University Galleries return to Art Walk in September

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First Friday Art Walk is bursting at the seams in September with exciting shows and exhibits in 29 participating venues! View and Print the September 2013 First Friday Art Walk Map with show descriptions or View the September 2013 First Friday Art Walk Newsletter

Art Walk welcomes back its university-sponsored galleries as they reopen for the fall semester. Shows include Drury Theatre: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow at Drury’s Pool Art Center Gallery; Evangel Student Artwork at Evangel Bellwether Gallery; FUNCTIONS and Bobby Ross: Drawing and Other Contradictions at MSU Brick City Gallery; a focus on Saudi Arabia at MSU Center of International Programs; An Exhibition of Work by Jimmie Allen and Jacek Fraczak at MSU Student Exhibition Center; and Turning Points: A One-Woman Show by Paula Farris-Reed at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz.

In addition, Wesley Downtown, which joined the August Art Walk on a one-time basis, has now joined as a regular member! Wesley Downtown will offer Paintings by Artist Mike Kornblum and a Hands-On Art Opportunity for all ages at St. Paul United Methodist Church, on the corner of Walnut and Jefferson, in September.

Also, Art Walk sponsor RSVPaint has become a full Art Walk member. Located in new digs at 440 S. Campbell, just two doors south of its former location, RSVPaint now features two gallery spaces and an exciting schedule of painting classes for all ages.

Finally, Art Walk is now accepting entries for its 12th Anniversary Art Contest & Exhibit. The entry fee is $10 with a top prize of $250. For details, please visit


Other September Highlights:


  • Art Inspired invites you to enjoy Impaired Perceptions by Artist Brian Steel.


  • The Creamery Arts Center presents Artists at Work, a show of works by Creamery workshop participants and the independent artists of Storefront Studios.


  • Fresh Gallery presents Featured Artists Alan O’Neal and Carl Huser


  • Good Girl Art Gallery presents Life in Small Places, Narrow Crannies by Artist Joey Borovicka and Totems


  • ideaXfactory presents an eXperimental studio installation with Artist Cathy Russell, plus Grafitti in the Grass in partnership with Urban Districts Alliance


  • Nomad, an Art Walk sponsor, presents Live Art by Alicia Mau and Live Music by The Eskimo Girls


  • Obelisk Home presents Evan Melgren: Translations


  • Randy Bacon Photography presents Acrylic Paintings by Bethany Entzian


September 2013 Gallery Guide

Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, is proud to present Guest Photographer and Speaker Brian Steel of Atlanta, Ga., with his collection Impaired Perceptions. Steel will speak at an invitation-only event 4-6 p.m. before Art Inspired opens to the public at 6 p.m. Steel’s photographs will be offered for sale during the Walk. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, invites visitors to enjoy Artists at Work during the Sept. 6 Art Walk. Artists at Work features artwork created by artists attending workshops at The Creamery and artists working independently at SRAC’s Storefront Studios. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays


DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, presents Oils by Karolyn Farrell and Digital Art by Deanna & Robert Henion for the Sept. 6Art Walk. DB Design also offers a unique collection of original pottery by John Ehlers and Duane Bone. (417) 864-4343


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., brings the artistry of the Drury Theatre Department to life during the Sept. 6 Art Walk with Drury Theatre: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. The artistry of theatre has a long history, and this exhibition celebrates that artistry through Drury’s Theatre Department, showcasing the work of former and current professors and alumni. With pain, paper, fabrics and computers, we can see how the visual elements of theatre production come to life in light, set and costume design. Included in the exhibition is the work of Dr. Ruth Monroe, Dr. Robin Schraft, Dr. Michael Sokol, Madison Spencer, Todd Potter and Doug Mackenzie. (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 Evangel Student Artwork for the Sept. 6 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 Sept. 6 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, Will Be Closed for the Sept. 6 Art Walk. (417) 501-4801


Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, presents Featured Artists Alan O’Neal and Carl Huser in September. Alan O’Neal is a retired engineer who has been taking photographs for longer than he can remember; some of the works offered for sale were taken nearly 25 years ago. O’Neal grew up in the country and lives there still, and he has a fondness for nature. All of these things have an influence on the type of pictures he takes. In 2004, O’Neal started doing Digital Art. His process is to take a photograph and create an alternate image out of it. O’Neal says, “My computer and mouse are my pallet and paintbrush. Many times the final results will have no appearance of being a photograph. I find it neat that it is possible to have an alternate image of a good photo that is also pleasing.” For O’Neal, it is also satisfying to take a less pleasing photo and create a desirable image from it. He creates his photo art only from pictures that he has taken. The results are spectacular. Some images are quite obvious scenes from nature. Some images are altered so well, that the viewer will be mesmerized by the intricacies and nuances nature doesn’t offer to the naked eye. Our second Featured Artist for September is Carl Huser. His interest in woodturning can be traced back more than 60 years to an old German woodworker who always had time for a curious youngster. It was in Bruno’s shop that he learned to appreciate and respect the beauty that is found in wood. Bruno’s reverence for wood turned out to be contagious, and since then, Huser has found wood to supply a respite like none other. Huser’s main interest is in the turning of vases (hollow forms) and bowls; a blend of form and function. His material comes exclusively from wood saved from brush piles or landfills. In salvaging native wood, the finished pieces are inextricably linked to the region and history from which they originated. His objective is to produce a work that demonstrates a high level of craftsmanship with an artistic touch that people would enjoy having in their homes. Huser says, “The satisfaction that comes from working with this medium is the discovery of beauty from within that has been hidden for years and sometimes centuries. Once found, I want to share this beauty with others and while it may not touch everyone in the same way, no one can deny that a statement has been made.” It is hard to imagine what the original piece of wood might have looked like before Huser applied his magic to it. His pieces are fascinatingly delicate and timelessly durable at the same time. Discarded wood takes on a whole new life under Huser’s skillful hands. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during Art Walk


Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Artist Joey Borovicka’s show, Life in Small Places, Narrow Crannies, plus a front-window display of Totems by various local artists. Of Life in Small Places, Borovicka says, “I am interested in the experience of spaces; how we are affected by our surroundings, and how we transform them through our presence. Inhabiting a space is a creative act. We fill our homes with personal artifacts and arrange them through the patterns of our dwelling. Over time, our homes become reflections of our inner selves. The living spaces depicted in my latest work are places of solitude and escape. They are makeshift constructions built according to the temperaments of their occupants. These home-made homes, ramshackle though they may be, provide these occupants with the shelter and seclusion they need to indulge unfettered in their myriad bizarre daydreams. Within the walls of this introverted architecture they write stories, paint pictures, and build monsters. They collect curios from their surroundings and reminisce over relics from the past. These artifacts are not merely inert objects, they are enchanted with the memories and imaginations of the inhabitants.” A painter and teacher with MSU and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, Joey’s work has twice appeared in New American Paintings. (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. This fantastic historical exhibit runs through Sept. 14. Free admission to first-floor exhibits during Art Walk! (417) 832-1200


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, invites you to enjoy an eXperimental studio installation with Artist Cathy Russell, plus Graffiti in the Grass, a public art event in partnership with the Urban Districts Alliance. Russell is creating a huge tree constructed from recycled aluminum cans, an installation that explores the theme of her family’s struggles with alcoholism. Her work is a part of a series of “eXperimental studios” in which local artists will be given a section of the factory to explore installation themes, materials and methods to be used for future installations. The Harmonic Wall neon installation will be open for sound experiments using the Sonic Paintbrush and PhosXphon light, sound and motion board. Outside, the UDA is partnering with ideaXfactory for graffiti art painting in the grass. Commissioned artists will be painting live next to open spaces where the public is invited to join in painting. Fully completed street art paintings from Live at Artsfest and the Contemporary Art Street Jam will be on display outside where we will be collecting information from local artists interested in working with the City of Springfield to create a permanent Street Art Gallery wall.


