Art Walk is alive with color, competition in October!

1 - September 19, 2011 - 0 Comments

Still Life With Tapestry, Alishia Brundege

Fall has arrived: that magical season of harvests and hayrides, of bonfires, festivals and turning leaves as bright as candy corn. First Friday Art Walk welcomes the season in a celebration of color, light and music, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in 23 participating venues. View the October 2011 First Friday Art Walk Map or View the October 2011 First Friday Art Walk Newsletter for the latest info.

Art Walk is proud to welcome a new member in October, Boca Mocha, located at 320 Park Central West, invites you to lively art by Jane Troupe, James Richardson, John L. Payne and Tyler Thrasher during the Oct. 7 Art Walk.

Special Events in October

Art Walk is celebrating 10 years with its Art Walk 10th Anniversary Art Contest and Exhibit at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz. Art Walk will award $500 in cash prizes, including a $250 grand prize chosen by a panel of judges and the $100 People’s Choice Award chosen by visitors to OTC Fine Art Gallery during the Oct. 7 Art Walk.

Need a Reminder for the Oct. 7 Art Walk? Scan this!

Good Girl Art Gallery and Art Walk sponsor Wil Fischer Companies team up in a Beer Tasting of the craft beers of O’Fallon Brewery. Good Girl Art presents One Voice, a show by Artist Kathie Ryan, plus a reading and book signing for Homegirl, a novel by Ryder Collins. Edgy, urban and wildly eclectic, Good Girl Art is an experience not to be missed!

Hawthorn Galleries’ annual Women Artists of the Midwest exhibit opens in October, with works by Alishia Brundege, Jeanne Davis, Lisa Esposito, Lyn Phariss and Louise Thies, plus 2011 WAM inductees Juanita Herrell, Jennifer Linders and Tricia Courtney.

Springfield Hot Glass Studio presents its fall Pumpkin Party, with new, pink-and-gold pumpkins honoring, and benefiting, Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks!

Other October Art Walk Highlights:

  • Enjoy Images of Colorado and New iPhone Xpressions at Abundant Life.
  • Artist Richard Lewis joins the lineup at Canvas in October.
  • Experience The Colors of Cambodia at The Creamery Arts Center.
  • Drury University Faculty Art is the focus at Pool Art Center Gallery in October, including works by Tom Parker, Todd Lowery, Rebecca Miller, Dudley Murphy, Blaine Whisenhunt, Jacqueline Warren and Greg Booker.
  • Visit Park Central Branch Library for Paintings by Jenn Wiens and an Art Talk on Thomas Hart Benton.
  • Randy Bacon Studio welcomes Featured Artist Darlene Prater, plus the unveiling of New Murals by Springfield Public High School Art Students.

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.

October Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, presents Images of Colorado by KSMU Sense of Place history series reporter and MSU student Rebekah Clark; plus New iPhoto Xpressions digital abstract paintings by Christopher Wood. Enjoy ongoing exhibits including Clouds, a photography series by Harold Patterson; Annette Wardell’s Tribute to Wilson’s Creek; and George W. Kiefer’s historic murals. 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, presents Richard Lewis as a new addition to the Canvas Gallery. Richard is a graduate of MSU with a degree in art and art education. He works in a variety of media and forms ranging from surrealism to architecture. Richard moved back to Springfield from New Orleans five years ago after Katrina. He is still represented by two galleries in the historic French Quarter, and now at Canvas Gallery on South Street. (417)-869-4138 Open on First Fridays and by appointment

CaraDee Photography Fine Art Portraits and Gallery, 305 E. Walnut, Ste. 109, presents A Show To Be Announced during the Oct. 7 Art Walk. (417) 368-7341 www.caraspictures.com

