What’s coming up in May 2018? 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 2: Jazz Combo Concert with Bailey Roach (Vocalist), 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). This is a student combo performing with featured vocalist Bailey Roach. Bailey is a multi-talented musician with a wonderfully stylistic jazz voice. She will be singing a number of selections including jazz music including: It’s Only A Paper Moon, Just The Two of Us, Misty, All of Me, Peel Me A Grape Put on A Happy Face, Penthouse Serenade, L-O-V-E, Desafinato, and Darn That Dream. This combo recently recorded a CD featuring Bailey. Concert is free and open to the public; however, audience members are invited to bring canned goods or non-perishable food items to the performance which will be donated to Crosslines Ministries to help feed those in need in our community. This performances is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.625.9636.
May 3–May 5: Joplin High School Theatre Department presents The Addams Family: A New Musical, 7:00pm at Joplin High School (2104 N Indiana Ave). In this musical production, the audience will follow the story of the Addams family. With Wednesday coming-of-age, her family must find their own unique ways of dealing with her growing up. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or checks only. Cost: $5 child/senior and $8 adult. For more information, call 417.625.5230.
May 4: Jason Bishop, Magician, 7:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). From his breathtaking Double Levitation to his cutting-edge Op-Art and Plasma Illusions, Jason Bishop features stunning and original state-of-the-art magic. Each show features award-winning sleight-of-hand, exclusive grand illusions, and close-up magic projected onto a huge screen. No other illusionist showcases such a diverse array of talents. For more information, call 417.781.5124.
May 6: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Choral Opus 125, with The Ode to Joy, 3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). This performance will include Southern Symphony Orchestra, MSSU Concert Chorale, Southern Symphonic Chorus, and Soloists. The performers for the night will be Stacy Stofferahn (soprano), Brian Stranghoner (tenor), Rachel Horton (alto), Robert McNichols (bass) and Jeffrey Macomber (conductor). It will also include Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with conductor David L. Sharlow. This performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.625.9562.
May 6: Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater House Concert, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. Eddy’s appearance last year with the Bel Airs backing him up sold out several weeks out. Coda is so excited Eddy’s coming back with HIS band for one night only. He’ll be headlining Memphis in May on Saturday night and then heading to Coda! Born in Macomb, Mississippi in 1935, Eddy was raised by his Cherokee grandmother. He taught himself to play guitar upside down, left-handed at 13, and soon after moved to Chicago. By 1953, as Guitar Eddy, he was making a strong name for himself, working the South and West Side bars regularly, often backing Otis Rush & Magic Sam. His first 45, the Chuck Berry-styled Hill Billy Blues, was recorded in 1958 for Atomic H, followed soon after by A Real Good Time on Freddie King’s famed Federal label. He worked steadily throughout the 1960s and 1970s, regularly touring Europe with among others Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. Clearwater released several albums to critical praise in the 1980’s and 90’s, culminating in 2004’s Grammy nominated Rock ‘n’ Roll City, featuring Los Straitjackets as his backing band. Between his left-handed guitar work, his room-filling vocals, his self-defined “rock-a-blues” style (a forceful mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, country and gospel), his boundless energy and even his signature Indian headdress, Clearwater is among the very finest practitioners of the West Side blues working today. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. A donation is suggested and 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.
May 11: Joplin Comedy Presents: Pizza and Punchlines, 10:00pm at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country. Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds, tackling hot button topics like race, religion, war, and immigration, while adding an optimistic philosophical and sociological twist! Mohan has also been featured on NPR and performed at several Fringe Festivals (IndyFringe, Pittsburgh Fringe, Capital Fringe, Philly Fringe Arts), where he has been an audience favorite with his unique brand of comedy and social vigilantism. He has also opened for nationally touring headliners like Stewart Huff, Redacted Tonight’s Lee Camp and Hari Kondabolu. Krish is also the host of the weekly socio-political commentary web show, “Fork Full of Noodles” and the podcast “Taboo Table Talk”. The night will also feature comedy nerd king, Doug Driesel Jr. Doug has been doing stand-up comedy since 2006. Born in the middle of nowhere, Doug started doing improv and sketch in middle school, and made the transition to the stand-up stage shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 2005. Doug would do the “grind” in LA for almost 10 years before he started going on the road and performing all over the country. Now located back in Southern Missouri, Doug combines absurdity, the mundane nature of life, and spot-on obscure pop culture references to entertain audiences wherever he goes. Doug has performed on stages all over the country, including The Improv and Comedy Store in Los Angeles, on the History Channel special The History of the Joke, and venues ranging from Alt Comedy Bar Shows to comedy club main stages. If you would like more information, visit joplincomedy.com. Cost: $5.
