February 2021

Posted on Jan 27, 2021 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in February 2021? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Roy Hargrove by Diallo Javonne French, on display at Spiva Center for the Arts through March 6.


PERFORMANCES:

February 4–6: Dream Theatre Co. Presents: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, 7:30pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls. With creativity and determination, activists around the world tirelessly work to end harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery. Registration required. Tickets available at showtix4u.com/event-details/44501. Tickets: $12. More information: Becki Arnall, arnallbecki@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

February 4–7: Stained Glass Theatre Presents: Charley’s Aunt, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). In this classic farce, two Oxford students, Jack Chesney and Charley Wykeham, invite their girlfriends to meet Charley’s wealthy, Brazilian aunt, who is dropping by to visit. However, when Aunt Donna Lucia cancels at the last minute, the two convince an undergrad friend to pose as Charley’s aunt. What follows is a wild afternoon of classic, comedic confusion! Tickets may be purchased at the box office, which opens 45 minutes prior to showtime, or online at sgtjoplin.square.site/events. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. Tickets: Adults $10, Children (ages 13 and under) $5. More information: Stained Glass Theatre, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

February 6: Nick Schnebelen House Concert (Ages 10+), 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24 St). Nick Schnebelen has led a highly successful, award-winning career as a blues musician. During his time in the family band Trampled Under Foot and as a solo artist, Schnebelen’s natural talent and dedication to his craft produced a one-of-a-kind artist whose musical range is demonstrated in every performance. Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested donation of $25. 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.

February 11–February 18: Lincoln Center’s Anthony McGill Virtual Concert, online. Pro Musica, in partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, presents a superb, virtual concert featuring clarinetist Anthony McGill. Alongside pianists Inon Barnatan and Gloria Chien, and cellist Alisa Wailerstein, McGill performs works by Messiaen, Poulenc, and Brahms with, as stated by the New York Times, “brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character.” Stream on-demand anytime between February 11th and 18th. Registration and additional details available at promusicajoplin.org/McGill. Free and open to the public. More information: Pro Musica, info@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

February 19, 20, & 21: Stained Glass Theatre Presents: Charley’s Aunt, 7:00pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). In this classic farce, two Oxford students, Jack Chesney and Charley Wykeham, invite their girlfriends to meet Charley’s wealthy, Brazilian aunt, who is dropping by to visit. However, when Aunt Donna Lucia cancels at the last minute, the two convince an undergrad friend to pose as Charley’s aunt. What follows is a wild afternoon of classic, comedic confusion! Tickets may be purchased at the box office, which opens 45 minutes prior to showtime, or online at sgtjoplin.square.site/events. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. Tickets: Adults $10, Children (ages 13 and under) $5. More information: Stained Glass Theatre, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

February 20: Danielle Nicole House Concert (Ages 10+), 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24 St). Impossible to categorize her music as roots, rock, or blues, it is an experience to see Danielle Nicole perform. An award-winning musician, Nicole’s inventive and distinctive bass lines compliment her powerful vocal abilities in a way that is second to none. Although she’s been compared to talented female artists like Susan Tedeschi, Etta James, and others, there is only one Danielle Nicole. Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested donation of $30. 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.

February 20: An Evening with Langston Hughes, 7:30pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Joplin Little Theatre and The Langston Hughes Cultural Society honor Joplin-born poet Langston Hughes during An Evening with Langston Hughes. A poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist, Hughes was one of the earliest innovators of jazz poetry and a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. The evening features poetry readings of more than 30 of Hughes’ works. Masks required. A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets may only be purchased over the phone at 417.623.3638 beginning February 8. Tickets: $12. This production has been granted rights by Harold Ober Associates, Inc. and the Estate of Langston Hughes. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

February 20–February 27: An Evening with Langston Hughes On Demand, online.Joplin Little Theatre and The Langston Hughes Cultural Society honor Joplin-born poet Langston Hughes during An Evening with Langston Hughes. A poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist, Hughes was one of the earliest innovators of jazz poetry and a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. Watch the original performance, featuring poetry readings of more than 30 of Hughes’ works, from the comfort of your own home! Purchase access to the video for 48 hours at showtix4u.com/event-details/46895. Cost: $12. This production has been granted rights by Harold Ober Associates, Inc. and the Estate of Langston Hughes. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