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents the artwork of The Colors of Cambodia, sponsored by John and William Gentry of Positronic Industries Inc. in collaboration with the Springfield Regional Arts Council. The show of artwork by underprivileged children from Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, begins with a private preview auction on Saturday, Oct. 1. It opens to the public with the Oct. 7 Art Walk. William Gentry, an American artist and a businessman, was inspired by the artistic history of Cambodia. Upon discovering that the children of Siem Reap did not have the opportunity to create due to lack of materials, he started the Colors of Cambodia in 2003 to provide these children with art supplies. As the organization grew, Gentry was able to send art teachers to schools in Siem Reap Province, and Colors of Cambodia now teaches art to almost a thousand children every month in seven different schools. (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, continues its show by Featured Artist Debra Sutherland in October; 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 Current Works by Drury Art Faculty, including Tom Parker, Todd Lowery, Rebecca Miller, Dudley Murphy, Blaine Whisenhunt, Jacqueline Warren and Greg Booker. The show also includes work by adjunct professors James Mayfield, Katherine Benson, David Cogorno and Malinda Watson. Tom Parker has taught a wide variety of art history courses at Drury and is an accomplished banjo player and performer.  Todd Lowery teaches foundations of design, drawing and painting; however he does not define himself by the media he uses.  Rebecca Miller teaches all levels of silver-based photography, digital photography and the history of photo.  Dudley Murphy has taught many of the design art classes during his 33 years at Drury.  He is an active designer, photographer, publisher and celebrated bluegrass musician.  Blaine Whisenhunt joined Drury in 2004 to develop the sculpture studio and curriculum.  He’s also an accomplished musician and visual artist.  Jacqueline Warren is a prolific artist whose work has been shown across the country.  She teaches painting, drawing and foundations of design.  Greg Booker graduated from Drury in 1987.  He teaches film and digital photography, photojournalism and is the current Pool Art Center Gallery Director. (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, celebrates its Homecoming week with a show of Art by Evangel Alumni. (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 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 Featured Artist Justin Gault in October.  Enjoy Justin’s abstract paintings, plus art by more than 20 juried regional artists in painting, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry and more at Fresh. www.fresh.org. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. T-Sat

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents One Voice, featuring mixed media paintings and video art by Kathie Ryan, plus a reading and book signing for Homegirl, a novel by Ryder Collins, and a Beer Tasting featuring the craft brews of O’Fallon Brewery. Of her art, Kathie says, “Genocide has long been a topic that has both horrified and moved me.  I am constantly striving to understand why human beings feel the need to destroy another group of human beings for whatever reason. But the real question and the one that is inspiring me to create these paintings is WHY do we as a global community tend to ignore genocide?” She adds,  “Rwanda, Guatemala, Sudan, Palestine … Most people don’t even know that there was genocide in Guatemala.  Or that our government trained the army that executed it. These are the things that disturb me to my core.  Now in light of the current atmosphere of hatred and racism in our country, I feel it is more important than ever to open our eyes, minds and hearts to the suffering of others.” (417) 865-7055 www.goodgirlartgallery.com Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., is pleased to present the 4th Annual Women Artists of the Midwest Exhibition. The exhibition features new artwork by Alishia Brundege, Jeanne Davis, Lisa Esposito, Lyn Phariss and Louise Thies. In addition, WAM would also like to welcome 2011 inductees Juanita Herrell, Jennifer Linders, and Tricia Courtney. In its fourth year, WAM continues to gain support and recognition for female artists in the Ozarks and throughout the Midwest. By bringing women fine artists together from across the region, WAM seeks to cultivate a strong and vibrant artistic community. The exhibition runs from Oct. 7 to  Nov. 30. Artists’ Reception 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.

Visit www.WAMidwest.com for more information. (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., asks, Who doesn’t need an Escape From Reality every now and then? Come to Inveno Health where Gavyn Sky allows gallery goers to do just that. See incredible art and learn about market-ready medical device innovations from St. John’s co-workers in the very same space (Mercy R & D) www.mercyrnd.com  (417) 831-1270.

Kiss My Gas Scooters!, 212 S. Campbell, presents A Show to Be Announced in October. (417) 863-9600.

