Joplin Arts News (Sept. 14–20)

New Exhibits Opening at Spiva Center for the Arts

Two new exhibits open to the public this Saturday at Spiva!

Spiva Wearable Art and Small WorksMain Gallery:
Area Artists Challenge – Off the Wall: Wearable Art!
Using conventional and unconventional materials, artists have created gallery-worthy art to wear – everything from handmade jewelry and accessories to full ensembles of clothing. Some of it is elegant, some is funky, and some is out of this world.

Regional Gallery:
2015 Small Works Auction
In this exhibit, area artists have created small format works in all mediums to be sold through silent auction bidding. This is Spiva’s art- and artist-driven fundraiser of the year. Small Works Auction is open to all current Spiva members. Members choose from three sizes of masonite boards (6×6, 9×12, or 12×12), transform them into works of art, and return them to Spiva to be displayed. Spiva hangs them in the Regional Gallery and a silent auction ensues! Anyone (Spiva member or not) can bid on the pieces – in person AND/OR online. This year’s Closing Night Party will be held on Fri, Oct. 23, 5:30–7pm.

An opening reception will be held this Fri, Oct. 18, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free). Come preview the exhibits a day early, mingle with friends, and enjoy refreshments. 

Missouri Southern State University Releases 2015–2016 Season

MSSU 2015 - The RaptureMSSU Theatre started their 2015–2016 season this week with The Secret Rapture. The drama will run Tue–Sat, Sept. 15–19, 7:30pm at the Bud Walton Theatre. Future productions include:

No Suicide in Springtime | October 6–10, 2015, 7:30 pm

Christmas at the Old Toy Store | December 5–6, 2015, 2:30 pm

This is Our Youth | January 27–31, 2015, 7:30 pm

The Threepenny Opera | March 1–5, 2016, 7:30 pm

Commedia Princess and the Pea| April 23–24, 2016 2:30 pm

Click here for more information about each production and ticketing.

New Pottery Class Sessions Start Next Week

Both Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio and Phoenix Fired Art will be beginning their next session of classes starting the week of Sept. 21 (next week!). Are you ready to get messy and have fun?

Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio:Crackpot pottery
Weekly classes run for eight weeks. Instruction, glazes and firings are all included in the listed price (clay is extra). Tool kits also available. Call Crackpot Pottery at (417) 623-1455 for more info and to register.

  • Tuesday: 11am–2pm & 6–9pm ($225)
  • Wednesday: 10am–noon ($165) & 6–9pm ($225)
  • Thursday: 10am–1pm ($225)
  • Thursdays (1st and 3rd of each month): Crackpot participates in the Downtown Art Walks. Look for them!
  • Friday: Throwing Large with Brent! 10am–noon $40 each Friday. Brent explains and demonstrates how to stack pieces on the wheel to achieve taller and bigger pots.
  • Saturday: Drop In Class! 10am–noon $30 each Saturday (plus clay). This is the perfect opportunity to get your hands dirty without the eight week commitment.

PhoenixPhoenix Fired Art:
New eight week classes begin soon at Phoenix Fired Art!

  • Tuesdays (beginning Sept. 22): 11am–2pm & 6–9pm
    $240 Phoenix Members; $270 Non-Members
  • Wednesdays (beginning Sept. 23): 11am–2pm & 6–9pm
    $240 Phoenix Members; $270 Non-Members
  • Saturdays: Drop-In Clay Class, 9:30am–Noon
    $25 for Phoenix Members; $35 for Non-Members (plus clay and firing)

All ability levels welcome. Phoenix teaches both wheel throwing and hand building techniques. Make bowls, mugs, herb planters or even a pie plate. Classes are taught by Studio Manager, Geoffrey Kunkler. Geoffrey is a patient teacher and has his MFA in Ceramics from KU where he taught undergraduate classes and managed the studio. Phoenix Fired Art’s facility is handicap accessible and two handicap wheels are available. For this class session, new students will receive $75 off their registration! Call Phoenix Fired Art at (417) 437-9281 to register.

