Art Walk welcomes spring in 24-plus gallery venues

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Spring has sprung and Art Walk is abloom with glorious color, texture, flavor, music and entertainment in 24 participating art venues, 6-10 p.m. April 4! Download and print the April 2014 Art Walk Map to plan your custom Art Walk experience or View the April 2014 Art Walk Newsletter for details and links.
We have  two very special events during Art Walk: At 7 p.m., enjoy a  performance of selections from Handel’sMessiah by the Messiah Project Community Choir & Credo Dance Academy at First Baptist Church, 525 South Ave. Art Walkers can also take a stand against child abuse with the Children Taking a Stand Art Sale, 6-10 p.m. at Wesley Downtown, 413 E. Walnut. Sales of art by Robberson Community School children benefit the Child Advocacy Center, The Victim Center, and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri

Highlights of the April Walk include:

Art Walk welcomes a new member in the form of Transformation Gallery & Tattoo at 330 E. Walnut St. Transformation exhibits oil paintings primarily, as well as sculpture, intaglio prints, drawings and, of course, its original tattoos. Owners Gabe Tenneson and Austin Evans practice and purvey various fine art mediums.

Arts & Letters presents a new collaborative art experience in the form of Meganne Rosen O’Neal: Help From My Friends. Enjoy a series of paintings started by Meganne and finished by 14 collaborating artists, along with music by Cattywampus and a tasting with Bare Hands Brewers.

DB Design Salon & Gallery welcomes Artist Debbie Sutherland in April.

Fresh Gallery invites you to its Fresh Air Juried Competition Exhibition in April. Best of Show will win $100 and a month-long stint as Fresh Featured Artist in January 2015.

Experience the life of the area’s early settlers with Pioneer Voices at The History Museum on the Square – free first-floor admission during Art Walk!

Animation fans will want to visit MSU Brick City Gallery for Kent Melton: From Aladdin to ParaNorman with an Artist’s Reception 6-8 p.m. Melton, a character-animation model sculptor, began as a sculptor of fine wood. Kent has worked with leading feature animation studios including Warner Bros., Universal, Dreamworks, MGM and Pixar Studios, as well as Disney Films.

The inimitable Jane Troup is featured at Obelisk Home in April, and Obelisk also hosts the annual Drury University Habitat for Humanity Birdhouse Auction, featuring a delightful array of birdhouses constructed, decorated, modified and beautified by local artists to raise funds to for decent affordable housing. Whimsy reigns and Habitat gains – bid early and often!

OTC Fine Arts is busting out all over with exciting art and live performances on the third floor of The Gillioz, as well as on Park Central Square! Visit OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz for the Central Ozarks Conference Annual Juried High School Art Exhibition. Hit the Square for SYNERGY: a show of visual, performing and musical arts, and, around 7:30, experience the public art performance of Evening Song in collaboration with the art activist Gerard Nadeau and ideaXfactory.

Great books are to be read, shared and, during the April 4 Art Walk, eaten. Park Central Branch Library presents the Edible Books Festival to celebrate the kickoff of the Big Read of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. Edible Books are voted on until 7 p.m. when the winner is announced and the books are eaten! Also, enjoy Photographs from the Life of Jack London and Fare of the Wild: See how simple goodness is made as Christine Daues of Granolove will demonstrate how the Springfield-based company makes a wholesome granola, and learn how it grew from a kitchen project to a company with sales worldwide.

Finally, Art Walk has some sad news to share. Longtime Art Walk member Good Girl Art Gallery will not participate in April as owner Lil Olive is closing the business as of May 1.

From Lil: After going on 15 great years, the Good Girls are going on to other beckoning projects on the horizon.  We will miss all of our loyal customers, also known as the people of Springfield who “got it!” We have learned  Springfield is a growing mecca for creative and talented artists. Please continue to support the Art Walk and visit all the interesting venues the Art Walk has to offer!


April 2014 Gallery Guide

Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, presents Photography by Diane Minge and Paintings by Reba Brew. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Meganne Rosen O’Neal: Help From My Friends. For April, Meganne started a new series of paintings, some on canvas and some on paper, and then distributed them to her artist friends for each to finish in his or her own style. Collaborating artists are Gary Bedell, Christiano Bellotti, Mr. Bones, H. E. Croan, Tyler Estes, Nathan Gamel, Houston Hands, Alex McLain, Joe Nanez, Nick Nelson, Ashley Pearson, Paula Rosen, Scott Sauer and Cameron Thomas. In her Artist Statement, Meganne says: “Typically, my work is the result of a collaborative partnership between myself and the media I work with. For Help From My Friends, I wanted to open up my process further and extend the collaboration to involve other artists.” Cattywampus with special guest Ryan Dunn will delight everyone with a live musical performance at the opening reception 7-10 p.m. during the April 4 First Friday Art Walk. Also, Bare Hand Brewers will be in house offering a tasting of their brown ale aged on toasted walnuts, dark and light molasses and cranberries playfully named Metrosexual Brown. (417) 830-8186


