Kick off Artsfest Weekend with Art Walk May 4!

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Art from the OTC Fine Art Student Showcase Spring 2012

Art and creativity fill the historic heart of Springfield in May with First Friday Art Walk 6-10 May 4 and Artsfest on Walnut Street May 5 & 6.

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Art Walkers will enjoy an action-packed evening of art, music, food and culture in 26 participating venues in May, including brand new member RSVPaint, 420 S. Campbell, Ste. 1. In its Art Walk debut, RSVPaint features Artist and Painting Instructor Nick Widman painting live during the May 4 event. New sponsors Nomad and The Vision Clinic welcome visitors in May with Live Art and Live Music at Nomad and Artist Garrett Larson at The Vision Clinic.

Circle the globe with the Cinco de Mayo Celebration at MSU Center of International Programs, which includes a sampling of international foods, and Taiwanese artists Cheng-Syuan Liu and Thomas Cheong Kah Ho: Metal and Clay, at Springfield Pottery.

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See cutting edge work by local college students with the Fine Art Student Showcase at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, and a smorgasbord of senior shows throughout the Walk, including the Senior Capstone Exhibit at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, Graduating Senior Artwork at Evangel Bellwether Gallery, Ode to Dysfunction by MSU Senior Amy Byrum at Good Girl Art Gallery and BFA Senior Exhibitions at MSU Brick City Gallery and the MSU Student Exhibition Center. Also, don’t miss Megan Spree’s BFA Senior Exhibition in Photography, featured at MSU Center of International Programs’ Cinco de Mayo celebration.


CARADEE PHOTOGRAPHY presents From the Garden by Featured Artist Mark Gilmore, plus a donation drive for Resolution Reuse to benefit The Epilepsy Foundation and chair massages by P.E.A.C.E. Thru Massage.

DB DESIGN SALON & GALLERY presents Artist Karolyn Farrell in May.

Aquarius by Brad Noble

THE CREAMERY ARTS CENTER proudly presents The Art of Process: The Living Studio with renowned Artist Brad Noble.

HAWTHORN GALLERIES welcomes the magical realism of Dreamscapes: New Works by Sally Johnson.

NOMAD brings Live Music and Live Art to the May Walk with artists Nick Tarr and Mark Skidmore, among others.

OBELISK HOME presents a Silent Art Auction for the Humane Society, and the 6th Annual Drury University Bird House Auction for Habitat for Humanity.

RANDY BACON PHOTOGRAPHY brings live music, food and fun to College and Main with the 3rd Annual May Street Festival

SPRINGFIELD HOT GLASS STUDIO demonstrates the crafting of Venetian Vases during the May 4 Art Walk.

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.

May 2012 Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, presents Photographer Nate Sims’ Life on the Water, plus Tyler Thrasher’s 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, Office hours 9-4:30 p.m. M-F; Services 7:30 p.m. W, 10 a.m. Sun

Canvas, 315 South Avenue, presents Derek King in an evening of cabaret music upstairs with two shows, 7-8 and 9-10, during the May Art Walk. Canvas is designed to connect people relationally through the creative arts and to see the city transformed through Performances and Visual Art, Dance, Music and Writing. (417) 869-4138 Open on First Fridays and by appointment

CaraDee Photography Fine Art Portraits and Gallery, 305 E. Walnut, Ste. 109, has a lot going on in May! CaraDee presents featured artist Mark Gilmore with his collection From the Garden. In addition, Resolution Reuse has set up a temporary station for people to drop off donations to benefit The Epilepsy Foundation! With every donation of clothes, purses, belts, children’s toys, and anything else you may clean out of your closet, CaraDee Photography will give you a free session ($95 value). We will also have P.E.A.C.E. Thru Massage there giving chair massages! (417) 368-7341

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents a phenomenal art program that runs throughout the month of May. Don’t miss The Art of Process: The Living Studio with Artist Brad Noble, and enjoy The Creamery’s display of Brad’s work during the May 4 Art Walk. A month-long artist program, The Art of Process: The Living Studio will include some of Noble’s completed works, works in process, and a master class and discussion centered on the acclaimed Springfield artist. The Arts Library at The Creamery will effectively become Brad Noble’s studio for the duration. Contact SRAC for more information: (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 Karolyn Farrell, plus an ongoing show of digital paintings by Robert & Deanna Henion. DB Design also offers a unique collection of original 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 Senior Capstone Exhibition, featuring capstone projects of Drury seniors in the Department of Art & Art History who are pursuing BA degrees in Art History, Design Arts and Fine Arts. Enjoy the Reception & Departmental Distinction Awards Ceremony, 6-9 p.m. during the May 4 Art Walk. These projects summarize, from an individual perspective, the seniors’ years of study at Drury. Work for the Senior Capstone Exhibition includes ceramics, design, fibers, painting, photography and sculpture.(417) 873-7263 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

