December 2020

Posted on Nov 30, 2020 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in December 2020? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Fused Glass Christmas Ornament Class with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+) at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio.


PERFORMANCES:

December 3–6: Stained Glass Theatre Presents: A Gift to Remember, 7:00pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). In this classic story, a group of strangers traveling by train on Christmas Eve are suddenly stranded in Boston after a snowstorm. Understandably disappointed, the group tries to make the best out of the situation. Despite initial troubles, the former strangers become friends and find a way to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas! Tickets are available via the box office, which opens 45 minutes before showtime. Masks are required and social distancing is encouraged. Tickets: Adults $10, Children ages 13 and under $5. More information: Stained Glass Theatre, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

December 4: MOSO Theatre Presents: Christmas with Little Women, 7:30pm online. The beloved characters of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women return in this charming portrait of two holiday seasons. One holiday is marred when the Marches receive a telegram informing them that Father lies ill in Washington and Mrs. March must leave to care for him.  However, a year later, the next holiday is a joyous occasion for the Little Women. Jo sells her first story to a newspaper, Meg is engaged, Amy gets an opportunity to go to Europe, and, most importantly, Father is healthy and coming home! This heartwarming story truly captures the joyous holiday season. This performance will be livestreamed online. For more details or ticket information, visit mssu.edu/theatre. Tickets: $10. More information: Terri Spencer, theatre@mssu.edu, 417.625.3190.

December 10–12: Dream Theatre Co. Presents: Yuletide Ghost Tales, 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm) at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Inspired by the Smithsonian article “A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories,” Yuletide Ghost Tales combines local history and theater into a one-of-a-kind tradition that celebrates the holidays and spirits of the past. Reservations required. Purchase tickets at bit.ly/dream-theatre-yuletide. Tickets: $12. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

December 12: Chris Duarte & Doug Dicharry House Concert (Ages 10+), 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24 St). With an explosive career in music and his exceptional command of Texas blues guitar, music legend Chris Duarte is a blues rock superstar – and he’s coming to The Coda Concert House. For one night only, Duarte takes the stage, backed by Jacque Garoutte, Adam Hagerman, and local musician Doug Dicharry. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance! Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested donation of $40. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

December 14–26: Crowder Theatre Department Presents: A Christmas Carol, online. See Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol, brought to life by Crowder Theatre students, staff, and community! In this dramatic interpretation, Ebenezer Scrooge, a selfish miser, becomes a changed man after he is visited by three ghosts. Viewing will be available December 14–26. For virtual reservations, contact NaTasha O’Brien-Davies at natashaobriendavies@crowder.edu. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: NaTasha O’Brien-Davies, natashaobriendavies@crowder.edu, 417.455.5458.

December 17–19: Heartland Opera Theatre Carols, 5:00–9:00pm (Saturday 2:00–7:00pm). Bring Heartland Opera Theatre (HOT) to you! Book a quartet of HOT carolers to serenade you during the most wonderful time of the year. Book now at heartlandoperatheatre.com. Cost: 10 minutes $75, 20 minutes $100. More information: Emily Larson, heartlandopera@gmail.com, 417.385.1454.


EVENTS:

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is one of Joplin’s favorite gathering spots. Curbside ordering is also available and orders may be placed from Tuesdays at 8:00pm until Thursdays at 8:00pm at http://localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Curbside pickup hours are 10:30am–12:30pm on Saturdays. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

August 1–December 1: Missouri Art Now Call for Entry, online. Calling all artists! Now is your chance to be a part of Missouri Art Now, a juried traveling exhibition featuring works from artists across the state in celebration of the Missouri Bicentennial. Missouri Art Now is open to both 2D and 3D artists residing in Missouri. Artwork selected will be presented at five different venues throughout 2021. For more details, please visit bit.ly/mo-art-now-2020. Deadline: December 1, 2020. Cost: $35 entry fee. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

