Joplin Arts News (Aug. 31–Sept. 6)

Phoenix Fired Art Workshop with California Clay Artist Sunshine Cobb

Sunshine Cobb PhotoPhoenix Fired Art can hardly wait for their next big workshop with Sunshine Cobb! “Both Sunshine and her work are very approachable and appealing. We feel our community tends to appreciate more functional work. Sunshine’s work is fun and functional – crying out to be used everyday! A table set with her mugs or berry bowls and a steaming breakfast casserole is worthy of any bed and breakfast advertisement. I am drawn to her glaze color palette and to the way she fluctuates so easily between thrown work and hand building. She is entertaining and inspirational, and her workshop will be appropriate for people brand new to clay and for clay artists who have been making pots for years. I can’t wait!” – Heather Grills, Owner of Phoenix Fired Art.

After a short stint at Chico State University in California, Sunshine Cobb went on to graduate with a BA in Studio Art from California State University at Sacramento. She graduated in 2010 from Utah State University with her MFA in Ceramics. In 2013 she was named as an emerging artist by both Ceramics Monthly and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. She focuses on functional ware, embracing the richness of red clay and is exploring the challenge of electric firing. Sunshine is working as a potter and travels the country as a lecturing and demonstrating artist. Most recently she was a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. She currently is setting up shop in California. In the workshop, Sunshine will work with soft slabs and thrown pieces exploring surface texture and design as well as share her glazing techniques. Often called a force of nature by her friends she will provide a fun memorable and enriching experience for clay artists of all skill levels.

Tricks & Treats of Hand-Building with Sunshine Cobb will be held on Sat, Sept. 12 and Sun, Sept. 13 from 9:30am–4pm at Phoenix Fired Art. The full workshop rate is $140 for non-members and $120 for Phoenix members. A one day rate is $75 for non-members and $65 for Phoenix Members. To register call (417) 437-9281 or email phoenixfiredart@gmail.com.


New York Time Bestselling Author Jonathan Haidt at Thomas Jefferson Speaker Series

Thomas Jefferson is proud to announce their first speaker in the Steven McCollum Distinguished Speaker Series. The series, in honor of a beloved past teacher, will provides topical insight and historical perspective on current events in the U.S. and around the world. Through the series, the community has the opportunity to learn from, and interact with, prominent leaders in academic, public policy, and government institutions.HAIDT

On Monday, September 21 at 7pm New York Times Bestselling author Jonathan Haidt will present “Why Good People are Divided by Politics, Religion, Race, and Sports.” What on earth is happening to our country? Why is it often difficult for Americans to understand each other across lines of partisanship, religion, and race? Haidt’s talk will take up these questions and offer ways to avoid arguments, strengthen relationships, and learn from people we would otherwise avoid. The talk will be followed by a reception and book signing. The event is free and open to students, parents, grandparents, graduates, alumni parents, and friends of the school. Reserve your spot today! 


Joplin Regional Artists Coalition Prepares for “Art In The Ballpark”

“Art In The Ballpark” will take place on Saturday, September 26th as planned…but a few changes have occurred! Let us give you the lowdown…

JRAC members created unique works of art in the stadium throughout the opening weekend of the Blasters season to commemorate the return of baseball to Joplin. Pieces created hung throughout Joe Becker Stadium all season and are now ready for you to own! Come celebrate seasons end while enjoying food, drink, live music and an opportunity to own works of art made by local artists at iconic Joe Becker Stadium. The event will feature live music from The Gray’s and Tyler Reardon. One of a kind original works of art will be for sale (perfect for offices, man-caves, homes and gift giving). 100% of sales will go to the artist. Enjoy mingling with both artists and members of the Blasters organization. Admission is free, but a donation/cover charge of $5 would be greatly appreciated to support the work of Joplin Regional Artists Coalition.

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“Art In The Ballpark” works for show and sale before the last Saturday home game of the Blasters inaugural season at Joe Becker Stadium


Latest TANK: Public Art Mural Nears Completion

Have you noticed the changes to the West-facing wall of Joplin Printing Company at 2nd and Wall in Joplin? TANK: Public Art is finishing up a mural project! This is part of a two-paneled project. The group finished painting the North-facing wall in late October of 2014. Due to cold, then wet, then super-hot weather, the group put off painting the West wall until now. They should be finishing up within the week…so keep your eyes peeled!

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TANK: Public Art is “a collaborative public arts group aimed at supporting/promoting/creating public art as a necessary and essential facet of culture in Joplin, MO.” Click here to learn more about the group and their past public art projects. 


“Fall” In Love With RSVPaint’s New Schedule

September RSVPaintRSVPaint is making changes and preparing for the Fall season. They will be offering additional instructed classes on both Tuesdays and Wednesday from 7–9pm. Classes Thu–Sat will remain the same but will no longer be offered on Sundays. Their Walk-In Open Studio will now be held from 1–5pm on Tue–Thu.

Created to provide a new and unique arts entertainment venue, RSVPaint specializes in creating with the not-yet-artistic more than the traditional artist. Believing that any and all are creative, their NO Experience Necessary frame of mind fits well with the mantra, Relax, Sip, Visit, Paint. RSVPaint provides a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for adults to come together and enjoy a few drinks, the company of new and old friends, and experience the joy and soothing benefits of creating art. A painting may be the end product, but it is the experience they strive to create for their guests.