Art Walk blooms in April with new gallery debuts
(March 17, 2009) Art Walk springs to life in April with two new galleries: Fresh, at the southwest corner of Walnut and Campbell, and the Six23 Gallery in the lobby of Six23 Condos, 623 W. Walnut.
First Friday Art Walk, a free community event, will be held 6-10 p.m. April 3 in 26 participating venues. Join us for live art demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, food and fun! for full details see the April 2009 Newsletter. Among the April highlights:
- New venue Six23 Gallery presents a trio of artists. Paintbombs by Dean Groover is a collaborative effort between photographer Groover and Los Angeles artist Parris Patton that combines painting, performance, and photography to arrive at high impact, colorful images. www.art4miles.com. Six23 also features artists Locke Hilderbrand and Francois LaRiviere in April.
The Creamery Arts Center presents the Central High School International Baccalaureate Examination Exhibition, featuring the work of students enrolled in Central’s IB art program and performances by Central High’s orchestra, choir, theater and media departments.
Sculptor Bruce Burnaugh and Fiber Artist Carol Penprase are the featured artists at Fresh, a new collective gallery displaying works by 20 different local artists. Fresh, which opens its doors to the public for the first time during the April Art Walk, will also offer live jazz by students from the MSU music department.
OTC Fine Art Gallery presents Exotic Fruit Evolution, works by Columbian-born artist Zoyla Maria Donney. An artist, graphic designer, journalist and teacher, Donney brings exuberance and a Hispanic cultural subtext to her brilliant images of fruit, which she describes as “full of intense color, glow, texture and flavor.”
Troubles in Paradise at MSU Art & Design Gallery features eight contemporary artists employing “humor, wit, science, media and innovative thinking to address various issues pertaining to environmental sustainability, exploiting a diverse range of expression on behalf of our planet.”
Jane Troup brings her distinctive style to Obelisk Home during the April Art Walk. Jane’s engaging, stylized landscapes and animal images are unmistakable, as are the brilliant colors she uses to give them life and light. An Art Walk favorite, her work is not to be missed.
Springfield Pottery presents To Awaken from a Deep Sleep: New Work by Chen, Fang-Yi, an exhibition by visiting Taiwanese artist Fang-Yi Chen. Springfield Pottery also continues its hands-on First Friday miniMake projects this month with Victorian Flower Cones.
And for parents who want to attend Art Walk but think they can’t afford child care, think again! Family Art Night at the Downtown Y offers child care for ages 3 months to 12 years, 6:30-9 p.m. every First Friday for only $10 per child. Adults can enjoy Art Walk while the kids enjoy healthy activities and snacks, story time and a hands-on art project to take home. This month features dance performances by YMCA Arts Academy hip-hop and ballet students, and the art activity is foam bracelets. Call Kyla Bentley at (417) 862-8962, ext. 149 for more information or to preregister.
Full details of the April 3 Art Walk appear in the April Gallery Guide below.
April Gallery Guide
Bellwether Gallery of the Arts, 600 W. College St., presents Nature Awakening, featuring a quartet of artists in different media: Nature Photographer Debbie Blanchard, Art Quilter and Fiber Artist Judy Ferguson, Relief Printmaker Deby Gilley and Oil Painter Alyce Cox. (417) 831-1778 www.bellwetherarts.com Open 1-5 p.m. T-F; Noon- 3 p.m. Sat
Big Smile Photography, 207 Park Central East, features international award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Jeremy Lawson’s creative lifestyle wedding and portraiture work. Big Smile displays Jeremy’s one-of-a-kind portrait and wedding images from local events as well as events from around the world. (417) 527-2885 www.bigsmilestudios.com Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F and by appointment
Bodhi Salon and Spa, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 106, presents Artist Misty Ware. “While my background is in advertising, I enjoy painting for emotional expression and personal development,” Ware says. “My connection to graphic design, typography, paper, and print material inevitably finds its way into my work.” (417) 864-4399 www.bodhisalonandspa.com Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. M-F; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat
The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents the Central High School International Baccalaureate Examination Exhibition, featuring the work of students enrolled in Central’s IB art program, and performances by Central High’s orchestra, choir, theater and media departments. Exhibitors include Amy Briggs, Kalee Burgess, Joshua Campbell, Anna Jennings, Krystal Joiner, Bobor Jones, Vernon Meidlinger-Chin, Evan Melgren and Stephen Waldo. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) www.SpringfieldArts.org Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays
DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, features four different shows in April: Organic Carved Functional Pottery by Julia Schaefer, Photography and Stained Glass by Nathan Smith, Autos Revisited, featuring cars hand sculpted in clay by George Milne, and Jewelry by Jill LeGrand. DB also displays the work of in-house artists Tammy Kirks, John Ehlers, Katrina Stevens and Duane Bone. (417) 864-4343
Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents the Annual All Student Competitive Exhibition. (417) 873-7263 www.drury.edu/pacgallery Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Th
Elite PhotoArt, 325 E. Walnut St., features Artist Dan McWilliams throughout April, while Lindsay Cooper will make her Springfield singing début at Elite during the April 3 Walk. Visitors can also view ongoing displays by Larry Daniel, Dwayne Hillme, Chris Short, Nancy Rose and Gallery owners Will and Lisa Roberts while indulging in hot Java Dave’s coffee, snacks and each other’s company. Catering Creations will also be on site to serve barbecue samples while they last, so it’s “first come first serve.” (417) 569-3322 or (417) 234-7761 www.elitephotoart.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat or by appointment.