May 14: Heartland Concert Band Spring Concert, 7:00pm at Memorial Education Center Auditorium (8th & Pearl). The Heartland Concert Band will perform music from several different genres including movie themes, classical, and patriotic marches. For more information, call 417.649.6159.
May 18: Joplin Scottish Rite and Joplin Comedy present Jason Russell, 7:00pm at Scottish Rite (505 Byers Ave). Every Saturday night, Jason’s Family would have a family party with chips, candy bars and watch SCTV and SNL. Watching the different characters on TV, Jason would try to imitate them, that’s when he started creating voices and doing little skits for family and friends! Watching Eddie Murphy And Richard Pryor, Jason could recite their lines throughout the whole show. He says, “I remember watching Jim Carry on Evening At The Improv and thinking how cool he was and saying to myself how I would love to be a comedian.” Jason’s comedy style is silly, full of different characters and unforgettable facial expressions. His strong personality and explosive energy lets audiences know right from the start that this is going to be a ride! Never using dirty language, his show is a cross between Richard Pryor, Jim Carey and his high school Gym teacher Mr. Clacus. This show will also feature Billy Bazar, who has been performing stand-up comedy for almost a decade. He regularly performs at clubs all over the country. Bazar has also toured with musicians Afroman and Terminator X from the legendary group, Public Enemy. For more information, visit joplincomedy.com.
May 25: JB’s Presents: Randall & Benjamin Del Shreve, 8:00pm at JBs Downtown (112 S Main St). Come enjoy this music from two of the most talented brother in this area. Randall and Benjamin Del Shreve will be Live at JBs Downtown. Tickets are $5 pre sale and $7 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit JBs Downtown’s Facebook page.
May 30–June 3: Joplin Little Theatre presents Shrek: The Musical, Wednesday–Saturday at 7:30pm and a 2:30pm matinee on Saturday and Sunday, at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Make room for the Ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in this colorful, song-filled Tony Award-winning musical based on the hit movie. It tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wisecracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess, and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales. Written by Jeanine Tesoro and David Lindsay-Abaire. Recommended for all ages. General admission is $18, seniors and students are $15, and children age 12 and under are $8. To reserve tickets call the box office at 417.623.3638 or visit jltplay.org.
May: Historic Preservation Month, at Nationwide! May is Preservation Month. Celebrate by participating in the National Trust for Historic Places’ This Place Matters campaign. Everyone has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. This Place Matters is national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. This campaign isn’t just about photography. It’s about telling the stories of the places we can’t live without. Through This Place Matters, the National Trust for Historic Places hopes to encourage and inspire an ongoing dialogue about the importance of place and preservation in all of our lives.
May 1: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! For more information, visit chatncraft.wordpress.com.
May 2 & 3: Bookhouse Cinema presents Borg Vs McEnroe, Wed. 6:00pm, Thur. 8:15pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). Featuring a tour-de-force performance from Shia LaBeouf as tennis great John McEnroe, the kinetic sports thriller Borg vs. Mcenroe is based on the dramatic true events behind one of the sport’s most famous rivalries. At the historic 1980 Wimbledon Championships, rising American star McEnroe sets his sights on dethroning reigning champion Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason, “Wallander”), sparking an unprecedented media frenzy in the tennis world. At the center of the hype, two legendary tennis icons’ with polar opposite personas and approaches to the game. McEnroe is infamous for his brash, ferocious energy on the court and his equally spectacular, expletive-fueled tantrums, whereas Borg’s coolly composed, elegant style of play complements his unflappable public demeanor. However, both men are hiding deep anxieties, locked in battle with their inner demons. On the court, each athlete brings his immense talents –– and handicaps –– to bear in one of the most suspenseful events in sports history. Stylishly directed by Janus Metz (Armadillo), and also starring Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Tuva Novotny (Annihilation), the international award-winner Borge vs. Mcenroe is a riveting examination of this historic clash of fire and ice and the dedication required to win it all. Rated R for Nudity and Language. For more information, call 417.825.5161. Cost: $8.
