June 2019

Posted on May 24, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in June 2019? 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…

Featured Image: Family Affair: A Multi-Generational Exhibit – see “Exhibits” for more information.


PERFORMANCES:­

May 29 – June 2: Joplin Little Theatre: 9 to 5 The Musical, Wednesday–Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). 9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy, and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she? Directed by James Boone. This production is rated PG-13. Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Seniors (55/up) & Students (Any). Tickets may be purchased online at www.joplinlittletheatre.org or by calling the box office at 417.623.3638. All seats are reserved. Early reservations are highly recommended for this popular show. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

June 1: Briley Performing Arts Company: The Little Mermaid Jr., 2:00–3:30pm and 7:00–8:30pm at Soaring Heights Elementary School (4604 E 20th St). The beloved, Disney classic comes to life! Watch as Briley Performing Arts Company students, ages 5 to 18, present their acquired skills on the stage. Tickets: $10. More information: Heather Briley, info@brileyperformingarts.com, 417.553.7954.

June 1 – 9: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin: The Music Man JR, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Enjoy the comical, award-winning musical The Music Man JR.! In this family-friendly story, the town of River City, Iowa is swindled into supporting a charming salesman, Harold Hill, who claims to be forming a boys’ band. But, before he can leave with their money, Hill falls for the local librarian, Marion, who believes his lies and inspires him to follow through with his claims. However, he knows nothing about music. Tickets are available at the door, which opens 45 minutes prior to the showtime. A handicap ramp is accessible at the rear of the building. Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Kids. Message them on Facebook or email sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

June 6: Oh My Gosh Josh, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). OMG Josh and Bob will lead you through the dewey dimensions where silly space adventures abound! Come along for this exciting comedic show full of books, magic, circus stunts and audience participation More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

June 6: The Glenn Miller Orchestra in the Courtyard, 7:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). Stop by the Hershewe Family Courtyard at TJ for an evening of excellent music under the stars. 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. Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 TJ Parents & Seniors (60/up), $10 Students (Any), $7 TJ Students. More information: Robert Carlson, rcarlson@tjeffschool.org, 417.781.5124.

June 8: Rick Estrin & The Nightcats (Electric), 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). For more than 40 years, Rick Estrin has provided audiences with an unforgettable combination of soulful music and compelling lyrics. Together, with his talented guitarist, brilliant drummer, and a skilled bass and piano player, Estrin and the Nightcats provide a striking blend of blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Suggested donation: $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.

June 9: Rick Estrin & The Nightcats (Acoustic), 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Experience Rick Estrin & The Nightcats’ outstanding performance on a more personal level, as they perform acoustically. For more than 40 years, Rick Estrin has provided audiences with an unforgettable combination of soulful music and compelling lyrics. Together, with his talented guitarist, brilliant drummer, and a skilled bass and piano player, Estrin and the Nightcats provide a striking blend of blues and rock ‘n’ roll. 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.

June 26 – 29: Missouri Shakespeare Festival: As You Like It by William Shakespeare, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre (3950 E Newman Rd). Set in the fanciful forest of Arden, As You Like It is like Shakespeare on holiday. The joys are joyful, the humor is humorous, and the problems are … temporary.  Above all – love is in the air! As You Like It contains some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters: the love-struck Rosalind, the cynical Touchstone, and the melancholy Jaques, who reminds us that, “All the world’s a stage.” Tickets can be purchased at the door. Tickets: $10. More information: Terri Spencer, spencer-t@mssu.edu, 417.625.9393.

June 29: Wilder’s 2019 Summer Concert Series/June (Ages 21+), 6:00–11:00pm at Wilder’s Event Center (1208 S Main St). Miss the first part of Wilder’s 2019 Summer Concert Series? No worries! Experience a night of incredible folk music. See spectacular artists like The Creek Rocks, The Whispering Willows, Jeremiah Jones and The RiverBand, and Taylor Jones. Discover local vendors featured at Artisan Alley and grab some grub from the showcased food truck. 21+ event. General Admission: $15. More information: Doug and Andrea Dicharry, goodappleentertainment@gmail.com.


