“Mining Memories and Motive Engines: Artwork of Jim Bray”
February 2 – March 2, 2019
At Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum (7th & Schifferdecker Ave)

Hidden throughout the community are the remnants of our mining past. Some of these edifices, while easy to spot, are hard to identify as to their original use or purpose. Mining Memories and Motive Engines: The Artwork of Jim Bray, a special exhibition at the Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum, falls into this category. Bray, currently retired, was head of the Art Department at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, where he taught watercolor, life drawing, painting, and typographic design. He formerly was department chairman at Phillips University, Enid, OK, teaching graphic design, serigraphy, life drawing, and watercolor. Having traveled extensively, Jim taught and exhibited in Japan and numerous times in Sweden. There, he developed a following at the Mullsjö, Folkhögskola, Mullsljö, Sweden. In 2012, he returned to Sweden to conduct a seven-day watercolor painting workshop. Bray has also exhibited in many U.S. cities including Taos, Detroit, Boulder, Kansas City, Nashville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Wichita, Joplin, and his hometown, Enid, OK. As a watercolor artist, he has signature status with the Kansas Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Oklahoma Society, and has won several First Place and Best of Show awards in national competitions. At Phillips University his graphic design work repeatedly won top OCPRA honors and several “Sweepstakes Awards” at CASE conferences in the Southwest. This exhibit transports the viewer into the past to experience what the community looked like at its peak. Mining was the area’s main business, all transportation was done by rail and moved by massive locomotives. Life was good, but it was very different from our lives today. More information: Chris Wiseman, 417.623.1180. 

Love is…
February 1 – 28, 2019
At Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)

Love is a complicated concept and can be difficult to define. Celebrate a month that honors love by viewing this juried show, featuring the work of local artists: Linda Teeter, Merlen White, Mary Datum, Sherlyn Watson, Dustin Miller, David Storm, Diana Bray, Cindy Head, Mike Ritzman, Steve Head, Sandra Conrad, and Tamera Geisert. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931. 

A Place for All People: An Introduction to the National Museum of African American History & Culture
February 1 – 28, 2019
At Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, “A Place for All People” highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carlotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry’s Gibson guitar, “Maybellene,” and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith, and hope. This commemorative poster exhibition, which is comprised of 20 11”x17” posters, will be on view in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library. Joplin Public Library exhibitions and displays are curated by Post Art Library. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041. 

Artí Gras – A Celebration of Art
February 1 – March 17, 2019
artCentral (1110 E Thirteenth St, Carthage, MO)

A mixed media exhibition by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition members. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, February 1, 6:00–8:00pm (weather alternative is February 8). More information: joplinracnews@gmail.com

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil
January 28 – March 12, 2019
Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd)
Movie and Maker Event: Saturday, February 9, 2:00–3:30pm
Reception: Thursday, February 21, 4:00–6:00pm

Lecture: Friday, February 22, 6:00–7:00pm

This body of work showcases how ancient cultures helped create a vibrant cultural mosaic. The exhibit, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ NEH “On the Road” initiative, will run through March 12. It was brought to Missouri Southern by the Mid-America Arts Alliance and was organized by Con/Vida—Popular Arts of the Americas and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Mich. The exhibit includes nearly 200 works of art by more than 50 artists and is comprised of three segments that present the history and culture of Northeast Brazil through popular art. The first is “The Land and its People,” which examines the history of colonial Brazil. The second, “Expressions of Faith,” explores the African-Brazilian religion of Candomble. The third segment is “Poetry, Celebration and Song,” focusing on folk legends and popular festivals of the Nordestinos (People of the Northeast). Eminent photographers Adenor Gondim and Antonio Neto have helped work on the exhibition, providing photos and video footage showing festivals, ceremonies and pilgrimages. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.3066. 

Professional Comic Book Artists
January 24 – February 28, 2019
Big Spring Gallery inside the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce (216 W Spring St, Neosho, MO 64850)

Love comic books? Come check out hand drawn work by comic book artists Jeremy Haun and Megan Levens at the Big Spring Gallery in the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce building. Pages from Haun’s The Realm and The Beauty will be available for viewing. Works from Haun’s Batwoman will also be on display and will even feature some downtown Joplin landmarks. Examples from Levens’ series Star Trek: Boldly Go and step-by-step portraits of two celebrities will be included in the exhibit as well. Both Haun and Levens will be at ArtCon on February 9th. Hours: 8:00am–4:00pm. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673. 

Welcome to the Game: Human Trafficking in America by Sarah Serio
January – March, 2019
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

Sarah Serio is a printmaker creating in traditional methods of hand-carved, hand-inked, and hand-pulled works. Her work focuses on and raises awareness about the millions of people world-wide who are victims of human trafficking. Her current exhibition, Welcome to the Game: Human Trafficking in America, is comprised of 12 reduction block prints, each layered with ink that builds a foundation upon which a narrative of those suffering from this violent and demeaning trade is told. “I find that often the visual imagery used to bring awareness to the sex-slave industry is sanitized, such as showing a girl with a barcode and ropes around her wrist. My work strives to bring the harsh reality of this world to light,” said Serio. Welcome to the Game: Human Trafficking in America is on exhibit now through March 2019 in The Bramlage and Wilcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. More of Serio’s work can be viewed online at sarahserio.weebly.com, followed step-by-step on Instagram @SarahSerio, or on Facebook @SarahSerioArt.

STRATA: Layered Meaning
January 12 – March 16, 2019
Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Spiva is thrilled to host the group exhibition STRATA: Layered Meaning featuring work from Madeline Gallucci, Melaney Mitchell, Steve Snell, Patty Carroll, Andy Gershon, Bobby Houlette, Brett Reif, and Mary Ann Strandell. The work in this exhibition features multiple mediums: photography, painting, watercolor, and sculpture. STRATA showcases how these contemporary visual artists explore their subjects through layers both figural and literal. The artists cut through the surface, pulling apart, and examining the layers that make up the whole.  It is through this exploration of components that both the artist and viewer may more deeply understand the whole or question what once was understood. Opening reception will be held on January 11, 2019 from 5:30–7:30pm. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

January 12 – March 9, 2019
Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

DRAWN is a national exhibition celebrating experimentation while reminding viewers of the basic nature and value of the drawing process. This exhibit had no expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions range from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental. The only criteria beyond excellent quality is that works must qualify as drawing, including that which tests the boundaries of the discipline. Opening reception will be held on January 11, 2019 from 5:30–7:30pm. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. 

Businesses or Restaurants Supporting Local Artists on their Walls:

Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St): An assortment of works from artists in the area.

Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave): Through My Lens by David Summerlin. 

Infuxn Vodka Bar (530 S Main St): Artwork by Andrew Batcheller.

Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St): N/A 

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St): Watercolors and Oils by Debbie Reed.