Art Walk invites you to be our Valentine in February

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First Friday Art Walk embraces the season of romance in February when Art Walk is for lovers … in 21 participating locations 6-10 p.m. Feb. 3. Don’t miss fantastic annual events the Hearts for the Arts silent auction and exhibition at The Creamery Arts Center, and Fresh Gallery’s Pour Amour event!


The Heart of the Art: Art Walk shares the love this month with Grace United Methodist Church, 600 S. Jefferson on the SE corner of Cherry and Jefferson. Grace invites you to kick off your Art Walk early with a free concert at the church at 5:30 p.m. The American Art Song Concert includes MSU voice faculty members and guest artist Mitra Sadeghepour from the University of Northern Iowa. The event is made possible in part by a grant from the National Association of Teachers of Singing Discretionary Fund.

Note: If you are a downtown nonprofit organization offering a free, arts-related program that coincides with Art Walk, we would like to partner with you. One organization to be featured monthly. Contact us at!


Art Inspired welcomes Aurora native Artist Trenton Xavier

Art Inspired welcomes photo, painting and video work by Trenton Xavier.


Rosette Studios: Arts & Letters: Artist Heather Joy Puskarich

Rosette Studios: Arts & Letters is proud to present award winning Houston artist Heather Joy Puskarich in February.

Beyond Studio invites you to make Valentines, explore art

Beyond Studio at South and Walnut invites you to a Valentine’s Celebration! Enjoy Hands on Art & Craft by making valentines for children in foster care, and experience very different styles of artmaking by Featured Artists Deborah Cox, Shauna Smith-Yates, Craig Coenen and Chris Blackmon.

School-sponsored galleries present new shows

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery welcomes Site: Works by Todd Lowery with an opening reception 5-8 p.m; MSU Brick City Gallery features two exhibits: Resonance and Memory: The Essence of Landscape in the East Gallery, and Nolan Preece: Enchanting the Eye in the West Gallery; MSU Student Exhibition Center  presents the Metals, Jewelry, and Photography Students’ Biennial Exhibition; OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents Featured Artist Abby Junger Campbell: Finding Wonderland, and don’t miss downtown micro-school’s February show: Explore the ‘80s, featuring original art and live performance.


February 2017 Gallery Guide

Art Inspired, 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents Featured Artist Trenton Xavier. Originally from Aurora, MO, Trenton started shooting photos in 2010. Since then he has traveled, shooting photos and music videos for magazines and rap artists. His work is inspired by fashion and fairy tale concepts. When he couldn’t find art he liked for his favorite cartoons, he started painting his own, bringing his photography lighting, coloring and editing abilities and styles to his paintings. This show is a selection of his photography, painting, and video work from
the past few years. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Rosette Studios: Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, presents Featured Artist Heather Joy Puskarich in February.

About the Artist: Heather Joy Puskarich is a Houston area based artist and educator. She has an MFA in Sculpture and Dimensional Studies from Alfred University, and a BA in Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She shows her work nationally and internationally, including recent juried shows, Artprize at the FED Galleries, Kendall College of Art and Design, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, the Kinsey Institute, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania, where she received several awards in photography and sculpture. She teaches studio classes, art history and professional practice workshops.

Artist statement: “The evocation of desire influences my decision to utilize images of women, specifically in the form of self-portraiture. In my practice, I strive to use consumer waste, cutoffs, and thrown-away materials. I work intuitively with materials, exploring ideas of desire and consumption by utilizing recycled and overlooked materials such as confectionaries, glass, metals, soaps, and cosmetics. I question ideas of commercialism and my practice, how I consume and am consumed by my environment. The tension and contradictory nature of my work is the catalyst for my self-exploration. By utilizing my own body in tandem with both ephemeral and lasting materials, I am responding to change, aging, my own ideas of desire, beauty, and the search for identity.” (417) 987-9155


Beyond Studio, 400 South Ave., Stes. 230-250, invites you to join them for a Valentine’s Celebration! Enjoy Hands on Art & Craft by making valentines for children in foster care, and experience very different styles of artmaking by Featured Artists Deborah Cox, Shauna Smith-Yates, Craig Coenen and Chris Blackmon.

Our own Deborah Cox, with her mixed-media “Flowers Reborn” project, says, “I upcycle whatever materials fire my imagination: flea-market paintings, magazines, candy-wrappers, packing paper . . . and turn them into humor and oddity.”

Shauna Smith-Yates of The Bodysmith, shows her series of abstract paintings on recycled boxing mat. Shauna says, “The physicality of painting by throwing punches joins my exploration of body movement, as a fitness instructor, with my art . . .”

