Oct. 2 Art Walk features art in 25 locations

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Join 25 First Friday Art Walk venues for artist receptions, art installations, live demonstrations, live music, the Art Museum-Art Walk shuttle and much, much more, 6-10 p.m. Friday Oct. 2. To plan your own custom Art Walk experience, View and Print the October 2015 Art Walk Map. Among the highlights Oct. 2:


Start Art Walk early with the phenomenal opening reception for Pure Enjoyment at The Creamery, a special yearly exhibit of art from the Rolla area sponsored by Brewer Science. The Creamery is an Early Bird venue: its Art Walk event runs 5-8 p.m., and starts with live music by Jin J. X.


Visit The eFactory for a fantastic show of New Art, plus exciting eFactory news and developments, 5-7 p.m. only!


Cast your vote for The People’s Choice in Art Walk’s 14th Anniversary Art Contest & Exhibit at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz.


Experience Love/Death/Magic: The Art of Megan Frauenhoffer at Arts & Letters in October.


Visit MSU Brick City Gallery for Jim McCord: Ozarks Impressions


Fresh Gallery features one of its newest artists, Leon VanWeelden, plus its first ever Photography As Art Competition and Exhibition.


The History Museum on the Square at The Fox Theatre presents its new exhibition: Victorian Springfield – An Era of Elegance and Growth.


Reflect on Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Art Inspired and Featured Artist “B,” (please be advised this exhibit deals with adult themes).


Springfield Hot Glass Studio puts the focus on fall with its annual Pumpkin Party, featuring its signature glass gourds. Drop in for glassblowing and goodies!


Visit ideaXfactory for Echoes of Humanity: Contemporary Clay Installations plus a Clay Sculpture Wall where visitors can make their own creative statements in clay.


Meanwhile, Art Walk also welcomes the 6th Annual Springfield Jazz Festival to the Square. Performers include the Tom Rastorfer Trio, The Haus Quartet, the Linda Sala Jazz Experience, MSU Jazz Symposium I, the Richard Bruton Quintet, the MSU Jazz Faculty Quintet and Featured Artist Conrad Herwig and the Latin Side All Stars. Music and art united under an autumn moon … does it get any better than this?


Finally, don’t forget Second Saturday, our laid-back, afternoon stroll event, will be held noon-5 p.m. Oct. 10!


October 2015 Gallery Guide


Art Inspired, 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month by featuring the drawings of an artist known as “B.”  Please be advised: This exhibit features adult themes.  In addition, Art Inspired will feature paintings by budding New Artist Ryan Knight. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Love/Death/Magic: The Art of Megan Frauenhoffer in October. Artist’s Statement: “I am consumed by many anxieties. These thoughts take control, absorbing everyday moments. They cloud my mind, whisper in my ear, and seep into my dreams. This series is my way to expel those fears. Each work is an act of meditation over private struggles. Within each image, a metamorphosis is forced on the figure. The figure is often caught in a critical moment, left to decide his or her fate. Do they let this alchemical reaction destroy or empower? The result of these transformations is left to the viewer to resolve.” Enjoy the opening reception, 7-10 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk. (417) 830-8186 www.artsandlettersspringfield.com


