What’s coming up in July 2018? 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…
July 1: Brewer & Shipley House Concert, 5:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. Known for their intricate guitar work, vocal harmonies, and socially conscious lyrics which reflect the concerns of their generation, Brewer & Shipley are reuniting for just a handful of shows this summer. They visit the Coda in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. Folk rock legends, their greatest commercial success was the song “One Toke Over the Line” from their 1970 album Tarkio. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.
July 8: KALO House Concert, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. Add a sultry female voice on the White Stripes or Black Keys with a dash of Elvis and Johnny Cash. It’s music to sink your teeth into with just a tinge of blues and roots to make it familiar and you’ve never seen a girl play guitar like this. In 2009, Israeli singer/songwriter/guitarist Bat-Or Kalo left Israel to soak herself in the sounds of U.S. music. Her creative and musical Israeli family includes a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, famous musicians, and war veterans. Sexy guitar. Infectious rhythms. Smoky vocals. KALO is pure, heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll with just a tease of blues and roots. Everything about KALO is unexpected — and that’s exactly why they’re quickly catching the eyes and ears of music lovers and industry professionals alike. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to email@example.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.
July 17: Four State Saxophone Quartet, 4:30pm at Webb City Farmers Market (Just east of 555 S Main St, Webb City, MO). The Four State Saxophone Quartet features local professional educators and performers collaborating together to promote the diverse musical works of the saxophone. Performances range from modern compositions, standard repertoire for saxophone ensembles, jazz arrangements and transcriptions. This performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.483.8139.
July 25 – 29: Joplin Little Theatre presents Children’s Summer Show, 7:00pm (2:30pm Saturday & Sunday) at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). This old-fashioned melodrama, directed by Gary Roney, features actors ages 18 and under. This exaggerated play will be great fun for both actors and audience members. All are encouraged to “boo” and “hiss” at the villain. The Vaudeville Variety Show, directed by Tegan Whited, will feature acts of all kinds – jugglers, magicians, dancers, acrobats, etc. Tickets are $10 Adult, $5 Children 12 and under. This show is a fundraiser for Joplin Little Theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 417.623.3638 or visit joplinlittletheatre.org.
July 26 – August 5: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents The Count of Monte Cristo, 7:00pm (2:30pm on Sundays) at Stained Glass Theater Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). On the very day of his wedding to the beautiful Mercedes, young Edmund Dantes is framed by three men, arrested and thrown into the notorious prison Chateau d’If. Befriended by a fellow prisoner, he plots a daring escape, unearths a secret fortune and returns to Marseilles and Paris disguised as the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, determined to seek vengeance on the men who framed him. Tickets are available at the door, which opens 45 minutes prior to show times. $10 adults; $5 children. A handicap ramp is accessible at the rear of the building. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 1, 15 & 22: Maker’s Cart Sundays!, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Sundays this Summer, children 5th grade and younger are invited to the Rosemary Titus Reynolds Children’s Library in Joplin Public Library to create. New items, both high and low tech, are added each week. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
July 3: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). 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! For more information, visit chatncraft.wordpress.com.
July 5: 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 5: Opening Reception, 5:30pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Urban Art presents Safari – the paintings of life experiences by artist Tom Madearis. This talented artist has always dreamed of a solo show in the United States and Urban Art Gallery is making it a reality. Madearis began painting with luscious oil paintings from a very young age and in his youth he was offered the opportunity to show his work in Mexico.
July 5: Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Are you and your friends looking for something new and fun to do during Downtown Joplin’s First Thursday? Look no further. Come to Spiva for a four-round, team-based arts and culture trivia night. $5 per person with a limit of one to eight people per team. The more teammates you have, the higher your chances of winning! There will be three teams to a round and the team to win each round will win 75% of the entry fees. The remainder will go into raising money for Spiva’s Annual Fund Drive. Each round lasts 30 minutes, so come in, have a beer, grab a snack, and put on those thinking caps. All participants must be 21 or older. Sponsored by Missouri Eagle LLC. For more information, call 417.623.0183.
July 6: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at 420 S Main St. This month’s WineShare will be hosted by One Joplin and NGC,LLC. WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email email@example.com.
