Joplin Arts News (Feb. 23–Mar. 1)

Happy Birthday, RSVPaint!

RSVPaint Turns OneThis March, RSVPaint will be celebrating one year in Joplin! Congratulations, friends! We are so glad to have you. A ribbon cutting ceremony and cutting of the cake is planned for Thursday, March 19th at 4:30 pm to celebrate in tandem with the 2015 Third Thursday season kick-off. RSVPaint studio artists’ work will be on display in their store-front gallery. Artists will also be on-hand making art and demonstrating. BOGO coupons will be for sale in the studio throughout the Third Thursday festivities. Join them after Third Thursday for their first “Art Bar” from 8:30pm–11pm. This is an opportunity for artists and the public 18 years or older to linger a bit longer to talk about and maybe make art. Although some art supplies will be available to play with, feel free to bring sketching or painting supplies of your own. They will be selling beer, wine, soda and water. No BYOB during this time. Feel free to bring snacks.

Trash to Treasures with Tricia Courtney at Spiva Center for the Arts

In celebration of the Joplin Recycling Center’s 15th Anniversary, Spiva Center for the Arts is offering a FREE, once in a lifetime opportunity to rummage through their vast collection of recycled treasures. Participants will spend time with local artist (and repurposing extraordinaire) Tricia Courtney, exploring found items as a medium for art. 

“Trash to Treasures” with Tricia Courtney (Ages 10-Adult) on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 1–3pm at Spiva!

Then, enter your creation, March 26–28, into the “Trash-to-Art Contest and Exhibit” sponsored by Post Memorial Art Reference Library, Joplin City Government Joplin Recycling Center, and yours truly. For more information about the contest and how to enter:


Artwork by Tricia Courtney

Heartland Opera Theatre & Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School Prepare for Down In The Valley

Down In The ValleyDon’t miss Heartland Opera Theatre’s (HOT) final performance of their 2014–2015 season! Down in the Valley is a beautiful folk-opera about jealousy and young love. A full chorus of Thomas Jefferson students will join an amazing cast and full orchestra in Kurt Weil’s masterpiece. The production is musically prepared by John Atteberry, directed by Dr. Jim Lile, and conducted by Nicholas Gilmore.

Two performances:
Friday, March 6:  7pm
Saturday, March 7: 7pm

Purchase tickets on the TJ Box Office websiteAdults: $18, Children (under 18): $12, Seniors: $14, TJ Parents: $15, TJ Students: $9. 

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