Joplin Arts News (Sept. 12–18)

New Exhibits to Open at Spiva Center for the Arts

Two new exhibits open to the public at Spiva Center for the Arts this weekend! Both shows run September 17 – October 28. An opening reception will be held tonight – Friday, September 16 from 5:30–7:30pm.



Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., and curated by David J. Wagner, Ph.D.,
Sponsored by Harry & Erin Cornell

The National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary on August 25, 2016. In honor of this centennial, Spiva’s Main Gallery will be filled with images from parks across North America. For this traveling exhibit, artists world-wide were invited to submit paintings of national parks, city parks such as Central Park in New York City, state and county parks in the U.S. as well as parks of all kinds in Canada and Mexico.

This is the third edition of America’s Parks. Artworks in this exhibition are drawn principally from artists who participated in the first edition of America’s Parks, and some were added because they were award-winners in the second America’s Parks exhibition. Selections for America’s Parks I were made by a professional jury consisting of: M. Stephen Doherty, Editor, PleinAir™ Magazine; Susan T. Fisher, Past President, American Society of Botanical Artists and former Director, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute; and Todd Wilkinson, Managing Editor, Wildlife Art Journal.


The 2013 inaugural exhibition of America’s Parks: Through the Beauty of Art was scheduled as the first of three in the America’s Parks series, with others to follow in 2014 and 2015. The 2013 inaugural exhibition premiered in Bolivar, Missouri from March 17 – April 14, 2013 at The Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art.

The history of park art in America is broad and deep, going all the way back to 1871 and the campaign to rescue Yellowstone by transforming it into the nation’s first National Park. In 1871, Ferdinand V. Hayden, director of the Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, led an expedition to Wyoming to explore the then-unexplored Yellowstone region. Accompanying Hayden were landscape painter Thomas Moran and photographer William Henry Jackson. After the expedition, Moran’s watercolors and Jackson’s photographs were used to lobby Congress to pass a bill to protect and preserve Yellowstone as “a public park or pleasuring ground.”  President Ulysses S. Grant signed the bill creating the nation’s first National Park on March 1, 1872.

America’s Parks is sponsored by Harry & Erin Cornell, with additional assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.


Sponsored by Steve & Diana Graddy

Good things do come in small packages. At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”X12”, 9”X12”, or 6”X6” during the 19th annual Small Works Auction!

Over 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage that they then donate to the auction. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but to offer exposure for the participating artists.

Highly anticipated each year are the Rainmaker entries. Rainmakers are artists whose works have sold for $300 or more during previous Small Works auctions. With an opening bid of $300, these works hold a place of honor in the exhibit.

All other works start their bidding at $35. For all entries, there is a “Buy It Now” option for those who don’t want to risk losing a piece in a last minute bidding war. Artists set their own “Buy It Now” prices, but the minimum is $125. Rainmakers’ minimum “Buy It Now” price is $500.

Exhibit – Spiva Small Works 2

Small Works Auction 2015

Bidding begins with a sneak peek during Third Thursday on September 15. The closing party, when bidding will get fast and furious, is set for 5:30–7pm Friday, October 28. Works may be viewed, and bids placed online, at during the exhibit.

With the exposure for artists comes the potential bragging rights for recognition by creating the best entries. Prizes will be given for Juror’s Choice; Best 3-D; Best Mixed Media; Best Photography; Best Still Life or Floral; and Best Landscape or Plein Air. Exhibition visitors will determine the People’s Choice award. 

One Week Until RENT At Joplin Little Theatre

Joplin Little Theatre (JLT) presents Jonathan Larson’s revolutionary pop-rock opera RENT September 21 through 25, 2016. After appearing in many JLT roles as an actor, Ashley Trotnic is directing her first show at JLT with this legendary musical of the 90s. Her musical directors are Kathy Nenandal and Breana Clark, with Kaye Lewis as choreographer.


RENT is the cutting-edge musical that electrified a whole generation of theater goers. It tells the story of seven friends in the AIDS-ravaged New York City of the 1990s: Roger, Mimi, Tom, Angel, Maureen, Joanne and Mark share their struggle to support themselves and celebrate their lives in spite of the crises that confront them, from shifting romantic entanglements to preserving their artistic integrity to the life-and-death struggle with a disease that is threatening almost everyone they know. The show contains mature themes and strong language.

