July 2019

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in July 2019? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout July. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Ed Carrington, as depicted in “Freedom Endeavor” by Steve Snyder – see “Exhibits” for more information.


PERFORMANCES:­

July 24–July 28: Joplin Little Theatre: Lost in Yonkers, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). A Comedy by Neil Simon, and considered one of his best. Jay Kurnitz, a 16-year old boy, is living with his grandmother and helping to raise his younger brother Arty. Although surrounded by extended family, they are a dysfunctional bunch, providing little support for the boys. Tickets: Adults $18, Seniors/Students $15, Children $8. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

July 27: Wilder’s 2019 Summer Concert Series / July (Ages 21+), 6:00–11:00pm at Wilder’s Event Center (1208 S Main St). The third installment of Wilder’s 2019 Summer Concert Series will feature soulful jazz and blues performers like The Bel Airs, Annie and the Fur Trappers, Brick Fields, and Justin Cauble. 21+ event. General Admission: $15. More information: Doug and Andrea Dicharry, goodappleentertainment@gmail.com.

July 28: One Man Bandstravaganza feat. Jaik Willis, Ben Miller, & Chucky Waggs, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Local artist Ben Miller returns with his fresh, new take on Coda’s Songwriters in the Round series. Miller will be joined by Jaik Willis and Chucky Waggs, and all three artists will exchange songs and share the inspiration behind their music. Willis, an impressive one-man band, has mastered the drums, guitar, bass, and harp, and can play several instruments while singing and beatboxing. Similarly, Waggs can play a combination of guitar, banjo, harmonica, and kazoo while drumming with his feet. There is a suggested donation of $20. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.


EVENTS:

July 1: Artist Talk with Benjamin Cirgin, 2:00–3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Listen to skilled artist Benjamin Cirgin discuss the sculptures featured in his exhibit, sample forms of compensation. Benjamin Cirgin is an Assistant Professor and Ceramics Area Head at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States including the Katherine C. Nash Gallery in Minneapolis Minnesota, the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona California, and the Minnesota Street Projects in San Francisco California. This exhibit, sample forms of compensation, melds several ongoing interpretations by Cirgin resulting in a series of object-based sculptures for this exhibition. Through abstraction and simplification, the works interpret how actual work completed by people, defines our social placement within historic and contemporary society. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

July 1: Opening Reception for sample forms of compensation, 3:00–4:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Admire the works featured in Benjamin Cirgin’s exhibit, sample forms of compensation. Benjamin Cirgin is an Assistant Professor and Ceramics Area Head at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States including the Katherine C. Nash Gallery in Minneapolis Minnesota, the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona California, and the Minnesota Street Projects in San Francisco California. This exhibit, sample forms of compensation, melds several ongoing interpretations by Cirgin resulting in a series of object-based sculptures for this exhibition. Through abstraction and simplification, the works interpret how actual work completed by people, defines our social placement within historic and contemporary society. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

July 2: Chat n Craft (Adults), 5:30–7:45pm 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

July 7: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

July 11: 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 and meets every second Thursday. Dues are $10 per calendar year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

July 11: Comedy Night and Artists’ Reception, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). Admire the craftsmanship and skill exhibited in Travis Pratt’s remarkable paintings, which will be displayed at Bookhouse beginning July 10. Then, at 8:30pm, enjoy a side-splitting comedy show MCed by Pratt and featuring Cameron Johnson, Tara Laughlin, Desiree Newton, and Zach Kahn. Admission: $8. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

July 13: Carver Day, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). “Carver Day” is George Washington Carver National Monument’s annual event celebrating the life of George Washington Carver and the establishment of the national monument in his honor. Enjoy live music from Clarence “King Clarentz” Brewer, Arlecia Elkamil, Sensational Wonders, InCourage, and local choirs. Listen to revered guest speakers, Dana Chandler and Lucy Phelps. Exhibitors, guided tours, educational programs, children’s activities, a Junior Ranger station, food, and a Carver impressionist will also be available. Free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

July 13: Game Night, 3:00–4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Come for a fun afternoon of all-ages board games! Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 14: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

July 16: Summer Book Club with MSSU’s Sigma Tau Delta, 6:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Read the novel that inspired the Hulu hit series The Handmaid’s Tale. Then join us at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company for a discussion of Margaret Atwood’s 1986 dystopian classic. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, Gates-A@mssu.edu.