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents Self-Taught Art, Pop Culture and Objects of Interest from the Collection of John and Teenuh Foster. (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., presents a pair of traveling exhibits focused on George Husmann and Hermann Jaeger, pioneers of the Missouri grape and wine industry. What Wondrous Life: The World of George Husmann, an Interpretive Exhibit was designed by Linda Walker Stevens, a well-known historian in Husmann’s native Hermann, Mo., and comes to the Student Exhibition Center courtesy of the Deutschheim State Historic Site. Hermann Jaeger, Ozark Grape Hunter:  Saving European Vineyards in the 19th Century was produced and funded by Missouri State University and is toured by Discovery Center of Springfield.  Enjoy the opening reception for these exhibits 6-10 p.m. Oct. 7 during First Friday Art Walk. Light refreshments will be served, and the reception will include a brief program by local historians. (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, presents Collocation in Practice: The Art of Morgan Frew. “I strive to visually capture an experience, to discover and translate the life and vitality inherent in what is observed,” Morgan says. “I aim to convey a strong sense of place and presence; however a literal transcription is beside the point. I seek to capture a vibrancy that can exist only through the language of painting.” (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com

OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, proudly hosts the opening reception for the First Friday Art Walk 10th Anniversary Art Contest and Exhibit, 6-10 p.m. during the Oct. 7 Art Walk. In celebration of 10 years of First Friday Art Walk, the First Friday Art walk Council is offering the 10th Anniversary Art Contest & Exhibit.  Entries — which consist of an official entry form and images of the work to be submitted — must be turned in no later than September 26.  The entry fee is $10 per work of art entered; the top prize is $250. Entries will be juried, and selected artists will be invited to display their work at OTC Fine Art Gallery at the Gillioz for the October 7 Art Walk. Art Walk fans will select the winner of “The People’s Choice” Award during the October Art Walk. Get all the details by downloading the official 10th Anniversary Art Contest Entry Form at www.ffaw.org. (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 an exhibit of Paintings by Jenn Wiens and a variety of arts events. At 6 p.m., the First Friday Art Talk celebrates our state’s artistic heritage as Katie Botts speaks on Thomas Hart Benton: The Regionalist with Greek Roots. (Special thanks to Dr. Billie Follensbee of the Missouri State University art-history department.) At 7 p.m., enjoy Fiction Readings from Missouri State University students studying with Springfield-based writer Jen Murvin Edwards. (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., present Featured Artist Darlene Prater, plus the unveiling of New Murals by Springfield Public High School Art Students and a show of New Work by the Artists of Figment. Mixed Media Artist, Darlene Prater studied art at MSU and has completed and taught numerous art workshops. Working with jewelry, metal, clay, paper, fiber and hand-built pottery, Darlene has been doing mixed media assemblages for the past 10 years. She always incorporated collage in her paintings, so the transition was natural. “It is exciting and challenging to bring new life to items that others throw away. It has made me look at things in a whole new way. There are very few things that cannot be redeemed. I use everything from eggshells and used coffee filters, to old rusty metal and twigs,” says Prater. Both the content and the context of her art are multi-layered. “My goal is to get the viewer involved in conversation whether they agree with the context or not.” Also, Hillcrest, Kickapoo, Central, Glendale and Parkview high school art students will unveil their newest creations in Bacon’s outside gallery, The Main Street Gallery. Bacon’s adjoining gallery, Figment Art Gallery & Culture House, will exhibit new art work by in-house artists Sarah Hurlburt, John Payne, Lane Simmons and Lindsay Breidenbach. (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

Revel Advertising, 214 W. Phelps, Ste.102, conveniently located next to Obelisk Home in the Inspired Commerce building, continues its show by the incomparable Stephanie Cramer. 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 www.reveladvertising.com.

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., presents its annual Pumpkin Party. Always colorful and original, this year’s pumpkins also include gorgeous pink-and-gold pumpkins that honor – and benefit – the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. Also, don’t miss Springfield Hot Glass’s sneak previews of its handmade glass Christmas trees! (417) 868-8181 www.springfieldhotglass.com 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 www.springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

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Art Walk is alive with color, competition in October!

