July 2021

Posted on Jun 28, 2021 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in July 2021? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Connect2Culture Presents: JOMO Jammin’ In July, Saturdays, July 10–31 at Mercy Park


PERFORMANCES:

July 8: Live Music with Cookie Tongue & Larkin Grimm, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Cookie Tongue returns to Joplin on tour with Larkin Grimm as they make their way across the United States from New York. Catch their “freaky, folky” music on the outdoor stage at Bookhouse Cinema! All ages welcome. Tickets: $10. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

July 10: Connect2Culture Presents: JOMO Jammin’ In July feat. Lem Sheppard and Jomo Jazz (Blues, Folk, Jazz), 7:00–9:00pm at Mercy Park (28th St and S Picher Ave). JOMO Jammin’ In July is a new, free series that celebrates the return of live performances as well as local talent. Held at Joplin’s Mercy Park, the series will feature eight locally based musical groups over four consecutive Saturday evenings. July 10th’s featured artists include Lem Sheppard and Jomo Jazz. This is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event. Reservations appreciated; visit bit.ly/c2c-jomo-jammin and complete the form to reserve your free spot and help C2C plan accordingly. Free and open to the public. All in attendance are asked to be mindful of current CDC guidance regarding COVID-19. All who have not yet been vaccinated or who otherwise desire are welcome to wear masks. Social distancing between parties is strongly encouraged. More information: Emily Frankoski, info@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

July 11: First Sunday Singing Presents, 5:00pm at Forest Park Baptist Church (725 S Highview Ave). Join host Mike Greenstreet for a free performance featuring talented musicians like Mike McAdoo, Mary Lou Turner, and more! Free and open to the public. More information: Mike Greenstreet, mlgsr@att.net, 417.529.3655.

July 11: Rachel Ammons & Rob Ingram House Concert (Ages 10+), 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24 St). Equally adept on violin, slide guitar, cello, and a multitude of other instruments, Rachel Ammons toured the world for many years as a starring member of both the Ben Miller Band and Tyrannosaurus Chicken. The 2020 release of her debut album, No Woman Band, marked the long-anticipated launch of her successful solo career. Now, you can see this powerhouse artist in the intimate setting of The Coda Concert House! Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested donation of $15. 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 in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

July 15: Dream Theatre Co. Presents: Aaarg! Real Pirates, 5:30–8:30pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). All ashore who’s coming ashore, mateys! Part structure, part improv, this family-friendly show is a fun, casual way to become acquainted with Dream Theatre Co. Drop by anytime during Third Thursday! Costumes encouraged. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

July 17: Connect2Culture Presents: JOMO Jammin’ In July feat. Fox Royale and Me Like Bees (Indie Rock), 7:00–9:00pm at Mercy Park (28th St and S Picher Ave). JOMO Jammin’ In July is a new, free series that celebrates the return of live performances as well as local talent. Held at Joplin’s Mercy Park, the series will feature eight locally based musical groups over four consecutive Saturday evenings. July 17th’s featured artists include Fox Royale and Me Like Bees. This is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event. Reservations appreciated; visit bit.ly/c2c-jomo-jammin and complete the form to reserve your free spot and help C2C plan accordingly. Free and open to the public. All in attendance are asked to be mindful of current CDC guidance regarding COVID-19. All who have not yet been vaccinated or who otherwise desire are welcome to wear masks. Social distancing between parties is strongly encouraged. More information: Emily Frankoski, info@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

July 17: Concerts in the Park feat. Sober As A Judge, 7:00pm at Central Park (714 S Garrison Ave). Carthage Council on the Arts is proud to present Concerts in the Park! This series of concerts features locally based talent, all in the heart of Carthage. On Saturday, July 17, see Sober As A Judge, a seven-piece band that specializes in classic rock, blues, and R&B. Grab your lawn chair and head to Carthage’s Central Park to hear them perform all your favorite songs from the 60s and 70s! This is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event. Free and open to the public. More information: Wendi Douglas, carthagecouncilonthearts@gmail.com, 417.529.7742.

July 24: Connect2Culture Presents: JOMO Jammin’ In July feat. The Community Choir and Mike Greenstreet Band (Gospel, Soul, Classic Country), 7:00–9:00pm at Mercy Park (28th St and S Picher Ave). JOMO Jammin’ In July is a new, free series that celebrates the return of live performances as well as local talent. Held at Joplin’s Mercy Park, the series will feature eight locally based musical groups over four consecutive Saturday evenings. July 24th’s featured artists include The Community Choir and Mike Greenstreet Band. This is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event. Reservations appreciated; visit bit.ly/c2c-jomo-jammin and complete the form to reserve your free spot and help C2C plan accordingly. Free and open to the public. All in attendance are asked to be mindful of current CDC guidance regarding COVID-19. All who have not yet been vaccinated or who otherwise desire are welcome to wear masks. Social distancing between parties is strongly encouraged. More information: Emily Frankoski, info@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

July 25: MSSU Choral Society Summer Concert, 3:00pm at First Community Church (2007 E 15th St). Celebrate summertime through song! The MSSU Choral Society, conducted by Melissa Belk, is an area-wide, mixed choir that offers fellowship and fun for those who are passionate about singing. The choir has not held a concert since the pandemic and is excited to perform a variety of patriotic music, including Our America, Homeward Bound, America the Beautiful, and One Song! Free and open to the public. More information: Wally Bloss, WBloss@gmail.com, 417.208.9654.

