Art Walk roars into March with art in 24 venues

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They say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. That must be true, because Art Walk roars to life this month with a lion’s share of amazing art in 24 participating gallery venues, 6-10 p.m. March 7. View the March 2014 First Friday Art Walk Newsletter and/or View and Print the March 2014 Art Walk Map to plan your route! Among our most exciting shows:
Talisman of the Ward: The Album of Drawings by Edward Deeds, at Art Inspired on Campbell, presents pictures from one of the most amazing collections of outsider art in history, the work of Ozark native Edward Deeds. You can get a sneak peak with Art Inspired’s private fundraising event Feb. 28.
Amazing new media experiences await! MSU Brick City Gallery invites you to NMC10: The New Media Caucus Ten Year Anniversary Video Program, while IdeaXFactory and Russ RuBert present To Live, To Love, an immersive psychedelic video projection using beams of light to read depth, space and motion and create an interactive environment of light and sound.
Spring transforms The Creamery Arts Center with Metamorphosis: Transform, Evolve, Grow, which is accepting artist entries until March 3. Late breaking news; please note: The History Museum on the Square has delayed the unveiling of Central High School, a new original painting by Studio 66 Artist Jerry L. Rice, as the artist is unable to attend this Friday. Instead the museum will continue its display Love on the Square 2: The Photography of Betty Love at the Historic Fox Theatre.
Art Walk’s university-sponsored galleries run the gamut. Enjoy An Exhibition of Work by Emeritus MSU Professors Roman Duszek & Hugh Yorty at MSU Student Exhibition Center and the Annual OTC Fine Art Faculty Exhibition at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, plus MSU Center of International Studies’ focus on Japan. Also, Drury Pool Art Center Gallery presents Stitches Across Time – A Fiber Art Exhibition featuring artists Paula Rosen, Pam RuBert and Ellen Neville
Additional Highlights:
Good Girl Art Gallery presents Keeper of the Gumdrop Sky by Beatle Mike, and two photographers’ views of France in The Bathers and Flowers of the City
Arts & Letters presents Math To Go – Anywhere by Roxie Castro, plus a table show by Abi Post and live music by Canto 17
Springfield Hot Glass Studio demonstrates its new Optic-Molded Square Vases
DB Design Salon & Gallery features The Art of Stevia Bonebrake
RSVPaint presents Allan Lee’s Sumi-e Print Exhibit and live sumi-e demonstration
Debbie Sutherland graces the Walk in March with shows at two venues: Springfield Brewing Company and University Plaza Hotel
• Enjoy The Silent Auction of Fresh Art at Fresh Gallery
• See Grimace: The Art of Dustin Burgert at Obelisk Home
• See Lamp Art at Nomad with music by Mitchell Austin
Qdoba Mexican Grill presents Featured Artist Kaden Myers

March 2014 Gallery Guide

Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, presents Talisman of the Ward: The Album of Drawings by Edward Deeds. The exhibition features artworks by James Edward Deeds Jr., (1908-1987) who spent most of his life as a ward of the state at State Hospital No. 3 in Nevada, Mo. Deeds grew up on a farm in Ozark, Mo., and went to the Missouri School for the Feeble Minded in Marshall, Mo., in 1933. Family members who remember him now speculate that he may have been autistic or had ADHD, but in 1934, when he was transferred from the school to State Hospital No. 3, he was described as disturbed, boisterous and delusional. In the 1940s, the latest and greatest treatment for all forms of mental illness was electroconvulsive therapy – shock treatment – and Deeds was subjected to it on a regular basis. His amazing drawings, executed on the official ledger paper of the institution, may have been his escape. Deeds’ album of drawings was a treasured possession of his mother’s, but it was accidentally thrown out when the family moved. Rescued from a Springfield junk heap by a 14-year-old boy who retained it for the next 36 years, Deeds’ album was finally recognized as an amazing collection of outsider art in 2006. Pages from his album are now exhibited all over the world and, on March 7, at Art Inspired. “Mr. Deeds’ work provides a window in to the experiences of people with disabilities and an opportunity to encounter the similarities, difference s and the inherent humanity shared by all people.” – Art Inspired. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat
Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, exhibits Math to Go – Anywhere, new works by Roxie Castro, on its main gallery wall and hosts a table show by Abi Post. Enjoy live musical performance by the delightful and energetic local favorite Canto 17 and an in-house tasting of exciting spirits by Phoenix brands. “Math to Go – Anywhere is a study inspired by my sister, the Mad Mather, who skillfully, cheerfully and patiently describes mathematic concepts,” Roxie says. “This body of work has been developed over many years. The Mad Mather’s fun attitude toward her passion is contagious! For me to understand, I must visualize the concept and am thus driven to paint.” Artist Abi Post says, “Art has been a life long companion to me. As a child, I drew on the floor while my mother worked as a seamstress creating wedding dresses from our home. She shared with me a love of fabric and design while teaching me the names for different fabrics. This experience spurred my interest in fashion from a young age.” Abi adds, “My work is inspired by nature, street art, fashion, comic books, and dreams. It is sweet and colorful with my own unique point of view. I like to tell stories with my work about curious and sometimes dark places. My work has been applied to a variety of products including: wall art, home decor, skateboards, and fashion.” (417) 830-8186