May 2 & 3: Bookhouse Cinema presents The Great Silence, Wed. 8:15pm, Thur. 6:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). On an unforgiving, snow swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected one-by-one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant) stands between the innocent refuges and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong are not always clear and good does not always triumph. Featuring superb photography and a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone, director Sergio Corbucci’s bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honor less West is widely considered to be among the very best and most influential Westerns ever made. Not Rated. Violence and a Sex Scene. For more information, call 417.825.5161. Cost: $8
May 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.
May 3: Opening Reception, 5:30–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Spiva Center for the Arts and Four State Photography Enthusiasts (FSPE) invite you to view the Third Annual FSPE Exhibition. This opening coincides with First Thursday Artwalk and admission is free. Stop by the Upstairs Gallery for light refreshments and a small awards presentation. The awards presentation will take place between 6:00pm and 6:30pm in the small banquet/meeting room.
May 3: Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Are you and your friends looking for something new and fun to do during Downtown Joplin’s First Thursday? Look no further. This spring Spiva is kick-starting a new monthly event in the Main Gallery. Beginning March 1, a four-round, team-based arts and culture trivia night will take place on every First Thursday. The cost will be $5 per person in each team with a limit of one to eight people per team. The more teammates you have, the higher your chances of winning! There will be three teams to a round and the team to win each round will win 75% of the entry fees. The remainder will go into raising money for Spiva’s Annual Fund Drive. Each round lasts 30 minutes, so come in, have a beer, grab a snack, and put on those thinking caps. All participants must be 21 or older. Sponsored by Missouri Eagle LLC. For more information, call 417.623.0183.
May 4 & 5: Fabric and Needlecrafts Sale, 9:00am–5:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Rd). Don’t miss out on this opportunity for high-quality quilting cottons, felts, fancy fabrics, cross-stitch kits, embroidery floss, needlepoint kits, novelty buttons, patterns, some art supplies, yarns, storage containers, artificial flowers and specialty papers. All proceeds go to Wildcat Glades Friends Group. For more information on this event, call 417.782.6287.
May 4: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at Scottish Rite Cathedral (505 Byers Ave). The Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau will be co-hosting this WineShare with the City of Joplin’s Historic Preservation Commission. They will be celebrating the 30th birthday of the Joplin CVB, National Travel & Tourism Week, as well as Historic Preservation Month! WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome.This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email email@example.com.
May 5: Art Feeds “Together We Create” Mercy Park Mural Reveal, 10:00am at Mercy Park (3002 St Johns Blvd). Art Feeds, in collaboration with Mercy Hospital Joplin, is excited to announce the creation of a new community mural at Mercy Park in Joplin, Missouri. The mural will be installed on the backside of the Butterfly Mural already located in the park. In September 2017, Art Feeds hosted 50 K-5th graders at two 3-hour mural workshops which took place a aboard Art Feeds new mobile art center, Van Gogh 2.0. The registration fees for this workshop, as well as the cost of the tile mural and lighting were generously donated by Mercy Hospital Joplin. The mural will be unveiled in a ceremony with the students, parents, community members and donors that made the project possible. Artists will receive treats from Frosted Cakerie and Tropical Smoothie will provide smoothies to attendees of the celebration. All are welcome to celebrate and marvel at the young artists’ work. For more information, call 417.553.9631.
May 5: African American Trailblazers, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). How do you define a trailblazer, and who makes that designation in history? When is that designation made? Join a ranger to learn more about notable African Americans in history and discuss modern day trailblazers as well. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.325.4151.
May 6–12: National Travel & Tourism Week, throughout the Nation! National Travel & Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel and tourism industry. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for the economy, businesses, and personal well-being. The theme for 2018 is Then and Now.
May 6: African American Trailblazers, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). How do you define a trailblazer, and who makes that designation in history? When is that designation made? Join a ranger to learn more about notable African Americans in history and discuss modern day trailblazers as well. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.325.4151.
May 10: Reception – “Brazed and Welded Sculptures”, 6:00–7:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). “Brazed and Welded Sculptures,” a show comprised of welded abstractions by local artist Jim Jackson, is on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library. After retiring from spending 40 years as a professor, Jackson decided to revisit his youthful experiences by creating brazed and welded sculptures. Through his sculptures, he liberates communication with words and embraces visual expression. This event is free and open to the public. This is a Post Art Library event. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
May 10: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. For more information, search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.
