Fake News
April 1 – 19, 2019
Missouri Southern State University,
Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd)

Divisive, diverse, inflammatory – politics can’t be avoided and they are often difficult to navigate. Propaganda, laden with political slogans, on all sides, adds more ambiguity to the mix. Our political opinions, and those intrinsic beliefs, shape us, and our responses to the political chatter. This national juried exhibition includes pieces that respond to the theme “Fake News.” Awards & Reception: Thursday, April 18, 4:00–6:00pm. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

Sculpture Works in Wood by M. Justin Hale
April – June 30, 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.

Cozy Spaces by Diana Bray
April 2019
At Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)

For the month of April, Urban Art Gallery presents Cozy Spaces, realistic paintings, by Diana Bray. Bray shows us another dimension of her creativity in a body of work showing environments that feel as though we’ve stepped into private space with comfort and ease. Peace and tranquility may be enjoyed by stopping a moment and enjoying each piece of her one-of-a-kind show in Urban Art Gallery’s very own “cozy” space! A reception for Bray will be help during First Thursday ArtWalk on April 4, 5:30–8:30pm. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

Super Heroes
April 2019
At Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 Joplin Ave)

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, this exhibit features mixed media artwork by artists with autism – Devon Thomas, Caleb Cleveland, and Jordan Barkley. Artists will be present at First Thursday ArtWalk (April 4; 5:30–8:30pm) to talk about their artwork. A workshop with the artists about living and creating with autism, will be announced at a later date. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

Relics of the Titanic
March 26 – April 20, 2019
At Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave)

As its 107th anniversary approaches, the world remains captivated by the story of the Titanic. The infamous and tragic tale of the lost, luxury liner is enveloped in both fact and fiction. Discover more about the tragedy that shook the world through the riveting pieces of Allen Shirley’s collection. Admission: $2 per person (children under 5 are free). More information: Chris Wiseman, joplinmuseum.org@sbcglobal.net, 417.623.1180.

PhotoSpiva 2019
March 23 – May 18, 2019
At Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Celebrating its 43rd year, PhotoSpiva 2019 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. The call for entry at photospiva.org closes at midnight on January 1st. Images will be chosen by juror Patty Carroll. The week of the exhibit opening, Carroll will blind judge the work, having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professionals, and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. The competition is open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – is eligible, as long as it results in a two-dimensional print that has never been shown at Spiva. Opening Reception & Legislative Thank You: Friday, March 22, 5:30–7:30pm. Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183. 

2019 Small Works Auction
March 23–May 10, 2019
At Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 21st annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating member artists. This not-to-miss event includes a closing party for bidding, set for 5:30–7:00pm on Friday, May 10. Come enjoy an evening of wine, food, and fast and furious bidding! Especially anticipated every year are the Rainmaker entries. Rainmakers are artists whose works have sold for $300 or more during previous Small Works auctions. With an opening bid of $300, these works hold a place of honor in the exhibit. All other works start their bidding at $35. For all entries, there is a “Buy It Now” option for those who don’t want to risk losing a piece in a last-minute bidding war. Artists set their own “Buy It Now” prices, but the minimum is $125. Rainmakers’ minimum “Buy It Now” price is $500.  Works may be viewed and bids may be placed online at https://spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/ from the opening of the exhibit until 3:00pm on Thursday, May 9. Online bidders will have to send a proxy the night of live bidding to ensure they bid up to the last minute. Opening Reception: Friday, March 22, 5:30–7:30pm. Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.