Stroll into New Year 2015 with First Friday Art Walk!

1 - December 22, 2014 - 0 Comments

It has been said that the way you start your New Year sets the tone for the next 12 months. First Friday Art Walk hopes you’ll embrace art, expression and creativity as your guiding lights in 2015 by stepping out with us 6-10 p.m. Jan. 2 in 18 participating art venues!
There’s something for everyone in January: Give new life to old Christmas cards with an all-ages, hands-on art activity at Discovery Center of Springfield; enjoy a smorgasbord of works by 19 incredible regional artists in The Showcase at Obelisk Home; explore the Ar(k)typical Assemblages of Kathryn Zerbe at BookMarx; experience Artwork by Patrick Bowie and Live Music by Jimmy Reaat Springfield Brewing Company; and award-winning Featured Artist Katelyn Butler at Fresh Gallery, to name a few. For a brief summary of the Jan. 2 exhibits with links to details and slideshows, View the January 2015 Art Walk Newsletter. To plan your own personal Art Walk route,  View and Print the January 2015 Art Walk Map


January Highlights include:


    • Painter and Mural Artist Rick Byrd at The U @ Springfield


    • Roman-Style Pitchers and Bowls at Springfield Hot Glass Studio


    • Featured Artist Kevin Alumno at RSVPaint


    • Featured Artist Justin Gault at Qdoba Mexican Grill


    • Storm Drain Reveal 2014 at Park Central Branch Library, plus a 6 p.m. First Friday Art Talk for grownups and 7 p.m. Bingo! for kids grades 6-12 (prizes will be awarded!)


    • Live Music and Original Art at Nomad


    • Featured Artist Katelyn Butler, 2014 winner of the Fresh Air Open Juried Competition, at Fresh Gallery


    • Birds of a Feather by H.E. Croan at Arts & Letters 


  • Freelance Artist Elaine Johnson at Art Inspired


Finally, don’t forget: Second Saturday, our laid-back, daytime Art Walk event, which will be held noon-5 p.m. Jan. 10, 2015!


January 2015 Gallery Guide

Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, features Freelance Artist Elaine Johnson in January. See Elaine’s work at (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Birds of a Feather by H.E. Croan. From the artist: “Working in acrylic inks I create stories from seemingly insignificant splatters of paint. I pour water and drip ink on watercolor paper to create washes and splatters of color.  After the paint dries I look for images in it much as one would look for images in the clouds and begin to draw what I see.  I work back and forth between drawing and painting the image until it is complete.  I draw inspiration from my life and my thoughts on the elusive realm of the subconscious and the divine.  My current work combines my experience as a mother of two young children with my thoughts on the creation and origins of life.  The making of a new life is extraordinary but also rather ordinary; new lives are made every day and they are taken every day.  I am interested in where this life comes from, where it goes and what it means while it is here.”  (417) 830-8186


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Precious Cargo II: Another Year of Ar(k)typical Assemblages by Kathryn Zerbe. From the artist: “An ark has been defined as something that affords protection and safety. This series of work combines ‘found elements’ of nature and of human manufacture to create an impression of mutual responsibility. Each composition provides a means by which to ponder, through archetypical imagery and reflection—both metaphorical and literal—one’s individual part in the stewardship of all that we have been given. Life is precious. God is good.”


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, is Closed for Winter Break in January. (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 Acrylics by Stevia Bonebrake, Whimsical Horse Paintings by Deborah Young and Pottery by Desiree Young. (417) 864-4343


Discovery Center of Springfield, 438 E. St. Louis, invites you to bring your old Christmas cards to the center for an evening of Hands-on Creativity: Learn how to upcycle your Christmas greetings into art! 417-862-9910, ext.713 or;


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery,  940 N. Clay St., is Closed for Winter Break in January. (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, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to experience its artistry in edibles, plus regular displays of local art. (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 Artist Katelyn Butler, 2014 winner of the Fresh Air Open Juried Competition. In April 2014, Fresh Gallery was thrilled to host a juried competition featuring 2-D and 3-D works. From that competition emerged jewelry artist Katelyn Butler. A student at Missouri State University, Butler is completing her BFA and is expected to graduate in spring 2015. The winner of the 2014 Women’s Jewelry Association Designer/Creator scholarship, and both the Nancy Lumpee Pate and Mayme C. Hamilton scholarships, Butler is also the recipient of the 2014 SNAG student scholarship to attend the annual conference. Her work has been included in juried exhibitions in the USA and Japan. “As an undergraduate, my primary focus has been to challenge my technical abilities while employing a sense of visual aesthetic. I want people to respond to my work by looking very closely. I am also concerned with the idea of impermanence, and the immortal nature of the material that I work with in relation to the ephemerality of my own body. Because of the unyielding nature of the material, I am constantly required to flex my own intentions in order to abide by the temperament of the material” Butler says. (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 for Christmas, focusing on downtown Springfield and its fabulous holiday history. Free admission during First Friday Art Walk (regular admission applies for Second Saturday.) (417) 831-1976


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, is Closed for Winter Break in January.



MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, is Closed for Winter Break in January. (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 Winter Break in January.


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., is Closed for Winter Break in January. (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 Jan. 2 Art Walk. (417) 559-9695


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents The Showcase, a compilation of work from all of its current gallery artists. On display will be various work from our gallery including Stephanie Cramer, Jane Troup, Kat Allie, Emily Million, Jane Parker, Mary Hamilton, Jared Gillett, Dustin Burgert, Karen Schneider, Paula Jones, T.D. Scott, Evan Melgren, Jim Adams, Daniel Flodin, Jeff Broekhoven, Shelly Forbes, Tom Parker, Sharon Warren, and Christie Snelson.  (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, is Closed for Winter Break in January. (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 Storm Drain Reveal 2014 with the James River Basin Partnership. Also, grownups will enjoy a First Friday Art Talk with MSU art history major Drew Pilkenton titled Developments in Hazar Baf: Architectural Innovation in the Persian Middle Ages from 6 to 7 p.m., while kids grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to win prizes with Bingo! from 7 to 8 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, presents Featured Artist Justin Gault in January. (417) 866-1399


RSVPaint, 440 S. Campbell Ave., is proud to present Featured Artist Kevin Alumno, recent graduate from MSU, in January. His work is about social anxieties and the concept of “face” expressed through figures drawn transparently. (417) 413-4331.


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents Artwork by Patrick Bowie and Live Music by Jimmy Rea in January. (417) 832-8277


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., invites you to enjoy Live Crafting of Roman-Style Pitchers and Bowls in January.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 Painter and Mural Artist Rick Byrd in January. (417) 895-8015



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