March Madness: First Friday presents Fourth Friday ‘mini’ Art Walk March 22 in honor of Missouri Arts Educators

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First Friday Art Walk is indulging in its own form of March Madness with a special Fourth Friday event March 22: a Mini Art Walk in honor of the Missouri Arts Education Association, which is holding its conference in Springfield this month.

Eleven of Art Walk’s fine art venues have stepped up to open their doors 6-9 p.m. on March 22 for a March Art Walk in miniature. While this event is geared to art educators and students, local art lovers who missed out on March 1 due to the frosty weather are also welcome to enjoy this Art Walk redux!

Brand new shows will go up for the April 5 Art Walk; don’t miss this chance to see the phenomenal shows that debuted March 1!


March Madness Mini Art Walk Gallery Guide


Canvas, 315 South Avenue, proudly presents A Variety of Art for the March Madness Mini Art Walk. Meanwhile, Canvas has launched a new arts emphasis titled 8×10 Focus. This one-hour arts program will feature different area artists each month who will focus their artistic disciplines on a chosen word. The completed 8×10 Focus projects will be featured in a themed program on the third Friday of each month. Class Act Promotions is also glad to promote its monthly program of staged readings from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Star Trek” every third Saturday. (417) 869-4138 Open on First Fridays and by appointment


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, and Springfield Regional Arts Council present Art is Monumental III, a K-12 student art exhibit sponsored by the Missouri Art Education Association (MAEA). The exhibit opened with a public reception on First Friday Art Walk March 1 and continues through March 29 in celebration of National Youth Art Month. Teachers from across Missouri have submitted student work expressing the “monumental moments” experienced in the creation of art. With the understanding that creating reflects what we know, see, and want to express, MAEA is excited to sponsor this exhibit because art is something everyone can share, young and old. National Youth Art Month acknowledges the outstanding leadership of art educators and the abilities of students in Missouri who have participated in this exhibit. The mission of MAEA is to advocate quality visual arts education by supporting creative teaching, providing opportunities for professional development, and encouraging the study and implementation of best practices in the art education discipline. “Monumental moments” of our culture are found in the “creative moments” of our life experience. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays


Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, is proud to introduce FRESH ART, a juried guest show featuring the work of the general and juried members of the Best of Missouri Hands. The Best of Missouri Hands is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves the fine artists and artisans of Missouri. The show is in conjunction with the Best of Missouri Hands 2013 ArtSmart Conference, as well as the MAEA (Missouri Art Education Association) Spring Conference, both held in Springfield this year. The Best of Missouri Hands FRESH ART show opened on First Friday, March 1 and is featured at Fresh Gallery until March 29. (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 Στρατογραφια (Stratografia) by Todd Lowery, and Life on the Hot Lunch Line by Lynley Farris in March. Lowery’s show “examines in sections the repeated chromatic layers that compose a painting, at and below the surface. Skeletal land, corporeal sea and the breath of sky. Sunlight, water, air. Echo. Concrete, stone, and epoch. Remnants, ruins, Khora. White paper, color wash strata, imperfect geometries.” Works include: Acrylic on paper 2011-13, multimedia sculpture 2013, Meditations on Greece. Regarding her show, Farris says, “Three years ago I had a realization that I had two major purposes in life. … 1. I need to make art; 2. I need to feed people. If I made these two activities the priority in my life, it was all the happiness I needed. On my return back to Springfield, my job quest led me to the roll of a lunch lady. … What I discovered about the daily happenings of a lunch lady is what I put into my artwork, the whimsical, the sad, the frustrations, the fussy old women, and the sometimes bratty little kids, the things that keep me putting my apron on each day in hopes that by the end of my shift I’ll have one more inspiration for my art.” (417) 865-7055 Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents an installation by internationally renowned Dutch Typography Designer Martin Majoor, in the East Gallery, plus Melissa Pinney: Girl in a Silver Dress, a photography display debuting March 22 in the West Gallery. For more on the artists, please visit and . Brick City events for MAEA members also include: Life Drawing Workshop 4-5:30pm ($5 for model and supplies) in Room 205; Teacher’s Reception 6-8 p.m. in the Brick City West Gallery; and an MAEA Student Organization Event “Paint-IN & Pizza” 6-9 p.m. in Room 117 (417) 829-5092 Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and University holidays


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Taking Flight, The Art of Stephanie Cramer “Center stage in my art is the figure — an object in motion, as if the figure is caught, just for an instant; a glimpse, a snapshot before the gesture is complete. I’m not in search of exact representation. I’m intent rather on provoking a sense of tension or intensity. These plus color, bring the emotion to the painting. Whether spatial or expressionistic, the implied relationship between figures is intended to arouse curiosity. Painting is like a freeze frame. It helps both the viewer and the painter to pause—if just for a second as we enter into that two dimensional space. Most of the time the stage is imaginary or based on dreams and memories.” — Stephanie Cramer (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, proudly presents Photographer Gretchen Miekley’s show: “I am more than…” “Have you ever thought about the labels that are put on people? Some people are labeled because of their skin color or because they have a learning disability or a health condition or a physical deformity or even a different way of believing. … At the end of the day our labels don’t matter. I have accepted the challenge to tackle labels by telling the stories behind the labels. I am fully embracing this fight through photographing some of the strongest individuals you’ll ever meet. All of the subjects of these photographs could easily be labeled. But their labels are our life lessons. … As you look at these photographs, I pray you’ll learn to stand up for a child or friend that may have problems both seen and unseen. I hope you’ll not pass judgment. I pray you’ll not stare if someone looks different from you. I hope you’ll become a voice of good that others need to hear.” The artist invites all to experience her show OTC Fine Art Gallery, 3rd Floor of The Gillioz Theatre … “to celebrate my heroes. They’ve chosen to share their stories so others will see well beyond the labels. Peace, Love, Photos!” – Gretch (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 Correspondence: The Postcard as an Art Form by Hannah Sheehan and Acrylic and Mixed Media Paintings and Poetry by Bill Shultz. (417) 831-1342 Open 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Th; 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., 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., presents Andy Rogers: Natural Reflection, an exhibition of current work by Missouri ceramic artist Andy Rogers. The exhibit debuted with an artist’s reception during the March 1 Art Walk and continues through March 29. Andy sculpts pieces out of clay to resemble, but not copy, objects he observes in the natural world. He works with a variety of clays, each adding different qualities to the final piece. His surfaces are varied both in material and application. He dips, sprays, brushes, and airbrushes layers of colored slip, terra sigillattas, glazes, stains, and acrylic paints to achieve surfaces rich in color and texture. “Beauty, for me, is the quiet, the growing, the naturally emerging vessels produced by the earth,” Andy says. “I, in turn, push my creativity to develop new objects that could likely be found living and growing in nature.” (417) 864-4677 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat


University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 333 John Q. Hammons Parkway, welcomes The Future is Now: Drawing on 21st Century Skills, a K-12 collaborative student-and- teacher art exhibit that debuted during the March 1 Art Walk. Presented by the Missouri Art Education Association, The Future is Now includes modern, human-inspired sculptures featuring teachers and students alike. Celebrate National Youth Art Month with University Plaza. The exhibit will remain on display through March 29. The mission of MAEA is to advocate quality visual arts education by supporting creative teaching, providing opportunities for professional development, and encouraging the study and implementation of best practices in the art education discipline. (417) 864-7333

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