The principal cast is comprised of Cody Vaughn as Angel Dumott Schunard, Tanner Munson as Mark Cohen, Dale Clark as Roger Davis, Mackenzie Christensen as Mimi Marquez, Megan Reed as Maureen Johnson, Kylee VanHorn as Joanne Jefferson, Ricardo Field as Tom Collins, and Barry Arwood as Benjamin Coffin III. The cast is rounded out by a chorus including James Boone, Alex Chesney, Jade Nicholas, Michaela West, Abbi Eperson, Becki Arnall, Meghan Thomas, Marilyn Marshall Miller, Kevin Loar, Jamie Strong, Susie Lundy, Sean Botts, Jack Briggs, Joshua Lee Pruss, Allison Dodge, Lauden Baker, Saydi Ogden, Kaden Wimmer and Allison Black.

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 417.623.3638 or buy online. RENT is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International. 

Local Color Welcomes New Artists with Open House


Local Color Art Gallery & Studio invites the public to celebrate with them as they welcome 2 new artist members and a new installation in the gallery. An open house reception serving wine and refreshments is set for September 23rd from 5 pm to 9 pm. New artist members are Becky Golubski and Sandy Robinson. The new installation is created by Sylvia Trout.

Golubski is a commission artist known for bright and cheery pet portraits. Soft pastels are her favorite medium for pet portraiture because they allow for layer building to enhance texture and have intense vibrancy in their color – perfect for eyes.

Robinson is a jeweler who has a niche for vintage flair. Both the whimsical and sophisticated can find affordable, high quality wearables. Her pieces are adorned with metal, beads, stone, wire and other retro components.

Trout has been a fiber artist for over 30 years. Her silk scarves, paintings, and wall pieces are created with a combination of techniques. Recently, Trout brought a new dimension to the gallery by hanging her scarves in a festive array above the interior. She dyed and hung enough silk to cover the length of the gallery...twice!

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio is located 1027 South Main inside the Gryphon Building. It consists of 17 artists and boasts a wide variety of art mediums. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm. For more information regarding the open house or art classes that are offered, call 417-553-0835

Workshop Explores Arts and Economic Development

A two-day training this fall will show civic leaders, artists, elected officials, entrepreneurs, business owners and others how the arts can play a role in community and economic development.

“Community Development Academy Explores: Arts & Economic Development,” Sept. 26–27 in Excelsior Springs, MO, will look at the arts as a strategy for boosting and diversifying the economy in small towns and rural communities, says Lee Ann Woolery, community arts specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

“Top challenges for many small communities are a struggling economy and lack of employment growth. It has been shown that arts, culture and the humanities can help address these issues by diversifying economies, retraining the populace, creating sustainable small businesses, attracting tourism, visitors and investment, and improving quality of life,” Woolery says.


CDA Explores will take an in-depth look at two case studies: Lexington, Mo., and Ajo, Ariz.

In Lexington, MU Extension and MU faculty and students collaborated with members of the 4,700-person community in west-central Missouri to brand the town as a destination for tourists and artists.

Keynote speaker Tracy Taft, executive director of the International Sonoran Desert Alliance, will talk about how the nonprofit partnership spearheaded an arts-based community and economic development strategy for Ajo, an unincorporated former mining town near the Mexican border. This included converting buildings in the historic downtown for affordable artisan housing, a conference facility, studios and retail space.

Sessions will look at such topics as using data to identify needs and opportunities within a community; retaining and attracting businesses; diversifying the economy; and drawing tourists through cultural heritage and the arts. A hands-on session will look at identifying and developing assets to build on a community’s existing strengths.

In addition to Taft, speakers include Woolery, MU Extension state community development specialist Sharon Gulick, and MU Extension regional community arts specialists Gk Callahan and Lisa Overholser, who also serves as director of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival.

For more information and to register, go to

The training is presented by MU Extension through its Community Arts, Community Development, and Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) programs. The training runs concurrently with MU Extension’s Fall 2016 Community Development Academy, an intensive five-day course that equips participants to tackle a wide array of community issues.

Related story: “History comes to life in Lexington” (July 10, 2014),
For more than 100 years, University of Missouri Extension has extended university-based knowledge beyond the campus into all counties of the state. In doing so, extension has strengthened families, businesses and communities. For more information, contact Lee Ann Woolery, 573-884-9025. 

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