August 2019

Posted on Aug 1, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in August 2019? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout August. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: The Photography of Richard Loftis at Spiva Center for the Arts. See “Exhibits” below for more information.


PERFORMANCES:­

August 31: Wilder’s 2019 Summer Concert Series / August, 6:00–11:00pm at Wilder’s Event Center (1208 S Main St). The exhilarating finale to the Wilder’s 2019 Summer Concert Series! Don’t miss this final installment, featuring Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, ClusterPluck, The 1 oz. Jig, and Josh Mullen! Plus, shop Artisan Alley all night and grab some delicious eats from MaMa JoJo’s. 21+ event. Tickets: $15. More information: Doug and Andrea Dicharry, goodappleentertainment@gmail.com.


EVENTS:

August 1: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

August 1: Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Rounds begin every 30 minutes in Spiva’s Main Gallery. $5 per person each round and winners take home 75% of the cash. Beer available to participants. This is a 21 and up event. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 2: Opening Reception: The Human Experience: A Social Commentary, 5:00–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Dive deeper into the exhibit The Human Experience: A Social Commentary and celebrate the meaningful works of participating, local photographers. This exhibit features artwork from members of “Four State Photography Enthusiasts.” Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jane Ballard, jane@janeballard.com, 417.501.9960.

August 2: Opening Reception: Watercolors of Paul Jackson & the Photography of Richard Loftis, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Admire the brilliant works featured in two exhibits: Watercolors of Paul Jackson and Photography of Richard Loftis. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 2: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at PowerShades (1027 S Main St). WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. Free Admission. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

August 2–4: Joplin Emancipation “Park Days” Celebration 2019, at Ewert Park (Murphy Blvd). Joplin Emancipation’s Park Days Celebration aims to celebrate freedom while promoting unity and cultural diversity through the preservation of African American history with education, music, dance, visual art, food, crafting, and much more. Three full days of community activities are planned, including live entertainment, a drum circle, car show, free swim, food, gospel music, kid’s activities, church in the park, resource booths, and various, other activities! All elements of the event incorporate African American people and culture. Free and open to the public. More information: Chalise Cooper, joplinemancipation@gmail.com, 417.438.4980.

August 3: Artist Talk: The Photography of Richard Loftis by J. Armin Rust, 11:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). A talented photographer, Richard Loftis produced extraordinary photographs that are housed in museums across the Midwest. J. Armin Rust, a collector and friend of Loftis, discusses the late Kansas City photographer’s life and work. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 4: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

August 5 & 6: Spring Awakening Auditions, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Based on Frank Wedekind’s groundbreaking and controversial play, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s brilliant rock score and searingly emotional book takes the story of sexual awakening, youth revolt, and self-discovery into a new century. Needed: Performers age 18–25. Note from the Director: Please be very familiar with this show prior to auditions. The music and content are complicated for even the strongest of performers. Audition sheets will not offer preferred role questions. If you are not passionate about taking any part offered in this show, it’s probably not the project for you. More information: Becki Arnall, becki_arnall@yahoo.com, 417.622.6470.

August 6: Chat n Craft (Adults), 5:30–7:45pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips, and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship, and fun. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

August 8: Opening Reception: 2019 Summer Reading Art Challenge, 6:00–7:30pm at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Celebrate the creativity and imagination behind each piece created for the 2019 Summer Reading Art Challenge. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

August 8: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public and meets every second Thursday. Dues are $10 per calendar year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

August 10: Shoal Creek Water Festival 2019, 9:00am–3:00pm at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). Save the date for Wildcat Glades Friend’s Group annual Shoal Creek Water Festival. Wildcat Glades Friend’s Group and Shoal Creek Education Center have planned an entire day of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. With cardboard boat races, water balloon volleyball, food trucks, kids’ shoebox boat races, kids’ fishing derby, a variety of booths, and so much more, everyone can find something to enjoy! Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 10: Water Festival Kids Fishing Derby (Ages 15 & under), 9:00–10:00am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Catch and release fish from a stocked pond! Then, stick around for awards and prizes given away at the Shoal Creek Water Festival. All equipment and supplies provided. Ages 15 and under. Kids must be accompanied by an adult mentor. Registration required. Call 417.629.3434 to register. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

