June Art Walk features 22 venues, Downtown Art Market
Enjoy Watercolor USA-to-Art Walk shuttle; Start Your Engines
First Friday Art Walk is chock full of inspiring art opportunities 6-10 p.m. June 5. Experience innovations, hands-on art, live demonstrations, live music and much, much more in 22 participating venues! To plan your custom Art Walk experience, View and Print the June 2015 Art Walk Map
Explore new vistas with the Downtown Art Market on South Avenue and Art Inspired’s brand new location at Walnut and Campbell; celebrate public art at ideaXfactory with LookingBack+X=LookingForward; expand your Art Walk horizons with shuttle service between the Walk and Springfield Art Museum’s Watercolor USA; enjoy Featured Artists Stephen Craig and Linda Teeter at Systematic Savings Bank; and rev up your weekend with The History Museum on the Square’s newest exhibit, Start Your Engines: A Century of Motor Racing in the Ozarks.
Art Walk’s newest addition, the Downtown Art Market, debuts in June and will continue in August, September and October. Individual artists can now become official Art Walk participants through the Art Market, displaying their works in dedicated display space on South Avenue at the Square. Contact Springfield Regional Arts Council at 862-ARTS for more information, or access the application form here: http://form.jotform.us/form/51346946551157
There is so much going on in June! Meet Visiting Chinese Artist Woody Jin at the MSU Center of International Programs; visit The Creamery Arts Center for the 7th Annual Members Show; explore The Left Hand Path with Ryan Wheaton at Arts & Letters; deconstruct objects thread by thread at BookMarx with Bridget Koonce’s Lasting Present; make your mark with RSVPaint’s Community Collaborative Painting; venture through illusionistic spaces with Window Shopping: The Art of Jeff Broekhoven at Obelisk Home; and see painting and woodcarving mastery by Featured Artists Alicia Farris and Carl Rauh, respectively, at Fresh Gallery.
Finally, don’t forget Second Saturday, our laid-back, afternoon stroll event, will be held noon-5 p.m. June 13 in 15 participating locations!
June 2015 Gallery Guide
Art Inspired has moved to a new location! Celebrate the June Art Walk with Art Inspired and Photographer Michael McConeghy in its new space at 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut! (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat
Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents The Left Hand Path, a new body of work by Ryan Wheaton, plus a musical performance by Howlet! Ryan Wheaton has been drawing all his life, which he describes as cliche and amends by emphasizing that he did not start taking his art, or his path as an artist, seriously until a few years ago.
Wheaton is entirely self-taught with the exception of the tutelage of a high school art teacher who he picks out as a great instructor. He also admits that he was the star of his small high school art scene and spent some time “resting on his laurels,” as it were.
While he tends to think of himself more as an illustrator than a painter, this show provided him an opportunity to experiment in oil painting, which is something he has been interested in for a long time. The Left Hand Path is very much about exploration for Wheaton both in his use of a mostly unfamiliar medium and in scale. In this series, he is working much larger than he ever has. He wanted to challenge himself. Exploration, challenge and experimentation are regular themes to his “side projects” outside of his freelance work. He describes himself as “constantly over inspired” which is a welcome alternative to the blasé attitude sometimes associated with the fine arts. Wheaton’s work is dark while somehow being simultaneously playful. He has an innate interest in audience reaction and interpretation. Most of the concepts for these paintings came from various sketchbooks he has completed over the years. (417) 830-8186 www.artsandlettersspringfield.com
BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Featured Artist Bridget Koonce and her show, Lasting Present.
“There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.” ― David Eagleman, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
In the show Lasting Present, I explore the relationship of an object through deconstructing it thread by thread. I also ask the viewers to do the same as they barter for individual resin encased objects that break down the piece as it is being shown. The viewer becomes an active participant in the work, propelling it forward not only in this setting, but as it moves to other venues in the future – Bridget Koonce www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks
The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents the 7th Annual Members Show & SRAC Membership Celebration. SRAC invites all its members to submit up to two works of art for this fantastic annual showcase with a deadline of June 1. In addition to the Members Show, the SRAC Visual Arts Committee will select artists from this exhibit to feature in the fourth annual invitational Caught My Eye exhibit in September 2015. All work must be wired and ready to hang, available for sale, and no larger than 40 inches in any dimension. No sawtooth hangers will be accepted. For more information, contact SRAC at (417) 862-ARTS (2787). www.SpringfieldArts.org Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays
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. 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, presents Featured Artists Alicia Farris and Carl Rauh for First Friday Art Walk and Second Saturday in June.
Whether it’s a watercolor cityscape or a landscape painted with acrylics, Alicia Farris strives to communicate her subject matter with the use of color and the feeling of atmosphere and mood in her work. She is constantly studying color, light, effects one has on another, and uses this knowledge when she paints to not just render her subject, but to tell a story and to illustrate a mood. She tells her painting students to remember a scene and how it made them feel, then paint it with that in mind. Farris believes that it is not enough to simply render a subject exactly from a photograph; an artist owes it to his or her audience to engage them with emotion!
