Oct. 7 Art Walk reaps rich harvest of creativity

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October arrives on a wave of changing leaves, cooling temperatures and amazing ART! Join First Friday Art Walk members for original art, live art demonstrations, live music, the Art Walk Anniversary Art Contest Exhibition and much more 6-10 p.m. in 26 participating galleries. To plan your custom Art Walk experience, View and print the Oct. 7 Art Walk Map

u.school joins Art Walk with student show Dark Twist

Art Walk is thrilled to welcome a new member in October in the form of downtown Springfield’s new micro school, u-school. Students of u.school in grades 6-12 kick off their inaugural Art Walk with the student-selected theme Dark Twist, expressed in painting, drawing, experimental noise art, short film, and poetry. Located at 425 W. McDaniel, Ste. 160, u.school is two doors west of The Moxie. Be sure to stop by and welcome them to the Walk!


Springfield Art Museum offers shuttle, concert series

Art Walk sponsor Springfield Art Museum is open late for First Friday Art Walk. In October, the museum not only offers free shuttle service from the Museum to Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m., but launches its new concert series at 7 p.m. with Music Art & Bagels featuring the renowned Jerry Hoover & The Firehouse Band. The concert is a $5 donation, which benefits Play It Forward, and the art exhibits are free and open to the public.


Pure Enjoyment brings stellar art to The Creamery

One of the Art Walk’s favorite annual events is Pure Enjoyment. Sponsored by Brewer Science, this show is a multifaceted tour de force of art from the Rolla region, feted with a delightful opening reception at the October Walk.


See Ozark Outsiders at Early Bird Drury PAC Gallery

            Drury Pool Art Center Gallery presents Ozark Outsiders featuring the works of: James Edward Deeds, Jr., Ralph Doss Lanning, Sammy Lander, Robert E. Smith, Lucille Stoll, Ed Stilley, Tim West and Joseph Elmer Yoakum.


ideaXfactory: It Is What It Was, SculptureXGames, Raku

ideaXfactory presents Featured Artist Deidre Argyle’s immersive art installation It Is What It Was, plus the SculptureXGames and a Live Raku Firing by MSU Clayworks!


Explore China in music, dance, hands-on art and more

Visit MSU Center of International Programs for Art, Bursting into Bloom like the Chinese Plum Blossom. Paint your own plum blossom tree painting, take home some paper window-flowers, and watch a lovely dance performance at 7 in traditional Chinese dress!

October 2016 Gallery Guide

Art Inspired, 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents Drawings and Prints by Judy Meirick. A native of Pierce City, Judy enjoys working in graphite pencil, colored pencil and oils. Her unique designs are all original and come from her heart. She lives in southwest Missouri and attended Missouri Southern State College in Joplin as an art major. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Rosette Studios: Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Gallery Artist Erin Raux with a show titled No Breath of Air to Break the Wave, plus Featured Store Artist Vintage Pastimes in October.

Erin Raux Artist Statement:  As an interdisciplinary artist working with a wide range of materials, I utilize sculptural, video, and photographic processes to create meaningful object-oriented installations surrounding topics of connection, death, history and mourning, and in particular how our culture copes with these topics through objects of memory.

Vintage Pastimes’ jewelry “is created as way to fuse memories with contemporary style.” (417) 987-9155 www.artsandlettersspringfield.com


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, brings Art Walkers a love letter worthy of the bard with Shakespeare and the Power of Art, by Featured Artist Ali Parmenter

From the Artist: “Art and Literature have always been important to me because it gives all of us a way to view and communicate in complex ways, and to teach others new things about themselves and society in general. What I have always loved about Shakespeare is his ability to teach me so much within his plays that, depending on how deep I look, I can uncover new lessons each time I read them. I believe art functions in the same way. There is always the first impression of a work that evokes, or does not evoke, an emotion within me, but when I look closer, I gain more insight to the work, and my knowledge of it expands. Even now, as I readdress Shakespeare’s works over a year later with nine new, smaller pieces, I’m still finding new things about the stories I care so much about.

