First Friday in November features Mosaic Marathon, hot wax painting, Friday Night Ink & Tour of the Globe!

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Ballet in the yogurt aisle, the convergence of literature and fine art, Wingapalooza’s Friday Night Ink, a printmaking revival, Tour of the Globe, LIVE encaustic painting, Sarajevo 100, Art by Michael Parkes and soooo much more make First Friday Art Walk THE place to be in November! Join us 6-10 p.m. Nov. 7 in 29 participating venues for stunning local, national and international art, tastings, live demonstrations, live music and more.


November Highlights include:


Abstract Paintings by Justin Gault and Photography by Brian Steel at Art Inspired plus the Grand Opening at the new Art Inspired Boutique on Market


Ballet & Modern Dancers in Places You Don’t See Them, a new body of photography by Steven Spencer at Arts & Letters


Contemporary Palimpsest: Book Graffiti and Related Works by Meganne Rosen O’Neal at BookMarx


Reconstructing the Ideas of Printmaking at The Creamery Arts Center


Michael Parkes’ Lithographs & Sculpture at DB Design Salon & Art Gallery


Encaustic Painting Demonstration at Discovery Center Springfield


Unconventional Wisdom, a stellar alumni show curated by Jacqueline Warren at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery


Featured Artists Dianne Baum and Carl Huser at Fresh Gallery


Mosaic Marathonat ideaXfactory, plus a free Mosaic Marathon Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 8


Sarajevo is the focus of poster exhibits at MSU Brick City and MSU Student Exhibition Center


Tour of the Globe brings a global bazaar of food, dancing, traditional dress, games, art and more to MSU Center of International Programs


Spiritual Passages: The Art of Sharon Warren at Obelisk Home


Brandon Alms: Nature Detailed at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz


Photos by Award-Winning Photographer James Wiebe at Park Central Library


Americanized Chinese Brush Paintings byConnie Snelson-Luebbert at RSVPaint


Wingapalooza Friday Night Ink at the Springfield Expo Center


For Burkina Art Night

First Friday Art Walk is partnering with the nonprofit organization For Burkina to present a special Art Night Fundraiser at 323 N Patton Ave. Suite 203 – the old Yellow Bonnet Building – 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7. More than 20 artists will participate in the silent auction to fund construction of an elementary school in Burkina Faso, West Africa.


Finally, don’t forget: Second Saturday, our laid-back, daytime Art Walk event, which will be held noon-5 p.m. Nov. 15!


November 2014 Gallery Guide


Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, features the Abstract Paintings by Justin Gault and Photography by Brian Steel for the November Art Walk. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Art Inspired Boutique, 230 S. Market, makes its Art Walk debut with a Grand Opening Celebration during the Nov. 7 First Friday Art Walk.


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Ballet & Modern Dancers in Places You Don’t See Them, a new body of photography by Steven Spencer. From the artist: “I am a self-described Street Photographer out in the world photographing my footprint.  Through my lens, I bring to life my most vivid encounters: from squatters in Detroit to local bands in downtown Springfield to the Panama Ballet.  I brought together 220 musicians spanning three generations and photographed them at the Springfield Art Museum for “A Great Day in Springfield”.  I shoot a variety of subjects and in a range of situations from working with the Springfield Dance Alliance to shooting situations that arise in my everyday life.  This project had its own unique set of challenges including photographing at night or in low light conditions.  I find it easier to draw light of darkness rather than drawing the darkness out of light without using a flash or tripod.  I had to experiment a lot. Ballet & Modern Dancers in Places Where You Don’t See Them was the brainchild of my friend Meredith Stewart.  Meredith asked me to collaborate with her on this project to make her vision a reality.  It has been an interesting project.  I have learned a lot about dance and about posing people in unusual situations. Thank you, Meredith!” (417) 830-8186