July 18: 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! Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

July 18: Opening Reception for Freedom Endeavor, 5:30–8:30pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Celebrate the touching works featured in Steve Snyder’s Freedom Endeavor and honor the men and women featured in this exhibit. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 21: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

July 22: Book Signing: Edwin Hubble Story, 10:00–11:00am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Meet local history detectives and authors William and Doris Martin at a book signing for their book entitled “Dreams and Adventures: The Edwin Hubble Story.” Long before “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” in the small town of Marshfield, Missouri an eight-year-old boy named Edwin Hubble would receive his first telescope and an Alfred Fowler astronomy textbook for his birthday.  Edwin Hubble became one of the world’s most famous astronomers. Stop by and meet the authors of this never-before-told story of how one of the world’s most famous astronomers fell in love with astronomy and made it his life’s work. Free and open to the public. Registration and/or library card not necessary. Books will be available for sale at this event; cash only. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

July 25: Shoal Creek (Wildcat Glades), 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Join Shoal Creek Conservation Center to learn about some interesting animals native to Missouri! Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 27: Joplin Writers’ Guild: Writers Conference, 10:00am–3:20pm at VFW Post 534 (110 E Veterans Way). Enjoy three workshops/speakers, featuring talented writers like Dr. Joey Brown and Susan Keene. An open mic, author book tables, and refreshments will also be available. At the end of the day, find out who won the three short story contests. Admission: $20. Register at the door or by sending a check to Larry Wood at 2687 Annelise Lane, Joplin MO  64804. Registering in advance allows participants to request a book table on author’s row. More information: Summer Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

July 27: Ending Celebration with Tommy Terrific, 10:00am–Noon at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This 40-minute program will feature magic tricks representing the exploration of space, from celestial objects such as planets and stars to exploration equipment, such as rockets and the space shuttle. Throughout the show, kids will learn interesting facts about our universe and the history behind space exploration. Join before and after for Chick-fil-A ice cream, popcorn, games, and face painting from Cheeky Fun! (cheeky fun: 10:00–11:30am). Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 27: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10:00am at Beckett’s Cafe (705 Illinois Ave). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Coffee Hours offer JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic, or participate in a professional development workshop. JRAC Coffee Hours are held on the fourth Saturday of each month and you must be a JRAC Member to attend. Membership dues for JRAC are $35 annually. JRAC is a not-for-profit established to empower visual artists in the area by helping them network with other artists and the community-at-large. More information: Marta Churchwell, joplinrac@gmail.com.

July 28: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

July 30: Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview, 6:00–7:30pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room West (1901 E 20th St). Connect2Culture is excited to host the fourth annual Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview. This event gives arts and cultural organizations the chance to tell their story and share what they have planned for the year ahead (2019-2020). Each group will have up to two minutes to update the community on what their organization does and/or what they have planned for the coming year. The media, the Joplin art and cultural community, artists, arts advocates, and the community-at-large are invited and welcome to attend! This C2C Roundtable will educate the public about upcoming events and encourage collaboration between participating organizations, as well as inform the media about potential opportunities for an interesting story. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.625.6683.

June 4 – July 31: 2019 Summer Reading Art Challenge at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Push the boundaries of creativity and explore the visual arts by participating in this annual competition! Each year, participants are encouraged to create artwork based on Missouri’s state-wide theme for summer reading. This year’s theme is space. Submitted pieces will be displayed in an exhibit during August and September. Submissions are due by July 31, 2019. Participation is all-ages, open to the public, and a library card is not necessary. Entry forms and art boards are available for pick up at all public service desks. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.


