Late show openings, Second Saturday in January
The New Year has arrived! Come enjoy the color, texture, creativity and inspiration of local artists in January with our Art Walk galleries. Some of our locations held their art opening Jan. 1, but a few delayed to Jan. 8 because of the holiday. Get a second helping of Art Walk Jan. 8, then join us for our laid-back, daytime Art Walk event, Second Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Jan. 9 in 12 art venues.
Exciting shows open Jan. 8 including the Post-It Show at Arts & Letters; Hand-crafted Artisanal Works by James Faulkner at Encore Gallery; and Paintings by Dorene Cantrell at Park Central Branch Library, plus enjoy ongoing shows at Hotel Vandivort, Springfield Brewing Company and Transformation Gallery.
Other featured artists and events 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 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 was voted the Facebook Favorite 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 Second Saturday Jan. 9. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat
Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, will hold a January opening for the 6th Annual The Post-It Show 7-10 p.m. Friday Jan. 8, plus enjoy Arts & Letters’ wide range of hand-crafted jewelry, clothing and more on Second Saturday Jan. 9
In the Post-It Show, 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 for Second Saturday Jan 9. www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks
Encore Gallery, 109 Park Central Square, invites you to visit on Friday Jan. 8 to enjoy the wood, stone and iron artisanal pieces created by James Faulkner! 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, will be open Jan. 8 and for Second Saturday Jan. 9 www.417EuropeanCafe.com (417) 942-5055
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 invites you to Celebrate the New Year on Second Saturday Jan. 9! 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 Jan. 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, presents Paintings by Dorene Cantrell Jan. 8 and invites you to enjoy 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
Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., invites you to experience The Art of Alicia Farris for 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
Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., will be blowing glass all day Jan. 9 for Second Saturday. 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 Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., a fine craft gallery and community clay center that features examples of fine craft by over 45 local, regional and national artists, is Open for Second Saturday Jan. 9. (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. Join them for an evening of art Jan. 8, and for Second Saturday on Jan. 9! (417) 869-2338 www.transformationgallery.com Open 1-9 p.m. T-Sat