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents The Central High School International Baccalaureate Exhibition, 6-9 p.m. during the April 4 First Friday Art Walk. The night will feature Central High School’s departments of art, film, music and theater and showcases students’ work as part of their International Baccalaureate curriculum and examinations. Examples of work from the English and Science departments will also be on display throughout the evening. This exhibition is presented free to the public. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays


DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, proudly presents Featured Artist Debbie Sutherland and continues its display of images by Carl James Photography in April. 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 Merge: A Show by Jacob Burmood & David Platter. Enjoy the opening reception 6-9 p.m. April 4 during the First Friday Art Walk, and 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 the Fresh Air Juried Competition 2014. Open to all the region’s artists age 18 and older, the Fresh Air competition allows each artist to submit up to two entries in their chosen media including 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 hand-delivered to the gallery between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on March 28 or 29, 2014. Work not accepted must be picked up April 1; works chosen for the exhibit will debut with the April 4 First Friday Art Walk. The competition will award cash prizes totaling $325, including Best of Show: $100; First Place: $100; Second Place: $75; and Honorable Mention: $50. Merit prizes will also be awarded. The Best in Show award also includes a show as Featured Artist in January 2015. The entry fee is $25. For full details and the entry form, please visit (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. T-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during Art Walk


The History Museum on the Square, 155 Park Central Square, invites you to experience Pioneer Voices during the April 4 First Friday Art Walk. Discover the stories and explore the artifacts from early years in Springfield and Greene County. This exhibit will show many of the items used in everyday life during pioneer times and feature four videos of photographs accompanied by narration from journals and letters written by the early settlers of our community. Free first-floor admission during Art Walk! (417) 832-1200


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents the Morning Song/Evening Song sound installation for the April 4 Art Walk. Gather at ideaXfactory at 5:30 p.m. for a one-hour training workshop for Morning Song/Evening Song, a sound installation organized by Gerard Nadeau, professor of architecture at Drury University. The installation will consist of two gatherings of 81 Springfieldians trained to use Audubon bird calls. Upon entering the ideaXfactory, each participant will be given an Audubon bird call and taught to use it by members of the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society. After the workshop, the group will move to Park Central Square to converge with a program of live music, painting and theater organized by OTC Fine Arts called Synergy. The first event, Evening Song, will occur at sunset on Park Central Square at 7:38 p.m. Starting in silence, the group will slowly begin to create bird calls, building into a crescendo of many overlapping bird calls, then fade back into silence. The second event, Morning Song, takes place the next day, April 5, at sunrise: 6:53 a.m. Coffee and tea will be served at the ideaXfactory starting at 6, then the group will walk to the West Meadows of Jordan Valley Park for Morning Song. In addition to the Morning Song/Evening Song training workshop, during Art Walk ideaXfactory will display a preview of art auction items for the April 5th Beaux Arts Ball to benefit The Rare Breed.


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents Kent Melton: From Aladdin to ParaNorman through April 24. Enjoy the Artist’s Reception at Brick City 6-8 p.m. during the April 4 First Friday Art Walk. Character-animation model sculptor Kent Melton started his career as a sculptor of fine wood before becoming the first staff sculptor employed by Hanna Barbera Studios, where he created maquettes of Flintstones and Jetsons. He has subsequently worked with several leading feature animation studios including Warner Bros (Batman), Universal Studios (where he was Art Director), Don Bluth Studios (Thumbelina), Dreamworks Studios (Prince of Egypt, El Dorado), MGM Studios (Cat in the Hat, The Grinch), and Pixar Studios (The Incredibles). He is perhaps best known for his work for Disney Films, where he created maquettes for feature films Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, and Tangled, among others; and for his work on Coraline and ParaNorman for Laika Entertainment. Melton’s maquettes have recently been featured at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the New York Museum of Contemporary Art, and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Kent Melton makes his home in Cape Fair, Mo., when he is not away sculpting film characters for studios in California and New York. His most recent projects have been for the film The Boxtrolls, to be released by Laika Entertainment in September 2014 (417) 829-5092 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Fri, noon-5 p.m. Sat, closed Sunday and University holidays


MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, celebrates the country of India in April. (417) 836-3733


