Sept. 5 Art Walk welcomes European Café, Discovery Center, return of university galleries

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First Friday Art Walk in September is a HUGE event with art, music, demonstrations, tastings and more in 27 participating venues, 6-10 p.m. Sept. 5!
Art Walk welcomes TWO new additions in September: New member European Café, 207 Park Central East, which debuts with Featured Artist John Fitzgibbon, and new sponsor Discovery Center of Springfield, 438 E. St. Louis, which debuts with an Art Installation: Science Meets Art. Plan your route to these and 25 other exciting Art Walk venues:  View and Print the September 2014 Art Walk Map and/or View the September 2014 Art Walk Newsletter
Art Walk’s university-sponsored galleries are back for the fall semester with a series of fantastic shows, including Random Access: Burlesque, Boxing and Other Bits at Drury University’s Pool Art Center Gallery; two amazing ceramics shows – Haejung Lee: Interpersonal Relationship Part 2 and Jeff Johnston: Cairns, a Personal Journey – in MSU Brick City’s east and west galleries; a cultural exploration of Saudi Arabia at MSU Center of International Programs; the MSU Department of Art + Design Sculpture, Drawing, and Painting Students’ Biennial Exhibition atMSU Student Exhibition Center, and Mike Meyers: Beginning Again, featuring more than 60 small-scale paintings and two-dimensional ceramic pieces, at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz and Paintings and Drawings from Summer 2014 Classes in the Gillioz Theatre lobby.
Join Fresh Gallery as it celebrates its 5 Year Anniversary; experience a select show of some of the region’s finest local artists with The Creamery Arts Center’s Caught my Eye, the 3rd Annual Member Invitational Show; join the creatives at Arts & Letters for Nick Tarr: Art for Art’s Sake, a craft beer tasting with Piney River Brewery and live music by Sabrina Deets; and visit Obelisk Home for an exciting new show with T.D. Scott: After A Storm.


Additional September Highlights include:

  • Diverse Fragments byGordon Lindseyat Art Inspired
  • Featured Artist Bill Shultz at BookMarx
  • Outside of Action; Back & Forth Between Simplicity of Structure and Anxiety of Performance and Fire In the MiddleatideaXfactory
  • The Show Must Go On: Theaters and Entertainment Venues in Springfield at the History Museum on the Square at the Fox Theatre
  • WELCOME TO GRAPEOGRAPHY: Photographs From my Life in a Missouri Vineyard by Joyce McMurtry at Park Central Branch Library
  • Featured Artist Clarissa French at Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Featured Artist Janelle Patterson at RSVPaint
  • New lines of Blown Glass Mugs and “Crackle-Finish” Pilsner glasses and live demonstrations at Springfield Hot Glass Studio
  • Open House at Springfield Police Museum at The Calaboose


Get details on all these shows, and more, in the Gallery Guide below. Also, be sure to join us for our daytime event, Second Saturday, noon-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.

September 2014 Gallery Guide


Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, presents Diverse Fragments, an exhibit of artwork by local artistGordon Lindsey. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Nick Tarr: Art for Art’s Sake from 7 to 10 p.m. with Piney River Brewery in house with a craft beer tasting and a musical performance by Sabrina Deets. From the artist: “ART FOR ART’S SAKE – This is what comes to mind as I sit in front of a piece of wood or blank canvas, with brush in hand. As a designer and fabricator by trade, painting became a hobby to fill the gaps between large projects. Painting became more than just a hobby the more I explored. I have been painting now for about five years, and have only cracked the surface of self exploration. Painting to me is about learning and solving problems, just like anything in life. Painting offers me an escape from the immediate and an opportunity to create something from nothing; to share, inspire and be inspired.” – Nick Tarr(417) 830-8186