February 25–28: Dream Theatre Co. Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 7:30pm 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. Reservations required. Tickets available at showtix4u.com/event-details/44597. Tickets: $20. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

February 25–March 4: Lincoln Center’s Gloria Chien Virtual Concert, online. Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has a diverse musical life as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. Now, thanks to Pro Musica and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, you can enjoy the work of this accomplished musician from the comfort of your home. Watch a world-class, virtual concert featuring Gloria Chien, as well as Benjamin Beilman (violin), Sean Lee (violin), Richard O’Neill (viola), and Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello), playing Field, Liszt, and Mendelssohn. A virtual Q&A session with Chien will follow the performance. Stream on-demand anytime between February 25th and March 4th. Registration and additional details available at promusicajoplin.org/Chien. Free and open to the public. More information: Pro Musica, info@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

February 26 & 27: Theatre at Joplin High School Presents: Play On!, 7:00pm at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 S Indiana Ave). Play On! is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author, who keeps revising the script. See this chaotic classic from Rick Abbot brought to life by the Joplin High School theatre department! Tickets are available online only at tinyurl.com/jhsplayAttendees must wear masks. Tickets: $8. More information: Ashley Trotnic, ashleytrotnic@joplinschools.org, 417.625.5230.


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 available and orders may be placed from Tuesdays at 8:00pm until Thursdays at 8:00pm online 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.

November 25–February 28: Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Virtual 5K, online. On your marks, get set, go! Get outside or hit the treadmill and participate in Wildcat Glades virtual 5K. Run, walk, or jog at your own pace, on your own time. There are even finishers medals, racing bibs, and t-shirts available for pickup or shipping! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or their website, wildcatglades.org. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 8–February 18: 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 http://bit.ly/gwcnm-art-and-essay-2020. Deadline for submissions is February 18, 2021. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 19, 2021. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

February 1: Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex Groundbreaking Ceremony, 1:00pm at The Cornell Complex site (212 W 7th St). Dream is becoming reality! All are invited to the official groundbreaking ceremony of The Cornell Complex. Representatives of the Complex, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts will be on hand, as well as project architects and the construction manager. The Cornell Complex will be a visual and performing arts center that educates, enlightens, and entertains while attracting more people and activities to downtown Joplin. The multifunctional Complex will include a 470-seat highly adaptable performance hall with theatrical seating that can be converted into a flat floor configuration, a shared stage for both indoor and outdoor performances, new and expanded gallery spaces for Spiva Center for the Arts, an outdoor amphitheater/festival plaza with capacity to host 2,000 people, rooftop venues, potential office space for arts and cultural organizations, and more. Connect2Culture will manage all performance venues, while Spiva Center for the Arts will manage gallery and classroom spaces. It is anticipated that the Complex will be open to the public in late 2022. Those in attendance are asked to wear face masks and observe social distancing practices (6 feet between themselves and other parties present). Free and open to the public. Rain/snow date: Tuesday, February 2 at 1:00pm. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

February 1–5: Missouri Arts Advocacy Week, online. To keep arts advocates healthy and safe, Missouri Citizens for the Arts will not gather at the Capitol in February, as they have for more than 35 years. Beginning on February 1st at 10:00am, they’re taking their message directly to legislators via virtual meetings, coordinated conference calls, and organized print and social media campaigns. Their message is more urgent than ever before: Support the arts in Missouri! Join in and help emphasize that a vibrant creative economy is vital and benefits all Missourians – it is a key component to revitalizing the state’s economy. Free and open to the public. More information: Missouri Citizens for the Arts, advocates@mo4arts.org, 573.222.0278.

February 5: Kaleidoscope by JRAC: Opening Reception, 6:00–8:00pm on Facebook Live. See spectacular artwork and celebrate the accomplishments of talented Joplin Regional Artists Coalition members during this virtual opening reception! Tune in from the comfort of your own home and watch as each piece in the exhibit, Kaleidoscope, is showcased and winners are announced. Tune in at facebook.com/ArtcentralCarthage. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Rose, joplinrac@gmail.com.

