December 2015

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 in Monthly Arts & Culture

December-Monthly

What’s coming up in December 2015? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes going on throughout December in the Joplin Arts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES

Tue, Dec. 1 | 7:30pm: Swingin’ Jazz Holiday Show at MSSU Corley Auditorium.
Come and hear some great holiday tunes to help get you in the Christmas spirit. Presented by Missouri Southern’s Jazz Orchestra (prelude concert by Neosho High School Jazz Band at 6:50 p.m.). This event is free and open to the public.

Thu–Sun | Dec. 3–6 | 7:30pm (additional 4pm shows on Sat & Sun): Living Christmas Tree at Ozark Christian College.
If You’re Missing Baby Jesus
is set in a small town in North Dakota in the 1950’s. The music and drama offer a unique twist to the Christmas story when a family ends up with an “extra” baby Jesus in their newly purchased nativity set. Join the townsfolk at Hinkley’s Hardware store to solve this dilemma and to celebrate their giant “singing” tree. The Living Christmas Tree features excellent music from the OCC Concert Choir, an outstanding orchestra, and remarkable dramatic talent from the OCC student body and the Joplin community. Scott Handley, Director of the Music Department, will direct the choir and orchestra, and Mary Green, Production Coordinator, will direct the drama and technical aspects of the program. Adults: $7 each; Children Under 12: $5; Overflow Seating: $5.

Thu–Sun | Dec. 3–13 | 7pm (Sun at 2:30pm): Little Women at Stained Glass Theatre.
Under the guidance of their beloved mother, the four young March sisters — tempestuous Jo, motherly Meg, shy Beth, and spoiled baby Amy – struggle to keep their family going while Father’s away in the Civil War. In this beautifully dramatized adaptation of the classic novel, even as privation, illness, and sibling rivalry cast their shadows, each girl strives to find her true self. Seating is General Admission and tickets may be purchased exclusively at the door. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.

Fri, Dec. 4 | 7pm: The Nutcracker at the TJ Concert Hall.
The Midwest Regional Ballet brings this winter tradition to Joplin. The company has delighted audiences around the world with its magical performances, and you do not want to miss their visit to the TJ Concert Hall. Join for a reception with the artists after the show.

Fri, Dec. 4 | 7:30pm: 6th Annual Season Choral Flourish at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.
The Southern Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Unlimited, under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow, will present their 6th Annual Seasonal Choral Flourish two times this year.  It will be presented on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 pm both dates. This event is free and open to the public. 

Sat, Dec. 5 | 2pm: The Nutcracker at the TJ Concert Hall.
The Midwest Regional Ballet brings this winter tradition to Joplin. The company has delighted audiences around the world with its magical performances, and you do not want to miss their visit to the TJ Concert Hall. Join for a reception with the artists after the show.

Sat & Sun | Dec. 5 & 6 | 2:30pm: Southern Theatre presents Christmas at the Old Toy Store at Taylor Auditorium.
A lively story about Floyd the toy maker and his toys. He can’t understand why nobody wants to buy any of the toys in his store. Dolly is in search of her lost family. Ted E. Bear, Jack N. Abox and the rest of the toys are worried that they are never going to find a home. A couple of robbers think they have found a treasure trove of money. Throw it all together and you end up with a fun play date where a family is realized, a criminal plot is foiled and everyone lives happily ever after. Directed and created by Lyndall Burrow. Adults: $3; Children Under 12: $1. Call 417-625-3190 for reservations.

Sat, Dec. 5 | 7:30pm: 6th Annual Season Choral Flourish at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.
The Southern Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Unlimited, under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow, will present their 6th Annual Seasonal Choral Flourish two times this year.  It will be presented on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 pm both dates. This event is free and open to the public. 

Tue, Dec. 8 | 7:30pm: Southern Wind Ensemble Concert at Taylor Performing Arts Center.
The Southern Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Rick Espinosa, will present their winter concert. This event is free and open to the public.