“I wish to give this same experience to my audience when they view my work. I want them to enjoy it on the surface, but I also want to encourage a viewer to look deeper, to investigate, and to look for meaning beyond what they initially see. …” www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks


Bruno’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 416 South Ave., proudly presents The Art of Interior Design & Architecture featuring the 417 Magazine Interior Design Awards presentations.  This exhibit includes the winning designer’s architectural drawings, color palettes, renderings and photography of interior design projects. Sicis Mosaic Art from Italy will continue to be featured in the dining area of the Wine Bar. (417) 866-0007


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents Pure Enjoyment. Sponsored by Brewer Science, Pure Enjoyment is a juried show featuring a wide range of artwork in various media. www.SpringfieldArts.org (417) 862-ARTS (2787). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays Note: The Creamery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5- 8 p.m.


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery,  940 N. Clay St., presents Ozark Outsiders featuring the works of: James Edward Deeds, Jr., Ralph Doss Lanning, Sammy Lander, Robert E. Smith, Lucille Stoll, Ed Stilley, Tim West and Joseph Elmer Yoakum. Enjoy the opening reception 4-7 p.m. Oct. 7 and don’t miss Curator Patricia Lea Watts’ talk at 5 p.m. (417) 873-7263 www.drury.edu/pacgallery Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Th; 4-7 p.m. First Fridays Note: Drury Pool Art Center Gallery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception begins at 4 and ends at 7 p.m.


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, presents Featured Artists Marty Goodnight, Stephanie Cramer and T.D. Scott in October. (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, presents Featured Artists Dianne Baum and Jennifer Leeper.  Both artists will exhibit new works for the entire month.

Dianne Baum has been retired from education for 10 years and now considers herself a full-time artist. Baum believes art is relational – something that exists between the Creator and the artist and between the artist and the viewer. Through her art, she attempts to translate to the viewer her heart’s response to God’s creation. Watercolor and her ideas flow together blending patterns from nature and her imagination with movement and color to create a composition of emotion. Symbolic words and phrases, including references to her faith, are often her inspiration and sometimes find a way into her art in subtle ways that add depth. Baum’s hope is that the viewer is stirred in some way by the meaning and emotion of the work.  Her original art extends to prints, cards, and unique domino art necklaces.

Jennifer Leeper produces works full of detail and life. While most of her works are of horses and other western-like scenes, her ability to work with multiple mediums is impressive.

Leeper grew up on a farm in Southwest Missouri, smelling the clean scents of the open air of the prairie and watching the broad beautiful sunrises and sunsets at dawn and dusk. Her most liberating feeling of all came when she was able to race her horse bareback between the wheat fields. The power of the horse under her, the wind in her hair and the sun on her face gave the ultimate feeling of a freedom. She finds that she is now on a search for a freedom in her artwork that could possibly capture a touch of that abandonment.

In addition to our wonderfully talented artists exhibiting new works for October, Fresh is excited to offer an additional opportunity this month.  Downtown Gathering at the Gallery will take place 5-7 p.m. Thursday, October 13.  This event is to show our appreciation for downtown businesses and employers.  It is a reminder that while Fresh is a great place to purchase local art, downtown Springfield has so much to offer as well.  It is a place to shop, dine and entertain.  Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

In addition to the First Friday Art Walk festivities, Fresh Gallery is also a part of Second Saturdays in downtown on October 15th.  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, Will be Closed Oct. 7 as they prepare for their next exhibit. The museum will reopen on Monday, Oct.10, at 10:30 am with the premier of Mapping Missouri. Please join us as we travel back in time and explore amazing maps from the Missouri State Archives. Free Museum night for First Friday Art Walk (regular admission applied on 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 An Array of Outstanding Art. Hotel Vandivort invites you to experience its unique atmosphere, art and upscale dining at The Order. Open for First Friday and Second Saturday (417) 832-1515 www.hotelvandivort.com


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents Featured Artist Deidre Argyle’s immersive art installation It Is What It Was, plus the 2nd Annual Sculpture X-Games Opening Exhibition with awards ceremony on the outdoor stage and Live Raku Pottery Firings by MSU Clayworks!

