March 2021

Posted on Feb 26, 2021 in Monthly Arts & Culture

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

Featured Image: Brush with Color by Kayla Chambers, on display at Crowder College’s Longwell Museum through March 29.


PERFORMANCES:

February 25–March 4: Lincoln Center’s Gloria Chien Virtual Concert, online. Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has a diverse musical life as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. Now, thanks to Pro Musica and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, you can enjoy the work of this accomplished musician from the comfort of your home. Watch a world-class, virtual concert featuring Gloria Chien, as well as Benjamin Beilman (violin), Sean Lee (violin), Richard O’Neill (viola), and Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello), playing Field, Liszt, and Mendelssohn. A virtual Q&A session with Chien will follow the performance. Stream on-demand anytime between February 25th and March 4th. Registration and additional details available at promusicajoplin.org/Chien. Free and open to the public. More information: Jay Gilman, info@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

March 7: MSSU Bands Concert, 7:30–9:00pm at Central Christian Center (410 S Virginia Ave). The MSSU Concert Band and Wind Ensemble are joining forces for one incredible concert! The concert will include works by Julie Giroux, Gustav Holst, and Clare Grundman as well as Scott McAllister’s rock & roll concerto, performed by Dr. Cheryl Cotter. The concerto, titled Black Dog, is a virtuosic showcase for the clarinet and it draws heavy influence from the music of Led Zeppelin. The concert will also feature MSSU Student Concerto Winner and Joplin resident, Joseph Fry, on a saxophone concerto by composer Darius Milhaud titled Scaramouche. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Donald Linn, linn-d@mssu.edu, 417.625.9633.

March 11–14: MOSO Theatre Presents: Molière’s Tartuffe, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm), online. This classic French play is given a modern twist as the talented actors of MOSO Theatre bring the exploits of Tartuffe, Elmire, and Orgon to life! In the home of the wealthy Orgon, Tartuffe — a fraud and a pious imposter — succeeds magnificently in winning the respect and devotion of the head of the house. Then, he tries to marry Orgon’s daughter, seduce his wife, and scrounge the deed to the property. He nearly gets away with it, but an emissary from King Louis XIV arrives in time to recover the property, free Monsieur Orgon, and haul Tartuffe off to jail. And so, his duplicity is finally exposed and punished. But not before the author has mercilessly examined the evil that men can commit in the guise of religious fervor and the dangers that imperil those who would believe only what they choose to believe despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. Each night’s performance will be streamed online for viewers. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. Purchase tickets at mssu.edu/theatre. Tickets: $10. More information: Erick Wolfe, wolfe-e@mssu.edu, 417.625.3044.

March 18: Chonda Pierce, 7:00pm at Central Christian Center (410 Virginia Ave). Chonda Pierce, a stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and actress, is coming to Joplin! Join her as she channels her life experiences into positivity, bringing laughter to audiences around the country. Get your tickets to see the Queen of Clean comedy live in concert today! Tickets can be purchased online at etix.com/ticket/p/5194426/?partner_id=3078. Tickets: General Admission $29, VIP $55. More information: Awakening Events, info@awakeningevents.com, 501.514.1717.

March 18–March 25: Intimate Bach, online. Johann Sebastian Bach is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers to have ever lived. Noted for his stylistic complexity and artistic innovations, Bach’s melodies and compositions are easily recognized, even by those unfamiliar with him. In this virtual performance presented by Pro Musica and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, hear Bach’s work performed by a talented group of musicians in an intimate chamber setting, just as Bach intended. Stream on-demand anytime between March 18th and 25th. Registration and additional details available at promusicajoplin.org/intimatebach. Free and open to the public. More information: Jay Gilman director@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

March 19–28: Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre Presents: Boeing-Boeing, 6:30pm (Sundays 1:00pm) at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre (2466 W Old 66 Blvd, Carthage, MO). Set in 1960s Paris, France, this hilarious farce follows self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has three beautiful fiancées. Each woman is an airline hostess from a different country and each one makes frequent “layovers” in Paris to visit Bernard. Thanks to his meticulous planning, none of Bernard’s fiancées realize he is engaged to all three of them. However,  when unexpected schedule changes bring all three women to Bernard’s apartment on the same day, Bernard struggles to keep them from discovering the truth. Reservations required; call 417.358.9665 or email stdinnertheatre@gmail.com for reservations. Tickets: Adults $29, Seniors (55+) $26, Students: $20, Youth $23, Children (6-12) $12, Children (0-5) free. More information: Tom Brown, stdinnertheatre@gmail.com, 417.358.9665.