The Joplin House Concert Is Moving!

Lowland Hum performing at NPRs Tiny Desk Concert

Lowland Hum performing at NPR Tiny Desk Concert

The Joplin House Concert Series (JHCS) offers an intimate setting to experience unique, alternative, and inspirational music. This Joplin couple (Reed and Lee Ann Dunn) transforms their living room into a music venue and opens their home to music lovers and musical groups that would otherwise overlook Joplin. This small concert community has become a wonderful way to meet new people and experience something extraordinary in Joplin.

The JHCS has some big news! They have outgrown their home at 533 North Moffett Avenue and will be moving soon. But don’t worry! They plan on continuing the series once settled in their new home. Before the big move, they will have one final concert with returning artists, Lowland Hum.

“This concert may be a little less fancy than our other ones due to the chaos of moving, but it should still be a wonderful night with nice people and great music. And, if you have a fetish for packing tape (and I’ve heard that’s a thing) then feel free to bring some and you can go crazy during intermission. Our expectation is to be moving south of town and concerts will hopefully recommence in a year or so.” – Reed Dunn, Host

Lowland Hum is the multi-sensory artistic collaboration of Daniel and Lauren Goans. What began as North Carolina folk music has evolved into so much more. Though folk music is their primary medium, they have seamlessly added visual art, print and even smells to create an entirely new live music experience. If you come to this show, we can bet that you’ll be transfixed. This will truly be an artistic experience. Lowland Hum has even appeared as a guest on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts at the NPR headquarters in DC.

Email Reed (the host) at to reserve your seats. Concerts begin at 7pm. $15 donation per person is paid at the door (cash or card). Parking is available in the lot at E St & Moffet. Click here for all the details. Call Reed at (417) 629-2571 with questions. 

Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, Remembered & Revisited

PNG Schifferdecker Remembered and RevisitedHistoric Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP) will now celebrate another era of significance by highlighting its most notable businessman and philanthropist. On October 30 and 31 HMP will present “Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, Remembered and Revisited.” Upon Mr. Schifferdecker’s death 100 years ago, he left behind a legacy for Joplin…most notably Schifferdecker Park.  The question for today…did his ghost stay behind? After all, he did die at his Sergeant Avenue mansion the day before Halloween, just ten days after his beloved wife also passed at their home.

Come and enjoy a reenactment of a bygone time with Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, the “Beer Boss Man.” Charles and Wilhelmina’s haunting portrayals will be seen at three venues over a two-day period spanning from 1876 to 1915.

Friday, October 30 from 6–10pm (422 South Sergeant Avenue): experience an exclusive opportunity to tour Schifferdecker’s Sergeant Avenue Home, interact with costumed characters, be entertained by The American Opera Studio, partake in refreshments, view the elaborate Halloween decorations and more. There will be a limited amount of tickets that will be sold from 5:30–9:30pm. $20 per person.

Saturday, October 31 from 1–5pm (2220 East Hampton Place): entertainment will shift to the little-known, original site of the “Schifferdecker Beer and Picnic Gardens.” This will also be a rare occasion to tour inside the Schifferdeckers’s home and cave next to the shores of Turkey Creek. Visit the pastoral grounds where early Joplinites quenched their thirst at the “Turkey Creek Brewery.” Refreshments, habitat interpreters, old-time lawn games, professional entertainment, beer tasting and more will be in the offering. $15 per person.

Additional Saturday offering: Mount Hope Cemetery will open the Schifferdecker family’s mausoleum as a complimentary tour between 11am–1pm.

Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. is a non-profit organization and dedicated to the preservation of Joplin’s oldest downtown residential neighborhood through education and community involvement.

For ticket and additional information, visit; call Paula Callihan, event chairperson at (417) 483-3116;;; or go to Due to the design of these historic properties, handicap accessibility is limited. Call ahead for special accommodations. 

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