July 31: Connect2Culture Presents: JOMO Jammin’ In July feat. ROUTE 3 and Borderline Blueglass (Bluegrass), 7:00–9:00pm at Mercy Park (28th St and S Picher Ave). JOMO Jammin’ In July is a new, free series that celebrates the return of live performances as well as local talent. Held at Joplin’s Mercy Park, the series will feature eight locally based musical groups over four consecutive Saturday evenings. July 31st’s featured artists include ROUTE 3 and Borderline Bluegrass. This is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event. Reservations appreciated; visit bit.ly/c2c-jomo-jammin and complete the form to reserve your free spot and help C2C plan accordingly. Free and open to the public. All in attendance are asked to be mindful of current CDC guidance regarding COVID-19. All who have not yet been vaccinated or who otherwise desire are welcome to wear masks. Social distancing between parties is strongly encouraged. More information: Emily Frankoski, info@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

July 31: The Quebe Sisters House Concert (Ages 10+), 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24 St). With more than 15 years of touring, The Quebe Sisters have delivered their authentic triple-fiddle and three-part harmony sound to concert halls and festivals across North America and Europe. The band’s stripped-down acoustic instrumentation breathes new life into seasoned sounds once found in Texas dance halls and honky-tonks. Their unique blend of old sounds with new emotions and their aspirations to take their western swing music back to its roots make The Quebe Sisters a must-see band! Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested donation of $25. 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 in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.


EVENTS:

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). 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 one of Joplin’s favorite gathering spots. Curbside ordering is available and orders may be placed from Tuesdays at 8:00pm until Thursdays at 8:00pm online at http://localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Curbside pickup hours are 10:30am–12:30pm on Saturdays. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

June 1–July 24: Summer Reading Program at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Joplin Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is back! The Summer Reading Program encourages kids and teens to participate in age-appropriate reading challenges and offers incentives for completing challenges, virtual events, take-home kits, and more. To top it all off, kids and teens under the age of 18 who live outside of Joplin city limits qualify for a free, temporary library card during June and July! Registration required for reading challenges and some events; additional details are available at joplinpubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-program. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

June 1–July 31: Summer Reading Art Challenge 2021 at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Push the boundaries of your creativity and explore visual arts by participating in Post Art Library’s annual Summer Reading Art Challenge! Each year, participants are encouraged to create artwork based on Missouri’s state-wide theme for summer reading. This year, the SRAC revolves around the prompt “Tell Your Tale with Art! What’s the story of you?” Beginning June 1, participants can pick up artboards and entry forms from any public service desk in the library. Entries will be accepted for three categories: adult (ages 18+), teen (entering 6th-12th grades), and kids (birth-5th grade). Entries must be returned to any public service desk within the library by 5pm on Sunday, July 31, 2021. All entries will be exhibited in the Genealogy, Local History, and Post Reading Room wing inside the library from August 14–September 25, 2021. For full details, visit postartlibrary.org. Participation is free, open to all ages, and a library card is not necessary. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

July 1–September 1: North Heights Porchfest’s Call for Artisans, online. North Heights Porchfest is a grassroots festival put on by the community for the community! North Heights Neighborhood is looking to add to this celebration of local music, food, art, and community with the help of artists who want to display and/or sell their work. This year’s Porchfest will be held on Saturday, October 2 from 1:00 to 7:00pm. Find out more and sign up to occupy a booth before September 1 at northheightsporchfest.com/artists. Cost: Non-North Heights Residents $35, North Heights Residents setup for free. More information: Theresa Clift, theresa_clift56@yahoo.com, 479.366.2005.