March 19 & 20: Dream Theatre Co. Presents: Dare to Dream, 7:30pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). For many actors, a “dream role” refers to a part in a theatrical production they feel they were born to play, the one part they would like to play more than any other. Attend this fundraiser and see vocalists present dream-role-inspired performances. Reservations not required. Cash donations will be accepted at the door. For full details, visit facebook.com/events/509617373358043. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

March 20–March 27: Connect2Culture Presents: Live from the Sheldon with Sarah Jarosz, online. Connect2Culture, in collaboration with HEC Media and The Sheldon, presents Live From The Sheldon, a monthly virtual concert series recorded live at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Missouri! March’s performance features Sarah Jarosz, whose captivating voice and richly detailed songwriting has distinguished her as one of the most compelling musicians of her generation. A three-time Grammy Award-winner at the age of 28, the Texas native started singing as a young girl and became an accomplished multi-instrumentalist by her early teens. In addition to her lauded solo projects, Jarosz joined forces with fellow singer-songwriters Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan in 2016 to form the acclaimed, Grammy-winning folk trio I’m With Her. Tune in to see this incredible artist Connect2Culture’s YouTube channel. The performance goes live on Saturday, March 20 at 7:00pm and will be available through Saturday, March 27. This performance is produced by HEC Media, in partnership with The Sheldon and Connect2Culture. Free and open to the public. More information: Chris Peimann, cpeimann@thesheldon.org, 314.533.9900 X19.


EVENTS:

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is one of Joplin’s favorite gathering spots. Curbside ordering is available and orders may be placed from Tuesdays at 8:00pm until Thursdays at 8:00pm online at http://localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Curbside pickup hours are 10:30am–12:30pm on Saturdays. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

Saturdays in March: Music at the Market, 9:00–11:00am at Webb City Farmers Market (106 E Tracy, Webb City, MO). Get locally grown produce and hear great music at the Webb City Farmers Market in March! Each Market in March will feature a different musician singing family friendly tunes. Free and open to the public. More information: Rachael Lynch, webbcityfm@gmail.com, 417.438.5833.

March 1–April 30: Neosho Arts Council: Spring Art Challenge (Ages 6+), online. The Neosho Arts Council wants to encourage and challenge our community with their Spring Art Challenge! The Spring Art Challenge is an online arts contest that offers a chance to sharpen artistic skills and enjoy creative expression. Each week will feature a new challenge. This year, there are four challenges, including drawing, comics, photography, and writing. There are three age divisions and all entries are free. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top winner in each division of each category. For more information, visit neoshoarts.net/spring-art-challenge.html. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

March 1 & 2: Auditions: Gruesome Playground Injuries, 7:00pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Gruesome Playground Injuries is not your typical love story: Doug and Kayleen meet at the nurse’s office in their elementary school; she’s got a painful stomachache, and he’s all banged up from a running dive off the roof of the school. Over the next thirty years, these scar-crossed lovers meet again and again, brought together by injury, heartbreak, and their own self-destructive tendencies. Performance runs April 14–17, 2021. Free and open to the public. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

March 2: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Do you love your downtown? Do you wish to keep it what it is – creative, colorful, and connected? Do you have an hour after work to dedicate your time? By joining your neighbors in one or more Clean Team events, you can keep Downtown Joplin looking fresh and alive. Sign up to pitch in at bit.ly/dja-clean-team-2021. Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes, or gloves. Unable to attend a Clean Team event? Gather friends, family, or coworkers and take 10-15 minutes walking around Downtown Joplin, cleaning up any trash and debris. Then, share before and after pictures of your efforts with #trashtag on Downtown Joplin Alliance’s Facebook page! The Clean Team will meet at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

March 4: Virtual First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm via Facebook. Enjoy all the aspects you love about First Thursday ArtWalk from the comfort of your own home! Watch dozens of artists demonstrating their artistic process and prerecorded sessions from talented, local musicians. Can’t watch live? No problem! Each First Thursday ArtWalk video stays up for one month. For more details, visit their Facebook page. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

March 5: Wildcat Glades Ribbon Cutting & Open House, 3:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Help the Wildcat Glades Friends Group celebrate their continual growth during a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house! Refreshments, including a s’mores bar, coffee, and cocoa, will be available. Please wear a mask. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

