June 2018

Posted on May 29, 2018 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in June 2018? 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…


PERFORMANCES:

May 30 – June 3: Joplin Little Theatre presents “Shrek: The Musical”, 7:00pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Make room for the Ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in this colorful, song-filled Tony Award-winning musical based on the hit movie. It tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wisecracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess, and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales. Written by Jeanine Tesoro and David Lindsay-Abaire. Recommended for all ages. General admission is $18, seniors and students are $15, and children age 12 and under are $8. To reserve tickets call the box office at 417.623.3638 or visit jltplay.org.

June 1 – 3: Joplin Comedy Festival: National Night w/ Preston Lacy & Dave England, 8:00pm at JBs Downtown (112 S Main St). Kick the weekend off with your headliner, NYC’s Terry McNeely. Featuring Mike Stricker from Chicago and opening act Tim Brennan. With special guest star Dave England and your host Preston Lacy. Come laugh all weekend as Joplin Comedy brings in some of the best touring comics from the national, regional, and local scenes. More dates and locations to be announced for the 3 day event. Stay tuned to Joplin Comedy on Facebook for more information about the Joplin Comedy Festival. Order your tickets in advance for the first night on eventbrite.com for $27 or pay $35 at the door. For more information, visit joplincomedy.com.

June 2: Rhythm & Brews Forty Years of Excellence Tour, 6:00pm–12:00am at Wilder’s Event Center (1208 S Main St). Enjoy an evening celebrating forty years of Kitchen Pass Excellence. Start out the night by savoring a dinner full of Kitchen Pass favorites. Also, don’t forget to dress in your favorite decades attire and you could win the costume contest. Take part in the Beer Pong Tournament and craft beer tastings. The fun doesn’t stop there – dance the night away with Rosy Hips playing 70’s music in the ballroom at 7:00pm, Machine Gun Symphony playing 80’s music on the patio at 8:00pm, The Mixtapes playing 90’s music in the ballroom at 9:00pm, and Rosy Hips playing 00’s music on the patio at 11:00pm. Tickets are available online at www.cssmo.org. Prices start at $40.

June 3: Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling House Concert, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. A 30-year veteran of Chicago’s take-no-prisoners blues scene, Nick Moss has received 21 Blues Music Award nominations. New Jersey’s Dennis Gruenling is considered among today’s best blues harmonica players. His high-energy, full-throttle playing has earned him comparisons to the late James Cotton. Living Blues says, “Dennis Gruenling is a contemporary harmonica master…impressive, genuine and fresh-sounding.” The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling makes their Alligator Records debut with The High Cost Of Low Living, a dream come true for both musicians. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

June 7–17: Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin presents “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, 7:00pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Avenue). This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life. Tickets: Adults $10, Kids $5. Tickets are available for purchase at the door, which opens 45 minutes prior to showtimes. A handicap ramp is accessible at the back of the building. For more information, email info@sgtjoplin.com.

June 8 – 10: The Black/White Series (Ages 13+), 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Memorial Auditorium Convention Center (503 North Pine, Pittsburg KS). The Black/White Series is an original work by Kaye Lewis. Seven long years in the making, each series is full of stories dealing with the fears and shame that go along with being raped, abused, mentally ill, addicted, suicidal, or having body dysmorphia. This work will also confront the dark places people stay due to the shame or being shamed, the fear of people knowing, the fear of speaking out and the fear of ridicule and not being believed. This series then explains that fear is what keeps you in bondage, fear is what prevents your healing, and shame is what keeps you quiet. It shows the viewer there is nothing to be ashamed of and that you should never be afraid to speak out. These actions allow you to be the victor, not the victim. Tickets can be purchased online at memorialauditorium.org or by calling 620.232.7827. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local abuse crisis centers. This series is meant to send a strong message of hope and healing.

