May Walk features new venues, special events

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Art Walk enlivens the merry month of May with new venues, special events and, of course, fabulous original artwork by local artists! To plan your own customized Art Walk experience, View and Print the May 2014 Art Walk Map or  View the May 2014 First Friday Art Walk Newsletter.


Also, we are doing something a little different this year by launching our Anniversary Art Contest early and adding a second contest for Art Walk Poster Designs. Do you love art posters? Yeah, so do we!  The deadline for entries is in September, so you’ve got plenty of time to create your prize-winning masterpiece to vie for $700 in cash prizes. View and Print the 2014 Art Contest Entry Form and/orView and Print the 2014 Poster Contest Form to get started.


Meanwhile, the May Art Walk kicks off the three-day arts extravaganza that is Artsfest on Walnut Street with art, music, live demonstrations, tastings, unveilings and more in 27 participating venues.


Art Walk welcomes a new member in May with the debut of Blue Block Lofts corporate offices. Located on Pershing opposite the Downtown YMCA, Blue Block features PhotoArtist John Huntley of in May.


The Springfield Chapter of the American Institute of Architects brings a special event to 319 Downtown with a display of submissions to the 2014 AIA Springfield Design Awards.


Young artists in grades 2-5 explore American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters in the Law Day Poster Contest Exhibition at The Creamery.


Art Walk welcomes the return of The Springfield Police Museum at the Calaboose, which was closed for the winter. The Calaboose is open to the public during Art Walk from spring to fall with fascinating displays on area law-and-order history.


Local artists are taking it to the street with the 2014 Storm Drain Reveal, a collaborative art and public awareness project by James River Basin Partnership, Springfield Public Works and Ozarks Technical Community College, with a reception and maps in the Gillioz Theatre lobby.


Also, our university galleries offer a wide variety of art this month with student/senior shows at Drury’s Pool Art Center Gallery, OTC Fine Art Gallery at the Gillioz, MSU Brick City and MSU Student Exhibition Center, plus a Cinco de Mayo celebration at MSU Center for International Programs.


Finally, be advised that ART WALK COUNTS in May. We will stamp the hands of visitors and count heads; these numbers will aid us in our strategic planning.


May 2014 Gallery Guide

AIA Springfield Display at 319 Downtown, 319 W. Walnut St., featuring entries to the 2014 Design Awards of the Springfield Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Drop in between 8 and 11 p.m. on Art Walk night to experience the best in architectural design. For more information, visit


Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, presents Photography, Stained Glass and Furniture Pieces by Artist Nathan Smith for the May 2 Art Walk. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, features two exciting shows in May: On our Gallery Wall, see Things That Scare Me by painter Tyler Estes. Tyler has created an entirely new body of work that takes a whimsical approach to the other; to the nightmares; to the things that scare us. On our Salon Wall, experience Dirty Money (Outland Series) by famed London-based artist Jonathan Meyer. Jonathan has created a series of archival pigment prints of dollar bills previously stapled to the ceiling of Springfield’s own whiskey bar and hot live music spot, The Outland. Regarding Dirty Money, artist Jonathan Meyer, says, “WARNING: not for everyone! Dirty words, second hand smoke, sexual and drug-related references, pathos, egregious misspellings and the whole human spectrum on display here.” Brother Wiley will be performing live during the opening reception, 7-10 p.m. during the May 2 Art Walk. (417) 830-8186


Blue Block Lofts, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 107 (Enter on Pershing) makes its Art Walk debut May 2 with Photographs by John Huntley. John started taking pictures at age 12 with a Kodak Pocket camera he received as a Christmas present. At 16, while working in the family owned bakery in Springfield, he purchased a Pentax SLR 35mm camera and began a real interest in photography. Today, with the use of a Nikon digital SLR camera and digital editing, John’s interests turned into not just photography, but Shutter Art, a term often used by John to describe his style of photography. For more information on John and his work, visit Blue Block invites you to come have a cup of Joe, experience great photography and see our variety of living spaces to lease, such as lofts, condos, apartments, townhomes and houses – all in the downtown and campus area. (417) 864-LOFT (5638)


