March 2016

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 in Monthly Arts & Culture

March-2016

What’s coming up in March 2016? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout March in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES

March 1–5: Southern Theatre presents The Threepenny Opera, 7:30pm at MSSU Bud Walton Theatre.
Brecht and Weill turned to John Gay’s 18th-century ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ to fashion this savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality. Set in Victorian London, the bitter tale is told of the predatory outlaw known as Mack the Knife. He secretly marries the daughter of Soho’s underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief’s daughter, he is again betrayed- this time by a prostitute-and sentenced to death. At the final hour he manages a reprieve from Queen Victoria herself, thus providing a menacing finale of ferocious irony. Music by Kurt Weill | Book by Bertolt Brecht | English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein | Co-Directed by Ann & Jim Lile. Adults: $10; Senior Citizens: $8; MSSU Students: $6. Call 417-625-3190 for reservations. For more info, contact Ann Lile at Lile-A@mssu.edu.

March 17: Pro Musica presents Tesla String Quartet, 7pm at First Community Church.
The Tesla Quartet (2 violins, viola and bass) was formed at the Julliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, winning Second Prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months after its inception. The Quartet has enjoyed a busy performing schedule, both in the States and abroad, with appearances in Austria, England and France. Community involvement and outreach are integral parts of the Tesla Quartet’s mission, and the group has brought inspiring music to children’s hospitals, soup kitchens, libraries, retirement communities and schools. The concert is open to the public at no charge, donations appreciated. A House Concert will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at a private Joplin home. The evening will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, concert by the Quartet and champagne/dessert. Tickets will be sold for this concert. While in Joplin the Quartet will present one educational outreach in a local school.

March 23: Connect2Culture presents the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus, 7pm at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center – Coulter Auditorium.
The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. Founded in 1946 and 1957 respectively, these two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions. We will also be celebrating the City of Joplin’s 143rd Birthday! The City of Joplin and Joplin’s Historical Society will provide refreshments after the concert. While this is a free concert, seating is limited and tickets will be required. Tickets will be available for pick-up and online February 22, 2016. Designated Ticket Pick-Up Locations: The Joplin Globe and Joplin City Hall. Online Ticketing: http://bit.ly/USArmyBandJoplin.

March 30–April 3: Joplin Little Theatre presents Other Desert Cities, 7:30pm (2:30pm Sunday Matinee) at Joplin Little Theatre.
Brooke Wyeth returns home after six years to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a tragic event in the family’s history – a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. Directed by Greg Swartz. Adults – $15; Student/Senior – $13; Children Under 12 – $6. Call (417) 623-3638 to reserve tickets or buy online at jltplay.com.


EVENTS

March 1: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library.
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.

March 3: 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. Participating Venues: Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W. 3rd), Post Art Library (300 S. Main), M&M Bistro Gallery (409 S. Main), RSVPaint (410 S. Main), Ron Erwin (411 S. Main), Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S. Joplin), Carmen’s Apples & More (509 S. Main), Urban Art Gallery (511 S. Main), Focal Point Gallery (521 S. Main), Club 609 (609 S. Main), Blacklist Ink (628 S. Main). Click here for the official schedule with locations, artists, and activities!

March 7: Connect2Culture Arts Roundtable: Social Media (Part 1) with Shawn Wininger, 11:30am–1pm at Spiva Center for the Arts.
This two-part Arts Roundtable will provide a broad overview on current social media best practices. Explore the “rules” of social media in relation to blogging, learn how to expand marketing using Facebook and Twitter, and discuss other social sites like YouTube and LinkedIn. Learn how social media marketing fits in with your other on-line and offline marketing activities and how it can also be used to improve your search engine performance. Shawn Wininger, current Director of Digital Marketing for Storm Stanley, will lead both sessions. Different material will be covered in each workshop. Feel free to come to one or both days! 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. These Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections.

