Art Walk features Bloody Battle of the Bands, welcomes new member Art Inspired in August

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Don’t let the hot, dry days of summer get you down! Drink deeply from the cool, refreshing fountain of creativity that is First Friday Art Walk 6-10 p.m. Aug. 3 in 24 participating venues. View the August 2012 First Friday Art Walk Map to plan your route! To get a preview of the art and activities, View the August 2012 First Friday Art Walk Newsletter

The First Friday excitement begins in the afternoon with the 4th Annual Bloody Battle of the Bands at Jordan Valley Park, a contest for life savers and music makers in support of Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. The area’s best teen bands will compete for the grand prize: eight hours of recording studio time at Studio 2100. Concertgoers will vote for their favorite bands and for the brand new category of solo singer/songwriter. Each band set is 20 minutes; solo sets, in between bands, are 8 to 10 minutes. Only those who register to donate blood can vote. One band will triumph … but hundreds of lives will be saved in the Ozarks. Every blood drive participant gets a free T-shirt, food, a swag bag with 2-for-1 entry into the Skinny Improv and 1984, entry into several raffles, and a free concert! The blood drive begins at 2 p.m.; bands start at 3; the event ends at 8. Be sure to stop in as you visit nearby Art Walk venues The CreameryArtsCenter and UniversityPlaza!

Art Walk also welcomes a brand new member, Art Inspired, at 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio. Art Inspired is a document disposal and paper recycling business that turns paper pulp into art and other marketable items. Art Inspired debuts on the Art Walk Aug. 3 with Know Me for My Ability, featuring works by local artists with disabilities. Be sure to welcome Art Inspired to the Downtown Arts District!


  • ABUNDANT LIFE COVENANT CHURCH presentsPhotographer Nate Sims’ Standing in Awe and Tyler Thrasher’s anime graphic novel project, Ignoxyl
  • FRESH GALLERY showcases The Craftsmanship of Carl Huser and The Fine Art of Debbie Reed in August
  • RANDY BACON PHOTOGRAPHY presents an art exhibit by Evangel Art Professor David Bigelow
  • REVEL ADVERTISING presents Gavyn Sky’s new exhibit, Evolution REVELution, plus summer cocktails provided by Crown Valley Winery
  • SPRINGFIELD HOT GLASS STUDIO features the metal sculptures of Local Artist Nick Willet
  • TAG MEDIA and UNIVERSITY PLAZA team up for Art Walk Live!


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.

August 2012 Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, presents Photographer Nate Sims’ display of landscape images from his travels titled Standing in Awe. Also, Tyler Thrasher will display pages from his anime graphic novel project titled Ignoxyl. Come check out this uniquely beautiful art form. Experience Chris Wood’s abstract art, as well as images by Dr. Annette Wardell and Harold Patterson. Plus, 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

Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, debuts on the Art Walk with Know Me for My Ability, featuring works by local artists with disabilities. “We at Art Inspired are dedicated to making a difference in our community as well as in our environment. Through paper received through our document disposal service, we are able to recycle our paper pulp into various pieces of art as well as other marketable items. Our recycled paper products are visibly created in our store and available for purchase. In addition, we are proud to offer an integrated work environment to people of all abilities. We support our art community by displaying local works of art and also offer a classroom space for a hands-on experience. 417-868-8077 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat

Canvas, 315 South Avenue, presents Derrick Devonne King singing songs inspired Artworks by Keenan Scott in two shows at 7 and 8:30 p.m. respectively.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, creates amazing works of art on an everyday basis. 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, presents the Growing Up in the Arts photo exhibit. Growing Up in the Arts is a program designed to instill cultural and academic confidence and a lifetime appreciation for the arts in at-risk youth. The program balances hands-on exposure to various art forms and opportunities to enjoy live performances, art galleries and concerts. Growing Up in the Arts is a collaborative effort that includes Springfield Little Theatre, SRO Lyric Theatre, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Claymobile, the Moxie Cinema, Missouri Spoken Word Poetry and professional teaching artists.(417) 862-ARTS (2787) 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 Featured Artist Carl James. Visitors will also experience the Art of Karolyn Farrell, plus an ongoing show of digital paintings by Robert & Deanna Henion, on its freshly exposed brick walls. 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., Will Be Closed for the August Art Walk. The Gallery rejoins Art Walk in September. (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 A Show to Be Announced for the Aug. 3 Art Walk. (417) 865-2815, ext. 7258 Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. W-Sat