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents The 2014 Law Day Poster Contest Exhibit, 6-9 p.m. during the May 2 First Friday Art Walk. The contest, open to schoolchildren in grades 2-5, invited young artists to submit posters illustrating the 2014 Law Day Theme: American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters. (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 photos by Carl James Photography in May. Enjoy Debbie’s gorgeous paintings and Carl’s striking images, 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 the Senior Apex Show, May 2–17, with an Opening Reception 6-9 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk. Also, be sure to attend the Distinction Awards Ceremony at 6:30 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 Featured Artist Desiree Young in May. Desiree enjoys all forms of art, but her preference is clay. A potter for 20 years, Young says she continues to learn something new about clay every day. Desiree is a Juried Member of Best of Missouri Hands and she works in a studio space in a converted barn on her farm in rural Southwest Missouri. The miracle of clay, she says, is that it can “be pushed, pulled, thrown, sculpted, torched and brought to the brink of disaster and still be made into a useful vessel for everyday life.” Desiree’s pieces are practical for day-to-day use, but marked by the unique beauty and charm she brings to them. Her goal is for her pieces to be used and enjoyed, bringing joy to the life of their new owner as they brought joy to the artist in their creation. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 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 May 2 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 Art of Space, collaborating with other groups from Hammons School of Architecture, to expand the Qi installation in the ideaXfactory. In traditional Chinese culture, qi is the active principal part of every living being – the natural energy or life force – and can be literally translated as “breath” or “air.” This concept forms the core of the Art of Space installation, which is made of countless origami balloons, folded from paper and inflated by the breath of the participants. The paper balloons are hung in layers from a structural grid installed across 2,000 square feet of the ideaXfactory ceiling. The collective “cloud” of breath of all the people who have contributed to the installation is a testament to the vital energy of our community. It is lit with internal LED diodes and external colored lighting. Some balloons bear identifying fingerprints or other personal marks made by participants using tempura paint during construction. Members of The Rare Breed and students from Drury University and Ozarks Technical College have contributed to the installation, and members of the Springfield community are invited to learn to fold and inflate the balloons 6-10 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk May 2!


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents the Bachelor in Fine Arts Senior Exhibitions through May 13. Enjoy the Opening Reception 6-10 p.m. May 2 during First Friday Art Walk. Exhibiting students include: Carly Anderson, Kristin Stephens and Kathrine McCormack in Ceramics; Sarah Broom and Brian Fiket in Metals/Jewelry; Justin Bowling in Printmaking; Rachel Brown, Giuliano Bruno, Alexis Carter, Michelle Eveker and Tiffany Root in Painting; Rosa Cozzoni, Vladan Djordjevic and Nichapat Kongpaisarnnatee in Drawing; Valerie Brown, Dong Li and Jessica Miller in Photography; Caleb Chapman, Marc Hardy, Clark Svet, Michael Fay, Kyle Mishler, Dawn Moore, Jeremy Seig and Joshua Jones in Computer Animation.(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 Latin American Countries with a special Cinco de Mayo display.(417) 836-3733

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents MSU BFA in Design Senior Professional Practicum Final Projects through May 16 with an opening reception during the May 2 First Friday Art Walk. The final project of the Design Practicum is based on the student’s ability to define and select a problem of visual communication that requires the work of a designer and/or illustrator. The process of design continues to be the emphasis of this problem, as well as visually organizing that process for presentation. Students are encouraged to work with community nonprofit organizations. (417) 836-6999 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. M-F, noon-5 p.m. Sat; closed major holidays and University holidays

Nomad, 318 W. Walnut next to Flame, a proud Art Walk sponsor, features Live Music, plus Live Art by Alicia Mau. Nomad is also featuring Alicia’s portrait paintings on raw wood. (417) 559-9695


