May 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017 in Monthly Arts & Culture

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


May 1: MSSU Jazz Combo – The Jazz Standards Concert, 7:30pm at Corley Auditorium. This jazz concert features Bailey Park with special guests Bob and Rebecca Ensor, Matthew Clark, and Mark Knowles. Free and open to the public. For more information call Dr. Phil Wise at 417.625.9636.

May 3: French – English Theatre, 7:30pm at MSSU Bud Walton Theatre (3950 Newman Rd). MSSU’s French Film Festival will conclude with the return of a team-up between the French program in the MSSU Department of Modern Languages and the MSSU Theatre Department. This performance will feature an innovative adaptation and redacted French-English staged reading performance of Eugène Ionesco’s 1960 play, Rhinocéros.  Admission is free and open to the public.

May 4: Spring Choir Concert, 7:30pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (3035 S Central City Rd). Under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow. Free and open to the public. For more information call 417.625.9562.

May 5: Wind Ensemble & Concert Band Spring Concert, 7:30pm at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd.) For more information call 417.625.3061.

May 7: MSSU Choral Society presents “Broadway and Pop,” 3:00pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (2423 W 26th St). Open to the public without charge, the performance will feature four major medleys of pop and Broadway music. “Disney on Stage” with narrator Robert Marzullo and soloist Kathi Cassidy brings several of Walt Disney’s all-time favorite movie songs. A medley of songs from the musical “Oklahoma” and several songs by John Denver are sure to please. Closing the program will be a medley of songs from “Les Miserables” will include solos by Tiffany Fox, Karen Derrick, Albert Johnson, Ron Unser and Annette Nethery. Directed by Dr. Al Carnine with accompanist Clint Newby, the Chorus provides three concerts annually to the public.

April 27–May 7: Stained Glass Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, 7:00pm (2:30pm on Sundays) at Stained Glass Theatre (2101 Annie Baxter). Tickets available for purchase at the door. Box office opens 45 minutes before show times. $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-13. For more information, visit

May 24–28: Joplin Little Theatre presents Little Shop of Horrors, 7:30pm (2:30pm on Sunday) at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W First St). A florist’s dreams begin to come true after finding an alien plant with a carnivorous appetite. General admission is $15, seniors and students are $13, and children age 12 and under are $6. To reserve tickets call the box office at 417.623.3638 or visit


May 1 & May 2: Stained Glass Theatre Charlotte’s Web Auditions, 7:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Auditions are usually cold readings from the script. A musical would require a prepared singing audition as well. If you would like more information call 417.553.0755 or email

May 2: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (300 S Main St). An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered. For more information, visit

May 4: 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. This event runs on the first Thursday of each month from March–October.

May 5: Downtown Joplin Alliance’s First Friday Wine Share, 6:00–8:30pm at 212 S Joplin Ave. This month, be one of the first in Joplin to hang out in the newly refurbished 212 Commons building. Renovated by Neal Group Construction, this 1920’s building (formerly the Hulbert Chapel and occupied by the Salvation Army) is a prime example of combining cutting-edge sustainable design with historical integrity, creating a Green building that our downtown can be proud of. Come out to Wineshare and check out the blend of historic features (those stained glass windows!) and the energy efficiency sure to appeal to any modern tenants. Enjoy your drinks on the gorgeous ground floor or out in the lovely garden area. WineShare is a national event that takes place each month on the First Friday of that month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night. Feel free to bring friends or colleagues along with you! Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer to share. We’ll take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome.

May 9: Give Joplin Day/Give Ozarks Day, Midnight to Midnight, online fundraiser. Connect2Culture (C2C) will be participating in Give Joplin Day (aka Give Ozarks Day) – Tuesday, May 9, 2017! This 24-hour, online giving event runs from midnight to midnight. We need your support! HOW TO GIVE: 1) On May 9, 2017, visit 2) Click “DONATE NOW!” 3) Give a little or give a lot! We appreciate any and all levels of support (there is a minimum donation of $5). 4) THANK YOU! 5) Take a look at other Joplin participants and consider supporting their worthy causes. C2C is unlike any organization in the Joplin area – respected community arts agency, leader of the Joplin Arts & Entertainment Center initiative, and performing arts presenter. C2C is a not-for-profit arts organization founded in 2009 to enhance community through culture. C2C continues to grow audiences and develop resources that strengthen the arts, culture, and entertainment in the City. To learn more about C2C’s efforts, just take a look at our website (, Facebook (, Twitter (, or Instagram ( C2C strives to “ignite a passion for the arts, culture, and entertainment.” This year C2C is concentrating on raising Operational Funds. We are lucky to have an anonymous supporter that has pledged $5,000 in matching funds. This means that $5,000 = $10,000+ with YOUR help!

May 11: Joplin Writers Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (300 S Main 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.

May 12: Opening Reception, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St) Main & Regional Galleries.New exhibits are opening at Spiva Center for the Arts! Come preview the exhibits a day early, mingle with friends, and enjoy refreshments. $5 suggested contribution; members free.

May 13: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Art (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring book or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring pages and markers, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the Gift Shop! Cost: Free. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit

May 13: Tim Cherry Artist Talk, 11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Come hear Tim talk about his sculptural process up close and personal in the gallery amidst his wonderful bronze and polished silver animals. $5 suggested donation.

