Enjoy art contests, Irish culture, neon sculpture, jewelry, K-12 creations & more at the March 2 Walk

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Neon Sculpture by Joe Arnes at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz

First Friday Art Walk returns March 2 in 22 participating venues! To get the latest information and updates, View the March 2012 First Friday Art Walk Newsletter or View the March 2012 First Friday Art Walk Map. We also invite you to Visit Us on Facebook.

Enjoy The Luck of the Irish with our Newest Member: the MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson. You can experience amazing images of Ireland, light refreshments and immersion in Irish culture during Art Walk … and gather inspiration for downtown’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Celebration March 17.

A prize-winning entry by Helen Kunze from the 2011 competition at Fresh Gallery

Art Contests are under way now at Fresh Gallery and Good Girl Art Gallery, with top entries to be featured during the March Art Walk, plus Good Girl also features Painted Ladies, A Collection of Peculiar Pretties and Deviant Darlings, Visual Vignettes by Artist Sarah Blinkhorn. Meanwhile, OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz presents a one-man show by Mixed Media Neon Sculptor Joe Arnes, winner of the People’s Choice Award in the First Friday Art Walk 10th Anniversary Art Contest and Exhibition, held in October 2011.

Other March Highlights include:

Art by Harlie Griggs at The Creamery Arts Center

THE CREAMERY ARTS CENTER proudly displays the annual K-12 student art exhibit Art is Monumental II

DB DESIGN SALON & GALLERY welcomes Digital Painters Robert and Deanna Henion

DRURY POOL ART CENTER GALLERY presents (Some)Where We Meet, a solo exhibit by artist Amanda Small

MERCY R&D presents The Birds and The Bees with Artists Kat Allie and Stephanie Cramer

MSU BRICK CITY GALLERY features ceramic sculpture/installation art in Joyce Jablonski’s In China and Gary Greenberg’s Slapstick: (ha!).

Enameled bowl by Lillian Fitzpatrick

MSU STUDENT EXHIBITION CENTER presents the Art and Design Department’s popular Ceramics and Metals/Jewelry Exhibition

OBELISK HOME is Discovering an Eyeful with Artist Dustin Burgert in March

PARK CENTRAL BRANCH LIBRARY offers an evening of exciting events including Karen Armstrong’s film on the Charter for Compassion, plus The Art of Willard High School Students and the winning entries from The 10 Tenets of the Springfield Civility Project Photo Contest.

Family Art Night provides Affordable Child Care

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.

March Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, presents a new photography series, The Good Life, by Katie Milnes, plus Consider the Flowers, floral images by Chris Wood; Rome: City of Romance, images by Annette Wardell; Come Fly with Me, hot air balloon images by Harold Patterson along with George W. Kiefer’s historic murals. Plus, 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.

Boca Mocha, 320 Park Central West, is a coffee cafe that offers Haitian coffee and lunch-dinner service. Enjoy Mother’s beer and lively art by Christie Snelson, Jane Troup and John L. Payne. (417) 865-3828 www.bocamocha.com 7 a.m.-11 p.m. M-Th; 7 a.m.-1:30 a.m. F; 8-1:30 Sat

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 www.caraspictures.com

Art by Kaiden Bennett at The Creamery Arts Center

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, features Art is Monumental II, an annual K-12 student art exhibition presented by Springfield Regional Arts Council in partnership with the Southwest District Art Teachers Association and the Missouri Art Education Association District 10. The exhibit celebrates National Youth Art Month with a First Friday Art Walk reception, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 2. (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, invites you to enjoy the work of Robert & Deanna Henion, digital painters. Experience the work of this delightful art duo in large scale with geometric works by Robert and marvelous landscapes by Deanna.  In addition, explore DB’s ongoing display of 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 (Some) Where We Meet, a solo exhibit by artist Amanda Small, in March. Amanda received her MFA in Ceramic Art from Kansas State University in 2009.  Her work has been in seen in a number of exhibitions from Manhattan, Kan., to New York City; Canberra, Australia; and most recently Copenhagen, Denmark. Of her work she says, “I signify my ideas about a living web through metaphor, using sacred geometry, radials, and lattice patterns to reference architecture found within living structures.  Repetitive patterns common in nature act as an allegory for a collective identity, and reference the inter-connectedness of living things.” (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 be Closed for the March 2 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 Artists at Work during the March 2 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, 400 W. Walnut, presents The Fresh Gallery 2012 Juried Competition Exhibit. This competition is open to all artists, age 18 and up, who live within a 180-mile radius of Springfield. The entry fee is $25 for up to three submissions per artist, and the deadline is Feb. 27. Art will be accepted in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastel, photography, textiles, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry. All entries must be available for sale, and Fresh will retain a 25 percent commission on sales. Accepted works will be displayed at Fresh Gallery March 1–31, 2012. The prizes are $100 and a month-long show as featured artist for Best in Show; $50 for Jurors Choice; and $25 for Honorable Mention. Details on the Fresh web site: www.freshgallery.org. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. T-Sat