June 10: Hot Club of Cowtown House Concert, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. The Hot Club of Cowtown is celebrating its 20th anniversary during the 2018 touring season. Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. They visit Coda in support of their ninth studio album, Midnight on the Trail (Gold Strike Records), a vintage mix of 12 Western swing songs and cowboy ballads “hand-collected to reflect the spirit and joy of the American West,” including traditional songs as well as works by Cindy Walker, Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Johnny Mercer, and more. The band’s previous release, “Rendezvous in Rhythm” (Gold Strike Records, 2013) was a collection of hot jazz standards and gypsy instrumentals played acoustically in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli (The Quintette of the Hot Club of France). If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

June 13: Igor & The Red Elvises House Concert, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. Igor Yuzov was born in Germany, raised in Ukraine and studied in Russia. He grew up in the former Soviet Union, where folk music was the norm and rock’n’roll was illegal. A rebellious streak, however, led him to seek out the forbidden music. As soon as it became possible, Igor left Russia for America with his “Folk’n’Roll” band Limpopo and was personally greeted by Ronald Reagan. In 1993, Limpopo won Ed McMahon’s Star Search and their popularity began to blossom. In 1995, Igor dreamed that Elvis Presley came to him and told him to start playing rock’n’roll. Igor and his Russian friends became Red Elvises and gave street performances on Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade. As their crowds grew larger, the City of Santa Monica ordered them to discontinue their street performances. Evolving over the years, Igor’s music has been labeled “Siberian Surf Rock” which contains humorous lyrics and grooves that forces his audience to dance. Over the past 20 years, Red Elvises have constantly toured all over the world with occasional breaks to record new music and to participate in film and television projects. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

June 22: Fiddlers on the Route Bluegrass Festival – Dailey & Vincent, 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Connect2Culture and the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau present the second annual “Fiddlers on the Route” festival – two days of outstanding bluegrass. The first night presents Grand Ole Opry Members, Five-time GRAMMY® award winners individually, three-time GRAMMY® award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. Now on Season 3 of their nationally broadcast television series, “The Dailey & Vincent Show on RFD-TV,” Dailey & Vincent bring their music to a national audience on a weekly basis. After a decade spent performing together and with over 1,000 airings of their PBS special “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE – In Concert,” their concoction of fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold. Their most recent live CD, “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and remained at the top position for over 15 weeks. Floor and Handicap General Admission $25; Mezzanine $20; Balcony $15; children 12 and under admitted free. All ticket prices increase $10 for day-of sales. Tickets may be purchased by going to www.connect2culture.org or by calling 800-514-3849.

June 23: Fiddlers on the Route Bluegrass Festival – Regional Bluegrass Bands, 11:30am–10:00pm at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Connect2Culture and the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau present the second annual “Fiddlers on the Route” festival – two days of outstanding bluegrass. For day two, come hear some of the best local and regional bluegrass bands in the surrounding area – Pickers Post Band (Joplin/Carl Junction, MO), No Apparent Reason (Carthage, MO), Southern Tradition (Tontitown, AR), The Vogts Sisters (Erie, KS), Brightwater Junction (Cassville, MO), Borderline Bluegrass (Neosho, MO), That Dalton Gang (Lamar/Lockwood, MO), and SpringStreet Bluegrass (Muskogee, OK). For more information and the band schedule visit www.connect2culture.org. Admission: $10 per person wristband for all-day access. Children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

June 24: Twisted Pine House Concert, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

June 28: Heartland Concert Band Concert, 6:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library and Joplin Public Library invite you to celebrate the 2018 theme for Summer Reading–music–with Heartland Concert Band on the library’s lawn. This is a FREE public event. No registration necessary. Bring your own chair or blanket, as seating is provided for band members only. For more information, call 417.623.7953.

June 30: Joplin Area Organists presents Festival of Hymns, 3:00pm at Ozark Christian College (1111 N Main St). Celebrate Christian Hymns – old and new, piano and organ, with history and several sing-a-longs. The show will feature the 2,700 pipes of The Schantz Organ. This performance is free and open to the public. If you would like more information visit @joplinorganists or email jsbptech@gmail.com.


EVENTS:

June 1: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at Newton’s Jewelers (428 S Main St). Join  this months WineShare sponsor Newton’s Jewelers as they bring a truck show to Downtown Joplin.  WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email info@downtownjoplin.com.

June 2: National Trails Day, 8:00am–Noon at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails. Visitors will learn about NPS trails, hiking safety, nutrition, and well-being. You are invited to “Find YourPark” and explore the park paths, trails, and boundary roads. This day will focus on the National Trails System. For more information, call 417.325.4151.

June 2: Spiva Center for the Arts presents Veggie Creatures, 9:00am–Noon at Webb City Farmers Market (106 E Tracy St). Bring your kiddos for a fun-filled morning of creative creature making with locally grown fruits and veggies. For more information, call 417.623.0183. No cost.