The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents a perfect show for spring: Metamorphosis: Transform, Evolve, Grow. Just as Mother Nature illustrates this theme of change as springtime approaches, so the SRAC calls upon the artists of southwest Missouri to show their best interpretation of metamorphosis. Be it a representation of pop culture or something more personal, we want to see how you envision transformation! Works of any medium and size may be submitted for consideration on Friday, February 28 or Monday, March 3, 2014 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at The Creamery Arts Center. All two-dimensional pieces must be wired prior to drop-off. SRAC will receive a 25% commission on all works sold. “Metamorphosis” will open with a free public reception on First Friday Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. March 7. The show will remain on display until March 30. For more information, contact Stephanie Cramer, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, by phone at 417-862-2787(ARTS) or by e-mail at You may also visit Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays
DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, proudly presents The Art of Stevia Bonebrake in March. Enjoy Stevia’s paintings, plus DB Design’s unique collection of original pottery by John Ehlers and Duane Bone. (417) 864-4343
Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents Stitches Across Time – A Fiber Art Exhibition featuring artists Paula Rosen, Pam RuBert and Ellen Neville with an Opening Reception 6-9 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk. Curated by Paula Rosen, fibers and weaving professor at Drury University, this exhibition shows a diverse range of contemporary directions in the fiber arts movement. Paula Rosen’s work includes large floor weavings made from recycled and found materials and a series of landscapes and ‘sheep portraits’ inspired by the actual sheep that produced the wool for her needle-felted sculptures. Pam RuBert’s studio art quilts portray contemporary cultural themes using bold graphics, patterns and textures in the humorous and angst-filled world of her cartoon character PaMdora, in the fantasy world of “Wish You Were Hair,” and a new work portraying “Prince Charming’s Shoe Sale.” Her quilts are also featured in the book and traveling exhibit “Master Art Quilts: Portraits and People” and with Quilt National ’13 which can be seen at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, until April 4. Ellen Neville studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, the School of Art Institute of Chicago, and is a recent graduate from Drury University. She is inspired by current events and politics, influenced by vintage embroidery patterns and samplers, and creates contemporary embroideries and weavings. Don’t miss the Artist Talk, 6-7 p.m.! (417) 873-7263 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, presents Fresh Gallery’s annual Silent Auction of Fresh Art. At Fresh Gallery, we normally like to highlight an artist during the First Friday festivities. This month, we are doing something fun and exciting. We are featuring everyone! Once a year, Fresh Gallery holds a silent auction with works from the member artists. The gallery is a cooperative affiliated with Springfield Regional Arts Council and markets the fine arts and crafts of area artists. At any given time, art from over 20 artists can be viewed and purchased at the gallery. It is an opportunity to support hand-craftsmanship and encourage the continuation of creative works by talented artists. The items up for bid are on display at Fresh Gallery and bidding concludes at the end of the March 7 Art Walk. Preview the works on auction on our Facebook page. Meanwhile, Fresh Gallery is thrilled to announce Fresh Air: A juried competition open to all artists 18 years of age and older in the region. Each artist may submit up to two entries in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastels, photography, textiles, ceramics, wood, sculpture or jewelry. Work must be original and completed in the last three years. Works for consideration will need to be delivered to the gallery between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on March 28 or 29, 2014. (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 Keeper of the Gumdrop Sky by Beatle Mike, and two views of France with The Bathers and Flowers of the City by MSU photography students Kayla Campbell and Cassi Loveland. Keeper of the Gumdrop Sky explores a candy world of greed and obsession. A dangerous world where “getting what you want” may be the worst thing to happen. Filled with beautiful, delicious candy and scary creatures; this world may devour you,” says Beatle Mike. MSU’s Kayla Campbell and Cassi Loveland join forces in their show of photography, The Bathers and Flowers of the City, the result of spending a semester in France with MSU photography instructor Andrea Land. (417) 865-7055 Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat
