Art Walk welcomes fall in 31 venues in September!

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Fall is in the air and First Friday Art Walk is invigorated by the change of seasons with art experiences for all in 31 participating venues, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. View the September 2012 First Friday Art Walk Map to plan your personal Art Walk experience.

Headstock by Mary Hamilton

New member Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., breaks onto the downtown arts scene in September with Artwork by Five Local Artists: Mary Hamilton, Ann Meese, Alicia Farris, Maneesh Anand and John Payne. Enjoy art and music in Springfield Brewing Company’s beautiful display space, plus check out their menu of great food and unique beverages!

A “must-see” event this month is Obelisk Home’s show: Painting Hope with Gavyn Sky a fundraising art event to benefit children’s hospitals. Award winning artist Gavyn Sky and local creative group the Art Renegades have been working with St. Jude patients and their siblings to create 30 one-of-a–kind works of art. Enjoy this incredible show and bid up to support kids!

As the Crow Flies, by Melissa J. Szymanski

Art Walk’s university-sponsored galleries reopen for the fall season with MART: After Five at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery; works by world-renowned surrealist painter and illustrator Rafal Olbinski at MSU Brick City;  a focus on The Country of India at MSU Center of International Programs; The Ozarks Celebration Festival: a Retrospective Exhibit, Celebrating 15 Years of Memories at MSU Student Exhibition Center; and Taking Flight, a show by Artist Melissa J. Szymanski, Best in Show winner of Art Walk’s 2011 Art Contest and Exhibit, at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz.

Finally, First Friday Art Walk will hold its Second Art Walk Art Contest and Exhibit in September and October. Details, and entry forms, will be available on Aug. 27. More to come!


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  • ART INSPIRED presents Art by Justin Gaults and other area artists
  • THE CREAMERY ARTS CENTER presents Caught My Eye, a member invitational exhibition
  • HAWTHORN GALLERIES presents The Essence of Nature & Earth: New Works by Dale Augustson.
  • TAG MEDIA and UNIVERSITY PLAZA team up for Art Walk Live!
  • THE VISION CLINIC presents Artist Brian Condon of The Design Element

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.

September 2012 Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, presents a special Back to School Show! Students from area colleges and universities will be displaying photography and art work, including Photography by College of the Ozarks’ Ethan White; pages from the anime graphic novel project “Ignoxyl” by Missouri State University’s Tyler Thrasher; word pictures by Patricia Frater; and photography by Nathan Wood, Jon Wood and Rebekah Clark. 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

Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, proudly presents Art by Justin Gaults and other area artists in September. “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