July 1: 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! Please note: COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed, including required masks in venues and social distancing. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 1: Comedy Open Mic at Brew Pub & Parlor, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Pratt Presents invites you to listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

July 2: July First Friday, 7:00–9:00pm at Mercy Park (28th St and S Picher Ave). Kick off your weekend with the classic art of swing dance! Vintage Swing Movement Joplin is back and you can join them for a dance lesson at 7:00pm in the pavilion at Mercy Park. After the lesson, show off your new skills or kick back and enjoy some great music during a social dance at 8:00pm! Please bring a lawn chair. Registration required; for information on how to register, visit https://fb.me/e/1L3RC1wWC. This event is limited to the first 50 people who register. Tickets: $5 per person. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

July 3 & 4: African American Trailblazers, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). George Washington Carver was considered a trailblazer, but he wasn’t the only one. Talk with a ranger and explore contributions made by African American trailblazers and how their pioneering achievements provided hope for all people. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines.  Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

July 8: Air Plant Take ‘n Make Kit, 9:00am–5:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Design a cute air plant for an office or window space! Each kit contains an air plant and materials to design a small habitat. Available while supplies last at the Joplin Public Library reference desk. Free and open to the public. This activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. More information: Luke Blevins, lblevins@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

July 8: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm via Zoom. 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 $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. In the wake of COVID-19, information about meetings can be found on Facebook at bit.ly/joplin-writers-guild. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

July 8: Comedy Open Mic at Brew Pub & Parlor, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Pratt Presents invites you to listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

July 9: Opening Reception: The Light in the Darkness by JRAC, 6:30–8:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Receive a first look at Joplin Regional Artists Coalition’s exhibit The Light in the Darkness and celebrate their artwork! Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

July 10: Carver Day, 10:00am–1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). The 78th annual Carver Day commemorates the life of George Washington Carver and the establishment of the National Monument in his honor on July 14, 1943. Activities include a special Ranger Program on the establishment of the monument. Guest musician Lem Sheppard performing. Ongoing Jr. Ranger Activities, guided tours, special anniversary exhibits, and more. Mark your calendars for this fun event! All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

July 10: Singo!, 6:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). A fundraiser for Stained Glass Theatre Joplin! Singo is like bingo, but with music! Songs will play and if you know the song and have it on your card, you’re one step closer to a Singo! However, fellow competitors can throw a wrench in your quest to get a Singo by preventing you from using certain songs. Play nine rounds of Singo and enjoy a night of family-friendly fun and fresh pizza from Simple Simon’s Pizza! Tickets available online at sgtjoplin.square.site or at the door. Tickets: Adults $25, Children (ages 4-13) $15. More information: Amanda Klein, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

July 11: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy and 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

July 15: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. After nearly one year without it, Third Thursday, Joplin’s premiere cultural event, is back! Every third Thursday, March through October, thousands of people gather on Main Street in Downtown Joplin to enjoy local artisans, music, entertainment, and food. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

July 15: Comedy Open Mic at Brew Pub & Parlor, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

July 16: Later Book Discussion, 6:00pm via Zoom. Experience all the chills and thrills of Stephen King’s haunting novel Later and, afterwards, join a discussion with other readers via Zoom! Later follows Jamie Conklin, the son of a struggling single mother who just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine – as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave. Check out Later from Joplin Public Library today! Registration required; register by emailing lblevins@joplinpubliclibrary.org. Free and open to the public. This activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. More information: Luke Blevins, lblevins@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

July 18: Women in George Washington Carver’s Life, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Throughout George Washington Carver’s formative years to young adulthood, many insightful women mentored and guided him along his journey to becoming a success. These maternal figures encouraged him to achieve more. Learn who they were and what they did to inspire him. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

July 18: 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

July 20: Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters Meeting, noon at Peace Lutheran Church (3100 N Saint Louis Ave). A day of fellowship and quilting! After a year-long hiatus, the Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters will meet again for lunch and a quilting program. Members are invited to enjoy a brown bag lunch at noon, though all in attendance are asked to bring their own beverage, utensils, and napkins. Those who are not comfortable eating in close proximity with others are invited to arrive at 1:00pm for the program. Lunch will be followed by featured speaker, MaryAnne Neil, who represents The Fabric Merchant and will give a lecture entitled What’s New in Quilting. Guests must wear masks. Any adult can attend two meetings prior to becoming a member. More information: Kathy Knapp, knappka@gmail.com, 417.825.7078.

July 22: Comedy Open Mic at Brew Pub & Parlor, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Pratt Presents invites you to listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

July 24: 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. Guests and members are welcome 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 24 & 25: Expressions of the Soul, 11:00am at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Art is the visual representation of emotions that simply can’t be described with words. Chat with a park ranger as they “paint a picture” of George Washington Carver and how his creations were an expression of his soul. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

July 25: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy and 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

July 28: 150th Anniversary of Joplin City Platting, 9:00am at the corner of Cox Ave and Central St. In 1871, John C. Cox, one of Joplin’s founding fathers, laid out the first mining community east of Joplin Creek. His plat, known as Joplin City, would eventually become our beloved city. Now, 150 years later, remember Joplin’s humble beginnings and celebrate its future during this formal commemoration! Free and open to the public. More information: Patrick Tuttle, ptuttle@joplinmo.org, 417.625.4789.

