First Friday Art Walk features 23 locations, first-ever FFAW Scavenger Hunt March 4

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Spring comes early to Art Walk as 23 locations bloom with color, life and activity on March 4! Exhibits run the gamut in March, from Illustrations by P.J. Kempen at Art Inspired and the eclectic Spring Forward at The Creamery Arts Center to Mixed Media Art by Julie Heim at BookMarx and Wonders at Dusk: The Art of Stephanie Cramer at Obelisk Home. To create your custom Art Walk experience, View and Print the March 4 Art Walk Map. To participate in our first ever Scavenger Hunt, email us at


Exclusively during the March 4 Art Walk

Special, March 4-only events include Art Walk at the eFactory, 5-7 p.m. at 405 N. Jefferson, with a fresh selection of works by Artists Meike Aton, Jeff Broekhoven, Marty Goodnight & Meganne Rosen O’Neal, plus Art Walk’s first-ever Scavenger Hunt, featuring four-person teams following clues and posting what they find to Instagram during the Walk. To sign up, email!


New this month

Art Walk welcomes its newest member in the form of Bruno’s Il Ristorante & Wine Bar, 416 South Avenue. Bruno’s debuts with The Art of Design & Decor, featuring mosaics from around the world, as well as architectural and design renderings.


American Identity in Photos: Then and Now

A pair of exhibitions at MSU galleries this month provide distinct views of the American experience through photography. Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project, a Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibition, brings to life the era of disco, Vietnam, inflation, Watergate and “Do your own thing” at MSU Brick City Gallery, while Always Being Now, an exhibition of photographs by current MSU students, offers a visual expression of the world view of the millennial generation at MSU Student Exhibition Center.


College galleries field super spring shows

As usual, Art Walk’s university-sponsored galleries pull out all the stops with multifaceted, multicultural experiences. Experience Meganne Rosen O’Neal: The Cartography of Color at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery; enjoy the amazing and diverse talents on display in the 8th Annual Fine Art Faculty Exhibition at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, and learn about the unique Hmong Culture at MSU Center of International Programs March 4.


March 2016 Gallery Guide

Art Inspired, 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, is proud to present  Illustrations  by  P.J. Kempen for First Friday and Second Saturday in March. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Featured Artist Heather Kane and her show Bloom, plus an exhibit by Artist Elaine Johnson on the Salon Wall and Live Musical Performance by Sarah Tweedle.

Heather Kane Artist Statement: “As an art director and designer by profession, I have learned to use my creativity in many different ways. This body of work represents my need to escape into a world that is made up of everything that inspires me and my desire to create pieces that answer to no one. Inspired by color and pattern, these paintings and illustrations embody how I feel when I’m in the comfort of my home with my loved ones. I love hanging my work in my home, where I can create my own story through art so others may get to know me.  I choose to create each piece differently from beginning to end. Transitional by nature, my work is ever evolving and often times inspired by the environment of where it will be placed or the person it’s for. Techniques may change throughout my process; concepts may morph into new ideas, however one thing stays true: the idea that what I see is beautiful to me and, therefore, a memory I want to freeze in time and share. It may be as simple as dreaming of a spring day or a combination of colors that occur in nature that inspire me. I don’t overthink my work. I want to enjoy every moment of the process. The way I look at it is, God gave me a gift and my purpose is to give it away … to you.”

Elaine Johnson Artist Statement: “Born and raised in the Midwest, I have studied traditional art mediums during my time in college at Missouri State University. I love illustrating animals, game geekery, and storybook images. I also enjoy working on wood panels to find imagery within the wood grain, or incorporating the movement of the wood rings to enhance my work’s appearance. Most of my work takes on a whimsical playfulness accompanied by detailed decoration and flowing lines.” (417) 830-8186


Bruno’s Il Ristorante & Wine Bar, 416 South Ave., presents The Art of Design & Decor, with architectural renderings by Ron Hill of Euroworld Design, mosaic art from around the world presented by Unique Tile, timeless interior designs by Jacque Pitts and artistic renderings by Erica Hendrix of Erica Lea Design Studios. (417) 866-0007