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Featured Artist Tom Hembree in October. From the Artist: “I use collage as a way of covering up the theft of an image. By censoring or altering those images I can simultaneously block and heighten their importance, and affect their ability to continue to function as a means of communication. It is from that contradiction that all of the work is made. I look for the balance between the direct appropriation and total destruction of an image.” www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, is proud to host the annual Pure Enjoyment exhibition. Presented by Brewer Science, in cooperation with the Springfield Regional Arts Council and Arts Rolla, Pure Enjoyment, is a juried exhibit featuring 124 works of original art, photography, and dimensional art from 68 artists from 36 different cities. The public is invited to attend the opening reception, which is a part of First Friday Art Walk, on October 2. The opening reception will include Live Music by Jin J. X between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. and opera by Andrew Curtis from 7 to 8 p.m. This year’s artwork was juried by Denene Taliaferro from Springfield. www.SpringfieldArts.org (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., presents Gregory L. Booker’s Quiet Places. From the Artist: “I call this body of work Small Towns: A simple title for a complex societal structure filled with folks who prefer simplicity.  As one who’s spent the majority of his life living in cities, I wanted to explore these places where highways and, in some cases, time have bypassed entire communities.  I expected to find quiet localities, living entities known unto themselves, but dead to the rest of the country.  I found that, but I also found more …”    (417) 873-7263 www.drury.edu/pacgallery 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 Art Walk in October for a special event. The eFactory welcomes a new art exhibit featuring Kat Allie, Jeff Broekhoven, Stephanie Cramer, Doug Erb, Meganne Rosen O’Neal and Bruce Stidham with a First Friday Art Walk reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 2. Also, Originate, the coworking space inside The eFactory, will host a grand opening for its new expansion. In just over a year, Originate is doubling its membership and square footage. “It’s great to see the demand for coworking in Springfield. It’s not just the amenities, but it’s also the community that is driving growth,” said Jeremy Adams, owner of Originate. A special announcement will also be made regarding The eFactory’s seed capital fund and new accelerator program. www.theefactory.org Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F


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 October Featured Artist Leon Van Weelden, plus its 1st Annual Photography as Art Competition for First Friday Art Walk and Second Saturday! Leon Van Weelden is relatively new to Fresh Gallery, but not new to art.  Van Weelden has a fascinating history in the arts.  He graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Speech and Theater with a minor in Art.

He has more than 25 years’ experience as co-founder and performer with the Chameleon Puppet Theatre, which includes conducting workshops and participating as Artist in Residence in public schools.  Van Weelden has received the Citation of Excellence Award in the Art of Puppetry founded by Jim Hensen through the Union Internationale de la Marionette as well as other well deserved awards.

Van Weelden tries to appreciate and celebrate the simple pleasures in his life and in his art.  He finds beauty and inspiration in the things nature presents, such as the elegance of a tree, the roll of the horizon and the ever-changing mystery of the human face.  Van Weelden says of his work, “I continue to be fascinated by the magic of paper and brush, water and pigment, and the ability of the artist to convey emotion and inspiration to the viewer.”  He says that there is an urge in him that has been with him since childhood; an urge to create and make things with his hands.

Van Weelden’s works are stunning.  He uses a combination of mediums to re-create the things he views around him.   A close look at his pieces shows areas of softness and areas of intricate detail.  The combination of techniques results in spectacular renderings of everyday scenes.  Viewing his work is like taking a scenic tour of the countryside. 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 its newest exhibition: Victorian Springfield – An Era of Elegance and Growth. Free admission during First Friday Art Walk (regular admission applies for Second Saturday). (417) 831-1976 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents Echoes of Humanity – a series of five contemporary clay installations by MSU graduates Sumi Casey, Issac Johnson, Tawn Dickison, John Gueltzau and Katie McCormack exploring themes of anonymous secrets, taboos, distant cultures, soldier and civilian losses, and a garden of reflection.

  • Sumi Casey explores the unspoken through an interactive installation allowing the public to share secrets anonymously.
  • Issac Johnson looks at the taboo, forcing the viewer to confront the stigmas that many deny still exist.
  • Tawn Dickison relates her personal experiences in a distant culture though her dynamic digital/ceramic art.
  • John Gueltzau explores what he has lost and what he now carries with him as soldier and civilian.
  • Katie McCormack invites you to enter her garden of reflection

In addition to the First Friday opening reception of this exhibit, the ideaXfactory will hold additional gallery hours and other special events for viewing these installations. Please check ideaxfactory.com and Facebook for more gallery hours and special events in October.