May 10: Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter presents “Birds of Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and Central Kansas”, 7:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). The evenings presenter for “Birds of Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and Central Kansas” will be Tom Whipple. Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter was formed in Joplin in 1975 and met in various public locations until the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center was completed in 2007. The Audubon Missouri mission is: To connect people to nature in order to conserve and restore Missouri’s ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife. They do this through habitat restoration, advocacy, education and public awareness. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.438.6220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 11: Art on Tap/Small Works Closing Party (Ages 21+), 6:00–9:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Art on Tap is an event for Spiva members and a time to invite non-member friends and family. It’s free for members, but non-members may attend by purchasing a $20 ticket. This year Spiva has added a huge twist. The night doubles as the closing party for the annual Small Works Auction. Come eat, drink, listen, look, bid, and buy. Bring a friend; this party is the place to be! For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 417.623.0183.
May 12: Midwest Regional Ballet Auditions, Time depends on level of talent. At Midwest Regional Ballet (2101 Stephens Blvd). Midwest Regional Ballet (MRB) will hold auditions for company dancers ages 8 and up. All are welcome to audition for Prep, Jr.,Sr., and Pre Pro. MRB is also starting a competition team in Mini, Jr., and Sr. Different levels of dancers have different times for audition if you would like more information, call 417.439.9549 or email email@example.com.
May 12: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring pages and markers book or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the Gift Shop! This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
May 12: Carver and Chemurgy, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). In a study called chemurgy, George Washington Carver created an interesting array of by-products from such agricultural plants as peanuts, soybeans, cowpeas, and cotton. Visitors will learn the “why” behind these creative synthetic products and how his work has impacted society. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.325.4151.
May 12: Reception – “Beauties of the Prairie”, 2:00–4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). As a Missouri Master Naturalist and a member of Missouri Prairie Foundation, Ann Butts has the tools and the know-how to enhance public knowledge of Missouri’s natural areas and reasons to keep them healthy. All photographs in this exhibit were taken on local prairies and are accompanied by the common name of the flower, a small detail, and each flower’s location. This event is free and open to the public. This is a Post Art Library event. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
May 13: Carver and Chemurgy, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). In a study called chemurgy, George Washington Carver created an interesting array of by-products from such agricultural plants as peanuts, soybeans, cowpeas, and cotton. Visitors will learn the “why” behind these creative synthetic products and how his work has impacted society. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.325.4151.
May 17: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! May’s Third Thursday will be sponsored by Blue’s Bike Company and Joplin Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.
May 18–20: Bob Yapp Window Restoration & Weatherization Boot Camp, 8:00am–5:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). There are only 18 spots available for this unique, hands-on workshop! Students will be working on actual windows, learning the restoration process form expert Bob Yapp. Students will attend all three days of the workshop. Bob Yapp is a founding member of The National Window Preservation Standards Collaborative and a nationally recognized expert on window restoration. He has more than 40 years of experience promoting preservation efforts, including the rehabilitation of over 160 historic properties. For more information or to register visit murphysburg.org. Cost is $100 per student. Students must bring: safety glasses; a two filter, half face respirator with lead paint cartridges (purple filters) and dress in clothing they don’t care about getting dirty. These are available at any paint store. This event is sponsored by the City of Joplin’s Historic Preservation Commission and Historic Murphsyburg Preservation.
May 18–20: Spring Gem and Rock Show, 9:00am–5:00pm (Sunday 9:00am–3:00pm) at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). Spring Rock Swap will be hosted by the Tri-State Gem & Mineral Society. Come join in on the amazing and wonderful world of rocks and gems! This is the 4-State Area’s premiere rock and gem event. This event is free and open to the public. If you are interested in reserving a space or would like more information, call 417.623.1180 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 19: Girl Scout Day, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). This youth initiative with Girl Scouts will provide instruction in Using Resources Wisely, Making theWorld a Better Place, Five Senses, Bugs, Flowers, Jewelry,Finding Common Ground, Trees, Traveler, Sky, Justice and Water badges. Registration required. For more information or to register, call 417.325.4151.
May 20: Film: Sisters of Selma, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). An unabashedly spiritual take on the Selma voting rights marches of 1965 from some of its unsung foot soldiers – Catholic nuns. Following “Bloody Sunday,” sisters from around the country answered Dr. King’s call to join the protests in Selma. This film is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.325.4151.
May 21: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Poetry reading and open mic. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Featured poet(s) will begin reading at 6:15pm. Open mic starts at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. For more information, contact Allison Blevins at email@example.com.