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Kat Allie: elemental truths. “Mucking about the daily clutter of life’s chaos can weight us down. Until we are able to contemplate, to conceptually peel back the layers of feelings and reactions constantly in flux, we cannot solve life events that may shock, disappoint, or confuse. … As I begin to paint, the process and mode of painting overtakes me in a spontaneous, psycho-automatic way. My multi-tasking cluttered mind begins a back-seat ride to my intuitive driving perceptions of colors, textures, shapes, lines, and smells of hot beeswax encaustic painting. Creating in my safe, open mode of free expression, my soul connects with something tangible. … I have a truth. I seek it more every day. I become stronger by knowing what my truth has to share and how I need to process sharing it with others. It is only through the shared experience of original creative thought and expression, that we are able to better understand each other and then, ultimately, ourselves.” – Kat Allie (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, proudly presents the Spring 2014 Fine Art Student Showcase & Exhibition. Also, in the Gillioz Lobby, enjoy the reception for the 2014 Storm Drain Reveal. The showcase features artwork from our spring semester 2014 OTC Fine Art Students. Highlighted Visual Art classes are Drawing I and II, Two Dimensional Design, Three Dimensional Design, Printmaking, Painting I, Art and Experience, and Mobile Phone Photography. Throughout the evening we will feature performances from our Music department classes including Songwriting, Classical Guitar, Guitar I and II students, Voice I and II, Voice Ensemble, and Choir classes. For the Dramatics, Theater 101 students will be performing short one act original plays. OTC Fine Art Gallery also proudly announces the “Reveal” of this year’s Storm Drain Reveal 2014 murals. Experience the mini storm drain Art Walk reception in the first floor lobby of the Gillioz and view the map showing each new storm drain mural’s location. Artists will be at their murals and available to talk to the public about their artwork and the Storm Drain Reveal Project. Guests will be able to cast a vote for the “Fan Favorite.” This year, six of the10 artists chosen are OTC Fine Art students! (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, presents Fiber Artist Ellen Neville and Mobile Phonography by Ozarks Technical Community College students, plus beginning at 6 p.m., local authors Sharon Kizziah-Holmes, Shirley McCann, VJ Schultz and Susan Keene will read from their works and have books available for purchase. (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 Al Griffin in May. A photographer known for his Faces series, focused particularly on homeless veterans, Griffin’s collection also features Heartland scenes of barns, hometown streets, the Flint Hills cattle pens, oil derricks, and aircraft, as well as Midwest icons such as the Springfield History Museum and Oklahoma City’s Skydance Bridge over I-40. (417) 866-1399


Revel Advertising, 429 N. Boonville, presents The Art of Tom Parker for the May 2 Art Walk.(417) 368-6966


RSVPaint, 440 S. Campbell Ave., says spring is here and we’re ready to celebrate! To kick things off right, we’ll have live local music in our parking lot. And your long wait is over, let your taste buds again be satisfied with the farm fresh delicious Not’Cho Ordinary Taco Truck! And just in time for Mother’s Day, a very special show from one of our talented instructors Christie Snelson and her mother Connie Luebbert. You won’t want to miss these amazing paintings. Open paint will be available as well. So come Relax, Sip, Visit and Paint with us! (417) 413-4331.


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents Featured Artist Arabella Woods in May. 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., has glassblowers Gabe and Terry Bloodworth crafting Roman-style Pitchers and Vases for the May 2 Art Walk. 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 Calaboose, Springfield’s original jail, was built in 1891 and used until the 1940s. 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., presents Huh – Recent Metals and Ceramics Works by Lin, Yi-huei and Yu, Meng-ju. This is an exhibition of current work by visiting Taiwan National University artists and students Lin, Yi-huei and Yu, Meng-ju and will be on display in the gallery May 2- 24. Two students from the Tainan National University of the Arts (TNNUA) Graduate Institute of Applied Arts in Taiwan are working side-by-side with the students at Missouri State University: Ceramic artist Lin, Yi-huei, known by her English name Alice, and Metals-jewelry artist Yu, Meng-ju, known as Ruby. Alice and Ruby have been working diligently in their respective MSU studios as they prepare for their two-person exhibition at Springfield Pottery. This amazing exchange program has existed between the Ceramics and Metals-jewelry programs at MSU and TNNUA since 2002. Springfield Pottery, a fine craft gallery and community clay center, is proud to present the opening reception for the artists during the May 2 First Friday Art Walk. (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, is 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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