First Friday Art Walk meets Watercolor USA on June 6!

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In June, First Friday Art Walk is partnering with the Springfield Art Museum for a show at The Creative Foundry and shuttle service between the Foundry and the Art Museum, where Watercolor USA holds its opening reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Overall, the June 6 Art Walk features art, live art demonstrations, artist receptions, live music and more in 23 participating venues 6-10 p.m. on First Friday. Plan your personal Art Walk experience: View and Print the June 2014 Art Walk Map and/or View the June 2014 First Friday Art Walk Newsletter


Art Walk proudly welcomes a new member in June with Bookmarx used bookshop, located at 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101 – the space formerly occupied by Good Girl Art Gallery. Bookmarx invites you to enjoy Featured Artist Elaine Johnson and Bookmarx’s Grand Opening Celebration: the first 100 customers receiving a one-of-a-kind button designed by Jacob Herren, plus all are invited to enjoy refreshments, including a custom cake from Amycakes.


Fantastic new shows abound in June, from Gary Bedell’s New Body at Arts & Letters and blue-themed Eclectic Fine Art Photography by Paula St. James at Blue Block Lofts, to the 6th Annual SRAC Members Show at The Creamery and Featured Artist Bill Armstrong at Fresh Gallery.


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz presents its first-ever June Exhibition, Embracing MY World by Artist Gillian Moore, while ideaXfactory wows with a Zen-inspired, 108-piece installation titled Balance, by Artist Colby Jennings.


DB Design unveils a new show with Karolyn Farrell alongside Springfield favorite Debbie Sutherland, while live music and a beer tasting is on tap at Nomad and the History Museum on the Square and Springfield Police Museum invite you to enjoy free admission during the Walk.


Head to the bottom of Boonville hill for exciting new shows at Revel Advertising and Obelisk Home. Revel welcomes Featured Artist Jeff Broekhoven, while Obelisk features a new show by Emily Million titled Vertigo.


Enjoy Coffee Art at Park Central Branch Library, Artworks of James Smith and a Raku Fire at RSVPaint, and Artists Dan Morris, Rebecca Burrell, Angel Brame and Sarah Hurlburt Frana at University Plaza.

June 2014 Gallery Guide

Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, presents Featured Artist Dave Garner for the June 6 Art Walk. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents New Body, a collection of new work by Artist Gary Bedell. The show features unique pieces including a custom Nintendo Entertainment System which he collaborated on with Ryan Fitzpatrick of Platinum Fungi. Turkish Dan will be spinning during the opening. Enjoy an exclusive look at Bedell’s sketchbooks during the opening reception for New Body, held 7-10 p.m., plus a tasting with Mother’s Brewing Co. A self-educated artist from Springfield, Gary is an expert in digital art as well as drawing and painting by hand. Bedell has created work for Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon and Disney. In 2010, a collection of his work called Thawed was published. In 2012, Bedell opened a design firm called Hot Dog Tree. Recently, Gary taught an illustration course at Arts & Letters and plans to offer it again. After the opening at Arts & Letters, please join us at Front of House Lounge for an after party featuring Nick Fury. (417) 830-8186


Blue Block Lofts, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 107 (Enter on Pershing) presents Eclectic Fine Art Photography by Paula St. James with a blue theme. 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)


Bookmarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, makes its Art Walk debut with Featured Artist Elaine Johnson and a Grand Opening Celebration: the first 100 customers receiving a one-of-a-kind button designed by Jacob Herren, plus all are invited to enjoy refreshments, including a custom cake from Amycakes. Born and raised in Missouri, Elaine Johnson studied traditional drawing and painting at Missouri State University, graduating with a BFA in drawing in 2011. She has since worked as a freelance artist taking commissions and the like. There is a certain whimsical nature to her most recent collection of work. These pieces don’t search or grasp for deeper meanings, but instead present the onlooker with colorful charm and alluring subject matter. She hopes to one day illustrate and publish books for children.


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents the 6th Annual SRAC Members Show. SRAC members can submit up to two pieces of art May 29 or 30, with an Opening Reception during the June 6 Art Walk. Also, the SRAC Visual Arts Committee will select artists from this exhibit to feature in the third annual invitational exhibit titled “Caught My Eye” in September 2014. Contact SRAC for more details! (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 showing a collection of her dog paintings and welcomes Featured Artist, Karolyn Farrell, who does beautiful still life and landscape paintings. Also enjoy 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., is Closed for Summer Break. (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 Bill Armstrong in June. An Air Force veteran and longtime college professor, Armstrong began his teaching career as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin. In 1963, he joined the staff at Southwest Missouri State University to establish the Graphic Design program and was the program director for 20 years. He was named Professor Emeritus in 1988. He now maintains a studio in Springfield, MO and devotes all of his time to watercolor painting. His work has been included in four international exhibits, including those sponsored by the American Federation of Arts and the Society of American Graphic Artists. Armstrong has also received over 50 awards in regional and national exhibits including the Philadelphia Watercolor prize for the strongest painting in the Pennsylvania Academy Annual. He has also received two purchase awards in the Art and the Law Exhibit sponsored by the West Publishing Company. He has also received eight awards in Watercolor USA, two awards in the National Watercolor Society and countless others across the country. Armstrong is the honorary president and co-founder of the Watercolor USA Honor Society. Armstrong says that this has been a magnificent obsession for over 40 years. (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 June 6 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 Balance, an installation by Artist Colby Jennings, an assistant professor of digital art and computer animation at Missouri State University. Immerse yourself in balance, motion, and byproduct audio at the ideaXfactory. Jennings has created 108 small balance sculptures that run on electrical motors activated by motion sensors or data collected from the Internet. The 108 sculptures complement the 108 beads of the traditional Buddhist mala (rosary) that are counted during meditation and the concept of balance in all aspects of life. The sculptures will be distributed throughout the interior space of the ideaXfactory. “Balance, as an installation, is work influenced by a Zen story which is meant to encourage the pursuit of healthy balance… not just in one’s work or family, but in all things. There are many layers to this work, as is evidenced in the path that led here, but for me they all center on culture… our regional culture here in the Midwest. This project is a continuing work in progress with the end-goal of creating opportunities for self-reflection on one’s own state of balance,” – Colby Jennings. Jennings has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Chicago, New York, Portland, Greece and the Netherlands. Visit ideaXfactory online:


