June 2017

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in June 2017? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout June in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


June 8: The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, 7:00pm at Thomas Jefferson IDS (3401 E Newman Rd). An outdoor concert at the sun sets, this evening will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to swing dance. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Join for a reception with the artists after the show. For more information call 417.781.5124.

June 8–18: Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin Presents Charlotte’s Web, 7:00pm (2:30pm on Sundays) at Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter). Charlotte’s Web is about a girl named Fern, a pig named Wilbur and a spider called Charlotte. They live on a farm and Fern is horrified when she finds out that Wilbur as a piglet is to be slaughtered. She rescues Wilbur only then to have him sent away from her to her uncle’s farm where he is friendless and snubbed by the other animals except Charlotte, a spider, and this is where Wilbur’s adventures begin. Tickets available for purchase at the door. Box office opens 45 minutes before show times. $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-13. For more information call 417.553.0755 or email sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

June 21–24: MOShakes Festival presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 7:30–8:30pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd). Missouri Shakespeare Festival (MOShakes) aims to offer the plays of William Shakespeare in productions that are insightful, exciting, and entertaining. In other words, they are not mounting a museum display but are, rather, seeking to bring these play to our community with vitality and currency. This summer, they will offer two productions in repertory: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). The first is Shakespeare’s timeless classic of moonlight, mischief, and magic. The second, the work of The Reduced Shakespeare Company written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, is a crazy mash-up of the Bard and buffoonery. 37 plays in 97 minutes! The production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be held on June 20th, 22nd and 24th while The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) will be held on June 19th, 21st and 23rd. For more information call 417.625.9396 or email moshakes@mssu.edu.

June 30 & July 1: Fiddlers On The Route, June 30 from 5:00–10:30pm and July 1 from 5:00–8:45pm at Landreth Park Amphitheater. Connect2Culture and the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau present a two-day festival of outstanding musical performances in Joplin’s beautiful Landreth Park. Night one caters to the 21+ crowd (think date night, girl/guys night out). Crowds will enjoy the swingin’ shufflin’ blues and dance group Hudson’s All Star Hoo Doos and the rockin’ country of The Mother Road’s musical ambassadors, The Road Crew. Enjoy food vendors and a beer garden. Night two is a family affair featuring America’s premier youth fiddling show band, the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic. Enjoy dinner on the grounds from food vendors before the concert, sit back, and prepare to be amazed. This a FREE live music experience for the Joplin area and beyond! For more information, call 417.625.6683 or email emily@connect2culture.com.


June 1: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in various venues throughout 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. This event runs on the first Thursday of each month from March–October.

June 2 & 3: Volunteer Rummage Sale, 9:00am – 5:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W. Riviera Dr). A project of the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center volunteers; all proceeds benefit education programs at the center. For more information call 417.782.6287 or email wildcatglades@audubon.org.

June 3: National Trails Day Hike and Clean-up, 9:30 – 11:30am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W. Riviera Dr). Join a naturalist as we explore some of the nature trails in Wildcat Park and clean up any trash as we celebrate National Trails Day!  A great conservation activity for small scout groups! Come dressed appropriately and with water and bug spray. This event is Free! Donations appreciated! Age: 8 and up accompanied by adult. For more information call 417.782.6287 or email wildcatglades@audubon.org

June 5: C2C Arts Roundtable: Social Media Efficiency with Priscilla Mckinney, 11:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Social media expert, Priscilla McKinney, will offer mindset and behavioral shifts which are immediately actionable. These tips will help you improve your social media presence, your reach, and your audience. Quit wasting your time online! This workshop is tailored specifically for the arts and cultural community. Priscilla McKinney is the CEO and resident Momma Bird who leads a team of creative peeps at Little Bird Marketing. Priscilla is a prolific blogger and host of Ponderings from the Perch: A Modern Podcast for the Modern Entrepreneur where she discusses the truth about entrepreneurship, marketing best practices, managing creatives, company culture and other marketing oddities. Priscilla personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and authentic leadership – inspiring others to truly carve out their own path of success in her uniquely funny, no-nonsense and slightly irreverent way. Though a free workshop – space is limited! Let us know you are coming by emailing emily@connect2culture.com or by calling 417.625.6683 (leave a message). A light lunch will be provided. C2C Arts Roundtables are an annual series of professional development programs that aim to educate, empower, and connect the Joplin Arts community. All leaders, supporters, and advocates of the Joplin Arts are welcome to attend these roundtables. Learn, share, network, and establish connections.

June 5 & June 6: Joplin Little Theatre The Snow White Show Auditions, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Joplin little theatre seeks children ages 5-16. A few roles for adults are available. Auditions will consist of singing and dancing and some selected dialogue. For more information call 417.623.3638.

June 6: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (300 S Main 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! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered. For more information, visit chatncraft.wordpress.com.

