Pumpkin Party, Anniversary Celebrations, Pure Enjoyment, Night of Unity converge Oct. 3

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As fall paints the Ozarks landscape with gorgeous autumn color, so too does First Friday Art Walk. Enjoy a brilliant harvest of interactive art experiences, contests, celebrations, tastings, live music and more, 6-10 p.m. Friday Oct. 3 in 27 participating art venues! We have a brand new addition with The U @ Springfield, across from The Gillioz Theatre, which debuts with a Grand Opening Art Walk Reception featuring six local artists. View and Print the October Art Walk Map to plan your route.


We’re thrilled to announce that the Springfield Art Museum will again offer shuttle service between the Museum and Art Walk, with stops at The Creamery Arts Center, Fresh Gallery and ideaXfactory. We also have a number of special annual events in October:


First Friday Art Walk celebrates its 13th anniversary with its annual Art Contest and Exhibition at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz. Our panel of judges will choose the Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention awards, and Art Walk visitors will vote on The People’s Choice Award. Cash prizes of $500 will be awarded.


Arts & Letters, one of Art Walk’s most dynamic destinations, celebrates its One-Year Anniversary in October. Join them for a show of pen-and-ink drawings titled Unrequited Love: Fifty Shades of Eric Ray; tastings by Copper Run Distillery and White River Brewing Company; music by Alexa Kilgore plus ARTcade: Visual Art Inspired by Video Games.


The Creamery Arts Center, along with Arts Rolla and Brewer Science, presents the 7th Annual Pure Enjoyment Exhibition and Reception.


Springfield Hot Glass Studio presents a cornucopia of gorgeous glass gourds with its annual Pumpkin Party. Enjoy pumpkin cookies from AmyCakes, plus hourly giveaways.


Other October Highlights include:

  • Works by Featured Artist Robert Staley at Art Inspired
  • Featured Artist Kassandra Parker at BookMarx
  • Hands-on art with The Discovery Center’s Science Meets Art
  • For Burkina at European Café by Sweet Couture
  • The Inspiration Tree at ideaXfactory
  • The Art of Tattoos at Park Central Branch Library
  • Featured Artist John Ehlers at Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Featured Artist Janelle Patterson at RSVPaint


Night of Unity at Art Walk

Also during the Oct. 3 Art Walk, we are proud to partner with Harmony House to observe National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the 2014 Night of Unity. For 38 years, Harmony House has provided shelter, advocacy and education for survivors of domestic violence. During the Night of Unity, supporters will give custom buttons to Art Walk patrons, and together we will light the streets in celebration of the right to live a life free of abuse!


Finally, don’t forget: Second Saturday, our laid-back, daytime Art Walk event, which will be held noon-5 p.m. Oct. 11!


October 2014 Gallery Guide

Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, presents Works by Featured Artist Robert Staley in October. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, marks its one-year anniversary of being open and part of First Friday Art Walk! For October, Arts & Letters is proud to present Unrequited Love: Fifty Shades of Eric Ray on our Gallery Wall. We are delighted to have tastings by both Copper Run Distillery and White River Brewing Company, as well as a musical performance by Alexa Kilgore! From Eric Ray: “Creating my work is both a joy and a labor. I choose to work in Pen and Ink because it is not a simple media to master and is also relatively uncommon. I strive to develop art with a feel for the subject matter and the story I wish to tell. The search for the beauty in the complexity of form, pattern and texture is important. I enjoy creating visual shortcuts, innuendo and suggestion balanced against insanely detailed rendering in my pen work. I intentionally mix drawing styles and textures to best honor my subjects. I accept the challenge of exploring the limits of using a black pen on a white surface, and relentlessly pushing those limits around. My show is a result of my years of experience and suggests a direction my work will be going in the future. Please enjoy and share.” Arts & Letters also has a special exhibit on its Salon Wall titled ARTcade: Visual Art Inspired by Video Games. The ARTcade show features work by local favorites Old Mr. Bones, Gary Bedell, Christiano Bellotti, Chad Woody and many more! This exhibit is sponsored by Bar and Arcade who are hosting the official after party featuring a musical performance by Dragon Inn III. ​ (417) 830-8186 www.artsandlettersspringfield.com


