July 2016

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 in Monthly Arts & Culture

July 2016

What’s coming up in July 2016? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout July in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES

July 2: Joplin Area Organist’s Association: Patriotic Flourish, 3pm at Ozark Christian College (1111 N Main St). Patriotic Flourishes will be a musical celebration of America’s 240th anniversary with a nod to veterans and appreciation to their faithful Creator. Organ, Piano, Vocal and Brass. The Heartland Brass Ensemble will be joining them.

July 4: Heartland Concert Band, 1pm at The Northpark Mall (in front of Atlas Safe Rooms). A full concert of patriotic music. The program begins at 1:00 pm in front of Atlas Safe Rooms and seating will be provided. There is no charge for this event.

July 8 & 9: Todd Oliver and Friends, 7–8:30pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Have you ever met a talking dog, a real talking dog? Get ready because when comedian and ventriloquist Todd Oliver takes the stage you’ll meet his two funny companions – Irving and Lucy. These little dogs are making crowds across the country howl for more. When they get behind the microphone they turn everyday K-9 experiences into knockout comedy. Todd and his friends create a “magical family chemistry”, guaranteed to entertain all ages. He has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with Dave Letterman, where he was chosen as one of the top five ventriloquists in the nation to appear on Letterman’s “Ventriloquist Week”! Tickets for Todd Oliver and Friends are $30 for general admission, and $18 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be reserved online at http://joplinlittletheatre.org/wordpress/tickets/ or by calling the box office during operating hours at 417.623.3638.


EVENTS

July 5: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (300 S Main). An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered.

July 7: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin.

July 9: 73rd Annual Carver Day Celebration, 10am–3pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). The 73rd Annual Carver Day anniversary to commemorate the life of George Washington Carver and the establishment of the national monument in his honor. Special speakers this year include Audrey Peterman, author of Our True Nature, Finding a Zest for Life in the National Park System and Legacy of the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should Care and Toby Warren, author of My Dear Boy, Jack. The latter is an inspirational story of Carver’s friendship with a young child with polio. Bright Star Theatre will entertain visitors with a production of Lift Every Voice, The Black Experience in the Heartland. This play celebrates the National Park Service Centennial and African American history in the Midwest, and has received great reviews as it has traveled through the region being performed at 20 different cities. In addition, performing will be the Roz Gospel Trio from Kansas City; gospel singing group, Sensational Wonders; area choirs; Memphis gospel blues singer and guitarist, Reverend John Wilkins. Activities are scheduled throughout the day, including storytelling, exhibitors, musical performances, guided tours, educational programs, children’s activities, Junior Ranger station, and much more. The Diamond Lions Club will provide a food concession. For more information, call (417) 451-4151. This celebration is free and open to the public.

July 9: Joplin East Town Mural Project Community Meeting #1, 5pm at Crosslines Ministries (320 S School Ave, Joplin, MO 64801). During July 2016, Joplin East Town community members and K-12 students are invited to collaborate in creating a meaningful and high quality neighborhood mural under the guidance and technical assistance of lead artist, Kyle McKenzie. Plan to attend one of three community meetings in July. At these meetings you will meet Kyle McKenzie and his team, learn about community-based mural making, provide your input, and determine how involved you want to be in an outdoor mural project focusing on the history of East Town.

July 12: Joplin East Town Mural Project Community Meeting #2, 7pm at Crosslines Ministries (320 S School Ave, Joplin, MO 64801). During July 2016, Joplin East Town community members and K-12 students are invited to collaborate in creating a meaningful and high quality neighborhood mural under the guidance and technical assistance of lead artist, Kyle McKenzie. Plan to attend one of three community meetings in July. At these meetings you will meet Kyle McKenzie and his team, learn about community-based mural making, provide your input, and determine how involved you want to be in an outdoor mural project focusing on the history of East Town.

July 14: Joplin Writers Guild, 6pm at Joplin Public Library (300 S Main). The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. You can connect with the Joplin  Writers Guild on Facebook. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

July 21: Downtown Joplin Alliance’s Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events.

July 22: Fourth Friday Film Night – Craft In America, 7pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.

July 25: C2C Arts Roundtable: Joplin Arts Preview – The Year Ahead, 6–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Connect2Culture (C2C) is excited for this upcoming C2C Arts Roundtable! The Joplin Arts Preview is your chance to get the scoop on what the Joplin Arts Community will be offering in the upcoming 2016–2017 year. Each arts/cultural organization/business will have a defined time to update the community on what they have planned for the coming year. The media, the Joplin Arts community, artists, arts advocates, and the community-at-large are welcome to attend! Free and open to the public. To save your spot or sign up your organization, please RSVP to efrankoski@connect2culture.com or (417) 625-6683.

July 27: Poetry & Prose with TBD, 7pm at Infuжn Водка Bar (530 S Main). A reading of original works of poetry and prose featuring TBD. This reading, organized by Pub Hound Press, is free and open to the public.

July 30: Ceramic Drum Workshop with Matt Wright, 9am–9pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). $35 Adult; $30 Senior; $24 Student; $75 for family. Free for members.


EXHIBITS

July: Aviary Considerations by Amber Mintert, Post Art Library (300 South Main Street, Joplin, MO 64801). Surrealist and illustrative paintings of birds.

