April First Friday Art Walk celebrates spring in 22 venues

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Join First Friday Art Walk 6-10 p.m. on April 7 for original art, live local music, live art demonstrations, arts performances, local history and much more in 22 participating locations! A special feature this month: amazing shows from area K-12 schools! See High School Creative at Art Inspired; the K-12 International Baccalaureate Art Show at The Creamery and Brick City; the Annual Central Ozarks Conference Juried High School Exhibition at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz; and April Fools and art from Infinity Academy at U.school.


Beyond Studio presents paintings, hands-on Magazine Mosaic craft

Beyond Studio invites you to enjoy the marbleized paintings of Featured Artist John Whytock, plus a hands-on craft project: Collaborative Magazine Mosaic.


BookMarx presents Nicole Chilton: Floriography

Artist Nicole Chilton travels outside her comfort zone with a new, floral-themed exhibit at BookMarx: Floriography.


Fresh Gallery welcomes Annual Juried Competition Exhibition

Fresh Gallery is proud to present its Annual Juried Competition Exhibition in April with cash prizes plus a Fresh Gallery show for the Best in Show winner!


ideaXfactory breaks new ground with Glass & Steel – Russ RuBert

ideaXfactory Director Russ RuBert works with molten glass and rusty railroad steel, pushing the limits of himself and his materials.


Mane Salon welcomes multifaceted artist Darlene Copeland Prater

Mane Salon & Social House welcomes award-winning artist Darlene Copeland Prater with a show of whimsical, mixed media paintings.


Obelisk Home features Salt Pond: The Art of Jeff Broekhoven

Salt Pond: The Art of Jeff Broekhoven debuts at Obelisk Home with an opening reception 6-10 p.m. during the April 7 First Friday Art Walk.


Veterans’ experiences take center stage at locations on the Square

The History Museum on the Square at the Fox Theatre continues From Home to Over There: Greene County in the Great War, while Park Central Branch Library presents Missouri Over There: Artwork Inspired by the Veteran Experience by Susan Neese, Janine Helton and Wayne Doornbosch.

April 2017 Gallery Guide

Art Inspired, 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents High School Creative: Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture by Springfield area High School students. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Beyond Studio, 400 South Ave., Stes. 230-250, invites you to join them for Featured Artist John Whytock, painter. His marbleized pieces appear as actual stone, revealing hidden forms within that mesmerize, suggesting his photo-realistic nudes and other objects have emerged naturally within stone. Also, don’t miss Beyond Studio’s monthly craft project, a Collaborative Magazine Mosaic. Make some new friends while you relax into creative mode.

Whytock says, “Beauty, like truth, exists. And we, as human beings, have an almost divine capacity to recognize it. Art, for me, is an expression in paint of what my heart feels when my eyes are opened to the vast and amazing splendor of creation. In spite of the myriad struggles and changes on the path of a career artist, this one unchanging fact remains: I paint because if I didn’t, my heart might explode. And when a kindred spirit is touched while viewing my painting and feels that same infilling, that same indescribable longing and appreciation for our marvelous world, I consider that work a success.” (417) 414-0487 Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Floriography, a show by Artist Nicole Chilton, in April.

From the Artist: “My paintings tend to follow the rule of thumb, “More is More, and Less is a Bore” (thanks Iris). In my current series, Floriography, however, I work outside my comfort zone by scaling back and zooming in, using floral motifs as my focal points.

“By taking this micro focus on flowers, I discover a relationship with the female form as something beautiful, flowing, and morphing. It develops into an abstract landscape and roadmap that leads me to new conversations about body image and beauty. This is a stark contrast to the series it evolved from, KABLOOM, in which I painted layers upon layers, then carved away until exposing new hidden images.

“The painting process is fast-paced and intuitive, letting the paint flow and bleed into each other. I use traditional tools: paper, watercolor, inks, acrylics. My choice of color tends to be less representative and more emotional.” www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, along with MSU Brick City Gallery, will host the 3rd annual K- 12 International Baccalaureate Art Show. The theme for this year’s show is “MERAKI” which means the soul, love, or creativity put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work. Works featured are created by students from Central, Pipkin, Boyd, Field and Rountree schools.

The Creamery exhibition features student work from Central High School’s International Baccalaureate program. Now in its 10th year, the Central IB show at The Creamery will showcase Central’s art, film, music and theatre departments. The reception will feature live performances throughout the night by the different performing arts departments and an art exhibit curated by and with the work of 14 visual art students. Artwork, including photography and paintings, will be on display until Friday, April 28. K-10 International Baccalaureate art is featured at Brick City Gallery. 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 the Student Competitive Exhibition with an Opening Reception 5-8 p.m. during the April 7 First Friday Art Walk. (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 Note: Drury Pool Art Center Gallery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m.