November 13December 23: Spiva Holiday Bazaar, Noon–4:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The holidays are approaching quickly! Finish your shopping at Spiva Center for the Arts’ Holiday Bazaar, where you can buy original, handmade gifts from local artists. From jewelry and ornaments to woodworking and cards, there’s something for everyone on your list! Open Tuesday–Saturday, noon to 4:00pm. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Saturdays, November 21–December 19: Joplin Empire Market + Third Annual Holiday Market, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is one of Joplin’s favorite gathering spots. Curbside ordering is also available and orders may be placed from Tuesdays at 8:00pm until Thursdays at 8:00pm at http://localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Curbside pickup hours are 10:30am–12:30pm on Saturdays. In addition to the typical offerings, the Holiday Market will feature goods and services that are sure to help make your holiday season merry and bright! More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

November 23–December 11: Neosho Arts Council: Silent Night Holiday Art Auction, online. Support the arts in our community and give a spectacular piece of art to a loved one (or yourself)! Proceeds will go towards the Neosho Arts Council’s goal of raising $40,000 to restore three historic Neosho murals. A portion of your purchase will go directly back to the artists. View the pieces for sale or place a bid at neoshoarts.net. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com.

November 24–January 1: Holiday Tree Trail at Mercy Park (3002 St Johns Blvd). ‘Tis the season to try something new! Joplin Parks and Recreation proudly presents the first Holiday Tree Trail – a collection of Christmas trees decorated by area businesses and organizations, and displayed at Mercy Park. Gather your family and friends and admire this local winter wonderland! Park guests can also vote for their favorite tree before December 21. For a full list of dates and additional details, visit https://bit.ly/2U8Kjcv. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessica Johnson, jjohnso1@joplinmo.org, 417.625.4750.

November 25–December 31: 19th Annual Gift of Light, Gift of Love Virtual Tree Lighting Celebration, online. Gather your family, go to rmhjoplin.org/giftlightgiftlove, pour some hot cocoa, and press play to see the virtual Christmas tree lighting celebration benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States! Enjoy musical performances from Missouri Southern State University and Karen’s Dance Studio from the comfort and warmth of your home. Then, drive by Ronald McDonald House in Joplin (3402 S Jackson Ave) to see the spectacular lights display! The lighting extravaganza raises awareness of the charity’s largest fundraising event, Gift of Light, Gift of Love. Please consider making a gift this holiday season to help provide comfort and care to families with sick children at Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital-Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Shirley Hylton, shylton@rmhjoplin.org, 417.624.2273.

December 1–31: Winter Holiday Season, online. Can you smell the evergreen boughs? It’s December and there is much anticipation about the holiday season! Although George Washington Carver National Monument will not be holding an in-person Holiday Open House this year, they invite you to follow their social media platforms throughout the month for a series of stories about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, the yule log, and the historical significance of New Year’s Day for enslaved African Americans. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram today! Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

December 1 & 2: Auditions: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 7:00pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). In this award-winning musical, an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing “ding” that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter, one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. Needed: Two adult females, one adult male, five males and five females between the ages of 15-22. Auditions include a cold read from the script and part of one musical number. Performance runs February 24–28, 2021. Free and open to the public. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

December 5: Post Art Library Holiday Tea Take-Home Kits, 10:00am–Noon at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). In lieu of their annual in-person Holiday Tea event, Post Art Library (PAL) invites you to pick up a PAL Holiday Tea Take-Home Kit to enjoy at home! Participants can pick up kits in the Post Reading Room inside Joplin Public Library and admire TEA, a display of teacups, teapots, and tea-related items in the library’s display cases. Each PAL Holiday Tea Take-Home Kit includes: 1 paper teacup and saucer, 1 paper napkin, 1 paper doily, 1 individually wrapped stirrer, 2 individually wrapped bags of tea, 2 individually wrapped creamers, 2 individually wrapped sugar packets, individually wrapped candies, and a bookmark. One kit per person. First come, first served while supplies last. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

December 5: Holiday Movie & Refreshments, 5:30–8:00pm at Mercy Park (3002 St Johns Blvd). Enjoy the classic holiday movie Elf and some delicious refreshments at Mercy Park’s Holiday Tree Trail! More details to come. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessica Johnson, jjohnso1@joplinmo.org, 417.625.4750.