Wed–Sun | Dec. 9–13 | 7:30pm (Sun at 2:30pm): Yes, Virginia, The Musical at Joplin Little Theatre.
Does Santa Claus really exist? That’s a question kids have been asking for generations. In 1897, one precocious girl named Virginia O’Hanlon was determined to find an answer. Her letter to The New York Sun prompted one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time, and inspired future generations to believe in the holiday spirit. Every year the beloved animated special based on Virginia’s story touches new audiences. Now, this holiday classic has been adapted into a magical stage show written specifically for school children. New songs by Macy’s Emmy Award-winning songwriters, a heartwarming story and an unforgettable cast of characters all come together in this new theatrical event. For more info and ticket reservations, call 417-623-3638. Adults: $15, Student/Senior: $13, Children Under 12: $6.

Sat, Dec 12 | 1pm: Heartland Concert Band’s “Sounds of the Season” at Northpark Mall (by JCPenney).
Seating will be provided & there is no charge.

Mon, Dec. 14 | 7pm: Heartland Concert Band’s “Sounds of the Season” at Freeman Hospital Atrium.
Seating will be provided and there is no charge.


EVENTS

Fri, Dec. 4 | Noon–5pm: Midwest Clay Artist’s 2015 Fall Show & Sale at the City Point Plaza in Webb City.
Midwest clay artists are a group of passionate professional and amateur potters/ceramic artists from Missouri and Kansas who have banded together to help promote the ceramic arts in our area. Stop by and check out what they have been creating for this Fall. This is an opportunity to find original, one of a kind, pottery pieces for everyone on your list – all while supporting local artists!

Fri, Dec. 4 | 5:30–8:30pm: First Friday Opening Reception at Phoenix Fired Art.
Phoenix Fired Art hosts exhibit openings on the First Friday of every month.

Fri, Dec. 4 | 5:30–8:30pm: Local Color Art Gallery & Studio Holiday Open House.
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Local Color’s Holiday Open House! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list…and maybe even something for yourself! Have a glass of wine and meet the artists. Items for sale include: pottery, paintings, fiber art, scarves, wood turnings, angels, furniture, sculpture, glass, silver and beaded jewelry, and much more! 20% off all purchases during open house hours.

Sat, Dec. 5 | 10am–5pm: Midwest Clay Artist’s 2015 Fall Show & Sale at the City Point Plaza in Webb City.
Midwest clay artists are a group of passionate professional and amateur potters/ceramic artists from Missouri and Kansas who have banded together to help promote the ceramic arts in our area. Stop by and check out what they have been creating for this Fall. This is an opportunity to find original, one of a kind, pottery pieces for everyone on your list – all while supporting local artists!

Sat, Dec. 5 | 10:30am–Noon: Coloring Book Club at Spiva Center for the Arts.
It’s as simple as it sounds – come enjoy coloring, coffee, and camaraderie! Though geared for adults, all ages welcome. All supplies provided with many different coloring book pages to choose from. “Coloring Book Club” is a collaborative effort between Post Art Library, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts. Coffee for the Club is generously donated by Cottage Small Coffee Roasters in Carthage, MO. Free and open to the public.

Sun, Dec. 6 | Noon–4pm: Midwest Clay Artist’s 2015 Fall Show & Sale at the City Point Plaza in Webb City.
Midwest clay artists are a group of passionate professional and amateur potters/ceramic artists from Missouri and Kansas who have banded together to help promote the ceramic arts in our area. Stop by and check out what they have been creating for this Fall. This is an opportunity to find original, one of a kind, pottery pieces for everyone on your list – all while supporting local artists!

Sun, Dec. 6 | 2–4pm: Post Art Library’s Holiday Tea at Post Art Library.
At Christmastime, Dr. & Mrs. Post raised a massive tree that towered over their Great Hall, decked their halls lavishly, and invited neighbors to help them celebrate. In their honor, the Post Art Library invites you to help them greet the season with a Holiday Tea in the soon-to-be-decked Great Hall of the Post Art Library. In addition to their annual holiday decorations and tea-party themed refreshments, they’ll display renderings of their new location and answer any questions about their role in the new public library building. This is an open-house style public event, thus registration is not necessary.

Thu, Dec. 10 | 6pm: Joplin Writers Guild at Joplin Public Library
The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. You can connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

Fri, Dec. 11 | 5:30–8pm: Crackpot Pottery and Art Studio’s Holiday Open House.
Give the gift of art! This is the perfect opportunity to start celebrating the holiday season. Crackpot has something for everyone on your list – all handmade and unique! A great excuse to stay out of the malls and big box stores. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Receive a Skinner tumbler with every purchase.