1 - September 19, 2011 - 0 Comments

Still Life With Tapestry, Alishia Brundege

Fall has arrived: that magical season of harvests and hayrides, of bonfires, festivals and turning leaves as bright as candy corn. First Friday Art Walk welcomes the season in a celebration of color, light and music, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in 23 participating venues. View the October 2011 First Friday Art Walk Map or View the October 2011 First Friday Art Walk Newsletter for the latest info.

Art Walk is proud to welcome a new member in October, Boca Mocha, located at 320 Park Central West, invites you to lively art by Jane Troupe, James Richardson, John L. Payne and Tyler Thrasher during the Oct. 7 Art Walk.

Special Events in October

Art Walk is celebrating 10 years with its Art Walk 10th Anniversary Art Contest and Exhibit at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz. Art Walk will award $500 in cash prizes, including a $250 grand prize chosen by a panel of judges and the $100 People’s Choice Award chosen by visitors to OTC Fine Art Gallery during the Oct. 7 Art Walk.

Need a Reminder for the Oct. 7 Art Walk? Scan this!

Good Girl Art Gallery and Art Walk sponsor Wil Fischer Companies team up in a Beer Tasting of the craft beers of O’Fallon Brewery. Good Girl Art presents One Voice, a show by Artist Kathie Ryan, plus a reading and book signing for Homegirl, a novel by Ryder Collins. Edgy, urban and wildly eclectic, Good Girl Art is an experience not to be missed!

Hawthorn Galleries’ annual Women Artists of the Midwest exhibit opens in October, with works by Alishia Brundege, Jeanne Davis, Lisa Esposito, Lyn Phariss and Louise Thies, plus 2011 WAM inductees Juanita Herrell, Jennifer Linders and Tricia Courtney.

Springfield Hot Glass Studio presents its fall Pumpkin Party, with new, pink-and-gold pumpkins honoring, and benefiting, Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks!

Other October Art Walk Highlights:

  • Enjoy Images of Colorado and New iPhone Xpressions at Abundant Life.
  • Artist Richard Lewis joins the lineup at Canvas in October.
  • Experience The Colors of Cambodia at The Creamery Arts Center.
  • Drury University Faculty Art is the focus at Pool Art Center Gallery in October, including works by Tom Parker, Todd Lowery, Rebecca Miller, Dudley Murphy, Blaine Whisenhunt, Jacqueline Warren and Greg Booker.
  • Visit Park Central Branch Library for Paintings by Jenn Wiens and an Art Talk on Thomas Hart Benton.
  • Randy Bacon Studio welcomes Featured Artist Darlene Prater, plus the unveiling of New Murals by Springfield Public High School Art Students.

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.

October Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, presents Images of Colorado by KSMU Sense of Place history series reporter and MSU student Rebekah Clark; plus New iPhoto Xpressions digital abstract paintings by Christopher Wood. Enjoy ongoing exhibits including Clouds, a photography series by Harold Patterson; Annette Wardell’s Tribute to Wilson’s Creek; and George W. Kiefer’s historic murals. 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, presents Richard Lewis as a new addition to the Canvas Gallery. Richard is a graduate of MSU with a degree in art and art education. He works in a variety of media and forms ranging from surrealism to architecture. Richard moved back to Springfield from New Orleans five years ago after Katrina. He is still represented by two galleries in the historic French Quarter, and now at Canvas Gallery on South Street. (417)-869-4138 Open on First Fridays and by appointment

CaraDee Photography Fine Art Portraits and Gallery, 305 E. Walnut, Ste. 109, presents A Show To Be Announced during the Oct. 7 Art Walk. (417) 368-7341 www.caraspictures.com

