5th Annual K-12 Art Show
December 17, 2018 – January 18, 2019
Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd)

This non-competitive exhibit is arranged by grade level in order to show creative development by grade. It includes a variety of 2D and 3D works including paintings, clay sculptures, cardboard constructions, and works made from found objects. Sponsored by District 9 of the Missouri Art Education Association, the 5th Annual K-12 Art Show features artwork created by students from throughout Southwest Missouri. Receptions: January 12, K-4th Grades from 1:00–3:00pm and 5th-12th Grades from 3:00–5:00pm.

Urban Art Gallery Group Show
December 2018
Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)
Reception: Saturday, December 8, 4:00–7:00pm

Finishing out its third year in operation, Urban Art Gallery will host a group exhibit you won’t want to miss. This December display will feature artists Linda Teeter, Mary Datum, Sandra Conrad, and Brad Brackin. More information: Linda Teeter, urbanartjoplin@gmail.com, 417.438.5931. 

Joplin Inspired by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition
November 2 – December 21, 2018
Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

The Joplin Regional Artists Coalition will showcase a variety of works by their members through the months of November and December.

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. 

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):

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