July 1–14: Ozarks Public Television’s 16th Annual Regional Art Show, Joplin Museum Complex (7th & Schifferdecker Ave). Each year, Ozarks Public Television organizes a Regional Art Show to show appreciation to area artists, as well as provide them with an opportunity to showcase their talents. Best in Show and other honors, cash, and prizes will be awarded. Open to the public during regular Museum hours (Tue: 10am–7pm | Wed–Sat: 10am–5pm | Closed Sun & Mon).

July 16 – September 4: Wild Fabrications, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A world of animals both real and fantastical created in layered and stitched visual work. Bold color, whimsical imagery, beautiful realism, and humor either ebullient or dark typify this exhibit of art quilts. A juried exhibition featuring works by artist-members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

July 16 – September 4: Jessie Montes: Out of the Box, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Growing up impoverished in Northern Mexico, Jesus (Jessie) Montes had to create his own toys. His early desire to create something from nothing became the basis for art that utilized what was readily available: corrugated cardboard. Montes, who passed away in 2013, was represented by prestigious galleries in New York, Seattle, and San Antonio and was featured in Raw Vision, the noted London-based magazine devoted to self-taught artists. Gallery owner Phyllis Kind once commented that Jessie was an outsider artist who “invented his own vocabulary of visual form.” The exhibit will feature landscapes, portraits, abstract designs and 3-D works. Opening Reception: Fri, July 15, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free).

July: Jim Bray: The Magnificent Diagonal, Spiva Center for the Arts Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Reception July 15, 5:30 – 7:30pm. Jim Bray is longtime friend of Spiva and Joplin. Recent paintings depict the “magnificent diagonals” of the Colorado mining sites he captures, including the falling timbers, the angles of the mountainous horizon line, and the textures and patterns of the landscape surfaces. Jim has established an international reputation with his works in painting and collage. Having traveled extensively, Jim has also taught and exhibited in Japan and Scandinavia, where he has developed a following based at the Mullsjo folkhogskola, or people’s college, in Mullsjo, Sweden. He has also taught workshops at the Folkuniversity in Jonkoping, Sweden. As a watercolor artist, Jim has signature status with the Kansas Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Oklahoma, and has won numerous first place and best of show awards in national competitions. His most recent best of show award was at the Spiva membership show in Joplin, Missouri. Jim’s graphic design work repeatedly won top honors at national CASE conferences throughout the United States. Also, during his career at Phillips University, his design group won several sweepstakes awards in national competitions. Currently retired, Jim was head of the art department at Missouri Southern State University for 10 years, and taught courses in watercolor, life drawing, painting and typography. He also taught Scandinavian Art History as part of the Summer in Sweden program, which he helped initiate in 1992. Jim Bray’s paintings and collages are currently shown in Joplin, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; and Galleri VeBoa in Mullsjo, Sweden. His work is included in many private collections in the United States, Scandinavia and Japan.

June – September: Joplin Regional Artist Coalition (JRAC) Group Show Steve Head, Cindy Head, Kristin Girard, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Artwork by JRAC Members Steve Head, Cindy Head, and Kristin Girard will be on display. JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of member’s artwork. This rotating exhibit is one example of many member opportunities to show their artwork multiple times throughout the year. For more information about JRAC or this show, email joplinrac@gmail.com.


CLASSES

Tuesdays: Line Dancing Class at Joplin Square Dance Center (204 S Joplin Ave). 10–10:30am: Ultra Beginner | 10:30–11:30am: High Beginner | 11:30am–12:30pm: High Beginner to Intermediate. Cost $5 per half-hour/$10 per hour. For more information call Tyra Farris (Instructor/Choreographer) at 785-640-0544. Pre-registration not required. These classes will run through September.


SUMMER ART CAMPS

Looking for a complete listing of summer art camps? There are so many, we made them a page of their own. Just click here!


RECURRING CLASSES

Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

Tuesdays | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

Wednesdays | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). $165 for the two-hour course.

Thursdays | 10am–1pm or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

Saturdays | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.

For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. 

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St)

Wednesdays | 2–6pm | Paint Class with Paula Giltner
Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you decide when to come in and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish more and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner specializes in realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call Paula at 417-291-1486.

Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)

Tuesday & Wednesdays | 11am–2pm and 6–9pm | Clay Classes
All classes include students with different levels of experience – no prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels! 4-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $120 Phoenix Members; $135 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.

Saturdays | 9:30am–Noon | Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey
Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups – however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix Members; $35 for Non-Members (plus clay and firing).

Painting with Pam Leisenring (1315 S Rangeline Rd)

Tuesdays| 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesdays | 4:30–7:30pm | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.

RSVPaint (420 S Main St)

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $60 for couples on date nights. $35 per person in advance, $40 at door. Family rates apply on Family Paint days.

Tuesdays: 7–9pm
Wednesdays: 7–9pm
Thursdays: 7–9pm
Fridays: 7–9pm – Date Nights
Saturdays: 1–3pm – Family Paint
Saturdays: 7–9pm


OPEN STUDIOS

Everyday | Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours, Phoenix Fired Art.
The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mon & Fri | All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio.
Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

Tue–Thu | 1–9pm | Walk-In Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).
Come paint anything you like! This time is not instructed, however on-site artists will help you set up, get started, and answer any questions you may have. Reservations not required, but appreciated, as they do allow private parties to reserve time slots throughout the day. Materials provided include: 16″x20″ canvas, paints, brushes, easels, and aprons. All ages welcome to attend. $25 per person, payable by cash or credit.

Wednesdays | 1–9pm | Wine-Down Wednesdays at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).

***This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.com/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Community Arts Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.