Blue Block Lofts, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 107 (Enter on Pershing) presents Art by MSU Students in October.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) www.blueblocklofts.com


Bookmarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Featured Artist Kassandra Parker in October, plus a homemade baked goods sale by Local Baker Madyson Willowlily and a sidewalk sale of books to benefit the Springfield-Greene County Library. From Artist Kassandra Parker: “Since childhood I have been a fan of Halloween, cartoons, and the paranormal, and it has always influenced my creativity. These interests have inspired me throughout my education, despite the persuasion to be more acceptable. I attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a short time, but realized I like learning on my own. Digital painting is my favorite approach to creating. I prefer it because it’s easier for me; I don’t have to buy materials all the time, it’s not messy, and I can do it almost anywhere. Aside from ease of use, the look of digital appeals to me because it’s smooth, vibrant and consistent. Over the years, my characters have evolved from cartoon animals to bizarre monsters. Sometimes I will create more detailed, realistic characters, and other times they’re just simple cartoons. I like to experiment with different styles, but one thing that has always stayed the same is my desire to combine the humorous with the creepy.” www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents the 7th annual Pure Enjoyment exhibit in partnership withArts Rolla and Brewer Science. What makes people happy? SRAC, Arts Rolla, and Brewer Science hope to answer that question with the appropriately titled Pure Enjoyment. This diverse juried exhibition will be unveiled with a delightful artists’ reception during the October Art Walk. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) www.SpringfieldArts.org 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 October.DB also continues its displays of Karolyn Farrell’s oils, Debra Sutherland’s oils and acrylics, and more in October. (417) 864-4343


Discovery Center of Springfield, 438 E. St. Louis, invites you to enjoy hands-on art with its ongoing 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 cmccoy@discoverycenter.org; www.discovercenter.org


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery,  940 N. Clay St., presents a fantastic show in October titled Drury | New York | San Francisco | Berlin, curated by Todd Lowery. Visit the gallery 6-9 p.m. during Art Walk to experience art by Julie Feldman Algiere, Eric Clinton, Ben Bunch, Sarrita Hunn, Doug Johnston and Ryan Thayer. (417) 873-7263 www.drury.edu/pacgallery 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, invites you to support For Burkina, a Springfield-based nonprofit whose goal is to design, fund, and build a primary school in Burkina Faso, Africa. At Art Walk, European Café will offer home-made bricks, mugs and cups, mosaic wall-art, t-shirts, and more. All of the proceeds raised from selling these items go directly towards the construction of a primary school to serve 135 children, with a funding goal of $32,000. Give the miracle of learning to a child in Burkina Faso in Western Africa by purchasing one of these beautiful items, plus experience European Café’s artistry in edibles. www.417EuropeanCafe.com (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 Featured Artists Ann Marie Rausch and Jennifer Leeper in October. Ann Marie Rausch is Fresh’s resident three-dimensional painter. Rausch is a planner and it is expressed quite clearly in her painting. Rausch finds a piece of furniture that speaks to her. She then draws a scaled replica of the piece and sketches possible designs. Once a design is decided upon, she plots the colors. Rausch, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Design from Kansas State University, started pursuing a full-time career in art as her family grew up. Her initial interest was in watercolor illustrations for children’s books, but during that time she discovered acrylics, furniture and wall murals. The rest is colorful, whimsical, fantastic history. Jennifer Leeper is both an artist and an educator. An MSU graduate who has been teaching K-12 art for 10 years, Leeper works are quite different from Rausch’s pieces, yet the process is similar in the plotting and planning. Leeper works in colored pencil, graphite and charcoal. She chooses her subject and begins laying down a general sketch, then adds layer after layer of detail, contrast and value to create realistic pieces that represent her love of farm and rodeo life. While Leeper appreciates the impressionistic art of others, she prefers to create realistic pieces. One look at any of her farm drawings is proof that she has perfected her craft. The level of detail is astonishing and well worth a trip to Fresh Gallery. .www.freshgallery.org (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 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents The Inspiration Tree, facilitated by artist Cameron Thomas. The Inspiration Tree is an interactive art installation aimed at engaging the community in sharing inspiration through the form of positive messages, art, and other small items that can be hung from a clothes pin. Everyone is welcome to receive one and leave one. The concept behind this art installation is that money doesn’t grow on trees but inspiration can. Please join us at the IdeaXFactory on October 3rd as we freely share inspiration through various art forms and items. Donations will be taken to raise money for Springfield Public School Autism Programs. http://ideaxfactory.com


