Aug. 7 Walk features light, music, live art & artists At Play

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First Friday Art Walk promises exciting art experiences in 18 participating venues, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 7! Don’t miss the FREE Art Walk-Art Museum shuttle (Art Museum open LATE for Art Walk), plus live art demonstrations, live music, artist receptions and more! To plan your custom Art Walk experience, View and Print the Aug. 7 Art Walk Map and/or View the August Art Walk Newsletter

Among the highlights in August:

    • Art Inspired presents Featured Artist Dennis Tawes


    • Arts & Letters presents Featured Artist Old Mr. Bones and Live Music by Sarah Pearl


    • Enjoy the works of Mixed Media Artist Kim Hamburg at BookMarx


    • Artists explore the theme At Play at The Creamery Arts Center


    • Fresh Gallery presents Artist and Designer Amos Gott in August


    • Experience local history with Start Your Engines: A Century of Motor Racing in the Ozarks at The History Museum on the Square and Open House at Springfield Police Museum at the Calaboose


    • See live pottery wheel demonstrations by Artists David Cogorno and James Walley at ideaXfactory


    • Visit Obelisk Home for Whispers: The Art of Paula Jones


    • Join Park Central Branch Library for “I Knew Not Where I Was,” Paintings by Joey Borovicka and music by Two Wheel Neil.


    • Qdoba Mexican Grill welcomes Featured Artist Alan O’Neil


    • RSVPaint presents Featured Artist Jessica Mahan & RSVPaint Photo Booth


  • Enjoy art by Featured Artists Brandon Alms and Marian Chamberlain and a photo booth at Systematic Savings Bank


Meanwhile, the Downtown Art Market returns 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
Finally, don’t forget Second Saturday, our laid-back, afternoon stroll event, will be held noon-5 p.m. Aug. 15.


August 2015 Gallery Guide


Art Inspired, 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents Featured Artist Dennis Tawes in an amazing art-and-light experience during the August First Friday Art Walk. After serving as the First Pioneer Artist in Millville, New Jersey’s Glasstown Arts District for the past 15 years, Artist Dennis Tawes has returned to the Ozarks. TAWES was well-known as the Caricature Artist at Silver Dollar City, Roy Clark’s Theater and many other venues throughout the region. His work will be featured in a one-man show called “Lights Out, Painting On.” Live music will be performed by Maranda Joe Reynolds and Austin Adkins. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Featured Artist Old Mr. Bones and Live Music by Sarah Pearl. An enigmatic local graffiti artist, Old Mr. Bones has garnered quite a following from other street artists, the art scene and the community in general.  His unique style and tediously perfected technique leave the viewer wanting more.  Although his work is often playful and brightly colored, it is almost always very dark in terms of subject matter.   417) 830-8186


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Featured Artist Kim Hamburg for the Aug. 7 Art Walk. Hamburg is a mixed media artist who creates her pieces using a variety of media including recycled and reclaimed materials; much of it found at thrift stores. She works with vintage fabric, old sewing patterns, photographs, books, maps, and anything else she can find that interests her.  Being self-taught, she was drawn to mixed media because it allows her to experiment with different textures with the end result being less of a visual statement and more of way to express herself and her emotions through art.  Currently, her pieces reflect her feelings about trying to live an authentic life and how one goes about doing that day by day.  The frayed fabric and loose threads, the pieced together papers, the layers of paint, all convey the message that life is made up of bits and parts, and individual days, and all together they make up the whole of who we are.  Kim hopes that the end result is that your eye will uncover the multiple layers that characterize her work and recognize something familiar in it.


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents its August exhibition, At Play. The exhibit invites artists to make artwork with an eye toward the bright and spontaneous to say goodbye to summer with a fun, vibrant show. “At Play” will open with a free, public reception 6-9 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk Aug. 7 and will remain on display through Friday, August 28.

Artists “at play” draw inspiration from music, dance, games, sports, and fun in the sun. They utilize movement, color, and sometimes nostalgia to evoke delight and joy from the viewer. The SRAC encourages artists to create work centered on ideas of summertime, such as biking, dancing, growing, gardening, swimming, cooking, or anything that embodies summer and “play.”