March 6 & 7: Women in Carver’s Life, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Throughout George Washington Carver’s formative years to young adulthood, many insightful women mentored and guided him along his journey to becoming a success. These maternal figures encouraged him to achieve more. Learn who they were and what they did to inspire him. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

March 9: Live Storytime (Ages 2-5), 9:30–10:00am via Zoom. Joplin Public Library’s Children’s Department is back with another live storytime! Chat, read, sing, rhyme, and learn with JPL’s Children’s Department staff. Registration required; email childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org or call 417.623.7953 to register. Free and open to the public. More information: Children’s Department, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

March 9: C2C Monthly Check-Ins, 11:00am–Noon via Zoom. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation! Let’s keep the arts and cultural community connected. Register at bit.ly/c2c-monthly-checkins. You can register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent as soon as you register. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

March 11: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm via Zoom. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. In the wake of COVID-19, information about meetings can be found on Facebook at bit.ly/joplin-writers-guild. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

March 12: Pictures with Bunny, 1:00–6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Drive). Celebrate spring by cuddling up with Trevor the bunny for an adorable photograph during this annual fundraiser for Wildcat Glades Friends Group! Then, take your adorable photos home on a provided flash drive. Craft tables will be available for you to make while you wait. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Cost: $35 per time slot. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

March 13: South Middle School Spring Market, 9:00am–3:00pm at South Middle School (900 E 50th St). South Middle School’s annual Spring Market is an arts and craft show with a variety of vendors offering quality goods at reasonable prices. Scour racks and booths for the best deals, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and enter various raffles and drawings! Interested in reserving a booth for you or your business? Contact Alison at alisonrussell@joplinschools.org or 417.625.5250. Admission: $5, Children (age 5 and under) free. More information: Alison Russell, alisonrussell@joplinschools.org, 417.625.5250.

March 13: Physics Fun Pop-Up at Empire Market, 10:00–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). While they continue to work towards opening a science center in Joplin, the Creative Learning Alliance has created Physics Fun Brain Bags to help pass the time! Each Brain Bag is filled with Triangle Tower, an experiment that explores compression and tension to explain why triangles are often used in architecture. Get yours at the Empire Market and conduct the experiment from your home! Only 50 bags will be available. Free and open to the public. More information: Shelby Witzman, shelby@creativelearningalliance.org, 417.825.2710.

March 13: Pictures with Bunny, 12:30–4:30pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Drive). Celebrate spring by cuddling up with Trevor the bunny for an adorable photograph during this annual fundraiser for Wildcat Glades Friends Group! Then, take your adorable photos home on a provided flash drive. Craft tables will be available for you to make while you wait. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Cost: $35 per time slot. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

March 13: Wonders of the Night Sky, 6:30–8:30pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Did you know that George Washington Carver National Monument’s largest resource is the night sky? Learn about celestial navigation, star stories, and the effects of light pollution! Space is limited and registration is required; register by March 5 via phone at 417.325.4151. Please dress for the weather, bring a lawn chair and a flashlight. In the case of rain or inclement weather, check the park’s Facebook page for cancelations. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines.   Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

March 18: Artist Talk: Chad Eby, 5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). Hear from Chad Eby, a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and professor, about his work and his exhibit Lapse. Access the lecture at bit.ly/mssu-eby-artist-talk-2021, password 508521. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

March 18: Opening Reception: Lapse by Chad Eby, 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). See MSSU Spiva Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, Lapse by Chad Eby, during this opening reception! Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

March 19: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at Spiva Park (E 4th St and S Main St). Do you love your downtown? Do you wish to keep it what it is – creative, colorful, and connected? Do you have an hour after work to dedicate your time? By joining your neighbors in one or more Clean Team events, you can keep Downtown Joplin looking fresh and alive. Sign up to pitch in at bit.ly/dja-clean-team-2021. Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes, or gloves. Unable to attend a Clean Team event? Gather friends, family, or coworkers and take 10-15 minutes walking around Downtown Joplin, cleaning up any trash and debris. Then, share before and after pictures of your efforts with #trashtag on Downtown Joplin Alliance’s Facebook page! The Clean Team will meet at Spiva Park. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

