Art Walk roars into March with outstanding shows

1 - February 19, 2019 - 0 Comments

Etherea, Stranger Fruit, Constructed Environments, Wild Horses, Celtic music

The month of March is said to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. That being said, you’re going to hear Art Walk ROAR on March 1 with a selection of outstanding shows in 22 Art Walk galleries! Art Walk runs 6-10 p.m. March 1, plus don’t miss Second Saturday, our laid-back, afternoon stroll version of the Walk, noon-5 p.m. March 9.


Beyond Studio’s Etherea features 5 artists, 3 mediums in March

Beyond Studio presents Etherea, featuring the work of five different artists: Zack Robbins, Nancy Dornan, Stephanie Greene, Brandon Zacarias, and Melinda Brinker in the mediums of painting, photography and fiber arts.


Featured Artists Michael Pfau, Josh Frost at Birds Eye Tattoo

Birds Eye Tattoo and Art Gallery presents Featured Artists Michael Pfau and Josh Frost in March.


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery: Jon Henry: Stranger Fruit

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery presents Jon Henry: Stranger Fruit. This exhibition,

created “in response to the senseless murders of black men across the nation by police violence,” features mothers holding their living sons in pieta-like images in settings around the country.


Photographer Deborah Whytock takes center stage at Fresh

Fresh Gallery presents Featured Artist Deborah Whytock in March. Her focus is photographs that display eclectic choices and find continuity in her style, which gravitates toward the drama of black and white.


ideaXfactory’s Constructed Environments form Labyrinth of Art

IdeaXfactory presents Constructed Environments for the March 1 Art Walk. Explore an Amazing Maze of 21 Interconnecting Spaces by 22 artists, each using 2 materials and 1 adhesive to create a unique Labyrinth of Art!


Transformation Gallery welcomes Featured Artist Kwaku Addai

Transformation Gallery & Tattoo showcases Featured Artist Kwaku Addai with a display of oils and acrylics.


At Guest ARtist Diane L. Denton: The Unseen, Then seen invites you to join them 6:30-8 p.m. when welcomes Guest Artist Diane L Denton: The Unseen, Then Seen for the March 1 Art Walk.




Beyond Studio, 400 South Ave., Stes. 230-250, presents Etherea, featuring the work of five different artists.

In art, clouds can be represented in so many different ways: Light and airy – setting the mood for a landscape. Dynamic in movement. Or delicate in a soft touch of white.

The March show revolves around how each artist approaches clouds. Enjoy work from Zack Robbins, Nancy Dornan, Stephanie Greene, Brandon Zacarias, and Melinda Brinker. Experience the interpretations of Two Painters, Two Photographers, and One Fibers Artist. (417) 414-0487 Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F


Birds Eye Tattoo & Art Gallery, 300 W. McDaniel, presents Featured Artists Michael Pfau and Josh Frost in March, including images from Pfau’s continued journey into his Sacred Flower of Life series. (417) 771 5487. Open 12-9 p.m. T-Sat


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents A Show to Be Announced for the March 1 Art Walk.


Crave Cookie Dough, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 102, (right next to BookMarx) features Artist Sarah Rasul and Artists Francois Lariviere and Grace Douglas, and Photographer Dean P Groover. Satisfy your cravings for original art and sweet treats with Crave. (417) 350-1888 Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. T-Th, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. F-Sat, 12-10 p.m. Sun


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents Between the Lines — art inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read. (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 Jon Henry: Stranger Fruit through March 29 with an Opening Reception 5-8 p.m. March 1.

Artist Statement:Stranger Fruit was created in response to the senseless murders of black men across the nation by police violence. Even with smart phones and dash cams recording the actions, more lives get cut short due to unnecessary and excessive violence.

“Who is next? Me? My brother? My friends? How do we protect these men?

“Lost in the furor of media coverage, lawsuits and protests is the plight of the mother, who, regardless of the legal outcome, must carry on without her child.