December 5 & 6: Encouraging the Next Generation, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Teacher? Mentor? Friend? Regardless of his roles, George Washington Carver had a knack for inspiring others. Learn more about his influence on Tuskegee Institute students and his speaking tours, especially at white colleges/universities which encouraged racial understanding and cooperation. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

December 6: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

December 8–February 14: George Washington Carver National Monument’s Third and Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest, online. Calling all area third and fourth graders! You’re invited to enter the annual George Washington Carver Art and Essay contest. The theme for this year is “Helping and Healing.” Students are encouraged to create art and write essays about helping and healing, connecting their own experiences during this challenging year to George Washington Carver’s compassionate outreach to others. For complete guidelines, rules, and information, visit bit.ly/gwcnm-art-and-essay-2020. Deadline for submissions is February 14, 2021. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 19. More information: Diane Eilenstein, diane_eilenstein@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

December 8: C2C Monthly Check-Ins, 11:00am–Noon via Zoom. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation! Let’s keep the arts and cultural community connected. Register at http://bit.ly/c2c-monthly-checkins. You can register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent as soon as you register. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

December 10: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm via Zoom. 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. This group is open to the public. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. In the wake of COVID-19, information about meetings can be found on Facebook at bit.ly/joplin-writers-guild. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

December 11: Holiday Open House, 5:30–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Local Color’s Holiday Open House! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, including yourself. Enjoy refreshments while meeting Local Color’s award-winning artists and perusing spectacular art from the 17 local artists represented within the gallery. Items for sale include pottery, paintings, pyrography, wood turnings, sculpture, glass, jewelry, and much more. Free and open to the public. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

December 12: Children’s Mini-Christmas Parade, Holiday Movie, & Refreshments, 5:30–8:00pm at Mercy Park (3002 St Johns Blvd). Get into the spirit of the holidays with a children’s Christmas parade, the 2018 movie The Grinch, some tasty snacks, and a meet and greet with Snowy the Snowman at the Holiday Tree Trail! Free and open to the public. More information: Jessica Johnson, jjohnso1@joplinmo.org, 417.625.4750.

December 13: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

December 18: Caroling Through North Heights, 6:00–8:00pm at Neighborhood Life House (516 N Wall Ave). Need a little dose of holiday cheer? Enjoy some festive, seasonal music from North Heights neighbors! North Heights residents can leave a comment here to ensure they receive a luminary to display on their front porch. A group of carolers will stop by each home with a lit luminary on Friday, December 18. Feel like spreading a bit of cheer? Join the group of carolers at 5:45pm at Neighborhood Life House (516 N Wall Ave)! Free and open to the public. More information: North Heights Neighborhood, northheightsneighborhood@gmail.com

December 19 & 20: A Man of Great Faith, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Did you know George Washington Carver had his first religious experiences, including his first prayer, on the Moses Carver farm? Hear how he learned to listen to ‘the Great Creator’ when studying nature, science, and in the stillness of his early morning walks. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines.   Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

December 20: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

December 22: Downtown Window Decorating Competition Awards Ceremony at Joplin City Hall (602 S Main St). Find out which downtown organization put the most Christmas cheer into their holiday decorations! Downtown Joplin Alliance will award trophies to winning contestants in the following categories: Best Use of Theme, Best Use of Lights, and Most Original. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

December 26 & 27: A Man of Great Faith, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Did you know George Washington Carver had his first religious experiences, including his first prayer, on the Moses Carver farm? Hear how he learned to listen to ‘the Great Creator’ when studying nature, science, and in the stillness of his early morning walks. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines.   Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

December 27: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.