Work must be delivered to The Creamery on Monday or Tuesday, August 3 or 4, 2015 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. There is no limit to the number of pieces an artist may submit. All work must be wired, ready to hang, and no larger than 40 inches in any dimension. Sawtooth hangers are not accepted. Jewelry should be mounted in hanging shadowboxes. Please contact the SRAC before Friday, July 31, 2015 to make display arrangements for three-dimensional pieces. The SRAC receives a 25% commission on any work sold. (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, is proud to feature Artist and Designer Amos Gott in August. “Drawing has been my first love from elementary school on.  My most satisfying moments have been derived from the execution of a successful drawing or sketch.” says Gott in an article he wrote in American Artist Magazine.

Gott’s history is long and flourishing.  He studied at The Art Institute of Chicago as well as under Boris Anisfeld and Helen Blackshear.  In addition to a professional life of illustrating, designing and consulting, Gott has a long resume of teaching, solo exhibits, group shows, published articles, awards and works in permanent collections.

Gott’s teaching experience spanned 16 years in Ohio.  He taught at Ohio State University, Columbus College of Art and Design, as well as Ohio University.  His solo and group shows have a similar time span and could be seen in a variety of places in Ohio, including the Mayor’s office, Powell Historical Society, Beck Center for the Cultural Arts, and Gallery on High, just to name a few. (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 August. Free admission during First Friday Art Walk (regular admission applies for Second Saturday) (417) 831-1976


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, will host the 500 Cup fund-raiser, organized by Drury University Professor David Cogorno and Artist and Drury MART participant James Walley. David will be making 500 hand-thrown ceramic mugs and James and other Drury alum will be adding to that number. During the August Art Walk, David and James will be doing Live Demo on Ceramics Wheels at ideaXfactory and will be glad to show people how to throw on the wheel. The fund-raiser is to raise 30K for a new gas kiln/shed at Drury, and it will have a kick-starter component.


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, Whispers: The Art of Paula Jones.

“I’ve been trying hard to come up with a name for this show…When I got quiet – this is what I heard…

I kept hearing Whispers.

Paint us like you feel us.


Paint us like you feel us.

I painted.   And I slept with the painting.  (I know – weird!)

During the night, in my dreams, the message came….

We speak to you in Whispers, so that you will be quiet. 

We give you signs that we are present. 

A hummingbird. A shiny penny.  A cardinal.  A butterfly.  A song.

But, you have to be quiet enough to be aware of them.  You have to be quiet enough to listen.  Which is why we speak in Whispers.  Being quiet is good for your soul.  Being quiet and shutting out external distractions is a good thing.  You are taught to go and do.   You are actually made to feel guilty about being quiet, and doing nothing.  But, that is the time that the messages come in.   In the peace.  In the quiet.  When your head is not distracted by shiny objects. There is magic everywhere…you just have to listen.

Then, it occurred to me.  The most magical time I ever had with someone, was during a beautiful spring day.  Light was filtering through the trees and a soft breeze was blowing.

Let’s go outside and just “be”, I suggested.

We did.

I remember hearing a lawnmower, the birds singing, the smell of fresh cut grass, the softness of the breeze, and seeing the spots of sunlight flickering on the deck.  No words were spoken.  No words were needed.

We were present.  Totally present.  I don’t even remember touching, but I remember feeling so connected.  Not just to him, but to the oneness that is.

Ahhhhhh…..there it is.

You DO listen.

I do.

When I’m quiet.” (417) 616-6488


Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, is proud to present its August Art Walk events: “I Knew Not Where I Was,” Paintings by Joey Borovicka, and from 7 to 8 p.m. enjoy the original music of Two Wheel Neil.  (417) 831-1342 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 Alan O’Neil in August and September. (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 Featured Artist Jessica Mahan plus the RSVPaint Photo Booth in August. Jessica Mahan will feature her popular colorful and expressive animal paintings, including a new series on elephants to help raise funds and awareness for elephant conservation. A portion of the proceeds of each elephant painting or print sold will be donated to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The show will also present selections of abstract work from the artist’s previous shows: “Nature’s Rhythms” and “Storms, Roots and Wings.” (417) 413-4331.


Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive, a proud Art Walk sponsor, is open LATE for Art Walk. The Art Museum offers you a FREE ride to and from Art Walk on the SAM shuttle 6-9 p.m. Aug. 7. 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 New Art by Featured Artist Sean Tice and Music by Madison Avenue for First Friday Art Walk in August! 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., is Closed for Glass Furnace Maintenance in August. 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, presents Featured Artists Brandon Alms and Marian Chamberlain, plus a Photo Booth! 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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