First Friday Art Walk presents a winter wonderland of lights, art, live music, shopping and more Dec. 7

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Fraught With Implication - by Brian Mooney at Kiss My Gas Scooters

Fraught With Implication – by Brian Mooney at Kiss My Gas Scooters

As the last of the leaves fall, downtown Springfield is transformed into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, festive feasts, holiday shopping, live entertainment and art, art, ART! View the December 2012 First Friday Art Walk Map to plan your personal Art Walk experience or View the December 2012 First Friday Art Walk Newsletter for a sneak preview of the art.

Wrap up in your warmest wear and venture downtown for inspiring light displays, original art, live music, live theater and more in First Friday Art Walk’s 28 participating venues, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 7. Among the highlights:

The Creamery Arts Center presents Objects of Desire, an exhibition of mixed media and functional pieces sponsored by Dianne Elizabeth Osis of Springfield Business Journal.

Art from The Back of Beyond by Vanessa Woods at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery presents The Back of Beyond, a solo exhibition including photographs and films by San Francisco artist Vanessa Woods.

The Evangel University Bellwether Gallery presents Famous Last Words, featuring themed student artwork.

Share the spirit of giving at Fresh Gallery, which features a special selection of smaller pieces perfect for gift giving in its show Small Art for a Big Christmas.

The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County debuts an exciting new display, Sun, Sports and Summer Fun: A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Springfield-Greene County Parks in December.

History Museum Park exhibit1MSU Center of International Programs invites you to enjoy Christmas around the Globe. Visit with International Students about their Holiday traditions, and enjoy free cookies and drinks.

OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz provides an arts extravaganza with the 5th Annual Fine Art Student Showcase Fall Exhibition 2012.

Art from My Imaginary Friends at Good Girl Art Gallery

Park Central Branch Library presents Nazi Souvenir-Photography and the Holocaust: Drawing the Banality of Evil by Jacek Fraczak.

Join Randy Bacon Studio & Gallery for A Comfy Christmas Gala, with live Christmas music and cookies, artists and vendors offering original gifts.

See Springfield Hot Glass Studio artists magically transform glass into brilliant, one-of-a-kind Christmas Ornaments in live glassblowing demonstrations.

Looking for the perfect gift for Hanukkah or Christmas? Springfield Pottery invites you to its Annual Artists in Residence Holiday Show and Sale.

Neon Gasp-by Daniel Flodin at University Plaza

Neon Gasp-by Daniel Flodin at University Plaza

UniversityPlaza holds an artists’ reception for its latest fine art collection, featuring works by Daniel Flodin, Mary Hamilton, Brian Mooney, Justin Gault, Carl Glasemeyer and John Payne.

Among the special events in December, don’t miss The Gillioz Theatre’s new event, First Friday Live, an art show and concert featuring painter/animator Cameron Thomas and the electronic hip hop of J-None. Doors open at 8 p.m. and music begins at 9:30. The concert is free for age 21 and up; $3 for under 21.

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.

December 2012 Gallery Guide

Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, presents Winter Photography by Chris Wood and Dr. Annette Wardell and Ornaments in the Sky: Hot Air Balloon Images by Harold Patterson. 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, will be Closed to the General Public for a Private Event during the Dec. 7 Art Walk. “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 A Show to Be Announced for the December 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

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents Objects of Desire, an exhibition of mixed media and functional pieces. Artists are invited to submit pieces in the media of their choice: a painted lamp, table, door and other mixed media assemblages will be right at home in this exhibition. Two-dimensional work must be ready to hang and three-dimensional display work must be planned with SRAC. All work must be dropped off at The Creamery Arts Center on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Objects of Desire is the brainchild of Dianne Elizabeth Osis, of the Springfield Business Journal, and Stephanie Cramer, of Springfield Regional Arts Council. “Objects of Desire” is a follow-up to a 2010 exhibition titled “Open Doors at the Creamery” which incorporated door-themed works of art. SRAC is dedicated to providing artists opportunities in the community. SRAC will receive a 25% commission on all works sold at Objects of Desire. For inquiries or to make a submission, please contact SRAC at (417) 862-ARTS (2787) or Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays

DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, presents Acrylics by Stevia Bonebrake in December, plus ongoing displays of oils by Karolyn Farrell and photography by Carl James. DB Design also offers a unique collection of original pottery by Cheryl Matlock, Julia Schaefer, John Ehlers, Katrina Stevens, George Milne and Duane Bone. (417) 864-4343

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents The Back of Beyond: Works by Vanessa Woods through Jan. 28, 2013. A solo exhibition, including photographs and films by San Francisco artist Woods, The Back of Beyond explores fictive universes that push the boundaries of the narrative form. As a photographer and 16mm filmmaker, Woods is interested in the relationship between static and dynamic images, and how both can generate spaces in which new systems can be imagined. Many of her films use her black-and-white photographs as source material, wherein the photographic document is relied on partly as an object of truth, and partly as an infinitely malleable image-base. The flux between the still and moving image allows narratives to continually develop and provides a means for examining conceptual relationships between photography, time, symbols and memory. Drawing from surrealism, Woods’ work transforms “real space” through extensive manipulation and layering that includes re-photography, collage, sewing and multiple exposures in-camera. These processes catalyze unexpected chances that allow her to further investigate facets of symbolism, memory and dream. (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 Famous Last Words for the Dec. 7 Art Walk. This show features student work, some of which responds to the theme of “Famous Last Words,” given the interest in the Mayan Calendar coming to an end in December 2012. (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 Dec. 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 Small Art for a Big Christmas during the Dec. 7 Art Walk.   Art can be the most meaningful gift one can give without spending a fortune.  Beginning First Friday, Dec 7 and running until the end of December,  Fresh Art Gallery will be showcasing a collection of small, affordable art works  including handmade jewelry, sculptures in clay or wood, and prints and originals in various mediums.  So, make a big Christmas for your loved ones and friends with a small piece of art from Fresh Art Gallery! Fresh is a cooperative gallery operated by regional artists and sponsored by the Springfield Regional Arts Council. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. T-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during Art Walk

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents My Imaginary Friends, a show by Artist William Harmon. A local Springfield artist working in ceramics and fiber arts, Harmon creates imaginative sculptural pieces and intricate embroidery work. He holds a BFA in ceramics from MSU, and an MFA in fiber art from KU. My Imaginary Friends showcases a continuing theme of blending fantasy and reality. Harmon is influenced by many sources, among them, Latin American art, particularly the paintings of Frida Kahlo, plus children’s literature, traditional quilting and needlework, and Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante. In his own words, “I hope my art provides a certain sense of nostalgia, a narrative quality and yes, a sense of whimsy.” (417) 865-7055 Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., showcases a fresh and ever-changing selection of original artworks, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and jewelry. Exhibitions rotate approximately every month, with a constant inventory of gallery favorites on hand at all times. (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, presents Sun, Sports and Summer Fun: A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Springfield-Greene County Parks. Take a step back in time and see how our parks have contributed to the community and its people for over 100 years. Enjoy amazing images and artifacts of sports, picnics, boating, playgrounds, wild animals, camps, caves, springs, ice skating, lakes, swimming, amusement rides and skating rinks.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 Art by Stephen Craig, John Payne, Brian Mooney and Amber Dougan, 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, present Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibitions, during the Dec. 7 First Friday Art Walk. (417) 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,featuresChristmas around the Globe. Visit with International Students about their Holiday traditions, and enjoy free cookies and drinks. The Center of International Programs brings a new international experience to each monthly Art Walk! (417) 836-3733

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents the art of four students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. The exhibit starts on Tuesday, Nov. 27, with a closing reception 6-10 p.m. during the Dec. 7 First Friday Art Walk. Students involved in this exhibit will showcase a number of media as they present the final show of their studies at Missouri State University.  Participating artists are Jessica Kiel, Photography; Katie Piatt, Fabric and Mixed Media Installation; Kerra Taylor, Sculpture and Painting; and Sarah Wolken, Painting. (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 Dec. 7 Art Walk, plus a Silent Art Auction and exciting new arrivals from Europe and the South Pacific! 417-559-9695