EXHIBITS

Spiva Center for the Arts

November 14 – December 31 | 68th Annual Membership Show | Main Gallery
Spiva members present their best work in the largest, most anticipated exhibit of the year. A fascinating mix of works and media! Sponsored by Anonymous Friends of the Arts. Awards courtesy of Dr. John Windle.

November 14 – December 31: Figurative Sculpts by Dustin Poché | Regional Gallery
Inspired by a love of period fashion and work experience in costume design, textiles, and illustration in the New York fashion industry, the Russell, Kansas, multimedia artist creates exquisitely crafted, must-see, one-of-a-kind fine art figures.

December | ‘Scapes: From Land To Sea | Upstairs Gallery
Artwork by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition members Michael Steddum, Linda Teeter, and Jim Bray.

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC)

December 7, 2015 – February 26, 2016 | JRAC Group Show | Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
Daria Claiborne (pottery), Tamara Geisert (painting), and Paula Giltner (painting). JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of member’s artwork. This rotating exhibit is one example of many member opportunities to show their artwork multiple times throughout the year. For more information about JRAC or this show, call Sarah Serio at (417) 592-1673.

MSSU Spiva Art Gallery

November 30 – December 11 | Senior Shows
MSSU senior art majors will showcase their original works through a variety of creative mediums. Artists on exhibit: Philip Ledbetter, Taylor Alumbaugh-Williams, and JeSarah Glowacki. A reception will be held on Friday, December 11, 5–7pm. 


CLASSES

Thu, Dec. 3 | 7–9pm: Indigo Dye Workshop at Phoenix Fired Art.
Are you dreaming of a blue Christmas? Come enjoy an evening of fun creating unique, wearable gifts with natural indigo blue plant dye. You will receive one silk/wool blend scarf with your class fee. Also available for an additional charge are adult t-shirts, onesies, and dog shirts. Cost: $35. Limited to 8 participants. Call now to reserve your spot: 417-437-9281.

Sat, Dec. 5 | 9am–Noon: Linear Perspective in Sketching and Painting at Rose Gallery of Fine Art.
Improve your art by improving your perspective, the technique for representing a 3D world on a flat surface. When you capture perspective accurately your florals, animals, landscapes or other types of representational art will improve dramatically. Explore this with Paula Giltner, award-winning artist and 20-year veteran of creating architectural renderings. For all levels of artists ages 18 and older. Class size limited, so preregister by Wednesday, Dec. 2, by phoning 623-1065 or emailing rosefineartgallery@gmail.com. Cost: $60 (includes supplies)

Sun, Dec. 6 | 1–3pm: Block Print Holiday Cards with Sarah Serio (Ages 14–Adult) at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Send season’s greetings and a piece of art all in one! Create and carve your own holiday design using easy to cut materials and then use the printing press to make your cards! Cost: $15.

Sat, Dec. 12 | 9–11:30am: Art Feeds Second Saturday Workshop: Artistic Elves (Grades K-5) at St. Paul’s Preschool.
Spend Second Saturdays getting creative with Art Feeds Joplin! These K-5 grade workshops are open to the community and organized around fun, imaginative themes. Workshops will be held at the St. Paul’s Preschool and led by Art Feeds Joplin personnel. $25 preregistration.

Sat, Dec. 12 | 10:30–11:30am: Project Recycle for Preschoolers with Lindsay Bowers (Ages 3-5) at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Bring your little ones to learn about recycling and how they can help the environment. Students will create a piece of art made completely from recycled materials. Don’t forget to pre-register. Adult must stay with student. Sponsored by the Region M Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural ResourcesCost: $6

Sat & Sun | Dec. 12 & 13 | Sat 10am–Noon & Sun 1–3pm: A Vintage Repurposed Christmas with Kerstin Landwer (Ages 16+) at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Meet Saturday morning at Spiva to carpool to one of Kerstin’s favorite junkin’ spots in Sarcoxie to dig through “rusty gold”. Then meet back at Spiva on Sunday afternoon to assemble your new holiday treasures. For those that don’t find the “rusty gold” that tickles their fancy, other repurposed items such as books and paper ephemera will be available to create holiday magic. Cost covers all supplies except items purchased at junk location. Sponsored by the Region M Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Cost: $15.