EXHIBITS:

December 14–January 12: K-12 Art Show at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Description TBA. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

December 5–January 3: A Display of TEA at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Looking for something to warm you up? Post Art Library has just the thing! Drop in during Joplin Public Library’s open hours to see A Display of TEA, featuring teacups, teapots, and tea-related items from various local collections. Located in the library’s display cases, TEA will be on display from Saturday, December 5, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021. Presented by Post Art Library inside Joplin Public Library. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

December 1–31: A Collection of Works: Past & Present by Justin Kidston at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Local artist Justin Kidston presents A Collection of Works: Past & Present, a series of ethereal paintings that explore the future the next generations face. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

December 1–31: A Moment in Time by Linda Teeter at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Escape the present and enter moments in time with the exhibit A Moment in Time by local photographer Linda Teeter. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

November 18–January 2: JRAC: Renewal at Crowder Collage (601 Laclede Ave, Neosho, MO). Feeling worn out and run down? Find rejuvenation in the newest exhibit from Joplin Regional Artist Coalition (JRAC). Aptly named Renewal, the exhibit features work from local artists who strove to embody the concept of renewal in their artwork. Displayed pieces are available for purchase. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Rose, joplinrac@gmail.com.

November 12–December 31: Celebrating Color by Connie Miller at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Mid-century modern artist Connie Miller brings light and color during the dark winter with her exhibit Celebrating Color! Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

October 17–December 16: Freedom Endeavor by Steve Snyder at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The Freedom Endeavor recognizes the contributions of everyday citizens who have served in the US military. Through artistic photography, audio, and text media, The Freedom Endeavor honors the people responsible for securing our freedoms and liberties while telling the stories of their time in the service. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 17–December 19: 73rd Membership Show at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Back for its 73rd year, Spiva’s Membership Show honors the wide range of passions and creativity its members channel into their work. This highly anticipated exhibit boasts almost 100 local artists’, featuring a variety of mediums and styles. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.


CLASSES:

December 4: Paint a Christmas Ornament and Card with Joan Allen (Ages 18+), 1:00–3:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Get into the holiday spirit with this fun class! Paint and personalize a Christmas ornament and card with experience artist Joan Allen. All materials included. Please note: due to COVID-19, social distancing practices will be used and masks will be required. If needed, a free mask will be provided. Cost: $20 + $10 non-refundable deposit upon sign up. More information: Joan Allen, jallenart@sbcglobal.net, 573.714.8190.

December 4: Painting with Santa, 6:00–8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St). Guess who’s coming to town? Father Christmas himself will be at Firehouse Pottery for their fourth annual Painting with Santa event! Make unforgettable memories with Santa and paint a personalized plate with your child’s handprint and Santa’s handprint. Children will also paint a Christmas ornament. Personalized plate, Christmas ornament, and time/photos with Santa included in cost. Additional Christmas ornaments can be purchased for $5. This year’s event will have 30-minute slots with a limited number of painters allowed. One parent per child allowed. Masks required. Reserve a time slot now at placefull.com/ticket-at-firehouse-pottery-joplin-76-76. Cost: $40 per child. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

December 5: December Story Time Pottery, 10:00–11:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Ste A). Listen to a fun Christmas story and then paint an ornament to bring the story to life! Participants can participate in-store or online. Sign up now at placefull.com/december-story-time-pottery–ornaments-. All ages welcome! All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

December 5: St. Nick’s Christmas Crafts for Kids (Ages 2-12), 1:00–3:00pm at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Head to Wildcat Village for an afternoon of creativity and festive crafts! Registration required. To register, call 417.708.7713 and leave a message or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 5: Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+), 2:00–4:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Create a beautiful, fused glass ornament, perfect for the holiday season! No matter your level of adventure, you’re bound to enjoy creating with professional glass artist, Jane McCaulley. Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

December 9: Preschool Nature Connections: Winter Birds (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). As cold winds begin to blow, our feathered friends will start flocking to backyards to enjoy bird feeders. Learn more about these beautiful birds with a story, song, and craft. Then, create your own bird feeder to attract birds to your backyard! Please dress warm, as part of this class will be held on the education cottage’s front porch. To register, visit their Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 10: Fused Glass Christmas Ornament Class with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+), 4:00–5:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are thy… face masks? Join artist Jane McCaulley and create a fused glass face mask ornament for your Christmas tree, no experience needed! Examples of other ornaments will be on hand for those who prefer to create a different style of ornament. Registration required. Reserve your spot in-person at Local Color Art Gallery or over the phone at 417.553.0835. All supplies provided. Cost: $35. More information: Jane McCaulley, janesglassart@gmail.com, 417.649.1242.