Fashioned By Jaye, 212 S. Campbell, presents Fine Art Prints by April Whitlow during the month of April. Fashioned By Jaye is a gallery and boutique featuring work by local artists and locally handmade jewelry, handbags, home decor and gift items. (417) 862-4100 www.fashionedbyjaye.com Open Noon-7 p.m. M-F; 2-7 p.m. Sat
Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., presents Through My Lens, a display of images by Springfield Historian and Photographer David J. Eslick. (417) 866-3696 Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat; First Friday hours 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fresh, a new gallery at the southwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, features Sculptor Bruce Burnaugh and Fiber Artist Carol Penprase in April. A membership gallery of juried local and regional artists, Fresh offers works by local artists including Dolores Bauer, Janice Brueggemann, Stephanie Cramer, Holly Elkins, Alicia Farris, Clarissa French, Mary Hamilton, Joy Hyde, Ann Meese, Jeanie Morris, Angel Nahon, Carol Penprase, Kevin Richardson, Peggy Thatch Sibley, Sandy Strother, Denene Taliaferro, Karla Breeding Trammell, Sharon Warren and Elaine Willig. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-W; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Th-Sat
Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, presents The Art of James Crafford. A self-taught, award-winning artist, James has shown work in several local galleries, at art fairs and in public locations, and says he is “very lucky to do what burns in my heart.” (417) 863-7843 www.gillioz.org
Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, presents Images of Africa: Art Quilts from Cher Piché. Cher was born in Southern Africa in a time of peace and prosperity, and grew up on a farm enjoying the natural beauty around her. She and her husband lived in Africa for 40 years and raised 3 children there before moving to the USA nine years ago to open a business. They have had ties with the Springfield area for 15 years, and are happily settled on a small acreage just outside of town. “I am inspired by God’s creation and love the scenery and animals of the world, which are embellished into my quilts,” Cher says. (417) 873-9792 www.globalfayre.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat or by appointment
Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Childhood in its Landscape, a juried art exhibit and silent auction that will raise funds for art scholarships for Springfield children. The silent auction continues through April 25. Proceeds of each sale are divided evenly between the artists and the fundraiser. Nationally known photographer Julie Blackmon, who juried the show, is also donating a piece for the auction. (417) 865-7055 www.goodgirlartgallery.com Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat
Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., presents The Art of Perseverance, an exhibition of artwork by Minda Cox and Emily Frost. Born without arms or legs, 21-year-old Minda Cox has used her passion for art to overcome her disability. As a fellow artist and one of Cox’s teachers at Southwest Baptist University, Emily Frost has encouraged Cox to view art as an act of freedom. Both artists are stretching the boundaries of the artistic process and redefining what it means to be “disabled.” Meet the artists and enjoy live music by guitarist Dale Augustson at the opening reception during Art Walk. (417) 866-6688 www.myspace.com/hawthorngallery Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat
MSU Art & Design Gallery, 333 E. Walnut, presents Troubles in Paradise, featuring works by Vaughn Bell, Brian Collier, Lilian Cooper, Mallory Cremin, Tim Gaudreau, Isabelle Hayeur, Basia Irland, Josh Keyes. Embracing the notion of artist as researcher and community activist, these eight contemporary artists employ humor, wit, science, media and innovative thinking to address various issues pertaining to environmental sustainability, exploiting a diverse range of expression on behalf of our planet. (417) 829-5092 www.art.missouristate.edu/gallery.php Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Th; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. F; Noon-6 p.m. Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and university holidays
MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents the MSU art and design department’s All-Area Design Exhibition.. (417) 836-6999 www.sec.missouristate.edu Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays
Nonna’s Italian American Café, 306 South Ave., presents Artist D. J. Ball in April. D.J., a Nonna’s employee, is also a painter. His show in April features landscapes in acrylic. (417) 831-1222 www.nonnascafe.com
