71st Annual Membership Show
October 20 – December 15, 2018
Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Opening Reception: Friday, October 19, 5:30–7:30pm

Over 100 Spiva member artists present their best work in this annual showcase of regional talent. A fascinating mix of styles and media. Awards will be presented in all categories at the opening reception on Friday, October 19 at 6:30pm. 

To Everything There is a Season by Gloria Baker Feinstein
October 20 – December 15, 2018
Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Opening Reception: Friday, October 19, 5:30–7:30pm

Artist Statement: “I have always been compelled to study, frame and attempt to make sense of the world around me. I happen to use a camera to do so. Photography is my constant companion and has been my life-long passion. Like a hunter, my senses are fully engaged. I am looking, I am waiting, I am poised to press the shutter. It can be a lonely and challenging venture, but one that I feel compelled to take on. Day after day, season after season, year after year. It is with a fierce sense of wonder and an open heart that I navigate through the world, camera always close at hand. The pictures I make are proof of my journey – pieces of evidence scattered alongside the footsteps I leave behind.” Gloria has been a long-time friend of Spiva, exhibiting in multiple PhotoSpiva exhibits and serving as the juror in 1987. The exhibit displays approximately 30 photographs from 5 distinct bodies of work: Jamison Park, Grandmother with a Camera, Appalachia, Convergence, and Dreams and Other Things. Spiva is honored to feature her excellent work. See more at www.gloriabakerfeinstein.com. 

Energetic Connections by Diana Bray
October 2 – December 28, 2018
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)
Reception: Thursday, November 8, 6:00–7:30pm

Artist’s Statement: My abstract paintings are direct expressions of “what’s in the back of my mind” and often surprise me once completed. I begin by placing interesting elements together, such as small shapes I’ve picked up in parking lots. Getting into the flow, I glue and paint until the piece feels finished. Then I step back and look at it “with fresh eyes” and, suddenly, I know what it’s about. This is how the painting about the Joplin tornado was created. Only after it was finished did I realize that everything in it was about the tornado. Some of these paintings are about intuitive connections with nature and with other people. Others are about the idea that we are creating our lives by what we focus upon and what we expect. The great thing about art is that each of us has our own personal way of experiencing it. Artist’s Bio: Diana Bray is a Joplin artist who paints in both abstract and realistic styles. With a combined degree in psychology and art from Phillips University (Enid, OK), she also is a licensed professional counselor. Gardening and archaeology are hobbies and interests that are also sometimes reflected in her paintings. Diana has won a number of awards, has exhibited internationally, and her work may be found at Cherry’s Art Gallery in Carthage, MO. 

Geisha by Merlin White
October 1 – 31, 2018
Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)
Reception: Thursday, October 4, 5:30–8:30pm

This exhibit will include 18 Japanese Geisha-inspired watercolor and acrylic paintings. More information: Linda Teeter, urbanartjoplin@gmail.com, 417.438.5931. 

The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography
September 10 – October 19, 2018
Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd)

Best known for his 1893 iconoclastic image known worldwide as “The Scream,” Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) is renowned for his expressionistic and psychological paintings, prints, and watercolors. Unknown to most, he also took photographs. On view for only the second time in the United States, this exhibition of rarely seen photographs and short films by Edvard Munch emphasizes the artist’s experimentalism and showcases his exploration of the camera as an expressive medium. Curated by a leading specialist in early modern Scandinavian art, Dr. Patricia Berman, professor of art history at Wellesley College, the exhibition has been organized by the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) in New York City in partnership with The Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, which generously loaned the approximately 50 copy prints and films included in the exhibition. This exhibition has been organized by the American-Scandinavian Foundation/Scandinavia House in partnership with the Munch Museum, Oslo. It was originally presented at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America from November 21, 2017 to April 7, 2018. 

Gary Johnson and Co: People, Places and Things by Four Northwest Arkansas Artists
September 5 – October 30, 2018
Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

A variety of unique painting styles and abstract photography will be presented by Gary Johnson, Carol Hart, Celestine Eichler, and Terry Dushan in Spiva’s Upstairs Gallery during the months of September and October. 

Businesses or Restaurants Supporting Local Artists on their Walls:

Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave):

Contemporary Paintings by Chadan Tomlin

Club 609 (609 S Main St):

Punk and Fairy by Cher Jiang, illustrations

Infuжn Водка Bar (530 S Main St):

When I paint I feel, when I feel I paint by Kayla Monteleone, expressionist paintings

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St):

Paintings by Mary Datum