this fall. Also, a bonus from Randy Bacon for Art Walk attendees: Free Photography Sittings ($95 value) will be offered to those that book a photo shoot during the Art Walk. (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, features Stephanie Cramer for autumn, plus Live Jazz by MSU students and a Beer Tasting for O’Fallon Brewery’s craft beers during the Sept. 2 Art Walk. Stephanie’s warm, rich shades of orange and cool contrasting blues are distinctive and instantly recognizable. “Center state in my art is the figure – an object in motion, as if the figure is caught, just for an instant; a glimpse, a snapshot before the gesture is complete,” Stephanie says. Exact representation is not her goal: “I’m intent rather on provoking a sense of tension or intensity. These, plus color, bring the emotion to the painting.” (417) 368-6966

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., welcomes fall with demonstrations of its one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted Glass Pumpkins. These whimsically colorful pumpkins are the perfect fall addition to any home and will take your decor all the way through the Thanksgiving holiday in unique style. (417) 868-8181 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., is a fine craft gallery and community clay center that 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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