Start Labor Day weekend with First Friday Art Walk!

1 - August 26, 2015 - 1 Comments

The September Art Walk presents an exciting array of shows from the invitational exhibition Caught My Eye at The Creamery Arts Center to the Parts & Pieces Installation at ideaXfactory, Sherry Haney and Meike Aton at Systematic Savings Bank and the reopening of Drury-, MSU- and OTC-sponsored galleries for the fall semester! Join us for new art, live demonstrations, live music and more in 23 participating venues 6-10 p.m. Sept. 4! To plan your custom Art Walk experience, View and Print the September 2015 Art Walk Map Don’t miss the FREE Art Walk-Art Museum shuttle (Art Museum open LATE for Art Walk), and check out the Art Walk 14th Anniversary Art Contest, deadline Sept. 21, applications online at and on the back of our print newsletter. $500 in cash prizes!


In other news, The Creamery Arts Center, home of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, is changing its Art Walk Reception hours. From now on, The Creamery will be an Early Bird venue, open 5-8 p.m. on First Fridays.


Among the highlights in September:

    • Art Inspired presents The Photography of Jeff Farabee


    • Enjoy Journeys: New Fiber Art from Paula Bonner Rosen, plus Music with Shannon Stine at Arts & Letters


    • BookMarx welcomes Brian Koschak: Graphic Storyteller


    • Fresh Gallery presents September Featured Artists Robin Coulter Crabb and Alan O’Neal


  • Join Park Central Branch Library for Paintings in the Chinese Style by Shirley Yiping Zhang


Meanwhile, the Downtown Art Market continues in September! Applications must be received at least a week before the Sept. 4 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. Sept. 12.


September 2015 Gallery Guide


Art Inspired, 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents The Photography of Jeff Farabee in September. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Journeys: New Fiber Art from Paula Bonner Rosen, plus Music with Shannon Stine for First Friday Art Walk in September.  Paula is the weaving professor at Drury University and has created both woven work and needle felted pieces. From the artist: I am fascinated with the alchemy of color and texture in the natural world.  That fascination inspired my decades long exploration of the dance of color, light and design that occurs when these elements are translated in weaving and felting.  This show, Journeys, chronicles some of the places near and far and events that had a significant impact on that exploration. Enjoy the opening reception, 7-10 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk. (417) 830-8186


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Brian Koschak: Graphic Storyteller in September. From the Artist: Graphic Storytelling has been my passion and craft for twenty-five years. Telling a story with images arranged on a page, whether through a 200 page graphic novel or a single illustration, offers a completely unique creative experience unavailable in any other art form.  I can be the director, cinematographer, actors, and editor of the films that play in my head.  there is no budget. I do not have to buy cameras, or set up lighting gear, or hire a caterer for the cast and crew.  The only limits are my imagination and my hand’s ability to transfer those ideas into illustrations onto a piece of paper.

“The main allure of Graphic Storytelling, for me, isn’t so much the illustration itself as much as it is the overall design of the piece as well as the experimentation with comic panels and page layouts.  I enjoy weaving an invisible design thread through an entire piece, manipulating the viewers’ eyes to be looking exactly where I want them to be looking at the pace that I want them to see it, and using comic panels in a way that tells a story like a kind of visual sheet music, with rhythm, beats, and tone, arranged into a unique overall graphic design.  Graphic Storytelling offers unlimited storytelling and design possibilities.  Once it got in my blood, I could never get it out.”


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents Caught My Eye, the fourth annual member invitational exhibit, with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. during the Sept. 4 First Friday Art Walk. Caught My Eye features artwork from seven artists selected by the SRAC Visual Arts Committee from SRAC’s Annual Member Show in June. The feature artists are: Josh Mitchell, Stu Sturgis, Anne Marie Rausch, Janelle Patterson, H.E. Croan, Mary Anne Gotheridge and Christie Snelson.For more information, visit (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 Drury University Faculty 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


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 present September Featured Artists Robin Coulter Crabb and Alan O’Neal. Robin Coulter Crabb is an exceptional glass artist.  Her pieces range from whimsical to intricate and from traditional soldered to kiln slumped.  “My favorite tool in creating my artwork is my glass cutter. With it, I can take a sheet of glass and cut the pieces to use as a painter would dip their brush.” Crabb says.