May 24: Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) Demonstration, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). For thousands of years, the art of dyeing eggs has been passed down through generations ofUkrainian families. Today, pysanky are still created with the ancient wax-resist process that protects each color from subsequent layers of dye. The artist writes on the shell with hot bees wax using a special tool called a kistka. After all the waxing and dyeing is finished, the wax is melted off to reveal the colorful pattern that has been built up, layer by layer. This demonstration will show you the process of this ancient art. This is free and open to the public. This is a Post Art Library event. For more information, call 417.623.7953.
May 25: Golfing for History, Noon (Shootgun start at 1:00pm) at Schifferdecker Golf Course (506 S Schifferdecker Ave). Four Person Golf Scramble will be hosted by the Joplin Historical Society. Entry Fee $50 per person and includes the green fee, cart fee as well as lunch and prizes. For more information or to register, call 417.623.1180. The 2018 Tournament is Honoring: Horton Smith and Ky Laffoon.
May 25: Spiva Opening Reception, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Come see new exhibits at Spiva! Enjoy Food for Thought in the Main Gallery and Spiva Sketchbook Project in the Regional Gallery. This event is free for Spiva members, with a suggested contribution for non-members of $5. For more information, call 417.623.0183.
May 26: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). The Jesup Wagon, also known as the Agricultural School on Wheels, carried George Washington Carver’s bulletins and many other useful supplies to the farmers. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.325.4151.
May 26: Spring Native Plant Sale, 9:00am–3:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Drop by for the annual spring native plant sale! Ozark Soul Nursery and Missouri Wildflower Nursery will be in town with lots of beautiful native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and grasses for your landscape. Native plants are more beneficial to wildlife than non-native plants that are offered at most commercial garden centers. These plants aren’t raised with bee and other pollinator-killing neonicotinoid pesticides either! The experts from these nurseries can help you choose the plants best suited for your landscape. Natives also need less watering and no fertilizers or pesticides. Plant some native milkweeds and other flowers to help out the declining Monarch butterfly population. A portion of the sales will be donated to help the nature center. For more information, call 417.782.6287.
May 27: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). The Jesup Wagon, also known as the Agricultural School on Wheels, carried George Washington Carver’s bulletins and many other useful supplies to the farmers. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.325.4151.
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: facebook.com/Knitterventionjoplin. For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.
May 25 – June 21: Food for Thought, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Food! We eat every day, but how often do we really think about the food we eat? Every culture has its celebrations, family meals, and traditions that involve food. Although these vary in different parts of the world, the impact of food is unmistakable. Food nourishes and fuels our bodies, food traditions nurture our souls. Juror Alex Veronelli selected 34 artworks created by SAQA members from around the world. The works examine the many aspects that food plays in our daily lives — from a single piece of fruit to a still life, from the family table to the significance of food in culture and the celebration of family milestones.
May 25 – June 21: Spiva Sketchbook Project, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Two-page spreads of original sketchbooks created by 80 invited artists. Sponsored by Corner Greer Architects & Davis CPA Group.
May 1 – 30: Four States Photography Enthusiasts Group Show, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). For this juried show, Four States Photography Enthusiasts will feature photographers with images chosen by the judges. Four States Photography Enthusiasts was founded in 2008, and boasts 1800+ members. The premise of the group is to form a group of like-minded people (folks that love to play with their cameras) that meet together to share and to learn about their passion….photography. They meet the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. If you are interested in getting involved with the group, contact Danny Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can check them out on their Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/4Statephotogs/. Sponsored by MPIX.com.
May 1 – 30: Transformations by Sandra Conrad, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main). “Art bridges the gap between fragments of thought. Nothing is more powerful. Passion and emotion come out through line, movement and color. A piece of art should be more than a picture; it should be an experience.” Sandra Conrad is a local working artist. She has Bachelor of Fine Art from Missouri Southern State University. In addition to showing at art festivals in the region, she participates in solo and group gallery exhibitions. Sandra is a Past President of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition and a member of artCentral. Sandra’s art examines the many layers of the human existence and emotional connections made, both externally and internally. Wonderful use of charcoal, pencil, and paints. Sandra states: “I have always tried to be as versatile as possible with many mediums, so that I am not limited with only one outlet. Oil paint allows me to express through texture and color. Charcoal created a mysterious intensity with value.Mixed medium sculptures abstract the subject they portray and give countless opportunities to create complex juxtapositions.” For more information, call 417.438.5931.