June 6: A Midsummer’s Night Dinner on Redings Mill Bridge, 6:30pm – social (wine and beer available, 7:00pm – dinner catered by Mythos. Registration Required! Cost is $85 per person; $170 per couple. Purchase your tickets by calling the center, stop by the center or our website. Join us for a magical evening on the historic Redings Mill Bridge. Enjoy a gourmet dinner served on linen as you experience the sounds and sights of Shoal Creek settling down for the night. (Rain date:  Wednesday, June 7th)

June 6: Tri-State Gem and Mineral Club Meeting, at Joplin Museum Complex (504 S Schifferdecker Ave)

June 8: Joplin Writers Guild, 6:00pm at Community of Christ Church (1212 Goetz Blvd). The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. For more information, search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

June 8: Post Art Library Opening Reception for Art Medley, 6:00–7:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Visit the new Joplin Public Library to see a medley of artwork by local and regional artists as presented by Post Art Library. Photography, painting, sculpture, pottery, and encaustic works are on display.

June 10: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Art (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring book or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring pages and markers, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the Gift Shop! Cost: Free. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

June 10: Encore Awards Night, 6:30–8:30pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). This event celebrates Joplin Little Theatre’s 2016-2017 season. The “Encore Awards” are JLT’s version of the Tony Awards. Awards will be given for best actor, actress, set design, etc.Social hour begins at 6:30pm and the Awards Ceremony will begin at 7:30pm. Dress your best and come renew old acquaintances. For more information call 417.623.3638.

June 12 & 13: Anne of Green Gables Auditions, 7:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter). Auditions include cold readings from the script. For more information please call 417.553.0755 or email sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

June 15: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events. Third Thursday is held on the third Thursday of each month, March–October.

June 16: That Shakespeare Thing!, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd). An evening of dessert, wine, and William Shakespeare. This fundraiser for the Missouri Shakespeare Festival will feature some of Joplin’s best friends trying their hands at performing the works of William Shakespeare. Our company of stalwart actors are seeking your pledges to encourage their performances. Visit mssu.edu/moshakes for more information! Admission to these festivities is $25/person. You won’t want to miss the silent auction with pieces from local artists inspired by Shakespeare. All proceeds benefit the Missouri Shakespeare Festival.

June 23: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7:00pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks. For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.


May 13 – July 16: Biodiversity in the Art of Care by Pieter Brest van Kempen, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Brest van Kempen’s meticulously executed paintings explore the variety of nature and attest to the artist’s belief that chief among nature’s hallmarks is its diversity. This widely acclaimed exhibition consists of 50 original paintings and preparatory sketches inspired not just by the beauty of the subjects, but also by their fascinating ecology and habitat. The qualities that make a particular species unique, such as behavioral traits, movements, or appearance, are what attract the artist to his subject. His aim is to help the viewer learn about how an animal lives and interacts with its environment and other organisms. From Mesozoic fauna to present-day animals of the African plains, these paintings recapture our fascination for unusual species, helping us better appreciate their distinctive characteristics and habitats, as well as the vital role they play in nature. Opening Reception: Fri, May 12, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free.) For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

May 13 – July 16: Tim Cherry’s Hewn from Nature, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (22 W 3rd St). Branson, MO, artist Tim Cherry produces sculptures which attract the viewer’s eyes and hands. Born in Calgary, Alberta in 1965, he grew up among the rugged Canadian Rockies in southeastern British Columbia. This is where he developed a love of wildlife and the outdoors. Tim’s wildlife sculptures are an expression of each animal’s personality, movement and behavior. Grace and elegance truly are qualities immediately recognizable in Cherry’s work, but another quality frequently present is a sense of whimsy, which marks a number of his works. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free.) For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

June: The Rise of She by Sarah Clements, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). The Rise of She is an exploration of femininity. A mesmerizing look into the soul of being She, this exhibit will lead the viewer on a journey they won’t soon forget. Sarah Clements is a local artist specializing in fine art artistic portraiture.

June: Galactic Wars by Linda Teeter, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Linda Teeter exhibits her new series of photography, Galactic Wars. Explore the unknown with the help of the Garrison 66 Star Force at your side. Reception/Artist Talk: Thursday, June 1, 7:00pm

June: Great Hits Music Meets Pop Art by Nic Clark, Club 609 (609 S Main St). This show is all about the music – with paintings of musical legends including Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, and many more. Nicholas Clark is an artist based out of Kansas City, MO and will be in town for First Thursday ArtWalk (June 1, 5:30–8:30pm) to share the inspiration behind his work and is offering 25% off all paintings sold during the event. Nicholas will also be available to meet and chat at Third Thursday (June 15, 5:30–8:30pm).