August 10: Author Visit (Ages 18+), 11:00am–Noon at Joplin Public Library, Community Room (1901 E 20th St). Local author Jeremy Amick will discuss his new book and the history of Camp Crowder. A book signing will take place after the presentation. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

August 11: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

August 15: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art, and shop! Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

August 16 & 17: Rocky Horror Show with RKO Floor Show, 10:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Enjoy the infamous cult-classic and watch as a shadow cast from the RKO Floor Show acts out the movie using full props. Participation kits will be available for audience members for $4 and participants can dress up as their favorite characters. There is no age restriction, just use your best judgement. Tickets: $8. More information: Stevie Rose, therkofloorshow@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

August 18: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

August 19: Opening Reception: Our Reaction to Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art, 4:00–6:00pm at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Appreciate the remarkable work of Pheobe Burke, Rachael Gopalakrishnan, Tracey Graves, Lydia Humphreys, Kyle McKenzie, Jamie Robinson, and Grace Sitton. Each piece reflects the artist’s thoughts on Australian Aboriginal art. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

August 19: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). A poetry reading and open mic event! Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Featured reader begins at 6:15pm. Open mic readings follow at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. Free and open to the public. More information: Allison Blevins, ablevins@pittstate.edu.

August 23: Opening Reception: All Creatures Great and Small, 5:00–8:00pm at artCentral (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). Admire the fantastic photography of artists participating in the All Creatures Great and Small exhibit. This exhibit features artwork from members of “Four State Photography Enthusiasts.” Free and open to the public. More information: Jane Ballard, jane@janeballard.com, 417.501.9960.

August 23: Storytelling Festival, 6:00–8:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday all weekend with storytellers who tell fascinating tales about these special places and spaces. Park units protect not only scenic beauty in places like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite but places with powerful stories, like George Washington Carver National Monument. Free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151

August 24: A Journey Through America’s National Park System, 10:00–11:00am at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Hear the story behind the first published narrative through all 419 sites in our National Park System. Free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

August 24: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10:00am at Beckett’s Cafe (705 Illinois Ave). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Coffee Hours offer JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic, or participate in a professional development workshop. Guests and members are welcome to attend. Membership dues for JRAC are $35 annually. JRAC is a not-for-profit established to empower visual artists in the area by helping them network with other artists and the community-at-large. More information: Marta Churchwell, joplinrac@gmail.com.

August 24: Storytelling Festival, 11:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday all weekend with storytellers who tell fascinating tales about these special places and spaces. Park units protect not only scenic beauty in places like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite but places with powerful stories, like George Washington Carver National Monument. Free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151

August 25: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

August 28: Animals of Australia, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Experience the land down under and meet animal ambassadors from Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield that are indigenous to Australia. Meet marsupials, feathered friends, and scaly creatures while learning where they live, what they eat, and the special adaptations that help them survive. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

August 31: Author Visit (Ages 18+), 10:30am–Noon at Joplin Public Library, Community Room (1901 E 20th St). Local author, Paul W. Bass, will discuss his books Missouri Innovators and The History of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. A book signing will take place after the presentation. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.


EXHIBITS:

August 2 – August 31: The Human Experience: A Social Commentary at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A thought-provoking exhibit that explores some of the most pressing social issues our society faces, like addiction, abuse, suicide, and bullying. The descriptions and black and white photographs featured are designed to make viewers uncomfortable and raise awareness of these issues. Note: May contain mature subject matter. This exhibit features artwork from members of “Four State Photography Enthusiasts.” Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jane Ballard, jane@janeballard.com. 417.501.9960.

