Blockbuster May Art Walk features 25 venues, SAM shuttle

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May 1 event takes you from museums and galleries to ‘a galaxy far, far away’


The May 1 Art Walk, your kickoff to Artsfest weekend is packed with art, activities, performances and excitement, 6-10 p.m. in 25 Art Walk venues. View and Print the May 2015 Art Walk Map and/or View the May 2015 Art Walk Newsletter to plan your custom Art Walk experience.


Art Walk is proud to welcome its newest sponsor, Systematic Savings Bank, which makes its official Art Walk debut with a fantastic show by Featured Artists Bruce Stidham and Jackie Stone. The Walk is also delighted to announce that the Springfield Police Museum at the Calaboose returns to the Walk as of May with free admission during Art Walks through October.


A special, one-time-only event in May is Art Walk at the eFactory, 5-7 p.m. with Featured Artists Jeff Broekhoven, Stephanie Cramer & Alicia Farris. This celebration marks The eFactory’s 2nd birthday, and its new partnership with Springfield Regional Arts Council. Don’t miss the remarks and champagne toast at 5:30!


Student and senior shows abound in May, with The BFA Senior Exhibition at MSU Brick City Gallery and Graphic Design Practicum: Final Projects at MSU Student Exhibition Center, plus the Apex Exhibition at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, the Spring Student Showcase at OTC Fine Art Gallery at the Gillioz and Featured Artist Kendrick Payton at The U @ Springfield.


Art Walkers can tour the globe in May! Park Central Library celebrates Japanese Children’s Day with hands on craft, traditional Japanese dances and a kimono workshop by Kizuna: Japan-America Friendship Group, plus sumi-e paintings – and an Art Talk on Samurai swords – by Featured Artist Allen Lee. Meanwhile, MSU Center of International Programs celebrates the country of Colombia through food and dance.


If planet Earth isn’t exotic enough for you, how about “a galaxy far, far away”? RSVPaint presents the Star Wars Group Show and a special themed Photo Booth in May.


Springfield Art Museum rejoins the Walk this month with the SAM Shuttle, connecting the Art Museum and Art Walk. Park at the museum and let SAM be your chauffeur to Art Walk and back, 6-9 p.m. on First Fridays from May to October.


Also, don’t forget Second Saturday, our laid-back, afternoon stroll event, will be held noon-5 p.m. May 9 in 18 participating locations!


May 2015 Gallery Guide


Art Inspired, 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio, presents Family Secrets: The Storytelling Art of Steven Head for the May Art Walk and Second Saturday. This fantastic show, in mixed media and collage, is presented in recognition of Mental Health Month. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Who Framed Nathan Gamel? for First Friday Art Walk and Second Saturday. The Art Walk reception starts at 7 p.m. with a musical performance by Jazz Pianist C.H. McCoy. From the Artist: Nathan Gamel finds inspiration in nature, in his domestic environment and in the vibrant culture of the 1980s pop art and street art intersection, specifically in the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. When you look at Gamel’s work, there is a familiarity in the subject matter of pets, portraits of his family and himself, checkered floors that recall your aunt’s kitchen and then there is a spark of the foreign: Thai lettering, elephants, pandas. Juxtaposed over the domestic and the exotic is a flash of rebellion: Words and interspersed images that make the viewer think of urban environments, of street art, of the New York avant garde of 1985. Gamel’s work takes layers of imagery, history, emotion and text and flattens them into one visual plane. This ability to express depth within a stylistically flat scene has intense impact and a richness that is often lost in our contemporary painting scene. (417) 830-8186


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents May Featured Artist Danielle

Cardenas, plus Authors at Art Walk with an Ozark Romance Authors book signing, and BookMarx’s One-Year Anniversary Celebration. From Artist Danielle Cardenas: “At the age of 6, when my grandparents returned from a trip to Arizona, they presented me with the gift of a lovely coloring book. It was a little advanced for my age, but with the encouragement of my mother, I filled the pages with color.

“I realize now, it was then that something beautiful and rewarding had taken root within me. Eventually, this evolved and grew into a wonderful family tradition…the sharing in and appreciation of art. This, in turn, led me to various art competitions, and by the age of fifteen, I was editor of my own online magazine.  

“Throughout the years, my interest in art has grown into a passion that is as fulfilling as it is inspiring. I’ve experienced unique self-expression through various mediums. However, I feel my ideas and interests are best conveyed using pencils, acrylics and printmaking techniques, with a focus on nature, wildlife and the environment…realistically and in the abstract.

“It is with the hope of fostering a love for our planet and all of its inhabitants, that I create each piece of art.  My show entitled ‘Save Our Bees,’ features pieces done specifically to help support and protect our honeybees! A donation of 50% of the profits made from the sale of these prints will be made to Earthjustice.”


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, Will Be Closed for the May 1 Art Walk. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery,  940 N. Clay St., proudly presents the annual Apex Exhibition. (417) 873-7263 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Th; 6-9 p.m. First Fridays


The eFactory, 405 N. Jefferson, joins us for Art Walk at The eFactory – exclusively during the May 1 Art Walk. Join the eFactory from 5 to 7 p.m. May 1 as it celebrates its 2nd Birthday with Featured Artists Jeff Broekhoven, Stephanie Cramer & Alicia Farris. Remarks and a champagne toast take place at 5:30. Art Walk at the eFactory marks the debut of the eFactory’s new partnership with the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Note: The eFactory 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


European Café by Sweet Couture, 207 Park Central East, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to enjoy its regular displays of local art and wildly creative edibles. (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, presents May Featured Artists Karla Breeding Trammell and Elaine Willig. Karla Breeding Trammell is a multi-talented artist whose works range from two-dimensional paintings and drawings to jewelry design. “We live in a culture where most of us are just too busy to pay attention to the simple beauty of nature that surrounds us. I believe that an artist should use her God-given talent to preserve as much of that beauty as possible, capturing a mood, a fleeting moment or a sense of space.” Elaine Willig is known for her wonderful jewelry creations, born of her instinctual talent for arranging gems, stones, beads and found objects into stunning pieces. Her jewelry creations are one-of-a-kind and range from whimsical to traditional. She is also Fresh Gallery’s resident repair master, and she loves to take custom orders for special events. Take some time to sit with her; you will be amazed at her ability to design exactly what you are looking for! (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 for First Friday Art Walk and Second Saturday in May. Free admission during First Friday Art Walk (regular admission applies for Second Saturday) (417) 831-1976


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, is Closed for Construction. New show information coming soon!


