Dec. 4 Walk features 21 locations, first-ever Windows on the Walk contest

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Downtown Springfield is aglow for the holidays, and First Friday Art Walk is the life of the party, celebrating the season in 21 participating venues 6-10 p.m. Dec. 4! Enjoy live art demonstrations, artist receptions, live music, and incredible creativity in every medium, from ceramics, sculpture and blown glass to painting, drawing, jewelry and more. To plan your custom Art Walk experience, View and Print the December 2015 Art Walk Map


Featured Artists for December include Christiano Bellotti at Arts & Letters; Joe Nanez at BookMarx; Tom Beale at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery; James Faulkner at Encore Gallery; Carole Ogden at Fresh Gallery; Rodo Padilla at ideaXfactory; Penny Gordon-Chumbley at Obelisk Home; Cindy Green at Park Central Branch Library; Marian Chamberlain at Springfield Brewing Co.; Gabe Bloodworth at Springfield Hot Glass Studio; and Gabe Tenneson and Austin Evans at Transformation Gallery.


Fantastic collective shows include Senior BFA Exhibits at MSU Brick City and MSU Student Exhibition Center; the Fall Student Showcase at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz; Dreamscapes at The Creamery; and shows at Art Inspired and Springfield Pottery.


A brand new addition in December is Art Walk’s first-ever holiday window-decorating contest, Windows on the Walk. The contest launched Nov. 21, with participating venues busily decorating their locations. Official voting launches Nov. 30 online and in Art Walk venues. The contest ends with Second Saturday Dec. 12. There are two ways to vote:

    1. “Like” a photo of your favorite Art Walk holiday window on the Windows on the Walk Facebook page to choose the winner of the Popular Vote; and
    2. Vote by making a donation to charity at the location of your favorite window in our Fundraising Challenge. Venues and their partnering charities, are:


Art Inspired benefiting Friends of Abilities First

Arts & Letters benefiting Lost & Found

BookMarx benefiting Rescue One

Fresh Gallery benefiting The Rare Breed

History Museum on the Square benefiting The Salvation Army

ideaXfactory benefiting Springfield Sister Cities Association

OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz benefiting AIDS Project of the Ozarks

Park Central Branch Library benefiting Ozarks Literacy Council


December 2015 Gallery Guide


Art Inspired, 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, features a quartet of collections from Art Inspired Academy’s class, Developing an Art Career, plus a Windows on the Walk entry benefiting Friends of Abilities First. The December exhibition includes works by artists Darrel Howell, Dakotah Mullen, Jessica Winnie and Fontana Young. Plus. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents A Day in the Future:  Buncha Damn Triangles by Christiano Bellotti for First Friday and Second Saturday in December, plus Upcycled Wonderland, its Windows on the Walk entry benefiting Lost & Found. Christiano Bellotti is an accomplished illustrator and painter, and a treasure of the southwest Missouri arts scene.  These new paintings are bold, whimsical and tell a haunting narrative! Also enjoy a musical performance by Maranda Reynolds during the opening reception, 7-10 p.m. Art Walk night.

From the Artist: A Day in the Future is a set of eleven paintings depicting space and the future. Each painting represents a different part of the day with noon being in the center. Science Fiction holds a special place in my heart because I believe it compels us as a society to strive forward technologically and socially. Many of the technologies we enjoy today were first envisioned in a movie, comic book, etc. I don’t claim to have the intellectual prowess to create these myself but I do hope to inspire someone that does. One evening last winter in the darkness of my little living room, alone, in a daze and squatting in front of my space heater, a vision came to me. It consisted of a triangle flanked by two small circles and, for whatever reason, this composition possessed me. I turned to my sketchpad and began drawing and redrawing this simple design. I began redrawing the concepts for these paintings using this formula in some way or another. The first painting I finished, The Universe is Alive, shows this composition candidly. The blue triangle represents matter, with yellow energy stretched within, and the red circles forming a sequence represent time or distance. For more of my artwork and a link to my comic please visit me at Christiano Bellotti Comics and Art.  (417) 830-8186


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents December Featured Artist Joe Nanez, plus Christmas Kitties, its Windows on the Walk entry benefiting Rescue One.

