Tis’ the Season – Upcoming Plein Air Painting Events
“En plein air” is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works. Joplin is lucky to have so many talented artists who paint en plein air regularly. Two upcoming plein air events are sure to please both novice and experienced artists.
1) Plein Air Paint Out (All Ages), Sat, May 9, 9:30am–1pm at Wildcat Glades: The glades are in bloom, the trees are flowering and there’s no better time to paint Wildcat Park! Works created during this event will be on display in the Center during the months of June and July. All skill levels welcome. Park visitors are welcome to stop and watch the artists at work – you may be inspired! In case of inclement weather, pop-up tents will be available. Free and open to the public. Contact Kerstin Landwer at (417) 782-6287, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more info.
2) Art in the Ball Park (JRAC Members), May 21 – 24 at the new Joe Becker Stadium: The Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) and the Joplin Blasters have partnered to bring baseball and art together with a unique opportunity for JRAC Members to exercise plein air skills. During the opening weekend of the Blasters’ season, artists will be allowed into the ball park to paint/draw/photograph/create. Works created during this weekend will then hang in the sky suites and different areas within the stadium and be rotated throughout the stadium during the season. At season’s end, “Art In the Ballpark” will be held to sell these works. Artist will receive 100% of the sale price or return of their work. Click here for full details and to RSVP. Are you a JRAC member? If not…maybe it’s time to join?!
Happy Historic Preservation Month!
Historic preservation month is co-sponsored by local preservation groups, state historical societies, businesses, and civic organizations across the country. During Preservation Month, many events are planned to promote historic places in order to instill both national and community pride, promote heritage tourism, and demonstrate the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. Thousands of people participate annually in Preservation Month celebrations. Our friends in Historic Murphysburg have shared some of the celebratory events going on in Joplin this month!
1) Pioneer Pageant, Tue, May 5 | 7pm at the Post Art Library. Cyndi Cogbill has organized a time-traveler’s delight celebrating Joplin area history! Step back into the 1940’s as members of the Joplin community review Mabel Hobson Draper’s book, Though Long the Trail, with a unique fashion show highlighting the period in time this book reveals. Get an intimate glimpse of pioneering life, from traveling across the plains and living in a Kansas sod house, to navigating the random chat piles and gaping holes of early mines in Joplin, through the experiences of the author’s mother. Local women, dressed in original and reproduction clothing of the 1860s to 1890s, will share selected readings from the book. Rumor has it, a C2C staff member will be involved in be in on this nostalgic “fashion show.” This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to assure seating. 417-782-7678.
2) Company is coming! Wednesday May 14. Murphysburg will be visited by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Members will tour the historic district to see firsthand the Murphysburg Residential Historic District they recently nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Murphysburg Residential Historic District will be officially placed on the honored National Register of Historic Places later this May.
3) Missouri Advisory Council Meeting, Fri, May 15 | 9am at Joplin City Hall. The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation chose Joplin for one of their four annual meetings in 2015 to review final drafts of National Register nominations submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office. All meetings are open to the public. An agenda with links to many of the draft nominations will be posted to this site in advance of the meeting and remain available until a new agenda has been posted.
We are in the process of updating/adding to/tweaking the Joplin Public Art Directory. Our most recent addition is a page spotlighting Art Feeds School Murals. Some of these student-driven masterpieces are inside their building, others outside. In 2016, Art Feeds Joplin expects to have 15 murals installed Joplin elementary schools and within the community! What an accomplishment! Learn more here.
Give Ozarks is a one-day, online fundraising event for Agency Partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the CFO’s crowdfunding website, nonprofits from across southern Missouri will have the chance to raise funds, compete for matches and prizes, and be a part of a one-day surge in generosity across our state. The inaugural Give Ozarks Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5.
Connect2Culture will be participating in Give Ozarks to raise funds for its annual operating budget in support of its mission as Joplin’s community arts agency! Please consider supporting C2C as we continue to grow the Arts in Joplin.
How can you give? Visit giveozarks.org on May 5th and choose the amount you wish to donate. Donors can also join us at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub from 4–7pm on May 5 to give in person. Visit the Facebook event page here for more info.