EXHIBITS:

July 1 31: Freedom Endeavor by Steve Snyder at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St).  Freedom Endeavor recognizes the contributions of everyday citizens who have served in the US military. Through artistic photography, audio, and text media, Freedom Endeavor honors the people responsible for securing our freedoms and liberties. This exhibit features short interviews and photographs of veterans holding pictures of themselves during their time in the service. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 1 – 31: Paintings by Dustin Miller at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Neosho High School teacher and Crowder College professor, Dustin Miller, is well-versed in a variety of mediums, including paint. Experience his sensational pieces and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee! Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 1 – August 2: sample forms of compensation by Benjamin Cirgin at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Artist Talk: Monday, July 1, 2:00–3:00pm. Reception: Monday, July 1, 3:00–4:00pm. Benjamin Cirgin is an Assistant Professor and Ceramics Area Head at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States including the Katherine C. Nash Gallery in Minneapolis Minnesota, the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona California, and the Minnesota Street Projects in San Francisco California. This exhibit, sample forms of compensation, melds several ongoing interpretations by Cirgin resulting in a series of object-based sculptures for this exhibition. Through abstraction and simplification, the works interpret how actual work completed by people, defines our social placement within historic and contemporary society. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

June 19 – July 3: Quapaw Pottery by Betty Gaedtke at Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum (740 E Ave, Baxter Springs, KS). Visit the Museum during daily hours to admire Betty Gaedtke’s beautiful pottery, created in the traditional Quapaw style. Free and open to the public. More information: Mary Billington, heritagectr@embarqmail.com, 620.856.2385.

June 6 – August 31: Remembering D-Day: The 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion  at Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). The Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum is proud to exhibit “Remembering D-Day: The 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.” One of the most amazing events in history is the 1944 landing on the beaches of Normandy. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history against Hitler’s impregnable Atlantic Wall defenses. It seemed a long shot at best. Taking over a year of planning, coordinating 10,440 aircraft, 6,330 ships, 153,110 troops, and 14,000 vehicles, entailing joint timing by land, sea, and air forces, and requiring total secrecy, it seemed destined to fail. But the tides off the Normandy coast would be perfect in the first week of June. The wheels of the invasion were set in motion. The countdown to D-Day had begun. Now if only the weather holds… Admission to the museum for this exhibit is $3. More information: Christopher Wiseman, jmc-cwiseman@sbcglobal.net, 417.623.1180.

June 1 – July 31: Route 66 – Highway to the Stars (an Edwin Hubble exhibit) at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Local history enthusiasts William and Doris Martin present an educational exhibit exploring the aspirations of Edwin Hubble as well as other astronomers, astronauts, and observatories with connections to Route 66. On display in the Genealogy, Local History, and Post Reading Room wing. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

June 1 – July 27: Family Affair: A Multi-Generational Exhibit at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Spanning three generations, four members of the Perry family bring their own unique styles together to create a contemporary exhibit featuring a wide-range of mediums. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 1 – July 20: Darral Dishman: The Artist as Mentor at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Mentors often have a powerful effect on artists and the decisions they make regarding their personal styles. Former Missouri Southern State College professor, Darral Dishman, mentored numerous students during his career. The Artist as Mentor explores the significant impact Dishman had on his students through both his and his former students’ work and reflections. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.


CLASSES:

July 2: July Story Time Pottery, 10:00am–6:00pm at Firehouse Pottery Joplin (112 S Main St, Ste A). Read a fun story about life under the sea and then paint a “fishy dish” and add your own creative touch! Click here to sign up. All supplies provided. Open to all ages. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

July 2: Siblings Improv: Summer at Spiva, 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Ever wanted to give improv a try but didn’t want to commit to one of Siblings Improv’s 101 courses? This summer, you can drop into a weekly workshop session at Spiva. These no-pressure-loads-of-fun sessions are designed for improvisers with all types of experience. Free of charge, no reservations necessary. Just come and play. This group will meet every Tuesday night in June and July. Free and open to the public. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, or follow @SiblingsImprov.