“I set out to photograph mothers with their sons in their environment, reenacting what it must feel like to endure this pain. The mothers in the photographs have not lost their sons, but understand the reality, that this could happen to their family. The mother is also photographed in isolation, reflecting on the absence. When the trials are over, the protesters have gone home and the news cameras gone, it is the mother left. Left to mourn, to survive.

“The title of the project is a reference to the song ‘Strange Fruit.’ Instead of black bodies hanging from the Poplar Tree, these fruits of our families, our communities, are being killed in the street.” 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, Will Not Participate in the March 1 Art Walk.


European Café by Sweet Couture, 207 Park Central East, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to enjoy local art and wildly creative edibles during the First Friday and Second Saturday Art Walks. (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 Artist Deborah Whytock in March. Whytock has been an artist in one form or another most of her life. In 1998, she operated her own studio/ gallery where she and another artist collaborated on art for sale. Breaking even the first year in business, though exceptional, was not adequate to survive financially. So, she attended Loma Linda University to study physical therapy. After 15 years as a Physical Therapist Assistant she returned to art.

Her focus is photographs that display eclectic choices and find continuity in her style, which gravitates toward the drama of black and white. She is more concerned with the artistic aspects of the image vs. the technical precision applied through Photoshop. Her goal is to give you a view into what she sees – however imperfect that may be.

Deborah has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout the country over the past 4 years. She was Juried into Fresh Gallery in September 2018 after winning 1st Place in their 1st Annual Photography Exhibition. She also received 1st Place in Photography – professional division, in “An Evening with Studio 55” at the Springfield Art Museum last October. Her affiliations include Springfield Regional Arts Council, Studio 55 Arts Guild, Southwest Missouri Museum Associates-Visual Artists, Visual Artist Alliance of Springfield, Best of Missouri Hands, and she is a founding member of Heartland Art Club.

Deborah and her husband own Oak Rose Studio in Springfield, Missouri. Enjoy Deborah’s work at Fresh on First Friday and Second Saturday. (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 Memories of the Mother Road – Birthplace of Route 66. Travel back in time on the iconic Route 66 and learn about the places that put Springfield on the map. Enjoy the history of the early theaters that were located on the Mother Road. Free Museum night at First Friday Art Walk. (417) 831-1976 Open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-Sat


Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Steven Spencer: From Ash to Grace in March. This exhibition consists of photographs of the artists reviving classical ballet in Cambodia, where in the 1970’s, war, genocide, and the torture and execution of the educated middle class by the Khmer Rouge left over two million dead. Dance was another casualty. But Spencer’s light-slashed images of young dancers and their visionary Rambert-trained teacher, Stephen Bimson, reveal human stories, individual and shared, that are at once difficult, beautiful, and essential: street scenes of poverty, promise, and workaday life; class reconciliation through art; the empowering training and graceful work of young women dancing near the killing fields and mass graves of their grandparents’ generation. Spencer’s work is accompanied by poems and reporting by Kate Murr. Open for First Friday and Second Saturday. (417) 832-1515 Note: Hotel Vandivort is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: Open 24-7-365


IdeaXfactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents Constructed Environments for the March 1 Art Walk. Explore an Amazing Maze of 21 Interconnecting Spaces by 22 artists, each using 2 materials and 1 adhesive to create a unique Labyrinth of Art! Visit the ideaXfactory for First Friday Art Walk on March 1, and don’t miss additional showings 3-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 22. The installation culminates with Artist Talks 6-8 p.m. on March 22.


Millet and Hammer, 405-407 N. Boonville Ave., a collaborative studio and purveyor of locally made furniture and home décor, invites you to experience the new work its members have created for the month and the exciting projects in which they are involved. (417) 413-3817 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, has a phenomenal two-artist show in March, and Art Walk weekend is your last opportunity to enjoy it! Don’t miss Julie Blackmon: Midwest Materials and Jane Troup: Fauna and Flora. Exhibition ends on March 2! (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, invites you to explore languages available at Missouri State by taking sample lessons, meeting instructors, and networking with language and culture organizations with the 3rd annual Community Language Open House, plus experience Women’s History Month with a global perspective during the March 1 Art Walk.