Carl Rauh works in wood, stone and various metals. The majority of his pieces are from reclaimed or recycled wood. He cuts standing dead and salvage wood that was destined to rot away or be turned to ash in someone’s brush pile. It is his way of giving back and of having a remembrance of what was taken from nature. He tries to find pieces that have character and then enhance the natural beauty that lies within it. He crafts 3D sculptures, interlocking pieces made from one piece of wood, walking sticks/staffs, wands, bowls, and charms. All of his pieces encourage a hands-on policy. He likes the feel of the wood and thinks others should enjoy it as well.
When Rauh is not working on new creations or spending time at Fresh, he can be found at events such as Vision Con. As a vendor, Rauh supplies wands, wizard/walking staffs and canes, custom wood burn pieces and has quite a following. Fresh is proud to have such a sought after artist in the gallery. 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, presents a new, high-octane exhibit for First Friday Art Walk and Second Saturday in June with Start Your Engines: A Century of Motor Racing in the Ozarks. Free admission during First Friday Art Walk (regular admission applies for Second Saturday) (417) 831-1976 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org
IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, celebrates the June First Friday Art Walk with the exhibition LookingBack+X=LookingForward. Do you have an idea for an art experience? IdeaXfactory is encouraging proposals from artists for upcoming installations, performances, and exhibitions. http://ideaxfactory.com
MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, is proud to present Visiting Artist Woody Jin from China. Jin will host Art Walk at the MSU Center of International Programs in June. Woody Jin (Chinese name Xuehua Jin, pen name Gufeng) was born in Hubei province in China. He received his Bachelor degree in Fine Art with major of Chinese Painting from Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in 2006. He founded a private school of fine art – “Gufeng Art Institute” – in 2000 while still a university student himself. He served as principal of the Art Institute until 2014 and taught thousands of students drawing and painting skills in portrait, landscape, and still life. Many of Jin’s artworks depict the impact of contemporary science and technology development, education development, and social development on people’s lifestyles and communication. … Many of his artworks are in large size which better depict desolate and vast landscapes and interpret the influence of history. http://international.missouristate.edu
Nomad, 318 W. Walnut next to Flame, a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Live Music & Original Art in June. (417) 559-9695
Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Window Shopping: The Art of Jeff Broekhoven for First Friday and Second Saturday in June. These new paintings are utilitarian in their approach. I am interested in depicting a compressed illusionistic space loosely organized by a grid. This becomes the basic organizing structure for each painting. Unlike my previous work that contained mostly invented imagery and very little representation, I am interested in this work starting from source images of the observable world. This series of new work attempts to press found source images into the established structure of each painting. These paintings continue to operate within a broader theme termed comfort calamity which attempts to depict narratives that are carefree despite their claustrophobia. Compressing illusionistic space reinforces the two-dimensional qualities of painting–which takes place on the surface. By compressing the visual space depicted in each painting, all areas become subject and all compete for attention. These factors work to establish narrative in the work. Window Shopping references the spaces created in retail storefronts which seem to embody many of the same qualities and ideas driving this new work–shallow spaces depicting artificial scenes, built to showcase real objects or ideas and their proposed existence in the observable world. They are rooms built to house and display our desires. They act as proposals for the real world, a glimpse into new ways our own physical spaces can be inhabited, or be made more comfortable. The goal is to understand what type of character inhabits these spaces by establishing a figurative language and overarching narrative in response to these conditions. Like the Hank Williams song of the same name it’s a cat-and-mouse game of who’s looking, who’s trying, and who’s buying? Such an endeavor is bound to result in calamity. – Jeff Broekhoven (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com
Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, invites you to enjoy its display of Encaustic Mono-Prints by Kat Allie, with a live mono-print demonstration at 6 p.m., plus join the Magic: The Gathering Game Night 7-9 p.m. for ages 12 and up! All levels of experience are welcome as we learn the difference between standard and modern play, and how to play tournament level games, from experienced players.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 Cynde White in June and July. (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., invites you to get hands on with art with its Community Collaborative Painting. RSVPaint’s main gallery is covered with plastic and hung with blank canvases with paint supplies at the ready. Visitors can leave their mark as they come in, as well as enjoying the mini gallery of employee artwork and an awesome Photo Booth! www.RSVPaint.com (417) 413-4331.
Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to enjoy the opening of Watercolor USA 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 Christie Snelson and Music by Timmy Miano for the June 5 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., invites you to live demonstrations as they create Pitchers, Mugs & More. If it has a handle, Springfield Hot Glass is making it in June! 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 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 www.springfieldmo.gov/spd/AboutUs/history.html 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 www.springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat
Systematic Savings Bank, 318 South Avenue,presents its June Featured Artists Stephen Craig and Linda Teeter. www.mysystematic.com 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 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 the June Art Walk. www.TheULiving.com (417) 895-8015