Celebrate spring in brilliant color during April 3 Art Walk
At long last, spring has sprung. Birds are singing, trees are budding and creativity is in bloom in historic Downtown Springfield with original art, live music, tastings, demonstrations and more in 19 participating Art Walk venues 6-10 p.m. April 3. To plan your custom Art Walk experience, View and Print the April 2015 Art Walk Map and/or View the April 2015 Art Walk Newsletter
With the April Art Walk, we are offering more options for visitors. For those who want to start their Walk early, we recommend Early Bird Art Walk venues, which open their shows before 6 p.m. For those who come late to the Walk, or who want to keep the evening going, we recommend Night Owl Art Walk venues, which stay open after 10 p.m.
“As a self-guided tour, Art Walk has always been a personalized event. People can target the shows they want to see and plan their routes accordingly. The new designations for early opening and late closing venues simply provide another way to customize the Art Walk experience,” said Clarissa French, Art Walk communications director.
April Highlights include:
- Arts & Letters presents Celebrating Nature’s Art by Gail Rowley and Face in the Crowd by local graffiti artist John Worcester in April
- BookMarx presents April Featured Artist Randolph Dietz, plus meet Cody Walker and Nathan Judah, co-creators of Noir City comic book
- The History Museum on the Square at The Fox Theatre presents “We’ve Always Been Here,” Stories of the African American Community in Greene County
- Drury Pool Art Center Gallery welcomes artists John Ehlers and Kevin Alumno’s show Drawing on Inspiration
- Obelisk Home presents To Everything – The Art of John Hull in April
- OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz hosts the Annual Central Ozarks Conference Juried High School Exhibition
Also, don’t forget Second Saturday is noon-5 p.m. April 11 in 17 participating locations, including MSU Brick City and MSU Student Exhibition Center.
April 2015 Gallery Guide
Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, presents Photography by Diana Antley for the April Art Walk and Second Saturday. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat
Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Celebrating Nature’s Art by Gail Rowley on the Gallery Wall and Face in the Crowd by local graffiti artist John Worcester on the Salon Wall for First Friday and Second Saturday. From Artist Gail Rowley: “I’m a nature photographer who lives in the rural Ozark hills near Willow Springs, Missouri. I can’t help it; I find I just have to chronicle the nature around me. My past work and studies have been in education, child development and ecology. I’ve been a long-time member of the Missouri Stream Team Program, and am currently involved in prairie restoration. As artist and owner of Ozark Stream Photography, I sell nature cards and custom prints. I’ve been exploring the outdoors all my life, and I love to document some of nature’s less-noticed treasures. This exhibit will be a celebration of both nature’s power and nature’s secrets. I will display my art in a variety of fine art printings – some with handcrafted, solid Ozark-wood frames. From scenes and critters to super-macro, there will be a wide spectrum of our natural world with a focus on the Ozarks. I try to capture photos, only to find that I am captured by this power called nature!” With Face in the Crowd, graffiti artist John Worcester has created portraits of people of artistic and cultural significance in the Springfield arts scene. The portraits are small, mostly 8 x 10 inches, done in acrylic and aerosol paint on canvas. Also enjoy live music and a tasting with a local brewery during Art Walk, details to be announced. (417) 830-8186 www.artsandlettersspringfield.com
BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents April Featured Artist Randolph Dietz, plus meet Cody Walker and Nathan Judah, co-creators of Noir City comic book. Randolph Dietz is a freelance writer, artist, and educator from southwest Missouri, living on the farm where he raised 4 children and many reptiles. Randolph’s colored pencil “cartoons of eternity” are the result of his human experience: escaping pain and pursuing beauty. Randolph’s pictures are of the random gathering of universal flotsam that somehow coalesce into the entities they are. They are drawn without a plan and completed in a few sittings; they seem to draw themselves. The exhibition continues with Second Saturday April 11. www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks
The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, Will Be Closed for the April 3 Art Walk but will debut its annual show with the Central International Baccalaureate Program on Friday April 10. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) www.SpringfieldArts.org Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays
Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., invites you to enjoy Drawing on Inspiration, a show by artists John Ehlers and Kevin Alumno. (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 enjoy its fundraising art display, For Burkina during First Friday and Second Saturday in April, plus regular displays of local art and wildly creative 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 Note: European Café is a Night Owl Art Walk location: open until 11 p.m.
Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, is proud to present its annual Open Juried Show and Competition in April. 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, continues its exhibit, “We’ve Always Been Here,” Stories of the African American Community in Greene County. 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 show information coming soon! http://ideaxfactory.com
MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, is Closed for the April 3 Art Walk but Open for Second Saturday April 11! Enjoy Show Me Your Lone Star, featuring 10 emerging artists with roots in the contemporary Texas art scene, in the West Gallery, plus First Glimpse: Burlesque! by Stephen Spencer in the East Gallery. Don’t miss the closing reception for Spence, 6-8 p.m. April 17. (417) 836-6794 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 India in April. http://international.missouristate.edu
MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., will be Closed for the April 3 Art Walk, but Open for Second Saturday April 11! Join the SEC noon-5 p.m. Second Saturday for The Foundations Exhibition, one of the most interesting exhibits held at the Student Exhibition Center. Beginning level classes show projects that have been assigned to demonstrate the students’ understanding of various artistic concepts in two- and three-dimensional design and drawing. (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 in April. (417) 559-9695
Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents To Everything – The Art of John Hull. “Vivid oils on large canvases, these paintings are my attempt to capture a time of day, a season of the year. Abstract and influenced by Impressionism they invite the viewer to explore the canvas, filling the eye with color and light.” – John Hull (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com
OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, is delighted to present the Annual Central Ozarks Conference Juried High School Exhibition, promoting regional high schools’ emerging artists and celebrating the inspired dedication of their art instructors. Experience amazing talents from Reeds Spring, Bolivar, Buffalo, Hollister, Logan-Rogersville, and Marshfield high schools with works in 27 different visual art categories! The April 3 Art Walk Reception runs 5-9 p.m., with the awards ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. in OTC’s third-floor gallery. During Art Walk, we also invite guests to vote for the People’s Choice Award. In addition, OTC Phi Theta Kappa (the international honor society) students Tracy Pierce and James Hunter will exhibit original artwork they created to answer the call from the college administration to educate students about Title IX Issues. An incredible synergy resulted when the chapter gave ideas about Title IX conflicts and a request for a Pop Art style. Tracy Pierce translated and elevated them into vivid, iconic painted images. James Hunter then recreated the art into powerful digitized posters which are now prominently displayed on every OTC campus. (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 Note: OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its art reception starts at 5 p.m., an hour before Art Walk’s official 6 p.m. kickoff
Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, presents One Read: Visual Interpretations of “The Giver” by artists Nathan Gamel, Gary Bedell, Old Mr. Bones, Meganne Rosen O’Neal and Christiano Bellotti. Some of the artists will be at the event from 6-8 p.m. to talk about their visual interpretations of the One Read Flash Fiction Contest winning submissions. This One Read event is a celebration of The Giver, the title for this year’s one book, one community initiative. (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 Amy Sampson in April. Enjoy Amy’s award-winning photography. (417) 866-1399 www.goodwillandguacamole.com Note: Qdoba Mexican Grill is a Night Owl Art Walk location: open until 3 a.m. (and offering late-night-only breakfast fare).
RSVPaint, 440 S. Campbell Ave., is proud to present Artwork Under $100 in April. Enjoy affordable artwork in various media, plus check out RSVPaint’s schedule of painting classes for individuals, couples and groups. www.RSVPaint.com (417) 413-4331.
Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents Featured Artist Michael Yates plus Live Music by Sabrina Deets for the April 3 Art Walk. (417) 832-8277 www.springfieldbrewingco.com Note: Springfield Brewing Company is a Night Owl Art Walk location: open until Last Call on First Fridays.
Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., a working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work, will be making Pitchers and Vases in bright spring jewel tones with their new diamond pattern. 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 A Show to Be Announced for April. www.TheULiving.com (417) 895-8015