August 2020

Posted on Jul 29, 2020 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in August 2020? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout the month. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Repurpose, Reengineer, Relocate by Angel Brame, on display at Spiva Center for the Arts.

In light of recent events, please confirm with organizations before attending listed events.


PERFORMANCES:

August 6–8: Dream Theatre Troupe Presents: Night of One Acts, 7:30pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Dream Theatre Troupe’s performance, Night of One Acts, consists of three dark, ominous, 30-minute plays, one of which is written locally. Seating will be limited. All patrons will be required to wear masks. Tickets must be reserved in advance and may be purchased at showtix4u.com/event-details/38706. General Admission: $10. More information: James Boone, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.553.1933.

August 9: Paul Benjaman House Concert, 4:00pm (doors 3:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Since 2007, musician Paul Benjaman has expanded the groove-based Tulsa Sound, incorporating classic American music styles like rock, funk, country, and blues. With his signature and powerful guitar licks, each of Benjaman’s live performances are an experience that should not be missed. Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $20. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.


EVENTS:

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market and Empire Market Curbside, 10:30am–12:30pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. Though some vendors will be selling their goods in the parking lot, advanced online ordering for curbside pickup is still the best way to secure all of your favorite Empire Market goodies! Online ordering begins Tuesdays at 8:00pm and ends Thursdays at 8:00pm and can be made at: http://localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Curbside pickup is held Saturdays from 10:30am–12:30pm. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

August 1 & 2: Agricultural School on Wheels, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join the knowledgeable George Washington Carver National Monument rangers and learn about the Jesup Wagon, or the Agricultural School on Wheels. Developed by George Washington Carver, these wagons were used to deliver supplies and Carver’s educational bulletins to rural farmers. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

August 2: 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 3–7: Water Festival Week, online and in-person. Get ready for Water Festival Week! An entire week of free, in-person and virtual education programs about one of the most important things on this planet – water! Explore the importance of clean streams, water sport safety, the purification of freshwater streams, how you can help our water, and enjoy a riparian corridor guided hike.  Find out more about the classes included in this special week by visiting their Facebook page. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 4: Virtual Storytimes, 10:00am on Facebook or Joplin Public Library’s website. Does summer feel a little dull this year? Liven things up with the Joplin Public Library’s virtual storytimes! Join the Children’s Department staff as they delve into fun stories every Tuesday morning, featuring some of their favorite books, song, rhymes, and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

August 4: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at the parking lot at 5th and Joplin. Take some time to pitch in and help make our downtown look great! Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes, or gloves. The Clean Team will meet at the parking lot at 5th and Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

August 6: Virtual First Thursday ArtWalk via Facebook. Enjoy all the aspects you love about First Thursday ArtWalk from the comfort of your own home! Watch dozens of artists demonstrating their artistic process and prerecorded sessions from talented, local musicians. For more details, visit their Facebook page. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

August 6–8: FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition, 6:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Back for its 11th year, Spiva Center for the Arts’ FilmSpiva 48-Hour Competition allows participants to exercise their creativity while working with a limited time frame. Contestants are to meet at Spiva in the Main Gallery on August 6 at 6:00pm. Teams will receive the criteria needed to create a 3-minute short film. They have until 6:00pm on August 8 to submit their films to Spiva. All entries will be shown on August 15 at Bookhouse Cinema from 2:00pm to 5:00pm with awards presented afterwards. More information: Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 7: C2C Biweekly Check-Ins, 2:00pm via Zoom. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation! Let’s keep the arts and cultural community connected. Click here to register. You can register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent as soon as you register. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550. 

August 7: Virtual First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm on Facebook Live. 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. This month, WineShare is going virtual! Join Mitzi Starkweather of Mitzi Starkweather Photography for a virtual tour of her new studio and updates about her business. Grab a glass of wine and tune into DJA’s Facebook! Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

August 8 & 9: Expressions of the Soul, 11:00am at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Art was an integral part of Carver’s life, one that he used not only to revive his spirit, but to produce expressions of his soul. Visit George Washington Carver National Monument and see a collection of Carver’s serene and tranquil pieces. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

August 9: 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 11: Virtual Storytimes, 10:00am on Facebook or Joplin Public Library’s website. Does summer feel a little dull this year? Liven things up with the Joplin Public Library’s virtual storytimes! Join the Children’s Department staff as they delve into fun stories every Tuesday morning, featuring some of their favorite books, song, rhymes, and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

August 11: Homeschool Days: Summer Service-Learning Day, 10:00am–1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Become a park volunteer, work to complete a service project, then attend a guided tour or science lab activity! Parental permission required. Event is held outdoors. All ages welcome! Free and open to the public. More information: Diane Eilenstein, diane_eilenstein@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