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents The BFA Senior Exhibition, an exhibition of work by 18 MSU seniors completing degree requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts/Studio Art. Enjoy the exhibit for First Friday and Second Saturday in May. Featured in this exhibition are: Emily Boone, Olivia Duvall, Meghan Walsh, Claire Franke, James Conner and Jonathan Bolli: Photography;

Arwen Watkins and Katelyn Butler: Metals; Laci Carlisle: Sculpture; John Gueltzau and Twan Dickison: Ceramics;

Charles “Andy” Corbett and Ali Parmenter: Painting; Aaron Ivic, Printmaking; and

Jacob Stewart, Megan Rhoden, Tyler Thrasher and Dylan Pieper: Animation. (417) 836-6794 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Fri, noon-5 p.m. Sat and by appointment; closed Sunday and University holidays


MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, puts its focus on Colombia for the May Art Walk, celebrating the country and its culture through food and dance.


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., is proud to present Graphic Design Practicum: Final Projects for the May Art Walk and Second Saturday.  Students in the Missouri State graphic design demonstrate their ability to define and select a problem of visual communication that requires the work of a designer and/or illustrator, emphasizing the design process and visual organization of the process for presentation. Students were encouraged to work with community nonprofit organizations. (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 in May. (417) 559-9695


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Paradigms: The Art of Mary Hamilton, plus the annual Habitat for Humanity Birdhouse Auction. “The paintings in my Paradigms series are intended to be allegorical studies that reflect and explore the process of forced, untimely or unwanted change. The chosen common objects in the compositions symbolize the subliminal meanings understood by our own confined perspective – the comfortable room of our own limited knowledge.The objects appear to be confined in an inescapable interior space with a structured, yet confusing pattern. The separation created by juxtaposed, natural backgrounds suggests a feeling of surreal freedom and a need to escape from self-contained truths.

“The viewer is invited to break away from a pre-determined response, but not without feeling an inner struggle of tense opposition, inescapable fate or the confusion of an unaccepted fact. These images seek to explain the power and influence of our own incomplete axioms and the significance of the changing landscape of the human mind.”

– Mary Hamilton (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents its 2015 Spring Student Showcase with a great line-up of musical acts from 5 to 9 pm as well as 200 pieces of fabulous student artwork for the May Art Walk. OTC Fine Art Gallery will also be open for Second Saturday May 9 with the Student Showcase AND a Student Ceramics Sale, 11a.m.-1 p.m. (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 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, has a full evening of entertainment planned May 1. In addition to its featured exhibition, Sumi-e Japanese Painting and Prints by Allen Lee, the library presents the Japanese Children’s Day Celebration 5-7 p.m. for age 5 and older. Visitors can craft traditional carp kites –materials provided – and try samples of non-alcoholic amazake, a traditional drink made from fermented rice. At 6 p.m. enjoy Kizuna: Japan-America Friendship Group performing several traditional Japanese dances and conducting a kimono workshop. Also, don’t miss the First Friday Art Talk at 7 p.m. with Featured Artist Allen Lee discussing Samurai Swords of the 1500s and displaying pieces from his collection. (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. Note: Park Central Branch Library 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


Qdoba Mexican Grill, 401 S. Kimbrough, presents Featured Artist Amy Sampson in May. Enjoy Amy’s award-winning photography. (417) 866-1399 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., presents the Star Wars Group Show for the month of May. In honor of Star Wars day on May 4th, artists celebrate the iconic culture and imagery of the beloved film series. Come join the fun. We also hear there’s a themed photo booth! (417) 413-4331.


Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to enjoy its current exhibits About Face: Portraits; Glazed Over; Springfield Neighbors; and Into the West and offers you a FREE ride to and from Art Walk on the SAM shuttle 6-9 p.m. Park at the museum, catch a ride to Art Walk, and enjoy the best that creative Springfield has to offer! (417) 837-5700

Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents Featured Artist Cynde White and Music by Ryan Spilkin for the May 1 Art Walk. (417) 832-8277 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, offers live demonstrations on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and First Fridays! (417) 868-8181 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat


Springfield Police Museum at The Calaboose, 409 W. McDaniel, is open to the public during First Friday Art Walk! The Calaboose, Springfield’s original jail, was built in 1891 and used until the 1940s. The historic display covers a wide variety of fascinating crimes, lawmen and relics of law enforcement past. Visitors will be chilled by the sight of the last hangman’s rope and the black hood worn by the last condemned criminal to die by hanging in 1935.  The Calaboose is a stop well worth your time – drop in on First Friday! For more information on Springfield law enforcement history, visit Open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays


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


Systematic Savings Bank, 318 South Avenue, makes its official debut as an Art Walk sponsor with a show of original art by Featured Artists Bruce Stidham and Jackie Stone. Open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. M-F and during First Friday Art Walk


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 Featured Artist Kendrick Payton for the May Art Walk. (417) 895-8015



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