Art by Nathan Curry

Canvas, 315 South Avenue, presents Featured Artist Nathan Curry in September, plus new folk music by the Hunt Brothers. Nathan is owner of Curry’s Hotrods, a renowned custom paint shop. The winner of numerous awards who has been spotlighted in magazine features and TV appearances, Nathan has worked exclusively with an airbrush for the past 15 years specializing in motorcycles and automotive graphic design and paint. According to Curry, “the main goal of Curry’s Hotrods is to provide exceptional custom paint using the highest quality paints and materials available.” Curry is exploring new media with his current exhibition of vintage plane pin up designs.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 Caught My Eye, a member invitational exhibition with a public opening reception during First Friday Art Walk. Caught My Eye features selected works from eight two-dimensional artists and two three-dimensional artists. These artists were selected by the SRAC Visual Arts Committee from SRAC’s Annual Member Show in June, which is open to all SRAC members. Featured artists include Angel Brame, Nancy Brown, Doug Erb, Alexander Christian Gottman, Susan Neese, Aimee Odum, Randy Russell, Deborah Wilson and Frank Young. (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 A Show to Be Announced in September. 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., presents MART: After Five during the Sept. 7 Art Walk. “MART” has deeper meaning beyond its use as a digital acronym for Drury’s 5-year-old summer master’s degree program in studio art. To its current participants – faculty and students – MART is a supportive community of committed artists similarly engaged in the art-making process. The works in this exhibition began with a compelling idea – compelling enough to create for it a “real” form in order that it might be contemplated and possibly understood. The willingness to experiment, so central to MART, is manifest in the diversity of qualities and intentions one can observe in these collected artifacts. (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 Photographer Carl James for the Sept. 7 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 Sept. 7 Art Walk. 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, presents Featured Artists Karla Breeding Trammell and Alicia Farris in September. Karla, a founding member of Fresh Gallery, grew up in the East Central Arkansas Delta. A bachelor of fine art graduate of the University of Arkansas, Trammell moved to Springfield in 1994. She has had several one-woman shows of her two-dimensional art, receiving national recognition in Washington, D.C., through Business and Professional Women USA. In 2000 she expanded into three-dimensional works with her original jewelry. Most recently, Karla’s painting Aspen III was chosen for Watercolor USA 2012 at the Springfield Art Museum. Aspen III received a juror’s cash award and was purchased by the Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Bolivar for its permanent collection. Alicia Farris received her bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and has studied with various renowned artists. In 1993, Alicia, her husband and their two children moved to Springfield where she found the beauty of the Ozarks to be enticing subject matter for her watercolors and acrylic paintings. Farris notes, “I always have one hand on my camera, especially when in a crowd. I’m not looking to go home and paint someone’s portrait; rather, I love to try and recreate an emotion and an imagined personality of an unfamiliar subject.” While her works has qualities of realism, she is often more driven by the use of color and light than strictly by form. Alicia is currently a member of Springfield Regional Arts Council, Springfield Visual Arts Alliance, Missouri Watercolor Society, signature member of St. Louis Watercolor Society, Springfield Plein Air, and is a Juried member of Best of Missouri Hands. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

GoodGirlArtGallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Future Ghosts by Megan Frauenhoffer. “My art explores emotions that hide between reality and the subconscious. I am interested in the particular emotional moments that become their own entity, taking control and shaping our being,” Megan says. “My prints and drawings illustrate different reveries reflecting on the effects of awkwardness, confusion, anger, grief, and loneliness. These moments of reflection are infused with fantastical tales culturally embedded from our childhoods. I use folktale allusions to connect to wider understanding of struggle and growth as well as reinvent the story’s outcome. Within these new phantasms, animals, spirits, doppelgangers, anthropomorphic figures, hybrid monsters, and heroic figures collide. Often in the series, a metamorphosis occurs that empowers or overwhelms the figure. The use of creatures alludes to the individual’s subconscious impulses and the primal animal nature in all of us.” (417) 865-7055 Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., is pleased to present The Essence of Nature & Earth: New Works by Dale Augustson. In his fourth annual solo exhibition, Augustson continues his exploration of the natural world through mixed media and evolving techniques. “Life doesn’t stand still or remain the same. It isn’t static; it’s alive. It is up to me, the artist, to continue to learn, experiment and grow and try to keep pace with the world around me as well as what is happening in my heart and mind. To be able to create an image or impression of what I feel and see around me is my challenge.” Enjoy the opening artist reception during Art Walk Sept. 7 with live music by harpist Darice Augustson. (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 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 Youth. 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, MSU Brick City Galleries is exhibiting paintings, drawings, and posters by world-renowned surrealist painter and illustrator Rafal Olbinski. Mr. Olbinski’s work frequently appears on the covers of Time and Newsweek magazines, and has been awarded several prestigious prizes, including having been chosen for the official New York City Capitol of the World poster. Mr. Olbinski resides in New York City. View his works at 829-5092 Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and University holidays

MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, in the Jim D. Morris Center,features The Country of India in September. Experience the world’s art, food and culture at the Center of International Programs each Art Walk! (417) 836-3733

