Arts News (July 7–13)


The Harvest LogoIt’s that time of year again folks…Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) group showing! Every year, JRAC members are invited to participate together in a showing that will appear in multiple venues. The exhibit will debut at Spiva Center for the Arts in September and then inhabit the Maple Uncommon Hotel & Gallery in Columbus, KS for October. This year, members will present a work reflecting on the theme – Harvest.

This exploration of the Harvest concept will range from literal to poetic, abstract to representational, and symbolic to figurative.

Each member is allowed to contribute one piece of artwork. To allow viewers more context, each member must provide a short paragraph explaining how their work relates to the theme. Cash prizes will be awarded to overall best-of-show, in addition to the top three winners in both 2-D and 3-D. This exhibition is open to all current JRAC paid members.

This group showing is just one of the many “perks” of becoming a JRAC member. It’s not too late to become a member and be in the show! Click here to learn more about JRAC membership.




We have our finders crossed for the many arts and cultural events vying for Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau funding!

This grant is intended to develop or grow community events with the intention of increasing the number of guests to visit Joplin. — Joplin CVB

Out of 13 applications received, many revolve around the arts and cultural realm. Take a look at a few of our favorite’s: 

  • PhotoSpiva 2015: $19,348 for the annual photography competition held by George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. It will be held March 7-May 3, 2015. Established in 1977, PhotoSpiva is now the longest-running competition of its kind. The exhibit draws both national and international photography. The objective of PhotoSpiva is to “present an exhibition of excellence in photography, celebrating the scope and vigorous activity of today’s contemporary photographers.”
  • Dickensfest: $19,250 for the holiday festival staged each year by Historic Murphysburg Preservation Inc. This year, it is planned for Dec. 12-14. Dickensfest is a holiday destination in Joplin’s Historic Murphysburg Residential District. The festival features thousands of winter lights, an outdoor Olde English village storefronts, costumed Dickens characters, street performers, indoor concerts, food and craft vendors, live Nativity, a petting zoo, horse drawn carriage rides, Father Christmas, and more.
  • Shoal Creek Water Festival: $16,295 for the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center event on Aug. 8, 2015. This festival is put on each year by our local Nature Center. It features vendors from all over the city, educational opportunities for all ages, the infamous cardboard boat races, and kids build-a-shoe-box-boat races. A family fun festival for all!
  • Joplin Jazz in June Festival: $19,999 for the Joplin Festival Co. to use toward the event June 18-20, 2015. This will be the first year for this festival. People can enjoy all types of jazz, street performers, desserts, dining & shopping in this new, fun, family festival in Downtown Joplin, MO. Joplin was known for its wild days of saloons, brothels, bars, gangsters and jazz. Come to classic venues on Main Street and hear great regional and national jazz ensembles in historic settings.”

To learn more about all events in contention for this grant money, see Debby Woodin’s article in The Joplin Globe. To see the Joplin CVB’s grant guidelines, visit



The Joy of Drinking at Phoenix Fired Art 2014Phoenix Fired Art presents…
“The Joy of Drinking”July 19 – August 19

Opening Reception July 19 from 5:30–8:30pm

Phoenix Fired Art will be brining the work of 15 artists from 12 states to 1603 S Main Street Joplin for their second nationally juried ceramic exhibit “The Joy of Drinking”. The juror for this exhibit was Nathan Falter of Springfield Pottery. Awards will be announced at the opening reception on Thursday, July 19th from 5:30–8:30pm, in conjunction with Third Thursday Art Walk in Downtown Joplin.

“The Joy of Drinking” features various ceramic vessels for pouring and drinking beverages. They are created and decorated with a wide variety of techniques and fired using many methods, including: electric, gas reduction, soda and wood. There are traditional Japanese style tea bowls, tea cups, juice cups, coffee mugs and tumblers for whiskey, iced tea or mixed drinks…even a jug or two.

Come all ye beverage aficionados! 

Phoenix Fired Art is a community clay studio, a fired art gallery and a ceramics supply distributor. Opened in 2012 by Heather Grills Phoenix provides instructors and a fully equipped studio for teaching all forms of clay art for beginning through advanced ceramic artists of all ages. From Summer Mud Camp for kids to beginning pottery classes and advance workshops by national guest presenters, creative expression is made available to Joplin and the surrounding communities at Phoenix.

For more information, contact Heather Grills, Owner and Executive Director by phone (417) 483-002 or email:

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