March 8: Connect2Culture Arts Roundtable: Social Media (Part 2) with Shawn Wininger, 6–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts.
This two-part Arts Roundtable will provide a broad overview on current social media best practices. Explore the “rules” of social media in relation to blogging, learn how to expand marketing using Facebook and Twitter, and discuss other social sites like YouTube and LinkedIn. Learn how social media marketing fits in with your other on-line and offline marketing activities and how it can also be used to improve your search engine performance. Shawn Wininger, current Director of Digital Marketing for Storm Stanley, will lead both sessions. Different material will be covered in each workshop. Feel free to come to one or both days! 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. These Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections.

March 10: Joplin Writers Guild, 6pm, Joplin Public Library.
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. You can connect with the Joplin 
Writers Guild on Facebook. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

March 13: Joplin Art Reading Group, 7pm at Instant Karma.
This group meets every 3 weeks on Sunday to discuss art-related readings. The first book the group will read is “Why Art Cannot Be Taught” by James Elkins.

March 17: 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. This will be the season finale until Spring 2016.

March 25: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main).
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.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6–8pm at Phoenix Fired Art.
A fiber arts club where people, beginner to advanced, come together to dabble in yarns and threads while enjoying conversation. The Club will meet each Thursday, same place and time. Free. More info: facebook.com/Knitterventionjoplin.


EXHIBITS 

Spiva Center for the Arts

PhotoSpiva 2016 | March 5 – May 1 | Main Gallery
Celebrating its 40th year in 2016, PhotoSpiva is an acclaimed, national competitive exhibition of amateur and professional work—the longest running competition of its kind in the U.S. Sponsored by Freeman Health System.

Robyn Cook: Close to Home | March 5 – May 1 | Regional Gallery
Cook brings an uncanny ability to her portraits of farm life. She captures living color and powerful animals in motion in astonishing, expressive black and white detail in her medium of choice: graphite. Sponsored by Harry & Erin Cornell.

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC)

JRAC Group Show | February – May | At the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
Artwork by JRAC Members: Diana Bray, Cheryl Church, and Christina Lorenzen. JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of member’s artwork. This rotating exhibit is one example of many member opportunities to show their artwork multiple times throughout the year. For more information about JRAC or this show, call Sarah Serio at (417) 592-1673.

MSSU Spiva Art Gallery

Handymen: Justin Shaw and Marco Rosichelli | February 22 – March 16
“Handymen” is a show of recent work by artists Marco Rosichelli and Justin Shaw. Both are professors at the University of Central Missouri teaching in the department of Art and Design’s foundations program. Shaw is an alumni of the MSSU Art department and graduated in 2004 before moving on to complete his masters degree in sculpture at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Rosichelli completed his BFA from Southern Oregon University and his MFA in Sculpture at Arizona State University. The show title “Handymen” refers to a return to process and making an investigation into contemporary materiality. At first glance, playful and lighthearted, these artworks investigate themes of regional sensibilities. Both artists have a penchant for working with their hands utilizing traditional methods while focusing ideas through a current, critical lens.


CLASSES

March 2–April 27: Dance Composition (Ages 9-14), Wednesdays, 4–5pm at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Do you love to make up dances? Then this 8-week choreography class is for you! Students will learn a variety of methods and approaches to creating a dance through improvisation exercises and group/solo studies. The session will culminate with a student choreography showcase. Students should wear comfortable attire and socks. Space is limited, so pre-registration is suggested. Note: No class March 23. Cost: $45. Call (417) 623-0183 to register. For more info, email Darcie Shultz at dshultz@spivaarts.org. 

March 2–30: Figurative Painting in Watercolor (Ages 18+), Wednesdays, 7–9pm at Rose Gallery of Fine Art.
Watercolor is a difficult medium. It is a particularly difficult medium for painting figures, whether people or animals. Join local award-winning artist Paula Giltner as she teaches painting techniques for capturing proportion, scale, anatomy, and the subject’s essence. Live models will be used in this advanced, 5-week class. Students must have some watercolor painting experience. Cost: $125. To pre-enroll phone: 417-623-1065 or email rosefineartgallery@gmail.com.