March 19: Opening Reception: PhotoSpiva 2021 and 2021 Small Works Auction, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Spiva Center for the Arts is excited to once again invite local community members to the opening reception for PhotoSpiva 2021 and the 2021 Small Works Auction!COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed, including masks, social distancing, and limited occupancy. For the safety of others, patrons who experience temperatures or flu-like symptoms are asked to delay their visit. Reservations are required. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: JadeHenning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 20: PhotoSpiva 2021: Portfolio Reviews, 10:00am–Noon & 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St) or via Zoom. Calling all amateur and professional photographers! Looking to get helpful feedback from a knowledgeable and skilled professional? Schedule a time now for an evaluation of your photography portfolio by PhotoSpiva 2020 juror and photographer, Adam Finkelston. Schedule an in-person review between 10:00am and noon or set up a virtual review between 1:00 and 3:00pm. Please email jhenning@spivaarts.org to schedule a time slot. Cost: Spiva Members $15, Non-Members $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 20: PhotoSpiva 2021: Juror Talk and Awards Ceremony, 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join this year’s PhotoSpiva juror, Adam Finkelston, and receive the results of the PhotoSpiva 2021 competition. Then, listen as Finkelston gives a brief lecture and provides insight into his work as well as his selections for this year’s competition. Suggested Donation: $10. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 20: Mintahama Food Fight and High Stakes Cake Event, 5:30–9:00pm at Unity of Joplin (204 N Jackson). Enjoy a wide selection of appetizers, main courses, and desserts from local chefs as they showcase their culinary abilities and compete for you approval during this fundraising event! Then, sweeten the evening with a cake walk of delicious treats and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Mintahama Inc., a nonprofit seeking to reopen the historic property south of Joplin as a public recreation area, connecting people of all ages with nature, leadership, and teaching skills. Join the festivities in-person or online with carryout options. Going with friends? Email publicrelations@mintahama.org to ensure you’re seated at the same table. Tickets are available online at mintahama.org/events. Tickets: $65. More information: Lindsey Luebber, publicrelations@mintahama.org, 417.291.2060.

March 20: The Cardboard Cafe: Pop-Up Board Game Cafe, 5:30–9:30pm at Joplin Greenhouse & Coffee Shop (2820 E 32nd St). There’s nothing quite like a spontaneous board game night! Join The Cardboard Cafe at Joplin Greenhouse & Coffee Shop for an evening of fun with their library of 175 board games, card games, strategy games, and more. Cost: $5. More information: The Cardboard Cafe, cardboardcafejoplin@gmail.com.

March 20 & 21: Inspiring Success: Mariah Watkins and Her Influence, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). When the orphaned George Washington Carver came to Neosho, Missouri on his own, he met Mariah Watkins. Her influence on young Carver during his stay in her home strengthened his confidence, nurtured his budding faith in God, and encouraged him to pursue an education. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

March 23: Live Storytime (Ages 2-5), 9:30–10:00am via Zoom. Joplin Public Library’s Children’s Department is back with another live storytime! Chat, read, sing, rhyme, and learn with JPL’s Children’s Department staff. Registration required; email childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org or call 417.623.7953 to register. Free and open to the public. More information: Children’s Department, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

March 23: Joplin’s Connor Hotel Presentation by Chad Stebbins, 6:30–8:00pm at Joplin City Hall, Council Chambers (602 S Main St). Just in time for the 148th birthday of the City of Joplin, local author and Missouri Southern State University professor Dr. Chad Stebbins has released two books about Joplin’s Connor Hotel and its namesake. Learn about these must-have books and the fascinating history (and tragic end) of the Connor Hotel during a brief presentation. Then, afterward, enjoy refreshments, purchase copies of both books, and get a free autograph from the author! Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

March 27 & 28: Struggle for Education, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Can you imagine being denied entry to school simply because of the color of your skin? Learn more about this and other challenges George Washington Carver faced in his pursuit of a formal education, while coming of age in the years after the Civil War. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

March 29: Closing Reception: Central Ozark Conference (COC) Art Show, 5:00–7:00pm at Crowder College, Longwell Museum (601 Laclede Ln, Neosho, MO). The last chance to admire the skill and hard work of students whose work has been included in the Central Ozark Conference (COC) Art Show! Admire nearly 150 pieces of 2D and 3D art on display from area high schools. Free and open to the public. More information: Seth Wolfshorndl, sethwolfshorndl@joplinschools.org.