December 11: Paint Your Pet, 6:30–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Celebrate your favorite pet by painting their portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $49. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

December 12: Yoga in Nature for Adults (Ages 16+), 8:30–9:30am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class incorporates elements of nature, breathing, and yoga for a fun and relaxing experience! Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Cost: $10. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 12: Preschool Nature Connections: Winter Birds (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). As cold winds begin to blow, our feathered friends will start flocking to backyards to enjoy bird feeders. Learn more about these beautiful birds with a story, song, and craft. Then, create your own bird feeder to attract birds to your backyard! Please dress warm, as part of this class will be held on the education cottage’s front porch. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 12: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing, and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 12: Chris Kringle Craft Station (Ages 10+), 1:00–3:00pm at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Feeling crafty? Spend some time creating festive crafts with friends and family during this holiday workshop! If possible, please bring your own hot glue gun and scissors. This class is geared towards kids over the age of 10 and adults. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 12: Secret Santa Sacks, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Leave presents under the tree with a festive Santa Sack! Each bag can be customized with your child’s name. Cost $48. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

December 17: Virtual Create N Sip: Tree Farm Treasure, 7:00–9:00pm on Facebook Live. Create and sip from the comfort of your home while following along with an experienced artist online! Simply order your Creates2Go Kit to be shipped, delivered or picked up. Then, get creative! Participants can also go back and re-watch the tutorial video at any time. Tune in at facebook.com/creatensipstudio. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $29. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

December 18: Ornament and Glass Painting, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Prepare for the coming holiday season by decorating a festive wine glass or personalizing an ornament for your tree! Cost: $29. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

December 19: Paint Your Pet, 6:30–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Celebrate your favorite pet by painting their portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $49. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

December 20: Secret Santa Sacks, 1:00–3:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Leave presents under the tree with a festive Santa Sack! Each bag can be customized with your child’s name. Cost $48. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

December 21: Nature Explorers: O Deer! (Ages 7-12), 1:00pm at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Missouri is home to some amazing creatures, including the whitetail deer. Learn all about the things that make dee incredible and create your own buck to hang on the wall! This class will be held inside. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 26: DIY Wood Sign Workshop, 6:30–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Wooden signs are the perfect way to express yourself and add to your home décor! Create yours during this fun workshop. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$69. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

All Month: Firehouse Pottery To-Go Kits at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Paint pottery in peace! Purchase one of Firehouse Pottery’s Pottery To-Go Kits and paint pottery in the comfort of your own home! More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

All Month: Creates2Go Kits at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Creates2Go Kits! More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St):

Tuesdays: Creation Station – Online! (Ages 6-11), 4:00pm via Zoom. Everyone’s favorite afternoon class is back! Register your child today and receive a Zoom link to join the fun. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited in this popular class. Register by emailing sclements@spivaarts.org. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St): 

Tuesdays: Tuesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio. Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, 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. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, 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. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10:00am–2:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Discover your inner artists or build upon your current skills! Enjoy traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will be using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign-up is required; you can sign up at Local Color in person during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. More information: Donna Roberts, h2rdmr@aol.com, 417.623.3727.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. More information: Sandy Robinson, sandyrob@cableone.net, 417.553.0835.

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

Fridays: Date Night, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? Firehouse Pottery-Joplin has something just for you. Friday nights are date night 2-for-1 studio fees until 8:00pm for all couples. More information: 417.553.0671. 

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (Ages 18+), until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies! Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. More information: 417.553.0671.

Create N Sip (223 W 3rd St):

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create N Sip Studios is combining the best of both worlds with their Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10:00am at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$176. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

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

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