Arts News (Nov. 17–23)

– SPIVA CENTER FOR THE ARTS OPENS 67TH MEMBERSHIP SHOW

Area artists who are also members of Spiva Center for the Arts are currently showing their best work at the 67th Annual Membership Show – a competitive exhibit now open to the public! The exhibit runs through Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. Don’t miss this fabulous showing of artwork in Joplin!

Artists of all ages competed for $3,000 in cash and prizes, funded by Dr. John C. Windle, a long-time Spiva member and philanthropist. The exhibit is sponsored by Anonymous Friends of Spiva. The Membership Show is not only an opportunity for artists to show their work, but also for collectors to purchase original art. Virtually all the artwork in the show is for sale, and people will be allowed to pick up purchased items in time for holiday gift giving.

67TH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SHOW AWARD WINNERS:

2-D AWARDS:

Natalie Wiseman

1st Place in 2-D: Natalie Wiseman

1st: Natalie Wiseman’s Sink or Swim – Acrylic Painting
2nd: Andrew W. Batcheller’s Forgiveness – Oil on Linen
3rd: Aimée Maningas’ Through a Glass Darkly – Pastel & Pencil
Merit Award: Jesse McCormick’s Daughters of the Moon – Oil Painting
Honorable Mention: Jim Bray’s Florence – Mixed Media
Honorable Mention: John Mills’ Tarnish and Contrast – Oil Painting
Juror’s Recognition Award: Judith Fowler’s A Day in the Life of a Dream – Triptych, Egg Tempera

3-D AWARDS:

Melody Knowles

1st Place in 3-D: Melody Knowles

1st: Melody Knowles’ Spirit Watcher – Clay & Wood
2nd: Camille Meeker Turner’s Two Friends – Mixed Media
3rd: Devon Baumann’s Stronghold – Mixed Media
Merit Award: Brent Skinner’s Kaleidoscope – Stoneware
Honorable Mention: Jeffrey Jones’ Jack O’ Lantern Presents Alphonse Mucha’s Sarah Bernhardt in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet – Mixed Media
Honorable Mention: J. Karl Lipscomb’s Life is But A River (with a few gems scattered along the way) – Wood & Brass
Juror’s Recognition Award: Charlie (Wahoo) Kemp’s Young Buck – Wood 

Barrie Hunt Memorial Award for Emerging Artist: Marilyn York’s Sunday Drive – Watercolor Painting

Juror for the show’s adult competitive category was artist and photographer John Seward, a member of the Oklahoma City Arts Commission and Oklahoma Arts Institute Foundation. Children’s and youth categories were judged by art educator and artist Ronda Stevenson, 2011-12 Carl Junction School District Educator of the Year. Photos courtesy Spiva Center for the Arts. 


– HUNGRY? EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER THIS THURSDAY

IMG_5920We’ve been waiting patiently for one of Joplin’s most popular fundraisers of the year! Phoenix Fired Art’s Third Annual Empty Bowls is finally here!

Thursday, November 20
Lunch: 11am–1:30pm
Dinner: 5–7:30pm

At Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main)

Do you enjoy local artwork, tasty soups, and helping to alleviate hunger in your community? Then this event is for you! For a minimum donation of $15, select your favorite handmade ceramic bowl, and fill it with your choice of delicious soup from one of our area’s many local restaurants! Did we mention you get to keep the bowl as a reminder of your generous donation to help people in need? All proceeds will be split between Crosslines, the Salvation Army, and Watered Gardens.

This year, soup will be donated by: Blackthorn Pizza, Caldone’s, Club 609, Crabby’s, Eagle Drive-In, Festival, Granny Shaffer’s, Hackett’s Hot Wings, Han the Sushi Man, Instant Karma, Kinnaree, Kitchen Pass, Orient Express, Q’doba, Panera, and Schlotsky’s! The event is sponsored by Southwest Missouri Bank, Downstream Casino Resort, Empire Electric and Leggett & Platt.

