Fall in love with Art Walk in 23 participating venues Feb. 6
First Friday Art Walk wants you to be our Valentine in February! Join us 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, for art, music, hands-on activities, talks, tastings and more in 23 participating art venues! Our university galleries return from Winter Break in February with a delightful selection of new shows; the Hearts for the Arts: I See Red silent auction returns to The Creamery for its seventh year; Artist Stephanie Cramer brings a stunning selection of works to Obelisk Home with Wonders at Dusk; find the perfect tribute for your Valentine at Fresh Gallery; and be amazed by a dual show at Arts & Letters: the mystic made real with The Campbell Tarot Show, plus The Post-It Show on the Salon Wall. View and Print the February 2015 Art Walk Map or View and Print the February 2015 Art Walk Newsletter to plan your own custom Art Walk experience!
Must See in February: Solo Exhibition by Marion DeCocq:
A very special addition to the February Art Walk is the Solo Exhibition by Marion DeCocq at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz. DeCocq has taken Art Walk’s annual Art Contest by storm for the last two years. His amazing paintings have won Grand Prize kudos from our judges and People’s Choice honors from Art Walk attendees, making him the favorite of artists and art lovers alike! A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, for many years this hardworking father of five has focused on raising his family. Now that his children are grown and pursuing their own dreams, Marion is pursuing his – and revealing an amazing talent. This is a must-see!
February Highlights include:
- The Photography Challenge Exhibition at The U @ Springfield
- Featured Artist Evan Henningson with Live Music by Sabrina Deetsat Springfield Brewing Co.
- Featured Artist Eric Ray at Qdoba Mexican Grill
- Digital Art by Alan O’Neal, Operazzi & Fusion Bead Art at Park Central Library
- Live Music and Original Art at Nomad
- Map of Days by Sharon Harper at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery
- Scottoons with Featured Artist Scott Sauer at The Discovery Center
- The Housewives by Amber Darding at BookMarx
- Photography by Jeff Farabee and Jewelry by Farrah Rose at Art Inspired
Also in February, Second Saturday is for lovers, falling on Saturday Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. Take your Valentine downtown for lunch and an afternoon stroll with Art Walk’s laid-back, daytime art event, noon-5 p.m. Feb. 14! (And don’t forget Pour Amour at Fresh Gallery!)
February 2015 Gallery Guide
Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, presents Photography by Jeff Farabee and Jewelry Designs by Farrah Rose in February. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat
Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents February Featured Artist Dusty Campbell and The Campbell Tarot Show. Dusty has created his own tarot deck! His original drawing will be on display of the Gallery Wall and sets of the deck will be available to purchase. For an additional fee with the purchase of a deck, buyers may have their cards read by the artist! Also, on the Salon Wall, enjoy The Post-It Show. This is a show in which artists create artwork on 3×3, yellow Post-It notes. Post-Its may be purchased during Art Walk for $2 apiece. We will also feature a musical performance by the Linda Sala Jazz Project and a tasting by Copper Run Distillery. From Artist Dusty Campbell: Tarot is the story of the fool wandering through life on the path of enlightenment, and this deck of cards is my attempt to tell the tale in our time. For each card, I researched the classic meanings and symbols pulling from many esoteric and gnostic resources. Most specifically, the Order of the Golden Dawn has been the main influence on my choice of the specific names for the cards, as well as the number order of the major Arcana. That said, each card is an infinite story, so to say I understand it would be bold as brass, but I more than dabble at this point, so I will say that the study and meditation involved in the making of each card has led me to a very personal understanding of what tarot means to me. That meaning is as personal as any religion, so instead of telling you all my secrets right here, I want to leave it to the viewer to come and see and come to their own conclusions. I want to thank the ladies of Arts & Letters for giving me the opportunity to show my thoughts and thank everyone that has supported me along the road. (417) 830-8186 www.artsandlettersspringfield.com
BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents February Featured Artist Amber Darding and her show The Housewives. “This series is a playful response to the type of overt sexism expressed in mid-century advertisements. These watercolors are not to showcase the monstrous or duplicitous nature of women, but expand on the concept that not everything is as it appears. To me they say that there is more to a woman than a pretty face; and that it is not only ignorant to underestimate them, but to do so could also be dangerous.” www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks
At The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, love is in the air – and on the walls – with the 7th annual Hearts for the Arts: I See Red art exhibition and silent auction. Bids are being accepted now in this fantastic exhibition of two- and three-dimensional works in media ranging from acrylics, to ceramics, to textiles and beyond! All bids start at $10 and are accepted in $5 increments. Bid online at www.springfieldarts.org/auction or in person at The Creamery Arts Center. All Hearts for the Arts proceeds will benefit the SRAC’s arts education programs that support local teaching artists and arts organizations reaching more than 20,000 children annually in a 27-county region. The event culminates with a free public reception 6-9 p.m. during the Feb. 6 First Friday Art Walk. Online bidding ends at 8 and in-person gallery bidding stops at 9 p.m. on Art Walk night (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, features Acrylics by Stevia Bonebrake, Whimsical Horse Paintings by Deborah Young and Pottery by Desiree Young, plus Pottery by Duane Bone. (417) 864-4343
Discovery Center of Springfield, 438 E. St. Louis, invites you to meet Featured Artist Scott Sauer of Scottoons, who creates things to make people smile! Scott will demonstrate cartooning during the Feb. 6 First Friday Art Walk. 417-862-9910, ext.713 or firstname.lastname@example.org; www.discoverycenter.org
Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., is proud to present Featured Artist Sharon Harper and her show, Map of Days, in February. (417) 873-7263 www.drury.edu/pacgallery Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Th; 6-9 p.m. First Fridays