July 7 & 8: Encouraging The Next Generation, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO). George Washington Carver was a teacher, friend, and mentor to many young men who faithfully carried on his work. Visitors will learn of the treasured relationships Carver had with these young men, often referred to as “Carver’s boys.” For more information call, 417.325.4151.
July 12: An Introduction to the King of Instruments, 6:30–7:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Meet the monarch of the musical family: the pipe organ. With over 1,000 years of development and change, the “king of all instruments” has an exciting story. Using pipes as small as pencils and as large as tree trunks up to 32″ long, the musical range and dynamics of the pipe organ exceeds all other musical instruments. Learn a history that begins in the Roman circus, English cathedrals, American movie palaces, and the church around the corner. This is an all-ages, family friendly program. FREE and open to the public. No registration necessary. Brought to you by Joplin Area Organist’s Association, Joplin Public Library, and Post Art Library.
July 12: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). 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. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. For more information, search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.
July 13: 2018 Movie in the Park presents “The Little Mermaid”, 8:30pm at Schifferdecker Family Aquatic Center (400 S Schifferdecker Ave). Bring your family, a date, a group of friends, or even fly solo as you enjoy a movie under the stars! Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Concessions will be available for purchase on-site. All movies start at dusk, unless otherwise noted. Brought to you by Joplin Parks and Recreation. For more information, call 417.625.4750.
July 14: 75th Carver Day Celebration, 10:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join in for a special day celebrating 75 years of George Washington Carver National Monument! This event features programs interpreting the life and legacy of George Washington Carver. Guest speakers, musical groups, a Junior Ranger station, and exhibitors are also included. The event is free of charge. For more information, call 417.325.4151.
July 14: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring book or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring pages and markers, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the Gift Shop! Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
July 18: World Listening Day, 11:30am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Sounds and soundscapes are all around us, and just like landscapes, they are special and unique. Join us for a hike and we connect and try to understand, appreciate, and experience the natural world. For more information, call 417.325.4151.
July 19: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street 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!
July 21 & 28: Summer Junior Rangers, 10:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). This annual event series gives children a “behind the scenes” look at what it’s like being a park ranger and a unique opportunity to learn more about George Washington Carver and the NPS through a variety of hands-on and small group activities. For more information, call 417.325.4151.
July 22: African American Trailblazers, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Who successfully created the first light bulb filament? Ragtime music? The world’s first blood bank? Join us for this discussion exploring some of the many contributions and accomplishments of African Americans. For more information, call 417.325.4151.
July 28: Murder in Murphysburg: A Joplin History Murder Mystery, 6:00pm at Scottish Rite Cathedral (505 S Byers Ave). The scene is set in the spring of 1872 in the Wild West boomtown that has sprung up around the mining operations along Joplin creek. Help celebrate the founding of the new town Union City in Southwest Missouri. Joplin camp and Murphysburg have set aside their differences and combined their forces for the good of the people. Activities include appetizers, cash bar, photo booth, blackjack tournament, dinner, dessert, dancing, party games, and of course a murder! Dinner will include Golden Fried Chicken with Old-time Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, and a roll. Semi-formal, formal, western or appropriate character costumes are required for entry. Tickets for this unique event are $50 per person. Seating is limited so make sure to get your tickets early at masksandmurder.com. For more information, call 417.483.3116.
July 29: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture. For more information, call 417.325.4151.
July 31: C2C Arts Roundtable: Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview is your chance to get the scoop on what the Joplin Arts & Cultural Community will be offering in the upcoming 2018-2019 year. Each arts/cultural organization/business will have a certain amount of time to update the community on what they have planned for the upcoming 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 email to firstname.lastname@example.org or 417.625.6683.
June 1 – July 31: Summer Reading Art Challenge Kick-Off, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Joplin Public Library and Post Art Library invite you to celebrate this year’s Summer Reading program by picking up an art board for an all-ages Summer Reading Art Challenge! Starting Friday, June 1, 2018, participants may pick up an entry form and an 11×17 inch art board from any public service desk inside the Library. NOTE: art boards may be picked up as late as July 30, 2018, so long as artwork is returned by the deadline July 31. On the art board, create a piece of art inspired by music. Artwork must be created on the art board provided by the Library. All forms, mediums, mixed-media, etc. accepted, though artwork may not exceed the size of the art board provided by the library. When set on the art board, 3D artwork must not hang over any edge, but may be as tall as desired. Artwork will be exhibited in the Library from August 2–September 28, 2018. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category (Adult, Teen, and Kids). A reception will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2018, to honor all participants. Bring your family and friends to this free public event. Library Card is not needed to participate. For more information, contact Jill at 417.623.7953 x1041 or email@example.com.