July 29: Open Mic Night, 7:00pm (Sign-Ups 6:30pm) at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Musicians, singers, poets! Looking to showcase your talent? Look no further than Joplin Avenue Coffee Company’s Open Mic Nights. Performers are each allotted five to eight minutes per set. Two vocal mics, a quarter inch plug-in for guitar/piano, and an aux cable will be available. To sign up early, message them at facebook.com/joplinavecoffeeco/. All ages welcome! Participants are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and encouraged to wear a mask. Free and open to the public. More information: Autumn Zimmerman, autumn@joplinavenuecoffeecompany.com, 417.483.5558.

July 29: Comedy Open Mic at Brew Pub & Parlor, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Pratt Presents invites you to listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

July 30: Opening Reception: Small Worlds by Carolyn Càrdenas & Contradictions by Bobby Ross, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). See this highly anticipated exhibit and celebrate the hard work of two talented artists during the opening reception of Small Worlds by Carolyn Càrdenas & Contradictions by Bobby Ross. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 30: Opening Reception: Matriarchs Unmasked by Melody Knowles, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Be among the first to see local artist Melody Knowles’ exhibit, Matriarchs Unasked, a display of sculptures, low-relief masks, and painted tiles. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 30–August 1: Joplin Emancipation Park Days Celebration 2021 at Ewert Park (Murphy Blvd). Joplin Emancipation’s Park Days Celebration celebrates freedom while promoting unity and cultural diversity through the preservation of African American history with education, music, dance, art, food, crafting, and much more. Three full days of community activities are planned, including live entertainment, 14th annual car show, KC Marching Falcons, kids activities, crafts, and more! Free and open to the public. More information: Chalise Cooper, joplinemancipation@gmail.com, 417.438.4980.

July 31: Annual Downtown Sidewalk Sale, 8:00am–2:00pm in Downtown Joplin. There’s no better time to find the amazing deals! Businesses in Downtown Joplin’s Brick District are eager to clear out their backrooms as they receive new merchandise, giving you the best bargains around. Please remember to wear your masks when visiting locations. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

July 31: Renaissance Materials Demonstration with Carolyn Càrdenas, 11:00am–noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Hear from Carolyn Cárdenas, an exhibiting artist at Spiva Center for the Arts, on Renaissance materials and how the artist uses this media in her works. The discussion will basically be a “show and tell” hour about special brushes, pigments, gold leaf, binders, and a variety of tools and materials from the period, followed by a question and answer session. Suggested Donation: $10. More information: Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 31: Kendricks House, Ozark Folklore, and a Movie, 7:00pm at Kendricks House (131 N Garrison St). A former Civil War field hospital, the Kendricks House has a long-standing reputation for paranormal activity, making it the perfect site for this event! Join Paranormal Science Lab and Bookhouse Cinema for an evening of Ozarks folklore and a movie. Purchase tickets online at paranormalsciencelab.com. Tickets: $20. More information: Lisa Martin, lisa@paranormalsciencelab.com, 417.622.8997.

July 31 & August 1: Struggle for Education, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Can you imagine being denied entry to school simply because of the color of your skin? Learn more about this and other challenges George Washington Carver faced in his pursuit of a formal education while coming of age in the years after the Civil War. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.


EXHIBITS:

July 31–October 2: Matriarchs Unmasked by Melody Knowles at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Local clay and 2D artist Melody Knowles brings her unique, intriguing vision to Spiva! Comprised of sculptures, low-relief masks, and painted tiles, Knowles’ well-known work contains symbolism about how masks conceal but protect our inner voices. Animals and female figures represent mother protectors and symbols of female empowerment. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 31–September 25: Small Worlds by Carolyn Càrdenas & Contradictions by Bobby Ross at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Two creative spouses with distinctive styles and subject matter bring their work together for a special exhibit three years in the making. Carolyn Càrdenas and Bobby Ross have been married for 40 years and each one has created 40 unique pieces of art for this stunning exhibit. Carolyn works with egg tempera, charcoal, graphite, pastel, and collage, bringing the minute details of miniature works and larger assemblages to life. Bobby uses a multi-layered, Renaissance-like oil technique and graphite on Bristol boards to engage and engross viewers. Carve some time out of your schedule to see this collaborative exhibit! Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 31–August 28: Paper and Color by Don and Ruth Snider at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Married couple Don and Ruth Snider paint vivid scenes in watercolor, all of them inspired by their travels together! Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 1–August 31: For Art’s Sake by T. Crowe Semler and Michael Gory at Beast and Barrel (530 S Main St). Artists T. Crowe Semler and Michael Gory present an exhibition of paintings depicting colorful, neon farm animals in a postmodern, Neo-expressionism style! Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 1–31: Where No One Has Gone Before by Merlen White at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Explore distant galaxies and go where no one has gone before with Neosho artist Merlen White’s galactic-themed paintings! More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 1–31: Paint in Motion by Philip Ledbetter at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). See the distinctive technique used in Philip Ledbetter’s latest body of work, Paint in Motion, which was inspired by the sun, sea, nature, other artists, and music. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 1–31: Photography by Jordan Heigle at Chaos Brewing (112 S Main St). Explore a variety of architectural themes with Jordan Heigle’s photography! Gather your friends, order a pint, and admire local artwork. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 1–31: Luna’s Art by Ramon Luna at Club 609 (609 S Main St). Local artist Ramon Luna demonstrates his natural skill as an airbrush artist with a selection of stunning pieces. See Luna’s work and grab a bite to eat, all at Club 609! Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 28–July 22: The Light in the Darkness by JRAC at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). As the pandemic slowly draws to a close, Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) members use their artwork to reflect on their year-long experiences and what coming out of the pandemic means to them. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