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, reopens for the fall with a gala celebration of the completion of the Art and Design Department Brick City facilities and the debut of two art shows: FUNCTIONS by Haley Bates, Sun Kim and Myra Mimlitsch in the East Gallery and Bobby Ross: Drawing and Other Contradictions 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, puts its focus on Saudi Arabia in September. Experience art, culture and the perspectives of students abroad. (417) 836-3733


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., opens its fall season with An Exhibition of Work by Jimmie Allen and Jacek Fraczak. Enjoy photography by Allen and graphic design and illustration by Fraczak during the First Friday Art Walk Reception 6-10 p.m. Sept. 6. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat; closed major holidays and University holidays


Nomad, 318 W. Walnut next to Flame, a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Live Art by Alicia Mau and Live Music by The Eskimo Girls, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 6. 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 Evan Melgren: Translations “Taking a good photograph is almost impossible. It requires a translation of the flowing four dimensions we inhabit into a permanent two dimensional segment. Within that translation there is a reduction, an elimination of both the time on either side of the instant recorded, and of the depth and surrounding space. With this reduction, a photograph has the power to magnify a particular moment in time and space. This magnification can both clarify what we find interesting, and mislead us into false perceptions. I find myself more inspired by the prior, but maintain that awareness of the second is critical for both curious artists and viewers of photojournalism. John Szarkowski, champion of photography, once liked photography to the act of pointing, elevating pointing to an artform. Where one may point out something to a friend and say, ‘Look!’ I take a photograph and say, ‘Look closely.’ Translations showcases some of my favorite images of the tens of thousands I’ve accrued since I was 14. With this selection, I’ve attempted to show only those which not only have strong composure, but those who’s clarification instills a nuanced state of mind.” – Evan Melgren (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents Turning Points: A One-Woman Show by Paula Farris-Reed. Paula was awarded a Second Place Prize in last year’s Art Walk 11th Anniversary Art Contest and Exhibition for her stunning watercolor painting, “Rhapsody”. We are proud to feature the solo exhibition, “Turning Points” which includes 29 original artworks. Regarding the name of her show, she says, “While I had been painting for years in various mediums, I found my work changing from just pretty pictures to pieces of art that hinted at a narrative, desiring to say something to the audience to keep their attention for more than just a passing moment. Whether it shows a maturing in my creative endeavors or a blending of my life-long enjoyment of writing with my inspiration to ‘make art,’ I feel my art stands out more. Perhaps that is why a little over a year ago, I began to receive numerous awards in the juried shows I had entered.” She adds, “I consider myself a figurative artist. While I don’t strive to produce photorealism, I have always enjoyed the challenge of detailed work. Whether it is a floral or still life, I often blur the background, giving it a more impressionistic look in order for the more detailed center of interest to stand out more. While watercolor has long been a favorite medium, I also enjoy colored pencil, pen and ink and often combine two or more of these in a piece. It is always a thrill to discover new methods to use these tools, hoping viewers will stop, study, and ask, ‘What is it that sets this piece apart?’ I also have found myself enjoying oil painting after taking a refresher class a few years ago. I have a life-long belief in God’s Creation and hope my viewers will slow down and see the joy and peace, sometimes even humor I try to portray in my art.” (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 art lovers to start their First Friday Art Walk with an Art Talk by Paden L. Chambers titled The Wellheads of Venice: Urban History in Stone followed by a special live performance on the Square by The Ugandan Orphans Choir, a ministry of Childcare Worldwide. The choir is composed of 10 children from age 8-14 from the Ssese Islands in Uganda’s Lake Victoria. The children are orphans who were rescued through Childcare Worldwide’s sponsorship program. The choir’s main objective is to raise awareness of the desperate need to help children living in Third World countries. At 7 p.m., enjoy Music by Shannon Wurst. Throughout the evening, enjoy the Wordfest Art Show in conjunction with Wordfest 2013. (417) 831-1342 Open 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Th; 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat


Qdoba Mexican Grill, 401 S. Kimbrough, presents Featured Artist Holly Goodwin in September. Goodwin is a visual arts teacher, painter, photographer, illustrator, florist, muralist and children’s book author. A visual arts instructor for seven years, Goodwin teaches Pre-K through 12th grade at New Covenant Academy in Springfield. (417) 866-1399


Randy Bacon Photography Studio and Art Gallery, 600 W. College St., presents Acrylic Paintings by Bethany Entzian Bethany Entzian grew up in Nanchang, China. When she moved to the U.S., Grand Junction, Colo., was home. When she I graduated from high school, Entzian attended Evangel University. She was an art major for 2 1/2 years before she decided to leave Evangel. Entzian traveled the world and lived in Sudan and China before moving to Springfield. “Even though I am more inspired by what some think to be ugly, I believe there is beauty in everyone and everything. I love using drips and splatter in my pieces and I primarily work with black and white, all acrylic. There are scriptures that go with each piece.”(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, 429 N Boonville, presents Featured Artist 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.” – T.D. Scott (417) 368-6966


RSVPaint is excited to invite you to its new home at 440 S. Campbell Ave. for a First Friday Art Walk-In, Paint Studio Event. RSVPaint Artists will be displaying their work in our gallery. That night will also feature live musical talent, and the Not’Cho Ordinary Taco food truck will be in our parking lot. We welcome you to join us, so come along and “Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint!” See RSVPaint’s class schedule at Classes fill up quickly, so be sure to book your spot! (417)


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents Art by Gavyn Sky, John Payne and 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 Big, Big Glassblowing Event as it puts its brand new glass furnace to the test! The artists of Springfield Hot Glass will be demonstrating a variety of large blown pieces – including big ruffled bowls. 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 Police Museum at The Calaboose, 409 W. McDaniel, is open to the public during First Friday Art Walk! The recently renovated Calaboose was built in 1891 and used until the 1940s. The museum offers displays of uniforms, badges, equipment and weapons from the proud history of the Springfield Police Department. You’ve heard of the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping in 1932, but have you ever heard of the Baby Lloyd Keet Kidnapping and Murder — a story that made national headlines from Springfield, Mo., in 1917? The historic display covers a wide variety of fascinating crimes, lawmen and relics of law enforcement past. Visitors will be chilled by the sight of the last hangman’s rope and the black hood worn by the last condemned criminal to die by hanging in 1935. The Calaboose is a stop well worth your time – drop in on First Friday! For more information on Springfield law enforcement history, visit


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


Studio 417, 444 W. McDaniel, invites visitors to enjoy A Show to Be Announced during the Sept. 6 Art Walk. Studio 417 is a group of passionate, hard-working individuals who are serious about their work, but not about themselves. We are artists who perform beautiful hair and make up services Monday through Saturday. Although internal beauty is the most important feature, we are dedicated to making you look good on the outside as well! We appreciate all types of art and are energized by beauty. Come see what inspires us! (417) 866-6455 Open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat


TAG Media, 334 E. Walnut, invites you to its monthly Magazine Release Party! Check out a new artist painting part of a wall in TAG’s office. Also, pick up a copy of TAG’s monthly magazine that supports the local entertainment scene — including visual artists. (417) 501-8605


University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 333 John Q. Hammons Parkway, welcomes Featured Artists John Payne, Brian Mooney, Gavyn Sky, Andrea Ehrhardt and Judah Fansler in September! (417) 864-7333


Wesley Downtown, 413 E. Walnut, Art Walk’s newest member, invites you to enjoy A Variety of Art in September, including photography, painting, graphic design, and more. Also, experience the inspiring art of the church’s glorious stained glass windows, alive and aglow in Art Walk’s sunset hours! (417) 350-9806


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