June 2, 9, & 16: Summer Junior Rangers (Ages 8–12), 10:00am–2:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). This annual event series gives children a “behind the scenes” look at what it’s like being a park ranger and a unique opportunity to learn more about George Washington Carver and the NPS through a variety of hands-on and small group activities. For more information, call 417.325.4151.

June 5: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! For more information, visit chatncraft.wordpress.com.

June 7: MSSU Spiva Art Gallery Opening Reception, 3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Born in Lima, Peru, Krajnak is an assistant professor of art at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the SUR Biennial in Los Angeles, Art London, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center. She was recently awarded the Texas Photographic Society’s first National Photography Award and had a solo exhibition during this spring’s Fotofest Houston. “Kloes” is a series of photographs taken by Krajnak in a century-old abandoned garment factory in Lansford, Penn. “I am not immune to the simultaneous pleasure and horror of ruins,” Krajnak said in a statement. “I only had a couple hours to shoot this decrepit old building, entombment of an American industrial past, my grandfather’s and 107 years of forgotten garment workers.”

June 7–9: 48-Hour Film Competition Filming, at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Filmmakers, get your teams together and prepare for a whirlwind of creativity: Spiva Center for the Arts is hosting the Ninth Annual FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition this June. “This year we moved the competition to June so that more people could participate, also we felt that there were more opportunities with summer vacation for many students,” says Shaun Conroy, event organizer. “We are also excited to be working with Bookhouse Cinema and new sponsors for prizes. The event is growing and getting better every year.” Films will be screened at Bookhouse Cinema, 715 E Broadway, on June 14 starting at 5:30pm. There will be three showing of all the films – 5:30pm, 6:15pm and 7:00pm – with an awards ceremony after the final showing. Winning films are determined by a panel of jurors as well as a people’s choice award chosen by popular vote. Awards will be presented at 7:30pm that evening. Anyone interested in sponsoring the competition or donating prizes should contact Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org. Contestants should meet in the Main Gallery at 6:00pm, Thursday, June 7, to receive this year’s criteria. They then have 48 hours to complete a 3-minute short film. Deadline to submit entries is 6:00pm, Saturday, June 9. The cost is $20 per team. For more information, call 417.623.0183.

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

June 7: Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Are you and your friends looking for something new and fun to do during Downtown Joplin’s First Thursday? Look no further. This spring Spiva is kick-starting a new monthly event in the Main Gallery. Beginning March 1, a four-round, team-based arts and culture trivia night will take place on every First Thursday. The cost will be $5 per person in each team with a limit of one to eight people per team. The more teammates you have, the higher your chances of winning! There will be three teams to a round and the team to win each round will win 75% of the entry fees. The remainder will go into raising money for Spiva’s Annual Fund Drive. Each round lasts 30 minutes, so come in, have a beer, grab a snack, and put on those thinking caps. All participants must be 21 or older. Sponsored by Missouri Eagle LLC. For more information, call 417.623.0183.

June 9: Aquatic Life Bio Blitz and National Get Outdoors Day, 9:00am–2:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). During this free event, scientists, naturalists, families, and volunteers will work together to document and discover aquatic life found at George Washington Carver National Monument. For more information, call 417.325.4151.

June 9: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring pages and markers or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the Gift Shop! This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

June 9: Sketchbook Artist Panel, 11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join some of the Spiva Sketchbook Artists as they discuss a unique look into the process of an artist, and how they began their sketchbook journeys. Panelists include Nellie Mitchell, Bess Lanyon, Linda Ellard-Brown and Natalie Wiseman. For more information, call  417.623.0183.

June 9: Joplin Little Theatre’s BRAVO! NIGHT, 6:30pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Join Joplin Little Theatre on this night of celebration for the 2017-2018 Season. All are welcome to this JLT Board and Directing Staff sponsored event. The night will kick of at 6:30pm with a social hour and at 7:30pm the program will begin. Appropriate dress is requested. For more information, visit joplinlittletheatre.org or call 417.623.3638.

