Start your July 4th weekend with the creative spark of Art Walk!

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The July 3 Art Walk kicks off the July 4th weekend with new artist exhibits, live demonstrations, live music, tastings, hands-on art activities and more in 15 participating venues. Want to plan your own custom Art Walk experience? View and Print the July 2015 Art Walk map and/or View the July 2015 Art Walk Newsletter


Among the highlights in July:


    • A themed show, Art in America, plus Featured Artist Carrie Workman at Art Inspired


    • A Show of Hands: New Paintings from Christie Snelson, plus Music by Kristi Meredith and new fashions by LaWanda Rose at Arts & Letters


    • Featured Artist Will Knauer at BookMarx


    • Fresh Featured Artists Marian Chamberlain and Linda Passeri, plus Guest Artist Nancy Dornan at Fresh Gallery


    • Start Your Engines: A Century of Motor Racing in the Ozarks at The History Museum on the Square


    • ideaXfactory invites you to a Yarnbombing during the July 3 Art Walk


    • Pen and Ink Drawings by Eric Ray plus hands-on craft for your earbuds at Park Central Branch Library


    • Featured Artist Sean Tice and Live Music by Ryan Spilken at Springfield Brewing Company


    • Live Demonstrations of the Glassblower’s Art at Springfield Hot Glass Studio


Also, don’t forget Second Saturday, our laid-back, afternoon stroll event, will be held noon-5 p.m. July 11, and this month’s event features our first ever Chalk Walk, featuring awesome sidewalk chalk art plus hands-on chalk art opportunities. Details to be posted soon!


Finally, Art Walk’s newest addition, the Downtown Art Market, made its debut in June and will pick up again in August. Applications must be received at least a week before the Aug. 7 Art Walk. Contact Springfield Regional Arts Council at 862-ARTS for more information, or access the application form at


July 2015 Gallery Guide


Art Inspired, 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, celebrates the 4th with the themed exhibit Art in America plus Featured Artist Carrie Workman in July. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents  A Show of Hands: New Paintings from Christie Snelson, plus a Musical Performance by Kristi Meredith and the debut of a new line of fashions by award-winning designer LaWanda Rose.

Christie Snelson on A Show of Hands:  “I’ve chosen to create A Show of Hands to face a technical challenge as hands have always been a point of struggle particularly in paint. Hands are also interesting to me in concept; they can carry many meanings. Hands create, they touch, they communicate, they work. And they are unique. They’re portraits in their own way. This series of ‘portraits’ is a sample of those in the Springfield, MO community.”

LaWanda Rose Darden, a native of St. Louis who studies fashion merchandising and design at Missouri State University, did a summer internship with Zac Posen in New York City and locally has been honored with the MSU Fashion Department’s Best Designer Award, as well as the Arts & Letters Award in the MSU Legacy 2015 Fashion Show. Eventually, Darden says, she wants to “become an entrepreneur and own my own apparel business. My designs are unique, eclectic, and fashion forward. I want my designs to empower both men and women with the elegance and confidence that they deserve.”

Arts & Letters will also participate in our first-ever Second Saturday Chalk Walk, noon.-5 p.m. July 11. (417) 830-8186


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents July Featured Artist Will Knauer. “One time I didn’t want to use my phone so I buried it under hot candle wax.  Then I realized how neat wax was and started making art with it.  Gradually I segued into acrylic and more recently oil.  Then I did these paintings.  Hope you like them!” – Will Knauer

Regarding his show at Bookmarx: “These paintings predominantly feature locations and moments I witnessed in Japan over the past few years.  They seemed too beautiful to keep to myself and I thought an art show would be a great way to share them with everyone.  I have also included some older paintings that arose from my imagination as well as a few locations from home.”


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, Will Be Closed for First Friday Art Walk in July.  (417) 862-ARTS (2787). 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. (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 a trio of artists in July! Enjoy the work of Fresh Featured Artists Marian Chamberlain and Linda Passeri, plus Guest Artist Nancy Dornan during First Friday and Second Saturday in July.

Marian Chamberlain:  Originally from the Springfield and Bolivar, Missouri areas, Chamberlain’s work has been influenced by a strong personal drive, an art and art history based education, and her experiences as an educator.  She works in printmaking, pastels, graphite, watercolor and a variety of other media.  Printmaking has been a recent passion for her, as it allows her to combine drawing and an involved artistic and technical process.

Linda Passeri:  A commercial artist since 1977, Passeri began sculpting in clay in 2009. Her works are hand formed and carved ceramic sculptures.  She is best known for her Steampunk Creatures, such as cats and birds.  She adds metal, glass and found objects to her pieces to evoke character and personality.  Passeri enjoys testing the limits of what she can do with clay and working straight out of her imagination, taking the piece from her mind to her hands.  Look closely at her work and a smile will be found in most.

Nancy Dornan: Nancy began painting six years ago.  In taking a variety of classes and workshops, she explored a variety of mediums and styles.  She says attending a workshop where she was encouraged to paint on large canvases with abandon early in her art career was freeing, and the result is her stunning paintings. Each piece has a balance of color and texture that is enthralling. “I love to explore color and texture in a variety of subjects … from foods to travel experiences to light shimmering on water or light reflecting on a city scene.  Bold colors and bold textures contrasting with subtle smooth paint passages appeal to me,” she says. Fresh Gallery will also offer hands-on art activities during the Second Saturday Chalk Walk, noon.-5 p.m July 11. (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, welcomes you to Start Your Engines: A Century of Motor Racing in the Ozarks for First Friday and Second Saturday in July. Free admission during First Friday Art Walk (regular admission applies for Second Saturday) (417) 831-1976


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, celebrates the July First Friday Art Walk with Yarnbombing, plus enjoy hands-on chalk art activities at ideaXfactory noon.-5 p.m July 11 with our first ever Second Saturday Chalk Walk.


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, Will Be Closed for the July 3 Art Walk. (417) 616-6488


Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, invites you to enjoy its display of Pen and Ink Drawings by Eric Ray, and at 6 p.m., learn how to use string to creatively embroider standard headphones to keep them from getting tangled. String will be provided, bring your own ear buds. Looking ahead to Second Saturday July 11, the library presents Natural Soap Making 2-3:30 p.m. for age 12 and older. Experienced soap maker Gina Taylor will demonstrate how to make soap using herbs, essential oils and other premium ingredients. Participants will leave the program with helpful instructions on how to make natural soaps at home. The Library will also take part in our first-ever Second Saturday Chalk Walk noon.-5 p.m. And after hours on Second Saturday, enjoy Weekend Walk-In Theater, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for age 13 and up with “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and free popcorn. Note: Park Central Branch Library is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its Friday night 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 July. (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., Will Be Closed for the July 3 Art Walk. (417) 413-4331.


Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive, a proud Art Walk sponsor, offers you a FREE ride to and from Art Walk on the SAM shuttle 6-9 p.m. July 3. 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 presents Featured Artist Sean Tice and Live Music by Ryan Spilken for First Friday Art Walk in July! 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 of the Glassblower’s Art during the July 3 Art Walk. 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 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, Will Be Closed for the July 3 Art Walk. 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

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