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents two shows in October. Enjoy the closing reception for Jim McCord: Ozarks Impressions plus Matthew Zupnick: The Big One … or: Small Works, which continues in October. Jim McCord (1940 – 2011) was a local artist with long roots in the Southwest Missouri Ozarks. He was a graduate of Central High School and  His family included the founder and  first doctor of Galena, Mo.; the original guides on the James River (McCord Bend was one of the family farms); and the Library of Congress recognized singer and storyteller May Kennedy McCord, who was his grandmother. From that profound sense of place, the paintings in this exhibit document various regional landmarks, landscapes, and activities in McCord’s highly distinctive Van Gogh-ish style. 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 http://art.missouristate.edu/148370.htm 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, presents A Show To Be Announced for the October Art Walk. http://international.missouristate.edu


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents Away From Home: Anne Wedler. From the Artist: “Alaska has many rugged environments were people get to be pioneers and live embedded in the landscape far away from urban/suburban communities. While roughing it, modern Alaskans also enjoy a contemporary lifestyle with convinces of high tech gear, access to food grown in a different climate and easy communication. Remote communities around Alaska are littered with the attempts to maintain this modern lifestyle. At the same time, manmade structures are reclaimed by the natural world at an alarming rate. Harsh weather in this extreme environment ages, distorts and eventually destroys anything foreign. I am attracted to the beat up dirty old satellite dishes and electrical wires that populate the communication hubs, residential neighborhoods and ruins. Their regularity sets them apart from the irregular natural forms of the landscape. They are a kind of industrial ornamentation. They exist in various states of decay. Some are just filthy others are tattered and crumpled. Even in a state of disrepair they have a quiet elegance. Satellite dishes are a symbol of this attempt to stay connected. They give a contemporary context to the timeless Alaskan landscape.

“I am interested in the intersection of the majestic and the mundane found on the fringe of developed areas of Alaska. I am currently developing a body of work exploring these manmade structures populating the Alaskan landscape in a variety of locations. I have been creating small oil paintings placing the landscape in a subordinate role as the backdrop to these fragile symbols of civilization. Most the works are based locally in and around Juneau. I plan to expand the project to represent additional locations around Alaska including Barrow, Haines and Adak. I would like an audience outside of Alaska to see this complicated and flawed, but poetic side of Alaska. I thought three large works of paper would be interesting in the street view platform space.” (417) 836-6999 www.sec.missouristate.edu 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 Balance: The Art of Kat Allie. “Journeying through life, I am seeking a greater understanding of the human condition and experience by responding through the creation of my art. The power to create, express and empathize is what makes us human. In this exhibit, “Balance”, the study of ancient symbols and cultural systems for balance and order have shaped my art while I respond to my presence in this world; within this moment.

“Maintaining ancient painting materials of beeswax, damar resin and the element of heat, I’m creating a symbiosis of past processes with immediate expression. Producing colors, lines and textures that provoke an innate feeling of harmony within the viewer the moment they stand before my work, is my purpose. Just as the warm analogous colors of the setting sun create a slow moving horizontal line over the cool hues of the ocean waters, I seek perfect balance within as I send perfect ‘Balance’ out.” – Kat Allie (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents The First Friday Art Walk 14th Anniversary Art Contest & Exhibition. This annual event typically features a wide variety of two- and three-dimensional works ranging from drawing, painting, photography and collage to jewelry, sculpture and ceramics. It’s a great place to discover new artists and new perspectives. Cash prizes totaling $500 will be awarded, including the $100 People’s Choice Award, selected by visitors to the exhibit during the Oct. 2 First Friday Art Walk. Also, plan on experiencing some live performances from OTC Fine Arts students and a ceramics sale during the opening reception. (417) 447-8975 www.facebook.com/otcfinearts and otc.edu/finearts 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 Creative Art and Design by Rick Byrd, plus enjoy Live Music by Aaron and Allan 12-bar Jazzy Blues from 6 to 8 p.m. (417) 831-1342 http://facebook.com/thelibrary.org 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 An Artist to Be Announced in October. (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., presents A Show to Be Announced in October. www.RSVPaint.com (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. Oct. 2. 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 October with Live Music and Original Art. 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., invites you to enjoy its Pumpkin Party in October. See Springfield’s glass masters craft gorgeous seasonal pumpkins and enjoy special treats. Springfield Hot Glass Studio 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 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 A Celebration of City Scapes: Abstract and Expression, unique works by Alicia Farris. This exclusive show will only be on display only through Monday, Oct. 5! 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

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