June 11 & 12: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions: “Anything Goes”, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Anything Goes takes place on a cruise ship in the 1920s-1930s, which has a comically colorful assemblage of passengers. Full of singing, dancing and farcical antics,  Anything Goes was first presented at JLT in 1969. It is still a very popular and crowd pleasing show. Needed are 12 women and 17 men, ages 18-40+, plus an expandable singing/dancing ensemble (18+). Audition participants are asked to prepare 16 measures of music in a similar style (nothing from the show). There will be dancing and cold readings, so dress appropriately – bring dance shoes (including tap). Be prepared to list all rehearsal conflicts. Performance dates:  October 3–7, 2018. Rehearsal times: Tuesday & Thursday evenings, June through first week in August for choreography. Fall rehearsal times will be determined based on casting availability. Directed by Becki Arnall. For more information, call 417.623.3638.

June 11 & 12: Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin Auditions: “The Count of Monte Cristo”, 7:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). The classic story of an innocent man wrongly, but deliberately, imprisoned and his brilliant strategy for revenge against those who betrayed him. Dashing young sailor Edmond Dantes is a guileless and honest young man whose peaceful life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes are abruptly shattered when his best friend Fernand, who wants Mercedes for himself, deceives him. For more information, call  417.553.0755.

June 14: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. For more information, search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

June 14: “Monarchs and Milkweeds…The Mission Continues”, 7:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). The iconic monarch butterfly, known and appreciated by nearly every child and adult in the United States, is in serious decline. This striking orange and black butterfly, known for its spectacular long-distance migrations, has declined more than 80% in the past 20 years. Clouds of migrating monarchs common in Joplin during the early 90’s are rarely seen. Some suspect the migration is an endangered phenomenon, something our grandchildren will only read about in books. Fortunately, while monarch numbers have plunged, interest in their recovery has surged to an all-time high. The monarch may face many challenges, but average citizens are able to make a real difference to their future. Val Frankoski will be the presenter for this event. Val Frankoski was one of the founding members of Chert Glades Chapter Missouri Master Naturalist in 2005, has served as an officer, organized and led training for new members, and is Butterfly Coordinator for the chapter. She is currently involved with creating Monarch Waystations, guiding milkweed seed collection, and connecting Chert Glades Chapter with the City of Joplin in The Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. Val has a BS from Cornell University and an MS in Biological Sciences from Purdue University. A former teacher, Val volunteered in various capacities at Wildcat Glades Center from its start to recent closing. She is an obsessive gardener and has almost never met a native plant she doesn’t like. Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter was formed in Joplin in 1975 and met in various public locations until the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center was completed in 2007. The Audubon Missouri mission is: To connect people to nature in order to conserve and restore Missouri’s ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife. They do this through habitat restoration, advocacy, education and public awareness. For more information, call  417.438.6220 or email cvcassady@softnet.com.

June 14: 48-Hour Film Competition Viewing/Awards, 5:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). This competition challenges filmmakers to create a three-minute short within a two-day period. Each film must include a specific criteria that includes a line of dialogue, a location and an object. The final films will be screened at Bookhouse Cinema starting at 5:30pm. There will be three showings of all films – 5:30pm, 6:15pm, and 7:00pm – with an awards ceremony after the final showing. Winning films are determined by a panel of jurors, as well as a people’s choice award chosen by popular vote. Awards will be presented at 7:30pm that evening. Anyone interested in sponsoring the competition or donating prizes should contact Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org.

June 17: Juneteenth Celebration, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). What is Juneteenth? It’s a time for reflection on freedom. Join a park ranger for an informative program on one of America’s most historic celebrations of the ending of slavery. For more information, call 417.325.4151.

June 18: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Poetry reading and open mic. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Featured poet(s) will begin reading at 6:15pm. Open mic starts at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. For more information, contact Allison Blevins at ablevins@pittstate.edu

June 21: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop!

June 23: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10:00am at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin 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. Click here to become a member. 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. For more information, contact joplinrac@gmail.com.

June 23 & 24: Film: “Against the Odds: Artist of the Harlem Renaissance”, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). This 60-minute documentary features more than 130 rarely seen paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures by black artists, along with rich archival footage of those artists at work. For more information, call 417.325.4151.

June 25 & 26: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions for Vaudeville Extravaganza and Melodrama, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). For the Vaudeville portion of the show, JLT is looking for singers, dancers, jugglers, unicycle riders, animal acts and much more! Please prepare a few minutes of your talent to demonstrate for the auditions. For the Melodrama portion of the show, auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Looking for young actors ages 18 and under – at least 20 boys/girls. Performance dates are July 25-27 at 7:00pm; July 28 & 29 at 2:30pm. For more information, call 417.623.3638.

