Joplin Arts News (Mar. 9–15)

RSVPaint Raises $800 for Downtown Joplin Alliance & Connect2Culture

In September of 2014, we were approached by RSVPaint with an extremely generous offer – to throw a New Year’s fundraiser to benefit both the Downtown Joplin Alliance (DJA) and Connect2Culture (C2C).

Both non-profit groups work hard to maintain the growing arts culture in downtown and the greater Joplin community. – John Coleman, General Manager, RSVPaint


John Coleman (RSVPaint, General Manager) & Emily Frankoski (C2C, Community Arts Director)

After much planning and hard work by RSVPaint, “Paint in the New Year 2015” came and went on New Years Eve. The evening was a great success and included catering/desserts by Red Onion Cafe, painting, party favors, and a Midnight Champagne Toast on the rooftop. They raised a total of $800 to be split evenly between the DJA and C2C! We cannot even begin to thank RSVPaint for their generous donation. We are definitely feeling the ‪‎Joplin Arts‬ love! Happy one-year anniversary in Joplin…and many more!

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School Announces 1st Annual Cavalier Student Film Festival

TJ-Film-Fest-2015Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School will soon host their 1st Annual Cavalier Student Film Festival! Any student in middle school or high school is eligible to enter this contest. Get those creative juices flowing and show off your filmmaking skills! Films must be submitted by March 23 at 1pm. Cash and prizes will be awarded to winners in each category. Winners of the judged contest will be announced on March 26 at 4pm in the TJ Concert Hall. For rules, submission guidelines, and judging details, visit: 

PhotoSpiva 2015 Features Record-Breaking Number of Local Photographers

PhotoSpiva is the longest running photography competition in the nation – hosted by our very own George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Now in its 39th year, the competition has never seen so many local photographers accepted. Fourteen Southwest Missouri photographers, a record number, were among 61 nationwide whose work was selected for PhotoSpiva 2015. 


Photo courtesy Spiva Center for the Arts

This year, the competition drew more than 800 entries, submitted by 153 photographers from 30 states. The competition was open to any U.S. photographer, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – was eligible, as long as it resulted in a two-dimensional print that had never been shown at Spiva. The juror was Shannon Thomas Perich, curator of the Photographic History Collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She had the challenge of reviewing each of the entries and narrowing them for an exhibit representing excellence in contemporary photography. She viewed the entries digitally and had no knowledge of the entrants or their status as amateurs or professionals, and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. She selected 85 of the entries for the exhibit. She will not select winners until after the exhibit is installed, so she can view all images in a gallery setting.

On Friday, March 13, she will present $3,000 in cash prizes, with the first place winner receiving $1,000. Southwest Missouri photographers whose work was selected are: Sarah Clements, Ron Erwin, Latisha LeVaugh, Mark Neuenschwander, Bill Perry and Linda Ralston, Joplin; Steve Head, Helene Sheeler Johnson and Tressa Stovern, Webb City; Koral Martin and My Most, Carthage; Linda Teeter, Carl Junction; Amy Sampson, Monett; and Lance Estep, Marionville.

The juror will also conduct one-on-one portfolio reviews from 10am–Noon and 1–3:30pm on Friday, March 13. The reviews are open to both amateur and professional photographers. Fee for the 15-minute, one-on-one sessions is $25 for the general public and $15 for students and Spiva members. Those wishing to reserve a session must do so by March 10 by emailing

A Local Female Art Group Informal & Friendly Critique

Local Female Art Critique

Photos courtesy Brenda Sageng

A Local Female Art Group is a group consisting of just that – local female artists. The group’s home-base is on Facebook and provides an opportunity for discussions, art critiques, building relationships and/or professional connections, sharing work, promoting, and planning meet-ups or sharing art-related opportunities. Last Friday, the group went offline and hosted their very first Informal & Friendly Art Critique at Phoenix Fired Art. The group brought as many pieces of their current artwork as desired (with three hours in mind). A small group from their online community met and had great discussion about individual techniques, concepts, process, and direction/inspiration. All those in attendance received copies of “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” – an essay by Linda Nochlin that will serve as inspiration for future discussions. The group looks forward to meeting again soon! Pictured: Heather Grills,  Sandy Parrills, Kim Guthrie, and group leader, Lea Ann Jordan. If you would like to join this empowering group of female artists, visit A Local Female Art Group on Facebook and request to be added.

New Art Offering: “Inside Art” Acrylic Painting Parties with Shelly Newby

A new type of painting party has come to Joplin! Talented local artist, Shelly Newby, is offering “Inside Art” Acrylic Painting Parties at Twin Hills Country Club. This party’s theme is Daffodils. Here’s how it works:

1. Take a look at these two paintings featuring Daffodils and pick one to paint (or bring your own inspiration).
2. Choose a night that works for you! Wed, Mar. 25 or Thu, Mar. 26 – both from 5:30–8:30pm
3. Gather friends and RSVP by calling Shelly at (417) 437-7463 or by messaging her on her Facebook page.
4. Bring $60 per person (check or cash) – all high quality materials will be included and ready for you.
5. Join Shelly for a relaxing, fun-filled evening of painting! 

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