February 6 & 7: African American Trailblazers, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). George Washington Carver was considered a trailblazer, but he wasn’t the only one. Talk with a ranger and explore contributions made by African American trailblazers and how their pioneering achievements provided hope for all people. 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.

February 7: 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.

February 9: 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 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.

February 11–13: Neosho Arts Council: ArtCon @ Home, online. The area’s largest, geekiest event is going online! This year’s ArtCon will be held virtually and will feature a variety of panel participants, including professional comic book artists, best-selling authors, and actor Noah Averbach-Katz – all on free livestream panels. Merchandise, collectables, and awesome artwork from vendors and artists will be available online, too. You can even join a cosplay contest, gaming tournaments, and trivia contests for a chance to win cash prizes! Event details, sign-ups, and important links are located at neoshoarts.net. Free and open to the public; some events have entry fees. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

February 11: 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.

February 11: Artist Talk: Jennifer Meanley, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Learn about Jennifer Meanley’s exhibit Intimate Withholdings and gain valuable insights into the artist and her work during this virtual artist talk. 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.

February 11: Opening Reception: Intimate Withholdings by Jennifer Meanley, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). After her virtual artist talk, see Jennifer Meanley’s work first-hand during the opening reception of her exhibit Intimate Withholdings. 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.

February 12 & 13: Valentine’s Open House, 11:00am–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Local Color Art Gallery & Studio! Drop by anytime between 11:00am and 5:00pm to enjoy refreshments, find beautiful artwork for your sweetheart, and meet Local Color’s award-winning artists. 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.

February 13 & 14: Expressions of the Soul, 1:00pm at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Art is the visual representation of emotions that simply can’t be described with words. Chat with a park ranger as they “paint a picture” of George Washington Carver and how his creations were an expression of his soul. 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.

February 14: 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.

February 16: Live Storytime (Ages 1-5), 9:30–10:00am via Zoom. Joplin Public Library’s Children’s Department is back with a second live storytime! Chat, read, sing, rhyme, and learn about fairy tails with JPL’s Children’s Department staff. Be sure you’re prepared and pick up a craft activity bag from the library beginning Friday, February 12! Registration required; email childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org or call 417.623.7953 to register. Free and open to the public. More information: Children’s Department, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

February 20 & 21: Carver and Chemurgy, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Who thought that fuel or plastic could be made from plants? Learn how scientists, industrial leaders, and agriculturalists joined together in the 20th century to put “chemistry to work” and enable the U.S. to potentially reduce imports and become self-sustaining. 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.

February 21: 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.

February 22: Artist Talk: Dawn Holder, Noon–1:00pm via Zoom. Hear from sculptor and installation artist Dawn Holder as she discusses her exhibit A Glory That May Never. Access the discussion at bit.ly/mssu-dawn-holder-talk-2021, meeting ID 966 8299 8619, password 246373. 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.

February 27: Explore and Play at Home: Superhero Day (Ages 1-5), 10:00am–6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s an explore and play at home day! Little superheroes ages one to five are invited to pick up a superhero-themed take-home activity kit designed to inspire creativity, curiosity, and fun! Only 70 bags will be available at the Joplin Public Library, and they are first come, first served. Free and open to the public. More information: Children’s Department, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

February 27 & 28: Interracial Understanding, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Did you know that during George Washington Carver’s lifetime, most YMCAs were racially segregated? This program explores his partnership with these institutions, and the effort made to bring peace to southern states experiencing racial violence. 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.

February 28: 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:

February 22–March 11: A Glory That May Never by Dawn Holder at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Holder’s work explores landscape as social and cultural construct. Over three years, her work has focused on Confederate monuments throughout the south. Travels and artist residencies in Europe widened the scope of her monument research, finding the genesis of these images of power and control in Roman antiquities. Holder’s current sculptures, installations, and photographs reference the equestrian and obelisk imagery shared by both Roman and Confederate monuments, their inscribed texts, and their visual relationship to the landscape. By excerpting these recognizable forms, her work explores the dramatic possibilities of their ruin. Holder’s sculptures and photographs compress time and history, foregrounding the eventual state of entropy, disrepair, and loss of memory that comes to all monuments. Although there is a bleakness to this work, she hopes it serves to validate the ongoing fight to reevaluate the many monuments erected in the spirit of oppression. 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.