March 5: Polymer Clay Nest Baskets & Eggs with Cyndi Cogbill (Ages 5+), 9am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center.
We will make polymer clay nest baskets with replicas of Missouri bird eggs. During the curing time you’ll learn more about bird eggs. Children 5-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $25 for the first person, $12 for additional family members, adults helping children free (clay, materials, and tutorials provided). Registration required by Noon on Thursday before class. Call 417-825-3318 or email cyndi.pawpawpatch@gmail.com.

March 5: Beginner Pysanky Eggs (Ages 13+), 10am–1pm at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Learn from a master! This ancient art form uses egg shells, beeswax, and water soluble dyes to create masterpieces in miniature. Register early, this class is limited to 6 students. Cost: $35. Call (417) 623-0183 to register. For more info, email Darcie Shultz at dshultz@spivaarts.org. 

March 5: Beautiful Bangles with Cyndi Cogbill (Ages 15+), 1–4:30pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center.
Decorate your wrists with beautiful bangles of molded polymer clay (they make great gifts too). While your jewelry cures you will learn about molds and working with iridescent powders. Cost: $35 per person (clay, materials, and tutorials provided). Registration required by Noon on Thursday before class. Call 417-825-3318 or email cyndi.pawpawpatch@gmail.com.

March 5: Advanced Pysanky Eggs (Ages 13+), 2–5pm at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Further exploration into this fascinating art form! This session is for returning students who want to expand on their knowledge. Register early, this class is limited to 6 students. Cost: $35. Call (417) 623-0183 to register. For more info, email Darcie Shultz at dshultz@spivaarts.org. 

March 5 & 19: The Art of Colored Pencils, 11am–Noon at Rose Gallery of Fine Art.
Want to learn basic techniques in using colored pencils? Come to The Art of Colored Pencils class at the Rose Gallery of Fine Art. This is a beginning class for anyone wanting to expand sketching styles, improve work in adult coloring books or just learn a new medium. Dustin Miller, art instructor at Neosho High School and Crowder College, will teach basic color theory and mixing, as well as sketching techniques that include layering, shading, burnishing and more. Cost: $15 per session, plus the one-time cost of supplies. The class is open to ages 18 and older. Space is limited, pre-enrollment advised. For the supply list and to pre-enroll, phone (417) 623-1065 or email rosefineartgallery@gmail.com.

March 10: Vino & Van Gogh, 6–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio.
“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. No experience is necessary and there are many masterpieces to choose from! This month, choose from Paul Cezanne’s “​Delft Vase With Flowers​” or ​Van Gogh​’s “​Plain Near Auvers.”​​ 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.

March 12: Art Feeds Second Saturday Workshop: Shel Silverstein (Grades K-5), 9–11:30am at St. Paul’s Preschool.
Spend Second Saturdays getting creative with Art Feeds Joplin! These K-5 grade workshops are open to the community and organized around fun, imaginative themes. Workshops will be held at the St. Paul’s Awesome Adventure Preschool and led by Art Feeds Joplin personnel. $25 preregistration. For more information, contact Ashley Le Blanc via ashley@artfeedsjoplin.org or (417) 626-2323.

March 12: Clay & Play (Ages 6-9), 10:30am–12:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Join instructor Lacey Santillan on a journey exploring the world through the medium of clay. Students will pinch, pull, coil, slab and pat clay into various forms. We will create clay characters out of pinch pots and paint and assemble a coil pot. Cost: $20. Call (417) 623-0183 to register. For more info, email Darcie Shultz at dshultz@spivaarts.org. 

