Spring, and Art Walk, burst to life in April
AIA Design Awards, Nature & Insects, Earth Melancholia, International Culture
Spring, the season of warmth, renewal and rebirth, is upon us, and Art Walk is ready with an explosion of creativity and color! Join 25 participating Art Walk locations for original art, live music, Greek Dancing, artist receptions, Slavic Easter Traditions and more, 5-10 p.m. Friday April 5! A special addition to the April Walk is AIA Springfield, which will display winners of its regional architectural Design Awards on the Square and at Drury C-Street Gallery!
Enjoy Spring with Beyond studio’s Nature & Insect themed show
Beyond Studio embraces spring with a Nature & Insect themed show featuring in-house artists Deborah Cox and Katlyn Musice, and MSU art students Josh Barry, Annie Campbell, Joni Neal, Jacqueline Warren, and Viki Thurman, plus Nancy Dornan returns!
Birds Eye Tattoo PRESENTS Featured Artist vICTORIA pAULIK
Birds Eye Tattoo and Art Gallery presents Featured Artist Victoria Paulik. “The art you see before you today is the past 5 years of struggle, frustration, liberation and triumph in not only my personal life, be it emotion, thought, perception and relational, but also my art in all its raw and odd forms.”
Equality Healthcare returns to walk with phenomenal artists
Equality Healthcare returns to the Walk in April with art by Stephanie Cramer, Jane Parker, Shelly Forbes, Christie Snelson, Dustin Burgert, Daniel Flodin, Kat Allie, Tom Beale, Jared Gillett, J. Kent Martin and Rosie Winstead!
Fresh Gallery welcomes Farley Lewis, 10th Anniversary Celebration
Fresh Gallery presents Farley Lewis, an award-winning artist who grew up in Springfield, MO. Working mainly in acrylics, he also paints murals and teaches painting and drawing classes. Plus, enjoy a Fresh Gallery retrospective in honor of the Fresh 10th Anniversary Celebration.
Obelisk Home presents Artist Lil Olive: Earth Melancholia in April
Obelisk Home presents Earth Melancholia: Paintings and Photos by Lil Olive, a body of work “born out of my intense love and reverence for nature. It is a love letter to earth, a melancholy response to the growing threats to our natural environment. I hope to reveal a particular beauty and fragility imbued with an encroaching possibility of loss.”
BRick City explores Punk AF: NEw Waves in Indie, Underground Comix
MSU Brick City Gallery presents Punk AF: New Waves in Indie and Underground Comix with a public reception during Art Walk.
April 2019 Gallery Guide
AIA Springfield, 132 Park Central Square and 233 E Commercial Street, presents winners from last year’s regional architectural Design Awards. Residential, educational, commercial and community projects from around the Southwest Missouri area will be on display both at Central Park Square and on C-Street. Come stop by on April 5 to see what great architectural creations are going up in your community. www.aiaspringfield.org
Beyond Studio, 400 South Ave., Stes. 230-250, explores the themes of Nature & Insects with a variety of artists. The Beyond studio ladies – Deborah Cox and Katlyn Musice – will have a few pieces, along with MSU art students: Josh Barry, Annie Campbell, Joni Neal, Jacqueline Warren, and Viki Thurman, plus Nancy Dornan returns with some of her works. (417) 414-0487 Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F
Birds Eye Tattoo & Art Gallery, 300 W. McDaniel, presents Featured Artist Victoria Paulik in April.
Personal Early Inspiration: Being the oldest of seven in a conservative home was tough and adventurous to grow into. Finding space and personal expression in such a large family was tough but from an early age my Mother taught me the joy of expressing my feelings and thoughts through art.
Fuel and Momentum: With little to almost no training in techniques and mediums, my art became a mirror of my emotional and personal life; more and more frustrating with every year. On an inner level I would run myself in circles and my art conveyed the weight I put on myself. Three years ago, I became so depressed I gave away my brushes and art supplies. Then shortly after this I started to see a therapist for trauma and addiction. Little by little I let go the weight and little by little my art became less about what I wanted it to be and more about enjoying the process of creation.