February 5–March 13: JRAC: Kaleidoscope at artCentral (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition’s annual exhibit at artCentral! See a variety of artwork, including JRAC members’ latest creations revolving around the word “kaleidoscope.” Displayed pieces are available for purchase. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Rose, joplinrac@gmail.com.

February 5–March 1: A Collection of Work from 2020 by Justin Kidston at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). An exhibit showcasing surreal artwork from local artist Justin Kidston, which was completed in 2020. Created with oils, Kidston’s work often revolves around the concepts of human beings; their tendencies to create, destroy, and manipulate; and their ever fluctuating relationship with the environment. Drop by Bookhouse Cinema during regular business hours to see this artist’s dreamlike exhibition! Free and open to the public. More information: Justin Kidston, justinkidston@gmail.com, 417.434.8230.

February 1–28: Come Fly with Me by Jake Deer at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Travel to dizzying heights with local, aerial photographer, Jake Deer! With their bird’s-eye-view perspective, his drones capture the Four-State region like you’ve never seen it before. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

February 1–28: Becoming: A Journey of Love by Sarah Clements at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Local photographer Sarah Clements presents her exhibit Becoming: A Journey of Love, an exploration of the love of art, self, and more. You are guaranteed to enjoy! More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

January 18–February 11: Intimate Withholdings by Jennifer Meanley, Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). The unhomely or the uncanny are relevant terms of expression to describe Jennifer Meanley’s depiction of the domestic and natural places of her figuration. Through the act of being made, her work seeks to actualize deep-seated phenomenal anxieties of the body and of the mind in order to objectively interrogate their learned and institutional properties, to deescalate their perceived threats, and ultimately to gain as much insight into and power over them as is personally possible. This sustains the tensional nature of observation foundational to Meanley’s work and practice: that her paintings are largely about the acts of looking, of seeing, and of being seen. 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.

January 9–February 27: Through My Mind’s Eye: Photography of Jason Piggie by Jason Piggie, at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, writer, director, and African American Artists Collective member Jason Piggie presents his exhibition Through My Mind’s Eye. Through a collection of medium format film and digital photography, Piggie explores the play of light on life and movement in the Kansas City area. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

January 1–February 28: Through the Rabbit Hole by Amber Mintert at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Painter and Missouri Southern State University Professor Amber Mintert presents a collection of whimsical works in her exhibit Through the Rabbit Hole. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

January 9–March 13: Journey: Legacy East Town at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Curated by Sara Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin, Journey: Legacy East Town focuses on the East Side community of Joplin. Affectionately known as East Town, the area is a historical African American community that fostered a rich resiliency of people. The textile artwork and text featured in this exhibition shares accounts and contributions from East Town, where the bonds of trust and mutual humanity learned to co-exist. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

January 9–March 6: Route 66: Crossing Cultural Lines at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). In this exhibit curated by nationally acclaimed fabric artist and former American Jazz Museum curator Sara Sonié Joi Thompson Ruffin, the works of many talented artists are featured. From painters and textile designers to poets, photographers, and sculptors, each contribution to this exhibit is a brilliant example of Route 66’s ability to connect a variety of cultures and communities. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.


CLASSES:

February 6: February Story Time Pottery, 10:00–11:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Ste A). Listen to a Valentine’s Day-themed story and then paint an adorable heart dish to bring the story to life! Participants can participate in-store or at home. Sign up now at placefull.com/february-story-time-pottery. All ages welcome! All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

February 6: Nature Explorers: DIY Valentines (Ages 7-12), 1:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (201 Riviera Dr). With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time once again to give gifts and cards to our loved ones. Join the Wildcat Glades Friends Group and learn how to make paper with natural elements for your Valentines cards! This class could get messy, so please dress appropriately. Registration required. To register, visit Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