March 19: Make a Glass Plant Stake (Ages 9+), 2–4pm at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Get ready for spring with Jane McCaulley’s glass plant stake class. These will look great indoors or outdoors, in your house plant or herb garden! This class is great fun for kids and adults. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes and feel free to bring your own safety glasses or use ours. Cost: $25. Call (417) 623-0183 to register. For more info, email Darcie Shultz at dshultz@spivaarts.org. 


WEEKLY CLASSES

Crackpot Pottery & Studio

Tuesdays | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
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. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

Wednesdays | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
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. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). $165 for the two-hour course.

Thursdays | 10am–1pm or 6–9pm
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. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). 

Fridays | 10am–Noon | Throwing Large with Brent
Want to improve your throwing skills? How about taking your pots to the next level? Is it time to learn stacking and sectional pots for bigger and taller pieces? Join Brent on Fridays! Work alongside him and ask all of the questions you desire – no more trial and error on your own. Don’t just get your hands dirty – get your elbow dirty – heck, get your whole arm dirty! Cost: $40 plus clay. Private lessons also available. 

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

For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. 

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio

Wednesdays | 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.

Saturdays | 12:30–3pm | Paint the Masters…and More!
Try your hand at Impressionism and Modern Art. Enjoy creating your very own work of art! Students may choose from a wide variety of paintings by the masters, such as: Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Renoir, Miro, and Picasso. Seasonal themes will be available. Space is limited. Please pre-register by calling (417) 553-0835. $35 (materials included).

Phoenix Fired Art

Tuesday & Wednesdays | 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 and 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.

Saturdays | 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

Tuesdays| 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesdays | 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:

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 on Family Paint days.

Tuesdays: 7–9pm
Wednesdays: 7–9pm
Thursdays: 7–9pm
Fridays: 7–9pm – Date Nights
Saturdays: 1–3pm – Family Paint
Saturdays: 7–9pm

Spiva Center for the Arts

Art Lounge with Fred and Amber Mintert (Ages 14-18)
Mondays
 | 5–8pm
For teens! Thinking of pursuing art after high school or just don’t get enough of it at school? Then this is for you. Art Lounge is a program that helps build your knowledge, as well as your portfolio. Explore the studio of a local artist to gain inspiration and insight. Learn the basics of creating a blog to showcase your work and inspire others. Find out what it really takes to get into a college art program and succeed. Check out the Art Lounge Tumblr site for a taste! Class fee Includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships are available. Classes are held on Mondays from Sept. 21 – Nov. 16. Call 417-623-0183 to register. Cost $105 for 9 wks; payment plan available with minimum $30 down.

Creation Station (Ages 6-12)
Tuesdays | 3:45–5:15pm
Drop in and experiment with painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Must pre-register. Space is limited for this popular class. Call (417) 623-0183 for more info and registration. Cost: $6/class

Preschooler and Pal Art Class (Ages 3-5)
Wednesdays
(beginning Wednesday, Mar. 2) | 10:30–11:30am
Share art with your very young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Build their creativity through reading and art. Adult must stay with child. Register early as space is limited to eight children. Call (417) 623-0183 to pre-register. Cost: $6 per class

Young Painter (Ages 6-12)
Thursdays | 3:45–5:15pm
Does your child want to learn to paint? If so, he/she will love this painting class. Artist and instructor Amber Mintert teaches drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash, and detailing in this fun introductory painting class. Call (417) 623-0183 for more info and pre-registration. Cost: $11/class


OPEN STUDIOS

Everyday | Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours, Phoenix Fired Art.
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.
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.

Mon–Thu | 1–9pm | Walk-In Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).
Come paint anything you like! This time is not instructed, however on-site artists will help you set up, get started, and answer any questions you may have. Reservations not required, but appreciated, as they do allow private parties to reserve time slots throughout the day. Materials provided include: 16″x20″ canvas, paints, brushes, easels, and aprons. All ages welcome to attend. $25 per person, payable by cash or credit.

***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.