July 6: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Open Studio (Ages 6+), 9:00am–Noon at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). Get creative and work on your own or learn how to create a specific project. One new skill or project per open studio time slot will be taught. The request for this class is leaf dishes. Scrap clay and tools provided; bring your own polymer clay if you want to create more than one project or a large project. Make a project request or relay the clay colors you want when registering. To register, call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Registration is complete when a reply is received. Cost: $25 per person, additional immediate family members are $12 for three hours. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

July 8: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Open Studio (Ages 16+), 6:00–9:00pm at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). Work individually or learn how to create a specific project, like leaf dishes, botanical beads, tiny vases, and more. One new skill or project per open studio time slot will be taught. The first person to register and request a skill or project will determine what is demonstrated. Scrap clay and tools provided; bring your own polymer clay if you want to create more than one project or a large project. Make a project request or relay the clay colors you want when registering. To register, call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Registration is complete when a reply is received. Cost: $25 per person for three hours. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

July 9: Siblings Improv: Summer at Spiva, 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Ever wanted to give improv a try but didn’t want to commit to one of Siblings Improv’s 101 courses? This summer, you can drop into a weekly workshop session at Spiva. These no-pressure-loads-of-fun sessions are designed for improvisers with all types of experience. Free of charge, no reservations necessary. Just come and play. This group will meet every Tuesday night in June and July. Free and open to the public. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, or follow @SiblingsImprov.

July 12: Batty for Bats, 7:00–8:30pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Come learn about a misunderstood creature of the night and Missouri’s only flying mammal –the bat! Learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why it’s important to keep them around. The program will be followed by a search for bats on the Walter Woods Conservation Area. Please bring insect repellant and binoculars, if desired. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. No registration required. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 13: River Fishing for Bass (Ages 11+), 9:00am–2:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Our local waterways are teeming with life, including a variety of bass. In this class, learn about fishing strategies, equipment, rules, where to fish, and how to catch different species of bass. Then, enjoy an afternoon using your newly acquired skills! Participants 16 years and older must have a valid fishing license. All equipment will be provided but you can bring your own. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click here to register. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 13: Bob Ross Paint-a-Long (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Relax and create happy little trees as you follow along with the permed painter, Bob Ross. Supplies and easels provided. Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 16: “Christmas in July” Vintage Painting Party (Ages 16+), 6:00–8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery Joplin (112 S Main St, Ste A). Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year – in July! Paint a nostalgic Christmas tree, light-up wreath, or cactus tree. Each tree or wreath comes with a plug-in light bulb kit, multi-colored lights, and a star. Additional lights or decorative snow glaze may be purchased for $5. Only one painter per tree. Space is limited and trees/wreaths must be ordered in advanced. Click here to sign up. Cost: 14” Tree $75, 10” Tree $55, Wreath $55, Cactus Tree $55. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

July 16: Siblings Improv: Summer at Spiva, 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Ever wanted to give improv a try but didn’t want to commit to one of Siblings Improv’s 101 courses? This summer, you can drop into a weekly workshop session at Spiva. These no-pressure-loads-of-fun sessions are designed for improvisers with all types of experience. Free of charge, no reservations necessary. Just come and play. This group will meet every Tuesday night in June and July. Free and open to the public. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, or follow @SiblingsImprov.

