January 2017

Posted on Dec 27, 2016 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in January 2017? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout January in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


January 25–28: Southern Theatre presents Woman of Ciudad Juárez, 7:30pm at MSSU Bud Walton Theatre (3950 E Newman Rd) Women of Ciudad Juárez uses the theatre as a space to examine, reflect on, and speak about the femicides taking place in Juárez, Mexico, where since 1993 hundreds of women and girls have been raped, tortured, and murdered. The play offers a voice and a space for the countless female victims whose murders have been reduced to contested numbers and a gross display of injustice. Showing multiple female perspectives of life in Juárez, the production speaks out against all forms of violence against the female body and psyche. In this staging of the show, four actresses take on the roles of the women, their families, and the officials investigating the murders. The production has been on tour since 2014 and has been presented to over 6,500 people in 17 locations, including Belgium, Colombia, Canada, and across the U.S. By Christina Michaus. Translated by Jimmy A. Noriega. Directed by Jimmy A. Noriega. A Teatro Travieso (Troublemaker Theatre) production. Adults $5; Senior Citizens/Non-MSSU Students $3.

January 26: Pro Musica presents New York Woodwind Quintet, 7pm at First Presbyterian Church (509 S Pearl). Now in its seventh decade, the New York Woodwind Quintet (NYWQ) continues to maintain an active concert presence around the world while also teaching and mentoring the next generation of woodwind performers. One of the oldest continuously active chamber ensembles in the US, the Quintet has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions, some of which have become classics of the woodwind repertoire. They include Samuel Barber’s Summer Music, and quintets by Gunther Schuller, Ezra Laderman, William Bergsma, Alec Wilder, William Sydeman, Wallingford Riegger, Jon Deak, and Yehudi Wyner. The Quintet has also featured many of these works in recordings for such labels as Boston Skyline, Bridge, New World and Nonesuch. The NYWQ was Ensemble-in-Residence of The Juilliard School 1989-2015. The NYWQ offers mini-residencies based upon their teaching, seminars, and wind chamber music coaching. The concert is open to the public at no charge – donations appreciated. While in Joplin the Quintet will present one educational outreach event at a local school. The appearance of the New York Woodwind Quintet is sponsored, in part, by Richard and Teresa Massa. the Bess Spiva Timmons Foundaton. and the  Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Outreach activity sponsored, in part, by the Rusty Smith Memorial Fund.

January 28: Midwest Regional Ballet Performance, 10:00–11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). In conjunction with Spiva’s annual 3rd grade visits, families are invited to attend the Midwest Regional Ballet’s performance in Spiva’s Main Gallery. Pieces are inspired by Juan Kelly’s anthropomorphic paintings on display. Space is limited and preregistration is required to attend performances. An additional performance will be held on February 18.


January 3: Chat n Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday 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.

January 12: Joplin Writers Guild, 6pm, 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.

January 13: Opening Reception, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). New exhibits are opening at Spiva Center for the Arts! Come preview the exhibits a day early, mingle with friends, and enjoy refreshments. $5 suggested contribution; members free.

January 14: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring book or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring pages and markers, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the Gift Shop! Please register to secure a spot. Cost: Free. 

January 27: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6–8pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). A fiber arts club where people, beginner to advanced, come together to dabble in yarns and threads while enjoying conversation. The Club will meet each Thursday, same place and time. Free. More info: facebook.com/Knitterventionjoplin.


January 14 – February 16: The Reins: Paintings by Juan Kelly, Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Juan Kelly was born in Limon, Costa Rica. He is highly esteemed in his native country and has exhibited work extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America. His paintings make us consider the nature of reality and our assumptions concerning it. Utilizing the formal elements found in old master paintings, Kelly constructs a magical world that’s both challenging and intriguing. An unlikely assemblage of animals populates these paintings and Kelly’s use of archetypal imagery catapults us into a delightful realm. Related event: Third Grade Field Trips. Opening Reception: Fri, January 13, 5:30–7:30pm. $5 suggested contribution; members free.

January 14 – February 16: Exquisite Miniatures by Wes & Rachelle Siegrist, Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are a husband and wife team who capture the attention of viewers not with outstretched canvas but with miniature paintings so exquisitely crafted that they are often mistaken for tiny photographs. Miniature art has been in existence for centuries and the current revival in its popularity has given rise to miniature art societies, which in turn have given the Siegrists a platform for international recognition among peers and collectors. Their tiny treasures, as collectors often refer to them, typically measure less than nine square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification! Opening Reception: Fri, January 13, 5:30–7:30pm. $5 suggested contribution; members free.

January: 3rd Grade Collaborative Project, Spiva Center for the Arts Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St).

