Enjoy exciting new shows, new venues, fantastic food & fabulous photography at the April 6 Walk

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NY Night at Fresh GalleryFirst Friday Art Walk is bursting with color, music, food and fun at 24 participating venues, 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the Downtown Arts District. View the April 2012 First Friday Art Walk Map or View the April 2012 First Friday Art Walk Newsletter for all the latest details.

Art Walk welcomes new sponsors The Hamels Foundation, Nomad and The Vision Clinic, all of which invite the public to join them for the April 6 Walk. The Hamels Foundation, located at 420 College St.  Ste. 164, welcomes visitors to College Station with a show of Artwork by Area K-12 Students. Nomad, located at 318 W. Walnut next to Flame, joins the
April Walk with local paintings, upcycled jewelry and lamps, graphic illustrations, and live music 7-9 p.m.  The Vision Clinic, located at 213 W Olive St. Ste. 101, just north of the square, celebrates its Art Walk sponsorship with a show by Artist Meganne Rosen O’Neal

Aegean Odyssey, a show by Photographer Carl James

Fabulous photography is busting out all over in April, and images on display span the globe: From the show Nigeria at MSU Center of International Programs, to Carl James’ Aegean Odyssey at Obelisk Home, and Todd Bertolaet and David Wharton: Photographs from the American South at MSU Brick City Gallery, visitors will enjoy a multicultural visual feast.

Photography fans will also enjoy Fine Art Photographer Elise Ellis in her amazing exploration of iPhoneography at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz; images by the Fordland Photogs: the young photographers of Fordland Middle School at Park Central Branch Library; and ongoing photography displays at Abundant Life Covenant Church, CaraDee Photography, Kiss My Gas Scooters and Randy Bacon Photography.


  • THE CREAMERY ARTS CENTER proudly hosts A Fortunate Inspiration, a art-performance-and-film presentation by the Central High School International Baccalaureate program.
  • FRESH GALLERY presents the Fresh Gallery 2012 Silent Auction.

    An image from Fifty for Fifty at Good Girl Art Gallery.

  • GOOD GIRL ART GALLERY  welcomes Fifty for Fifty, featuring 50 paintings by artist CindyPedigo for $50 each, all in celebration of her 50th birthday.  Sales of the paintings – images of Cindy’s native Ozarks region – will benefit art programs for underserved children through Community Partnerships.
  • PARK CENTRAL BRANCH LIBRARY presents the Big Read Iron Chef Cook-Off and the Edible Books Festival, both focused on The Big Read book: “The Maltese Falcon.”

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.

April 2012 Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square,  presents Photographer Nate Sims displaying images from his professional work titled: Life on the Water. Tyler Thrasher will display his Flame Test paintings, creating art LIVE and accepting commissions for his year-long “Commissioned Christmas” project to help those in need. Also check out Chris Wood’s abstract art/poetry series Where Are You?, Horse Power images by Harold Patterson and Spring images by Dr. Annette Wardell.  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.

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

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, proudly hosts A Fortunate Inspiration, a presentation of the Central High School International Baccalaureate Art, Film, Music and Theater departments, 6-9 p.m. April 6 during First Friday Art Walk. A Fortunate Inspiration is the result of a nine-month collaboration between the four departments and showcases student work as part of their International Baccalaureate curriculum and examinations. The collaboration began with a poem inspired by a fortune cookie, which became a film, which led to artwork, student musical compositions and finally a student-produced play. Enjoy artwork, live performances and a student film festival. (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 geometric works by Robert and marvelous landscapes by Deanna in large scale. 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 the Annual All Student Competitive Exhibition comprising student work from across the campus. Students may enter up to three works of art from any visual discipline and an independent juror will select pieces for the exhibition. Works include ceramics, design, drawing, fibers, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. The juror for this exhibition will be announced in the spring semester. April 6, 2012 – April 30, 2012 Opening Reception: Friday April 6, 6-9 pm. (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, presents Graduating Senior Artwork on display during the April 6 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 April 6 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 Silent Auction. Stop by Fresh during the April 6 Art Walk to bid on original paintings and prints, as well as jewelry, pottery, fiber art, and wood turning crafts, all donated by the Fresh artists. Proceeds go towards promotion of the artist-collective gallery. Seeking a one of a kind Mother’s Day gift? Fresh is the place for you.  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 Fifty for Fifty, featuring 50 paintings by artist Cindy Pedigo for $50 each, all in celebration of her 50th birthday. These paintings reflect images of the Ozarks and her experiences growing up and living her entire life here. The artist will donate her proceeds to benefit art programs for underserved children through Community Partnerships. A 1984 graduate of Drury University with a BA in art, Cindy went on to earn her master’s from Drury in 2010 in studio art and theory. “I want my art to be diverse and playful because I believe that creating, in its most basic form, is playing. The benefits in the process of art for children, the disabled and the elderly are endless and untapped. To enable and inspire others to create, for whatever reason, is my heartfelt goal.” (417) 865-7055 www.goodgirlartgallery.com Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