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents The Ozarks Celebration Festival: a Retrospective Exhibit, Celebrating 15 Years of Memories. Artists will be showcasing their works of traditional art and craftsmanship. These pieces will represent the unique culture and heritage of those who settled the Ozarks region. The exhibition begins with First Friday Art Walk and runs through Sept. 22. An Artists’ Reception will be held 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. (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 and Live Music for the September Art Walk. Enjoy work by Artist Kathie Ryan Garcia and see JaMarie McElvain make a light box live. 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 Painting Hope with Gavyn Sky. Founded in 2011, Painting Hope with Gavyn Sky is a not-for-profit project that raises funds for local and national children’s hospitals. Award winning artist Gavyn Sky and local creative group, the Art Renegades, have been working with St. Jude patients and their siblings to create 30 one-of-a–kind works of art that are as unique as they are beautiful. Each child was given a canvas on which to tell their story. The children began the painting process and Gavyn completed it in his unique style. Sky’s passion for this project is one that has been building for years. “Losing my mother to cancer was the most tragic thing I’ve ever been through, and even worse, there was nothing I could do to help her,” said Sky. “These kids have their whole lives ahead of them. Maybe, with the healing power of art, I can help them in more ways than one.”
The September Art Walk will be an evening of art, beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and treats for the kids. 100 percent of all proceeds benefit both St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Mercy Hospital’s Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center. The paintings will be available for purchase on Sept. 7 and those not sold will be on display and available for purchase through Sept. 28. Minimum bids will start at $500; Buy It Now pricing is $3,000. Out-of-state bidders or those who cannot attend the event may call and place their bids with Obelisk Home. (417) 616-6488

OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents Taking Flight, a show by Artist Melissa J. Szymanski. “Creating colored pencil drawings is a slow and intentional process which lends itself to very tight and controlled representational artwork,” Szymanski says. “In working on the drawings for Taking Flight, I have tried to push my boundaries with the medium and break out of that “pigeon hole.” The result is a series of looser drawings that I cut out and rearranged, giving them a very sculptural quality.” Szymanski’s work was honored as Best in Show during the Art Walk 10th Anniversary Art Contest and Exhibit held at OTC Fine Art Gallery in October 2011. Entry forms for the 2012 Anniversary Art Contest and Exhibit are available Aug. 27 at “Taking Flight relates to my experience of growing up and finding my way in the real world. Regardless of my age, I’m leaving the nest behind, and learning to fly, even if it’s upside down,” Szymanski says. “In my newfound freedom, I am questioning my participation in my own life. Will I be an active participant in determining my own destiny or an innocent bystander just sitting back and watching the events unfold? Will I fly or will I fall? My question for you as the viewer is simply this: ‘Will you follow?’” (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 Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with art and music during the Sept. 7 first Friday Art Walk. (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., continues its 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. (417) 368-6966

RSVPaint, 420 S. Campbell, Ste. 1, features Works by Local Artists including acrylic paintings by Derek Crouch, Sherri Fidler, Gillian Moore and Nick Widman. RSVPaint also invites you to Create Your Own Masterpiece during the September Art Walk. For just $10 (cash only), you can try your hand at painting a small acrylic canvas, all materials provided! Seating is limited, so get there early. RSVPaint offers painting classes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Bring a bottle of wine, beer or your favorite beverage and enjoy creating your own masterpiece with the help of a local artist! Come paint with us! (417) 569-4492

Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., makes its Art Walk debut in September with Artwork by Five Local Artists: Mary Hamilton, Ann Meese, Alicia Farris, Maneesh Anand and John Payne. Enjoy the Brewing Company’s new display space, and check out their great menu and variety of unique beverages. 417-832-8277

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., features The Artistry of Gabe Bloodworth during the Sept. 7 Art Walk. Fresh from his latest stint as a glassblower-at-sea on an international cruise line, Gabe brings his newest techniques home to Springfield Hot Glass Studio. 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 Artist Brian Condon of The Design Element. An award-winning artist with a BFA from Missouri State University, Condon says, “My work is an expression of our relationship with nature and mankind’s continuing struggle with inequality. A fusion of three-dimensional elements and expressive color are hallmarks of my designs. My goal is to achieve a meaningful result in an understandable way.” Good vision meets artistic vision at The Vision Clinic. (417) 862-3937

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