April 1 Art Walk features 25 sites, student art, First Friday on the Square and more

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The April 2016 First Friday Art Walk features amazing art, live performances, competitions, art demonstrations, tastings and much, much more in  25 participating venues, 6-10 p.m. April 1.


First Fridays on the Square

April 1 also marks the beginning of First Fridays on the Square, a six-month series of live concerts, live performances and special events, including the Art Market on the Square, sponsored by Murney Associates. The schedule is still under development, but plan on live music from Jonathan Joseph and the Justice Adams Band, and live performance by the Springfield Improv, with more details to come!

Young Artists in the Spotlight
Young artists take the Art Walk spotlight in April. Art Inspired presents Teen Talents, with art from five area high schools, while Springfield Public Schools’ International Baccalaureate Program celebrates student artwork, poetry, performance and more in two locations: The Creamery Arts Center and MSU Brick City Gallery. Finally, OTC Fine Art Gallery at the Gillioz brings stunning student art to the fore with the Annual Central Ozarks Conference Juried High School Exhibition, with works in 27 visual art categories by students from six area high schools.

April Highlights

    • Arts & Letters welcomes Gregory L. Booker’s show Life, in motion


    • Bruno’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar features The Art of Design and Architecture, including fabulous Sicis mosaics and a wine tasting


    • Drury Pool Art Center Gallery brings new perspectives on growing and eating food with Feeding the World: Songs of Growing and Melting Snow


    • Fresh Gallery presents the 2016 Open Juried Show Competition


    • Encore Gallery features artisanal works handcrafted by James Faulkner


    • IdeaXfactory presents two shows in April:The First Untitled and Juxtaposition


    • MSU Center of International Programs invites you to experience India April 1


    • MSU Student Exhibition Center presents The Foundations Exhibition


    • Obelisk Home presents A Fire That Takes No Wood: The Art of Jane Troup


    • Park Central Branch Library presents Horse and Western Art by Jennifer Leeper


    • Qdoba Mexican Grill presents Featured Artist Rebekah Polly


April 2016 Gallery Guide


Art Inspired, 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents Teen Talents: Artwork from Hillcrest, Willard, Parkview, Bailey and Glendale High Schools for First Friday and Second Saturday in April.  (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Featured Artist Gregory L. Booker. His artist statement? “I don’t believe in artist statements. The title of the show is Life, in motion. That’s all there is to say…” (417) 830-8186 www.artsandlettersspringfield.com


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Featured Artist Ryan Burton: Graphic Expression. From the Artist: Ryan Burton lives and works in Springfield, Missouri. He has been painting for many years and has had several shows in the area. Artist, photographer, computer designer. An eye for the unique. A mixture of materials, and color, combining with a graphic design to form a pleasing, eye-catching style. Based in the abstract and taking from street art and classic design to create a new unique perspective. www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks


Bruno’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 416 South Ave., presents The Art of Interior Design and Architecture in April. A highlight of the event will be an exhibit of Italian Sicis Smalto Mosaico from Unique Tile. These large, 60-by-120-inch mosaic panels are crafted by the same artists that made the floor for the Bellagio in Las Vegas! Enjoy an Italian wine tasting (and specials on Italian wine), plus Old World Home Renderings by Ron Hill of Euroworld Design, interior design work by Jacque Pitts Interiors, and Erica Miller will be on hand with her interior design renderings. (417) 866-0007


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, is proud to host its ninth annual Exhibition of Student Work from Central High School’s International Baccalaureate Program, part of Perspectives, the second annual K- 12 International Baccalaureate Art Show at The Creamery and MSU Brick City Gallery. The Creamery show showcases Central’s art, film, music, and theatre departments. Enjoy poetry performances, live performances by the theatre and music departments, and bodies of work or individual pieces from 20 visual art students. The Brick City show honors students from all five IB schools within the Springfield Public School District. Artists in grades K-10 from Boyd, Central, Field, Pipkin, and Rountree will exhibit work at Brick City Gallery. Free bus transportation between The Creamery and Brick City will be available via a grant from the Springfield Public Schools Foundation. www.SpringfieldArts.org (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 Feeding the World: Songs of Growing and Melting Snow, by Amber Hansen with Nicholas Ward. Feeding the World: Songs of Growing and Melting Snow is a contemplation on contemporary farming practices and how propaganda, media, culture and tradition influence different systems of growing food and eating

The work is infused with personal and shared experiences gathered from middle America, with a hope to inspire new ideas that will contribute to healthy methods of eating and growing food. The work highlights traditional and non-traditional values that extend beyond the economics and production of plants and animals while critically examining industrial methods of growing and the impact these systems have on agrarian and rural life on the plains. (417) 873-7263 www.drury.edu/pacgallery 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.


