Joplin Arts News (Mar. 16–22)

C2C Arts Roundtable Draws 30+ Joplin Arts Representatives 


We had such a great time hosting our last Arts Roundtable – What Everyone Should Know About Copyrights with Don Simon from Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts! A group of 30+ artists, arts organization/business representatives, and arts advocates/supporters gathered to learn the basics of copyright law: who owns what, how much you can use of someone else’s work, what’s really “fair” about “fair use,” what happens when you sell a piece, and how to avoid disputes. Myths were debunked and famous artists’ infringements were analyzed. Questions were asked and answered! Can’t wait for Don to return for another Arts Roundtable in the future. In a couple weeks, we will release an educational resource for those who were unable to attend. Many thanks to Leslie at the Post Memorial Art Reference Library for providing the perfect location. 

Upcoming Arts Roundtable: 

Making Your Organization Smarter and Faster
Top Tech Tools for Arts & Artists, presented by Michael Donovan, Executive Director, Missouri Arts Council
April 2, 2015 | 11:30am–1pm at Spiva Center for the Arts
Learn about 25 online tools that will help you or your organization get organized, get attention, get creative, get social, and get a better website. Some tools will be familiar, while others will be new! All tools are internet-based. It doesn’t matter what type of computer you use or where you are, you can access them. Better yet, they are all free.

Third Thursday Returns to Downtown Joplin

3TH March 2015

Welcome back, Third Thursday! Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events. Pssst! Stay tuned for a whole new Third Thursday experience starting in April! We can’t wait!

Spring 2015 Hip Handmade Market – Vendor Previews


The Spring 2015 Hip Handmade Market is only a couple weeks away – March 28th from 10am–4pm at the Roxy Event Center. The market has recently released previews for their 50+ vendors! Click here and take a look at what’s in store.

HHM is a curated indie-craft market and the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even as 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. In addition, Art Feeds Joplin will be hosting a not-so-ordinary free photo booth. The $2 adult admission to the Market will partially benefit Art Feeds. 

PhotoSpiva 2015 Announces Award Winners

PhotoSpiva 2015 WinnerThree Joplin residents were among award winners in the 39th annual PhotoSpiva, the national photography competition and exhibition hosted by Spiva Center for the Arts. Winners were announced Friday during the PhotoSpiva Juror’s Lecture by Shannon Perich, curator of the Photographic History Collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Perich was responsible for reviewing more than 800 competition entries and narrowing them to 85 to comprise an exhibit of photographic excellence.  Entries were submitted by 153 amateur and professional photographers from 30 states.

First place honors went to Jill Arlene Kerwick, Fair Haven, NJ, for a body of work, “Doris’ Home,” “Iced Tea,” and “Queue.” She received a $1,000 cash prize. Donald J. McKenna, Kirkwood, received second place for an archival pigment print, “Welsh Baby Carriage Factory, St. Louis, Missouri.” Third place was awarded to Sarah-Marie E. Land, St. Louis, for a body of work, “Lilley” and “Elliott.”

Local winners were Bill Perry, Joplin, who received a merit award for a toned digital print, “The Cleansing,” and Mark R. Neuenschwander, Joplin, who received an honorable mention for a digital print, “A Dream Outside.” The People’s Choice Award went to Sarah Clements, Joplin, for a digital print, “Wings.”

Other merit awards went to Deborah Raye Bryan, Johnson City, TN, body of work, “Greeneville, Tennessee: Layaway for Christmas” and “Greeneville, Tennessee: We Never Close”; and Jason Jilg, Green Bay, Wi., body of work, “Before the Ride” and “Rider in the Storm.” Other honorable mention designations were awarded to Keith A. Parks, La Mesa, CA, body of work, “Ghost” and “Anticipating the Inevitable”; and David Gardner, San Francisco, CA, archival prints, “Ralph and Patsy, Campground Hosts,” “Boulder Mountain, UT,” and “Dry Camping, Anza-Borrego, CA.”

PhotoSpiva 2015, which runs through May 3, is sponsored by Freeman Health System with additional financial assistance from the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Freeman R. Johnson Trust, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. [spacer height=”0px”]

Senior Art Classes with Local Artist, Merlen White


In mid-January 2015, local artist Merlen White began free, one hour weekly drawing classes (aka The Silver Palette) for beginners at the Joplin Senior Center. Her students learned shading techniques, composition, one and two point perspective and correct usage of drawing tools while keeping a sketch book. They worked from both still life as well as special assignments set up by their instructor.

“None of my students had ever drawn before and I think they did a wonderful job with just 8 lessons.” – Merlen White, Artist & Instructor

White will be starting a beginning acrylic class on April 22nd. This class is also free, but students will need to purchase supplies. This class will be limited to 10 students and will be held on Wednesdays at 9:30am for eight weeks. Students do not need experience. Interested Seniors should contact the Joplin Senior Center (417) 781-9353 to sign up and get the supply list. Past students are welcome to attend as well.


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