Joplin Arts News (Jan. 12–18)

Mosaics Art Gallery Offers First Life Drawing Class

Sitting woman, drawing in black crayon, school of Rembrandt (17th century)

After opening its doors in 2013, Mosaics Art Gallery is now ready to present its first education arts offering! Starting this Thursday, January 15, a Life Drawing Class will be held from 5:30–8pm. This class will occur on alternate Thursdays.

Life drawing is the act of drawing the human figure from a living model. Artists who attend should bring their own drawing supplies and easel if needed. The only fee that will apply is the split cost required to pay the model (i.e. the model fee is $50 – if there are 10 artists per session, the cost will be $5 each). Sessions will run in a typical art school manner – short and long poses, unclothed professional model, chiaroscuro lighting, etc.

All are welcome. Space is limited – 12 artists max. For more info, contact Debbie Reed: or 624-4180.

Joplin House Concert Series – Cancelled

Ben BedfordThe Joplin House Concert Series (JHCS – 533 North Moffet Ave) is always such a cozy and delightful treat! We can’t wait for the concert this Friday! Do you have your ticket? A select few are still available (with your name on them!). This Friday, January 16 at 7pm, the JHCS will welcome back one of their favorites, Ben Bedford. Hailing from Illinois, Ben Bedford is an old soul and his music is vintage midwest. For a sample of his music, visit:

For more info about this concert, click here. Contact Reed Dunn at or (417) 629-2571 to reserve your spot. Parking is available in a lot at E St & Moffet. $15 donation per person (cash or card).

From JHCS: “We are sorry to do this but it is concert week and we have at least one kid down with a high fever.  Even if no one else gets it, concert prep is daunting enough without adding nurse duty.  So, please accept our apologies for canceling Friday’s show. I especially appreciate how y’all came together to muster up more concert goers.  Thank you.  It would have been a great evening.  As it is, Ben is going to pass on Joplin and head to warmer temperatures (in Louisiana). We will get back in touch with you when we open reservations for the April 10th show featuring Adam Carroll.” 

Call for Artwork! Trash-to-Art Contest & Exhibit

We teamed up with the Post Art Library and the City of Joplin Recycling Department to coordinate an all ages trash-to-art contest and exhibit in celebration of the Joplin Recycling Center’s 15th anniversary! So gather some trash and create some art! To learn how you can participate, visit: 


New Exhibits Around Town

Three new visual arts opportunities will be opening this week…

The Landscape Revisited: Jonathan Beer, Sandra Gottlieb and Martin Weinstein – Opening Saturday!
January 17 – February 22
Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery
Members’ Only Opening Reception: Fri, Jan. 16 at 5:30–8pm

Billyo O’Donnell: Painting Missouri – Opening Saturday!
January 17 – February 22
Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery

Members’ Only Opening Reception: Fri, Jan. 16 at 5:30–8pm

wandersense by Natalia Zubko & Jen Waters – NEW!
January 12 – February 12
MSSU Spiva Gallery

Artist Talk: Fri, Jan. 16, 4–5pm, followed by a reception from 5–7pm 

Phoenix Fired Art Announces Fourth Friday Film Series

A new film series is coming soon to our community clay center! Fourth Friday Film Nights at Phoenix Fired Art! Films will showcase biographical films about artists, films exploring art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Calder: Sculptor of Air will kick-off the series on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7pm. This 2009 film was created by Zadig Productions in France. Duration: 51min. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks. 

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