Joplin Arts News (Nov. 30–Dec. 6)

New Urban Art Gallery in Downtown Joplin

image2We are happy to welcome Joplin’s newest art gallery – Urban Art Gallery – located at 511 South Main Street in Downtown Joplin. The gallery’s mantra reads, “where the ‘unusual’ is the norm, and the ‘norm’ is unusual.” Inside, one may find locally made art – from street art to landscape photography, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, paper mache sculpture and more. Presently, hours of operation fluctuate. Check their Facebook page each day for the latest hours. Regular hours of operation should be set-in-stone soon.

Linda Teeter, photographer, is the owner of Urban Art Gallery, and will have her artwork on display and for sale. The other two artists in residence are Brenda Hayes (Fiber Artist) and Kristin Girard (Jewelry). The gallery also has sculptures by Rebecca Perry and Casey Smith, paper mache by Kim Guthrie, and ceramics by Daria Claiborne and Christina Lorenzen.

Urban Art Gallery plans to have regular evening wine openings paired with acoustic music. The gallery is also available to rent for senior art shows, outside artist showings, small meetings, and intimate celebrations. For more information, visit them on Facebook or call Linda at (417) 438-5931.

Urban Art Gallery 

Karen’s Dance Studio Special Success Story

Karen’s Dance Studio (KDS), founded by Karen Drouin and now run by her daughter Nicole, has been providing Joplin area students with a quality dance education since 1971. KDS aims to instill their students with a love and appreciation for the art of dance in a positive and inspiring environment. Their curriculum inspires creativity, strength, and self confidence in their students through qualified, trained, and engaging instructors. KDS dance instruction encourages healthy minds and bodies through dance, while teaching lifelong lessons.

KSN SpecialA couple weeks ago, KSN 16 did a wonderful success story on KDS – and we can’t help but share it with you! Click the photo to watch (it’s worth it).

“I always tell my kids here at the studio, I was never the best dancer. I was never the worst dancer, but I was fun and easy to work with. And you know, who you are matters as much as what you’re capable of doing…be you, and be who you are and be your kind, compassionate, sweet self. And you will find those people within that professional world that are like you.” – Nicole Dourin-Amayo. We couldn’t agree more, Nicole! Bravo, KDS!

Joplin Little Theatre’s Holiday Production Approaches

JLT Holiday Show 2015Yes, Virginia – The Musical, is a fun musical for the entire family. This year’s holiday show at JLT will follow “Christmas Crooners” – a special pre-show performance of Christmas classics.

Yes, Virginia Synopsis: Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon has always loved Christmas. Until the day her classmates bring up the age-old question: “Is there a Santa Claus?” Not sure what to believe, Virginia ventures into the city to find out for herself. Along the way she consults some unusual characters: a scraggly Santa ringing a bell, an excitable librarian with a shelf full of Christmas books, and her quirky doctor father. Unable to find the answers she’s looking for, Virginia writes to The New York Sun newspaper. Her letter makes its way to the desk of curmudgeonly editor Francis Church, who has better things to do than respond to a little girl’s questions. But through Virginia’s determination (and a little help from a scraggly Santa) Mr. Church is persuaded to write his answer…an answer that becomes the most famous newspaper editorial of all time.

Due to large numbers of talented performers, this production has become two shows! Cast 1 and Cast 2 will each perform three shows. There will be six performances total.

Cast 1 – Dec. 9 at 7:30pm | Dec. 11 at 7:30pm | Dec. 12 at 2:30pm
A.J. Forsythe, Abigail Edwards, Addie Moss, Anna Corcoran, Anne Marie Wright, Anthony Post, Audrey Ross, Autumn Wilkins, Barry Arwood, Brayden Caets, Carey Reiter, Carson Youngblood, Cary Friel, Dakota Hutchins, Daniel Reiter, Dausen Tosh, Derak Noller, Desiree Shofler, Ethan Hutchins, Jacy Beeler, James Caets, Joey Friel, Kylan Corcoran, Landon Brown, Laney Couk, Langley Miller, Maddi Forsythe, Nevaeh Stephens, Paul Noller, Quinlyn Tosh, Roscoe Miller, Samantha Walker, Sherry Noller, Vlyssa Graves, Wyatt Hensley

Cast 2 – Dec. 10 at 7:30pm | Dec. 12 at 7:30pm | Dec. 13 at 2:30pm
Allie Galvan, Allison Pitts, Amelia Parker, Asher Timi, Aubrey Winkfield, Audrey Hoggatt, Barry Arwood, Cherie Riley, Dale Hoggatt, Elizabeth Booth, Ella Schwab, Elliott Parker, Emma Moore, Gracie Daggett, Hailey Mitchell, Hailey Turner, Hannah Turner, Jacky Timi, Jasmine Timi, Jerimy Timi, Jon Matson, Justice Stiffler, Kennady Schwab, Kolby Matson, Lauren Riddle, Like Timi, Livvie Riddle, McKenna Fry, Michael Riley, Nevaeh Galvan, Nina Fowler, Noah Moss, Sage Mitchell, Truth Timi, Vivian Holt, Wyatt Hensley

Christmas Crooners: Barry Arwood, Sam Burnside, Caleb Freeman, Andrew McGowan. Tanner Munson, Gary Roney, Greg Swartz, Marilyn Marshall-Six, Kylee Van Horn 

Update on Phoenix Fired Art’s Empty Bowls Fundraiser

You may have missed attending this year’s Empty Bowls Fundraiser, but you still have a chance to get involved! Phoenix Fired Art has 300 bowls leftover from the fundraiser this year. A bowl costs a minimum donation of $15 (suggested $20-$25). As of Saturday, November 28, they have raised $18,094 through the sale of 805 bowls and raffle tickets combined. Come do your part to fight hunger in our community. These leftover bowls would make great stocking stuffers and/or holiday gifts. No two are alike!

Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 for a chance to win one of several select pieces. All funds collected will be split among four local hunger relief agencies in our area: Crosslines, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army and Watered Gardens.


Upcoming Holiday Open Houses

Holiday Open Houses are a great time to see old friends, make new friends, shop, nosh, and spread holiday cheer! Take a look below for details on a few holiday open houses (pssst, many killer deals occur during these open houses)! Please let us know if you will be hosting a holiday open house you would like us to add to this list. 

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio
Fri, Dec. 4 | 5:30–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Local Color’s Holiday Open House! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list…and maybe even something for yourself! Have a glass of wine and meet the artists. Items for sale include: pottery, paintings, fiber art, scarves, wood turnings, angels, furniture, sculpture, glass, silver and beaded jewelry, and much more! 20% off all purchases during open house hours.

Crackpot Pottery and Art Studio
Fri, Dec. 11 | 5:30–8pm at Crackpot Pottery
Give the gift of art! This is the perfect opportunity to start celebrating the holiday season. Crackpot has something for everyone on your list – all handmade and unique! A great excuse to stay out of the malls and big box stores. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Receive a Skinner tumbler with every purchase.

Phoenix Fired Art
Sat, Dec. 12 | Noon–8pm at Phoenix Fired Art
A holiday open house with refreshments. With any purchase you can make an ornament from Moon to 7:30pm ($5 without purchase). Work produced at Phoenix Fired Art will be 10% off. This includes work by Perry Fleming, Heather Grills, Geoffrey Kunkler and James Noury.