Blue Block Lofts, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 107 (Enter on Pershing) presents Art by MSU Students in November.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 Contemporary Palimpsest: Book Graffiti and Related Works by Meganne Rosen O’Neal. From the Artist: “This show has thoroughly confused my mother. Let me back up. I have always been a very opinionated, passionate creature when it comes to my love of both literature and visual art. I love books. I devoured them in my youth and still read as feverishly as my limited free time allows. My undergraduate degree is in art history, and I have amassed a small library on the subject at my home along with shelves of postmodern lit, magical realism and even, ahem, a few urban fantasy chronicles. Books are a particular kind of sacred in my parents’ home as well. I distinctly remember being horrified as a teenager when my mother was working on a book art project that required the destruction of an old volume and its recreation as a painted and sewn work of art. ‘But … you destroyed the book. You killed it.’ Thus, you can imagine my mother’s furrowed brow when I explained that I was collecting books people did not want so I could stack, blue and then spray paint on them. She did not protest or point out my latent hypocrisy. My parents have always been wonderful supporters of the various undertakings of their eccentric, artistically inclined children, so she instead brought me a box of paperbacks and asked no questions … The concept for this show is rooted in my deep nerdiness. I have a love for mashing the arcane and the contemporary. I wanted to create something for the space at BookMarx that was singular to the space. I thought about books and art and red walls and downtown Springfield. I decided the best thing would be to ‘upcycle’ unwanted curbside trash books (literally collected from curbsides and donated by friends and family who intended to thrown them out) and make them the canvas. ‘Palimpsest’ is a term I ran across in art history classes which refers to text that has been written over or destroyed so that new content may be entered in its place. These books meant for the landfill are my palimpsest for my new visual material. The mountain of book jackets were a bonus palimpsest that I had not anticipated. Happy accidents are always popping up in my studio. Very many thinks to all of the wonderful people who gave me books and to Josh and Aubrey for trusting me with their space for this sort of bizarre undertaking.”


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents Reconstructing the Ideas of Printmaking, an exhibition showcasing hand-produced prints, paper, books, monotypes, relief prints, and zines. The show will open on First Friday Art Walk, Friday, November 7 at The Creamery Arts Center with an opening reception 6-9 p.m. The reception is open to the public, including live printing demonstrations.  Bringing together local and regional print artists, as well as artists from local colleges and universities, the show will demonstrate printing in the original format, with a press, and by hand. With print and book artists exhibiting and working together in one place, artists will be able to network with one another while artists of other genres may be inspired to explore printmaking as an art form.  The show will remain on display until Friday, November 28. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays


DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, features a show of Michael Parkes’ Lithographs & Sculpture from the personal collection of DB Design  owners Duane and Prudy Bone. Also, enjoy ongoing shows of photography by Carl James and Nathan Smith. (417) 864-4343


Discovery Center of Springfield, 438 E. St. Louis, presents Kat Allie, OTC professor of Fine Art, with an Encaustic Painting Demonstration. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax. Kat Allie’s encaustic artwork was recently featured in July issue of the Missouri Art Council’s newsletter and website in the article “Bees, Sticky Trees, and Blowtorches: Encaustic Painting Enthralls Missouri Artists” by Barbara MacRobie. Experience art and nature during First Friday Art Walk at Discovery Center. 417-862-9910, ext.713 or;


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery,  940 N. Clay St., presents Unconventional Wisdom, featuring artists David Cogorno, Dudley Murphy, Todd Lowery, Rebecca Miller, Jacqueline Warren, Tom Parker, Duane Crigger, Blaine Wisenhunt, Jan Hyde, Clarence Brewer, Ryan Osborn, Clive Gray and Ryan Rosenquist. Enjoy this special exhibition, curated by Jacqueline Warren. (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, presents A Show to Be Announced for November, plus experience European Café’s artistry in edibles. (417) 942-5055 Open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Th, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. F & Sat