The History Museum on the Square has had to reschedule the unveiling of Jerry L. Rice’s mural of Central High School to May 2. Because of this, the History Museum will again feature Love on the Square 2: The Photography of Betty Love, featuring fabulous photos by Springfield’s pioneering female photojournalist. See Betty’s iconic images of Springfield from the 40s and 50s. (417) 832-1200
IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents To Live, To Love, an immersive psychedelic video projection by Russ RuBert using thousands of little light beams reading depth, space, and motion to create an interactive environment of light and sound. Visitors can send waves of particles/letters into motion on a giant translucent screen. Collaborating musicians are Tyler Thrasher and Bryan Burke with Project Delve: music collaboration between music producers and students at Missouri State University examining outdoor activities and scenarios portrayed as inspirational and motivational.
MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents for one week only the New Media Caucus Ten Year Anniversary Video Program. It begins March 3 and concludes March 8 with a special evening viewing for the March 7 First Friday Art Walk. This amazing juried program explores the art of new media in six themes, one each on six media players. The themes are: Analysis, Frantic Anticipation, Frustration, Critique, Protest, Open-Ended, Progress, Growth and Capturing Landscape. (417) 829-5092 Open 1-6 p.m. M-Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and University holidays
MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, celebrates the country of Japan in March. (417) 836-3733
MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents An Exhibition of Work by Emeritus MSU Professors Roman Duszek & Hugh Yorty. Enjoy the Artists’ Reception during the March 7 Art Walk. Duszek will exhibit Graphic Design, including posters, visual identities and illustrations, along with Digital Art and Photography. Yorty will exhibit drawings and paintings, both still-life and landscape. (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, features Owner Mick Whitcomb’s Lamp Art; pieces made from repurposed industrial salvage. Our live performer is Musician Mitchell Austin. (417) 559-9695
Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Featured Artist Dustin Burgert in a show titled Grimace. (417) 616-6488
OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents the Annual OTC Fine Art Faculty Exhibition with an Opening Reception during the March 7 First Friday Art Walk. (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 Friday
Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, opening of an exhibit titled The Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places. There will be related programs and activities through out the month of March. (417) 831-1342 Open 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. M-Th and 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. F & Sat Closed Sunday.
Qdoba Mexican Grill, 401 S. Kimbrough, welcomes Featured Artist Kaden Myers. Artist Statement: “Art is the expression of human emotion into a given medium. Throughout the years I have chosen Ceramics and Glass to express myself. Clay is a soft sensual material easily manipulated by hand, while glass is a fluid amorphous substance easily shaped through various tools as extensions of the hand. Clay is cold and wet while glass is hot and fluid. Clay requires time and patience, while glass is molten and immediate. With nature and human emotion as my main influence, I feel the two complement one another through the appropriate application and installation process.” (417) 866-1399
Revel Advertising, 429 N. Boonville, presents The Art of Tom Parker for the March 7 Art Walk. (417) 368-6966
RSVPaint, 440 S. Campbell Ave., will host an artist’s reception for Allan Lee’s Sumi-e Print Exhibit during the March 7 Art Walk. Allan will be on hand demonstrating the Sumi-e process. Create and take home your own work of art! Our studio will be open for any walk-in painters who would like to create their own masterpieces during the Art Walk. (417) 413-4331.
Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., welcomes Artist Debbie Sutherland in March. (417) 832-8277
Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., will demonstrate its new line of Optic-Molded Square Vases on March 7. 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, 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, adds a pair of fantastic local painters March: Artist Ann Meese and Artist Debbie Sutherland join Artist Jon Thompson for a colorful display University Plaza’s fabulous atrium gallery. (417) 864-7333

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