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents student work from the MSU Department of Art + Design Foundations Program through April 23. Enjoy the opening reception 6-10 p.m. during the April 4 First Friday Art Walk. The Foundations Exhibition is one of the most interesting exhibits held at SEC. Beginning level classes show projects that have been assigned to demonstrate the students’ understanding of various artistic concepts. The courses featured are Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Drawing I and Drawing II. Completion of these classes is required to gain acceptance in the department’s degree programs. These classes are also required for various other programs throughout the University. (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 Live Music for the April 4 Art Walk. (417) 559-9695


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents a dual focus in April: Featured Artist Jane Troup and the annual Drury University Habitat For Humanity Birdhouse Auction. (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, proudly hosts the annual Central Ozarks Conference Annual Juried High School Art Exhibition! For the last five years, OTC Gallery has proudly hosted this annual juried exhibition promoting some of our local and regional high schools’ young emerging artists. Six high schools will be represented in 27 different art categories! Don’t miss the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. during Art Walk. OTC Fine Arts also takes “downtown center stage” with SYNERGY: a show of visual, performing, and musical arts on Park Central Square 6-10 p.m. during Art Walk! Enjoy music, live painting and theatrical performers elaborating the themes of Creation, Discovery, Transformation and Celebration. OTC students and alumni, as well as OTC music faculty will perform 6-9 p.m. with our headliner band, “Sunset to Burns,” led by OTC Electronic Media Productions Instructor Jeff Johnson, taking the stage at 9. Also on the square, OTC Fine Arts collaborates with Gerard Nadeau, assistant professor at Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture and art activist with ideaXfactory, to present a sound installation titled, Morning Song/ Evening Song. The enactment of the Evening Song Chorus, at 7:15 p.m., will occur on the Square in collaboration with OTC. A key component of the OTC program will be the live painting of a theatrical backdrop at the performance stage. For more on this interactive art event, get all the details at (417) 447-8975 and 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, kicks off the Big Read of The Call of the Wild during the April First Friday Art Walk with an exhibit of Photographs from the Life of Jack London and our annual Edible Books Festival. Professional bakers will present cakes fashioned after the themes from this year’s book, The Call of the Wild. This year’s competition includes entries from Stacey’s Sweets, Hy-Vee Bakery, Sam’s Club Bakery and TwentyOne Cakes. The “edible books” will be on display so you can vote for your favorite. We’ll announce the winner after 7 p.m., and then we’ll eat cake! Also, enjoy Fare of the Wild: See how simple goodness is made  as Christine Daues of Granolove will demonstrate how the Springfield-based company makes a wholesome granola, and learn how it grew from a kitchen project to a company with sales worldwide. (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 Christie Snelson in April. Christie, an instructor at RSVPaint, was born and raised in the southwest Missouri area. She grew up thinking she had little artistic talent and focused on academics. In high school, she realized her drawing ability, but she did not discover her talent for painting until her freshman year of college. Since picking up the paintbrush, however, she has not put it down. A 2013 graduate of Missouri State University, Christie holds a degree in Fine Art with emphasis in Painting. She accepts commissions and is building her own body of work as an award-winning, professional artist. Working primarily in oil on canvas, she focuses on living subject matter. Her pet portraits are a popular favorite, but she also specializes in people. Her body of work tends to sway toward the eccentric side, featuring out-of-the-ordinary characters. View her personal work at (417) 866-1399


Revel Advertising, 429 N. Boonville, presents The Art of Tom Parker for the April 4 Art Walk. (417) 368-6966


RSVPaint, 440 S. Campbell Ave., shakes off the winter doldrums with an exciting evening of art and music. We will have work by Featured Artist Jordan Shiveley hanging in our gallery for the month with a reception during the April 4 Art Walk. His art takes common items and gives them a unique artistic style. Also on hand will be Goat Milk Honey playing some unique bluegrass style out in our parking lot, weather permitting. We will also be holding an open paint session where guest may come in and Relax, Sip, Visit and Paint with us! (417) 413-4331.


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents Featured Artist Arabella Woods in April. Arabella, from Johannesburg, South Africa, is a painter and interior designer who has made her home in Springfield, Mo., since 1999. (417) 832-8277


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., honors the return of Spring with vessels in bright spring colors plus, at 8 p.m. a special demonstration: the crafting of a HUGE flower vase. 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


Transformation Gallery & Tattoo, 330 E. Walnut, makes its Art Walk debut on April 4. A venue for Original Fine Artwork by Gabe Tenneson and Austin Evans, Transformation serves as Springfield’s connection to the fine art movement within the tattoo genre and is dedicated to the furtherance of other classical art mediums. (417) 869-2338 Open 1-9 p.m. T-Sat


University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 333 John Q. Hammons Parkway, features Artists Ann Meese, Debbie Sutherland and John Payne in a colorful display University Plaza’s fabulous atrium gallery. (417) 864-7333




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