August 3 – September 28: The Watercolors of Paul Jackson at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Admire the spellbinding work of painter Paul Jackson. A master at watercolor, Jackson has been recognized for his work numerous times. Named Master Painter of the World by International Artists Magazine, Jackson’s skill and exquisite paintings have earned him accolades from American Artist magazine, Watercolor magazine, Forbes, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 3 – October 5: The Photography of Richard Loftis at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A talented photographer, Richard Loftis dedicated his life to his passion. One of the most distinguished photographers in the Midwest, Loftis taught at multiple universities and colleges, including the Kansas City Art Institute. Today, the late Kansas City photographer’s extraordinary work is housed in museums across the Midwest. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 8 – September 30: Summer Reading Art Challenge Exhibit at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Creativity and imagination abound in this exhibit, which features work inspired by this year’s summer reading theme: space. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

August 12 – August 30: Our Reaction to Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). The student-made pieces featured in this exhibit were created in response to a spring trip to Australia, where students studied contemporary Australian Aboriginal art. Australian Aboriginal art is an ancient art form and it often shares memories, marks important sites, and bears witness to the issues of British colonization. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

August 23 – September 28: All Creatures Great and Small at artCentral (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). Discover a variety of fascinating animals and insects through the fun and vibrant photos of 15 photographers! This exhibit features artwork from members of “Four State Photography Enthusiasts.” Free and open to the public. More information: Jane Ballard, jane@janeballard.com, 417.501.9960.

July 1 – August 31: JRAC: Front and Center at Maple UnCommon Guest House and Gallery (120 E Maple St, Columbus, KS). With more than 40 pieces of artwork in various mediums, Front and Center demonstrates the diverse abilities of many local artists. More information: mapleuncommonhotel@columbus-ks.com, 620.429.3130.

July 1 – August 2: sample forms of compensation by Benjamin Cirgin at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Artist Talk: Monday, July 1, 2:00–3:00pm. Reception: Monday, July 1, 3:00–4:00pm. Benjamin Cirgin is an Assistant Professor and Ceramics Area Head at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States including the Katherine C. Nash Gallery in Minneapolis Minnesota, the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona California, and the Minnesota Street Projects in San Francisco California. This exhibit, sample forms of compensation, melds several ongoing interpretations by Cirgin resulting in a series of object-based sculptures for this exhibition. Through abstraction and simplification, the works interpret how actual work completed by people, defines our social placement within historic and contemporary society. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

June 6 – August 31: Remembering D-Day: The 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion  at Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). The Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum is proud to exhibit “Remembering D-Day: The 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.” One of the most amazing events in history is the 1944 landing on the beaches of Normandy. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history against Hitler’s impregnable Atlantic Wall defenses. It seemed a long shot at best. Taking over a year of planning, coordinating 10,440 aircraft, 6,330 ships, 153,110 troops, and 14,000 vehicles, entailing joint timing by land, sea, and air forces, and requiring total secrecy, it seemed destined to fail. But the tides off the Normandy coast would be perfect in the first week of June. The wheels of the invasion were set in motion. The countdown to D-Day had begun. Now if only the weather holds… Admission to the museum for this exhibit is $3. More information: Christopher Wiseman, jmc-cwiseman@sbcglobal.net, 417.623.1180.


CLASSES:

August 3: Pinch Pots with Sandra Conrad (Ages 10+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Use this easy and fun method to create pottery that you can take home! Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 10: Little Acorns: Ant Antics (Ages 3–6), 10:30–11:30am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Although ants are considered annoying pests by many people, they are some of the most fascinating and abundant insects on the earth! Bring your little ones to find out about the antics of these tiny, intelligent insects. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

August 10: All About Watercolor with Sandra Conrad (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Looking to go beyond basic watercolor skills? Learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting as well as tips and tricks to help make your next watercolor painting a masterpiece. Cost: $20. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 17: Nailed It! Pulled String Art with Mary Parks (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Don’t be a Pinterest Fail! Discover how to make an impressive blossom using string and acrylic paint. Each participant will create their own 12×12 masterpiece. Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 24: Porcelain Painting, 11:00am–Noon at Joplin Public Library, Community Room (1901 E 20th St). From Lily Pad Art Studio, master artist and teacher, Heather Sammarco, will demonstrate the fine art of porcelain painting. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

August 24: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Capturing the human physique on paper can be challenging. But, with the help of a professional model and instructor Sandra Conrad, you can take your drawing skills to the next level. Cost: $20. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 31: Plein Air Watercolor with Veronica Pickett (Ages 13+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Get some fresh air while you create your latest watercolor masterpiece! Participants will meet at Spiva to collect supplies and will walk to Spiva Park to paint. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd): 

Tuesdays: 9:00am–Noon
Wednesdays: 4:30–7:30pm

Painting with Pam Leisenring at Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd). Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experience of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. These are ongoing classes and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. More information: Pam Leisenring, rocklanestudio@yahoo.com, 417.781.3839. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class. 


Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St):

Tuesdays: Movers & Shakers, 9:30am, 10:45am, & 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Wow! Wiggling, giggling, singing, shaking, it all happens on   Tuesdays! This 40-minute play- and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy development through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: Birth to 2 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Last Tuesday of the Month: Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00–4:45pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Ready for some furry fun? This program for independent readers allows children in K-5th grade to practice their skills by reading to certified Therapy Dogs. The library supplies the books and the dogs, and the children become storytellers. Registration takes place the day of the event at the Children’s Desk. This program is suggested for independent readers who are in K-5th grades. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Tales for 2s & 3s, 9:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Silliness is our specialty! The library staff use this 30-minute story time to share our favorite short stories, simple songs, and rhymes. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 3 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Fun for 4s & 5s, 11:00am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Fun is our favorite game! During this 30-minute story time library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop early literacy skills are offered and family participation is encouraged. At-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 4 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Family Stories, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). It’s all about family in this 30-minute story time. Library staff read stories, sing songs, share jokes and rhymes, use finger plays, felt boards, and puppets, and offer hands-on activities to help develop early literacy skills. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org,  417.623.2184.

First & Third Sundays: Children’s Maker Cart (Grades 1–5), 2:00–3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This program for children in 1st through 5th grades uses recycled materials to explore STEAM concepts. This program is offered on first and third Sundays from 2:00–3:00pm in the Children’s Department. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.


Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St): 

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. The fee is $20 per class. More information: Sandy Robinson, sandyrob@cableone.net, 417.553.0835.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30am at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Local Color artists will be leading an experimental painting class using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided by the instructor. Let Local Color help you discover your inner artist or perhaps help you build upon your current skills. Class size is limited to six, so students must register prior to each Wednesday session. More information: Sandy Robinson, sandyrob@cableone.net,  417.553.0835.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. More information: Sandy Robinson, sandyrob@cableone.net, 417.553.0835.


RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):  

Thursdays & Fridays: 7:00–9:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am–Noon | 1:00–3:00pm | 7:00–9:00pm
Sundays: 2:00–4:00pm

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. Cost: $38–$78. Click here to see class offerings. More information: infojop@rsvpaint.com.


Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

Fridays: Date Night, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? Firehouse Pottery-Joplin has something just for you. Friday nights are date night 2-for-1 studio fees until 8:00pm for all couples. More information: 417.553.0671. 

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (Ages 18+), until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies! Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. More information: 417.553.0671.


Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St):

Saturdays: Drop-In Class (Ages 12+), 10:00am–Noon at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Get behind the potter’s wheel and practice throwing clay or learn a new skill in this drop-in class! Approximate turnaround time for finished work is 3-4 weeks. Calling in advance is recommended to ensure there is space available. Drop-in classes can also be accommodated throughout the week with an appointment. Instruction, glazing and firing included. Cost: $30 per person, plus clay fee. More information: Suzi Huntington, joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com, 417.623.1455.


OPEN STUDIOS & CLUBS:

First Monday of the Month: Chess Club, 5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Monthly Children’s department program for chess players  of  all experience  levels. No registration required. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 4:00pm–7:30pm on Tuesday and 9:30am–2:30pm on Saturday at the Joplin Public Library Makerspace (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Joplin Makers have partnered for Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio events. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve, basis. You do not need a library card to use the maker space. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardian to use the maker space during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Open Studio, 5:00–9:00pm at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). RSVPaint Joplin is combining the best of both worlds with their Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$58. More information: infojop@rsvpaint.com.

Second Sunday of the Month: LEGO Club, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Children can build with Legos, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks, and more. Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.


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