Alan  O’Neal is a retired engineer who has been shooting photos for longer than he can remember, with some of his works offered for sale being taken nearly 25 years ago. In 2004, O’Neal started doing Digital Art.  His process is taking a photograph and creating an alternate image out of it.  O’Neal says, “My computer and mouse are my pallet and paintbrush.  Many times the final results will have no appearance of being a photograph.  I find it neat that it is possible to have an alternate image of a good photo that is also pleasing.”  For O’Neal, it is also satisfying to take a less pleasing photo and create a desirable image from it. In addition to taking all of his own photos, O’Neal does all of his own processing, printing, mounting and framing. (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, Will Be Closed for First Friday in September as they prepare their new exhibition: Victorian Springfield. Free admission during First Friday Art Walk (regular admission applies for Second Saturday) (417) 831-1976


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents Parts & Pieces: An Installation by James Walley in September. Become a part of this evolving art installation … literally! Artist James Walley is creating a sculpture experience melding the organic human form with the abstract using wax castings made from volunteers. His open studio hours are 3-8 p.m. M-F during the month of August 2015 to observe the process, ask questions, and to volunteer to participate in the casting process. The body parts will be transformed from the wax molds into clay and incorporated into the final installation that will be on view during First Friday Art Walk, 6-10 p.m. on Sept. 4. For an appointment to be cast, contact James Walley by messaging ideaXfactory on Facebook, through our website or contact James directly. You don’t need an appointment to drop in during the open studio hours 3-8 p.m. M-F at the ideaXfactory if you would just like to observe.


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents Matthew Zupnick: The Big One … or: Small Works in September. Matthew Zupnick creates beautifully crafted sculpture utilizing Cast bronze, welded steel, and carved wood that is allegorical in nature and refers to historical and current world events, human interaction and environment. (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, Will Be Closed for the September Art Walk.


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., and the MSU Department of Art + Design presents The Animation, Digital Arts & Electronic Arts Students’ Biennial Exhibition.  (417) 836-6999 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. M-F, noon-5 p.m. Sat; closed major holidays and University holidays


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents BREAKTHROUGH: The Art of Marty Goodnight. “We’ve all had breakthroughs in our lives. Some minor. Some cataclysmic. Some life-changing. There are one or two moments in an entire life that set the course and give us an opportunity, a choice, to become who we were meant to be. Those breakthroughs can be messy, imperfect, unplanned, surprising and glorious. They can cause frustration, anger and pain. But for those that make a breakthrough, it’s like a refining fire… a personal dare to risk everything to redefine what “everything” truly is while unveiling one’s real soul. The base/canvas of each painting is made up of multiple layers of newsprint with layers of paint, found paper pieces, acrylic and other mixed media. My former career in newspapers since I was 19 years old plays a major role in the foundation of the works. My life experiences make up the rest. Layering, creating depth and changing the surface of the painting is a way I tell a story. Edges are meant to be touched, layers are supposed to change and the surface, while sound, is alive. In most cases, light breaks through it all representing the change one can experience if one is strong enough to make the choice, or a least understand another’s journey.” – Marty Goodnight. (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents Evolution of an Artist: Christie Snelson. A little bit of talent and a lot of hard work can go a long way. Find something you love, explore it, live and breathe it, and there will be growth. Artist Christie Snelson started her artistic journey in high school, started painting in college, and has not put down a paintbrush since. From drawing with mechanical pencils to charcoal, then to acrylics, and finally oils, this artist has explored a number of ideas and concepts in her 10 years as an artist, and this is only the beginning. On display will be some beginning drawings, portraits from her senior exhibition series False Perspectives and her continual Humans of Social Media Project, landscapes from her series, Roots, and also some hands from her most recent Show of Hands if you missed them in July at Arts & Letters. There will assuredly be pieces that have yet to be displayed. As a retrospect exhibit, Christie hopes to encourage persistence and play within one’s passion. (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, is proud to present Paintings in the Chinese Style by Shirley Yiping Zhang. At 6 p.m. Shirley will give a brief introduction to Chinese art and demonstrate Chinese painting techniques. (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.


Qdoba Mexican Grill, 401 S. Kimbrough, presents Featured Artist Alan O’Neil in 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 Artwork by the Queen City Drink and Draw Social Club. Founded in late 2013 by Ryan Wheaton at Ziggie’s, the club meets monthly to socialize while working on current projects. From illustrators to painters, there will be a variety of work on display. Attached is the club logo designed by the founder, Ryan. In addition, in our small gallery, we will display the finished products from our Community Collaborative Paintings from July. There will be a silent auction for these pieces throughout the month starting on First Friday Art Walk with the proceeds benefiting The Thread, a local zine, for their printing costs. Another themed photo booth will be running from 6-8:30 p.m. as well! (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 5:30-9 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., invites  you to enjoy First Friday Art Walk in September with Live Music by Madison Avenue, and fresh Artwork by Paul Little III!  The fresh craft beer on tap includes SBC’s Mayhem Marzen.  The party starts around 5 p.m. so get here early and grab a table for live music and some amazing local artwork. Note: Springfield Brewing Company is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: entertainment begins early at 5 p.m.; also open late until Last Call on First Fridays.


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., is 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 Sherry Haney and Meike Aton in September! 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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