“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.

The Peace Canoe
April 9 – May 31, 2018
Joplin Public Library ( 1901 E 20th St)

“The Peace Canoe” is a third grade collaborative project on loan from Spiva Center for the Arts. Over 1,800 third graders visited Spiva during their recent Native American Contemporary exhibit. During their visit, students explored the exhibit and learned about The Peacemaker, a story passed down through generations about a man who showed up in a white stone canoe, bringing a message of peace to the tribal nations. The canoe is covered with a collaborative collage of the children’s own stories of peace. Each student contributed an image based on something that makes them feel peaceful. 

Joplin K-12 Art Show
April 3 – 16, 2018
Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 N Indiana Ave)

The Joplin K-12 Art Show will feature student artwork from every school within in the Joplin school district. Reception: Tuesday, April 3, 5:30pm. For more information, call 417.625.5238.

A House Divided – 153rd Anniversary of the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln
April 3 – 24, 2018
Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum (504 Schifferdecker Ave)

Newly acquired artifacts from the Lincoln assassination are now on display at Joplin’s Museum Complex. A local historian says they offer one more perspective to one of America’s definitive moments in history. There’s a picture of Abraham Lincoln giving a speech for his second inauguration as president. Right above him on a balcony is John Wilkes Booth. Below Lincoln, in a crowd, ended up being co-conspirators in Lincoln’s murder just a few days later. Shirley is also showing artifacts endorses by Christie’s Auction House. A sliver of a piece of hair belongs to Mary Surratt, the first and last woman to be hanged for capital punishment. It may surprise you to also see small pieces of hair from Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward along with many other interesting pieces. For more information, call 417.623.1180.

PhotoSpiva TweensPhotoSpiva Tweens Exhibit
April 7 – 28, 2018
Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Participants ages 11-14 had the opportunity to work with a professional photographer at Spiva to produce work for this excellent addition to the PhotoSpiva 2018 exhibitions.

MSSU Faculty Art Show
April 2 – 20, 2018
MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd

This show will feature original works by MSSU art faculty members. Reception: Monday, April 2, 4:00–6:00pm.

Cryptids, Critters, & Sprites by Steven Coleman
April 1 – 30, 2018
Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (206 S Joplin Ave)

Coleman’s paintings will be on display for the whole month of April. For more information, call 417.438.5931.

Shooting in the Dark by Michael Louthan
April 1 – 30, 2018
Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)

Michael Louthan is a photographer out of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. His show consists of night shots he’s captured throughout his career. For more information, call 417.438.5931.

Debbie Reed & Paula Giltner
April 2018 | Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Rd)

The work of two artists is on display through the month of April at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center – Debbie Reed & Paula Giltner. Debbie Reed has shown her work nationally and internationally, including in juried competitions. She is a signature member of the Missouri Watercolor Society and is active at Spiva Center for the Arts, the Kansas City Artists Coalition, and artCentral. Watercolors and oils are favorite mediums, but she also enjoys mixed media projects, including watercolor collages with unusual texture and creative themes. Her work can be seen at Mosaics Art Gallery (1009 E 20th) and Cherry’s Gallery (311 S Main, Carthage). Paula Giltner began her creative experience in Joplin by illustrating books and book covers for College Press Publishing. She later spent six years creating architectural renderings for Goodman Church Builders and other architects and property developers. Portraits, murals, graphic design, theater scenery, and fine art also captured her talents. Her paintings have been in numerous local arts shows and have won many competitive awards. She currently shows her work at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St).

PhotoSpiva 2018
March 17 – May 12, 2018 
Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Celebrating its 42nd year, PhotoSpiva 2018 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country.  Competitors both amateur and professional present all types of photographic processes, including traditional, digital and photo-based mixed media. Ninety images will be exhibited, chosen by juror Henry Horenstein. Sponsored by Freeman Health System and The Freeman R. Johnson Trust. 

20th Annual Small Works Auction
March 17 – May 12, 2018 
Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Good things do come in small packages! In this exhibit, you’ll find those treasures measure 6″x 6″, 9″x 12″, or 12″x 12″. More than 90 Spiva member artists have created works of art that include collage, sculpture, painting, jewelry and much more. Each work of art is donated in an auction benefiting Spiva Center for the Arts. The exhibit wraps up in a not-to-miss closing bid party from 6 – 9, on Friday, May 11Sponsored by Steve and Diana Graddy.

The Remnant Trust
March 12 – April 11, 2018
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd)

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is thrilled to be the first K-12 school to host The Remnant Trust. The trust, located out of Texas Tech University, is a wonderful collection of manuscripts, 1st editions, and early works covering a wide scope of topics. Works on display include Aristotle’s Opera 1496, Isaac Newton’s The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy 1729, along with several others. If you are interested in flipping through these rare works, call 417.781.5124 to schedule a time.

Face of the City by Tamara Geisert
February – April, 2018
Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St)

JRAC member Tamara Geisert’s inspiration for her Face Of The City series came from being among city dwellers going about their everyday tasks. A unique effect was achieved by painting the subject in full color, while putting the city background in muted sepia tones.