June 24–July 31: Nature Artwork by Cecil Floyd Elementary Students at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Nature-themed artwork created by young artists at Cecil Floyd Elementary has graced the walls at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center! Drop in during regular business hours to see these masterpieces for yourself. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

June 22–August 31: Magical Connections with Nature by Diana Bray at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Local artist Diana Bray demonstrates her artistic prowess and natural talent through Magical Connections with Nature, an exhibit consisting of two- and three-dimensional oil and acrylic paintings. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 16–July 31: ShowMe the Ozarks’ 11th Annual Nature Photography Contest at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). With 100 entries from across the Joplin region, ShowMe the Ozarks‘ 11th Annual Nature Photography Contest showcases a wide variety of nature found in the area as well as the talent of local photographers. If you love to admire beautiful scenery, birds, flowers, insects, and reptiles, you’ll want to drop by the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center to see this exhibit! Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

June 12–August 31: C is for Color by Connie Miller at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library presents C is for Color, a special exhibit intended for children, by local artist Connie Miller! Hung at their eye-level, kids of all ages can enjoy this series of colorful acrylic paintings depicting some of their favorite animals – just in time for Joplin Public Library’s Tails & Tales summer reading challenge! Bring your family by Joplin Public Library’s The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery and admire this vivid collection of art. Starting Saturday, June 12, 2021 artist-provided take-home kits will be available in the Children’s Department on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

June 4–July 17: artCentral Annual Membership Exhibition at artCentral Carthage (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). An annual, juried showcase of artCentral’s members’ talent and range! From paintings and sculptures to photographs and jewelry, there’s no limit to the creativity of these artists. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé, artcentral@artcentralcarthage.org, 417.358.4404.

June 1–July 31: MSSU Graduate Show at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A collection of paintings, drawings, and ceramics created by local art educators Amber Davidson, Dustin Miller, Nellie Mitchell, and Taylor Williams during their graduate studies at Missouri Southern State University. Over the course of their studies, these artists worked to expand their technical and conceptual skills while exploring their artistic practice. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 29–July 24: Preserving the Old West by Jim Clements at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Jim Clements is an oil painter who considers himself blessed to be a working artist. “To me, painting represents ultimate freedom – so it’s just natural that the wide-open spaces, rich history and independent people of the American West translate so well to canvas.” In his exhibition Preserving the Old West, Clements’ vivid, awe-inspiring oil paintings fulfills his desire to honor the natural spirit of the American West, while transporting the viewer to a simpler place and time. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 29–July 17: Missouri Art Now: A Bicentennial Celebration at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). On its bicentennial, it is important to recognize that Missouri is a significant site for visual artistic production. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Hannibal Arts Council, Post Art Library, Spiva Center for the Arts, and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum are collaborating to create Missouri Art Now, an exhibition featuring sixty works from artists throughout the State of Missouri. The traveling exhibit will be displayed in venues across the state and the high-quality artwork it features demonstrates the vibrant visual arts culture in Missouri. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 1, 2021–January 31, 2022: Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). In 2014, Post Art Library put out an international call for mail art for an exhibit that has since turned into an ongoing project. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is an exhibit of pieces in their collection, as well as an active call for mail art. The call is open to anyone who would like to participate, but Missouri residents are particularly encouraged to send mail art in celebration of the state Bicentennial! Starting Thursday, July 1, 2021 Post Art Library sponsored Mail-Art Take-Home Kits will be available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Kits for adults may be picked up at the Reference Desk; kits for Teens may be picked up in the Teen Department; and kits for children may be picked up in the Children’s Department. For full details, including where to mail art, what will happen to mail art once it is received, and more, visit postartlibrary.org/post-mail-art-projekt. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is in partnership with Connect2Culture and the Joplin Public Library and will be on exhibit inside the library from March 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.