May 1 – 30: Colorful Expressions by Connie Miller, Joplin Ave Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Modern Expressionist paintings in acrylic on canvas depicting colorful images of life, people, pets, birds, and flowers. These paintings will add color and light to your life. For more information, email@example.com or Connie’s Art on Facebook or 816.522.4911.
April 23 – July 13: Brazed and Welded Sculptures by Jim Jackson, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). “Brazed and Welded Sculptures,” a show comprised of welded abstractions by local artist JimJackson, is on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside JoplinPublic Library.After retiring from spending 40 years as a professor, Jackson decided to revisit his youthful experiences by creating brazed and welded sculptures. Through his sculptures, he liberates communication with words and embraces visual expression. Brazed and Welded Sculptures is sponsored by Praxair of Joplin, Missouri. The artist’s reception is sponsored in part by Cottage Small Coffee Roasters of Carthage, Missouri. This is a Post Art Library exhibit.
April 24 – May 4: MSSU Senior Exhibits, Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). A group of talented MSSU senior art majors will showcase their original works through a variety of creative mediums inside Spiva Art Gallery during this exhibition. As a conclusion to the display, a reception will be held, where the senior artists will appear beside their artwork to discuss their pieces with interested viewers.
April 10 – June 30: Beauties of the Prairie – Wildflower Photography by Ann Butts, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). As a Missouri Master Naturalist and a member of Missouri Prairie Foundation, Ann has the tools and the know-how to enhance public knowledge of Missouri’s natural areas and reasons to keep them healthy. All photographs in this exhibit were taken on local prairies and are accompanied by the common name of the flower, a small detail, and each flower’s location. “Beauties of the Prairie” will show in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. This is a Post Art Library exhibit.
April 10 – May 31: The Peace Canoe, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). “The Peace Canoe” is a third grade collaborative project on loan from Spiva Center for the Arts. Over 1,800 third graders visited Spiva during their recent Native American Contemporary exhibit. During their visit, students explored the exhibit and learned about The Peacemaker, a story passed down through generations about a man who showed up in a white stone canoe, bringing a message of peace to the tribal nations. The canoe is covered with a collaborative collage of the children’s own stories of peace. Each student contributed an image based on something that makes them feel peaceful. This is a Post Art Library exhibit.
April 3 – June 30: Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) by Carolyn Trout, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). For 40 years, Trout has developed fine, detailed techniques that breathes life into otherwise plain and perhaps forgotten egg shells. Many cultures have egg decorating traditions, but in the Ukraine this became more than a tradition – it became an art that defines national identity. For thousands of years, the art of dyeing eggs has been passed down through generations of Ukrainian families. Each region of the Ukraine has its own designs and special color combinations. No two eggs are exactly alike, each holding its own special beauty and identity. This is a Post Art Library exhibit.
April 1 – May 31: Thoughts and Stories by Amber Mintert, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Amber Mintert, assistant professor of art at Missouri Southern State University and creator of Thoughts and Stories will be showing her work through May in the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Mintert states ”This work has been created using my favorite ingredients of mixed media, thought provoking combinations, and a subtle humor. Each piece represents a thought that has grown in my mind, or experience that has touched my life.”
March 17 – May 12: PhotoSpiva 2018, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 42nd year, PhotoSpiva 2018 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Sixty-three images will be exhibited, chosen by juror Henry Horenstein. The competition was judged blindly with Horenstein having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as amateurs or professionals and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. Horenstein viewed over 547 images submitted by 97 photographers via the competition’s website, photospiva.org. The competition was open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – was eligible, as long as it resulted in a two-dimensional print that had never been shown at Spiva. Entrants represented 19 states, and the Four-State Area made a proud showing of 109 accepted entries; 56 entries were from the Show Me state. On March 17, Horenstein will choose winners and present cash prizes, sponsored by the Freeman R. Johnson Trust.