August 13: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm via Facebook or Zoom. 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. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. In the wake of COVID-19, meetings are being held through Zoom or on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/266894820055092/. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

August 15: FimSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition Screening, 2:00–5:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Admire the films created by local filmmakers participating in the 11th annual FilmSpiva 48-Hour Competition. Watch all the entries during one of the showings at Bookhouse Cinema and discover which teams will take home an award! More information: Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 16: Women in George Washington Carver’s Life, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). A variety of women had an enormous impact on Carver’s life. Acting as maternal figures or spiritual mentors, these women aided Carver in his endeavors to receive an education. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

August 16: 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 18: Virtual Storytimes, 10:00am on Facebook or Joplin Public Library’s website. Does summer feel a little dull this year? Liven things up with the Joplin Public Library’s virtual storytimes! Join the Children’s Department staff as they delve into fun stories every Tuesday morning, featuring some of their favorite books, song, rhymes, and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

August 20: 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 21: C2C Biweekly Check-Ins, 2:00pm via Zoom. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation! Let’s keep the arts and cultural community connected. Click here to register. You can register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent as soon as you register. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550. 

August 21: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at the parking lot at 5th and Joplin. Take some time to pitch in and help make our downtown look great! Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes, or gloves. The Clean Team will meet at the parking lot at 5th and Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

August 22: 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. JRAC Coffee Hours are held on the fourth Saturday of each month. 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 22: Online Storytelling Day, 9:00am–4:00pm on GWC’s Facebook page. Celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday all weekend with storytellers who spin fascinating tales about these beloved places and spaces the National Park Service cares for. Their 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. This year’s celebration will be held virtually on the park’s Facebook page. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

August 23: Founders Day, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). It’s their birthday and they’ll party if they want to! The National Park Service was established by the Organic Act of 1916 to care for and protect beloved American spaces like George Washington Carver National Monument. The park staff invite visitors to attend this special, ranger-led program and share their favorite National Park Service memories. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

August 23: 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 25: Virtual Storytimes, 10:00am on Facebook or Joplin Public Library’s website. Does summer feel a little dull this year? Liven things up with the Joplin Public Library’s virtual storytimes! Join the Children’s Department staff as they delve into fun stories every Tuesday morning, featuring some of their favorite books, song, rhymes, and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

August 29: Midwest Regional Ballet Company Auditions, 10:30am–5:30pm at Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School (2101 Stephens Blvd). Audition to become a part of Joplin’s very own Midwest Regional Ballet Company! A full audition schedule can be found on their Facebook page. Those wishing to audition should arrive 15 to 20 minutes early. Girls should dress in a black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet flats (or pointe shoes if you are En Pointe) with their hair in a bun. Boys should wear a white t-shirt, black leggings, black ballet shoes, and white ankle socks. More information and enrollment: Kaye Lewis, kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com, 417.439.9549.

August 30: 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.


EXHIBITS:

August 8–October 3: Element 6 – Carbon Drawing Life by Chris Blackman, Chelsie Murfee, and Kim Taggart at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Spiva’s latest exhibit, Element 6 features the work of three graphite and charcoal artists who pay homage to traditional studio skills but build upon them with their own innovative techniques. The exhibit explores fundamental drawing, with a slow and painstaking understanding of form, values, and light. The sixth element, carbon, is the element that binds us together, and carefully constructs life on the page through the delicate layering and blending of values. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 8October 3: Repurpose, Reengineer, Relocate by Angel Brame at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). In her unique exhibit, artist Angel Brame strives to transform everyday vintage items so that they “[escape] their current habitats.” Brame’s efforts culminate in a distinctively quirky series of sculptures inspired by teapots with wheels and oil cans with tentacles. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 8–October 10: Family Secrets: The Storytelling Art of Steve Head by Steve Head at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). In this powerful exhibit, artist Steve Head shares untold stories through mixed media and digital collage pieces, which contain photos of past people and situations. Each carefully crafted piece is intended to reveal the raw struggles behind painful experiences, like Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, substance abuse, poverty, and emotional anguish. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 10–26: Wish We Made It There: A Reaction to Jamaican Art at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). When the MSSU art students and faculty’s trip to Jamaica was cancelled, they turned to individual research about the unique development of Jamaican art due to historical and colonial influences.  These developments have affected and progressed art styles across history, including modern art. This exhibition features creative works made in reaction to this study and includes works of art by honors students, alumni, and graduate students. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

August 3–September 30: The Game in Three Parts: Human Trafficking in America by Sarah Serio, online. In her latest exhibition, The Game In Three Parts: Human Trafficking in America, award-winning artist Sarah Serio explores the chilling stories of men,women, and children sold into human trafficking. The works, which are produced through the reduction method of printmaking, highlights the suffering of victims trapped in a violent, demeaning world of exploitation. This powerful exhibit is available to view online at artsteps.com/view/5f22058ffbdd8e795c653148. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, sarah.serio@live.com, 417.592.1673. 

