Art Walk kicks off Artsfest Weekend in May!

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The May First Friday Art Walk is always one of our most popular events, but this year Art Walk has more to enjoy than ever before! Experience local art, live music, live art demonstrations, and much, much more in 29-plus participating venues, 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 3! View the May 2013 First Friday Art Walk Newsletter for details and a preview of the art. Need to plan your route? View and Print the May 2013 Art Walk Map



Art Walk welcomes new member FreshCube, located at Jefferson and Walnut under The Aviary, and new sponsor Mostly Serious, at 315 Park Central East, to the May lineup. FreshCube is proud to present Featured Artist Judah Fansler with an artist’s reception featuring food, beverages and live music. FreshCube will also give away six $25 Aviary gift certificates during the Art Walk! Mostly Serious, an interactive design studio, invites you to enjoy Art by Illustrator & Graphic Designer Brittany Bilyeu, Photographer & Graphic Designer Jenna E. Garrett and Mostly Serious Illustrator & Graphic Designer Chris Gerringer.



ArtsFiesta, the spicy multicultural experience that traditionally takes place at Founders Park during the May Art Walk, is FREE and has moved from the Square to the Abundant Life Covenant Church overlooking the Square due to the weather. Part early Cinco de Mayo celebration, part cultural exchange with Springfield’s Sister City of Tlaquepaque, Mexico, ArtsFiesta is a taste of life South of the Border, right here in the Heart of the City! Along with ArtsFiesta’s music, dance, art and food, Art Walk member Park Central Branch Library welcomes the celebration with Bilingual Storytimes at 7 and 8 p.m., plus Artwork Celebrating ArtsFiesta, presented by Springfield Sister Cities Association.



The Creamery Arts Center celebrates creative youth and American justice with The Law Day Poster Contest Exhibit, featuring art by students in grades 2-5; also, enjoy Shows by Graduating College Seniors at several venues including Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, Evangel Bellwether Gallery, Good Girl Art Gallery, MSU Brick City and MSU Student Exhibition Center; plus don’t miss the multifaceted Fine Art Student Showcase & Exhibition Spring 2013 at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, featuring visual art, live music and original one-act plays; and Randy Bacon Gallery’s The Presidents: An Exhibition of Paintings by Doren Chapman and Springfield Public High Schools Murals




    • Fresh Gallery presents May Featured Artists Ann Meese and Elaine Willig


    • The History Museum on the Square reopens with Woodruff’s Dream: The Mother Road Through Springfield, The Route 66 Exhibit


    • Obelisk Home presents Springtime on the Picture-Plane: The Art of Jane Parker plus the 7th Annual Silent Birdhouse Auction, benefiting Habitat for Humanity.


    • The Gillioz Theatre’s First Friday Live presents Art by Meganne Rosen O’Neal and Music by Kids and Chemicals.


    • Nomad presents Live Music by Kevin Cott and Live Art by Abi Post.


    • RSVPaint invites you to watch a painting class in action as Artist Rebekah Polly teaches a two-hour BYOB painting class featuring her painting, Firefly Sunset.


  • Enjoy public art with Storm Drain Reveal 2013 mural project, a partnership effort by the James River Basin Partnerships, the City of Springfield and the OTC Fine Art Department. See the art and meet the artists on an Art Walk mini-tour. Map to be posted at




May 2013 Gallery Guide


ArtFiesta on the Square invites you to a festival celebrating all things Mexican! Welcome visiting musicians and artists from Springfield’s Sister City of Tlaquepaque, Mexico, and experience the sights, sounds and flavors of this fun, FREE international experience.

Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, presents A Show to Be Announced for the May Art Walk. (417) 868-8077 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat

Canvas, 315 South Avenue, continues its show by Featured Artist Laura Leanne Witt for the May Art Walk. Ongoing events at Canvas 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 features The Law Day Poster Contest Exhibit, presented by Husch Blackwell. This special event, hosted by Springfield Regional Arts Council in conjunction with the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, features artwork by area students in grades 2-5. Enjoy a wine-and-cheese reception, plus an acoustic performance by Alexa Kilgore, as you view and enjoy the exhibit, 6-9 p.m. during Art Walk. 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 May 3 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 its annual Senior Apex Show, featuring the work of Drury’s graduating senior art students. The show runs from May 3 to May 18. (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 May 3 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 May 3 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

FreshCube, 400 E. Walnut, Ste. B100, located just below The Aviary Cafe, joins Art Walk as a member in May with exciting art and live music. Featured Artist Judah Fansler is a surrealistic artist and graphic designer who lives near Branson. His mixed media and digital works express the human experience through fantasy-inspired worlds and characters. Judah owns and operates a full-service graphic design studio, Judah Creative Studio. Judah’s artwork, illustration and designs often go hand in hand. To see his work, visit Enjoy the artist’s reception with live music, wine, beer and snacks, plus giveaways of six $25 Aviary gift certificates, all during the May 3 Art Walk! (417) 501-4801

Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, is pleased to present its Featured Artists for May: Ann Meese and Elaine Willig. Ann Meese is an incredible two-dimensional artist with fantastic paintings whose rich colors capture breathtaking nature scenes. Her apt use of color imbues her creations with life; you can almost feel the warmth of the sun and smell the fragrance of the blooms. “I work primarily in acrylic or oil and find my inspiration in nature. I work in my studio and in plein aire and enjoy painting landscape and still life subjects. It is one my greatest joys to be able to pursue my love of art through my paintings, and I feel privileged to share my work with others at FRESH. It is always my hope that others find some measure of joy in experiencing my work,” Meese says. Elaine Willig is a jewelry artist with an instinctual talent for arranging gems, stones, beads and found objects to create stunning jewelry art. Her pieces are one-of-a-kind and range from whimsical to traditional. She is also our resident repair master and loves to take custom orders for your special events. Take some time to sit with her; you will be amazed at her ability to design exactly what you are looking for! Please stop by during the Art Walk on May 3 to meet Ann and Elaine, and to enjoy Fresh Gallery’s plethora of amazing regional talents. (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! For May, the Gillioz’s FREE concert series welcomes Art by Meganne Rosen O’Neal and Music by Kids and Chemicals. Live art starts around 7:30 p.m.; live music starts at 8:30.

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents AGA!NST THE GRA!N, by graffiti artist DejaVu, and Remnants, by Artist Kala Rackley. DejaVu is not just a person … but an idea. That idea was born in Hirschau, Germany, in the summer of 1991. Becoming official in the “graffiti scene” in 2006, DejaVu didn’t want to debut just anywhere. Now living in Springfield, he wants to celebrate the heart of downtown … “It’s just so full of life … Especially at night, when I come out of hiding”. He has a European style mingled with the abstracted “less is more” style. DejaVu uses Montana spray paint, Sharpies, Prismacolor markers, acid free paper and of course… walls. Since it would have been rather difficult to bring any walls to this showcase, all of the pieces in this show were done especially for this show … fresh, just for Good Girl Art, May 2013 only. Of her show, Kala Rackley says, “I work with a very personal subject matter, and the most appropriate vehicle for me to convey my experiences is through the self-portrait. Perpetuated in children’s formative years, widely-accepted conventions and gender stereotypes create unrealistic expectations and maintain harmful myths. In my work, I portray the aftermath of childhood abuse through metaphor: grown women conflicted with identity struggle with little-girl clothes, dolls and adult situations. My depictions of vintage Halloween masks of princesses and superheroes, too, narrate these pervasive gender stereotypes.” (417) 865-7055 Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

The History Museum on the Square, 155 Park Central Square, presents Woodruff’s Dream: The Mother Road Through Springfield, The Route 66 Exhibit. The new exhibit will open April 28 and run through August 31. Free admission to first-floor exhibits during Art Walk! (417) 832-1200

Mostly Serious, a new Art Walk sponsor located at 315 Park Central West, invites you to enjoy Art by Illustrator & Graphic Designer Brittany Bilyeu, Photographer & Graphic Designer Jenna E. Garrett and Mostly Serious Illustrator & Graphic Designer Chris Gerringer. An interactive design studio, Mostly Serious offers branding and marketing as well as the latest breakthroughs for interactive design, development and SEO-ready writing. Their experienced team has the expertise to deliver projects with the staying power to meet their clients’ immediate goals and long-term goals as their businesses continue to expand and evolve. (417) 501-6552