Saturday: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Summer produce is starting to come in! The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. For information on being a vendor, check out joplinempiremarket.com
Wednesday–Sunday: Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). Bookhouse Cinema is an independent micro theater and pub in the East Town neighborhood. They show a variety of independent, classic, and foreign films while offering a great pub environment. For showings and times, click here. For more information, call 417.825.5161.
July 1 – 31: Safari by Tom Madearis, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Urban Art presents Safari – the paintings of life experiences by artist Tom Madearis. This talented artist has always dreamed of a solo show in the United States and Urban Art Gallery is making it a reality. Madearis began painting with luscious oil paintings from a very young age and in his youth he was offered the opportunity to show his work in Mexico.
July 1 – 31: M.A.D. – Mutually Assured Destruction by Max Heckman, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). M.A.D. will consist of black and white photography with the theme of “fearing the ending.”
July 3 – July 28: Water Works by Don and Ruth Snider, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Dynamic Duo Ruth and Don Snider will present a collection of their watercolor paintings depicting architecture and nature, inspired by their European travels.
June 4 – July 20: Kloes by Tarrah Krajnak, Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Tarrah Krajnak was born in Lima, Peru in 1979. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at the SUR Biennial in Los Angeles, PGH Photo Fair, Filter Photo Festival, Art London, Art Basel Miami, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Center for Photography Woodstock, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center, San Francisco Camerawork, Columbus Museum of Art, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books. Her work has appeared in both print and online magazines including the LA Review of Books, Nueva Luz, and Camerawork. She was recently awarded the Texas Photographic Society’s First National Photography Award in 2017 and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Fotofest Houston in Spring 2018. Kloes is a series of photographs taken by artist in 2017, “A week after Trump’s election I found myself in a century old abandoned garment factory in Lansford, Pennsylvania. There I was beneath a pile of 25-year-old tax returns, sewing manuals and pigeon shit in my brand new ‘Kiddie Kloes’ sometime around 1985. This plastic drugstore photograph now teetered on the edge of my grandfather’s desk as if performing a thirty year old balancing act. I am not immune to the simultaneous pleasure and horror of ruins. I only had a couple hours to shoot this decrepit old building, entombment of an American industrial past, my grandfather’s and 107 years of forgotten garment workers. The futility of the photographic overwhelmed me: these same abject structures that the Bechers were so good at de-sentimentalizing through precise formal language I could not. I pressed my shutter in desperation, but whatever I wanted from this place was already gone.”
June 30 – August 4: Art and the Animal, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). “The Society of Animal Artists” is an organization of artists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America who produce the best animal art in the world. Spiva will exhibit a selection of works from the society’s Annual Exhibition that premiered at Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, New York City, as part of the society’s 57th anniversary. Following the premiere of the Annual Exhibition in New York, a selection of 45 flatworks and 15 sculptures from the exhibit is traveling to prestigious venues that include National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dubuque, Iowa; the Brookgreen Gardens Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ariz.; and Spiva. “Art and the Animal” refers to both the SAA Annual Exhibition and the Traveling Exhibition and Tour that was generated from it. It is a juried competition open only to members of SAA. Founded in 1960, the mission of the society is to promote excellence in the portrayal of animals, domestic and/or wild, in art.