August 1–31: Celebrities by Jim Jackson at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). In his dynamic exhibit Celebrities, Arkansas artist, Jim Jackson, depicts past and present celebrities through colorful, detailed portraits. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

August 1–31: Florals by Lou Stine at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Local artist, Lou Stine, brings a burst of color to Joplin Avenue Coffee Company with her vivid exhibit, Florals. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

August 1–31: Chiefs & Friends by Jason Williams at Club 609 (609 S Main St). Good food and good art – what more could you ask for? Grab a bite to eat and admire Jason Williams’ stunning paintings at Club 609. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

August 1–31: Joplin Skyline on Metal by Jake Deer at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Travel to dizzying heights with local, aerial photographer, Jake Deer! With their bird’s-eye-view perspective, Deer’s drones capture the Four-State region like you’ve never seen it before. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.    


CLASSES:

August 4: Introduction to Floating Safety (Ages 12+), 6:00–7:00pm at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). Whether it’s in an inner-tube, canoe, kayak, or on a paddle board, river safety is a top priority of floating. Join Extreme Sport Scuba of Joplin to learn a variety of safety tips, including vessel demonstrations. Please bring water shoes, a towel, and your mask. Registration required. Register at signupgenius.com/go/30e044da4a72da4f94-introduction. This event is a part of Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Water Festival Week. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 5: Birds by the Creek: A Guided Hike, 5:30–7:00pm at Wildcat Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Hit the trails to see what kind of birds are around Shoal Creek and its surrounding area! From feathered friends who call this area home to those who are just passing through, Wildcat boasts a variety of species. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring your mask, drinking water, and binoculars, if you have them. Registration required. Register at signupgenius.com/go/30e044da4a72da4f94-guided. This event is a part of Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Water Festival Week. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 6: Let’s Get Creative and Paint Our Face Masks!, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (1027 S Main St). Stay safe while being stylish! Design, paint, and personalize two face masks at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66. Registration required. Sign up through their Facebook page or by visiting Local Color Art Gallery during regular business hours. All supplies provided, including two masks. Due to COVID-19, this class will be limited to ten participants, masks are required, and social distancing practices will be used. Cost: $35. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

August 7: Fly Fishing with MAKO (Ages 8+), 5:30–7:00pm at Wildcat Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). The Wildcat Glades Friends Group and the MAKO Fly Fishers are coming together to teach you the basics of fly tying and casting! Participants are to meet at the Wildcat Pavilion. Registration required. Register at signupgenius.com/go/30e044da4a72da4f94-flyfishing. This event is a part of Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Water Festival Week. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 8: Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding, 9:00am–1:00pm at Wildcat Glades Boat Ramp (201 Riviera Dr). Stand up paddleboarding, or SUP, is a fun and active means of navigating water ways! Learn the basics of SUP with the Joplin Stand Up Paddleboarding group, who will be teaching four, one-hour sessions. Participants will meet at the Wildcat Park boat ramp by following the road past the ball fields and down to the river. Please bring a towel and your mask. Registration required. Register at signupgenius.com/go/30e044da4a72da4f94-intro. This event is a part of Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Water Festival Week. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 8: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Led by Amanda, a Registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing, and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 8: Big Projects DIY Workshop, 6:30–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Bigger is better! Create your choice of large projects, including blanket ladders, hanging plant stands, toddler tables, porch post stands, large rectangle signs, and address planter boxes. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $49–$69. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

August 12: Nature Painting Series with Sandra Conrad (Ages 16+), 7:30–9:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Accomplished, local artist Sandra Conrad leads three interactive, online painting sessions in which participants work together to create a nature-themed acrylic painting! How does it work? Participants will pick up an art box containing all supplies needed at Spiva on Saturday, August 8th, and will attend classes via a private Zoom link. Students will also have access to the recorded lessons to refer back to at any time. After registering, keep an eye on your email for the Zoom links and supply pick-up dates and times. Regsiter at spivaarts.org/classes/. Cost: $50. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183. 