Sat, Dec. 12 | 2–4pm: Fused Glass Holiday Ornament with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+) at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Glass artist/teacher Jane McCaulley teaches how to create beautiful glass ornaments that look great on a Christmas tree, window, or mantel. This class is great fun for kids and adults. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes. Cost: $27.

Mon, Dec. 14 | 5:30–8pm: Chat n Crafts (Adults) at Joplin Public Library.
An adult crafting group that meets every third Monday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered.

Sat, Dec. 19 | 1–3pm: Graham Cracker “Gingerbread” Houses with Lindsay Bowers (Ages 6+) at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Students build and decorate a one-of-a-kind “gingerbread” house. Graham crackers, frosting, chocolate, and candies will make this a house that’s good enough to display – or eat! Cost: $18.


WEEKLY CLASSES

Crackpot Pottery & Studio

Tuesdays | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.

Wednesdays | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). $165 for the two-hour course. For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.

Thursdays | 10am–1pm or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost for the 10am–1pm class: $225 (for 8-week course). Cost for the 6–9pm class: $100 (11/19, 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17 – shortened session due to the holidays). For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.

Fridays | 10am–Noon | Throwing Large with Brent
Want to improve your throwing skills? How about taking your pots to the next level? Is it time to learn stacking and sectional pots for bigger and taller pieces? Join Brent on Fridays! Work alongside him and ask all of the questions you desire – no more trial and error on your own. Don’t just get your hands dirty – get your elbow dirty – heck, get your whole arm dirty! Cost: $40 plus clay. Private lessons also available. Pre-register by calling (417) 623-1455.

Saturdays | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required. For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio

Wednesdays | 2–6pm | Paint Class with Paula Giltner
Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you decide when to come in and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish more and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner specializes in realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call Paula at 417-291-1486.

Saturdays | 12:30–3pm | Paint the Masters…and More!
Try your hand at Impressionism and Modern Art. Enjoy creating your very own work of art! Students may choose from a wide variety of paintings by the masters, such as: Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Renoir, Miro, and Picasso. Seasonal themes will be available. Space is limited. Please pre-register by calling (417) 553-0835. $35 (materials included).

Phoenix Fired Art

Tuesday & Wednesdays | 11am–2pm and 6–9pm | Clay Classes
All classes include students with different levels of experience – no prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels! 8-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $240 Phoenix Members; $270 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.

Saturdays | 9:30am–Noon | Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey
Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups – however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix Members; $35 for Non-Members (plus clay and firing).

Painting with Pam Leisenring

Tuesdays| 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesdays | 4:30–7:30pm | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.

RSVPaint

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $60 for couples on date nights. $35 per person in advance, $40 at door.

Tuesdays: 7–9pm
Wednesdays: 7–9pm
Thursdays: 7–9pm
Fridays: 7–9pm – Date Nights
Saturdays: 1–3pm – Family Paint
Saturdays: 7–9pm

Spiva Center for the Arts

Creation Station (Ages 6-12)
Tuesdays (through Dec. 8) | 3:45–5:15pm
Drop in and experiment with painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Please preregister as space is limited. Cost: $6/class.

Preschooler and Pal Art Class (Ages 3-5)
Wednesdays (through Dec. 9) | 10:30–11:30am

Share art with your very young artist while exploring painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Build their creativity through reading and art. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited to eight students, so register early. Cost: $6/class.

Young Painter (Ages 6-12)
Thursdays (through Dec. 10) | 3:45–5:15pm

Learn drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash, and detailing in this introductory class. Cost: $11/class.


OPEN STUDIOS

Everyday | Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours, Phoenix Fired Art.
The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mon & Fri | All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio.
Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

Mon–Wed | 1–9pm | Walk-In Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).
Come paint anything you like! This time is not instructed, however on-site artists will help you set up, get started, and answer any questions you may have. Reservations not required, but appreciated, as they do allow private parties to reserve time slots throughout the day. Materials provided include: 16″x20″ canvas, paints, brushes, easels, and aprons. All ages welcome to attend. $25 per person, payable by cash or credit.

***This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.com/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Community Arts Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.

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