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Painted Ladies, A Collection of Peculiar Pretties and Deviant Darlings, Visual Vignettes by Artist Sarah Blinkhorn, plus Art From The Springfield Roller Girls Poster Contest. Sarah Blinkhorn says she draws inspiration “from the ‘low brow’ arts … traditional tattoo flash, circus and sideshow posters, story book illustrations, comic books, cartoons, kitsch.” Born in Bridlington, England, and raised in the American Midwest, Sarah has worked as a tattooist and freelance artist, and is now focusing on showing and publishing her artwork. (417) 865-7055 www.goodgirlartgallery.com Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., Will Be Closed for the March 2 Art Walk. (417) 866-6688 www.hawthorngalleries.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat

Hollywood Theaters College Station 14, 415 W. College Street, is a family-friendly theater that is proud to show the artistry of cinema 365 days a year, Hollywood showcases Artwork by Springfield School Students. Bring the family and come see the creativity of Springfield’s youth! www.gohollywood.com

Kiss My Gas Scooters!, 212 S. Campbell, presents Photography by Amber Dougan and Abstract Paintings by John Payne, plus enjoy the latest models of scooters and accessories, and apparel for the well-dressed rider. (417) 863-9600.

Blue Bird by Stephanie Cramer

Mercy R&D, 429 N. Boonville Ave., puts its focus on the “birds and the bees” with Artists Kat Allie and Stephanie Cramer. Enjoy Kat Allie’s beeswax magnificence in encaustic painting and Stephanie Cramer’s new series of “big brained birds.” Explore our newly designed showrooms featuring Mercy co-worker inspired medical device designs. www.mercyrnd.com (417)831-1270.

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents a pair of artists in the East and West galleries, both working in ceramic sculpture/installation. Enjoy Joyce Jablonski’s In China and Gary Greenberg’s Slapstick: (ha!). (417) 829-5092 www.art.missouristate.edu/gallery.php Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and University holidays

MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, celebrates The Luck of the Irish in its March Art Walk debut! Visit the Jim D. Morris Center to immerse yourself in Irish heritage while enjoying amazing photos of Ireland captured by MSU study abroad students and light refreshments. (417) 836-3733 http://international.missouristate.edu

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents the Art and Design Department’s popular Ceramics and Metals/Jewelry Exhibition. The exhibit starts Feb. 21 and continues until March 16 with a First Friday Art Walk reception on March 2. This exhibit features work by current and former MSU students that are actively pursuing their vision in Ceramics and Metals. (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 Discovering an Eyeful by Dustin Burgert. “My relationship with abstract art is derived from a creative ability to see a finished product in my head before paint touches canvas. The visions I put to canvas are spontaneous and often don’t fall into a defined theme, although they may have a slight likeness that can be observed in them,” Dustin says. “Because art can mean or represent so many different things to so many different people, my goal above anything is to create eyeful conversational pieces that not only warm a room but inspire positivity and imagination as well.” (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com

OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents Mixed Media Neon Sculptor Joe Arnes. Joe’s sculpture Luna was voted the People’s Choice winner in the October 2011 First Friday Art Walk 10th Anniversary Art Contest and Exhibition, held at the OTC Fine Art Gallery. Influenced by his late brother-in-law, southern California artist Bennett Singleton, Joe Arnes says, “The noble gases neon and argon, a drop of mercury, and 25,000 volts of electricity within a vacuum sealed glass tube are the ingredients that capture my interest and desire to combine brilliant color and light into abstract geometric wall textures.”  OTC invites you to enjoy this “electrifying” exhibition with special refreshments and a fabulous Art Walk reception. (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 an evening of exciting events March 2. It begins ahead of Art Walk at 5:30 p.m. with author Karen Armstrong’s film on the Charter for Compassion, which proposes a charter to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine. See charterforcompassion.org. A MO Poetry Slam Springfield performer will read the Charter for Compassion, and a copy will be available for signing. Art Walk features The Art of Willard High School Students and the winning entries from The 10 Tenets of the Springfield Civility Project Photo Contest. Throughout the next year, the winning entries will be displayed at key private businesses, public agencies and government entities that have adopted the 10 tenets of civility. (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., presents Artist Shannon Bacon. Enjoy the opening reception 6-10 p.m. during the March 2 Art Walk with free refreshments and music by Black Box Revue. Also, Figment welcomes new in-house artists Darlene Prater and Ashley Haws, who join existing artists Lane Simmons, Sarah Hurlburt, and Lindsay Breidenbach. A “closet painter” for most of her life, Shannon is best known for her creative work in writing and filmmaking alongside husband Randy Bacon. This exhibit showcases her love of acrylic, oil, watercolor, and collage work, accompanied by her personal writings. Shannon will contribute 20 percent of all work sold to S.T.A.N.D (Stop The Abuse Next Door, stand4justice.org/) and Project 61. (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 at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, continues to show original works by Award-Winning Artist Gavyn Sky. Gavyn’s unique paintings have an interactive and captivating quality that has art lovers across the country taking notice. “Art is so complex and yet so simple. We know when we are touched by something. You can feel it physically. My art is designed to create the same physical reaction in you.” – Gavyn Sky (417) 368-6966 www.reveladvertising.com

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., is a working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work. Enjoy 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., 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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