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Primal Fusion: The art of T.D. Scott “My work reveals a passionate exploration of primitive cultures and the interpretive documentation of my artistic journey. Organic forms, colors and textures define my style and ground my expression. This body of work is called primal fusion. It portrays an ancient art form presented in a modern medium; pigment and carving translated in glass powder and frit. The element of fire intrigues and seduces me throughout this exploration in fused glass.” ­— T.D. Scott (417) 616-6488

OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents the 5th Annual Fine Art Student Showcase Fall Exhibition 2012, featuring artwork from Fall 2012 Ozarks Technical Community College Fine Art Students, live music, live theatrical performance and more. Highlighted Visual Art classes are Drawing I, Two Dimensional Design, and Painting I. Live performances throughout the evening include Songwriting, Piano and Classical Guitar I students, as well as the our OTC Vocal Performers. Theater 101 students will be performing original short one act plays beginning at 8:30pm. Come celebrate the creativity and talent of OTC students this semester! We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the beautiful work they have created and all the hard work they have accomplished. Also, come stick a wish in our wish wall before the holiday break! Special refreshments will be served. All are invited! (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 experience Nazi Souvenir-Photography and the Holocaust: Drawing the Banality of Evil by Jacek Fraczak. In a series of nine pen-and-inking drawings, Polish artist and Missouri State University assistant professor of art and design Jacek Fraczak utilizes the personal photos of a Wehrmacht soldier to convey the viewpoints of Holocaust victims. Don’t miss the First Friday Art Talk at 6 p.m., when Fraczak will discuss the photographs and drawings for his display, with a musical prelude by Broken Lights String Quartet. (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 A Comfy Christmas Gala, with live Christmas music and cookies, artists and vendors during the Dec. 7 First Friday Art Walk. The gallery is opening up its “home” for a night of relaxation, transforming into a warm, cozy setting for an evening of holiday fun for all ages. The celebration is free, but bring some cash to pick up those last-minute stocking stuffers and gifts. Several artists and vendors will be selling one-of-a-kind art work, jewelry and more! Photographer, Artist and Filmmaker Randy Bacon will be exhibiting many of his favorite, NEVER BEFORE DISPLAYED still photos! Many of his new images are from his 2012 trips to Cairo and Eastern Europe, and from his visits to other parts of the USA. The gallery will be showing clips from Man Up and Go, his second documentary film that premiered Oct. 20, 2012. In addition, Bacon’s adjoining gallery, Figment Art Gallery and Culture House, is home of four in-house working artists with several other artists’ work on display.(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, proudly presents Featured Artist Jenny McGee for the Dec. 7 Art Walk. (417) 368-6966

RSVPaint, 420 S. Campbell, Ste. 1, is now an Art Walk Sponsor. RSVPaint will be open to the public from 6-10 p.m. during the Dec. 7 First Friday Art Walk, while artist Rebekah Polly teaches a 2-hour BYOB painting class. The class will feature her painting Blushing Pride from 6:45 to 9 p.m.  Stop by to see what RSVPaint has to offer.  If you’d like to take the class, RSVP at The cost is $35 in advance.  Walk-ins are welcome, space permitting, at a cost of $40 cash. Come paint with us! (417) 569-4492

Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents New Artwork by John Payne, Cindy Quayle and Allen St-Onge.  Enjoy the Brewing Company’s new display space, and check out their great menu and variety of unique, locally brewed beverages and featured seasonal brews. 417-832-8277

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., will demonstrate its beautiful, blown-glass Christmas Ornaments during the Dec. 7 Art Walk, creating magical, one-of-a-kind originals to grace any holiday gathering. 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., presents The Annual Artists in Residence Holiday Show and Sale. This show will feature one-of-a-kind, hand-made pottery from Springfield Pottery’s hard-working staff interns and artists in residence!  A fine craft gallery and community clay center, Springfield Pottery 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. 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, invites you to enjoy Art Walk Live. University Plaza has expanded its display space to include the Terrace Grille area. Enjoy a reception for University Plaza’s newest art collection, featuring fine artwork by local artists Daniel Flodin, Mary Hamilton, Brian Mooney, Justin Gault, Carl Glasemeyer 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

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