The Evangel University Bellwether Gallery, 600 W. College, Ste. 116, presents Graduating Senior Artwork on display during the May 4 Art Walk. (417) 865-2815, ext. 7258 Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. W-Sat

Farmers Gastropub, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 160, presents local artists creating and displaying their art. Eat, drink and visit with the artists while enjoying farm-to-table fare. Named “Best British Restaurant in the World” by The Telegraph. (417) 864-6994 Food service 11 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Th, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat , 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, presents A Show to Be Announced in May. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Ode To Dysfunction

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents two fabulous shows in May: Mortuary Series and Ode to Dysfunction. Mortuary Series is a show of photography by Sarah-Marie Elisabeth Land. “Walking into the environmental landscape of a mortuary can be a surreal experience,” Land says. “The space can at once be described as elegant and formal, yet sterile and haunting. In the American culture, the funeral home holds a strange melancholic stigma, a faux pas of sorts.” Through this series of photographs the artist seeks to investigate the space of the mortuary – the inorganic and the organic, the familiar and the strange. Ode to Dysfunction is a senior show by MSU Senior Amy Byrum. Amy reflects on her own family dynamics with this series of ink drawings. “The way people interact fascinates me,” Amy says. “We need people; we’re afraid to be alone. We long for connection. Yet at the same time, it’s amazing how we can mistreat each other, neglect our families, become self-absorbed, and overall oblivious to the needs of people we care about. I like exploring these topics, and calling attention to them, but I like doing so with an air of sarcasm and satire.” (417) 865-7055 Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sa

Bluebell Woods by Sally Johnson

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., is pleased to present Dreamscapes: New Works by Sally Johnson. A painter for over 40 years, local artist Sally Johnson’s work involves the stillness of isolated moments that take place in the mind. Her unique form of magical realism utilizes our memory, imagination, and intuition creating a dual sense of the familiar and the mysterious. Meet artist Sally Johnson and enjoy live music by guitarist Dale Augustson during the opening Artist Reception during Art Walk. (417) 866-6688 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!

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.

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents BFA Senior Exhibitions for students graduating from a variety of studio areas in the East Gallery; and Design Practicum students in the West Gallery. Included in the exhibitions are Samantha Bracht, Amanda Conner, Scarlett McCall, Greg Niemann, Sam Macpherson, Annie Lorenz, Tim Eickmeier, Tim Estes, Megan Johnson, Megan Spree and Justin Fleming. (417) 829-5092 Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and University holidays

MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, celebrates Cinco de Mayo. Visit the Jim D. Morris Center to immerse yourself in Latin American heritage and enjoy a sampling of international food. Our featured artist is Megan Spree. This is Ms. Spree’s BFA Senior Exhibition in photography. (417) 836-3733

Photography by Laura Rutter at MSU Student Exhibition Center

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., The Art and Design Department will feature the inventive art of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. Students involved in this exhibit showcase a number of mediums as they present their final show of their studies at Missouri State University. Participants are: Robert Cole, Photography; Kelsey Duncan, Drawing; David Fuentes, Photography; Tiffany Henson, Animation; Natalie Link, Drawing; Carissa Parks, Photography; Laura Rutter, Photography; and Stephen Shoge, Photography. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays and University holidays

Nomad, 318 W. Walnut next to Flame, features Live Music and Live Art during the May 4 Art Walk, including artists Nick Tarr and Mark Skidmore. Also, experience Nomad’s five micro-brand clothing lines, plus original purses, wallets, travel bags, jewelry, and one-off furniture. 417-559-9695

Hank by Crystal Moody, part of the Silent Art Auction benefiting the Humane Society at Obelisk Home

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents a pair of art auctions to benefit local charities the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri and Habitat for Humanity. A Silent Art Auction featuring original works donated by some of the area’s finest artists will raise funds for the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri. All proceeds will go to provide shelter and wellness for homeless pets, education and outreach. Obelisk also launches the 6th Annual Drury University Bird House Auction during the May 4 Art Walk, with proceeds benefiting the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The silent auction of these skillfully adorned birdhouses begins at the May 4 Art Walk andcontinues through the month of May. (417) 616-6488

OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents its Fine Art Student Showcase & Exhibition Spring 2012. Enjoy artwork from OTC Fine Art Students in Drawing I and II, Two Dimensional Design, Three Dimensional Design, Printmaking, and Painting I, plus live performances from students in Songwriting, Piano and Classical Guitar I and II, and the OTC Choir. Enjoy short one-act plays performed by Theater 101 students at 8:30 p.m., and see original short films, produced by OTC Electronic Media Production students, in the OTC Fine Art classrooms. Meanwhile, on the first floor of the Gillioz, OTC Fine Art Gallery presents photographs on aluminum from this year’s Storm Drain Reveal 2012 murals, which were designed and painted to raise awareness about clean water. 2012 muralists are Michele Ellison, Laura Lynch, Cassie Brasher, Kat Philbin, Jeanene Turney, Travis Burnbee, Joshua O’Byrne and Jessica West, Kayla Campbell, Anthony Weaver and Samantha Lowther. You can also see the images at Artsfest on Walnut Street. The Storm Drain Reveal 2012 is a project of James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) and the City of Springfield Department of Public Works. (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, invites you to the Library on the Square for First Friday Art Walk, a cultural happening in the Downtown Arts District. In May, see Art by Photographer Stephen Thompson, who specializes in black-and-white prints and Springfield-area subject matter. (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 the 3rd Annual May Street Festival, celebrating life in the community by highlighting local artists, businesses and non-profit organizations. Enjoy live music and free refreshments throughout the evening. Springfield Public Schools will showcase New Murals by Students plus a visual arts display within Randy Bacon Gallery. Booths by local business and non-profit organizations will be set up outside the Monarch Art Factory on College Street, including The Cup, Eurasia Café, 5 # Apparel, and Art Feeds, who will be bringing their art bus! Local artists, including the resident artists from Figment Gallery and Culture House will create works live, inspired by the evening’s activities. Join us as we enjoy downtown Springfield, and the people that have contributed to the growth and life of our city! Information regarding free photography sittings will be available during Art Walk, and art classes by Figment Gallery resident artists are enrolling for Summer 2012. (417) 868-8179 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, is proud to display 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

RSVPaint, 420 S. Campbell, Ste. 1, celebrates its very first First Friday Art Walk with an opening reception and live painting by Artist Nick Widman. A native Springfieldian, Nick holds a BA in studio art, painting and printmaking from the University of Arkansas. He has worked as a master printer and a studio manager in California at Art Explosion Studios, Poloto Art, Trillium Press, and Electric Works. Newly returned to the Springfield art scene, Nick is expressing his gift for teaching art as an instructor at RSVPaint. If you’re inspired by what you see at the Art Walk galleries, RSVPaint invites you to discover your own creative skills! RSVPaint offers painting classes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Bring a bottle of wine or your favorite beverage and enjoy an evening creating your own masterpiece with the help of a local artist! Relax, Sip, Visit & Paint! (417) 569-4492

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., demonstrates Venetian Vases in May. Springfield Hot Glass 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 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., presents Cheng-Syuan Liu and Thomas Cheong Kah Ho: Metal and Clay, an exhibition of current work by visiting Taiwan National University artists and students, Cheng-Syuan Liu and Thomas Cheong Kah Ho. Cheng-Syuan Liu is a third-year graduate student in the Contemporary Jewelry Design program at Taiwan National University of the Arts in Tainan, Taiwan. She is a 25-year-old jeweler who grew up in Taipei. While she is trained as a metalsmith and works with the precision of a traditional jeweler, much of her work is made using bright-colored plastics. Her bright, playful kinetic earrings, which will be exhibited at Springfield Pottery, are inspired by medical technology. Thomas Cheong Kah Ho is a graduate student from Tainan University and comes from Singapore. He is a clay artist whose work is a re-interpretation of ancient pottery vessels and primitive techniques as imagined spaces in visions of the future. (417) 864-4677. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

The Vision Clinic, 213 W Olive St., Ste. 101, presents Artist Garrett Larson for the May Art Walk. With a background in architecture, urban planning and fine art, Garrett is completing a Fine Art Certificate in mixed media this year at the Kansas City Art Institute, and he is currently spearheading a social enterprise art gallery, Grapple Fine Art, in Kansas City. Garrett approaches reality by way of fantasy, creating works that evoke whimsy while examining life’s many questions and concerns. Select works by Garrett have been exhibited in Kansas City and Springfield, and other pieces are in private collections in Las Vegas, Charleston, Austin, and Kansas City. Good vision meets artistic vision at The Vision Clinic. (417) 862-3937

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