CLASSES:

July 1: Songwriting Workshop with Marko Polo (Grades Pre-K-5), 2:00pm via Zoom. Aspiring musicians, this workshop is for you! Learn how to write and record a song with Marko Polo. Registration required; register by emailing cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, calling 417.623.7953, or in person. This activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 3: July Story Time Pottery, 10:00–11:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Ste A). Listen to a story and then paint an adorable piece of pottery to bring the story to life! Participants can participate in-store or at home. Sign up now at placefull.com/july-story-time-pottery. All ages welcome! All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

July 6: Frontier Relic, Our Missouri Prairie, 6:00–8:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Take a trip back in time with naturalist Jeff Cantrell and other nature enthusiasts as they discuss what the tallgrass prairies of the frontier would have looked like when George Washington Carver was growing up. Learn about the plants and animals that inhabit southwest Missouri grasslands. Registration required; register online at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178285. More information: Jeff Cantrell, Jeff.Cantrell@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 7: Top 10 Series: Float Streams, 2:30–3:00pm online. Join the Missouri Conservation Department as they highlight some float streams in southwest Missouri! Learn about locations to put in and take out, review in-stream hazards, discover rules and regulations, and discuss nearby outfitters. All ages welcome. Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177212. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, tim.smith@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 7: Virtual Look at a Frontier Relic, Our Prairie, 6:00–8:00pm online. Take a trip back in time with the Missouri Department of Conservation as they discuss what the tallgrass prairies of the frontier would have looked like when George Washington Carver was growing up. Learn about the plants and animals that inhabit southwest Missouri grasslands as well as the remaining prairies in Missouri. Registration required; register online at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178282. More information: Jeff Cantrell, Jeff.Cantrell@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 8: Vino & 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 Van Gogh’s Irises or Monet’s Japanese Bridge. All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Reservations required; call 417.553.0835 to reserve your spot. Please note: due to COVID-19, the class will be limited to ten participants, social distancing practices will be used, and masks are recommended. Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

July 10: Yoga in Nature for Adults (Ages 16+), 8:30–9:30am at Wildcat Glades Village (301 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class incorporates elements of nature, breathing, and yoga for a fun and relaxing experience! Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Cost: $10. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

July 10: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 10:30am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing, and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

July 10: Dandy Doodles with Ann Leach (Ages 5-12), noon–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Make oodles of doodles! Learn the basics of combining shapes and color into fun pictures that depict a variety of fun themes. Discover why our brains and our bodies like some colors better than others, and leave the class with our own Personal Power Color poster and a collection of dandy doodles! Registration required; register at spivaarts.org/classes. Cost: $15. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 10: Family Fun Painting Class (Ages 8+), noon–2:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Looking to unleash your inner artist? Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece featuring Claude Monet’s Sunflowers or Franz Marc’s The Yellow Cow. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Reservations required; call 417.553.0835 to sign up. Cost: $30. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

July 10: Gold Leaf with Andrew Batcheller (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Turn your paintings into mixed-media masterpieces! Acclaimed painter Andrew Batcheller will demonstrate how he incorporates gold leaf into his paintings and, afterwards, participants will practice what they’ve learned on Masonite. Don’t miss this golden opportunity! Registration required; register at spivaarts.org/classes. Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 13: Little Acorns: Terrific Turtles (Ages 3-7), 2:00–2:30pm online. Whether you see them on land or in water, summertime is turtle time! Join the Missouri Department of Conservation for a virtual program that explores the wonderful world of Missouri turtles. Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178520. Free and open to the public. More information: Kensi Tillman, Kensi.Tillman@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 14: Online Journal Making Video Demonstration, 6:00pm online. Learn how to create simple journals with easy binding techniques anyone can follow! Some take home components will be available for pick up at the reference desk while supplies last. Tune in on Joplin Public Library’s Facebook page to watch! Free and open to the public. This activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. More information: Luke Blevins, lblevins@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

July 15: Conservation Teens: Snakes of Missouri, 3:00–4:00pm online. The Missouri Department of Conservation and Joplin Public Library are teaming up for JPL’s Summer Reading Program! Learn about snakes, one of Missouri’s most misunderstood creatures, and get to know this fascinating species’, its natural history, the role it plays, and its distribution throughout Missouri. This class is a great way for those with a fear of snakes to overcome their apprehension! Registration required; to register, visit the Joplin Public Library in person, email teen@joplinpubliclibrary.org, or call 417.623.7953 x1027 Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, jessie.ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 15: String Art Class, 6:30–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Learn how to use string to create a string art masterpiece! Reservations required; to sign up, call 417.553.0835 or visit Local Color during regular business hours. All supplies included. Cost: $40. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

July 16: Wood Burning Class with Roxenne Kendall, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Play with fire during this unforgettable class! Learn the art of pyrography (wood burning) and use it to create a design on a bamboo cutting board. This class is intended for teens and adults. Registration required; reserve your spot by calling Local Color at 417.553.0835 or by visiting them during business hours. All supplies included. Cost: $35. More information: Roxenne Kendall, rkrdh79@gmail.com, 573.397.1940.