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, is Closed for Summer Break. (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, is Closed for Summer Break. (417) 836-3733

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., is Closed for Summer Break. (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 by Nathan Frederick plus a tasting with White River Brewing Company June 6. (417) 559-9695


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Emily Million: Vertigo “Through this body of work, I am creating a visual language of and for the feminine story. Most pieces are built around the lone female protagonist as she fumbles her way toward a more essential identity and nature. The scenes, while echoing reality, are tied to an emotional landscape and a world that is neither literal nor conventional. In essence, the whole drama centers on “Sophia”—wisdom personified—and the idea of a feminine identity whose root is wisdom—how she is formed, influenced, changed, lost and reclaimed.” – Emily Million (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents Embracing MY World by Artist Gillian Moore. This is OTC’s inaugural June Exhibition featuring an OTC alum who has obtained a BFA and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts. “Due to my speech impairment I have always felt that people judged me to be stupid or slow because I talk funny. When they find out that I still like anime and cute plush toys at my age, it only confirms their quick judgment. My art deals with my feelings about how these people judge me just based on my speech impairment and how I like something that they consider childish.,” Moore states. “My character Tree Girl represents me and the difficulties I have in everyday life in dealing with my speech impairment. The tree can form anywhere on her body because my speech impairment affects all parts of my life, not just my speech. It can show in my writing and also often determines how I interact with the world. My character Kitty represents me in another way. I paint her at the awkward age when playing with toys is becoming unacceptable. My room was my safe haven. It was the place where I could explore my characters without any judgment from people and family who didn’t understand my fascination with anime. The pink haired girl, Plushie Eater, represents my family and everyone who disapproved of me liking anime and plushies. Art has given me a way to express my feelings instead of bottling them up inside, and also lets people experience my world.” Gillian has participated in the James River Basin Rain Barrel Project, and her painting Tree Girl won the People’s Choice award at Art Walk’s 11th Anniversary Art Contest in October 2012. Gillian plans to participate in this year’s Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and hopes to pursue a Master’s degree at Kendall College of Art and Design, located in Grand Rapids. (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 a highly caffeinated show of Coffee Art. This photographic exhibition will display the milk and latte designs of over a dozen of Springfield’s finest baristas. (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, continues its show with Featured Artist Al Griffin in June. 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 Artist Jeff Broekhoven in June: “Recent paintings might be described by the term Comfort Calamity. They experiment with flattened space occupied by characters who appear to be assembling and disassembling, or barely held together, reinforcing their presence and absence in the scenes. The works engage a handful of binary themes including comfort and security, helpless desire and humor, abstraction and figuration, presence and absence, and all the identifiers used to depict space (shadow, light, color). Their witless demeanor and precarious physicality lends the characters a sort of pathos that reflects the struggle of retaining presence, maintaining commitments, making room for desires, and building places of comfort, without taking any of it too seriously. Such an endeavor is bound to result in calamity.” – Jeff Broekhoven (417) 368-6966


RSVPaint, 440 S. Campbell Ave., is pleased to have the Artworks of James Smith on display in our Gallery for the month of June. Not’cho Ordinary Taco Truck will be on hand in our parking lot on Pershing and Campbell, serving some delicious treats. We will also be doing a Raku Fire. Come by, pick out and glaze a pot, fire and take home! We will also have our normal open paint sessions, as well as live music. Please come Relax, Sip, Visit, Paint with us! (417) 413-4331.


Springfield Art Museum at The Creative Foundry, at the corner of South Avenue and McDaniel Street, welcomes you to enjoy a variety of activities during Art Walk including demonstrating artists and a potter’s wheel demonstration, a display of Live Art Panels created by local artists and writers at ArtsFest, and the launch of the Museum’s alternate reality game, Art Hunters. This interactive adventure will lead participants to sites across Springfield as they help the Art Hunters, Shane Beckworth and Brock Hansen, in hunting down art that has come to life and escaped the Museum. Both Shane and Brock will be at the Creative Foundry on the evening of June 6 for a character meet and greet and an art hunt in downtown Springfield. The Springfield Art Museum will kick off its participation in First Friday Art Walk with the opening of its annual Watercolor USA exhibition by providing shuttle service from the Museum to downtown Springfield. Those attending the Watercolor USA opening on June 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. will be able to take a shuttle from the Museum to the Creative Foundry. The Museum plans to continue providing shuttle service to First Friday Art Walk during the summer months.


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents An Artist to Be Announced in June. (417) 832-8277


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., has glassblowers Gabe and Terry Bloodworth crafting Roman-style Pitchers in bright summer colors, plus a big “wall bowl” during their 8 p.m. demonstration at the June 6 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., 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


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 Dan Morris, Rebecca Burrell, Angel Brame and Sarah Hurlburt Frana in University Plaza’s fabulous atrium gallery. (417) 864-7333


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