Kloes by Tarrah Krajnak
June 4 – July 20, 2018
Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd)

Born in Lima, Peru, Krajnak is an assistant professor of art at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the SUR Biennial in Los Angeles, Art London, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center. She was recently awarded the Texas Photographic Society’s first National Photography Award and had a solo exhibition during this spring’s Fotofest Houston. “Kloes” is a series of photographs taken by Krajnak in a century-old abandoned garment factory in Lansford, Penn. “I am not immune to the simultaneous pleasure and horror of ruins,” Krajnak said in a statement. “I only had a couple hours to shoot this decrepit old building, entombment of an American industrial past, my grandfather’s and 107 years of forgotten garment workers.” 

Summer at the Beach
June 1 – 30, 2018
Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)

Summer at the Beach features an amazing group of artists including Linda Teeter, Todd Williams, Mary Datum, Amber Mintert, Connie Miller, Sandra Conrad, Brad Bracklin, Kristin Girard, Chadan Tomlin, and others. Urban Art Gallery encourages you to stop in and enjoy this mixed media show. 

Consider by Amber Mintert
June 1 – 30, 2018
Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave)

Amber Mintert, assistant professor of art at Missouri Southern State University and creator of Consider will be showing her work through June in the Joplin Avenue Coffee Company. The works will consist of several mixed media works. 

Colorful Expressions by Connie Miller
June 1 – 30, 2018
Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St)

Modern Expressionist paintings in acrylic on canvas depicting colorful images of life, people, pets, birds, and flowers. These paintings will add color and light to your life. For more information, email forconniem@gmail.com or check out Connie Miller’s Art on Facebook or  call 816.522.4911. 

Food for Thought
May 25 – June 22, 2018
Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)
Opening Reception: Friday, May 25, 5:30–7:30pm

Food! We eat every day, but how often do we really think about the food we eat? Every culture has its celebrations, family meals, and traditions that involve food. Although these vary in different parts of the world, the impact of food is unmistakable. Food nourishes and fuels our bodies, food traditions nurture our souls. Juror Alex Veronelli selected 34 artworks created by SAQA members from around the world. The works examine the many aspects that food plays in our daily lives — from a single piece of fruit to a still life, from the family table to the significance of food in culture and the celebration of family milestones. Presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates. 

Spiva Sketchbook Project
May 25 – June 22, 2018
Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Opening Reception: Friday, May 25, 5:30–7:30pm

Color 2-page spreads of several original sketchbooks created by 80 invited artists ages 8-80, creatively and concurrently documenting their thoughts, interests, hopes, and dreams. Sponsored by Corner Greer Architects and Davis CPA Group

Artifacts of Human Trafficking
Thursday, May 17 – Friday, June 8 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
Rapha House (712 S Main St)

Rapha House invites you to shine a light into the darkness through art and explore the pervasive sex trafficking industry in the United States through Artifacts of Human Trafficking, an installation created by Austin artist, Amie Stone King, with accompanying juried, 2D mixed media works from artists around the world based on the themes of desperation, isolation, and deceit. The exhibit is available for viewing during normal business hours (Monday–Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm) until June 8. For more information, contact Whitney Herrod Khader at 417.621.0373.

Brazed and Welded Sculptures by Jim Jackson
April 20 – July 10, 2018
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)
Reception: Thursday, May 10, 6:00–7:30pm

Brazed and Welded Sculptures, a show comprised of welded abstractions by local artist Jim Jackson, is on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library. After retiring from spending 40 years as a professor, Jackson decided to revisit his youthful experiences by creating brazed and welded sculptures. Through his sculptures, he liberates communication with words and embraces visual expression. A reception will be held at the library for the artist on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 6:00–7:30pm. Brazed and Welded Sculptures is sponsored by Praxair of Joplin, Missouri. The artist’s reception is sponsored in part by Cottage Small Coffee Roasters of Carthage, Missouri.

“Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs)” by Carolyn Trout
April 3 – June 30, 2018
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

For 40 years, Trout has developed fine, detailed techniques that breathes life into otherwise plain and perhaps forgotten egg shells. Many cultures have egg decorating traditions, but in the Ukraine this became more than a tradition – it became an art that defines national identity. For thousands of years, the art of dyeing eggs has been passed down through generations of Ukrainian families. Each region of the Ukraine has its own designs and special color combinations. No two eggs are exactly alike, each holding its own special beauty and identity.  For more information, call Jill Sullivan at 417-623-7953 x1041.

Beauties of the Prairie: Wildflower Photography by Ann Butts
April 10 – June 30, 2018
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

As a Missouri Master Naturalist and a member of Missouri Prairie Foundation, Ann has the tools and the know-how to enhance public knowledge of Missouri’s natural areas and reasons to keep them healthy. All photographs in this exhibit were taken on local prairies and are accompanied by the common name of the flower, a small detail, and each flower’s location. “Beauties of the Prairie” will show in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. An artist’s reception will be in the gallery on Saturday, May 12th, from 2pm-4pm. For more information, call Jill Sullivan at 417-623-7953 x1041.