June 30 – August 4: Charlotte Street Foundation, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Charlotte Street’s Curatorial Residency Program launched in 2012 with the mission to engage outstanding, emerging curators from around the country with the Kansas City region and its artists. This exhibit pushes Spiva’s traditional regional boundary and features three current resident artists of CSF: Ruben Castillo, Glyneisha Johnson, and Rebekah Pech Moguel. Spiva hopes our own local artists will learn about and be inspired by the possibilities of an artist residency, with Charlotte Street Foundation or elsewhere. Glyneisha Johnson is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute’s Painting Department. She has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions in Kansas City, including Undergrads Underground at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. Through collage, painting, and drawing, Glyneisha Johnson’s work echoes nodes of black culture and her experience of being raised in the South. The work also acknowledges the importance of Black domestic spaces within a society that often overlooks these spaces and the people who inhabit them. She uses the language of collage as a metaphor to describe the dislocated, collaged nature of Black history due to colonialism. Ruben Bryan Castillo is a visual artist born in Dallas, TX and currently lives and works in Kansas City, MO. He received his B.F.A. in Printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 and his M.F.A. in Visual Art from the University of Kansas in 2017. His work addresses themes of intimacy, queerness, place, and the body through autobiographical narratives using drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and video. Rebeka Peck Moguel is a Kansas City based visual artist. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. in Photography and Art History in 2017. Her work bases itself on a photographic practice but uses different mediums to create a multi-dimensional experience. Her work deals with culture identity and is specific to her experience growing up in a Mexican household in Midwest America. Through her work, she invokes the spaces of culture that we all have a close familiarity to.
April 23 – July 13: Brazed and Welded Sculptures by Jim Jackson, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). “Brazed and Welded Sculptures,” a show comprised of welded abstractions by local artist JimJackson, is on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside JoplinPublic Library. After retiring from spending 40 years as a professor, Jackson decided to revisit his youthful experiences by creating brazed and welded sculptures. Through his sculptures, he liberates communication with words and embraces visual expression. Brazed and Welded Sculptures is sponsored by Praxair of Joplin, Missouri. The artist’s reception is sponsored in part by Cottage Small Coffee Roasters of Carthage, Missouri. This is a Post Art Library exhibit.
Businesses or restaurants supporting local artists on their walls:
- Infuxn: Black and White Photography by Ashley Eriksen
- Club 609: The Road Less Traveled Paintings by Paula Giltner
July 2: Chess Club, 5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Monthly Children’s Department program for chess players of all experience levels. No registration required. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
July 3: July Storytime Pottery, 10:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Suite A). Join Firehouse Pottery for one of the three July Story Time Pottery sessions, fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. The class will read a great story and paint an awesome fish dish! Firehouse Pottery does ask that adults stay with the kids while class is in session. For more information, call 417.553.0671 or visit firehousepotteryjoplin.com. Cost: $10.
July 3: July Storytime Pottery, 6:00pm at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Suite A). Join Firehouse Pottery for one of the three July Story Time Pottery sessions, fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. The class will read a great story and paint an awesome fish dish! Firehouse Pottery does ask that adults stay with the kids while class is in session. For more information, call 417.553.0671 or visit firehousepotteryjoplin.com. Cost: $10.
July 7, 14, 28: Vet Art Classes – Clay Series, 2:00–4:00pm at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). This three-part clay workshop will span three dates. Join Spiva at Crackpot Pottery to immerse yourself in the steps involved in making pots, bowls, or cups. Workshop 1 will involve throwing pieces on the wheel. Workshop 2 will focus on trimming pieces. Workshop 3 will be glazing and discussion of the firing process. Free to all veterans. Veterans only. Must commit to all three workshops. Limit is 10 people per class. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
July 7: July Storytime Pottery, 10:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Suite A). Join Firehouse Pottery for one of the three July Story Time Pottery sessions, fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. The class will read a great story and paint an awesome fish dish! Firehouse Pottery does ask that adults stay with the kids while class is in session. For more information, call 417.553.0671 or visit firehousepotteryjoplin.com. Cost: $10.
July 8: Construction Club, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Children can build with Legos, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks, and more. Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
July 10: Dance Party with Chelsey Davenport (Grades K-5), 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Zumba instructor Chelsey Davenport will lead a party filled with singing, dancing and games. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
July 11: Preschool Nature Connections: What Lives in the Water? (Ages 3-6), 1:00pm at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). Armed with buckets and dip nets, Wildcat Glades Friends Group will head down to the water to explore life within our creeks! All programs will be held at the Creek Pavilion along Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park, not at the Center. Participants should bring a blanket or towel to sit on and reusable water bottles. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes are limited to the first 15 students.