EVENTS:

May 20June 20: Joplin Writers’ Guild: Short Story Contests (Ages 16+). Enter one of three short story contests: mystery/thriller, romance, and sci-fi/fantasy categories. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners on July 27 at 3:00pm during the Writers Conference. Participants must be 16 years or older, live within 75 miles of Joplin, and must enter only one category. Entries should be previously unpublished, typed in 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced with one-inch margins, and should be no more than five pages. A cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email, title of your story, and the category entered is required. Include the title, centered, on your first page. Page numbers should be in the header of page two and any following pages. Send entries to Larry Wood, Contest Coordinator, at 2687 Annelise Lane, Joplin, MO  64804 or at larryewood@mail.com by June 20, 2019. Entry fee: Free. More information: Summer Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

June 1: National Trails Day, 8:00am–Noon at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). This national celebration of trails will provide guests with information about the National Park Service’s trails, hiking safety, nutrition, and well-being. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

June 1: Tumbleweeds 1st Anniversary Artist/Vendor Gathering, 10:00am–4:00pm at Tumbleweeds Trading Company (602 E 4th St). Celebrate the first anniversary of Tumbleweed Trading Company! Artists and vendors selling handmade products are invited to set up in the Tumbleweeds parking lot to sell their goods. Musicians and food trucks will also be on site. Whether you’re an artist or a patron interested in local artists’ work, Tumbleweeds is the place to be! Cost: $20 set up fee for artists. More information: Ruth Atchley, acoyote76@gmail.com.

June 1: Artist Talk: Family Affair with Aston Stovern, 11:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). As part of the Family Affair exhibit, Aston will discuss her work, as well as how her family has been a mentor to her as an artist. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 2: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 7:00pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

June 3: The Cornell Complex Launch Party, 2:30pm at Joplin Memorial Hall Parking Lot (7th & Wall Ave). Come visit the site of Joplin’s future home for the arts – the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex – for a launch party! Join Connect2Culture and Spiva Center for the Arts, and enjoy music, get the latest update, recognize donors, and preview next steps for this exciting project. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.625.6683.

June 3 & 4: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin Auditions: The Cotton Patch Gospel, 7:00–9:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Auditions are usually cold readings from the script. A musical would require a prepared singing audition as well. Visit Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin’s website to download audition form. More information: message them on Facebook or email sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

June 3 & 4: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions: Lost In Yonkers, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). A Comedy by Neil Simon, and considered one of his best. When teenage brothers Arty and Jay are forced to move to Yonkers with their strict grandmother, their childlike aunt, and their gangster uncle, they can’t help but feel a little lost. Filled with laughter, tears, and insight, Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize winning play explores themes of family, independence, courage, and the complex relationship people have with those they love. View character descriptions at: https://www.facebook.com/events/267910250750411/. Production dates: July 24–28, 2019. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

June 4: Pavarotti Premiere Screening Event, 7:00–9:00pm at Regal NorthStar Stadium 14 (201 N Northpark Lane). Experience the powerful documentary from award-winning director Ron Howard and explore the legendary life of opera sensation Luciano Pavarotti. Considered one of the most successful opera singers ever, Pavarotti made a significant impact on the world with his music and advocacy. Tickets: $13.63. More information: Michael Gregory, info@heartlandoperatheatre.com, 417.385.1454.

June 6 – June 8: FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition, at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Back for its 10th year, Spiva Center for the Arts’ FilmSpiva 48-Hour Competition allows participants to exercise their creativity while working with a limited time frame. Contestants are to meet at Spiva in the Main Gallery on June 6 at 6:00pm. Teams will receive the criteria needed to create a 3-minute short film. They have until 6:00pm on June 8 to submit their films to Spiva. All entries will be shown on at 5:30pm on June 13 at Bookhouse Cinema and awards will be presented at 7:30pm. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 6: 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. More information: Linda Teeter, firstthursdayartwalkjoplin@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 6: Urban Art Gallery Reception, 5:30–8:30pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Celebrate the vivid works featured in Jaquita Ball’s solo exhibition Atmospheric Abstractions. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 6: Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Rounds begin every 30 minutes in Spiva’s Main Gallery. $5 per person each round and winners take home 75% of the cash. Beer available to participants. This is a 21 and up event. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 7 & 8: Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Volunteer Rummage Sale, 8:30am–4:00pm at IBEW (3316 Hearnes Blvd). Love to scour the shelves for good deals? Find your latest purchase and help support Wildcat Glades Friends Group by perusing the various goods available at the Volunteer Rummage Sale! Interested parties can also donate items for the sale during June 4 and 6 at the same location. Please no clothing items. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