July 18: Little Acorns: Calling All Cicadas (Ages 3–6), 10:30–11:30am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). As synonymous with summer as swimming and fireflies, the loud, droning sounds of cicadas have returned to the Ozarks. Discover more about these curious insects! Free and open to the public. No registration required. Please, no organized groups. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 20: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Fun Polymer Clay Earrings (Ages 10+), 9:00–Noon at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). The perfect mother-daughter class! Learn how to create beautiful, lightweight earrings using polymer clay and mixed media. Then, show off your masterpieces by wearing them! Supplies and instruction provided. To register, call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Registration is complete when a reply is received. Cost: $25 per person, $12 for additional immediate family members. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

July 20: Raptors and Falconry, 1:00–2:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Falconry is an ancient hunting sport that uses trained birds of prey to hunt wild game. Falconry was introduced to the United States in 1622 by England, and though it has evolved over the years, one thing remains the same: the bond between the falconer and their bird. Join Meagan Duffee-Yates, Master falconer, as she discusses the rich history of falconry. Discover what makes birds of prey such fascinating animals and see live birds of prey. She’ll discuss the steps involved in becoming a falconer and the importance of raptor conservation. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click here to register. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 20: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Capturing the human physique on paper can be challenging. But, with the help of a professional model and instructor Sandra Conrad, you can take your drawing skills to the next level. Cost: $20. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 21: Summer Mushrooms (Ages 10+), 1:30–4:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). The outdoors offers a wide variety of tasty food sources, including mushrooms. Join Dan Liles, President of the Southwest Chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society, and learn about the different varieties of mushrooms that appear during the summertime. Then, put your skills to the test by searching for chanterelles and chicken of the woods. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click here to register. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 22: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Stylish Polymer Clay Earrings (Ages 16+), 6:00–9:00pm at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). Add to your wardrobe and create unique polymer earrings! Choose the style and color, then create wearable masterpieces with polymer clay and mixed media. Supplies and instruction provided. To register, call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Registration is complete when a reply is received. Cost: $25 per person. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

July 23: Siblings Improv: Summer at Spiva, 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Ever wanted to give improv a try but didn’t want to commit to one of Siblings Improv’s 101 courses? This summer, you can drop into a weekly workshop session at Spiva. These no-pressure-loads-of-fun sessions are designed for improvisers with all types of experience. Free of charge, no reservations necessary. Just come and play. This group will meet every Tuesday night in June and July. Free and open to the public. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, or follow @SiblingsImprov.

July 25: Nocturnal Animals at the Joplin Public Library, 2:00–2:45pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Discover more about animals who prefer to stay up all night and how they can survive in darkness! Free and open to the public. No registration required. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 25: Vino and Van Gogh, 6:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your very own version of an impressionist painting. No experience is necessary. Choose to paint: Monet’s Red Boats at Argenteuil, Matisse’s Yellow Odalisque, or Van Gogh’s Vase with Gladioli and Asters. All materials are furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost: $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

July 27: The Art of Charcoal with Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Charcoal is a fascinating medium that, when mastered, can be used to create striking pieces. Discover charcoal techniques that can help transform this messy medium into a refined, artistic tool. Cost: $20. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 27: Painting Class (Ages 8+), 11:00am–1:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Looking to unleash your inner artist? Come paint all the things you love! Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece featuring Monet’s Red Boats at Argenteuil, Matisse’s Yellow Odalisque, or Van Gogh’s Vase with Gladioli and Asters. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Cost: $30 (all materials included). More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

July 27: Resin Jewelry with Jade Henning (Ages 12+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Make stunning, statement-piece jewelry and learn the basics of resin pouring. Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 30: “Christmas in July” Vintage Painting Party (Ages 16+), 6:00–8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery Joplin (112 S Main St, Ste A). Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year – in July! Paint a nostalgic Christmas tree, light-up wreath, or cactus tree. Each tree or wreath comes with a plug-in light bulb kit, multi-colored lights, and a star. Additional lights or decorative snow glaze may be purchased for $5. Only one painter per tree. Space is limited and trees/wreaths must be ordered in advanced. Sign up now at https://placefull.com/vintage-christmas-tree-painting-party-96. Cost: 14” Tree $75, 10” Tree $55, Wreath $55, Cactus Tree $55. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

July 30: Siblings Improv: Summer at Spiva, 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Ever wanted to give improv a try but didn’t want to commit to one of Siblings Improv’s 101 courses? This summer, you can drop into a weekly workshop session at Spiva. These no-pressure-loads-of-fun sessions are designed for improvisers with all types of experience. Free of charge, no reservations necessary. Just come and play. This group will meet every Tuesday night in June and July. Free and open to the public. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, or follow @SiblingsImprov.