Current Period: The art you see before you today is the past 5 years of struggle, frustration, liberation and triumph in not only my personal life, be it emotion, thought, perception and relational, but also my art in all its raw and odd forms.
To Others in Your Time of Struggle: You will find the way out, love what you do and do it playfully. (417) 771 5487. Open 12-9 p.m. T-Sat
BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, is proud to present Featured Artist Elisa Kruger who is doing a series of water color paintings for the April 5 Art Walk. www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks
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 https://www.facebook.com/CraveCookieDough/ 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, Will Not Participate in the April 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 runs 5-8 p.m.
Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., invites you to experience the All Student Competitive Exhibition. Enjoy the opening reception 5-8 p.m. April 5. 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, returns to the Walk in April with an amazing slate of artists: Stephanie Cramer, Jane Parker, Shelly Forbes, Christie Snelson, Dustin Burgert, Daniel Flodin, Kat Allie, Tom Beale, Jared Gillett, J. Kent Martin and Rosie Winstead! (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 local art and wildly creative edibles during the First Friday and Second Saturday Art Walks.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 Farley Lewis, an award-winning artist who grew up in Springfield, Missouri, enjoys capturing the effects of light in landscapes. Working mainly in acrylics, he also paints murals and teaches painting and drawing classes. Plus, enjoy a Fresh Gallery retrospective in honor of the Fresh 10th Anniversary Celebration.
From the Artist: “When I look down a beautiful creek at sunset, and watch the play of light on the ripples, something comes alive in me, something I try to capture for others. That is my joy as an artist. I believe beauty is powerful, whether in a painting, a song, a Savior or a well-planned city. Good paintings are far more than pretty décor – they have power to create atmosphere, awaken dreams, and even stir a sleeping heart to life.”
Farley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Missouri State University in 1985. He started and ran a sign shop and graphic design studio for fifteen years, doing occasional commissioned paintings and murals, and some mural work for Bass Pro Shops. From 1998 to 2016 Farley served as a pastor, still doing art and graphics on the side. In early 2017 he began pursuing a career as a fine artist again, going full-time in January of 2018. Working in the studio and plein air, Farley also teaches painting classes and workshops. He lives with his amazing wife Kelly and one of his incredible five grown children in Springfield, Missouri. Stop by Fresh Gallery and visit with Farley during First Friday Art Walk.
About the Fresh Anniversary: Throughout 2019 Fresh will be celebrating its 10-year achievement with a variety of events. A retrospective to celebrate past Fresh artist members will be on display in April. In May, Fresh will host its popular open Juried Show where area artists compete for prizes and the honor of a Fresh Gallery exhibit of their own. In September, the Photography Show & Competition takes center stage. These are but two of the annual events the gallery hosts to further the arts in our community. (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 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org Open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-Sat
Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents An Artsfest Preview for the April 5 Art Walk. (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 (Self) Conscious, an exhibition of ceramics and mixed media installations by Sharon Harper. The exhibition opens during First Friday Art Walk on April 5, 6-10 p.m., and will be open through the month on Tuesdays and Thursday 3-7 p.m. An Artist Talk and Closing Reception is scheduled for April 24, 6-8 p.m. http://ideaxfactory.com
Mane Salon and Social House, 404A W. Walnut, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to join them for Featured Artist George Perkins in April. Perkins is a self-taught artist who was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. He lives there still with his wife, three teenage sons, one daughter (tween, going on 35), a princess pit bull and an anxious white boxer
While painting with oils and acrylics is his primary focus, he also enjoys sculpture and woodwork. He frames his paintings with reclaimed wood, often burned or stained. George is inspired by further exploring creative ways to combine his passions through new endeavors and collaborations
Artist Statement: I paint what my eye finds beauty in: sometimes there is beauty in the torture of life. I find the tenderness in the pain of a broken heart and in the anticipation of tasting a full glass of whiskey.
Beauty brings with it color and memory: snapshots of passing time.