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Featured Artist Julie Heim for First Friday and Second Saturday in March! Artist’s Statement: “As an eclectic artist I work in mixed media including painting, collage, assemblage and altered art. My creations have a whimsical flair.  Most of my pieces are bursting with high color which lifts my spirits with a positive emotion.  I make art for self-expression; to satisfy a craving from within. Inspiration comes from many sources but the depths of my creations come from my imagination. I begin with a concept without attachment to the final outcome. This allows my piece to unfold and evolve into what it wants to become.” – Julie Heim


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents Spring Forward in March. Spring is the theme, but participating artists provide the interpretation! From the season of new leaves, new life and nature in bloom to the mechanical boing of machine springs, mattress springs and robotic whirligigs to the watery trickle, rush and foaming of rain-fed and earth-sprung waters, Spring Forward draws on multiple inspirations! Submissions for the show must be delivered to The Creamery on Monday Feb. 29 or Tuesday March 1 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Submissions are limited to three (3) pieces per artist for consideration. Don’t miss the opening reception 5-8 p.m. during the March 4 First Friday Art Walk! (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. and ends at 8.


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery,  940 N. Clay St., presents Meganne Rosen O’Neal: Cartography of Color, debuting with an Art Walk reception March 4. Artist Statement: “For this new body of work, Cartography of Color, I have departed slightly from my normal self-branding of “intuitive formalist.” While this work is still very much about the formal creation and examination of shape, color, line and texture, in these paintings I am examining the meditative aspect of creation. For my master’s thesis, Self Portrait: Fictitious Topographies, I spent several months creating an installation comprised of layers of paintings suspended from the ceiling which the viewer meandered through and arrived video piece projected on the back of the room. The concept was that these abstract pieces represent me better than traditional portraiture could because they are my creations and spring from my hands and my mind. For Cartography of Color, I wanted to delve further into this concept. In this series, I map my mind and my experiences through color and paint, in this sense I am venturing into expressionism and farther afield from pure formalism.” – Meganne Rosen O’Neal (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


The eFactory, 405 N. Jefferson, invites you to enjoy Art Walk at The eFactory – exclusively during the March 4 Art Walk! Join the eFactory from 5 to 7 p.m. for gorgeous local art by Meike Aton, Jeff Broekhoven, Marty Goodnight & Meganne Rosen O’Neal, plus tours of this unique, tech-focused business incubator and entrepreneurial development center. Note: The eFactory 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


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.


Equality Healthcare, 420 W. College, Ste. 100, Springfield’s newest medical clinic, presents Featured Artists Stephanie Cramer, Betty Parnell and T.D. Scott.  (417) 633-7020 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-Fri Note: Equality Healthcare is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception begins at 5 p.m.


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, invites you to enjoy Fresh Art in media ranging from watercolor, acrylic and oil painting to woodturning, ceramics, mixed media, sculpture, drawing, stained glass, photography, jewelry and more! Springfield’s favorite collective gallery features the work of a juried selection of local artists.

Also in March, don’t miss your opportunity to compete in the Fresh 2016 Open Juried Show Competition. Open to all artists 18 years of age and older in the region, artists may submit up to two entries in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastels, photography, textiles, ceramics, wood, sculpture or jewelry.  Works submitted must have been created in the last three years and be originals, so that all works on display are “Fresh!” Prizes will be awarded. Best of Show will receive a cash award and be named a Featured Artist at Fresh Gallery in 2017.

Applications are available in the gallery. Any works to be considered for the competition must be delivered to Fresh on Friday March 25 or Saturday March 26.  The Exhibit will run from Friday, April 1, until Thursday, April 28. (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 ON THE SQUARE – Two Hundred Years at the Center of Everything. Enjoy the spring exhibit at our historic Fox Theatre and discover the real history of the Square. Free admission during First Friday Art Walk (regular admission applies for Second Saturday). The spring exhibit is open 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Mon-Sat through April 30 (417) 831-1976


Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., a proud Art Walk sponsor, is an upscale boutique hotel featuring An Array of Outstanding Art. Enjoy Paintings by Stephanie Cramer, Jeff Broekhoeven and Dustin Burgert; Photography by Julie Blackmon and Jim Mayfield; Blown Glass by Gabe Bloodworth and Nick Willett; Sculptures by Michael Stelzer and Mixed Media by Shelly Forbes. Hotel Vandivort invites you to experience its unique atmosphere, art and upscale dining at The Order. (417) 832-1515


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents Will Not Participate in March.