March 16 – May 12: 2018 Small Works Auction, 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 20th annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating artists. This not-to-miss event includes a closing party for bidding, set for 6:00–9:00pm on Friday, May 11. New for this year’s closing party will be Art on Tap with beer, food, music, and fast and furious bidding! Especially anticipated every year are the Rainmaker entries. Rainmakers are artists whose works have sold for $300 or more during previous Small Works auctions. With an opening bid of $300, these works hold a place of honor in the exhibit. All other works start their bidding at $35. For all entries, there is a “Buy It Now” option for those who don’t want to risk losing a piece in a last-minute bidding war. Artists set their own “Buy It Now” prices, but the minimum is $125. Rainmakers’ minimum “Buy It Now” price is $500. Works may be viewed and bids may be placed online at http://spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/ from the opening of the exhibit and until 3:00pm on Thursday, May 10. Online bidders will have to send a proxy the night of live bidding to ensure they bid up to the last minute. With the exposure for artists comes the potential bragging rights for recognition for creating the best entries: Juror’s Choice; Best 3-D; Best Mixed Media; Best Photography; Best Still Life or Floral; and Best Landscape or Plein Air. Exhibition visitors will determine the People’s Choice award. The juror will be announced on opening night.
May 1: May Story Time Pottery, 10:00am and 6:00pm at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St. Suite A). This month the kids will enjoy a sweet book about Mommy’s while painting an adorable butterfly tea light / candle holder. This class is open to all ages. Each month a different story is read and a different object is painted to bring the book to life. Firehouse Pottery does ask that adults stay with the kids while class is in session. For more information, call 417.553.0671 or visit firehousepotteryjoplin.com. Cost: $10.
May 3: Sign Making Party, 6:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Come create your own unique sign. There will be new designs and new board choices. All the supplies you need will be provided. Just bring yourself and wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting a little paint on. When registering, you will get the chance to pick from several different sign designs. There will be around 30 different paint colors you can choose from to make your sign fit your home and family. For more information or to sign up, visit missdaisysattic.com. Cost: $39.
May 5: Mother/Daughter Pendants with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+), 10:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This glass pendant class is the perfect way to express your love this Mother’s Day. For more information or to register, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $25.
May 5: May Story Time Pottery, 10:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St. Suite A). This month the kids will enjoy a sweet book about Mommy’s while painting an adorable butterfly tea light / candle holder. This class is open to all ages. Each month a different story is read and a different object is painted to bring the book to life. Firehouse Pottery does ask that adults stay with the kids while class is in session. For more information, call 417.553.0671 or visit firehousepotteryjoplin.com. Cost: $10.
May 6: Succulent Jar Class, 1:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Who doesn’t love succulents?! Join Miss Daisy’s Attic for this fun new class where you’ll get to paint and distress your own jar planter, pick out one of the adorable succulents, plant it, and add decorative rocks! All supplies are included in the cost. There will be around 30 different paint colors to choose from to make your jar fit your home. For more information or to sign up, visit missdaisysattic.com. Cost: $15.
May 7: Life Drawing with Sandra Conrad, 6:00–8:00pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). All materials will be provided (charcoal, pencils, paper) along with snacks. Sandra Conrad will guide students through the drawing process using a model that will be posing nude or draped. All students are welcome to bring their own easels or anything else they might find helpful. To RSVP or for more information, call 417.438.5931. Cost: $25.
May 8: Artist Statements 101 with Josie Mai, 5:30–7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). If you are an artist, you don’t want to miss this follow-up to Artist Talk 101. Bring a short artist statement and one piece of original art. Josie Mai will facilitate the sharing and editing of the statements into a clear, practical, and usable document. For more information or to register, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
May 12: Mimosas & Marbling with Jordan Murdock-Thompson (Ages 21+), 10:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Spring is the perfect time to make a marbled silk scarf while sipping mimosas! For more information or to register, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $35.
May 12: Mommy & Me Painting Class, 11:00am at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Come join C&M Pallet Creations for this Mommy & Me Painting Class. Choose from several different painting options when signing up. Your subject will already be sketched before you arrive. In this class, you and your little one will create two separate paintings that, when combined, will make one big painting! This collaborative artwork is sure to be a hit with you and your mini-me. For more information or to register, visit missdaisysattic.com. Cost: $40.
May 12: Spring Wreaths with Samantha Brotherton (Ages 15+), Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Celebrate spring by making your own seasonal wreath. For more information or to register, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $30.
May 15: Leaf Dishes with Cyndi Cogbill (Ages 15+), 6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). The class will bring nature indoors by using leaves, pastels, and polymer clay to make attractive dishes. Use the dishes for soap, jewelry, or as a catch-all. Clay, supplies, and instructions included. Registration required by Noon the Friday before the class. Call or text 417.553.1585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your registration will be complete when you receive a reply. Cost: $25 per person (a portion supports the Center).