August 13: Glass Nightlights with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+), 3:30–5:30pm at Local Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (1027 S Main St). Shine on! Learn how to cut glass and use tools to create your own glass nightlight with artist Jane McCaulley. Please wear closed toe shoes. Registration required. Register on Local Color Art Gallery’s Facebook page or by visiting the gallery during regular business hours. Please note: Due to COVID-19, this class’ participants may be limited, masks are required, and social distancing practices will be used. Cost: $35. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

August 15: Paint Your Pet, 6:00–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Celebrate your favorite pet by painting their portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $49. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

August 19: Nature Painting Series with Sandra Conrad (Ages 16+), 7:30–9:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Accomplished, local artist Sandra Conrad leads three interactive, online painting sessions in which participants work together to create a nature-themed acrylic painting! How does it work? Participants will pick up an art box containing all supplies needed at Spiva on Saturday, August 8th, and will attend classes via a private Zoom link. Students will also have access to the recorded lessons to refer back to at any time. After registering, keep an eye on your email for the Zoom links and supply pick-up dates and times. Regsiter at spivaarts.org/classes/. Cost: $50. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183. 

August 26: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). What happens to trash when it’s put in a trash can or thrown onto the street? What if, instead of throwing things away, you made something cool out of them? Join the Wildcat Glades Friends Group and Duffy the turtle to see what kind of trash and plastics he finds, and how he uses them again. A story, song, and craft will help you learn how to recycle trash, reduce waste, and reuse things in fun ways. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 26: Nature Painting Series with Sandra Conrad (Ages 16+), 7:30–9:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Accomplished, local artist Sandra Conrad leads three interactive, online painting sessions in which participants work together to create a nature-themed acrylic painting! How does it work? Participants will pick up an art box containing all supplies needed at Spiva on Saturday, August 8th, and will attend classes via a private Zoom link. Students will also have access to the recorded lessons to refer back to at any time. After registering, keep an eye on your email for the Zoom links and supply pick-up dates and times. Regsiter at spivaarts.org/classes/. Cost: $50. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183. 

August 27: Vino & Van Gogh, 6:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your very own version of an impressionist painting. No experience is necessary. Choose to paint: Vonnoh’s Poppies in France or Van Gogh’s Sunflowers! You can also bring your own reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Reservations required. Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). Please note: due to COVID-19, the class will be limited to eight participants, masks are required, and social distancing practices will be used. More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

August 29: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). What happens to trash when it’s put in a trash can or thrown onto the street? What if, instead of throwing things away, you made something cool out of them? Join the Wildcat Glades Friends Group and Duffy the turtle to see what kind of trash and plastics he finds, and how he uses them again. A story, song, and craft will help you learn how to recycle trash, reduce waste, and reuse things in fun ways. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

Tuesdays in August: August Story Time Pottery, 11:00am–2:00pm at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Ste A) OR on Facebook. Listen to a fun story and then paint a piece of themed pottery to bring the story to life! Participants can participate in-store or online. Sign up now at placefull.com/august-story-time-pottery. Tune into the class by visiting their Facebook page. Open to all ages. All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

Fridays in August: August Story Time Pottery, 5:00–7:00pm At Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Ste A) OR on Facebook. Listen to a fun story and then paint a piece of themed pottery to bring the story to life! Participants can participate in-store or online. Sign up now at placefull.com/august-story-time-pottery. Tune into the class by visiting their Facebook page. Open to all ages. All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

All Month: Firehouse Pottery To-Go Kits at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Paint pottery in peace! Purchase one of Firehouse Pottery’s Pottery To-Go Kits and paint pottery in the comfort of your own home! More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

All Month: Create N Sip To-Go Kits at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Create N Sip’s To-Go Kits! More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St):

Tuesdays: Creation Station – Online! (Ages 6-11), 4:00pm via Zoom. Everyone’s favorite afternoon class is back! Register your child today and receive a Zoom link to join the fun. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited in this popular class. Register by emailing sclements@spivaarts.org. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (1027 S Main St): 

Tuesdays: Tuesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66. 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 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, 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. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (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 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, 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. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10:00am–2:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (1027 S Main St). Discover your inner artists or build upon your current skills! Enjoy traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will be using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign-up is required; you can sign up at Local Color in person during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. More information: Donna Roberts, h2rdmr@aol.com, 417.623.3727.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (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.

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.

Create N Sip (223 W 3rd St):

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create N Sip Studios 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: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10:00am at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$176. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of Joplin (110 S Main St):

First Mondays: Recycled Art Class, 1:00–3:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Get creative while recycling! Participate in this monthly class and create art from everyday items that often end up in the trash. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

Second Mondays: Quilting for the Community, 1:00–3:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Do you have a knack for making quilts? Attend this monthly event and use your talents to make quilts for disabled and needy citizens in the community! Free and open to the public. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

First & Third Tuesdays: Soul Line Dancing, 6:00–8:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to have fun! Learn new and old line dances while exercising and dancing to some of your favorite R&B hits. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

* This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.org/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Arts & Cultural Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.