Blue Block Lofts, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 107 (Enter on Pershing) presents A Show to Be Announced in September.Blue Block invites you to come have a cup of Joe, experience great art 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 Bill Shultz. “I am interested in the spontaneous correctness of nature. In Buddhist thought this might be referred to as tathatā, or ‘suchness,’ an appreciation for what is at any given moment, whether that pertains to the natural world as we immediately think of it (tides, storms, the dying of winter and the rebirth of spring), or the naturalness of our own thoughts and actions (our inner storms, perceived loss and the sensation of renewal). My work explores that spontaneity and physicality by seeking the balance between equanimous decision-making and chance. Our minds have the tendency to compartmentalize reality into this thing, that thing, and the space between. My creative process is an exploration of the nature of those relationships by means of experimentation with form and material. Alongside seeking a balance of thought and spontaneity, I am interested in the relationship between matter and space, something and nothing, and the blurred edges between the two. My recent work is a series of mixed-media paintings of an abstracted and entropic Earth and a series of writings created on an Olivetti-Underwood 21 typewriter that record my philosophy of life and creativity within a framework of a formal use of text and page as material and space. Above all, in life and my work, I hope to sustain an attitude of hope, an eye toward beauty, a balanced mind and love.” – Bill Shultz, 2014


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents Caught My Eye, the third annual member invitational exhibit for the Sept. 5 Art Walk. The show will be on display at The Creamery Arts Center through Sept. 26. Each year, the Springfield Regional Arts Council selects a group of exceptional artists from its Members Show to present a larger sample of their individual artistic vision. This year’s exhibition features artwork from six exceptionally talented artists: Brian Boulware, Brian Condon, Doug Erb, Crystal Moody, Kevin Dwight Richardson and Pam RuBert. Pam will be showing a collection of drawings depicting local personalities who have “caught her eye.” The drawings in ink and watercolor were done at Arts & Letters’ figure drawing sessions and from the top of a ladder during the Drawing Marathon at the ideaXfactory.(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 An Artist to be Announced in September. DB also continues its displays of Karolyn Farrell’s oils, Debra Sutherland’s oils and acrylics, and photographs by Carl James in September. (417) 864-4343


Discovery Center of Springfield, 438 E. St. Louis, makes its debut on the Sept. 5 Art Walk with an Art Installation: Science Meets Art. Discovery Center is partnering with OTC Fine Art Students, bringing student art and interactivity to the public. Join us in the Discovery Center lobby as we build an art structure with recycled materials, highlighting the Discovery Center’s focus for fall 2014 with its traveling exhibit Green Revolution. 417-862-9910, ext.713 or;


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery,  940 N. Clay St., presents Random Access: Burlesque, Boxing and Other Bits by local photographer Steven Spencer. Steven’s images will be on display through Sept. 26. Be warned: some material may not be suitable for all audiences. (417) 873-7263 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


European Café by Sweet Couture, 207 Park Central East, makes its Art Walk debutwith Featured Artist John Fitzgibbon. A native of the Midwest who now resides in Springfield, John works in various mediums but watercolor is his favorite because of its fresh, spontaneous qualities. He teaches watercolor workshops in Springfield, and he particularly enjoys the workshop setting because people are there to learn as much as they can in a short amount of time. John has been recognized in many art competitions including Watercolor USA, and he is a member of The Watercolor Honor Society. (417) 942-5055 Open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Th, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. F & Sat
Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, presents its Five Year Anniversary Celebration in September. Fresh Gallery was established in 2009, the dream of Jeanie Morris, then president of the Springfield Regional Arts Council Board of Directors. Morris and the SRAC director at that time, Sandra Smith, wanted to find a building that could be turned in to a gallery for local artists to exhibit and sell their work, and where the artists would staff the gallery to encourage a sense of ownership and pride. Out of pure good fortune, Nick Sibley generously accepted the challenge of renovating the first floor of the building at the southwest corner of Walnut and Campbell for what would become one of the most sought after galleries in the downtown area. Five years later and much thanks to the Morrises, Smith and SRAC, Fresh Gallery is thriving. Over the years, Fresh Gallery has been home to 68 artists, including six who have been in residence since the first day. The premise of Fresh Gallery is that the art is always fresh. Artists rotate spaces within the building and new art is provided for view each month. A visitor coming to the gallery over the course of a year would see something new, exciting, and “fresh” at each visit. As of today, Fresh Gallery is one of Springfield’s most visited galleries during First Friday Art Walk and is home to 21 successful regional (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 at the Fox Theatre, 157 Park Central Square, is proud to present The Show Must Go On: Theaters and Entertainment Venues in Springfield. Free admission during First Friday Art Walk (regular admission applies for Second Saturday: $3 for adults, $1.50 for children). (417) 831-1976


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents Outside of Action; Back & Forth Between Simplicity of Structure and Anxiety of Performance, an installation by Jessica Frelund that incorporates performance, sculpture, video, photography and drawings. By setting up scenarios for self-development and learning, the artist questions human behavior, culture and socially-imposed limitations. The audience may witness absurd activities that inspire self-reflection and exploration. Visitors will also be invited to sit inside a quiet section of the gallery installation called Fire in the Middle, a yellow pyramidal tent-like structure with a green glow that evokes the imagery of growth or regeneration and is inspired by a visualization technique used to strengthen personal will-power.