May 16: Pick Your Painting Class, 6:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Come join C&M Pallet Creations for this pick your painting class! Choose from several different painting options when signing up. Don’t worry. This is a painting class, not a drawing class. Your subject will already be sketched and ready before you arrive! For more information or to register, visit missdaisysattic.com. Cost: $40.
May 17: Planter Box Class, 6:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Looking for something that has your house number on it and its decorative? Miss Daisy’s Attic has the perfect solution. These planter boxes are about 20″ x 20″. They will be preassembled and sealed with drainage holes so you will be able to plant flowers in them. All the supplies you need will be provided. Just bring yourself and wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting a little paint on. For more information or to register visit missdaisysattic.com. Cost: $65.
May 18: Jar Box Centerpiece Class, 6:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Wood Box Centerpieces are perfect for a centerpiece or counter decor and come with 3, 4 or 5 Ball jars that you can paint. Its great for flowers, candles, craft supplies, etc. There are three sizes available. You can choose custom wording. For more information or to register visit missdaisysattic.com. Cost: $39.
May 19: Succulent Gardens with Cyndi Cogbill (Ages 6+), 9:00am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Make your own special flower pot from polymer clay for a succulent garden. Each class member will receive a special live succulent plant to start their garden. During the curing time you will learn about succulents and how to care for them. Clay, all materials, and tutorials provided. Registration required by Noon on the Thursday before the class. Call or text 417.553.1585 or email email@example.com. Your registration will be complete when you receive a reply. Cost: $25 for the first person, $12 for additional immediate family members, adults helping children free.
May 19: Skin Art – Tattoos with Jamie Fifer (Ages 14+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). At Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St) Join Tattoo Artist Jamie Fifer as she teaches the history, styles, and placement of tattoos. Students will have the opportunity to design their own temporary tattoo to wear at home! For more information or to register, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $35.
May 24: Pick Your Painting Class, 6:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Come join C&M Pallet Creations for this pick your painting class! Choose from several different painting options when signing up. Don’t worry. This is a painting class, not a drawing class. Your subject will already be sketched and ready before you arrive! For more information or to register, visit missdaisysattic.com. Cost: $40.
Friday’s: Date Night, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Looking for something different to do on a Friday nigh? Firehouse Pottery-Joplin has something just for you, on Friday nights are date night 2 for 1 studio fees until 8:00pm is available for all couples. For more information call 417.553.0671.
Tuesday’s: Ladies’ Night Out, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies (18 and up) gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. For more information call 417.553.0671.
Monday’s & Friday’s: Listen & Draw After School, 3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An opportunity for school-aged children who visit the library after school to listen to an audiobook while they draw. Suggested age range: K-5th grade. For more information call 417.623.7953.
Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd):
Tuesdays from 9:00am–Noon & Wednesdays from 4:30–7:30pm: Painting with Pam Leisenring at Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd). Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. These are ongoing classes and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. Call 417.781.3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.
Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St):
Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. The fee is $20 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486.
Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835 to register.
RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):
Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Classes are usually offered Thursday–Sunday at various times. 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. Special fees sometimes apply.
Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St):
Thursdays, March 1–November 16: Memories in the Making, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Memories in the making is back this March! This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. There is no charge for the class, and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Sponsored by St. Avips. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
Saturdays, February 3–May19: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5), 10:30-11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). These workshops are for the smallest artists in your family! Each session students will create projects with professional teacher and artist Brooks Elizabeth around a theme. Get ready for an hour of fun and creativity for your little ones! Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8. For more information, call 417.623.0183.
Tuesdays, January 16–May 29: Creation Station (Ages 6-12), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. January 16–May 29. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 to register.
Saturdays, January 20–May 19: Tween Workshop with Sarah Serio (Ages 12-14), 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Designed for tweens who have a passion for visual arts, students will have a chance to explore the art forms they love and experiment with new mediums. The class will meet on Saturdays from January 20–May 19. Cost: $12 per session, pre-registration required. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $125 each. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class. Drop in any other time with an appointment.
Second Saturdays: Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio at Joplin Public Library Makerspace (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Joplin Makers have partnered for Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio events. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve, basis. You do not need a library card to use the makerspace. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian to use the makerspace during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. For information, cal 417.623.7952, ext. 1041.
Wednesday (4:00–9:00pm) | Wine’d Down Open Studio at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in and you can paint with the help of their talented artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).
***This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.com/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Arts & Cultural Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.