It Is What It Was combines sculptural objects, sound and video to create an environment that visitors can walk through. Video scenes of Ozark streams and rivers and other natural environments flicker across a complex surface of fabric cubes, sewn and hung by the artist from the ceiling of the ideaXfactory. At the center of the installation, a large bone-like sculpture emphasizes the artist’s statement:

It Is What It Was: “Death has become a somewhat taboo subject in American culture. The reality is that we need death and decay for new life and regeneration. I often wonder, were we more attached to the reality of this cycle, would this understanding let us find more comfort in the unknown? Would it lead to a healthier sense of living now? Would it change how we interact with each other, and place more value on our relationships? …”

2nd Annual Sculpture X-Games opening exhibition on October 7: Teams are forming now for the 2nd Annual Sculpture X-Games, a competition between artist teams who have one week between Sept. 30-Oct. 7 to create a sculpture that will be on exhibit outside the ideaXfactory during the October and November Art Walks. The sculpture installation will be judged Oct.7 by a team of judges including the director of the Springfield Art Museum Nick Nelson, and the winners will be announced on the ideaXfactory outdoor stage during Art Walk.

First Friday activities at the ideaXfactory will also include live outdoor Raku pottery firings by MSU Clayworks led by MSU professors Keith Ekstam and Kevin Hughes. http://ideaxfactory.com


Mane Salon and Social House, 404A W. Walnut, a proud Art Walk sponsor, will not have a show in October but instead is joining Lush and 319 Events Center for the Pink Party Fashion Show to benefit Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.  Tickets are $15 general admission, $25 VIP and are available at Mane Salon. (417) 755-7681 manesalonandsocial.com Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents the Biannual Art+Design Faculty Exhibition, featuring original works by the faculty members of MSU’s Department of Art and Design in various media, all created within the last two years. (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, presents Art, Bursting into Bloom like the Chinese Plum Blossom. Be transported to the beautiful country of China as our university students from Qingdao, China, transform the Jim D. Morris Center into a garden of artwork and fun craft projects for kids of all ages! Come paint your own plum blossom tree painting, take home some paper window-flowers, and watch a lovely dance performance at 7 in traditional Chinese dress. Decorated with paper plum blossom flowers, lantern lights, calligraphy, and ancient Chinese paintings, this art walk exhibit is truly Bursting into Bloom. http://international.missouristate.edu


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents a very special show featuring two Missouri State University design alumni: Dirty Pictures: Post Graduate Work of Frank Norton & Daniel Zender. We are pleased to welcome two Missouri State University design alumni to the Student Exhibition Center. Frank Norton is a designer and illustrator specializing in branding and identity systems. He is currently working as the Art Director for Boulevard Brewing Company. Daniel Zender is a full-time freelance designer and illustrator working in Brooklyn, New York. Exhibition Dates: Monday, October 3rd- Friday, October 21st, 2016 First Friday Art Walk Reception: Friday October 7th from 6:00-10:00pm, Student Exhibition Center, 838 East Walnut Street Homecoming Reception: Friday October 14th from 5:00-7:00pm, Student Exhibition Center, 838 East Walnut Street (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 Gravitate: The Art of Shelly Forbes in October.

Artist Statement: “My works are greatly influenced by the four classical elements—earth, air, fire, and water. The power, colors, magnitude, and motions of these elements are brought to life with concrete texturing, fluid acrylics, and resins. Intense colors and textures form a liquid look that make you want to connect with and touch the pieces. Being able to create something that captivates the viewer and pulls them into the world as I see it…full of color, texture, power, wonder, happiness, joy, reality, fantasy…making that connection is all you can ask for.” (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, welcomes the 2016 Art Walk Anniversary Art Contest and Exhibition. Entries are due Sept. 30 for this annual contest which awards $500 in cash prizes. Visitors to the gallery on Art Walk night will select the winner of 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


Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, invites you to the opening of a new exhibit: Rest in Peace: Photos by Gypsy Rose Pitts and Traces of Gold by Carla Stine, part of the Library’s Death & Dying series. Also, at 6 p.m., Amanda Horned, art history major at Missouri State University, will present The Pink Project: An Application of Gender and Feminist Theory. 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.


Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to 7 p.m. in the Museum’s auditorium for the first in a series of First Friday concerts featuring the incomparable Jerry Hoover and the Firehouse Band, plus catch the Art Walk shuttle to downtown. A $5 donation to Play It Forward SWMO covers admission to the concert. Admission to the Springfield Art Museum is free. All donations benefit Play It Forward SWMO, whose mission is to provide quality musical instruments to music programs and individuals in our community that are most in need. In addition, funds raised are used to repair and refurbish donated instruments. This concert series was designed not only to increase awareness for Play It Forward SWMO’s programs, but to highlight the diverse talents of musicians throughout the area. A new musical guest, scheduled by Play It Forward SWMO’s Director Ruell Chappell, will be featured at each concert.

With generous support from Reliable Superstore, Car-Fi, and Panera Bread, guests of “Music, Art & Bagels” will enjoy complimentary snacks, free Museum parking, a roaring evening of jazz and Dixieland favorites, and can then take advantage of the free First Friday Art Walk Shuttle that will ferry them to Art Walk locations around downtown. Park at the museum, catch a ride to Art Walk, and enjoy the best that creative Springfield has to offer! (417) 837-5700.

Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., presents Featured Artist Sal Ceniceros.  From the Artist: “I was born and raised in San Diego, CA, and attended college at San Diego State University where I received a BFA in printmaking and photography. After several years of making art and teaching, I attended medical school and I am currently a neuropsychiatrist at OCH. During this time, I have continued to make art and have shows in several Chicago area galleries and locally. I have also had several pieces purchased by San Diego State and Southwestern College in California. My current body of work uses analog film and hand-crafted prints utilizing methods form the 1850s.” Note: 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 Pumpkins, Gourds and Seasonal Pieces for First Friday and Second Saturday in October. 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 Police Museum at The Calaboose, 409 W. McDaniel, is open to the public during First Friday Art Walk! The Calaboose, Springfield’s original jail, was built in 1891 and used until the 1940s. The historic display covers a wide variety of fascinating crimes, lawmen and relics of law enforcement past. Visitors will be chilled by the sight of the last hangman’s rope and the black hood worn by the last condemned criminal to die by hanging in 1935. The Calaboose is a stop well worth your time – drop in on First Friday! For more information on Springfield law enforcement history, visit www.springfieldmo.gov/spd/AboutUs/history.html Open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays


Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., is a fine craft gallery and community clay center that not only produces a range of amazing ceramics, but also features examples of Fine Craft by over 45 Local, Regional and National Artists. Springfield Pottery welcomes you to First Friday and Second Saturday in October! (417) 864-4677 www.springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat


Systematic Savings Bank, 318 South Avenue, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you enjoy a show of Children’s Artwork during the Oct. 7 First Friday Art Walk! www.mysystematic.com Open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. M-F and during First Friday Art Walk


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


U.school, 425 W. McDaniel, Ste. 160, makes its Art Walk debut in October! The school space will be converted into a gallery and open to the public during the October Art Walk with a show on the student-selected theme Dark Twist. Students at u.school select a theme for each month’s First Friday Art Walk. The students can choose to use the theme to guide their artwork, research, writing, and other academic studies. For each Art Walk month, a student is voted as Art Walk Director and is responsible for leading a team in curating the student work and converting the u.school space into a gallery. U.school was created by three passionate teachers who wanted a school that not only reflected what cognitive research suggests about teenagers, but also what their classroom teaching experience showed. Located in downtown Springfield, u.school is a democratic, micro school guided by three guiding principles; Purposefully Small, Democratic, and Connected to the Community.

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