Equality Healthcare, 420 W. College, Ste. 100, welcomes you for the April 7 Art Walk with works by Featured Artists Marty Goodnight, Stephanie Cramer 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 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. 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, is thrilled to announce the Annual Open Juried Show Exhibition.  This juried competition open to all area artists 18 and older allowed each artist to submit up to two entries in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastels, photography, textiles, ceramics, wood, sculpture or jewelry. Works submitted were created in the last three years and are originals, so that all works on display are “Fresh!”

Along with an opportunity to display work in one of the area’s leading art galleries, prizes will be awarded. Best of Show will receive a cash award, as well as a Featured Artist exhibit opportunity in Fresh Gallery in 2018. Our 2016 Best of Show winner, Tammy Geisert, was featured artist for an exhibition in January 2017. Awards for this year’s competition will be given out during the April 7 First Friday Art Walk festivities.

The 2017 competition and exhibition is sponsored by National Art Shop, TCI Graphics, Maschino’s, Robin’s Nest Stained Glass, Michael D. Smith Homes and Farris Mortgage Company. Fresh is proud and grateful to have area businesses and individuals support the competition.  Without their assistance, this event would not be possible. (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 From Home to Over There: Greene County in the Great War. Read the stories of local heroes who fought and died in the “war to end all wars” & their loved ones back on the home front. Walk through a recreated trench &

experience WWI on the Western Front. Free Museum night at First Friday Art Walk, regular admission applies for Second Saturday. Free admission for veterans every day, sponsored by Phenix Marble Company and Conco Companies. This exhibit is open Mon.- Sat. 10:30 am to 4:30 pm through July 8. (417) 831-1976 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org


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 www.hotelvandivort.com Note: Hotel Vandivort is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: Open 24-7-365


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents Glass & Steel – Russ RuBert in April.

Russ RuBert is an artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology whose practice includes media installation, public art, curating, and directing art and community projects. He is a founder and the director of ideaXfactory, an installation space for contemporary art. He is also the artist that created the large Kinetic Man at Jordan Valley Park, the big red Idea-X at ideaXfactory, the dish shapes at MSU known as EchoSphere, and various other public sculptures around Springfield.

“At ideaXfactory we ask our artists to take a concept or material they have been working with, and then use their time at ideaXfactory to push it even further, exploring new artistic dimensions. So, for my own show, I’m doing just that, working with materials new to me such as molten glass and rusty old railroad steel.”

Flexible Glass! RuBert has developed a technique of forming molten glass that involves drawing the hot glass out to long spider like threads that become uniquely flexible even when cold. The glass is then formed into “molecular webs” suspended above the gallery floor.

Railroad Steel! RuBert is also working with railroad steel which will be displayed below the glass in the main gallery space. RuBert recently obtained formal salvage rights to an abandoned section of railroad steel from MoDot, and is now utilizing the steel in sculptural constructions. Some sculptures are based on a bench form, and the audience will be invited to sit on them!

RuBert envisions a two-part process utilizing his time in March to explore properties of Glass & Steel, with an in-process exhibition opening for the April 7 First Friday Art Walk. Later in April RuBert plans to introduce elements of sound and light, creating an immersive environment for the total Glass & Steel X Sound & Light exhibition premiering May 5. http://ideaxfactory.com


Mane Salon and Social House, 404A W. Walnut, a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Featured Artist Darlene Copeland Prater for the April 7 First Friday Art Walk. Prater is a mixed media and mural artist. Her love for color and texture shows up in her whimsical, mixed media paintings. Darlene is inspired by the day to day events that define people’s lives. In a world that is often bleak, her desire is to bring a lightness and sense of humor to her paintings. She also believes in art as therapy, which led her to teach art at Green County Jail for 8 years. Darlene works with Touche’ Design Group as a mural artist. She has taught workshops and classes in oil and acrylic painting, jewelry making fiber art, and mixed media. She has been in a variety of juried shows and received best of show and 1st place awards in several categories. (417) 755-7681 manesalonandsocial.com Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat



MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, brings a pair of exhibits in various media for First Friday and Second Saturday in April, plus enjoy an Early Bird Art Walk reception for the third annual K- 12 International Baccalaureate Art Show.

In the East Gallery, experience the works of Featured Artist Manuel Molina Martagon in video, photography and performance.

