Start 2016 with an intimate little Art Walk Jan. 1
The joyous winter holidays are upon us and the New Year awaits! While several of our Art Walk locations traditionally take a breather in January, we have a colorful and intimate little Art Walk planned for you 6-10 p.m. New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, in seven participating venues. To plan your route, View the January 2016 Art Walk Newsletter or View and Print the January 2016 Art Walk Map. Then, on Friday Jan. 8, be sure to visit Art Walk member Arts & Letters for the 6th Annual Post-It Show, stop by Park Central Branch Library to see Paintings by Dorene Cantrell and visit Encore Gallery to meet craftsman Jim Faulkner and watch as he creates his amazing artisanal pieces. Finally, come see us again noon- 5 p.m. Saturday Jan. 9 for Second Saturday, our laid-back, daytime event for all ages.
Featured Artists for January include: Anthony Sturgeon at Art Inspired; a variety of local photographers in the show Locals at BookMarx; emergency physician turned Prize-Winning Artist Dr. Janet Jordan at Fresh Gallery; a variety of art by Springfield favorites at Hotel Vandivort; and the inimitable Alicia Farris at Springfield Brewing Company.
Windows on the Walk Winners
First Friday Art Walk is also proud to announce the winners of Art Walk’s first-ever holiday window-decorating contest, Windows on the Walk, which ended on Second Saturday Dec. 12. Voting in the popular vote was by Facebook likes; voting in the fundraising challenge was by donation to each participating venue’s partner charity.
Park Central Branch Library won the popular vote for its Windows on the Walk entry, Season’s Readings, while The History Museum on the Square and its entry, A Victorian Christmas Carol, won the fundraising challenge with more than $436 in donations to The Salvation Army!
Participants in this year’s contest were Art Inspired, Arts & Letters, BookMarx, Fresh Gallery, The History Museum on the Square, ideaXfactory, OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz and Park Central Branch Library.
January 2016 Gallery Guide
Art Inspired, 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, features Acrylic Paintings by Anthony Sturgeon for the Jan. 1 Art Walk and Second Saturday Jan. 9. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat
Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, Will be Closed Jan. 1 but will hold a January opening for the 6th Annual The Post-It Show 7-10 p.m. Friday Jan. 8! This is a show in which artists create artwork on 3×3, Post-It notes. Formerly this show was always at LemonDrop. Since LD does not currently exist, Arts & Letters is carrying on the tradition.
Post-Its may be purchased during the opening reception Jan. 8 for $5 apiece. You must have cash for post-it purchases. They will not be for sale until 8 p.m. From 7-8, it will just be a viewing period so everyone can see the work and scout out what post-its they would like to purchase.
Last year, over 900 post-it masterpieces were created by over 70 artists from as far away as New Zealand! We cannot wait to see the array of talent and creativity this year brings! I have attached a few photos of the creations from years past. (417) 830-8186 www.artsandlettersspringfield.com
BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, invites you to enjoy Locals, a display of photographs by various artists during the Jan. 1 Art Walk and Second Saturday Jan 9. www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks
Encore Gallery, 109 Park Central Square, Will Be Closed Jan. 1, but invites you to enjoy the wood, stone and iron artisanal pieces created by James Faulkner on Jan. 8! Find out how Jim creates original craftsman-quality furnishings 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. Open Jan. 8 and Second Saturday Jan. 9! 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 Dr. Janet Jordan: Best of Show Artist in the 2015 “Fresh Air” Open Juried Competition held in April. Dr. Janet Jordan is new to the local art scene, with Fresh Gallery being her first gallery representation. As an emergency physician, she has worked in a busy trauma center for 25 years. She sees a common thread between these two seemingly opposite interests. Both bring order out of chaos, require intense passion and result in an intimate connection to the outside world. Her figurative sculptures represent strength and vulnerability while her subject matter is light and playful. Filled with an overabundance of empathy, she hopes her sculptures will bring a smile to your face.
A self-described “recovering emergency physician,” Jordan keeps the subject matter whimsical and joyful. The pieces are first sculpted in oil based clay, a time consuming process that takes her from three weeks to three years. Multiple steps are then required to convert the original clay form to bronze. The foundry process, known as the lost wax method, dates back to days before Michelangelo. A wax reproduction holds the space for molten bronze, resulting in the wax being “lost.”
Her Muse collection includes five spirited ladies, 24 inches in height, completed in the lost wax bronze method. Each represents a stage in life involving challenge, discovery, and victory. The symbolism cries out for a more introspective interpretation. Each bronze is a limited edition, with production of only 25 pieces. After production, each mold is destroyed.
Be sure to stop in between noon and 5 p.m. Saturday Jan. 9 to enjoy Jordan’s work during Second Saturday! janetjordansculpture.com. 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 ~ Holiday Tidings on the Square The History Museum will be open Jan.1st to celebrate the New Year! Enjoy our current holiday Victorian exhibit and popular “Windows at the Fox” display. Free Museum night at First Friday Art Walk. Both exhibits are open through January 16 (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
Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, will be Closed for the Jan. 1 Art Walk but presents Paintings by Dorene Cantrell Jan. 8 and on Second Saturday Jan. 9. (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.
Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., invites you to experience The Art of Alicia Farris for First Friday Art Walk and Second Saturday in January. Alicia Farris devotes herself full-time to creating art and sharing her passion through teaching through the Springfield Regional Arts Council and throughout the Midwest.
Alicia paints a variety of subject matter but always has in mind the re-creation not just of an image, but of mood, light, and colors that capture her imagination. Alicia likes to isolate what seems common and try to recreate it in a different light, all the while, providing a source of emotion for the viewer. This month at Springfield Brewing Company, she will feature dramatic landscapes in both acrylic and watercolor
Among much recognition, Alicia recently received Best of show awards at the 16th Annual Open Exhibition of the St. Louis Watercolor Society, the 4th Annual Missouri Valley Impressionists Society National Juried Exhibition, and the Visual Artists Alliance of Springfield Open Portrait Exhibition. Her artwork has been selected for inclusion in a number of prestigious exhibits including the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Southwestern Watercolor Society, and Missouri Watercolor International. She was one of eight Missouri artists chosen to display work in the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City.
Her work can be seen locally at Fresh Gallery, Springfield. Check Alicia’s website www.afarris.com for her workshop schedule and to see more of her work. 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.
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. Open for Second Saturday Jan. 9!