June 25: Main Gallery Dinner, 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Experience four courses and four wine pairings by Chef Dale Davis of Indigo Sky Casino while admiring Tablescapes by Justin Thomas of The Wild Flower. Dine in the gallery surrounded by the current exhibit, Food for Thought. Business casual attire is required. Reservations only by June 22 at 5:00pm. There will be opportunities to sponsor the event in addition to your ticket at a $50, $100, or $200 level. Cost for ticket is $100 per person. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

June 29: Spiva Opening Reception, 5:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). In the Main Gallery, Art and the Animal – a Flagship exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists, comprised of realistic depictions of art and nature in various mediums. Charlotte Street Foundation is in the Regional Gallery, featuring three artists from their innovative Kansas City residency program: Glyneisha Johnson, Ruben Castillo, and Rebekah Peck Moguel. For more information, call 417.623.0183.

June 30: Charlotte Street Foundation Panel, 11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Features three artists from this innovative Kansas City residency program: Glyneisha Johnson, Ruben Castillo, and Rebekah Peck Moguel. For more information, call 417.623.0183.

June 30: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). Take some time to learn about the symbols and engravings found on headstones during this program at the Carver Family Cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of early settlers. For more information, call 417.325.4151.

June 1 – July 31: Summer Reading Art Challenge Kick-Off, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Joplin Public library and Post Art Library invite you to celebrate this year’s Summer Reading program by picking up an art board for an all-ages Summer Reading Art Challenge!  Starting Friday, June 1, 2018, participants may pick up an entry form and an 11×17 inch art board from any public service desk inside the Library. NOTE: art boards may be picked up as late as July 30, 2018, so long as artwork is returned by the deadline July 31. On the art board, create a piece of art inspired by music. Artwork must be created on the art board provided by the Library. All forms, mediums, mixed-media, etc. accepted, though artwork may not exceed the size of the art board provided by the library. When set on the art board, 3D artwork must not hang over any edge, but may be as tall as desired. Artwork will be exhibited in the Library from August 2–September 28, 2018. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category (Adult, Teen, and Kids). A reception will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2018, to honor all participants. Bring your family and friends to this free public event. Library Card is not needed to participate. For more information, contact Jill at 417.623.7953 x1041 or jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org.

Wednesday–Sunday: Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway), Bookhouse Cinema is an independent micro theater and pub in the East Town neighborhood. They show a variety of independent, classic, and foreign films while offering a great pub environment. For showings and times, click here. For more information, call 417.825.5161.


EXHIBITS:

June 1 – 30: Summer at the Beach, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Summer at the Beach features an amazing group of artists including Linda Teeter, Todd Williams, Mary Datum, Amber Mintert, Connie Miller, Sandra Conrad, Brad Bracklin, Kristin Girard, Chadan Tomlin, and others. Urban Art Gallery encourages you to stop in and enjoy this mixed media show.

June 1 – 30: Consider by Amber Mintert, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Amber Mintert, assistant professor of art at Missouri Southern State University and creator of Consider will be showing her work through June in the Joplin Avenue Coffee Company. The works will consist of several mixed media works.

June 1 – 30: Colorful Expressions by Connie Miller, Joplin Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Modern Expressionist paintings in acrylic on canvas depicting colorful images of life, people, pets, birds, and flowers. These paintings will add color and light to your life. For more information, email forconniem@gmail.com or check out Connie’s Art on Facebook or  call 816.522.4911.

June 4 – July 20: Kloes by Tarrah Krajnak, Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Born in Lima, Peru, Krajnak is an assistant professor of art at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the SUR Biennial in Los Angeles, Art London, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center. She was recently awarded the Texas Photographic Society’s first National Photography Award and had a solo exhibition during this spring’s Fotofest Houston. “Kloes” is a series of photographs taken by Krajnak in a century-old abandoned garment factory in Lansford, Penn. “I am not immune to the simultaneous pleasure and horror of ruins,” Krajnak said in a statement. “I only had a couple hours to shoot this decrepit old building, entombment of an American industrial past, my grandfather’s and 107 years of forgotten garment workers.”

June 30 – August 4: Art and the Animal, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Flagship exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists, comprised of realistic depictions of art and nature in various mediums.

June 30 – August 4: Charlotte Street Foundation, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Features three artists from their innovative Kansas City residency program: Glyneisha Johnson, Ruben Castillo, and Rebekah Peck Moguel.