June 8: National Get Outdoors Day, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Why sit in front of a TV or tablet screen when there’s a world of entertainment outside? Celebrate the outdoors at the 240-acre Carver farm. Visitors can participate in guided tours, enjoy fun activities, and meet park partners. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

June 8: NAMI Joplin: Creative Wellness Opening Reception, 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is an organization that works with individuals with mental illnesses to improve their lives. A joint effort, NAMI and Spiva offer a weekly Creative Wellness group to positively affect the lives of area residents with mental illnesses. The powerful pieces created by this group have been displayed to illustrate the coping methods art offers these individuals. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

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

June 13: FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition Screening, 5:30–8:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Admire the films created by residents participating in the 10th annual FilmSpiva 48-Hour Competition. Watch all the entries during one of three showings: 5:30pm, 6:15pm, and 7:00pm. Then, discover which teams will take home an award. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 13: 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 13: Ozark Gateway Audubon Society: Sage Grouse: Icon of the West with Noppadol Paothong, 7:00pm at First Community Church (2007 E 15th St). Join award-winning photographer, Noppadol Paothong, as he presents his new book Sage Grouse: Icon of the West at Ozark Gateway Audubon Society’s meeting. Featuring Paothong’s photographs and Kathy Love’s writing, the book explores the challenges facing the diminishing sage-grouse populations. Cost: Free. More information: Joan Banks, joan.joplin@gmail.com, 417.437.5380.

June 14: Rocky Horror Picture Show with RKO Floor Show, 10:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Enjoy the infamous cult-classic and watch as a shadow cast from the RKO Floor Show acts out the movie using full props. Participation kits will be available for audience members for $4 and participants are invited to dress up as their favorite characters. There is no age restriction, just use your best judgement. Tickets: $8. More information: Stevie Rose, therkofloorshow@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

June 15: Joplin Comedy: Jokin’ and Smokin’ at El Guapo’s, 9:00pm at El Guapo’s Cigar & Pipe Lounge (532 S Joplin Ave). Join comedians Curt Fletcher and Jay Dee for a night of gut-busting humor! Curt Fletcher has entertained numerous crowds with famous comedians, like Jim Norton and Kyle Kinane. His advancement in the semifinals of HBO’s Lucky 21 competition earned him a spot in some of the largest comedy festivals in the country. Jay Dee has appeared in more than 30 films and cable TV shows, including N.C.I.S. New Orleans, and his routines are featured on Sirius/XM, Pandora, and Spotify. Don’t miss out on these comedians’ hilarious performances! More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

June 15: Rocky Horror Picture Show with RKO Floor Show, 10:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Enjoy the infamous cult-classic and watch as a shadow cast from the RKO Floor Show acts out the movie using full props. Participation kits will be available for audience members for $4 and participants are invited to dress up as their favorite characters. There is no age restriction, just use your best judgement. Tickets: $8. More information: Stevie Rose, therkofloorshow@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

June 16: Juneteenth Celebration, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). In June of 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the United States saw the end of the Civil War and slavery. Now, 154 years later, we gather together to celebrate and learn more about this historical day. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

June 16: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 7:00pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

June 20: 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! More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

June 22: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10:00am at Beckett’s Cafe (705 Illinois Ave). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Coffee Hours offer JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic, or participate in a professional development workshop. JRAC Coffee Hours are held on the fourth Saturday of each month and you must be a JRAC Member to attend. Membership dues for JRAC are $35 annually. JRAC is a not-for-profit established to empower visual artists in the area by helping them network with other artists and the community-at-large. More information: joplinrac@gmail.com.