June 1–29: Travis Pratt: The Joplin Paintings, Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). A retrospective of exquisitely rendered paintings depicting the aftermath of the May 22, 2011 tornado. Created on a scale to show the event’s enormity, most pieces are so large it allows one to stand up close and bear witness where they might otherwise turn away. Infinite detail is not blurred nor covered up. They offer nothing but the brutal truth. Even when his imagery leans towards abstraction, Pratt doesn’t overburden it with more dramatization than already exists. The Joplin Paintings are a convocation of shape, line and color that in no way diminish the impact of the tornado, but give permission to enjoy what has been created without substituting empathy for beauty.


May 13–June 19: Judys Ballroom Dance Lessons, 7:00–9:00pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd). New 6 week dance lessons. 7:00pm Waltz and 8:00 Swing styles (a combination of Lindy & East coast Swing). $65 per person for all 6 weeks. Private lessons are also available and will be arranged to fit schedules. $40 for 1 or 2 couples. For more information please call 417.392.0215.

June 3: Recipe for a Glade, 2:30 – 4:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Come explore the unique chert glade ecosystem, Mother Nature’s rock garden, found right here in Wildcat Park. Discover the ingredients it takes to make a glade while attending “Recipe for a Glade”, a 45 minute program presented inside featuring glade animals and plants. Play Glade Bingo for prizes! Then venture outside for a walk along Silver Creek Chert Glade. Our giant, lovable, glade mascot, Cherty the Collared Lizard, will also be present for photos and hugs! This program is free! Donations appreciated!  All ages welcome, for more information call 417.782.6287 or email wildcatglades@audubon.org.

June 7 & 10: Preschool Nature Connections: In My Backyard, (June 7) 1:00 – 2:00pm, (June 10) 10:00 – 11:00am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Did you know your backyard is home to some amazing creatures? Get ready to go on a backyard safari of your own after learning about our animal neighbors and how we can help them. We’ll also discuss why it’s best to leave them and their babies alone, rather than keeping them as pets. We’ll take a short hike looking for critters in our “backyard”, and make a fun craft too! This event is Free! Ages 3 – 6 years accompanied by adult, for more information call 417.782.6287 or email wildcatglades@audubon.org.   

June 10: Straw Weaving (Ages 13 and up), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This class will be an introduction to an early form of weaving called stick weaving or straw weaving. Using a vast array of natural, synthetic, and unexpected fibers. It will cover basic weft techniques using a weaving form. Participants will learn a versatile, portable weaving technique, and leave with a piece of wearable fiber art. With Randi Bachman. Cost $35.

June 17: Nature Photography Workshop with Nop, 1:00 – 4:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Dr). In conjunction with the National Audubon Society Photo Awards traveling exhibit at the Center, join award-winning nature photographer Noppadol Paothong, whose stunning photos appear in many publications, for an interactive workshop on nature photography. Learn about equipment, tips, and techniques that can help you improve your photography skills. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills, with the assistance of Nop, on the trails of Wildcat Park. Participants need to bring their own photography equipment. Registration is Required! Cost for the class is $50 per participant and must be ages 12 and up. Check out Nop’s photography at www.nopnatureimages.com, for more information call 417.782.6287 or email wildcatglades@audubon.org. 

June 24 & July 22: Culinary Art 101 (Ages 16 and up), 12:00–2:00pm at Spiva Center For the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Maximum of 5 adults each session, ages 16 and up. This class meets offsite in Carthage, MO. Use seasonal ingredients fresh from the Webb City Farmer’s Market to create a family style lunch. Individually plate and photograph the meal, sit down and eat, and walk away with leftovers and recipes. Basic prep and cooking skills. No experience necessary. With Spiva Director, Josie Mai. Cost $40 per session.


There are many summer arts camps happening in Joplin this year. For the complete listing check out Summer Art Camps and Classes 2017.”


Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

Tuesday | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Wednesday | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Thursday | 10am–1pm

Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Cost: $225 (for each 3-hr, 8-week course), $165 (for each 2-hr, 8-week course). For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. 

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

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

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

Third & Fourth Thursday | 6–8:30pm | Pick Your Passion with April Davis (Ages 10+)
Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. Call 417-553-0835 to register.

Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)

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

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

Painting with Pam Leisenring (1315 S Rangeline Rd)

Tuesday | 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesday | 4:30–7:30pm | Hobby Lobby Classroom

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

RSVPaint (420 S Main St)

Tuesday–Saturday: 7–9pm
Saturday: 1–3pm – Family Paints
*Sometimes classes on Monday and Sunday

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

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

Memories in the Making
Thursday | 10:00am–Noon | Cost: Free
Memories in the making is back! This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. There is no charge for the class and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts.


Everyday | Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)
The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mon & Fri | All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (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 $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

Sunday | 1–7pm | Wine’d Down Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S Main St)
Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in between the hours of 1–7pm and you can come paint with the help of their talented artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).

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