In 2013, the fundraiser raised $19,480 and they ran out of bowls! This year they are aiming to make at least 1,100 bowls so they will not run out. Bowls can be purchased early for $20! Recommended for the decision-making-impaired (like ourselves!).

For more information contact Heather Grills at 417-483-0002 or Phoenix Fired Art 417-437-9281


– THOMAS JEFFERSON UPPER SCHOOL TO PRESENT LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL

The Upper School students at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School will proudly present Legally Blonde – The Musical on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22, 7pm each night in the TJ Concert Hall. More than 70% of the high school students participate in the Fall Upper School musical!

TJIDS Fall Musical

Photo Courtesy Gabe Hershewe

This musical is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial.

Tickets are on sale now and sold exclusively through the TJ Box Office website at www.tjids.org/seats. Student and senior discounts available.


– 5TH ANNUAL DICKENSFEST FAST APPROACHES

logoHistoric Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP)’s 5th Annual DickensFest is bigger and better this year!

FRIDAY, DEC. 12 – SUNDAY, DEC. 14
FRIDAY: 6–9pm (ticketed event)
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 2–8pm

This event will be held in and around the Scottish Rite Cathedral at 505 South Byers Avenue, the John Wise Mansion at 504 South Byers Avenue, and Joplin’s residential historic district. Look below for festivities to be held throughout this three-day festival.

  • Friday’s festivities include a hors d’ oeuvre buffet, drinks, a variety of Joplin’s finest entertainers, and tour of the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral. Tickets to the Friday night reception are $15 per person, available through www.JoplinDickensFest.com or at the door. Admission to the festival Saturday and Sundays is complimentary, but donation buckets will be available.
  • New this year, on Saturday and Sunday HMP will present a series of short (family-friendly) performances in the Scottish Rite Cathedral concert hall by Briley Performing Arts Company, Karen’s Dance Studio, Missouri Shakespeare Festival, and many other surprises. Guests will also be treated to periodic pipe organ concerts. The Moeller organ – original to the building – has pipes that tower over the auditorium and was one of four of its kind ever installed west of the Mississippi.
  • DickensFest will also feature the Dream Theatre Troupe, “streets of London” flash mobs, winter lights, costumed Dickens characters, indoor and outdoor food, craft and art vendors, “Carol-okee” stage, live Nativity, petting zoo, visits with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, face painting, balloon art, magicians, Father Christmas, and more. Tickets may be purchased at the event for horse-drawn carriage rides and trackless train rides. To add even more fun to the festivities, guests are encouraged to wear 1840s period costumes.
  • Attendees will experience a rare opportunity to see the beautiful architecture and history of the Scottish Rite Cathedral. The cathedral was built in the Beaux-Arts style, completed in 1923, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Directly across the street from the Cathedral, guests will have the unique opportunity to tour the John Wise Mansion. This historic house, built in 1898 in the Queen Anne style, was the Wise family home until it was donated and converted to the Young Women’s Christian Association in 1920. Listed as a local historic landmark in 1994, it is now an event center.
  • For a full listing of events visit: http://joplindickensfest.com/sponsors/

DickensFest is funded in part by a grant from the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau. The host of Dickensfest, Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. – a non-profit organization – is dedicated to the preservation of Joplin’s oldest downtown residential neighborhood through education and community involvement. For more information contact Paula Callihan at 417-483-3116. 


– IN DECEMBER: MIDWEST CLAY ARTISTS FALL 2014 SHOW & SALE 

Midwest Clay Artists Fall Show & Sale 2014

Friday, December 5: Noon–8pm
Saturday, December 6: 10am–6pm
Sunday, December 7: Noon–4pm

The Midwest Clay Artists are a group of passionate professional and amateur potters/ceramic artists from Missouri and Kansas who have banded together to help promote the ceramic arts in our area. Stop by and check out their Fall Sale at the City Pointe Shopping Center in Webb City, MO – maybe even buy a Christmas present or two!


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