June 22: June Outdoor Demo Swap, 10:00am–5:00pm at Wildcat Glades Park (201 Riviera Dr). Open to the general public to enjoy and take part. Everyone is welcome to bring kayaks, canoes, hammocks, bikes, camping gear or any other outdoor item. Only outdoor related products, crafts, activities, and photography will be allowed. More information: Kenneth Bogle, kbogle@joplinoutdoors.com.

June 22 & 23: History of the Carver Family Cemetery, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Knowledgeable rangers will lead a tour of the Carver Family Cemetery and discuss those buried there, some of whom were early citizens of the Diamond Grove community. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

June 22: The History of Quapaw Pottery, 6:00pm at Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum (740 E Ave, Baxter Springs, KS). Enjoy refreshments and join Betty Gaedtke as she explores the history of Quapaw pottery and her own work. Reservations are encouraged. More information: Mary Billington, heritagectr@embarqmail.com, 620.856.2385.

June 23: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 7:00pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

June 29: Joplin Area Organist’s Association: Hymn Festival, 3:00pm atFirst United Methodist Church (501 W 4th St). A night of worship and gospel music performed by local musicians. Raise your voice in praise alongside a 14 rank Quimby/Wicks pipe organ, a 6-foot Steinway grand piano, the Festival Choir, a trumpet, a cello, and other believers. Admission: Free. More information: Gary Jordan, jsbptech@gmail.com.

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


EXHIBITS:

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

June 1 – July 31: Hubble Exhibit at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

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

June 1 – June 30: Buds and Beaches by Helen Kunze at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Experience the award-winning talents of Helen Kunze. Kunze’s control over her chosen medium and her attention to detail allow her to create exquisite oil paintings. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 1 – June 30: Darral Dishman: The Artist as Mentor at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Mentors often have a powerful effect on artists and the decisions they make regarding their personal styles. Former Missouri Southern State College professor, Darral Dishman, mentored numerous students during his career. The Artist as Mentor explores the significant impact Dishman had on his students through both his and his former students’ work and reflections. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 1 – June 30: Garden Party by Margie Moss at Club 609 (609 S Main St). Admire the bright, impressionistic paintings featured in Margie Moss’ Garden Party. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 3 – June 29: Atmospheric Abstractions by Jaquita Ball at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Discover Bentonville artist Jaquita Ball’s remarkable, acrylic paintings. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

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

May 20 – June 20: Beyond Thunderdome by Danielle Julian Norton at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). This show will feature photography by the Columbus, Ohio based artist – Danielle Julian- Norton. Click here to learn more about Danielle. Artist Talk: Thursday, June 20, 2:00–3:00pm. Reception: Thursday, June 20, 3:00–4:00pm. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

April 16 – June 30: Sculpture Works in Wood by Justin Hale at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). “Sculpture Works in Wood,” a solo exhibition by local artist M. Justin Hale, is on display in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery, the display cases, and the Post Reading Room inside Joplin Public Library. M. Justin Hale sees anatomical references whenever he carves. Most of his professional life has been spent working in prosthetics. Leaving the prosthetics field in 1999, he now devotes his life to his artwork. His work is inspired by the bent and twisting forms found in remnants of trees from a long and well lived life. Finding and releasing the stored energy of the wood into a new life as sculpture is a great experience. “Sculpture Works in Wood” is showing now through June 30, 2019. Library exhibitions and displays are curated by Post Art Library. Their mission is to enrich the community of Joplin by perpetuating Dr. Winfred L. and Elizabeth C. Post’s love of art, architecture, history, and history preservation through public access to arts-related library resources and services, educational programming, events, and exhibits. Visit www.postartlibrary.org for more information. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.


