May 2019

Posted on Apr 29, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in May 2019? 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…

Featured Image: Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings. See May 25th under “Performances” for more information.


PERFORMANCES:

May 4: Indigenous, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). From the Yankton Sioux Reservation, the blues-inspired rock group, Indigenous, comes to the Coda Concert House to promote their newest album, Gray Skies. The award-winning band has appeared on broadcast shows such as NPR’s All Things ConsideredLate Night with Conan O’BrienCBS Saturday Morning, and Austin City Limits. Front man Mato Nanji, whose talents have been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, has been a part of the Experience Hendrix Tour since 2002. Having toured and played alongside blues greats like Buddy Guy, Doyle Bramhall II, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Sheperd, and Eric Johnson, Nanji has dedicated the band’s Gray Skies to all young people living on indigenous reservations. There is a suggested donation of $30 for general admission. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

May 5: MSSU Choral Society: Spring Concert, 3:00pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (2423 W 26th St). Come celebrate springtime through song! The MSSU Choral Society is conducted by Dr. Susan Smith, the Director of Vocal Studies at MSSU, and will be accompanied by Clint Newby. This 60-voice area-wide mixed choir will present a variety of popular music including: “I Will Extol Thee”—George F. Handel, Arr. by Walter Ehret; “Do I Hear a Waltz?”—Arr. by John Purifoy (including “Do I Hear a Waltz?,” “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” “Falling in Love with Love,” “A Wonderful Guy”); Rodgers and Hammerstein On Broadway—Arr. by Mac Huff (including favorite songs from the following musicals: The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, The King and I, and State Fair); the major work presented will be, “Spirit Suite”—Arr. Mark Hayes, with Tanner Munson, Tenor as Guest Artist. This powerful spiritual suite includes: In That Great Gittin’ Up Mornin’, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, and Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel? The Chorus will also introduce its new signature song which will be sung at all concerts and expresses a hopeful outlook for the world: “One Song”—Marvin Hamlisch/Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Arr. by Mark Hayes. The concert is free and open to the public and all are welcome. More information: Wally Bloss, WBloss@Gmail.com, 417.208.9654.

May 9: Family Theater: Anne of Green Gables, 4:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla need a boy to help with the chores around their farm on Prince Edward Island. They are not expecting Anne Shirley, a vivacious orphan with a wild imagination and a breathless fascination to find a place she can call home. ArtsPower’s heart-warming musical, based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novels, follows Anne on her unlikely journey to find the family she’s always wanted. More information: Robert Carlson, rcarlson@tjeffschool.org, 417.781.5124.

May 10: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. There is a suggested donation of $25. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

May 18: Karen’s Dance Studio Concert: “Living the Dream,” 10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, and 7:00pm at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts (1711 S Homer St, Pittsburg, KS). Watch as more than 600 dancers from Karen’s Dance Studio’s demonstrate what they’ve learned from award-winning choreographers and instructors in this dream themed, family-friendly performance! Tickets go on sale April 29 and can be purchased at tututix.com or by calling 855.222.2849. More information: info@karensdancestudio.com, 417.623.1093.

May 19: Ben Miller Solo Songwriters In The Round Night featuring: Ben, Bill Gosch, and Brook Blanche, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Come listen to a night of stories and original songs featuring Ben Miller and two of his favorite songwriters: Brooke Blanch and Bill Gosch. There is a suggested minimum donation of $15. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

May 25: Wilder’s 2019 Summer Concert Series / May (Ages 21+), 6:00–11:00pm at Wilder’s Event Center (1208 S Main St). Enjoy a night of dynamic music by Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, Chucky Waggs and the Company of Raggs, Red Oak Ruse, and Skye Pollard! Grab a bite to eat at Cochinita Mexican Street Food and shop for unique products offered by local vendors. 21+ event. General Admission: $15. More information: Doug and Andrea Dicharry, goodappleentertainment@gmail.com.

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

May 30–June 9: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin: The Music Man JR., Thursdays–Saturdays at 7:00pm and Sundays at 2:30pm at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Enjoy the comical, award-winning musical The Music Man JR.! In this family-friendly story, the town of River City, Iowa is swindled into supporting a charming salesman, Harold Hill, who claims to be forming a boys’ band. But, before he can leave with their money, Hill falls for the local librarian, Marion, who believes his lies and inspires him to follow through with his claims. However, he knows nothing about music. Tickets are available at the door, which opens 45 minutes prior to the showtime. A handicap ramp is accessible at the rear of the building. More information: Tammy Aggus, hsnmathwiz@gmail.com, 417.553.0755. Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Kids.