Farmers Gastropub, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 160, presents Artist Bill Baunach Sketching Live during the Aug. 3 Art Walk. Also, Joni Rae Latham will also be creating henna tattoos at the pub. Farmers Gastropub is a great place to start or end your First Friday Art Walk with a burger and a pint! 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, showcases The Craftsmanship of Carl Huser and The Fine Art of Debbie Reed during the Aug. 3 Art Walk. Carl Huser, known for his fascinating woodturning creations, has spent more than 60 years perfecting his passion. His interest developed as a young boy and it was nurtured by an old German woodworker named Bruno. Working in a medium that reveals the beauty of years – even centuries – under his craftsman’s touch gives Carl a sense of satisfaction. Carl often salvages native wood from burn piles and landfills. Working with wood, he says, provides “a respite like none other.” Carl’s pieces, including bowls and vases, display a high level of craftsmanship and are at home in the simplest, and the most luxurious, settings. Debbie Reed, a native of Lubbock, Texas, who has made her home in Joplin for the last 25 years, is an artist working in watercolor, oils and mixed media. Debbie received her RN and BSN from the University of Nebraska, and then pursued her creative instincts to a degree in studio art from Missouri Southern State University. Debbie shares life’s joys and wonders, as well as its sorrows and pains, through watercolors and oil. However, it is mixed-media projects that she enjoys most. Watercolor collages with unusual texture and creative themes are a hallmark of Debbie’s award-winning work. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

GoodGirlArtGallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, welcomes back Wisconsin Jewelry Artist Ali Kauss. “Jewelry is my form of communication. Each piece is unique. Expressing individuality and grace, while providing a sense of enjoyment and a feeling of nobility, my pieces are created as a celebration of life and the natural world,” Ali says. “Leaves. Sticks in a pile. Vines twisting, ferns spiraling outward. A hole in the ground. Ripples across water. The swirls of an ocean tide, wrinkles and ridges of tree bark. Circles, spirals and ovals. A bird’s nest, an egg. My jewelry echoes these images and is a vehicle for connecting to the magic of Nature. The pieces are symbolic manifestations of prayer, a record of my involvement, observation and attachment to organic life forms. My passion for metalsmithing is a ceremonious act and the ceremony continues each time the pieces are worn.” (417) 865-7055 Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., continues its fabulous show Painting Time: New Works by Tim Breaux in August. While Tim Breaux is primarily a studio painter who focuses on Midwest regionalism, he also devotes a large portion of his time to painting plein air in Missouri, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. It is these forays to the deserts and mountains each year that have inspired this solo exhibition. (417) 866-6688 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat

The HistoryMuseum for Springfield-GreeneCounty, 155 Park Central Square, invites you to enjoy Springfield-Greene County history and heritage with The Fabulous Fifties in August and September. Free admission during Art Walk! (417) 864-1976

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, Will Be Closed for the August Art Walk. Brick City will re-open in September with a fun and fabulous exhibition of paintings by internationally acclaimed magical-realist illustrator Rafel Obinsky (417) 829-5092 Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and University holidays

MSUCenter of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, in the Jim D. Morris Center, Will Be Closed for the August Art Walk. (417) 836-3733

MSUStudentExhibitionCenter, 838 E. Walnut St., Will Be Closed for the July and August Art Walks. The Gallery rejoins Art Walk in September. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays and University holidays