March 30: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at Route 66 Mural (617 S Main St). Do you love your downtown? Do you wish to keep it what it is – creative, colorful, and connected? Do you have an hour after work to dedicate your time? By joining your neighbors in one or more Clean Team events, you can keep Downtown Joplin looking fresh and alive. Sign up to pitch in at bit.ly/dja-clean-team-2021. Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes, or gloves. Unable to attend a Clean Team event? Gather friends, family, or coworkers and take 10-15 minutes walking around Downtown Joplin, cleaning up any trash and debris. Then, share before and after pictures of your efforts with #trashtag on Downtown Joplin Alliance’s Facebook page! The Clean Team will meet at the Route 66 Mural on Main Street. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.


EXHIBITS:

March 20–May 7: 2021 Small Works Auction at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 23rd annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 70 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is not only a great way to raise money for Spiva operations, but an excellent opportunity to offer exposure for the participating artists. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 20–May 15: PhotoSpiva 2021 at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 45th year, PhotoSpiva 2021 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Images were selected by juror Adam Finkelston. The week of the exhibit opening, Finkelston will blind judge the work, without knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professional photographers, and without categories to distinguish photographic processes. The competition is open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – is eligible, as long as it results in a two-dimensional print that has never been shown at Spiva. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 18–April 21: Lapse by Chad Eby at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Chad Eby, a Kentucky-based, multidisciplinary artist, designer, and educator, regularly works with light, sound, and code to engage with the grain of digital technology and explore humanity’s fraught relationship with made objects. See his work and his use of digital fabrication techniques in his exhibit, Lapse. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

March 11–31: 2020 In Retrospect by Justin Kidston at Beast and Barrel (530 S Main St). An exhibit showcasing surreal artwork from local artist Justin Kidston, which was completed in 2020. Created with oils, Kidston’s work often revolves around the concepts of human beings; their tendencies to create, destroy, and manipulate; and their ever-fluctuating relationship with the environment. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

March 5–May 30: The ABCs of Folklore and Slang by Deby Gilley at Joplin Public Library, Bramlage and Wilcoxon Foundation Gallery (1901 E 20th St). The ABCs of Folklore and Slang is an exhibit featuring 26 linocuts by artist Deby Gilley. Inspired by positive feedback about the titles she gives her works, this series is based on an alphabetical sequence of key letters from the words within the titles. Gilley created these works, which reflect an Ozark heritage, using the relief-printmaking process. “I am hopeful that my chosen images and titles offers a new and refreshing experience to the use of the slang and familiar sayings. Some of the images are people and animals that I know very well,” said Gilley. Her book, The ABCs of Folklore and Slang Told in 26 Linocuts, was released in 2020. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

March 3–March 29: Central Ozark Conference (COC) Art Show at Crowder College, Longwell Museum (601 Laclede Ln, Neosho, MO). Each year, area high school teachers select the best artwork from Neosho, Carthage, Joplin, Webb City, and Carl Junction to compete in the Central Ozark Conference (COC) Art Show. This year’s COC Art Show, hosted by Joplin High School, features a variety of pieces displaying the impressive control, natural skill, and distinctive style possessed by local high school students. A closing reception will be held on Monday, March 29 at 5:00pm. The public may view the show between 9:00am and 6:30pm from March 3 to March 29. Free and open to the public. More information: Seth Wolfshorndl, sethwolfshorndl@joplinschools.org.

March 1–31: Amor, Amor, Amor by Holly Gomez at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Neosho artist Holly Gomez brings her exhibit Amor, Amor, Amor to Urban Art Gallery! Gomez works mainly in acrylic, mixed media, and resin to produce whimsical, abstract works. She feels that her art is healing and is needed now more than ever – especially at a time when unity, love, and harmony are desperately needed. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.  

March 1–31: Becoming: A Journey of Love by Sarah Clements at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Local photographer Sarah Clements presents her exhibit Becoming: A Journey of Love, an exploration of the love of art, self, and more that you are guaranteed to enjoy! Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

March 1, 2021–January 31, 2022: Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). In 2014, Post Art Library put out an international call for mail art for an exhibit that has since turned into an ongoing project. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is an exhibit of pieces in their collection, as well as an active call for mail art. The call is open to anyone who would like to participate, but Missouri residents are particularly encouraged to send mail art in celebration of the state Bicentennial! For full details, including where to mail art, what will happen to mail art once it is received, and more, visit postartlibrary.org/postmailartprojekt. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is in partnership with Connect2Culture and the Joplin Public Library and will be on exhibit inside the library from March 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