CLASSES:

June 1: Fabric Painting with Brooks-Elizabeth Billings (Ages 13+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Participants will learn to use the paste resist technique to create their own unique textile. Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 1: An Ounce of Prevention (Ages 5+), 10:30–11:30am at Walter Wood Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). As summer approaches, prepare yourself and your loved ones for outdoor activities by learning how to identify and avoid various poisonous plants and venomous animals and the best way to deal with ticks, mosquitoes, and more. Registration required. Click here to register. Cost: Free. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

June 1: Horseshoe Link Bracelet, 4:00–6:00pm at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Do you love jewelry? Then, learn some techniques to make your own! In this beginners’ workshop, knowledgeable artists will teach you about the horseshoe link and will help you create your very own bracelet. Wire techniques will also be covered, which will allow you to make earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. All supplies provided. Class size is limited to ten people. Cost: $45. More information: Suzi Huntington, joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com, 417.623.1455.

June 5: Preschool Nature Connections: What’s in Your Backyard (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Take a walk around the block… in this case, take a walk around the park to see what we can see. Will we find a reptile? An amphibian? Or maybe a mammal? Are there baby birds in the nest in that tree? Discover different animals through exploration, story time, and a craft. This program is free of charge but space is limited and registration is required. Visit their Facebook page for registration information. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Calvin Cassady. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. 

June 8: Preschool Nature Connections: What’s in Your Backyard (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Take a walk around the block… in this case, take a walk around the park to see what we can see. Will we find a reptile? An amphibian? Or maybe a mammal? Are there baby birds in the nest in that tree? Discover different animals through exploration, story time, and a craft. This program is free of charge but space is limited and registration is required. Visit their Facebook page for registration information. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Calvin Cassady. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. 

June 8: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). This class, led by a registered yoga teacher, is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing, and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring a yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Registration is greatly appreciated so they can be prepared for you and your little! Click here to register. Ages 2 and up must be accompanied by an adult. This program is sponsored by Peaceful Yoga by Amanda. Cost: Free. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. 

June 8: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). A professional model will be posing to help you advance your drawing skills. Cost: $20. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 13: 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. In this class, choose to paint: Hassam’s Celia Thaxton’s Garden, Matisse’s Goldfish, or Monet’s Garden at Giverny. All materials are furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

June 15: Nailed It! Mosaics with Amy Mullins (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Don’t be a Pinterest fail! In this class, you’ll learn a simple DIY way of making decorative mosaic platters perfect for displaying whatever your creative little heart desires. Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 22 & 29: Intro to Oil Painting, Part 1 & 2 with Veronica Pickett (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). In this two-part series, artist Veronica Pickett will walk participants through a base coat of form and value structure as they start their own landscape oil painting, with participants returning to add additional layers and detail. Cost: $60. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 26: Nature Explorers: Snakes Of Missouri (Ages 7-12), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Kids will learn about various snakes of Missouri. They will learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes, discover snake habitats/diet, and appreciate fun facts about snakes during this interactive workshop. Visit their Facebook page for registration information. Cost: Free. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. 


SUMMER CAMPS:

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


RECURRING CLASSES:

Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd): 

Tuesdays: 9:00am–Noon
Wednesdays: 4:30–7:30pm

Painting with Pam Leisenring at Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd). Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experience of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. These are ongoing classes and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. More information: Pam Leisenring, 417.781.3839. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class. 

Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. The fee is $20 per class. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30am at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Local Color artists will be leading an experimental painting class using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided by the instructor. Let Local Color help you discover your inner artist or perhaps help you build upon your current skills. Class size is limited to six, so students must register prior to each Wednesday session. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835.

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

RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):  

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

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. Cost: $38–$78. Click here to see class offerings. More information: infojop@rsvpaint.com.

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

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

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


OPEN STUDIOS & CLUBS:

First Monday of the Month: Chess Club, 5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Monthly Children’s department program for chess players  of  all experience  levels. No registration required. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

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

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 4:00pm–7:30pm on Tuesday and 9:30am–2:30pm on Saturday at the Joplin Public Library Makerspace (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Joplin Makers have partnered for Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio events. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve, basis. You do not need a library card to use the maker space. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardian to use the maker space during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953 x1041.

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

Second Sunday of the Month: LEGO Club, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Children can build with Legos, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks, and more. Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

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