May 25 – June 21: Food for Thought, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Food! We eat every day, but how often do we really think about the food we eat? Every culture has its celebrations, family meals, and traditions that involve food. Although these vary in different parts of the world, the impact of food is unmistakable. Food nourishes and fuels our bodies, food traditions nurture our souls. Juror Alex Veronelli selected 34 artworks created by SAQA members from around the world. The works examine the many aspects that food plays in our daily lives — from a single piece of fruit to a still life, from the family table to the significance of food in culture and the celebration of family milestones.

May 25 – June 21: Spiva Sketchbook Project, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). 2-page spreads of original sketchbooks created by 80 invited artists. Sponsored by Corner Greer Architects & Davis CPA Group.

May 17 – June 18: Artifacts of Human Trafficking, 10:00am – 5:00pm at Rapha House (712 S Main St). Rapha House invites you to shine a light into the darkness through art and explore the pervasive sex trafficking industry in the United States through Artifacts of Human Trafficking, an installation created by Austin artist, Amie Stone King, with accompanying juried, 2D mixed media works from artists around the world based on the themes of desperation, isolation, and deceit. The exhibit is available for viewing during normal business hours (Monday–Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm) until June 8.

April 23 – July 13: Brazed and Welded Sculptures by Jim Jackson, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). “Brazed and Welded Sculptures,” a show comprised of welded abstractions by local artist JimJackson, is on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside JoplinPublic Library.After retiring from spending 40 years as a professor, Jackson decided to revisit his youthful experiences by creating brazed and welded sculptures. Through his sculptures, he liberates communication with words and embraces visual expression. Brazed and Welded Sculptures is sponsored by Praxair of Joplin, Missouri. The artist’s reception is sponsored in part by Cottage Small Coffee Roasters of Carthage, Missouri. This is a Post Art Library exhibit.

April 10 – June 30: Beauties of the Prairie – Wildflower Photography by Ann Butts, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). As a Missouri Master Naturalist and a member of Missouri Prairie Foundation, Ann has the tools and the know-how to enhance public knowledge of Missouri’s natural areas and reasons to keep them healthy. All photographs in this exhibit were taken on local prairies and are accompanied by the common name of the flower, a small detail, and each flower’s location. “Beauties of the Prairie” will show in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. This is a Post Art Library exhibit.

April 3 – June 30: Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) by Carolyn Trout, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). For 40 years, Trout has developed fine, detailed techniques that breathes life into otherwise plain and perhaps forgotten egg shells. Many cultures have egg decorating traditions, but in the Ukraine this became more than a tradition – it became an art that defines national identity. For thousands of years, the art of dyeing eggs has been passed down through generations of Ukrainian families. Each region of the Ukraine has its own designs and special color combinations. No two eggs are exactly alike, each holding its own special beauty and identity. This is a Post Art Library exhibit.


CLASSES:

June 1: House Number Planter Box Class, 6:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Looking for something that has your house number on it… and it’s decorative? Miss Daisy’s Attic has the perfect solution. These planter boxes are about 20″ x 20″. They will be  preassembled and sealed with drainage holes so you will be able to plant flowers in them. All the supplies you need will be provided. Just bring yourself and wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting a little paint on. For more information or to register visit missdaisysattic.com. Cost: $65

June 2: Makeup Artistry 101 (Ages 12+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join makeup artist Natalie DeMint as she teaches the basics of makeup application, contouring, and how to create wearable looks you can do yourself! For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $25.

June 5: Story Time Pottery, 10:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St). This month the kids will enjoy a sweet book about Daddy’s while painting an adorable Dad picture frame. This class is open to all ages. Each month a different story is read and a different object is painted to bring the book to life. Firehouse Pottery does ask that adults stay with the kids while class is in session. For more information, call 417.553.0671 or visit firehousepotteryjoplin.com. Cost: $10.

June 5: Story Time Pottery, 6:00pm at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St). This month the kids will enjoy a sweet book about Daddy’s while painting an adorable Dad picture frame. This class is open to all ages. Each month a different story is read and a different object is painted to bring the book to life. Firehouse Pottery does ask that adults stay with the kids while class is in session. For more information, call 417.553.0671 or visit firehousepotteryjoplin.com. Cost: $10.