Obelisk Home, 214 W. Phelps, presents Jane Troup. Jane has a distinctive style that makes her works instantly identifiable. “I look at the world and find so much to be excited and curious about. So I observe and try to understand whatever it is. I want to breathe it in, see it from all angles,” she says. “I crave getting in close to my subjects and really seeing them. Only then can I tell the story. I am so lucky to have work that encourages me to focus on the most intriguing and beautiful ideas.” (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com
OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor, features Exotic Fruit Evolution, works by Columbian-born artist Zoyla Maria Donney. An artist, graphic designer, journalist and teacher, Donney brings exuberance and a Hispanic cultural subtext to her brilliant images of fruit, which she describes as “full of intense color, glow, texture and flavor.” (417) 447-8873 Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Th; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. F; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on First Fridays
Park Central Square Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, presents First Friday On Stage at 7 p.m. with St. Mark’s Square, a classical string quartet featuring Michael Murray, Allison Steiner, Kirsten Weiss and Aleksis Zarins. (417) 831-1342 www.myspace.com/parkcentrallibrary Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. M-Th; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat
Randy Bacon Photography and Figment Art Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College St., present Recent Paintings by Sharon Harper. A professor of art and design at MSU, Harper has been painting for more than 20 years. She depicts images of subjects that reflect the human condition through her personal experiences with love, loss, prejudice, emotional intimidation and self-acceptance. “I recently became increasingly conscious of my aging process and how my body and thoughts are changing,” Harper says. “My paintings begin to reflect this process with the inclusion of layers of translucent or transparent material, paint, or images where one image is intertwined and dependent on another. This process allows for the multiple thoughts or feelings to be synchronous and affect one another, allowing ephemeral thoughts to read simultaneously.” For more information, call (417) 868-8179. www.randybacon.com www.gallerysounds.net Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat
Six23 Gallery, 623 W. Walnut, presents a trio of artists during the April 3 Art Walk. Paintbombs by Dean Groover is a collaborative effort between photographer Groover and Los Angeles artist Parris Patton that combines painting, performance, and photography to arrive at high impact, colorful images. Visit www.art4miles.com for more information. Six23 also features artists Locke Hilderbrand and Francois LaRiviere in April.
Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., features An Easter Celebration. See glass eggs, chickens and baby ducks expertly crafted live demonstrations by the studio’s hot glass artisans. (417) 868-8181 www.springfieldhotglass.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Th; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat
Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., presents To Awaken from a Deep Sleep: New Work by Chen, Fang-Yi, through April 10. Fang-Yi, a visiting artist at MSU from Tainan National College of the Arts in Taiwan, will also conduct a workshop 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 4. She will give a demonstration and slide talk on functional pottery, sculptural porcelain and decorative slip techniques. The workshop is $35 and space is limited; call 864-4677 to preregister. Also, Springfield Pottery will continue its First Friday Art Walk miniMakes. For a small fee of $10, you will be guided through the MiniMake project of the month, and we will have it fired and ready for you in 14 days. The April MiniMake is Victorian Flower Cones. (417) 864-4677 www.springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat
Storefront Studios, 319 N. Main St., features the work of more than a dozen local artists in oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, art cloths, wood carvings and more. Enjoy a hot cup of chai while you view the works of participating artists Alexander Jones, Gina L. Pulis, Candace Fruge, Carol Lee Marshall, Joan Gentry, Victor Edwin Humphrey, Joey Borovicka and Lorraine Taylor. (417) 862-ARTS (2787)
Susan Sommer-Luarca Fine Art Gallery and Frame Shoppe, 221 Park Central South, exhibits a large body of Susan’s work in originals and fine giclee, museum prints. Susan is an internationally known and widely acclaimed artist with the honor of being Official Artist for the U.S. Olympic Team, Beijing. Official Triple Crown Horse Racing Artist and Artist for the 2008 Super Bowl, Susan also paints LIVE at many nationally televised events. (417) 866-4ART (4278) www.sslworldwide.com