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents two shows by a pair of fantastic ceramic artists. In the East Gallery is Haejung Lee: Interpersonal Relationship Part 2, a ceramic installation, and in the West Gallery isJeff Johnston: Cairns, a Personal Journey, featuring ceramic sculpture. (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, opens its doors to Art Walk with a display on the country of Saudi Arabia. Broaden your horizons! (417) 836-3733
MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents the MSU Department of Art + Design Sculpture, Drawing, and Painting Students’ Biennial Exhibition. Experience Sculpture, Installation, Drawing, and Painting work by current MSU Art + Design Students during the Artist Reception, 6-10 p.m. during the September 5 First Friday Art Walk. (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 Live Music for the Sept. 5 Art Walk. (417) 559-9695


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents

T.D. Scott: After A Storm. “After a storm, it’s peaceful again … A 2014 spring tornado struck my small town. Many homes and businesses were destroyed. I was more fortunate; I only lost my art studio. Although years of work and a large (probably too large) collection of books, tools, and equipment was blown away in an instant; my most important treasures were spared- family, friends, pets, and my home. As I witness a community recover, I realize what remains is the instinct to begin again. Like nature perseveres … This collection of paintings was inspired by the peace and beauty that still exists after a storm.” – T.D. Scott (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents Mike Meyers: Beginning Again featuring more than 60 paintings, each approximately 6 inches square, and a selection of wonderful two-dimensional ceramic pieces — small scale but with organic shapes and patterns. Their subdued glazes of color complement his paintings perfectly. “Several years ago, I started taking pottery classes at Springfield Pottery as a way to start my creative juices flowing again. Pottery has been great, but my background was in drawing and painting. In 2010, I did a sketchbook for the “Sketchbook Project” that really started my journey back to my roots of drawing and painting. As I did a lot of drawing, I realized I really wanted to paint. So, I decided I would start small and simple by painting 6″x6″ pieces of hardboard and using acrylic paints. I use photographs and drawings as reference material and paint at night, after work, on the kitchen table. I decided to enter a few juried art shows just to see where I was at. Just to see if I could get in. I was very surprised that not only did I get in, I also won a few awards. Last fall, I entered the (First Friday Art Walk 12th Anniversary Art Contest) at OTC Fine Arts Gallery and the director, Kat Allie, asked if I could do a show for September 2014. My journey back to painting has come so fast I am still astounded.” – Mike Meyers In addition to Mike’s show, OTC Fine Art also features Paintings and Drawings from Summer 2014 Classes in the Gillioz Theatre lobby. (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, debuts a show of photographs titled WELCOME TO GRAPEOGRAPHY: Photographs From my Life in a Missouri Vineyard by Joyce McMurtry. The artist will talk about her life in a vineyard and her photography at 6 p.m. (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 Clarissa French for the September Art Walk. Clarissa, Art Walk communications director and sometime artist, does photos and photo manipulations that are weird, whimsical and all about capturing certain qualities of light – from abstract images of fall leaves and fireworks to close-up photos of the natural world. (417) 866-1399


RSVPaint, 440 S. Campbell Ave., is proud to present Featured Artist Janelle Patterson in our gallery. Janelle is a Springfield resident and also an instructor at RSVPaint. Janelle’s latest painting series juxtaposes high contrast architecture over bold, expressive backgrounds. She also creates and sells hand-painted glassware and Christmas ornaments through her business, Janelle Patterson Art. (417) 413-4331.


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


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., introduces their new lines of Blown Glass Mugs, “Crackle-Finish” Pilsner glasses and will be demonstrating one of their large “Spun-Out” Bowls during 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, 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 A Variety of Art in University Plaza’s fabulous atrium gallery. (417) 864-7333


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