Dec. 12 2nd Saturday features 14 art venues, Windows on the Walk contest/fundraiser
The galleries of First Friday Art Walk invite you to join them for a laidback afternoon stroll event, Second Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday Dec. 12. Enjoy incredible creativity in every medium, from ceramics, sculpture and blown glass to painting, drawing, jewelry and more in 14 participating locations, plus Windows on the Walk, our first-ever window decorating contest and charitable fundraiser, and don’t miss the Downtown Christmas Parade! View and Print the December 2015 Second Saturday Map to plan your custom Second Saturday experience.
Featured Artists for December include Christiano Bellotti at Arts & Letters; Joe Nanez at BookMarx; 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 those 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. Vote for your favorite by making a donation to charity at that location. Participating Second Saturday venues and their 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
Park Central Branch Library benefiting Ozarks Literacy Council
100% of donations will go to the designated charities. Please give generously!
December 2015 Second Saturday 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! 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 www.artsandlettersspringfield.com
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.” www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks
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 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! 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 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 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org
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 www.hotelvandivort.com
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 www.obeliskhome.com
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 Season’s Readings, its Windows on the Walk entry benefiting Ozarks Literacy Council. (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 Artist Gwen Bond of Blue Dragon Artworks for First Friday and Second Saturday in December. (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).
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 www.springfieldhotglass.com 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 www.springfieldpottery.com 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 www.transformationgallery.com Open 1-9 p.m. T-Sat