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents the artwork of The Colors of Cambodia, sponsored by John and William Gentry of Positronic Industries Inc. in collaboration with the Springfield Regional Arts Council. The show of artwork by underprivileged children from Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, begins with a private preview auction on Saturday, Oct. 1. It opens to the public with the Oct. 7 Art Walk. William Gentry, an American artist and a businessman, was inspired by the artistic history of Cambodia. Upon discovering that the children of Siem Reap did not have the opportunity to create due to lack of materials, he started the Colors of Cambodia in 2003 to provide these children with art supplies. As the organization grew, Gentry was able to send art teachers to schools in Siem Reap Province, and Colors of Cambodia now teaches art to almost a thousand children every month in seven different schools. (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, continues its show by Featured Artist Debra Sutherland in October; 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 Current Works by Drury Art Faculty, including Tom Parker, Todd Lowery, Rebecca Miller, Dudley Murphy, Blaine Whisenhunt, Jacqueline Warren and Greg Booker. The show also includes work by adjunct professors James Mayfield, Katherine Benson, David Cogorno and Malinda Watson. Tom Parker has taught a wide variety of art history courses at Drury and is an accomplished banjo player and performer.  Todd Lowery teaches foundations of design, drawing and painting; however he does not define himself by the media he uses.  Rebecca Miller teaches all levels of silver-based photography, digital photography and the history of photo.  Dudley Murphy has taught many of the design art classes during his 33 years at Drury.  He is an active designer, photographer, publisher and celebrated bluegrass musician.  Blaine Whisenhunt joined Drury in 2004 to develop the sculpture studio and curriculum.  He’s also an accomplished musician and visual artist.  Jacqueline Warren is a prolific artist whose work has been shown across the country.  She teaches painting, drawing and foundations of design.  Greg Booker graduated from Drury in 1987.  He teaches film and digital photography, photojournalism and is the current Pool Art Center Gallery Director. (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, celebrates its Homecoming week with a show of Art by Evangel Alumni. (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 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 Featured Artist Justin Gault in October.  Enjoy Justin’s abstract paintings, plus art by more than 20 juried regional artists in painting, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry and more at Fresh. www.fresh.org. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. T-Sat

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents One Voice, featuring mixed media paintings and video art by Kathie Ryan, plus a reading and book signing for Homegirl, a novel by Ryder Collins, and a Beer Tasting featuring the craft brews of O’Fallon Brewery. Of her art, Kathie says, “Genocide has long been a topic that has both horrified and moved me.  I am constantly striving to understand why human beings feel the need to destroy another group of human beings for whatever reason. But the real question and the one that is inspiring me to create these paintings is WHY do we as a global community tend to ignore genocide?” She adds,  “Rwanda, Guatemala, Sudan, Palestine … Most people don’t even know that there was genocide in Guatemala.  Or that our government trained the army that executed it. These are the things that disturb me to my core.  Now in light of the current atmosphere of hatred and racism in our country, I feel it is more important than ever to open our eyes, minds and hearts to the suffering of others.” (417) 865-7055 www.goodgirlartgallery.com Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., is pleased to present the 4th Annual Women Artists of the Midwest Exhibition. The exhibition features new artwork by Alishia Brundege, Jeanne Davis, Lisa Esposito, Lyn Phariss and Louise Thies. In addition, WAM would also like to welcome 2011 inductees Juanita Herrell, Jennifer Linders, and Tricia Courtney. In its fourth year, WAM continues to gain support and recognition for female artists in the Ozarks and throughout the Midwest. By bringing women fine artists together from across the region, WAM seeks to cultivate a strong and vibrant artistic community. The exhibition runs from Oct. 7 to  Nov. 30. Artists’ Reception 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.

Visit www.WAMidwest.com for more information. (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., asks, Who doesn’t need an Escape From Reality every now and then? Come to Inveno Health where Gavyn Sky allows gallery goers to do just that. See incredible art and learn about market-ready medical device innovations from St. John’s co-workers in the very same space (Mercy R & D) www.mercyrnd.com  (417) 831-1270.

Kiss My Gas Scooters!, 212 S. Campbell, presents A Show to Be Announced in October. (417) 863-9600.