July 17: Resin Ocean Tray Workshop (Ages 12+), 2:00–4:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Get into that summertime state of mind by learning about and practicing resin pouring techniques to create an ocean-themed piece of home decor! Registration required; register at spivaarts.org/classes. Cost: $40. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 17: Nature Explorers: Campsite Basics (Ages 7-12), 4:00pm at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (301 Riviera Dr). Camping is a great way to spend summer, but there are some very important things to consider when selecting a campsite and deciding what equipment to bring. Learn how to set up and pack a tent, how to be prepared to camp in a bear-populated area, and how to select the perfect campsite! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

July 19: Attracting Backyard Birds (Ages 18+), 1:00–2:00pm at Neosho Newton County Library (201 W Spring St, Neosho, MO). Join the Missouri Department of Conservation as they partner with the Neosho Newton County Library for their adult summer reading program! Summer is a great time to begin the popular hobby of bird watching. Learn about common birds seen throughout southwest Missouri and how to keep them around your feeders. Recommended for ages 18 and up. Registration required; reserve your spot at newtoncolib.org/adult-services. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, Jessie.Ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 20: Pulse Check on the Birds of Southwest Missouri, 6:00–8:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Birds play significant roles in the maintenance of a healthy, functioning ecosystem. This indoor naturalist program will offer insight into local conservation support for global issues as well as our regional bird populations and management efforts. Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and Wildcat Park comprise several habitat niches for birdlife, from glade to park-like savannas. Conservation educator Jeff Cantrell will share his experiences with the center’s natural community and discuss resident bird species as well as their native habitats. Citizen science resources and MDC habitat materials will be shared with landowners and educators. Registration required; register online at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178289. More information: Jeff Cantrell, Jeff.Cantrell@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 21: Pulse Check on the Birds of Southwest Missouri, 6:00–8:00pm online. Birds play significant roles in the maintenance of a healthy, functioning ecosystem. This indoor naturalist program will offer insight into local conservation support for global issues as well as our regional bird populations and management efforts. Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and Wildcat Park comprise several habitat niches for birdlife, from glade to park-like savannas. Conservation educator Jeff Cantrell will share his experiences with the center’s natural community and discuss resident bird species as well as their native habitats. Citizen science resources and MDC habitat materials will be shared with landowners and educators. Registration required; register online at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178288. More information: Jeff Cantrell, Jeff.Cantrell@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 23: Mr. Stinky Feet’s Dinosaur Concert, 3:00pm online. Close out the Summer Reading Program with a tail-wagging dance party with lots of movement and laughter! Tune in online at facebook.com/joplinpubliclibrary/liveThis activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 23: Online Cooking Video Demonstration, 6:00pm online. Back by popular demand, Joplin Public Library’s own Lisa Brown will use her culinary expertise to show viewers how to create delicious dog treats for your pets! Tune in on Joplin Public Library’s Facebook page to watch. Free and open to the public. This activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. More information: Luke Blevins, lblevins@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

July 23: Conservation in the Parks: Under the Summer Lights, 8:30–9:30pm at Cunningham Park (W 26th St & S Maiden Ln). Join Joplin Parks and Recreation, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Wildcat Glades Friends Group for their “Conservation in the Parks” partnership program! Come to Cunningham Park and discover what creatures are hiding in the night. From insects to mammals, you never know what to expect under the summer lights! Registration required; register at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178524. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, Jessie.Ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 24: Little Acorns: Terrific Turtles (Ages 3-7), 10:30–11:00am online. Whether you see them on land or in water, summertime is turtle time! Join the Missouri Department of Conservation for a virtual program that explores the wonderful world of Missouri turtles. Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178521. Free and open to the public. More information: Kensi Tillman, Kensi.Tillman@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 24: The Art of Business with Ann Leach (Ages 18+), noon–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Do you want to make your art your business? Are you an entrepreneur seeking to use the visual way of working to better capture your concept as you launch your idea into the world? Think of this class as summer school on steroids with a crash course in business basics and art activities to help you gain clarity on the next right steps for marketing, money making, and audience building. You’ll leave this class with your Dot (your audience), your Dash (your strategies) and your Cash plan (your budget) for turning your art into a thriving business! Registration required; register at spivaarts.org/classes. Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 24: Bookmaking Boot Camp with Melissa Davenport (Ages 16+), noon–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Are you curious about the bookbinding process? Want to bind your own books? In this class, students will learn multiple bookbinding techniques, perfect for beginners who want to bind their own custom sketchbooks, journals, and more! Registration required; register at spivaarts.org/classes. Cost: $50. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 24: Colors of the Night, 7:00–8:00pm at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (301 Riviera Dr). Have you ever wondered how the Northern Lights display their colors? Or why fireflies light up? Gather your family and head to Wildcat Pavilion for an evening under the stars where you can learn about the colors of the night! Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket. All ages welcome! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

