Arts News (Aug. 25–31)


Arts-HeroesHelp the Missouri Arts Council (MAC) recognize Missourians who have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state. They need arts teachers who inspire a child for a lifetime; communities where the arts make it a great place to live, work and create; leaders who make things happen; artists and arts organizations whose creativity makes us glad to be alive; and philanthropists whose generosity makes it possible. MAC presents these awards every year, and the need for arts heroes never stops. You may be one yourself. Don’t let your arts heroes be invisible! Learn more about the nomination process at

The city of Joplin, MO received the “Creative Community” award in 2012. Meg Bourne-Hulsey & Art Feeds received the “Arts Education” award for 2014.





Thursday, September 25, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Ozark Christian College Chapel
1111 N. Main St, Joplin

Escher String Quartet
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
7:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
509 S Pearl Ave, Joplin
Sponsored, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts

Cantus (male vocal)
Thursday, November 13, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Central Christian Center
415 S Main St, Joplin

Brasil Guitar Duo
Thursday, February 12, 2015
7:00 p.m.
St. Peter’s Catholic Church
812 S Pearl Ave, Joplin
Sponsored, in part, by the Bramlage Family Foundation

Lysander Piano Trio
Thursday, March 5, 2015
7:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church
633 S Pearl Ave, Joplin
Additional House Concert, Friday March 6, 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored, in part, by the Vivian Leon Fund for the Musical Arts of the Carthage Community Foundation.

American Brass Quintet
Thursday, April 16, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Corley Auditorium, MSSU
3950 E Newman Rd, Joplin 



PamLeisenringFall Art Classes: Acrylic, Water Techniques & Pastels with Pam Leisenring, Artist/Instructor
September–May, 2014
Inside Hobby Lobby’s Classroom

Tue Mornings: 9am–Noon (begin Sept. 9)
Wed Afternoons: 4:30–7:30pm (begin Sept. 3)

Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. A solid foundation of artistic principles and thorough understanding of the varied technical aspects of each artists chosen medium brings each student closer to achieving their desired outcome. Ongoing exposure to new techniques help expand options and additions to each students personal artistic style and ability. Each student chooses his/her own preferred medium and subject matter (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.). This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. New members are always welcome. Class fees: $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.

Pam is a member of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC), Spiva Center for the Arts, artCentral, Springfield Regional Artists Coalition and the Ozark Pastel Society. She is founder of the the Southwest Missouri Art Alliance (SMAA) and the Thomas Hart Benton Four State Regional Art Competition and Exhibit held annually in October at Crowder. She is available for workshops and commissions.

Please Call 417-781-3839 for more information. Pam will also be teaching in Neosho on Wednesday Mornings 9am–Noon.



Nature inspires Cyndi Cogbill as she works in polymer clay. Through interpretation and art she strives to share her love of nature with others and created Pawpaw Patch Productions to do just that! All fall classes with Cyndi will be held at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. These classes are perfect for the nature lover who also enjoys creating! Mark these classes on your calendar, now…Cyndi

Painting Wildflowers in Polymer Clay
When: Saturday, September 6, 1:00–4:30 pm
Who: Anyone 15 and older
Cost: $35.00 (a portion supports the center)
Where: Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center
You will learn simple techniques to make fabulous polymer clay paintings of wildflowers. While your creations cure, we’ll check out the local wildflowers and I’ll share identification tips. You will take home your projects and complete tutorials including lots of photos. Upon registration, you will be provided a small list of clay to purchase so you have the colors you prefer.

Goldenrod Gall and Polymer Clay Toy
When: Saturday, September 6, 9:00–11:30 am
Who: Anyone 5 and older (children 5-12 must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $25 for the first child, $12 for additional family members, helping adults free (a portion supports the center)
Where: Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center
Make an updated version of this old-fashioned toy using a goldenrod gall stem and polymer clay. While your creation cures, you will discover these amazing flowers (goldenrods) and the cool creatures that hang out on them. You will also receive detailed tutorials and nature funsheets about the goldenrod flowers and gall.

Registration required by emailing or calling 417-825-3318 by 12 Noon on Friday, September 5.

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