February 6: Family Paint: Valentine Tree, 2:00–4:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). An opportunity for the whole family to get creative and paint! Follow along with a studio artist to create this heartfelt scene. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $29–$39. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 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: $52. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 12: Date Night Diptych: Love Birds, 7:00–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Diptych paintings are one image made across two panels. Create a diptych masterpiece with your best friend or significant other, featuring this sweet, holiday-themed painting. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $40–$80. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 13: My Other Half – Couple’s Printmaking Class (Ages 21+), 2:00–4:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Make a Valentine’s date with your special someone! Couples will make handmade printing blocks of one half of a heart, but their partner won’t see until both parts are printed together. Create a beautiful piece of art together while sipping mimosas and learning something new! Frames for finished work will be included. Social distancing and masking will be required. Pre-registration is also required at spivaarts.org/classes. Classes are limited to four couples per session. Cost: $45 per couple. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

February 13: Family DIY Wood Sign Workshop, 2:00–5:00pm 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: $29–$49. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 14: Family Paint: Colorful Orbs, 2:00–4:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). An opportunity for the whole family to get creative and paint! Follow along with a studio artist to create this vibrant, abstract painting. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $29–$39. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 19: My Other Half – Couple’s Printmaking Class (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Make a Valentine’s date with your special someone! Couples will make handmade printing blocks of one half of a heart, but their partner won’t see until both parts are printed together. Create a beautiful piece of art together while sipping mimosas and learning something new! Frames for finished work will be included. Social distancing and masking will be required. Pre-registration is also required at spivaarts.org/classes. Classes are limited to four couples per session. Cost: $45 per couple. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

February 19: Wood Burning Class with Roxenne Kendall, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St) Play with fire in this unforgettable class! Learn the art of pyrography (wood burning) and use it to create a design on a bamboo cutting board during this hands-on workshop. This class is intended for beginners. Registration required; reserve your spot by calling Local Color at 417.553.0835 or contacting Roxenne Kendall at 573.397.1940. Class is limited to four students; social distancing will be observed. All supplies included. Cost: $35. More information: Roxenne Kendall, rkrdh79@gmail.com, 573.397.1940.

February 24: Preschool Nature Connections: Nature’s Valentine (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (201 Riviera Dr). Valentine’s Day may have come and gone but it’s never too late to celebrate love! During this month, we look for something special to give our friends, just like some animals. Would you give a pebble like penguins do, or a new den, like a fox? Learn what animals do for the ones they love with a craft and a song! To register, visit Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

February 26: Watercolor Splashes with Joan Allen, 1:00–3:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Watercolors are a versatile and fun medium! Learn how to create quick watercolor splashes with local artist Joan Allen, who will complete a five-minute demo. All supplies provided. Cost: $25. More information: Joan Allen, jallenart@sbcglobal.net, 573.714.8190.

February 26: FUNdamentals of Acrylic Paint Pouring, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Paint pouring is a unique technique the produces vivid pieces of art. Learn how to create two of your own paint pouring masterpieces with artist Mary Parks – no experience needed. Reservations required; to sign up, call 417.553.0835 or visit Local Color during regular business hours. Class size is limited to six seats. All supplies provided. Cost: $40. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

February 27: Preschool Nature Connections: Nature’s Valentine (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (201 Riviera Dr). Valentine’s Day may have come and gone but it’s never too late to celebrate love! During this month, we look for something special to give our friends, just like some animals. Would you give a pebble like penguins do, or a new den, like a fox? Learn what animals do for the ones they love with a craft and a song! To register, visit Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

February 27: Paint Your Pet, 2:00–5:00pm 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: $52. 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.

First and Third Fridays: Art Lessons at Local Color Art Gallery with Roxenne Kendall, 11:00am–4:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Learn the basics of watercolor, colored pencils, and micron inks with artist Roxenne Kendall during one to two-hour, private or group lessons! Ages 5 to 95 are welcome to participate. Registration required; reserve your spot by emailing Roxenne at rkrdh79@gmail.com. Cost: $20 per session; group rates available. More information: Roxenne Kendall, rkrdh79@gmail.com, 573.397.1940.

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 Studios (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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