July 27: Cardboard Boat Fabrication, 6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Gear up for the cardboard boat race at Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s annual Water Festival! Bring some duct tape and design ideas, and they’ll provide the rest. This class will be for cardboard boat building AND shoebox boat construction. Kids under 16 that attend the class to make a shoebox boat will get a free entry to the shoebox boat race on August 14. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

July 27: Discover Nature: Fishing (Ages 6+), 6:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Are you interested in fishing, but you aren’t sure how to begin? Develop your confidence by learning about basic equipment and how to handle and release fish, safely, spin-cast a fishing pole, fasten basic tackle, tie knots, and bait hooks. Then, try out your newly learned skills by fishing! Equipment will be provided but you may bring your own. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities, and bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Every person in a group must register individually. Registration required; register at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178608. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, shoal.creek@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 28: Preschool Nature Connections: Interesting Insects (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Do all insects fly? What do they eat? Can we find them in our backyard? Join the Wildcat Glades Friends Group to learn about some remarkable, area insects with a story, craft, and an outdoors search for insects. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

July 29: Christmas in July Glass Class with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+), 4:30–6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Create a beautiful, fused glass ornament using glass paints and powders! Each student will create two ornaments or, if preferred, suncatchers. No matter your level of adventure, you’re bound to enjoy making ornaments with professional glass artist, Jane McCaulley. Ornaments will be fired by McCaulley and returned to Local Color Art Gallery & Studio one week later. N-95 masks are required since participants will be working with powdered glass. All materials provided. Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 31: Renaissance Materials Demonstration with Carolyn Càrdenas, 11:00am–noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Hear from Carolyn Cárdenas, an exhibiting artist at Spiva Center for the Arts, on Renaissance materials and how the artist uses this media in her works. The discussion will basically be a “show and tell” hour about special brushes, pigments, gold leaf, binders, and a variety of tools and materials from the period, followed by a question and answer session. Suggested Donation: $10. More information: Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 31: Preschool Nature Connections: Interesting Insects (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Do all insects fly? What do they eat? Can we find them in our backyard? Join the Wildcat Glades Friends Group to learn about some remarkable, area insects with a story, craft, and an outdoors search for insects. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

July 31 & August 1: Pottery Workshop with Danny Meisinger at Skinner’s Pottery (19099 Apsen Rd, Diamond, MO). Begin learning about pottery or sharpen your skills during this hands-on workshop with artist Danny Meisinger! Registration required; to register, message Brent Skinner on Facebook or Instagram, or call 417.438.2676. Cost: $175 (includes lunch). More information: Brent Skinner, rakuguru2002@yahoo.com, 417.438.2676.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St):

Tuesdays: Creation Station – Online! (Ages 6-11), 4:00pm via Zoom. Everyone’s favorite afternoon class is back! Register your child today and receive a Zoom link to join the fun. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited in this popular class. Register by emailing sclements@spivaarts.org. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Fridays: Spiva Art Class at The ROCC, 10:00–11:00am at The ROCC (1402 S Main St). The Recovery Outreach Community Center (ROCC), a community center that provides peer recovery support services, is partnering with Spiva Center for the Arts for weekly art classes! Join them every Friday at 10:00am and express yourself, regardless of your artistic abilities. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

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

Tuesdays: Tuesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio. 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 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, 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. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm 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 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, 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. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

First and Third Fridays: Art Lessons at Local Color Art Gallery with Roxenne Kendall, 11:00am–4:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Learn the basics of watercolor, colored pencils, and micron inks with artist Roxenne Kendall during one to two-hour, private or group lessons! Ages 5 to 95 are welcome to participate. Registration required; reserve your spot by emailing Roxenne at rkrdh79@gmail.com. Cost: $20 per session; group rates available. More information: Roxenne Kendall, rkrdh79@gmail.com, 573.397.1940.

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, sandyrob@cableone.net, 417.553.0835.

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.

Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St):

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create N Sip Studios 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: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10:00am at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$176. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

Dream Theatre Co. (124 S Main St):

Sundays: Flash Mob Fitness, 3:00–4:00pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). A fun, unique workout opportunity from Dream Theatre Co.! Learn a different flash mob dance each week. Opportunities for flash mob performances will occasionally be offered but dedication to performing is not required. Cost: $5. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

* 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.

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