Craig Coenen of Integrative Family Psychology, shares his photography series, focusing on thermophilic structures.

Finally, Chris Blackmon of Genesis Fitness, who shares his pencil drawing series, says, “You can always achieve a deeper level of accuracy when doing realism work when you continue to open yourself up to building on your ability to really see things on the truest level. Every piece is a lesson within itself and grows me as an artist.”  (417) 414-0487 Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Michael Dameron: Light + Shadow in


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents the Hearts for the Arts silent auction and exhibition! Be sure to check out the online bidding option, but final bids will be live during the February Art Walk. (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 starts at 5 p.m.


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents Site: Works by Todd Lowery with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. during the Feb. 3 First Friday Art Walk.  (417) 873-7263 Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Th


Equality Healthcare, 420 W. College, Ste. 100, welcomes you for the Feb. 3 Art Walk with works by Featured Artists Marty Goodnight, Stephanie Cramer 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 runs 5-8 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, is ready for Valentine’s Day with a wide variety of original, handcrafted gift ideas for your sweetheart, plus Pour Amour, Fresh’s annual Valentine’s event held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Second Saturday, Feb. 11.

Pour Amour features wine glasses hand-painted by Fresh Gallery artists available for purchase at $14 each or two for $24. A new option this year: Paint your own wine glass for the same price. Enjoy a “pour” of wine (or non-alcoholic beverages for those under 21). Toast your Valentine and know that a portion of Pour Amour proceeds go to Picking Up the Pieces, a support group of 80 local women; fighters and survivors of all types of cancers.   The support group meets once a month, coordinates meals and care packages, and recognizes and meets the needs of those fighting cancer.  By purchasing glasses, you are not only supporting local artists, but an organization dedicated to helping cancer patients. (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 during the Feb. 3 First Friday Art Walk as they prepare their new exhibit, From Home to Over There: Greene County in the Great War, debuting on Feb. 13! (417) 831-1976


Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., a proud Art Walk sponsor, is a nationally recognized 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


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents Be Here Together, a collaboration between Sarah Jones, Shauna Le Ann Smith, Rick Briggenhorst, and you. Celebrating the act of gathering and the need for togetherness.


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, welcomes you with two outstanding exhibitions in the East and West galleries.

In the East Gallery, enjoy Resonance and Memory: The Essence of Landscape, featuring eight contemporary artists putting forth a wide range of “landscape” possibilities in a range of media.

In the West Gallery, experience Nolan Preece: Enchanting the Eye featuring Cliché-verre and chemigram prints. (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, Will Not Participate in the Feb. 3 Art Walk http://international.missouristate.edu


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St. presents the Metals, Jewelry, and Photography Students’ Biennial Exhibition. Works consist of a combination of two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces produced by current Art + Design majors. The exhibition is free and open to the public. (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 Rule Breaker: The Art of Marty Goodnight.

Artist Statement: “Art for me is about breaking my own rules and this show is about breaking through preconceptions, contradicting my own opinions about art and actively zigging when I think I should be zagging. My goal is to utilize traditional subject matter to continually upend my own artistic process to create something authentic, vibrant and surprising.” —Marty Goodnight (417) 616-6488


OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, presents Featured Artist Abby Junger Campbell: Finding Wonderland.

Artist Statement: “As an artist, I try to capture an ordinary moment and transform it into a moment of wonder. I am fascinated with the evolution of the psyche from naive and innocent into skeptical and untrusting. Art in any form is an escape and I am influenced heavily from my childhood escapes of reading and cinema. My style of work draws directly from the illustrations that can be found in storybooks.” (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.


Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, presents a new exhibit for Art Walk: Photography of Fungi and Slime Molds of the Ozarks by Mark Bower. Also, at 6 p.m., Bower, a member of the Missouri Mycological Society, will present Fascinating Fungi and Slime Molds of the Ozarks. Art Walk reception ends at 9. (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.


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., Will Not Participate in the Feb. 3 Art Walk


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., puts its focus on Valentine’s Day as they demonstrate creation of hearts, flowers and all things red. Springfield Hot Glass welcomes you to First Friday and Second Saturday in February. (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 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 February. (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, 425 W. McDaniel, Ste. 160, the downtown Springfield micro-school two doors west of the Moxie, invites you to Explore the 80s in art and performance. students convert the school’s space into a gallery for Art Walk and is open to the public. The gallery will display paintings, drawings, and sculpture inspired by or exploring themes from the 80’s. The evening will also feature a 1980s themed performance by a troupe of actors from Springfield Little Theatre’s education program. The school will be open from 6pm-9pm for February’s Art Walk.Art Walk


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