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 http://art.missouristate.edu/148370.htm 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, invites you to explore the vast, ancient and fascinating country of China during the October Art Walk. Broaden your horizons! (417) 836-3733 http://international.missouristate.edu


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents Cole Closser: Lost Little Boys and Brave Black Rats with a Visiting Artist Reception during the Oct. 3 Art Walk. Cole Closser is a Missouri cartoonist and a graduate of the BFA program at Missouri State University, as well as a graduate of the MFA program at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. His Graphic Novel Little Tommy Lost was featured in Juxtapoz in August 2013, named one of the ten best graphic novels of 2013 by A.V. Club (the Onion), and nominated for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award in the category of Best Publication Design at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. Cole currently lives in Springfield and teaches drawing at Missouri State University and Drury University. Also, be sure to stop by MSU Student Exhibition Center during Homecoming Weekend when it will hold a special College of Arts & Letters Alumni Reception

5–6 p.m. Oct. 17. (417) 836-6999 www.sec.missouristate.edu 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 & Original Art for the Oct. 3 Art Walk. (417) 559-9695


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

KidsWalk! in partnership with the Hamels Foundation. KidsWalk! will feature artwork from elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the Ozarks. Featured artwork will include all mediums and highlight the amazing talents of students in our communities. (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents the First Friday Art Walk 13th Anniversary Art Contest & Exhibition. Open to all artists 18 or older in the southwest Missouri region, the contest features $500 in cash prizes, including $250 for the Grand Prize and $100 for the People’s Choice Award. A new category/contest this year is our Art Walk Poster Contest, which will award another $200 in prizes. The deadline for entries is Sept. 22. A jury of art professionals will choose the best entries for the exhibition, and select artists will be invited to display their works at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz from October 3~24. Our panel of jurors will award the Grand Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize and Honorable Mention; The People’s Choice will be determined on Art Walk night by a vote of Art Walk attendees. Last year’s exhibit featured more than 70 artworks, and 400 votes were cast for The People’s Choice. (417) 447-8975 www.facebook.com/otcfinearts and otc.edu/finearts 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 The Art of Tattoos from the artists of Kaleidoscope. Bobbi from Kaleidoscope will give an informative presentation on how to plan for getting a tattoo, and patrons will get to make their own temporary tattoos at the end. (417) 831-1342 www.facebook.com/parkcentrallibrary 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, presents Featured Artist John Ehlers in October and November. Ehlers is something of a Renaissance man. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from MSU, has been a potter with Springfield Pottery for 10 years and is a member of The Garbonzos, Springfield’s most unique musical group. An entrepreneur who deals in antiques, collectibles and vintage clothing, his show at Qdoba showcases his amazing drawing talent.(417) 866-1399 www.goodwillandguacamole.com


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. www.RSVPaint.com (417) 413-4331.


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


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., invites you to its annual Pumpkin Party for the October Art Walk. We’ll have pumpkin cookies from Amycakes Bakery AND we’ll be giving away one of our handmade blown glass pumpkins every hour beginning at 7 p.m. 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 www.springfieldhotglass.com 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 www.springfieldmo.gov/spd/AboutUs/history.html


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 www.springfieldpottery.com 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 www.transformationgallery.com 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 www.upspringfield.com


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