In the West Gallery, enjoy the art of Featured Artist Jenny Vogel in video, photography and computer arts.

Both artists will be on site for the April 7 Art Walk and will offer a combined Artist Talk on Thursday, April 6. Enjoy these exhibits for First Friday and Second Saturday in April!

Also, enjoy the K- 12 International Baccalaureate Art Show with artists in grades K-10 from Boyd, Central, Field, Pipkin and Rountree and an early bird reception 5-8 p.m. IB works from Central High are featured at The Creamery Arts Center. (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 a night of the Kazakh New Year by students from Kazakhstan. Come join us in a celebration of Kazakhstani culture April 7! The Center of International Programs brings the world to southwest Missouri through art, cultural displays, food, music, and more. http://international.missouristate.eduhttp://international.missouristate.edu


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St. presents the MFA in Visual Studies Graduate Thesis Exhibition. There are two MFA Exhibits at MSU Student Exhibition Center in April. The first is featured during the April 7 First Friday Art Walk with a reception 6-10 p.m. The second exhibit debuts April 17. Missouri State University’s Master of Fine Arts and Design places an emphasis on a student’s individual research. This experience culminates with an MFA candidate’s thesis exhibition highlighting the outcome of their research during the program. Depending on the candidate’s interests, a wide range of approaches spanning contemporary, traditional and interdisciplinary use of media may be utilized in the creation a final body of work for the thesis exhibition. (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 Salt Pond: The Art of Jeff Broekhoven with an opening reception 6-10 p.m. during the April 7 First Friday Art Walk.

Artist Statement: “The undercurrent of recent paintings are three bodies of water—a pond, lake, and sea. Since 2014 I have been exploring and bearing witness to these landscapes, trying to see what I can see. The paintings are a glimpse of these adventures.”

About the Artist: Jeff Broekhoven (b.1981) received his B.Arch. and BA in Fine Arts from Drury University in 2004, and practiced architecture in Chicago, IL and Springfield, MO from 2005–2011. In 2013 he received his MA and MFA in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work was included in the 2010 Springfield Art Museum MOAK Exhibition. He has been featured locally in 417 Magazine and published nationally in New American Paintings 2014 MFA Annual issue no.111 and 2015 Midwest issue No.119. Jeff is a local small business owner of Benton Blind and has taught as an adjunct professor at Missouri State University and Drury University. He is active in the Springfield arts community and currently sits on the board for Sculpture Walk Springfield. Recently his work was featured at the Elmhurst Art Museum in the exhibition New American Paintings: Midwest Edition in Elmhurst, Illinois. (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, which opens with a First Friday Art Walk reception 5-9 p.m. and Awards Ceremony at 7. Art Walk visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner during the reception. The winner of this award will receive an art supply gift certificate from National Art Shop, donated by OTC Fine Arts Department.

OTC Fine Gallery enthusiastically presents this annual juried exhibition promoting regional high schools’ emerging artists while celebrating the inspired dedication of their art instructors. Six high schools are participating in 27 different visual art categories. Experience the art of Reeds Spring, Bolivar, Buffalo, Hollister, Logan-Rogersville, and Marshfield students. (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 join them for First Friday Art Walk and the opening of a new exhibit! At 6 p.m., Mu Theta, Drury University’s music therapy student organization, and the Queen City Rock Camp Volunteer Band will perform a variety of songs. On Display: Missouri Over There: Artwork Inspired by the Veteran Experience by Susan Neese, Janine Helton and Wayne Doornbosch. This One Read exhibit is sponsored by Springfield Regional Arts Council. Art Walk reception ends at 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 p.m. F & Sat Closed Sunday.


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., Will Not Participate in the April 7 First Friday Art Walk. (417) 832-8277 Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. M—Th, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. F, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., invites you to enjoy Live Demonstrations of the glassblowing art during First Friday and Second Saturday in April. (417) 868-8181 www.springfieldhotglass.com 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 April. (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. 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, the downtown Springfield democratic micro school will explore the theme April Fools as inspiration for April’s First Friday Art Walk. The school’s space at 425 W. McDaniel Suite 160 will open to the public from 6pm-9pm. The u.school gallery will showcase paintings, drawings, and installed interactive pieces inspired by “April Fools.”

This month the gallery will also showcase artwork from students at Infinity Academy in Springfield. Infinity Academy serves the educational needs of middle and high school aged students who need an alternative to traditional schooling such as those with developmental disabilities, high-functioning autism, and related neurocognitive disorders. www.u.school.


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