June 6: Local Color Experimental Painting Class, Noon–2:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). The instructors for this workshop will be Donna Robert and Paula Giltner. They will help you paint with acrylic on your choice of 12×12” or 11×14” panel adding a textured boarder and thus highlighting a smaller image in the center. All materials and supplies will be provided with a $35 or if you would like to work with fluid acrylic paint & panel the cost is $25. To register or for more information, call 417.553.0835.

June 9: Mermaid Marker Fun (Ages 6–10), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join Spiva for a morning of colorful exploration and create your own summer adventure journal! You’ll design a special booklet to hold your very own drawings and writing for the summer. As a mermaid, you will design your own mermaid crown and hair, discover your magical shell token and snack on special treats only a mermaid could love! For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $20.

June 9: Story Time Pottery, 10:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St). This month the kids will enjoy a sweet book about Daddy’s while painting an adorable Dad picture frame. This class is open to all ages. Each month a different story is read and a different object is painted to bring the book to life. Firehouse Pottery does ask that adults stay with the kids while class is in session. For more information, call 417.553.0671 or visit firehousepotteryjoplin.com. Cost: $10.

June 9: Abstract Ink Workshop (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Spend an afternoon creating your own 12×12 piece of colorful and modern abstract art using alcohol ink techniques. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $30.

June 14: Vino & Van Gogh, 6:00pm 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. This class will be painting Moss’ “The Spirit Tree” or Monet’s “The Japanese Bridge”. No experience is necessary and there are many masterpieces to choose from! All materials furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine); please reserve your spot by calling the gallery at 417.553.0835.

June 16: Street Ink, 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Hit up the urban landscape for an adventure in street ink. Create unique prints on T-shirts (bags, fabric, etc.) from the manhole covers, vents and other often-unnoticed designs located in historic downtown Joplin! Come prepared to walk, get messy, and make some one-of-a-kind designs you can wear. One printing item will be provided, but feel free to bring more to make many prints! Cost: $35.

June 21: Jar Box Centerpiece Class, 6:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Wood Box Centerpieces perfect for a centerpiece or counter decor comes with 3, 4 or 5 Ball jars you can paint, its great for flowers, candles, craft supplies, etc.There are three sizes available.  You can choose custom wording such as last name, flip. stir. whisk., fork.spoon.knife, gather, your last name, etc. For more information or to register visit missdaisysattic.com. 

June 22: Sign Making Party, 6:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Come join the fun in one of Miss Daisy’s sign making parties. Pick out one of the new designs or new board choices.  All the supplies you need will be provided. Just bring yourself and wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting a little paint on. Choose from several different designs when you sign up! There will be about 30 different paint colors you can choose from to really make your sign fit your home and family. For more information visit missdaisysattic.com. Cost: $39.

June 23 & 30: Grown-Up Glass Camp (Ages 15+), 10:00am – 2:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Bring a lunch and your creativity for this two-day dive into glass art! Students will spend these two days creating mosaic and fused glass projects to take home. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $90.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd): 

Tuesdays from 9:00am–Noon & Wednesdays from 4:30–7:30pm: Painting with Pam Leisenring at Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd). Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. These are ongoing classes and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. Call 417.781.3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.  


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

Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. The fee is $20 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486. 

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835 to register. 


RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):  

Weekly: Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. Prices vary depending on class. 


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

Thursdays, March 1–November 16: Memories in the Making, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Memories in the making is back this March! This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. There is no charge for the class, and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Sponsored by St. Avips. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.


Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St Ste A):

Friday’s: Date Night, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Looking for something different to do on a Friday nigh? Firehouse Pottery-Joplin has something just for you, on Friday nights are date night 2 for 1 studio fees until 8:00pm is available for all couples. For more information call 417.553.0671.

Tuesday’s: Ladies’ Night Out, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies (18 and up) gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with  Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. For more information call  417.553.0671.


OPEN STUDIOS:

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $125 each. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class. Drop in any other time with an appointment.

Second Saturdays: Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio at Joplin Public Library Makerspace (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Joplin Makers have partnered for Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio events. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve, basis. You do not need a library card to use the makerspace. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian to use the makerspace during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. For information, cal 417.623.7952, ext. 1041.

Wednesday (4:00–9:00pm) | Wine’d Down Open Studio at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in and you can paint with the help of their talented artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).


SUMMER CAMPS:

View our list of summer arts camps and classes by clicking here.