From the Artist: “In this set of work I am presenting a cast of whimsical alien-like yet humanoid characters from the vaults of NanezLabCo. I am intrigued by the specific ways in which humans have developed physically and culturally and seek to provoke the question of how strange our forms and activities may seem to an otherworldly onlooker or ourselves. I have used a variety of materials, such as acrylic paint, watercolors and pastels, over canvas and wood surfaces to create crude yet cartoony creatures for your enjoyment and delight. Along with this set, I will also be featuring a select few of my personal childhood drawings that reflect an essence of what I feel is relevant in my current work.”


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents Dreamscapes: Printmakers, Paperworks, & Pressed Pieces, debuting with an Early Bird reception during the Dec. 4 Art Walk. Artists are invited to enter their printed media creations made by hand including zines and handmade books (may contain photographs).

Many printmakers are working in our region; explore intaglio, etching, relief print, wood cuts, lino block, monotype, lithography, letter press, self-publishing with zines, handmade papers of varied textures, and book arts of fascinating folds.

Work submitted for this show must be delivered to The Creamery between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 30 or Dec. 1.  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. Please contact the SRAC before Friday, November 27, 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 Note: The Creamery Arts Center is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception begins at 5 p.m.


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery,  940 N. Clay St., presents Tom Beale: Life’s a Beach in December. From the Artist: “My goal is simple. If a painting says “beach” to me, and then goes on to say “beach” to you, I’ve done my job. If my colors sing and dance on the canvas, I’ve done my job. If there is an abstract quality to my painting, and it still sings “beach” I’ve really done my job, one I love to do for both me and for you.

“I love to walk in the woods, look out on a field covered with sky, swim in a mountain lake or stream, but an ocean beach with its waves and palms makes me sing about Italy, California, Hawaii, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Samoa, and Florida and more.

“My paintings are for the beach bum and the surfer and the sailor in all of us from the first light on the waves in the morning to the stars and the moon over the sand at night.

“In short, hopefully my paintings are a picnic for the eyes and the soul, and a reminder to dance on the sand every chance you can. Enjoy!”  – Tom Beale (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


Encore Gallery, 109 Park Central Square, invites you to enjoy the wood, stone and iron artisanal pieces created by James Faulkner from salvaged materials, architectural remnants and more. (417) 863-1993 Open during Art Walk, by chance and by appointment.


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 December Featured Artist Carole Ogden, plus Fresh Christmas, its Windows on the Walk entry benefiting The Rare Breed.

A French-born colorist, Carole Ogden is a fairly recent addition to Fresh. Her artist’s process began when she was a child, interacting with her French grandmother, a painter. Now, her European roots and love of travel are the primary inspiration for her richly diverse subject matter. Her art is characterized by vibrant colors, curvy lines and bold compositions.

Like the master colorist Henry Hensche, Ogden feels, “Paintings are the visual music of the world.” It is through her color-drenched artwork that this artist finds inner joy.

Carole’s works will be featured throughout the month of December, and on Second Saturday Dec. 12, be sure to stop by Fresh for a Special Artist’s Reception 4-7 p.m. Meet Carole and learn more about her works, her history and her fascinating travels! (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 Victorian Springfield – An Era of Elegance and Growth, plus A Victorian Christmas Carol, the History Museum’s Windows on the Walk contest entry, with donations benefiting Salvation Army. Free admission during First Friday Art Walk (regular admission applies for Second Saturday). (417) 831-1976


Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., a proud Art Walk sponsor, is an upscale boutique hotel featuring a Stunning Collection of Local Art, including works by Stephanie Cramer, Julie Blackmon, Dustin Burgert, Jeff Broekhoeven, Shelly Forbes, Andrew Begemann and Michael Stelzer. Enjoy Hotel Vandivort’s unique atmosphere, art and upscale dining at The Order. (417) 832-1515


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents Contemporary Ceramic Sculptures by Rodo Padilla, which will be incorporated into IdeaXFactory’s Windows on the Walk entry, Peace Through People, benefiting Springfield Sister Cities Association.  Rodo Padilla is a ceramics and bronze sculptor from our sister city Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico, where he maintains a working studio with 24 employees. After graduating as an industrial engineer at University of Guadalajara, he studied ceramics in Japan, Argentina and Italy. Rodo has received Mexico’s National Award of Ceramics awards in 1992, 2000, 2003 and 2007, and he is currently represented by Tlaquepaque and Puerto Vallarta galleries. He serves as President of the National Ceramics Award and was named the Ambassador for the Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011.


