Joplin Arts News (Mar. 23–29)

Midwest Regional Ballet Prepares for April Production of Dracula

DraculaThe story of Dracula will come to life through dance presented by the Midwest Regional Ballet. The production will run April 17–18 at 7:30pm and April 18–19 at 2:30pm.

Main Floor: $15
Upper Main Floor: $12
Balcony GA: $10
Seniors and children under 13: $13

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (620) 231-7827. Performances will be held at the Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center in Pittsburg, KS.

Directed and choreographed by Kaye Lewis. Music by Nox Arcana.

New Art Opportunity for Area Artists – Rose Gallery of Fine Art

With encouragement from the local art community, the Rose Gallery of Fine Art has been inspired to consider re-opening in a much larger way. They are looking for local, regional, and national artists interested in renting a space. Gallery owners would like the gallery to become a destination for local and out of town visitors. They envision a gallery that will also offer entertainment, educational opportunities, and family fun activities.


Gallery highlights:

  •  Over 16,000 sq ft of display and event space
  • Located at 508 N. Range Line Road in Joplin, MO
  • 22,000 cars pass this location daily
  • Close to Northpark Mall and Missouri Southern State University
  • Population swells during the day in Joplin to approx. 250,000
  • Display space at $36 per month + 10% Commission
  • Space for special events and classes
  • Open 7 days per week

The gallery will provide knowledgeable sales associates to assist customers with their purchases and customers will be able to pay with major credit cards. Artists work will be promoted through email, internet, social media and other marketing and advertising media.

In order for this vision to become a reality, there must be enough interest! Let them know immediately if you are interested in renting space – click here for an application.  For more info, call and ask for Roanna at (417) 623-4333.

For Area Galleries: The Rose Gallery of Fine Art welcomes other galleries to take part by renting a space, displaying and selling their artwork while promoting their own gallery and driving traffic to their location. For Arts Organizations: The Rose Gallery wants you to take part and will strive to implement ways to promote and grow your organization using creative ideas and affordable means. You are an important part of our community and we want you to be involved in this project.

Arty Award Nominations

Jo Mueller, Director of Spiva Center for the Arts & 2014 Arty Award Recipient

Jo Mueller, Director of Spiva Center for the Arts & 2014 Arty Award Recipient

Do you know someone who has made a profound impact within the Joplin Arts community? Nominate them for the 2015 Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Arty Award!

“Each year one person is chosen who has promoted and enhanced the arts in the Joplin community.”

Pick up a nomination form at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce or email Cary for a digital copy at  

Memories Wanted – Bingham Exhibit at Saint Louis Art Museum

In the 1970’s, schoolchildren around Missouri participated in a campaign to raise money to save priceless works of art by artist George Caleb Bingham. For participating, students received a certificate of appreciation and those that raised over twenty dollars received an illustrated book about Bingham. Additionally, several schools throughout the state raised over $250 each and received a limited edition print of one of Bingham’s drawings to hang in their hallways. The Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) is currently featuring a Bingham exhibit, Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River, highlighting his important history as a Missouri artist.

Did you participate in this monumental campaign? Do you have something to share? Share your stories and/or memorabilia with the museum via their Facebook page. Simply take a photo of an object or jot down a memory.“ For more information, contact Pat Crowe, Director of Marketing and Communications at SLAM – (314) 655-5132 or


Drawing (L): George Caleb Bingham, American, 1811–1879; Skillet-beater (2), for Jolly Flatboatmen in Port (1857) and The Jolly Flatboatmen (1877–78) with alterations; brush, black ink, and wash over pencil heightened with white gouache on tan wove paper; 13 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches; Lent by The People of Missouri, Acquired through the generosity of The Kansas City Star. Painting (R): George Caleb Bingham, American, 1811–1879; Jolly Flatboatmen in Port, 1857; oil on canvas; 47 1/4 x 69 5/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase  123:1944

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