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. 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, invites you to share the love with its wide variety of Valentine’s Day Gifts. Options include wood and ceramic wine goblets, paintings, jewelry, vases, interlocked hearts carved out of single pieces of wood, and other wonderful gifts. Stop in at Fresh Gallery to see what we have to help you show your sweetheart just how much you care! Also, for Second Saturday Feb. 14, Fresh celebrates Valentine’s Day with Pour Amour. From11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14, wine glasses painted by Fresh Artists will be available to purchase at $14 each with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association. A “pour” of wine will be offered with each glass (non-alcoholic beverages available to those under 21). This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire an original piece of art from your favorite Fresh artist, share an afternoon with your Valentine and help raise money for the American Heart Association!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, Will be Closed for the Feb. 6 Art Walk as it prepares its new exhibit, but it will open its new display “We’ve Always Been Here,” Stories of the African American Community in Greene County on Monday Feb. 9 and will be open for Second Saturday Feb. 14.Free admission during First Friday Art Walk (regular admission applies for Second Saturday.) (417) 831-1976 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org
IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, is Closed for Construction. New shows to be announced soon! http://ideaxfactory.com
MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, is proud to present the Biannual Art+Design Faculty Exhibition with an Artists’ Reception 5:30-8 p.m. during the Feb. 6 First Friday Art Walk. 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, puts its focus on the county of Vietnam in February. http://international.missouristate.edu
MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., proudly presents the Photography, Ceramics, Metals/Jewelry Student’s Biennial Exhibition through Feb. 14. Experience a wide variety of works by art and design students. The exhibition is free and open to the public.(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 Feb. 6 Art Walk. (417) 559-9695
Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Wonders at Dusk: The Art of Stephanie Cramer in February.”These paintings are a result of envisioning figures and landscapes at the last stillness of light between day and night. Color is central to the temperature and emotion of the painting,” Cramer says. Artist Statement: I see the painter as analogous to an actor/director bringing the viewer along to new places, memories, dreams, and family histories. I like to give the viewer space to interpret what they see on the canvas.
Center stage in my art is the figure – an object in motion, as if the figure is caught, just for an instant; a glimpse, a snapshot before the gesture is complete. I’m not in search of exact representation. I’m intent rather on provoking a sense of tension or intensity. Color brings the emotion to the painting. Whether spatial or expressionistic, the implied relationship between figures is intended to arouse curiosity.
Painting is like a freeze frame. It helps both the viewer and the painter to pause – if just for a second as we enter into that two dimensional space. Most of the time the stage is imaginary or based on dreams and memories. Like Alice, the viewer is invited to step into the drama or the wonderland inside the looking glass.– Stephanie Cramer (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com
OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, is proud to present a Solo Exhibition by Marion DeCocq, an amazing artist who taken First Friday Art Walk’s annual Art Contest by storm for the last two years. An Army vet and devoted father of five who has returned to art in mid-life, Marion won both the Grand Prize and People’s Choice honors in Art Walk’s Annual Art Contest & Exhibition in 2013 and 2014. From the Artist: Born in Missouri 1971 and educated in the public school system, I was generally unremarkable in most academic subjects with the exception of art, where from first grade on I never scored less than an A+ (it may also be that art was the only class that I fully participated in). Creating Art back then was this poor boy’s Atari play system, and I played it often. I graduated high school in boot camp and served four years in the Army during, Operation Desert Storm.
Afterward I raised five beautiful children working as a trash man, emphasizing to them the importance of education. My oldest daughter is now a second grade school teacher and my youngest daughter is in her third year of college in the pursuit of becoming a scientist. So, in the last few years, as my children began leaving our home to search out their own destinies, I returned to mine: Art.
All of my oil paintings are done in layers through traditional processes. I do many disparate genres but with the single aim to capture as much imaginative force as I can in order to create a visual curiosity. In my mindset I try less to paint statements inasmuch as leading questions, so the viewers of my paintings are not just witnesses to art but participants as well. I am a fan of surrealism, but I do not categorize myself as strictly a surrealist painter; I just follow where my mind goes.(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 a variety of First Friday entertainments Feb. 6. Join the library 6-7 p.m. for a First Friday Art Talk titled Three Spaces: Critical Utopianism for Contemporary Audiences presented by Drury University art history and architecture student Kevin Rogan. From 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy a Display of Digital Art by Alan O’Neal, plus hear music from Springfield Regional Opera’s Operazzi open mic night at 7 p.m. (or bring your sheet music and join the show). Finally, get hands on with Fusion Bead Art 7-9 p.m. for all ages (materials provided). (417) 831-1342 http://facebook.com/thelibrary.org 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 Eric Ray in February and March. (417) 866-1399 www.goodwillandguacamole.com
RSVPaint, 440 S. Campbell Ave., is proud to present Featured Artist Kevin Alumno, recent graduate from MSU, in February. His work is about social anxieties and the concept of “face” expressed through figures drawn transparently. www.RSVPaint.com (417) 413-4331.
Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents Featured Artist Evan Henningson with Live Music by Sabrina Deets. (417) 832-8277 www.springfieldbrewingco.com
Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., shares the love in February with live crafting of Hearts, Flowers & Perfume Bottles in honor of Valentine’s Day.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
The U @ Springfield, 318 Park Central East, across from The Gillioz, presents the Photography Challenge Exhibition, featuring photography from MSU and Drury students. In this composition and lighting challenge/project, photographers used only phones, tablets and film to create their images with no post production or filters. www.TheULiving.com (417) 895-8015