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project. Visitors will experience images of everyday life in 1970s America: disco dancing and inflation, protests and bell-bottoms, gas shortages and suburban sprawl. At a time when the war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal wore on the national psyche, a burgeoning movement to protect our natural environment was gaining force.

In 1971, the newly established U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the DOCUMERICA Photography Project with the goal of documenting environmental troubles and triumphs across the country. … What emerged was a moving and textured portrait of America. Capturing a rapidly changing society with surprising resonances to the present, Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project presents a sampling of images culled from a trove of thousands.

The exhibition’s three sections are named after popular songs of the time: “Ball of Confusion” documents the tumultuous environmental, political, and social reality of the 1970s; “Everybody Is a Star” showcases vibrant and diverse examples of self-expression – bell-bottoms, bare midriffs, mini dresses, and bright colors – all in stark contrast to the buttoned-up fashions and accompanying societal norms of the 1950s and early 60s; and  “Pave Paradise” illustrates the fragmented landscape of America in the 1970s.

        Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project is a collaboration between Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Archives and Records Administration which now holds the original DOCUMERICA photographic materials and records. (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, brings its focus to The Hmong Culture for the March 4 Art Walk. MSU Center of International Programs invites you to experience the world through its Art Walk events focused on cultural displays, food, music, art and more.


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents Always Being Now, an exhibition of photographs by current MSU students offering a visual expression of the world view of the millennial generation. This exhibition is a complement to the Smithsonian’s Searching for the Seventies: documerica Photography Project being exhibited in the Brick City Gallery from March 4 through April 19. (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 Wonders at Dusk: The Art of Stephanie Cramer. For First Friday and Second Saturday in March. Artist Statement: “Envisioning figures and landscapes, at that last stillness of light between day and night. …

“I see the painter as analogous to an actor/director bringing the viewer along to new places, memories, dreams, and family histories. I like to give the viewer space to interpret what they see on the canvas.

“Center stage in my art is the figure – an object in motion, as if the figure is caught, just for an instant; a glimpse, a snapshot before the gesture is complete. I’m not in search of exact representation. I’m intent rather on provoking a sense of tension or intensity. ….” – Stephanie Cramer (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents the 8th Annual Fine Art Faculty Exhibition with an opening reception 5-9 p.m. during the March 4 Art Walk. Visitors will experience live musical performances 6-7:30, plus a full evening of inspired artwork in a wide range of media: drawing, painting, fiber art, photography, printmaking, stained glass, sculpture, ceramics and other three-dimensional mixed media. Enjoy works by OTC Fine Art faculty members Kat Allie, Randy Carter, Cathy Clemens, Cynthia Dollard, Megan Frauenhoffer, Kevin Kloppenburg, Tom McCune, and Cynthia Moore, plus savory and sweet treats by one of 417’s BEST, The Traveling Chef! (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 Photography by Mary Ellen Chiles for First Friday and Second Saturday in March. Also, on Art Walk Night, don’t miss the Art Talk Portraits of Madness: Photography of Abandoned American Asylums, by Julia Hartman, architecture and art history major at Drury University. The Art Walk reception ends at 9 p.m. (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.


Patton Alley Pub, 313 S. Patton Ave., Will Not Participate in March. Open 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. M-Sat, 11 a.m.-midnight Sun Note: Patton Alley Pub is a Night Owl Art Walk location: open until Last Call on First Fridays.


Qdoba Mexican Grill, 401 S. Kimbrough, presents Will Not Participate for First Friday and Second Saturday in March. (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).


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents Featured Artist Jonathan Zachary in March. About the Artist: Line, form and abstraction are characteristic themes throughout Jonathan’s work, in which the basic art elements perform as both the tools and the subject. In everything, he hopes to achieve a sense of visual clarity and beauty by way of simplicity and restraint. The still and muted paintings of Andrew Wyeth have had a significant impact on his style, which is similarly informed by the natural landscape and the small, subtle wonders of each day. A 2012 graduate of College of the Ozarks, Jonathan holds a B.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. He now lives and works in Springfield with his wife, Lauren. 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 Live Demonstrations of the Glassblower’s Art for First Friday and Second Saturday in March. 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 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 March! (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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