January 9–19: Regional K-12 Art Show, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). This non-competitive exhibit is arranged by grade level in order to show creative development by grade. It includes a variety of 2D and 3D works including paintings, clay sculptures, cardboard constructions and works made from found objects. Sponsored by District 9 of the Missouri Art Education Association, the 4th Annual K-12 Art Show features artwork created by students from throughout Southwest Missouri. Receptions: January 14, K-5th Grades from 1–3pm and 6th-12th Grades from 3–5pm.

January 23–February 15: “Everything is Sacred, Nothing is Sacred” And Other Modern Allegories by Owens and Crawley, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd. Complementary. If one word had to be chosen to describe the collaborative works of Quincy Owens and Luke Crawley it would be complementary. Quincy creates abstract work out of a spontaneous spirit-filled place that taps into a universal human connection for years. Luke deliberately dissects, analyzes and categorizes segments of sound, light and/or visual elements to quantify in order to rearrange them into new, well thought-out systems. Both artists work from different realms of the mind providing part of the complete existence of human reality. What is art without science? What is information without a visual component? An artist talk and reception will be held Wednesday, February 15th. The artist talk will be on the MSSU campus in Webster Hall room 106 from 2:00–3:00pm with a reception for the artists from 3:00–5:00pm in the MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. 


January 6: POP SMOKE Veteran Painting Class, 6:00–8:30pm at Christ’s Community United Methodist Church (2700 E 44th St). POP SMOKE is a military term often used to describe a means of being extracted from a situation. Are you looking for a diversion or distraction to help extract you from a situation at least for a little while? Join fellow veterans and have fun learning to paint. Hosted by Compass Quest Veteran Services. The $10 cost will cover all supplies, food and drink.

January 7: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5) with Codi Byington – Art In Space!, 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Explore the edges of space and the boundaries of creativity! Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door.

January 9–30: Art Lounge (Ages 14-18) – Form and Function, 4:30–6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This great teen art scene is back with a new twist! Each month, explore new art forms, theories, and techniques! Art Lounge is a place for creative peers to come and explore creative passions, buff up portfolios, and dream about what role the arts will play in the future! Each session focuses on a certain theme and lasts four weeks. Register for any or all! Enrollment includes the Art Lounge Spring 2017 exhibition and a trip to Crystal Bridges in April. A light snack is included each week. Cost:$45 per four-week session.

January 12: Basic Bracelet Making with Brenda Hayes, 6–8pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Basic tools and materials provided with one on one instruction on making a bracelet class limited to 6 people. First come basis. Refreshments provided. Don’t forget to RSVP to urbanartjoplin@gmail.com to enroll for class!

January 21: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5) with Codi Byington – Passport to Fun10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Let’s take a trip around the world through pictures, music, and cultural crafts! Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door.

January 22: Picturing Your Year with Ann Leach, 2–4pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Come set your goals and dream about the year in a fun and creative way! Vision boards meet collage meet doodling to create a picture of your life and work for 2017. Preregistration required. Cost: $10.

January 28: PhotoSpiva Kids Workshop (Ages 7-13), 10:00am–12:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). In conjunction with Spiva’s national photography competition, the PhotoSpiva Kids exhibit features the work of very young photographers. Fine art photographer Rachel Edgington teaches basic photography techniques to start the young photographers on their photo journeys. Each child will use one of Spiva’s digital cameras, and two images for each student will be selected, framed and displayed in the Upstairs Gallery in March 2017. Space is limited, so register early. Parents must stay with children for this class. Cost: $8, preregistration required.


Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

Tuesday | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Wednesday | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Thursday | 10am–1pm

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. Cost: $225 (for each 3-hr, 8-week course), $165 (for each 2-hr, 8-week course). For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. 

Saturday | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.

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

Wednesday | 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.

Third & Fourth Thursday | 6–8:30pm | Pick Your Passion with April Davis (Ages 10+)
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. Call 417-553-0835 to register.

Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)

Tuesday & Wednesday | 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, functional vessels! 4-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $120 Phoenix Members; $135 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.

Saturday | 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 (1315 S Rangeline Rd)

Tuesday | 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesday | 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 (420 S Main St)

Tuesday–Saturday: 7–9pm
Saturday: 1–3pm – Family Paint

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. Family rates apply for Family Paint.

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

Young Artist Studio (Ages 7-13)
Tuesday | January 10–February 28 | 3:45–5:00pm | Cost: $80 (for 7 weeks)
This 7-week session will help young artists develop their skills and nurture that creative seed! Led by professional teaching artist, Sara Serio, students will explore a range of new media such as charcoal, sculpture, and printmaking. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Taught by Sarah Serio.

Creation Station (Ages 6-12)
Thursday | January 12–May 25 | 3:45–5:00pm | Cost: $6 preregistration, $8 @ door
Drop in Thursday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class! Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin.


Everyday | Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)
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 (3820 E 20th St)
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.

Sunday | 1–7pm | Wine’d Down Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S Main St)
Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in between the hours of 1–7pm and you can come paint with the help of their talented artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).

***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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