February 22–March 11: A Glory That May Never by Dawn Holder at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Holder’s work explores landscape as social and cultural construct. Over three years, her work has focused on Confederate monuments throughout the south. Travels and artist residencies in Europe widened the scope of her monument research, finding the genesis of these images of power and control in Roman antiquities. Holder’s current sculptures, installations, and photographs reference the equestrian and obelisk imagery shared by both Roman and Confederate monuments, their inscribed texts, and their visual relationship to the landscape. By excerpting these recognizable forms, her work explores the dramatic possibilities of their ruin. Holder’s sculptures and photographs compress time and history, foregrounding the eventual state of entropy, disrepair, and loss of memory that comes to all monuments. Although there is a bleakness to this work, she hopes it serves to validate the ongoing fight to reevaluate the many monuments erected in the spirit of oppression. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

February 15–March 10: Listen to Mother Nature by Deborah Reed at Beast and Barrel (530 S Main St). In her exhibit Listen to Mother Nature, award-winning artist Deborah Reed uses watercolors, oils, and mixed media to expose audiences to the environmental issues facing Earth. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

February 5–March 13: JRAC: Kaleidoscope at artCentral (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition’s annual exhibit at artCentral! See a variety of artwork, including JRAC members’ latest creations revolving around the word “kaleidoscope.” Displayed pieces are available for purchase. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Rose, joplinrac@gmail.com.

February 5–March 1: A Collection of Work from 2020 by Justin Kidston at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). An exhibit showcasing surreal artwork from local artist Justin Kidston, which was completed in 2020. Created with oils, Kidston’s work often revolves around the concepts of human beings; their tendencies to create, destroy, and manipulate; and their ever-fluctuating relationship with the environment. Drop by Bookhouse Cinema during regular business hours to see this artist’s dreamlike exhibition! Free and open to the public. More information: Justin Kidston, justinkidston@gmail.com, 417.434.8230.

January 9–March 13: Journey: Legacy East Town at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Curated by Sara Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin, Journey: Legacy East Town focuses on the East Side community of Joplin. Affectionately known as East Town, the area is a historical African American community that fostered a rich resiliency of people. The textile artwork and text featured in this exhibition shares accounts and contributions from East Town, where the bonds of trust and mutual humanity learned to co-exist. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

January 9–March 6: Route 66: Crossing Cultural Lines at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). In this exhibit curated by nationally acclaimed fabric artist and former American Jazz Museum curator Sara Sonié Joi Thompson Ruffin, the works of many talented artists are featured. From painters and textile designers to poets, photographers, and sculptors, each contribution to this exhibit is a brilliant example of Route 66’s ability to connect a variety of cultures and communities. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.


CLASSES:

Mondays in March: Joplin Area Beekeepers Association: Beginning Beekeeper Classes with Dale Foley, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Greenhouse & Garden Center (2820 E 32nd St). Calling all wanna-bees! Learn the basics of beekeeping, including how to get started, what equipment you’ll need, different types of bees and their characteristics, and more. Then, sign up for later classes to help prepare you for fall and winter. Participants will meet every Monday in March. To register, call Joplin Greenhouse & Garden Center at 417.624.2751 or message the Joplin Area Beekeepers Association on Facebook or on their website. Cost: $25 with Beekeeping for Dummies book, $10 without book. More information: Joplin Greenhouse & Garden Center, joplingreen@cableone.net, 417.624.2751.

March 6: Easter Egg Story Time Pottery, 10:00–11:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Ste A). With Easter right around the corner, take some time to listen to a story about Easter eggs. Then, paint an egg to bring the story to life! Participants can participate in-store or at home. Sign up now at placefull.com/easter-egg-story-time-pottery–march-2018. All ages welcome! Masks required. All supplies provided. Cost: $10 per initial egg; $5 each additional egg. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

March 6: Seed Bombs, 10:30am at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Turn locally collected seeds into “seed bombs” for your family’s backyard! Bring the entire family to the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center for this all ages class, where you can learn how to turn your yard into a pollinators’ paradise. Participants will use soil, seeds, and a pinch of kitty litter to create an explosion of native flowers. Registration required. To register, visit the Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

March 12: Paint Your Pet, 6:30–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Celebrate your favorite pet by painting their portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $52. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

March 13: Yoga in Nature for Adults (Ages 16+), 8:30–9:30am at Wildcat Glades Village (301 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class incorporates elements of nature, breathing, and yoga for a fun and relaxing experience! Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Cost: $10. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

March 13: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing, and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