May 18: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events. Third Thursday is held on the third Thursday of each month, March–October.

May 26: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7:00pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks. For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6:00–8:00pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). 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: For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.


May 1 – May 5: The Birds, the Bees, and Me – Senior Exhibition by Luke Blevins, MSSU Spiva Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Artist Luke Blevins will be displaying work from multiple disciplines. The show will end with a closing reception on May 5 from 5:00–7:00pm. The work exhibited will range from large scale paintings to decorative plates. Each piece represents his experiences along with what he feels are universal truths to human nature. Luke’s work makes use of repetition with personal narrative to create layered levels of information, influenced by collage work, to display his perception of the world and how he fits into it. Through this process, Luke seeks to start a conversation regarding the plastic, superficial reality that is embraced by today’s culture. The use of found imagery and collage based design are intended to represent the cookie cutter way many minorities and social groups are categorized and often dismissed. For more information, call 417.317.5475 or email

May 13 July 2: Biodiversity in the Art of Care by Pieter Brest van Kempen, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Brest van Kempen’s meticulously executed paintings explore the variety of nature and attest to the artist’s belief that chief among nature’s hallmarks is its diversity. This widely acclaimed exhibition consists of 50 original paintings and preparatory sketches inspired not just by the beauty of the subjects, but also by their fascinating ecology and habitat. The qualities that make a particular species unique, such as behavioral traits, movements, or appearance, are what attract the artist to his subject. His aim is to help the viewer learn about how an animal lives and interacts with its environment and other organisms. From Mesozoic fauna to present-day animals of the African plains, these paintings recapture our fascination for unusual species, helping us better appreciate their distinctive characteristics and habitats, as well as the vital role they play in nature. Opening Reception: Fri, May 12, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free.) For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit

May 13 – July 2: Tim Cherry’s Hewn from Nature, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (22 W 3rd St). Branson, MO, artist Tim Cherry produces sculptures which attract the viewer’s eyes and hands. Born in Calgary, Alberta in 1965, he grew up among the rugged Canadian Rockies in southeastern British Columbia. This is where he developed a love of wildlife and the outdoors. Tim’s wildlife sculptures are an expression of each animal’s personality, movement and behavior. Grace and elegance truly are qualities immediately recognizable in Cherry’s work, but another quality frequently present is a sense of whimsy, which marks a number of his works. Opening Reception: Fri, May 12, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free.) For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit

May: The Ozarks Through the Lens – Four State Photography Enthusiasts, Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St).

May: Body Prints by Lydia Humphreys, RSVPaint Joplin (420 S Main St). Artist Statement: My prints display representational physical/emotional responses people have due to depression and anxiety.

May: Pretty Little Trees by Gene Arehart, Urban Art Gallery (530 S Main St). Artist Statement: My work is an illustration of the strong beliefs of constitutional conservatism. I use familiar images and objects to portray strong and conservative beliefs. Altering familiar images is a way to prompt the viewer to question the beliefs and passions our country and citizens have held close, while planting new thoughts and seeds that have grown in to “Pretty Little Trees.”

May: Hubble Revisited by Merlen White, Club 609 (609 S Main St). Artist Statement: Paintings are a fantasy representation of colorful celestial views through the Hubble lens. 

May: Vibrant by Janice Kinman, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Kinman’s exhibit depicts vibrant colors of places she has traveled in life and fantasy.


Monday (through May 29): Art Lounge (Ages 14-18), 4:30–6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Bring your sketchbook and pencils, paint, or whatever medium you prefer to work in and join your fellow teen artists in an open studio session. Each week local professional artists and Spiva staff members will oversee the studio space, providing teens with a chance to ask questions, get tips, and create alongside professionals. Forgot to bring your own supplies? No worries! Participants may pay a $5 fee to utilize Spiva’s Studio supply stash. Cost: Free, or more information call 417.623.0183 to register or visit

May 2: Siblings Improv presents Improv 101, 7:00–9:00pm at JB’s Downtown (112 S Main St). Learn the basics of Improv Comedy with Siblings Improv. $50 for the entire course. To sign up email This improv class occurs on Tuesday evenings from March 28–May 2.

May 6: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5) – Donut Stop Believin’!, 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit

May 6: Comic Book Workshop, 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Come celebrate Comic Book Day and enjoy an afternoon of super-hero themed creation with fellow comic book fans. Bring your favorite comics to use as inspiration. Parents are encouraged to stay with child participants under the age of 13. Cost: $15, for more information call 417.623.0183 to register or visit

May 13: Mimosas and Marbling, 10:00–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Looking to add something fun and unique to your spring wardrobe? Invite your girlfriends and create a beautiful scarf while sipping delicious mimosas! Participants will be introduced to paint marbling and have the opportunity to dye an 8″x 72″ scarf. Cost: $35, Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit

May 20: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5) – Color Explosion10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit


Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)

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

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

Painting with Pam Leisenring (1315 S Rangeline Rd)

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

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

RSVPaint (420 S Main St)

Tuesday–Saturday: 7–9pm
Saturday: 1–3pm – Family Paint

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

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

Creation Station (Ages 6-12)
Tuesday | March 7–May 30 | 3:45–5:00pm | Cost: $6 preregistration, $8 @ door
Drop in Thursday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class! Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin.

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


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

Mon & Fri | All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St)
Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

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

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

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