Joplin Arts News (July 6–12)

Vendor Applications Open for Fall Hip Handmade Market

HHM Fall 2015Vendor applications for the Fall Hip Handmade Market are open now through July 13. Visit the website for vendor information and application!

This year, the Fall Hip Handmade Market will return to the Roxy Event Center (102 S Joplin in Downtown Joplin, MO) and will be held on Friday, November 13 (6–9pm) and Saturday, November 14 (10am–4pm)!

The Hip Handmade Market is a curated indie-craft market and the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even gifts for friends – all while supporting local artists and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applications to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include, paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and more! In addition, Art Feeds Joplin is always in the mix (their project for this Market is TBA). 


A History of Forever Plaid at Joplin Little Theatre by Carolyn McGowan

Forever Plaid“I directed this show with the Ninth Hour Quartet as a sold-out fundraiser for JLT in 2008 and we took it on a JLT tour to three other cities. Matthew Holt was the vocal director and Angela Lowe choreographed. Last February when we were preparing for the Valentine Concert, I asked Matthew to pick four singers to sing the finale of “Forever Plaid” in harmony and he did. One rehearsal night Bill Perry and I were listened to them rehearse and we were both extremely impressed. I went to my storage room and pulled out the long plungers and asked Matthew and Bill, “What do you think?” They both knew what I meant. It was time to reprise Forever Plaid ! If you haven’t seen the show before, you’ll soon know about the long plungers. We held early auditions in March because the harmony is intense. Bill agreed to co-direct with me and Clint Newby joined us as instrumental director. We all laugh about the fact that it has taken five older directors and choreographers to prepare four young singers. It has been a team effort and we have enjoyed every minute of it. I am pleased that our original stage manager, Greg Green, is returning to do the voice over for this show and that Annette Nethery has returned to help in a very special way.

I need to mention the original 2008 crew that are no longer with us, but have still contributed to this show. Shawn Irish designed the set and lights and agreed to allow us to use his designs again. Todd Manley who is now in England built the original set and it has been restored beautifully by Whitewood Theatrics. Dustin Sisney has moved away, but was our first sound man who took the tedius task of switching from body mikes to hand mikes and making sure that the harmony of all four voices were balanced. We will be using his original script with sound cues. The show includes over one hundred props. We are using a majority of these from the original show that were made and found by Judy Johnson and Eunice Sutton.”

Forever Plaid runs Wednesday, July 8 – Sunday, July 12. 7:30pm each night (2:30pm Sunday Matinee). Tickets are $15. Call (417) 623-3638 to reserve seats or buy online


What’s Up At Phoenix Fired Art – New Class Session Begins July 14/15

Phoenix Fired Empty Bowl-A-ThonPhoenix Fired Art is busy, busy, busy! They just opened a new exhibit (featuring James Noury), are preparing for Empty Bowls (annual hunger relief fundraiser – Nov. 19, 2015),  eagerly awaiting their next national juried exhibition Just Desserts (coming August 2015), and – more immediately  they are preparing for Summer Mud Camp and the next Session of Classes.

Mid-July brings a new session of 8 week classes that begin July 14th and 15th…and Phoenix will be offering a Summer Tuition Special for new students! New students will receive a 2-for-1 or 50% off.  That’s a savings of $120 to $270! They are hoping to fill classes and make new clay addicts. Beginners through experienced potters always welcome.

Session IV Clay Classes: July 14/15 through September 1/2, 2015. Click here to read their latest newsletter. Call Phoenix at (417) 437-9281 for more info.


Joplin Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases “Spread Our Wings – Fly High and Proud” Project

ButterflyThe 5@16 Fifth Anniversary Planning Committee is offering residents and business owners a way to beautify Joplin in honor of the upcoming fifth anniversary of the Joplin tornado. Larger-than-life metal butterfly sculptures produced by Forged Waterjet can be exhibited at your business, home or other location in the Joplin area. Proceeds will help support a disaster conference in May 2016. “Spread Our Wings – Fly High and Proud” is a project of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Click here to learn more and to download an order form.