When I look around at the world, I realize that everything was someone’s passion, someone’s art; we take joy in what others create. Since I have made art my life’s work, I have found more pleasure in a normal day. I can’t wait to start my next project … and then again, and then again… (417) 755-7681 manesalonandsocial.com Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat
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 www.milletandhammer.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat
MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, proudly presents Punk AF: New Waves in Indie and Underground Comix with a public reception during Art Walk. Enjoy the exhibit on First Friday and Second Saturday in April! (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 Slavik Easter Traditions for the April 5 Art Walk. Learn about Slavic traditions and cuisines leading up to the Easter holidays. The Slavs, or inhabitants of primarily Eastern and Southeastern European countries, share similar customs and mainly practice the beliefs of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Easter celebration unites many Slavs every year through food, religious rituals, and entertainment. The vibrant Slavic cultural heritage can spark an interest in every person’s soul! http://international.missouristate.edu
MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents Action, Reaction, Interaction. This show is designed as a call to raise awareness of and take action against a variety of social and political injustices. Artists in this show promote positive reaction through creative expression, and encourage interactions that foster empathy, understanding and dialogue leading to social change. (417) 836-6999 www.sec.misssouristate.edu 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 Earth Melancholia: Paintings and Photos by Lil Olive
From the Artist: This body of work is born out of my intense love and reverence for nature. It is a love letter to earth, a melancholy response to the growing threats to our natural environment. I hope to reveal a particular beauty and fragility imbued with an encroaching possibility of loss.
Photography has played an important role in informing my paintings. I use photography to capture that moment in nature that stops me in my tracks. I try to distill that feeling while referring back to that moment while painting. I feel as though it all comes full circle as the photos then become an extension of my paintings.
About Lil Olive: Growing up in Joplin, Missouri, surrounded by a large family, I would retreat for hours drawing on the cardboard backings my father would save for me from his starched shirts. I would continue to love and study art throughout my life and am happy to be devoting my full heart to it. I live in the beautiful Missouri countryside where I am forever inspired by the natural beauty around me. For more information, please go to liloliveart.com. (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com
Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, invites you to watch or join in a round of Greek Dancing! Traditional Greek coffee and kouloudia (crispy Greek vanilla cookies) will be available for purchase from our friends at The Coffee Ethic. 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.
Social on Patton, 314 Patton Ave. presents Gob: Foundations & Explorations by Featured Artist Chris Mostyn.
Boggle your mind and your senses. Discover the Ozark’s own Big Foot, Gob – Foundations & Explorations by Springfield Public Schools’ national award-winning art teacher, Chris Mostyn. Be Gobsmacked exploring life’s questions with Gob. Enjoy a “Bog Water” crafted drink or an entire tasting dinner by Æfter, “The Abstract and the Tale of Two Palettes,” created for this unique exhibit. Support Harmony House with a $10 donation for a chance to win the show’s signature framed print, “In the Gloaming.” Come enjoy and be Gobsmacked! (417) 368-0778 https://socialonpatton.com/
Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Featured Artist Steve McGuire in April.
About the Artist: I majored in Art & Graphic Design at then Southwest Missouri State University. I seem to have always been interested in art and photography. Art has always been an integral part of my life from an early age. I have taught several classes at OTC both in art and computer graphics. Currently have work on display at Obelisk Home, The Library Center and Spiva Art Center, Joplin. I specialize in airbrush painting, acrylic painting, colored pencil as well as computer graphics and photography. I enjoy photography while hiking and camping in and around the Ozarks area and beyond. (417) 832-8277 www.springfieldbrewingco.com 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 April. (417) 864 4677 www.springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat
Transformation Gallery & Tattoo, 330 E. Walnut, showcases Featured Artist Austin Evans and his work, The Patron Saint of How Much I Miss You. We’ll have prints of it available for purchase as well. (417) 869-2338 www.transformationgallery.com Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat
U.school, 425 W. McDaniel, Ste. 160, invites you to join them 6:30-8 p.m. as they welcome Guest Artist Diane L Denton for the April 5 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.