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 www.equality.healthcare 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. 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, invites you to enjoy 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. 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 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 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org


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 www.hotelvandivort.com


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents indoor and outdoor exhibitions in April! Indoors, experience The First Untitled; outdoors connect with Juxtaposition.

The First Untitled includes ceramic sculpture, mixed-media sculpture, digital illustrations, photography, pen and ink drawings, and charcoal drawings by MFA participants Judge Bockman, Emily Budd, Tawn Dickinson, Maria Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic, Shen Hsieh, My Que Luu, Todd Reynolds, and Carla Stine. This is the MFA students’ first group show.

Juxtaposition, by MSU students in John Doughtery’s class, features large-scale 3D designs and sculptures out of geometric wood such as 2x4s, dowels, and plywood in contrast to organic wood such as tree stumps and limbs. http://ideaxfactory.com


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, welcomes Perspectives: the 2nd Annual K- 12 International Baccalaureate Art Show, as well as continuing its traveling Smithsonian exhibit Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project.

Perspectives is taking place at Brick City and The Creamery Arts Center. The Brick City show honors students from all five International Baccalaureate schools within the Springfield Public School District. Artists in grades K-10 from Boyd, Central, Field, Pipkin, and Rountree will exhibit work at Brick City Gallery; the Creamery Show features Central’s IB program and includes live performances. Free bus transportation between Brick City and The Creamery will be available via a grant from the Springfield Public Schools Foundation.

Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project features 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.

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. (417) 836-6794 http://art.missouristate.edu/148370.htm 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 Country of India for the April 1 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. http://international.missouristate.edu


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents The Foundations Exhibition for First Friday and Second Saturday in April. The Foundations Exhibition is one of the most interesting exhibits held at the Student Exhibition Center. Beginning level classes show projects that have been assigned to demonstrate the students’ understanding of various artistic concepts in two- and three-dimensional design and drawing. (417) 836-6999 www.sec.misssouristate.edu 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 A Fire That Takes No Wood: The Art of Jane Troup

“I am irresistibly drawn to painting as a means of expressing my deep admiration for and connection to nature. When I am in nature, I become part of it with no separation.

“Painting is a visual language that is capable of conveying ideas, emotions and complexity as powerfully as the written or spoken ones.

“In this showing I have assembled both decorative, landscape and still life pieces.

“There is a story behind each one.”  —Jane Troup

Join us for First Friday Artwalk on April 1st as we open the show of Jane Troup’s artwork! Refreshments will be available. (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents the Annual Central Ozarks Conference Juried High School Exhibition. OTC is delighted to present a show of outstanding artwork in 27 visual art categories by students from six area high schools: Reeds Spring, Bolivar, Buffalo, Hollister, Logan-Rogersville and Marshfield. Enjoy the Art Walk Reception from 5 to 9 p.m., including the Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. Be sure to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award (417) 447-8975 www.facebook.com/otcfinearts and otc.edu/finearts 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 runs 5-9 p.m.


Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, presents Horse and Western Art by Jennifer Leeper, plus an 8 p.m. Art Talk by contemporary Western oil painter Andy Thomas. Thomas will talk about his paintings, many of which depict images of the American West, and demonstrate his technique for bringing history to life on canvas. This A Big Read event. The Art Walk reception ends at 9 p.m. (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.


Patton Alley Pub, 313 S. Patton Ave., Will Not Participate in the April Art Walk but returns with a new show in May. www.thepattonalleypub.com 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 Featured Artist Rebekah Polly. “I have big dreams and I hope to do great things for my community with my knowledge, skill and work ethic” – Rebekah Polly (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., presents Featured Artist Jonathan Zachary in April. 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 April. 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., presents Sharon Harper: Head and Heartland plus a Donation Drive for Isabel’s House, Springfield’s crisis nursery. Visit Springfield Pottery’s website, www.springfieldpottery.com,  for a list of items needed!   (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 www.transformationgallery.com Open 1-9 p.m. T-Sat


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