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents Self-Taught Art, Pop Culture and Objects of Interest from the Collection of John and Teenuh Foster. (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., presents a pair of traveling exhibits focused on George Husmann and Hermann Jaeger, pioneers of the Missouri grape and wine industry. What Wondrous Life: The World of George Husmann, an Interpretive Exhibit was designed by Linda Walker Stevens, a well-known historian in Husmann’s native Hermann, Mo., and comes to the Student Exhibition Center courtesy of the Deutschheim State Historic Site. Hermann Jaeger, Ozark Grape Hunter:  Saving European Vineyards in the 19th Century was produced and funded by Missouri State University and is toured by Discovery Center of Springfield.  Enjoy the opening reception for these exhibits 6-10 p.m. Oct. 7 during First Friday Art Walk. Light refreshments will be served, and the reception will include a brief program by local historians. (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, presents Collocation in Practice: The Art of Morgan Frew. “I strive to visually capture an experience, to discover and translate the life and vitality inherent in what is observed,” Morgan says. “I aim to convey a strong sense of place and presence; however a literal transcription is beside the point. I seek to capture a vibrancy that can exist only through the language of painting.” (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com

OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, proudly hosts the opening reception for the First Friday Art Walk 10th Anniversary Art Contest and Exhibit, 6-10 p.m. during the Oct. 7 Art Walk. In celebration of 10 years of First Friday Art Walk, the First Friday Art walk Council is offering the 10th Anniversary Art Contest & Exhibit.  Entries — which consist of an official entry form and images of the work to be submitted — must be turned in no later than September 26.  The entry fee is $10 per work of art entered; the top prize is $250. Entries will be juried, and selected artists will be invited to display their work at OTC Fine Art Gallery at the Gillioz for the October 7 Art Walk. Art Walk fans will select the winner of “The People’s Choice” Award during the October Art Walk. Get all the details by downloading the official 10th Anniversary Art Contest Entry Form at www.ffaw.org. (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 an exhibit of Paintings by Jenn Wiens and a variety of arts events. At 6 p.m., the First Friday Art Talk celebrates our state’s artistic heritage as Katie Botts speaks on Thomas Hart Benton: The Regionalist with Greek Roots. (Special thanks to Dr. Billie Follensbee of the Missouri State University art-history department.) At 7 p.m., enjoy Fiction Readings from Missouri State University students studying with Springfield-based writer Jen Murvin Edwards. (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., present Featured Artist Darlene Prater, plus the unveiling of New Murals by Springfield Public High School Art Students and a show of New Work by the Artists of Figment. Mixed Media Artist, Darlene Prater studied art at MSU and has completed and taught numerous art workshops. Working with jewelry, metal, clay, paper, fiber and hand-built pottery, Darlene has been doing mixed media assemblages for the past 10 years. She always incorporated collage in her paintings, so the transition was natural. “It is exciting and challenging to bring new life to items that others throw away. It has made me look at things in a whole new way. There are very few things that cannot be redeemed. I use everything from eggshells and used coffee filters, to old rusty metal and twigs,” says Prater. Both the content and the context of her art are multi-layered. “My goal is to get the viewer involved in conversation whether they agree with the context or not.” Also, Hillcrest, Kickapoo, Central, Glendale and Parkview high school art students will unveil their newest creations in Bacon’s outside gallery, The Main Street Gallery. Bacon’s adjoining gallery, Figment Art Gallery & Culture House, will exhibit new art work by in-house artists Sarah Hurlburt, John Payne, Lane Simmons and Lindsay Breidenbach. (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

Revel Advertising, 214 W. Phelps, Ste.102, conveniently located next to Obelisk Home in the Inspired Commerce building, continues its show by the incomparable Stephanie Cramer. 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 www.reveladvertising.com.

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., presents its annual Pumpkin Party. Always colorful and original, this year’s pumpkins also include gorgeous pink-and-gold pumpkins that honor – and benefit – the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. Also, don’t miss Springfield Hot Glass’s sneak previews of its handmade glass Christmas trees! (417) 868-8181 www.springfieldhotglass.com 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 www.springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

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