July 30 & 31: Teacher Professional Development Opportunity: Teaching the Reconstruction Era, 8:30am–3:30pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit specializing in educational and professional development, and learn about the Reconstruction Era. How did Americans heal their nation after the dividing aftermath of the Civil War? How did this tumultuous time affect our area and the life of George Washington Carver? Discover these answers and, upon completion of the workshop, be accepted into Facing History’s educator network. This will provide teachers access to books and DVDs through their online lending library. Teachers need to attend both days. Registration is required. To register, visit www.facinghistory.org/calendar/w2020mo1-reconstruction-era-and-fragility-democracy. Free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

July 31: Little Acorns: Slithery Snakes (Ages 3–6), 10:30–11:30am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Slither in to find out more about this fascinating reptile, see some snakes up close, and make a snake craft to take home. Free and open to the public. No registration required. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.


SUMMER CAMPS:

Our full list of arts/cultural summer camps can be found here!


RECURRING CLASSES:

Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd): 

Tuesdays: 9:00am–Noon
Wednesdays: 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 experience 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. More information: Pam Leisenring, 417.781.3839. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class. 


Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St):

Tuesdays: Movers & Shakers, 9:30am, 10:45am, & 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Wow! Wiggling, giggling, singing, shaking, it all happens on   Tuesdays! This 40-minute play- and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy development through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: Birth to 2 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Last Tuesday of the Month: Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00–4:45pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Ready for some furry fun? This program for independent readers allows children in K-5th grade to practice their skills by reading to certified Therapy Dogs. The library supplies the books and the dogs, and the children become storytellers. Registration takes place the day of the event at the Children’s Desk. This program is suggested for independent readers who are in K-5th grades. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Tales for 2s & 3s, 9:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Silliness is our specialty! The library staff use this 30-minute story time to share our favorite short stories, simple songs, and rhymes. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 3 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Fun for 4s & 5s, 11:00am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Fun is our favorite game! During this 30-minute story time library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop early literacy skills are offered and family participation is encouraged. At-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 4 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Family Stories, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). It’s all about family in this 30-minute story time. Library staff read stories, sing songs, share jokes and rhymes, use finger plays, felt boards, and puppets, and offer hands-on activities to help develop early literacy skills. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

First & Third Sundays: Children’s Maker Cart (Grades 1–5), 2:00–3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This program for children in 1st through 5th grades uses recycled materials to explore STEAM concepts. This program is offered on first and third Sundays from 2:00–3:00pm in the Children’s Department. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.


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

Wednesdays: 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. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30am 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. More information: Sandy Robinson, 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. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835.


RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):  

Thursdays & Fridays: 7:00–9:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am–Noon | 1:00–3:00pm | 7:00–9:00pm
Sundays: 2:00–4:00pm

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! 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. Cost: $38–$78. Click here to see class offerings. More information: infojop@rsvpaint.com.


Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

Fridays: 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. More information: 417.553.0671. 

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (Ages 18+), until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies! Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. More information: 417.553.0671.


OPEN STUDIOS & CLUBS:

First Monday of the Month: 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. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Mondays & Fridays: 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 and appointment. 

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 4:00pm–7:30pm on Tuesday and 9:30am–2:30pm on Saturday at the 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 maker space. 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 parents or legal guardian to use the maker space during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953 x1041.

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Open Studio, 5:00–9:00pm at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). RSVPaint Joplin is combining the best of both worlds with their Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$58. More information: infojop@rsvpaint.com.

Second Sunday of the Month: LEGO 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. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.


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