From Biotechnology to Animal Artists, Aug. 1 Art Walk breaks new ground in 19 participating venues

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First Friday Art Walk in August features some amazing art juxtapositions! Biotechnology meets art in The Tea House at ideaXfactory; VHS images contrast with the “era of high-definition obsession” in Video Daze: A Celebration of the Poor Image at Arts & Letters; visual art and word art combine in Michelle Swift’s The Weapon is Will at BookMarx; wild animals become artists with Impressions of the Wild at Fresh Gallery; plus enjoy a wide range of new shows, live music, live art demonstrations and much more in 19 participating Art Walk venues 6-10 p.m. Aug. 1. View and Print the August 2014 Art Walk Map or View the August 2014 Art Walk Newsletter to plan your route. Also Art Walk is thrilled to again partner with Springfield Art Museum in August with a FREE shuttle between the Museum and downtown during the Walk. Park at the Museum, which will be open extended hours for Art Walk, then catch the shuttle to downtown! Shuttle stops at Fresh Gallery and ideaXfactory.

Additional August Highlights include:

  • The Photography of Ted Pagel and Works by Alex Gonazales at Art Inspired
  • 2,451 miles: Celebrating Route 66 at The Creamery Arts Center
  • Acrylics by Margaret Grooms and Pottery by Heather Barr at DB Design Salon
  • Artists Marian Chamberlain and Angel Brame at Fresh Gallery
  • The Show Must Go On: Springfield Theaters and Entertainment Venues at The History Museum on the Square at The Fox Theatre plus special guest Dr. Randy Dillon speaks about an early silent movie star with a Springfield connection, Pearl White.
  • Featured Artist Abi Post and Music by The Eskimo Girls at Nomad
  • Shelly Forbes: Consider This at Obelisk Home
  • Works of Art by teens from the Rare Breed Youth Drop in Center, plus Authors at Art Walk with authors Paul Bass, Yvonne Erwin, Joyce Ragland and Julian Lynn at Park Central Branch Library
  • Featured Artist Diane Minge at Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Featured Artist Madeline Brice at RSVPaint
  • Springfield Police Museum at The Calaboose reopens to the public
  • Artists Dan Morris, Rebecca Burrell, Angel Brame and Sarah Hurlburt Frana at University Plaza Hotel

Also, Art Walk will continue its new event, Second Saturday, on Saturday, Aug. 9. Look for details the week of Aug. 4!

August 2014 Gallery Guide

Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, presents The Photography of Ted Pagel for August as well as Works by Alex Gonzales.  (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Video Daze: A Celebration of the Poor Image, featuring photographs and video work by Shay Rainey and music by Seth Goodwin. “These photos represent my recently uncovered fascination with the video image, the VHS aesthetic.  The Video Home System made its first appearance in 1976, to the horror of the movie industry. VHS was at one point compared to the Boston Strangler by the head of the Motion Picture Association.  I think it was scary to them because it took film out of a commercial hierarchy and put it in the hands of the people. In my work with the VHS I am paying homage to the audience members who became their own movie directors overnight. I love the idea of people being able to capture their lives and play it back on the screen. I’m also paying homage to my childhood that was spent watching  the worst TV to video VHS tapes over and over again until the images and sounds were so warped it became something different, fuzzy, warm, and unpredictable. I am absolutely in love with its saturation, vagueness, dislocation, and freedom of imprecision. This work is a celebration of the poor image in an era of high definition obsession.” – Shay Rainey “Altogether, poor images present a snapshot of the affective condition of the crowd, its neurosis, paranoia, and fear as well as its craving for intensity, fun and distraction.” – from “In Defense of the Poor Image” by Hito Steyerl (417) 830-8186


Blue Block Lofts, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 107 (Enter on Pershing) presents A Show to Be Announced in August. 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, presents Featured Artist Michelle Swift. At an early age Michelle Swift showed in interest in art. At Missouri State University she studied photography and worked in a darkroom. After school, she began working with paints and realized her passion for this medium, specifically through using stencils and wheatpasting with textured backgrounds. Her last series, I Wade In Dreams and Drip When I Get Up was inspired by vivid dreams she had. She is inspired by stark images and underground art. This current series has been a process of reflection for the past 2 years. It encompasses both visual and written art. The name of this series is The Weapon is Will.