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents Bachelor of Fine Art Senior Exhibitions in December. (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 Not Participate in the Dec. 4 Art Walk.


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents the Senior BFA in Studio Art Exhibition, featuring The Department of Art+Design displaying the artwork of students completing the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art. (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 Summer’s Song: The Art of Penny Gordon-Chumbley

From the Artist: “Ordinary objects are often extraordinary. Through careful observation of that we take for granted, we notice how something is created. We wonder at its complexity, its myriad uses, or how it can add to our enjoyment of life. Or we just admire a thing for itself alone—its beauty, solidity and timelessness.

“Simple things (a collection of tomatoes, fruit hanging on a tree, the shine of sunlight on water, pebbles on a shore, architectural details) intrigue me. I have to paint them … from the heart, not with a historical or an objective eye. I get up close and personal with the things I paint.

“I attempt to capture an object’s beauty through color and detail, line and form. I embrace color in all its jazziness and subtlety. I use the mark to convey energy or the place of the object in space. Line marries color.

“My paintings show respect for the things themselves and for who create them, human or divine. It is this respect and wonder that calls me to celebrate timeless beauty and the bounty of creation.” (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents the OTC Fall Student Showcase for First Friday Art Walk Dec. 4, plus Enlighten Awareness, its Windows on the Walk entry benefiting AIDS Project of the Ozarks. The OTC Fall Student Showcase is always a feast for the senses with incredible art, live music and live performances. (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.


Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, presents an Exhibit of Paintings by Cindy Green for First Friday and Second Saturday in December, plus it will feature a Windows on the Walk entry. Also, only during the December Walk, don’t miss the library’s Art Talk: Cindy Sherman’s Cindy Doll: Stop-Motion Film and Female Identity by Jessica Ball, an art major, art history minor in the Honors College at Missouri State University. (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 Artist Gwen Bond of Blue Dragon Artworks for First Friday and Second Saturday in December. (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 Not Participate in the December Art Walk. (417) 413-4331.


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., invites you to enjoy A Series of Series by Featured Artist Marian Chamberlain for First Friday and Second Saturday in December. Originally from the Springfield Missouri area, Marian’s work has been influenced by a strong personal drive, an art and art history based education, her experiences as an educator and her personal experiences residing in other states.

“I work in printmaking, pastel, graphite, and watercolor, as well as in a variety of other media. Printmaking has been a recent passion for me, as it allows me to combine drawing and an involved artistic and technical process.”

Marian holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History, and a ME in Art Education, both from Drury University. She is currently the coordinator at Fresh Gallery and a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, the Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild, Best of Missouri Hands, and the Visual Art Alliance of Springfield.

From the Artist: “I have been working on several series of prints. The latest two are titled Jordan Valley Park Fountain and Here. The Jordan Valley Park Fountain series reflects the enjoyment and relaxation given to the community by the fountain. Here evolved out of the fact that we go through our daily lives following sets instructions that are habitual. I decided to create a series of prints that reflects the way we follow these instructions automatically, which makes us more efficient but can also cause us to miss quite a lot.” Springfield Brewing Company is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: entertainment begins early at 5 p.m.; also open until Last Call on First Fridays.


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., invites you to enjoy a celebration of seasonal wonders as its glass masters create Snowmen & Santas in December. Springfield Hot Glass Studio is a working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work that offers live demonstrations on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and First Fridays! (417) 868-8181 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat


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. Join them for First Friday and Second Saturday in December! (417) 864-4677 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat


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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