2nd Saturday features America Recycles Day at Discovery Center, live art demonstrations at Springfield Hot Glass, Arts & Letters

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For those who missed out on First Friday Art Walk – and those who just can’t get enough fabulous ART – the galleries of Springfield’s Downtown Arts District invite you to Second Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Nov. 15 in 16* participating venues.


Want to see live art demonstrations? Be sure to stop by Springfield Hot Glass Studio, which will be demonstrating its Blown-Glass Ornaments and Snowmen, and Arts & Letters, which will feature Drury University Professor Paula Rosen doing a Live Weaving Demonstration and exhibiting some of her original pieces.


“Green” is the theme at Discovery Center of Springfield as it celebrates America Recycles Day noon-6 p.m. with free admission, hands-on creativity with recyclables, the Green Revolution Exhibit and the new photo exhibit 50 Years of Wilderness Through the Lens of Missouri’s 8 Wilderness Areas.


Looking for a unique gift for someone special? Original artworks, including paintings, pottery, wood, stained glass, jewelry, holiday cards and more are on display at Fresh Gallery!


Second Saturday Highlights include:


  • Abstract Paintings by Justin Gault and Photography by Brian Steel at Art Inspired
  • 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
  • Michael Parkes’ Lithographs & Sculpture at DB Design Salon & Art Gallery
  • Featured Artists Dianne Baum and Carl Huser at Fresh Gallery
  • Springfield Then and Now is open at The History Museum on the Square (regular admission charged for 2nd Saturday)
  • Spiritual Passages: The Art of Sharon Warren at Obelisk Home
  • Photos by Award-Winning Photographer James Wiebe at Park Central Library


Finally, don’t forget First Friday Art Walk’s first-ever Poster Contest is ongoing! Entry fees as low as $5; $200 in cash prizes to be awarded. Get the entry form at www.ffaw.org

*Note: an earlier version of this post included MSU Brick City and MSU Student Exhibition Center; unfortunately, their Sarajevo 100 exhibits come down Nov. 14, so they won’t be part of Second Saturday. That being said, do be sure to catch these fantastic poster art exhibits before the 14th!

November 2014 2nd Saturday 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


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, invites you to enjoy Live Art Demonstration with Professor Paula Rosen. See Paula do a live weaving demonstration and display some of her own handwoven pieces for 2nd Saturday. Also, enjoy Arts & Letters’ ongoing exhbit, 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 www.artsandlettersspringfield.com


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.”www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks


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, celebrates America Recycles Day noon-6 p.m. Nov. 15 with free admission, hands-on creativity with recyclables, the Green Revolution Exhibit and the new photo exhibit 50 Years of Wilderness Through the Lens of Missouri’s 8 Wilderness Areas. 417-862-9910, ext.713 or cmccoy@discoverycenter.org; www.discovercenter.org


European Café by Sweet Couture, 207 Park Central East, invites you to experience their 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 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.” 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 Then & Now Downtown, focusing on historic downtown Springfield and its many changes. Rregular admission applies for Second Saturday; free admission on First Fridays. (417) 831-1976 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org


Nomad, 318 W. Walnut next to Flame, a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents The Creations of Mick Whitcomb. (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 www.obeliskhome.com


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. (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 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


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents A Trio of Artists in November. (417) 832-8277 www.springfieldbrewingco.com


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 www.springfieldhotglass.com 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 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

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