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents 2,451 miles: Celebrating Route 66 beginning with a free public reception 6-9 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk Aug. 1, 2014. The show will remain on display until Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Route 66 is far more than just a sign on the side of the road; it’s a passage into America’s history and the highway toward America’s future. It’s paved with the artistic work of abstract expressionists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Jackson Pollock, and many others. So take a ride with us, open your mind, and show us your vision of America’s Mother Road: yesterday, today, and tomorrow. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays


DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, is proud to present Acrylics by Margaret Grooms and Pottery by Heather Barr.  DB also continues its displays of Karolyn Farrell’s oils, Debra Sutherland’s oils and acrylics, and photographs by Carl James in August. (417) 864-4343


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery,  940 N. Clay St., is Closed for Summer Break. (417) 873-7263 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, is thrilled to present Featured Artists Marian Chamberlain and Angel Brame plus special event Impressions of The Wild, featuring artwork by animals at Dickerson Park Zoo and Rutledge Wilson Farm. Last year, Fresh presented its inaugural show of animal art and the event was such a huge success that we are doing it again! Paintings range from Hippopotamus Kisses to Domestic Rat Tracks, and we can’t forget the Siamang Brush Paintings! This year, the keepers will bring a box turtle, snake, and a skink to do live paintings 6-10 p.m. during the Aug. 1 First Friday Art Walk. Proceeds of sales go to The Ozarks Chapter of the American Association of ZooKeepers. Why animal art? The keepers and animals enjoy painting together. It is enrichment for both of them. Painting is a form of animal training and enrichment that goes beyond masterpieces by lions, tigers, and many other species. It allows keepers to manage the animals in a positive way. They build personal relationships with the animals while using “painting” to train other behaviors. For example, an elephant footprint in paint is great practice for elephant foot radiographs by using the canvas like a radiograph plate. Keepers love adding new items to the animal’s environment and painting is a fun way to do this. It is amazing when you see the animals start to think about where their next stroke is or what paw goes where! Don’t miss out on these fantastic pieces of art and the opportunity to “meet” the artists. Wild artists will also be painting for Second Saturday Aug. 9! (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during Art Walk


The History Museum at the Historic Fox Theatre, 157 Park Central Square, is proud to present The Show Must Go On: Springfield Theaters and Entertainment Venues. Free admission during Art Walk! Don’t miss special guest Dr. Randy Dillon,  Missouri State University faculty,  speaking on an early star of the silent era who began her career here in Springfield: Ms. Pearl White. Drop in at 6:30 and 8:30 to catch the presentation: Pearl White-The “Peerless Fearless Girl” from Springfield, Missouri: The Perils and Parallels of an International Silent Movie Star.  (417) 832-1200


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, invites you to explore the sublime beauty of art and biology at the ideaXfactory with The Tea House, an installation by visiting artist Andrea Polli, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 1. The Tea House is an art and design project to investigate the social and ecological impacts of biotechnology through melding the comfort of a tea house with the publicly unfamiliar microbiology research laboratory. In the gallery will be a teahouse with seating and a series of experiments growing kombucha and other microbial food products. Through this exhibition and related events, you will learn about groundbreaking and sometimes shocking Biology and Bio-Art from all over the world.Visiting artist Andrea Polli is currently teaching at the Drury University SIVA program.


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, presents Featured Artist Abi Post and Music by The Eskimo Girls on Aug. 1. (417) 559-9695


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Shelly Forbes: Consider This in August. “I have always been drawn to art and creating art from a young age. Greatly influenced by the four classical elements – earth, air, fire and water – I begin each piece by working with concrete, fluid acrylics and resin which allows me to create intense colors and textures that form a liquid look that makes you want to connect with and to touch. Being able to create a piece of art that expresses how I see the world and share it with others is very satisfying and inspiring.” – Shelly Forbes(417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, is Closed for Summer Break. (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, invites you to view Works of Art created by teens from the Rare Breed Youth Drop in Center. Learn about how The Rare Breed is working with at-risk youth in the city and enjoy the creative talent these teens have to share. Also, don’t miss Authors at Art Walk: Springfield Writers’ Guild members Paul Bass, Yvonne Erwin, Joyce Ragland and Julian Lynn will sell and sign their books. (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 Diane Minge for the August Art Walk. (417) 866-1399


RSVPaint, 440 S. Campbell Ave., is proud to present Featured Artist Madeline Brice in our gallery. Madeline is a senior BFA student at MSU who focuses primarily on the human figure emerged in various surroundings as the subject of her work. (417) 413-4331.


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents Art by Arabella Woods  in August. (417) 832-8277


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., Will Be Closed for Furnace Maintenance for the Aug. 1 Art Walk. The studio will be open for regular hours for the rest of the month. 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, invites you to experience Springfield’s fascinating law-and-order history, from headline-grabbing crimes and criminals to relics of law enforcement past. Admission is FREE during First Friday Art Walk. 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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