The Hamels Foundation, 420 College St., Ste. 164, is a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of children and giving them the tools to achieve their goals and is now an Art Walk sponsor! Join the Hamels Foundation in celebrating the April 6 Art Walk at College Station with A Variety of Artwork designed and produced by area elementary, middle and high schools students. A 501 (c) (3) organization founded by Philadelphia Phillies 2008 World Series MVP pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi, the foundation’s dual mission is to provide support for quality education in Springfield, Mo., and Philadelphia, Pa., communities, and to establish a school in Malawi, Africa. (417) 988-2369 www.thehamelsfoudation.org

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., is pleased to present Life’s Pieces: A collection of recycled metal and mixed media sculptures by CJ Art. Carol Chappell and Joan Gentry of CJ Art share a common interest and concern about the environment. They use recycled objects to create works of art which may be whimsical, humorous, elegant, nostalgic, or that make a social statement. According to Chappell and Gentry, part of the challenge of working with recycled materials is to be able to see and use these items in a totally new way. Enjoy the Opening Artists’ Reception during the April 6 Art Walk, meet artists Carol Chappell and Joan Gentry of CJ Art, and experience live music by guitarist Dale Augustson. (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. www.kissmygasscooters.com

Mercy R&D, 429 N. Boonville Ave., invites you to stroll into the Mercy R&D Gallery for some Spring Originals by Stephanie Cramer and Kat Allie. We feature the hottest local artists and display Mercy co-worker inspired medical device designs. www.mercyrnd.com (417) 831-1270.

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents Todd Bertolaet and David Wharton: Photographs from the American South, on display until April 27.  (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, is celebrating the country of Nigeria! Visit the Jim D. Morris Center to visit with our students from Nigeria and learn more about their amazing country. All evening long you can enjoy light refreshments and view amazing photos captured by Missouri State University’s study abroad students. This event is free and open to the public. (417) 836-3733 http://international.missouristate.edu

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., Will Be Closed for the April 6 Art Walk. Please visit the MSU Student Exhibition Center April 10 for the opening of the BFA in Studio Art Exhibition Group #1 display, which continues through April 21. (417) 836-6999 www.sec.missouristate.edu Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays and University holidays

NOMAD, 318 W. Walnut, invites you to enjoy local paintings, upcycled jewelry and lamps, graphic illustrations, and live music 7-9 p.m. Experience Nomad’s five micro-brand clothing lines, plus original purses, wallets, travel bags, jewelry, and one-off furniture. 417-559-9695

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Aegean Odyssey, a show by Photographer Carl James. “Sail with me to Ephesus and walk the Arcadian Way in the footsteps of Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. Journey to Delos, the home of the gods, to Crete, home of the Minoans, to Patmos, the island prison of John the Evangelist, and Santorini, the lofty city of bright blue roofs and snow white walls. Shop in the ancient Grand Bazaar of Istanbul. Stand with me on the Acropolis and marvel at the perfect architectural proportions of the Parthenon, and contemplate the birthplace of our Democracy.” — Carl James (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com

OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents Fine Art Photographer Elise Ellis. Elise Ellis grew up in the world of photography as the daughter of a Master Photographer. Working in traditional portraiture, she established a successful business of her own, Elise Ellis Photography, but about two years ago, feeling burned out with portraits, she put her professional gear on the shelf. That’s when she began to experiment with iPhoneography. ”In 2011, I began using the camera on the iPhone as my primary camera. As the camera on the iPhone has evolved, my love for iPhoneography has grown. I realized the best camera to have is the one you have with you at all times,” she said. Taking photos with the iPhone and processing the images with Apple apps including ScratchCam, Filter Mania, Filter Storm and Photo Toaster, Elise’s images are reproduced on metal, lending the image visual depth and luminosity. “iPhoneography challenges me. It pushes me to be a better photographer and artist,” Elise says. “When you take away all the fancy lenses, flash units, camera bodies, all you have left is your creativity, your vision, your skill in composition and in manipulating the light. iPhoneography is photography in the simplest form.” Enjoy Elise’s amazing images, plus special musical performances by OTC Fine Art students and refreshments. (417) 447-8873 Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Th; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. F; and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on First Fridays

Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, presents an evening of delicious activities focused on The Big Read bookThe Maltese Falcon,” by Dashiell Hammett, plus enjoy Photography by the Fordland Photogs, featuring the original work by students from Fordland Middle School. The Big Read Iron Chef Cook-Off, focusing on the cuisine of San Francisco, setting of “The Maltese Falcon.” At 7, enjoy the Edible Books Festival, with entries from June’s Cakery, Amy Cakes, Style By the Slice and last year’s winner, Stacey’s Sweets. Vote for your favorite, and then enjoy eating these delicious cakes that highlight the Big Read book title, “The Maltese Falcon.” (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 Everything is a Problem, a show by featured artist Daniel Zender. Enjoy the opening reception with free refreshments and music by The Eskimo Girls and Special Guests during the April 6 Art Walk. Daniel Zender is a Springfield-based freelance illustrator, designer and artist. Everything is a Problem showcases a variety of new work. In the past year, Daniel has been commissioned by New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Progressive, McSweeney’s and the Brown University Alumni Magazine. His poster work has been featured in international poster shows in Chicago, Mexico, Poland, France, China and more. In addition, Parables, a show of original works by Shannon Bacon, continues through April. Also, enjoy Art Demonstrations by Figment Gallery and Culture House artists Ashley Haws and Darlene Prater, and displays by Lane Simmons, Ben Sonner, Sarah Hurlburt and Lindsay Breidenbach. Information regarding free photography sittings with Randy Bacon will be available during Art Walk! (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., invites you to the opening reception for Recent Vessels and Sculptures, an exhibition of current work by Missouri artist and College of the Ozarks professor Jeff Johnston. A resident of Nixa, Jeff is a ceramic sculptor and potter who has shown his work in numerous international, national, and regional exhibitions. His work is in the collections of the Springfield Art Museum, the Daum Museum, Sedalia, Mo.; the Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; and several universities and private collections. Speaking of his work and influences, Jeff said, “I am interested in markers or objects that symbolize important places or the passage of time in our lives. In ancient Britain, people left piles of rocks or markers called cairns. The word ‘cairn’ has come to mean the markers used by surveyors as well as stacks of rocks left by hikers to mark a trail. My cairns record my personal journey and experiences.” Note: On Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jeff will give a demonstration workshop on throwing, altering and assembly as well as sculptural techniques and discussion on wood firing. The fee is $35 and space is limited. Pre-register at (417) 864-4677. www.springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

The Vision Clinic, 213 W Olive St., Ste. 101, celebrates its Art Walk Sponsorship with an Open House during the April 6 Art Walk featuring Artist Meganne Rosen O’Neal. A graduate of Drury University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in art history with minors in fine art, English and global studies, Meganne subsequently completed her Master’s Degree in Studio Art and Theory at Drury in 2011. She is now adjunct faculty in the department of art and design at Missouri State University. “My work is the result of a partnership between myself and the media I work with. I am a process artist; the process of painting and the direction the paint takes of its own accord have strong influence in the end result.” Meganne says. “As an intuitive formalist, I am not trying to tell you anything, nor am I particularly interested in expressing myself or anything else. My paintings are about form, material and the aesthetic value of color and texture. My only agenda is to create pleasing and interesting paintings. I hope you enjoy them.” A recent addition to the downtown scene, The Vision Clinic provides a full range of vision and eye-health services. (417) 862-3937 www.myvisionclinic.com

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