March 16: Painting in Nature, 6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Head to Wildcat Village for an open-air painting class! Get outside, enjoy the natural beauty of Wildcat Park, and have a fun painting party. Please dress for the weather but know that the class will move inside if necessary. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Cost: $25. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

March 19: Wood Burning Class with Roxenne Kendall, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Play with fire in this unforgettable class! Learn the art of pyrography (wood burning) and use it to create a design on a bamboo cutting board during this hands-on workshop. This class is intended for beginners. Registration required; reserve your spot by calling Local Color at 417.553.0835 or contacting Roxenne Kendall at 573.397.1940. Class is limited to four students; social distancing will be observed. All supplies included. Cost: $35. More information: Roxenne Kendall, rkrdh79@gmail.com, 573.397.1940.

March 19: Date Night Diptych: Coy Koi, 7:00–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Diptych paintings are one image made across two panels. Create a diptych masterpiece with your best friend or significant other, featuring this sweet, holiday-themed painting. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $40–$80. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

March 20: PhotoSpiva Kids (Ages 6-11), noon–2:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Is your child interested in photography? Sign them up for Spiva Center for the Arts’ PhotoSpiva Kids’ class! Students will learn all about photography as an art form, including design principles, composition, lighting and more. Cameras are provided to the students to take home to create their own photographic art- some of which will be on display during the month of April in Spiva’s Upstairs Gallery! Cost: $50. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 20: PhotoSpiva Tweens & Teens (Ages 12-17), 3:00–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). A great opportunity for young, aspiring shutterbugs to further their skills! From design principals to composition and lighting, students will learn all about photography as an art form and participate in a photo walk downtown. Cameras are provided to the students to take home and create their own photographic art – some of which will be on display in Spiva’s Upstairs Gallery during the month of April. Cost: $50. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 20: Nature Explorers: Prints and Poop (Ages 7-12), 1:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Have you ever been out on a walk and come across a track, or maybe some scat? Who left it there? How can we tell who has been here? There is a lot to be said about an animal’s footprint or even their poop. So, learn all about the thing’s animals leave behind! Participants will meet inside the Education Cottage for a short portion of the class, then take a hike to explore the prints and poop on the Wildcat Trail. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

March 25: Vino & Van Gogh, 6:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your very own version of an Impressionist painting. No experience is necessary. Choose to paint Gaugin’s Vase of Tulips or Hassam’s Poppy Field. All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Reservations required. Please note: due to COVID-19, the class will be limited to eight participants, social distancing practices will be used, andmasks are recommended. Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

March 26: FUNdamentals of Acrylic Paint Pouring, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Paint pouring is a unique technique the produces vivid pieces of art. Learn how to create two of your own paint pouring masterpieces with artist Mary Parks – no experience needed. Reservations required; to sign up, call 417.553.0835 or visit Local Color during regular business hours. Class size is limited to six seats. All supplies provided. Cost: $40. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

March 27: Preschool Nature Connections: Eggs Are to Dye For (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Blueberries, onion skins, beets, and cabbage. What can be done with all of this? These natural ingredients can be used to dye eggs! Enjoy a story, song, and a classic, springtime tradition! Bring your own basket to hunt and gather eggs, too. To register, visit their Facebook page, call them at 417.708.7713, or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

All Month: Firehouse Pottery To-Go Kits at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Paint pottery in peace! Purchase one of Firehouse Pottery’s Pottery To-Go Kits and paint pottery in the comfort of your own home! More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

All Month: Creates2Go Kits at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Creates2Go Kits! More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.


RECURRING CLASSES:

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

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

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

Tuesdays: Tuesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio. Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10:00am–2:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Discover your inner artists or build upon your current skills! Enjoy traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will be using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign-up is required; you can sign up at Local Color in person during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. More information: Donna Roberts, h2rdmr@aol.com, 417.623.3727.

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

First and Third Fridays: Beginner Art Lessons in Watercolor, Ink, & Wood Burning with Roxenne Kendall (Ages 8+) at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Join artist Roxenne Kendall and learn the basics of watercolor, ink, and/or wood burning during one to two-hour, private or group lessons! Ages 8 through adult are welcome to participate. Registration required; reserve your session by calling Roxenne at 573.397.1940. Cost: $20 per session. More information: Roxenne Kendall, rkrdh79@gmail.com, 573.397.1940.

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

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

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

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

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

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create N Sip Studios is combining the best of both worlds with their Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

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

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

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