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents the Sculpture, Drawing and Painting Students’ Biennial Exhibition. The show consists of work from all levels of current MSU sculpture, drawing and painting students as well as a few works by students who graduated last year. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-6 p.m. M-F; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Featured Artist Chris Blackmon showing his incredibly detailed, hyperrealistic charcoal and graphite drawings.

Artist Statement: “I am a hyperrealism pencil artist. I enjoy my art form (realism) because being able to capture an image and recreate it on paper, in a sense enables you to recreate the thoughts and feelings that were experienced at that moment, while inspiring new ones as well. In sharing my work with the world, my passion and desire is to encourage others to pursue their God given abilities to make a difference in the world. I would like to continue to expand into the realms of bridal/wedding art and pet portrait/art as well, while still creating any and every custom design for my clients!” (417) 616-6488


Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, presents Featured Artist Jonathan Zachary: Old and New Works, plus, at 6 p.m., enjoy All Around the Celtic World, a musical performance by Turner Collins. 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.


Social on Patton, 314 Patton Ave. presents Wild Horse Tale – Spirit of Missouri for First Friday Art Walk in March! Dean Curtis opens the second month of his exhibit, The Wild Horses of Shannon County with a behind-the-lens conversation of his passion, technique and creative approach photographing the four herds of wild horses in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Dean will host a mixer/dinner/talk & slide show in his Photography Gallery at Social on Patton beginning at 5:30, March 1 during the First Friday Art Walk. Included in the $50 cost of this event is a raffle ticket for the Exhibit’s signature framed photograph, “Shawnee Creek #1” – a take-your-breathe-away image of the entire herd running toward the photographer out of a sycamore woods backlit by filtered dawn light. Dean is contributing the raffle proceeds to Harmony House. Visit the free exhibit in March and make a $10 donation to Harmony House for an opportunity to win this framed print. Our First Friday Art Walk guests can also select their favorite “Wild Horses” photograph, which Dean will print as a special memento he is giving to Harmony House. Come celebrate our interactive exhibit that supports the programs of Harmony House through your attendance. Tickets for Dean’s event are now available at: (417) 368-0778


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Featured Artist Rebecca Lewis Smith in March.

Rebecca’s experience as an artist began with a love for abstract expressionist painting, followed by an early career creating contemporary stained-glass window designs. She is well versed in oil and acrylic painting, charcoal, mixed media and pastels.

Much of what Rebecca does in the studio is deeply influenced by both modern and ancient art, and she revels at exploring any and all art museums. She is particularly fond of abstract expressionism and expressionism in general for the way the styles communicate the individuality and spirit of the artist.

The artist holds a BFA degree in painting and drawing and an MS in education and has taught both art and gifted education in Missouri. She is also a juried artist member of Best of Missouri Hands.

Rebecca’s work can be seen live at Fresh Gallery, 400 W Walnut, in Springfield, MO, where she is an artist member as well as the Gallery Coordinator. (417) 832-8277 Open 11 a.m.-Last Call M-F; 9 a.m.- Last Call Sat-Sun

Note: Springfield Brewing Company is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: Entertainment begins as early as 5 p.m. and shows run as late as Last Call 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 Art Walks in March. (417) 864 4677 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat


Transformation Gallery & Tattoo, 330 E. Walnut, showcases Featured Artist Kwaku Addai with a display of oils and acrylics.

“Kwaku uses both acrylic and oil paints and his captivating works represent Ghanaian culture in both modern and traditional settings. Through his brushy technique and bold color choices, his works embrace the essence and emotion of his subjects. His desire for viewers is that his works would evoke thoughts of inspiration. And he achieves this by capturing the confidence and strength, while at the same time the tenderness in the scenes that he paints.” (417) 869-2338 Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat, 425 W. McDaniel, Ste. 160, invites you to join them 6:30-8pm welcomes Guest Artist Diane L Denton for the March 1 Art Walk. The Unseen, Then Seen is a varied collection of watercolor, pen and ink works from the past four years. The works reflect “storytelling,” a narrative that reveals the funny, the whimsical, a dark place, new beginnings and the awakening of the soul.



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