For Burkina, 323 N Patton Ave. Suite 203 (the Yellow Bonnet Building), presents a one-night-only fundraising event with Friday Art Night 6-9 p.m. The evening features a silent auction of works by 20-plus artists, a Drury University Art of Space installation showcasing Nomadic Architecture, as well as hors d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts and a special presentation at 7 p.m.
Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, presents Featured Artists Dianne Baum and Carl Huser. Dianne Baum has been creating for as long as she can remember.  Her rare ability to be both organized and creative has served her well over the years.  Baum had a 31-year career as a high school librarian and teacher. In those years, she always found herself being called upon to be creative.  From bulletin boards, dance decorations, and t-shirts at school to greeting cards, weddings, and costumes on a personal level, Baum showed a talent for composition, design and color theory. “Experiencing creation is relational just as experiencing art is relational; something that exists between the viewer and the viewed,” says Baum.  Baum says that she hopes the viewer experiences her expression of color, composition, design, movement and words with as much joy as she did in the creation process.  Carl Huser. Huser, a PhD in biology who taught at the university level for 40 years, has worked in wood for most of his life.  His interest in woodturning can be traced back more than sixty years to an old German woodworker who always had time for a curious youngster.  It was in Bruno’s shop that he learned to appreciate and respect the beauty that is found in wood.  Bruno’s reverence for wood turned out to be contagious and since then, he has found wood to supply a respite like none other.  Huser’s main interest is in the turning of vases (hollow forms) and bowls; a blend of form and function.  His material comes exclusively from wood saved from brush piles or landfills.  In salvaging native wood, the finished pieces are inextricably linked to the region and history from which they originated. His objective is to produce a work that demonstrates a high level of craftsmanship with an artistic touch that people would enjoy having in their homes. Huser says, “The challenge for the turner is to find the artistry within and present it for others to experience not only visually but by touching and handling the piece.” (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 Then & Now Downtown, focusing on historic downtown Springfield and its many changes. 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 Mosaic Marathonat ideaXfactory. Enjoy Convergence: ‘X’ Marks the Spot is a colorful, vibrant, and symbolic 20-foot mosaic by Artist Christine Schilling incorporating art work elements by local and international mosaic artists. Visit during First Friday in November to see the work in progress and meet Christine and visiting artists. Come back noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov.8 for the Mosaic Marathon Workshop to make a mosaic element that will become part of this large-scale public art work. Materials will be provided and the artists will be there to assist you. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
Christine Schilling is an artist well-known for her public artworks in schools, parks and streetscapes throughout the region. Most recently she collaborated with artists from around the world on the Mosaic Intervention Team working in Chile. Many of these international artists are contributing small pieces of artwork to the ideaXfactory project and a couple are planning to travel to Springfield from Germany and San Francisco to participate in Mosaic Marathon! Don’t miss this fun and exciting installation at the ideaXfactory that will bring together the past, present, and future, nature, art and technology!


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents Views of Sarajevo, in association with the Sarajevo 100 exhibition. Enjoy the art reception: early bird start at 5:30 p.m. (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, presents the 2014 Tour of the Globe! Tour of the Globe transforms the Morris Center downtown into a global bazaar for an evening, allowing the Springfield community to experience the diverse cultures represented by our students at MSU. In the past, students have showcased their countries with traditional dress, food, dancing, games, art, and more. Visit the MSU International Services Facebook page to view photographs from past years at the Tour of the Globe. In 2013, 18 countries were represented at the event and we had over 800 MSU students and local community members who joined in on the fun.


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents a pair of exhibits focused on Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Enjoy Amra Zulfikarpašic: Posters, Typography, and Smartphone Drawings on the first floor of the SEC, and see Sarajevo 100: International Student Exchange Exhibition on the second floor. Amra Zulfikarpašic is a professor from the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo. Her exhibition will contain graphic design (posters and typography), and works of fine art including drawings done on a smartphone.With works exhibited worldwide, including prestigious museums and private collections, Zulfikarpašic has researched the cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina and revival of “Bosancica,” or authentic Bosnian letterforms from the Middle Ages. She has been awarded with many national and international prizes and been featured in a number of books, catalogs and periodicals on contemporary graphic design and fine arts. She is also creatively active on the fine arts scene, representing Bosnia and Herzegovina contemporary art at 1999 Venice Biennale with Oresta Group in Italian Pavilion. Sarajevo100, an international invitational poster action, is a collaborative project by Missouri State’s art and design department, the Association of Applied Artists and Designers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo. It is partially sponsored by Bosnia and Herzegovina Federal Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Municipality Center Sarajevo and the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo. The SEC exhibit features 68 student posters and 16 student animations with contributors from around the world, including students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and 36 student from the Missouri State University BFA in design program. The selections focus on the centennial commemoration of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (which started the First World War), the 30th anniversary of the 14th Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, and in memory of the 1992–95 war and siege of Sarajevo.(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 & Original Art for the Nov. 7 Art Walk. (417) 559-9695