Nomad, 318 W. Walnut next to Flame, presents Live Art with artists Taylor Baker and Claire Baker photographing moving paint splatter. Live music at Nomad features the amazing band The Western Paradise. Featured artists include Jasmine Jones, Kasim Patton and Jasmine Honer, an extremely talented high school student. Also, 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 Color and Perspective by Jenny McGee. “Beginning with early lessons in the discipline of good design and abstractions of water and light, I have a single conviction: Nothing is so wretched that it cannot be redeemed by art. I rework castaway fabrics into kaleidoscopes of social commentary, or rescue thrown away doors and windows and use them to frame paintings as simple as a line of four poppies and as complex as detailed mountainscapes. By turning my studio into a personal wellness center, I release my energy on my cancer and recovery. It’s trauma recycled; hope reclaimed.” – Jenny McGee (417) 616-6488

OTCFineArtGallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, Will Be Closed for the August Art Walk. The Gallery rejoins Art Walk in September. (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 visitors to view Mixed-Media Paintings by Ozark native Ashley L. Byers. Her current work focuses on her close relationship with her sister and her childhood experiences with mental illness and divorce. (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 an art exhibit by Evangel Art Professor David Bigelow. A native of Michigan with a BFA and MFA in printmaking and drawing from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Bigelow’s etchings and drawings explore the profound in the mundane, and the obscure in the obvious, using humor to communicate truth. “Bigelow’s work is a pure delight to see – with simple designs often depicting animal or vegetable characters. He conveys such depth and fun in his art, easily evoking laughter. David’s art comes from the heart of a very sincere, kind, and friendly person,” says Jenny Brough of the Michigan Artists Guild. (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 present Gavyn Sky’s new exhibit, Evolution REVELution, combining a multitude of his best techniques with a whole new world of inspiration. Enjoy summer cocktails provided by Crown Valley Winery while viewing Gavyn’s work that reveals an unparalleled depth of passion and energy. (417) 368-6966

RSVPaint, 420 S. Campbell, Ste. 1, invites you to see Live Painting by Artist Sherri Fidler during the August First Friday Art Walk. Sherri has taught art classes with Springfield Public Schools for six years, as well as painting classes at RSVPaint since its opening this spring. While acrylic painting comprises most of her portfolio, she has also been experimenting with mixed media and sculpture. RSVPaint offers painting classes for adults 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. Come paint with us! (417) 569-4492

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., features the metal sculptures of Local Artist Nick Willet during the Aug. 3 Art Walk. Nick is a frequent collaborator with the artists at Springfield Hot Glass and his work reflects a strong interest in botanical forms. Springfield Hot Glass is a working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work, Springfield Hot Glass offers 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., is a fine craft gallery and community clay center that features examples of fine craft by over 45 local, regional and national artists. (417) 864-4677. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

TAG Media, 334 E. Walnut, and University Plaza invite you to Art Walk Live! Enjoy live music, local art and a TAG Magazine Release Party each First Friday. Shuttle service provided from UP to TAG Media. (417) 501-8605

University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 333 John Q. Hammons Parkway, in partnership with member TAG Media, presents Art Walk Live. Kick off your Art Walk at University Plaza with Featured Artists Nancy Bryant, Elizabeth Chapman, Stephanie Cramer and John Payne, plus live local music, live art, live food demonstrations, Springfield Brewing Co. beers and infused cocktails in Springfield’s classiest atrium. When you’re ready to continue your Art Walk, jump on the UP shuttle to TAG Media HQ for live music, art and the monthly magazine release party. You’ll be right at the heart of the action to continue your night; then catch the shuttle back to UP to pick up your car. (417) 864-7333

The Vision Clinic, 213 W Olive St., Ste. 101, presents A Show to be Announced for the August Art Walk. Good vision meets artistic vision at The Vision Clinic. (417) 862-3937

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