Dancing Ladies by Annetta Gregory
August 1 – 31, 2019
At Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave)

Fayetteville, Arkansas artist, Annetta Gregory, presents her vibrant floral paintings, Dancing Ladies. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

Animal Farm by Nancy Wildwood
August 1 – 31, 2019
At Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)

A former cake decorator, Nancy Wildwood’s Animal Farm exhibits the unique techniques Wildwood has developed using cake decorating tools and self-taught instruction. Animal Farm features work that depicts farm life in Santa Fe style. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

Buds and Beaches by Helen Kunze
July 1 – August 31, 2019
At Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St)

Helen Kunze’s remarkable paintings. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

The Watercolors of Paul Jackson
August 3 – September 28, 2019
At Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)
Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 5:30–7:30pm

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. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

The Photography of Richard Loftis
August 3 – October 5, 2019
At Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)
Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 5:30–7:30pm

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. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183. 

The Human Experience: A Social Commentary
August 2 – 31, 2019
At Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St)
Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 5:00–7:30pm

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 make viewers uncomfortable and raise awareness of these issues. Note: May contain mature subject matter. An exhibit from the Four State Photography Enthusiasts. More information: Jane Ballard, jane@janeballard.com, 417.501.9960.

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition: Front and Center
July 1 – August 31, 2019
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: Laura Lowry-Greene, mapleuncommonhotel@columbus-ks.com, 620.429.3130.

Remembering D-Day: The 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion
June 6 – August 31, 2019
At Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave)

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: $3 per person. More information: Christopher Wiseman, jmc-cwiseman@sbcglobal.net, 417.623.1180.

Sculpture Works in Wood by M. Justin Hale
April – September, 2019
At Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

“Sculpture Works in Wood,” a solo exhibition by local artist M. Justin Hale, is on display in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery, the display cases, and the Post Reading Room inside Joplin Public Library. M. Justin Hale sees anatomical references whenever he carves. Most of his professional life has been spent working in prosthetics. Leaving the prosthetics field in 1999, he now devotes his life to his artwork. His work is inspired by the bent and twisting forms found in remnants of trees from a long and well lived life. Finding and releasing the stored energy of the wood into a new life as sculpture is a great experience. “Sculpture Works in Wood” is showing now through June 30, 2019. Library exhibitions and displays are curated by Post Art Library. Their mission is to enrich the community of Joplin by perpetuating Dr. Winfred L. and Elizabeth C. Post’s love of art, architecture, history, and history preservation through public access to arts-related library resources and services, educational programming, events, and exhibits. Visit www.postartlibrary.org for more information. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.