Art Walk Springs to life in April!

1 - March 22, 2013 - 0 Comments

Spring has sprung, and Art Walk is busting out all over with budding young artists, inspiring spring color, live music, live theater, special events and more in 26 participating venues. To see all the shows and their locations, View our printable First Friday Art Walk Map. To preview the art View the April 5 First Friday Art Walk Newsletter Among the highlights:


    • Idea X Factory partners with Art Walk April 5 as it holds an Open House featuring  The Harmonic Wall by Russ RuBert, a 24-foot interactive light sculpture installation that includes a sonic paint brush that changes pitch as it creates watercolor paintings, a motion-sensitive control panel of LED lights that can be triggered by the wave of a hand, and a microphone that is sensitive to speech, songs, and musical instruments.


    • Spring is the theme for new shows at Art Inspired and Abundant Life Covenant Church.


    • Canvas welcomes Featured Artist Laura Leanne Witt


    • The Creamery Arts Center proudly displays the multifaceted Central High International Baccalaureate program collaboration A Fortunate Inspiration combining art, music, film, science, creative writing and more


    • DB Design Salon & Art Gallery presents Featured Artists Debbie Sutherland plus Photography and Stained Glass by Nathan Smith and Photography by Carl James


    • Fresh Gallery presents its 2013 Juried Competition Exhibition; entries for the competition are due no later than April 1!


    • An Art Walk favorite, Mary Hamilton is in the spotlight at Obelisk Home with her show Misunderstood.


    • Enjoy a range of shows by talented youth artists including MSU Student Exhibition Center’s Exhibit of Theatrical and Related Arts, featuring artworks by Greenwood Middle and Secondary School students; Park Central Branch Library’s POE (Products of Expression) Art Exhibit by Pipkin Middle School students; and OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz’s Central Ozarks Conference Annual Juried High School Art Exhibition.


Also, don’t miss live performances from OTC’s Clue: The Musical around downtown!

Art Walk’s sponsors are also stepping up to offer entertainment for April 5:

    • The Gillioz Theatre’s First Friday Live presents Art by Houston Ussery and Music by Luna Jamboree


    • Nomad presents a variety of different artists – local and global – with live art and live music April 5.


    • RSVPaint invites you to watch a painting class in action as Artist Derek Crouch teaches a two-hour BYOB painting class featuring his painting, Cherry Blossoms. If you’d like to take the class, RSVP at


April 2013 Gallery Guide


At Abundant Life Covenant Church, 157 Park Central Square, spring is here!

This month at Abundant Life Covenant Church, beautiful Floral Images by Chris Wood, Harold Patterson and 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

Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, presents Spring into Color, showing art that represents the four seasons. (417) 868-8077 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat

Canvas, 315 South Avenue, proudly presents Featured Artist Laura Leanne Witt. Originally from Barrington, IL, Laura has made her home in Springfield for the past 11 years. A painter for the last four years, her forte is abstract acrylic canvas and mixed media. Her work can either dazzle the eye and/or evoke strong emotion, making the observer further appreciate the concept. Whether sparking pathways or mystical memories, Laura Leanne definitely has an eye for dramatic sequence and continually leaves a viewer longing for more. Ongoing events at Canvas also include 8X10, an hour of entertainment featuring current local artists reflecting ideas on a monthly chosen word and or phrase. Performed every third Friday of the month, plus enjoy performances of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Star Trek” every third Saturday by Class Act Productions. (417) 869-4138 Open 1-6 p.m. T-F and by appointment

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, proudly presents the Central High School International Baccalaureate collaboration A Fortunate Inspiration for First Friday Art Walk. Enjoy the opening reception 6-9 p.m. April 5. A Fortunate Inspiration is the result of collaboration between the English, science, art, film, music and theater departments at Central High, presenting and showcasing student work as part of the International Baccalaureate curriculum and examinations. The collaboration began as a question formed by the science department. This year the question was “How does man affect the environment?” Artwork from Central High School International Baccalaureate art students will be featured, as well as performances by music and theater students. A special film festival will highlight student film work, and this year’s show also features the science displays and writings of science and English students. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays

DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, presents Featured Artist Debbie Sutherland, plus Photography and Stained Glass by Nathan Smith and Photography by Carl James for the April 5 Art Walk. DB Design also offers a unique collection of original pottery by Julia Schaefer, John Ehlers, Katrina Stevens and Duane Bone. (417) 864-4343

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents BIO, a show by Artist Jamie Bates. “The focus and significance of my studio work lies in the state of the human condition, the delicacy and fragility of the human construct in an emotional and physical sense. My experience is that of being part of an extended family that has endured a history of cancer and high mortality rate. As I have become more aware of my family’s history with illness through the examination of my memories, I have also become wary of the future and empathetic of the past.” – Jamie Bates (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 Artwork by Evangel’s Graduating Art Majors for the April 5 First Friday Art Walk. (417) 865-2815, ext. 7258 Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. W-Sat

Farmers Gastropub, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 160, presents Artists Sketching Live during the April 5 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 USA” 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, is proud to present the Fresh Gallery 2013 Juried Competition. All works must be hand delivered to Fresh between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday March 30 or between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday April 1 for jurying. Prizes will be awarded. The exhibit of selected works goes up April 2 and ends April 27. For details call the gallery or visit The entry fee is $25 for up to three entries. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. T-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during Art Walk

Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents First Friday Live! This free Gillioz concert series combines local art and music as a part of First Friday Art Walk. Each event features a local artist and local band collaborating together on the Gillioz stage. Live art starts around 7:30 p.m.; live music starts at 8:30. Join us during the April 5 Art Walk for Art by Houston Ussery and Music by Luna Jamboree.

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Girl In Trouble Is A Temporary Thing: Dog Park to Ruins by Melissa Marrs. Commenting on the themes of her show, Marrs says: Springfield’s Cruse Dog Park is an idyllic park. A place where humans and dogs play well together the majority of the time. … When visiting the Dog Park it is common to be with 10 or more dogs at a time. Therefore I was struck by a news article from January 7, 2013, about a park outside Mexico City, Cerro De La Estrella. There a pack of 10 abandoned dogs killed a 26-year-old woman, a one-year-old child and possibly other humans. After my exploration of the idyllic experience in my back yard, I wanted to explore this savage event on the same continent. I painted an image of what can happen when dogs are abandoned, abused, neglected, hungry and released in a wooded park area to fend for themselves. What is a Ruin? Is it ancient, Roman, an abandoned dog, a bombed-out building, a skull, a life ending? … I traveled in November to a city in The Levant which is recovering from civil war and other regional wars ever looming to spill over. I witnessed modern day ruins as a wakeup call of what a ruin can invoke. I have attempted to paint what I saw. (417) 865-7055 Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

The History Museum on the Square, 155 Park Central Square, will be Closed for the April Art Walk to prepare for the new spring exhibit: Woodruff’s Dream: The Mother Road Through Springfield, The Route 66 Exhibit. The new exhibit will open April 28 and run through Aug. Free admission to first-floor exhibits during Art Walk! Also the museum has a new phone number: (417) 832-1200 and a new web address:

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, continues its installation by internationally renowned Dutch Typography Designer Martin Majoor in the East Gallery, and it welcomes Melissa Pinney: Girl in a Silver Dress in the West Gallery for April. Both shows run through April 20. Check out his work at; see hers at (417) 829-5092 Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and University holidays

MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, focuses on Pakistan and Belarus during the April Art Walk at the Morris Center. (417) 836-3733

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents the Department of Theatre and Dance Exhibit of Theatrical and Related Arts, featuring artworks by Greenwood Middle and Secondary School students 2012-1013. Enjoy the First Friday Art Walk reception 6-10 p.m. April 5. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat; closed major holidays and University holidays

Nomad, 318 W. Walnut next to Flame, presents a variety of different artists – local and global – plus live art and music in April. Plus enjoy Nomad’s latest new arrivals from around the world and always, a few surprises! (417) 559-9695

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Misunderstood: The Art of Mary Hamilton “The use of feminine beauty and sex as a vehicle of power over the powerful is hardly a new idea. Artists since prehistory have glorified and also vilified the female image to show their indiscretions and bad intentions. I seek to explore these historic, allegoric images of women in their finest evil moments in ways that could further explore their true intentions. I want my own compositions and elements to explore the social complexities and survival instincts of all women and their temptations. These women will not hide their evil deeds with clothing and jewels as everyone already knows what evil lies beneath, but I contend they are all just misunderstood.” —Mary Hamilton (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.comm

OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, proudly hosts the Central Ozarks Conference Annual Juried High School Art Exhibition! For the last four years OTC Gallery has proudly hosted this annual juried exhibition promoting some of our local and regional high schools’ young and up and coming new artists. This year, the event will actually be featured during April Art Walk with the awards ceremony taking place during the evening of our Art Walk reception. Not only does OTC Fine Arts have the COC young artists to feature, but will also enthusiastically take “center stage” as we promote our own student talent in the visual, performing, and musical arts on the downtown Park Central Square, 6:30-9:30p.m. during the April Art Walk. OTC Fine Arts will be promoting our upcoming spring musical performance of Clue: The Musical by engaging Art Walk-goers in a live interactive game of murder mystery intrigue on the square during Art Walk. Join us in the fun and see if you can solve who did it, with what weapon, and in what local establishment? Was it Colonel Mustard in the Park Central Branch Library with the Rope, or did you spot Miss Scarlet on the Square with a Candlestick? Perhaps it was Ms. Peacock in the MudLounge with the Lead Pipe while she was sipping on a hot beverage. It will be an evening of great fun! Lastly, OTC Fine Art Portfolio Development students proudly present their own feature exhibition just off the square at Miguel’s Wrap and Roll. Their art exhibition i dent i ty is one to not be missed as seven individuals come together to unabashedly delve into their own psyches while finding out just how different they are but yet what the common bonds are that tie us all together as human beings. Please see the excellent flyers around town promoting i dent i ty. (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 the POE (Products of Expression) Art Exhibit by Pipkin Middle School Students for the April 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 Studio and Art Gallery, 600 W. College St., presents a Tribute to the Artists of Figment Art Gallery and Culture House, honoring the numerous artists who have held studio space, sold work and made their artistic home at Figment, part of the Monarch Art Factory. Join the celebration at the FREE opening reception during First Friday Art Walk April 5. Figment Gallery & Culture House has operated as a creative home for numerous artists to not only showcase and sell art, but also to have their very own studio space! This year that space was renovated and a new tenant has joined the Art Factory; Randy Bacon Photography is proud to honor the amazing artists who made Figment Gallery & Culture House their creative space and helped make Monarch Art Factory a fine art destination. Enjoy live music, activities and entertainment during the reception. (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, presents Featured Artist Kat Allie. “I want people to view my artwork as very sensory and engaging. Working with hot beeswax, damar resin and oil pigment allows me immediate access to the natural or organic state of creating. The encaustic medium transforms from a liquid to a solid within seconds. Acting and reacting becomes intuitive and transcendental. I’m inherently drawn to nature for my subject. Nature transforms and abstracts as I sense and experience it through the human condition. My ultimate hope is for the viewer to connect, if even for a split second, with the splendid colors and textures that compose life.” — Kat Allie (417) 368-6966

RSVPaint, 420 S. Campbell, Ste. 1, a proud Art Walk sponsor, will be open to the public 6-10 p.m. while local artist Derek Crouch teaches a two-hour BYOB painting class featuring his painting, Cherry Blossoms, from 6:45-9pm. Stop by to see what RSVPaint has to offer. If you’d like to take the class, RSVP at Come paint with us! 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 Paintings by John Payne and Stained Glass by Robin Coulter Crabb, plus a third artist To Be Announced. Enjoy gorgeous local artwork in the Brewing Company’s 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., is a working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work. Known for beautiful handcrafted glass objet d’art that are often as practical as they are beautiful, 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, welcomes Featured Artists John Payne, Lettie Blackburn, Deby Gilley, Allen St. Onge, Cindy Quayle and Dr. Rebecca Burrell in April. Also, University Plaza and TAG Media invite you to enjoy Art Walk Live! Start out at University Plaza for live music, live art, infused cocktails and more, then catch the UP shuttle to TAG Media to continue your Art Walk, then catch the shuttle back to UP to pick up your car. (417) 864-7333

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