July 14: Yoga in Nature for Kids! (Ages 2+), 9:30am at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). Led by a registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing, and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. All programs will be held at the Creek Pavilion along Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park, not at the Center. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email email@example.com. Classes are limited to the first 15 students.
July 14: Preschool Nature Connections: What Lives in the Water? (Ages 3-6), 10:00am at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). Armed with buckets and dip nets, Wildcat Glades Friends Group will head down to the water to explore life within our creeks! All programs will be held at the Creek Pavilion along Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park, not at the Center. Participants should bring a blanket or towel to sit on and reusable water bottles. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes are limited to the first 15 students.
July 14: Atrium – JOMO Jazz, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). JOMO Jazz will play live music while kids and adults learn about the various instruments found in a jazz band. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
July 14: Wizards & Wine (Ages 21+), 5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join Spiva for a magical evening just for muggles! Create a one-of-a-kind wand, while enjoying a glass of Hogsmeade’s finest wine. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $35.
July 17: Dino O’Dell, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Entertainer and author Dino O’Dell will play music and spin some stories inside the community room. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
July 17, 24 & 31: Uke Can Play! – FULL (Ages 18+), 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library Director, Jill Sullivan, will lead a series of ukulele workshops at Joplin Public Library. Attendees will learn ukulele basics, such as the types of ukuleles, the parts of the instrument, how to tune a ukulele, basic chords and strumming patterns, and a few songs. Ukuleles are provided for the duration of the 3-week class. Registration is necessary space is limited. Call 417.623.7953 x1023 to register. Participants are encouraged to attend all three workshops in this session for a chance to win a ukulele. Library card not needed.
July 21: Charcoal Drawings (Age 15+), 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Learn about value, form, highlights, and more with Sandra Conrad as she teaches the basics of this stunning art form. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $15.
July 24: MO Department of Conservation – Kevin Badgley, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Kevin Badgley, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, will introduce several of his animal friends who make their homes inside rocks. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
July 28: Mad Science – Libraries Rock the World (Ages 2-10), 10:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Learn how librarians can “rock the world” when the Mad Sounds Band teaches children the science behind summer sound. Stay after the show for food, face painting by Cheeky Fun. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd):
Tuesdays from 9:00am–Noon & Wednesdays from 4:30–7:30pm: Painting with Pam Leisenring at Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd). 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. These are ongoing classes 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.
Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St):
Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches 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. The fee is $20 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486.
First Wednesday of the Month: Experimental Art Workshop, 11:00am at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Local Color artists will be leading an experimental painting class using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided by the instructor. Let Local Color help you discover your inner artist or perhaps help you build upon your current skills. Class size is limited to six, so students must register prior to each Wednesday session. For more information, call 417.553.0835.
Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835 to register.
RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):
Weekly: 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. Prices vary depending on class.
Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St):
Thursdays, March 1–November 16: Memories in the Making, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. There is no charge for the class, and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Sponsored by St. Avips. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):
Friday’s: Date Night, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? Firehouse Pottery-Joplin has something just for you! Friday nights are date night 2 for 1 studio fees until 8:00pm for all couples. For more information call 417.553.0671.
Tuesday’s: Ladies’ Night Out, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies! (18 and up) Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. For more information call, 417.553.0671.
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St):
Fridays: Summer Movie Break, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Escape from that summer heat and enjoy a movie and popcorn. A different movie will be shown each week. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
Tuesdays: Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This program encourages independent readers in K-5 grades to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. For independent readers, grades K-5. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). 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 $125 each. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class. Drop in any other time with an appointment.
Saturdays & Tuesdays: Makerspace Open Studio, (9:30am–2:30pm Saturday and 4:00pm – 7:30pm Tuesday) at Joplin Public Library Makerspace (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Joplin Makers have partnered for Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio events. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve, basis. You do not need a library card to use the makerspace. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian to use the makerspace during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. For information, call 417.623.7952, ext. 1041.
Wednesday | Wine’d Down Open Studio, (4:00–9:00pm) at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in and you can paint with the help of their talented artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).
View our list of summer arts camps and classes here: http://connect2culture.org/summer-art-camps-and-classes-2018/
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