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Spiritual Passages – The Art of Sharon Warren “Through the process of creativity and a passion for color I work towards a goal of freedom in my paintings. I approach my contemporary paintings from an experimental view. I often use a variety of styles and techniques to arrive at a completed painting. Sometimes layering paint and materials to get the texture and result that I desire. Finding the secret to beauty in a creation and expressing it in a way that everyone can understand is what keeps an artist forever challenged. No matter the medium or method it’s the excitement of the subject or emotion that moves the artist to creativity. The use of texture, lines and movement tell the story for my audience. My love of watercolor is at the core of all my works, however, I must remain in the freedom of acrylics and mixed media to create versatility in my work. The gift of art in our lives is a force of light and I am ever thankful for this never-ending joy.” – Sharon Warren (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents Brandon Alms: Nature Detailed. Artist Statement: “Photographs preserve our experiences and provide an intimate perspective. I use photography to capture what we do not notice and reveal nature’s hidden details. I am motivated to bring out the beauty from the ordinary and inspire a connection.  Influenced by the natural world, I explore its subtle qualities and aim to unveil what the naked eye cannot see. As a nature photographer, my enthusiasm in capturing the perfect shot sometimes entails waiting patiently for hours. In my pursuit of documenting nature, I have had many fascinating wildlife encounters and relish the challenge of portraying each discovery with my personal vision. I hope to engage the viewer and evoke reflection to our surroundings.” (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 Photos by Award-Winning Photographer James Wiebe, whose love of photography got its start in 1965 while he was in the Army and stationed in Germany. Authors Lisa Medley, Elizabeth Obrey, Rosalie Stanton and T. Sue Versteeg, members of Ozarks Romance Authors, will sell and sign copies of their books. Also, don’t miss Art Expert Christina Bradshaw’s presentation Exploring Guatemalan Textiles, 6-7 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk. Christina will show five different Guatemalan textiles while discussing the materials, colors, weaving techniques and purposes of Maya textiles. Christina will also talk about Maya dress and how the Maya have preserved their textile traditions and clothing styles, while also adapting some forms to the modern tourist industry. (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, presents Featured Artist John Ehlers in 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


RSVPaint, 440 S. Campbell Ave., is proud to present Featured Artist Connie Snelson-Luebbert. Snelson-Luebbert is an internationally award-winning artist and owner of Salt and Light Studios, a graphic design firm out of Columbia, MO. With a unique twist on a traditional art form, Connie and RSVPaint present her Americanized Chinese Brush (417) 413-4331.


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


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., invites you to enjoy Live Demonstrations of the Glassblower’s Art. 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 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


The U @ Springfield, 318 Park Central East, across from The Gillioz, presents Seasonally Themed Photography by U Residents and Local Photographers in November. Enjoy this exhibition of original black-and-white photography. (417) 895-8015


University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 333 John Q. Hammons Parkway, Will Not Participate in the November Art Walk while its atrium gallery is under renovation. (417) 864-7333


Wingapalooza Friday Night Ink at The Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis, is a one-night-only event held 5:30-10 p.m. during the Nov. 7 Art Walk. Friday Night Ink, held on Winga Eve (the night before Wingapalooza) is a tattoo contest and exhibition presented by Springfield area tattoo parlors and Springfield Sertoma Club. This first-time event will award more than $3,000 in cash and prizes. More than 100 contestants are expected to compete in seven different categories for Best Tattoo while raising money for local youth charities. Never judge a book by its cover – and never judge a person by their tattoos. Admission is free to the public, and tattoo competitors can register from 5:30 to 6:30 at the event or by calling the Springfield Sertoma office at (417) 863-1231. For a full list of categories, sponsors, tattoo parlors, or for more information on this charity event, visit or

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