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, invites you to enjoy a pair of student art shows. Experience the work of Graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates in the East Gallery, and see the work of Design Practicum students in the West Gallery. (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 The Countries of Latin America in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, plus enjoy Photographs by Kevin Keller. (417) 836-3733

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents the Department of Art + Design: BFA in Studio Art Exhibition, April 30-May 5 Enjoy the First Friday Art Walk reception 6-10 p.m. May 3. (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 Music by Kevin Cott and Live Art by Abi Post. Customers will be able to buy a blank T-shirt or tank top for $3 and become the live art as Abi paints their own unique piece of art on them. If customers would like to have their own shirts painted, then there will be a donation box where they can just donate what they want. (417) 559-9695

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Springtime on the Picture-Plane: The Art of Jane Parker plus the 7th Annual Silent Birdhouse Auction. “Jane Parker’s paintings and drawings richly avoid the sin of description while evoking a plethora of riches. They lead to a specificity of place and object only possible in the ambiance of the imagination – a place somewhere between music and a walk in the woods. Her work is to be entered rather than seen – experiences rather than admired. She consistently eschews artifice in favor of a reality that is less provable than palpable.” – Malki Sadeq, 2013 The Silent Birdhouse Auction, hosted by Drury University to benefit the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, features skillfully adorned birdhouses created by local artists and friends of the community. The event begins with the May 3 Art Walk and bidding continues throughout the month. (417) 616-6488

OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, invites you to the Fine Art Student Showcase & Exhibition Spring 2013. Highlighted Visual Art classes are Drawing I and II, Two Dimensional Design, Three Dimensional Design, Printmaking, Painting I, and Portfolio Development. Throughout the evening we will feature performances from our Music department classes including Songwriting, Piano, Classical Guitar I and II students, Voice and Choir classes as well as Theater 101 students who will be performing short one act original plays. OTC Fine Art Gallery also proudly announces the “reveal” this year’s Storm Drain Reveal 2013 murals. Storm water drains don’t make for a typical canvas, but 10 local artists have used them as backdrops for colorful painted murals to raise awareness about clean water; six of those artists are OTC students! Storm Drain Reveal 2013 is a project of James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) and the City of Springfield Department of Public Works, with OTC Fine Art Department offering technical assistance and encouraging OTC students to compete. There will also be a mini-storm drain Art Walk during FFAW and a map with each new storm drain mural’s location will be listed. Artists will be at their murals and available to talk to the public. For locations and details, visit (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 an evening of arts-oriented fun May 3. It all begins with the First Friday Art Talk at 6 p.m. Hear Christy Lindgren present “Space and Function in the Early Irish Monastery.” Thereafter, enjoy ArtsFiesta Bilingual Storytimes at 7 and 8 p.m. for ages 1-6, and, all evening long, Artwork Celebrating ArtsFiesta, presented by the Springfield Sister Cities Association. (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 The Presidents: An Exhibition of Paintings by Doren Chapman and Springfield Public High Schools Murals. Join Randy Bacon for an evening of amazing student art! Doren Chapman created his President series of paintings last fall and redesigned them early this semester for the Society of Illustrators 2013 Student Scholarship Competition. Each year, roughly 5,000 illustration students enter their best work into the competition, and a jury of professional artists selects 200 pieces to be featured in their gallery and catalog. Four of his Doren’s Presidents (Washington, Nixon, Roosevelt and Taft) were selected for the show. “I’m happiest with Nixon because I feel like his expression captures how most people imagine him,” Doren says.
See his online portfolio and shop at, In addition, enjoy new murals created by Springfield Public Schools in Bacon’s outside Main Street Gallery. Free refreshments and live music! (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 Rebekah Polly teaches a two-hour BYOB painting class featuring her painting, Firefly Sunset, 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 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. 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., invites you to a Sneak Preview of the new pieces it will introduce at Artsfest on Walnut Street! Among the revelations: gorgeous new bowls, paperweights, platters and perfume bottles. 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, welcomes Featured Artists John Payne, Lettie Blackburn, Deby Gilley, Allen St. Onge, Cindy Quayle and Dr. Rebecca Burrell in May. 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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