EVENTS:

May 2: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30pm–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First  Thursday ArtWalk  is  a  sophisticated,  yet  festive  event,  for  area  artists,  as  well  as  patrons  of  the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin. More information: Linda Teeter, 417.438.5931.

May 2: Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Rounds begin every 30 minutes in Spiva’s Main Gallery. $5 per person each round and winners take home 75% of the cash. Beer available to participants. This is a 21 and up event. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 3: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at Binky Guy Textiles (315 S Cox Ave). 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. Bring a bottle of wine or some craft beer to share. 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. More information: Lori Haun, 417.501.9649.

May 4: House Story: Researching Historic Sites & Structures, 10:30am–Noon at Joplin Public Library, Community Room East (1901 E 20th St). Houses, buildings, sites, or structures can all have fascinating histories to uncover. But how do you find those stories? Join Post Art Library Executive Director, Jill Sullivan, as she instructs the community on how to conduct research on historic sites and structures. Discover why people research old homes and buildings, gain basic to intermediate knowledge about how to conduct this kind of research, and learn about common resources you can use. No registration necessary. Cost: Free. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

May 4: Free Comic Book Day, Noon–7:00pm at Hurley’s Heroes (824 S Main St). Celebrate national Free Comic Book Day by supporting local businesses and artists! Young, talented artists from Joplin High School’s Cartoonist Club will be selling comics and providing free sketches. Professional artists, like Jeremy Haun, and Seth Wolfshorndl, will also be sketching and selling their work. And, of course, free comic books will be available! More information: Seth Wolfshorndl, sethwolfshorndl@joplinschools.org.

May 4 & 5: Encouraging the Next Generation, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Carver’s impact on younger generations extends not only to his legacy and the National Park that bears his name but to the relationships he made. Carver acted as a teacher, friend, and mentor to students and young people who were dedicated to his work. Discover these cherished relationships, including a group of young men called “Carver’s Boys.” More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

May 5: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 7:00pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. Open Mic Comedy Night is held weekly on Sundays. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

May 7: 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! More information: 417.623.7953, chatncraft.wordpress.com.

May 7: Connect2Culture Roundtable: Media Panel, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). In developing an identity for your business or organization, you need to communicate your story, periodically, and in a variety of ways. This Connect2Culture Arts Roundtable will feature a Media Panel filled with local media representatives from the following: 89.9 KRPS, ShowMe The Ozarks Magazine, KSN 16 & KODE 12, KOAM TV & FOX14, and The Joplin Globe! The panel will answer questions and share valuable tips for Arts & Cultural Organizations/Businesses and Artists to more effectively secure media attention in connecting to their audience. Attendees will leave with knowledge of important deadlines and a starter media list. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP is not mandatory, but appreciated. To RSVP, mark yourself as “going” on the Facebook event page, email info@connect2culture.org, or call 417.625.6683. C2C Roundtables are an annual series of professional development programs that aim to educate, empower, and connect the Joplin Arts and Cultural community. All leaders, supporters, and advocates are welcome to attend these roundtables. C2C Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.625.6683.

May 9: Preservation Month Proclamation Ceremony & Joplin’s Premiere Preservation Awards, 5:30pm at Joplin City Hall, Lobby (602 S Main St). May is Preservation Month! Come witness a proclamation ceremony, Joplin’s premiere preservation awards, and learn about how you can celebrate through the “This Place Matters” campaign, and more. Light refreshments will be served. This event is hosted by the City of Joplin’s Historic Preservation Commission. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

May 9: 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: 2019 Small Works Auction: Closing Party, 5:30–7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). As Spiva’s Small Works Auction comes to an end, celebrate your recent purchases or make a last-minute bid on your favorite piece while enjoying wine and excellent food. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 11 & 12: Women in Carver’s Life, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO  64840). A variety of women had an enormous impact on Carver’s life. Acting as maternal figures or spiritual mentors, these women aided Carver in his endeavors to receive an education. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

May 11: JOMO Ukesters Ukulele Club, 2:30–4:00pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room (1901 E 20th St). Bring your ukulele and join for ukulele singalongs and the opportunity to learn a new song, followed by time to share your ukulele knowledge with – and to learn from – other ukesters. Beginners welcome, though basic ukulele knowledge is required. This is a free public program. No registration necessary. The library will not provide ukuleles for this event. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

May 11: Joplin Comedy Presents: Jokin’ & Smokin’, 9:00pm (doors 8:00pm)at El Guapo’s Cigar & Pipe Lounge (532 S Joplin Ave). Enjoy the uproarious, comedic stylings of Tew Jennings! Tew’s energetic routines always have the audience in stitches as he talks about relationships, children, jobs, and life in general. Having an ability to take the worst of a situation and turning it into laughter is one of Tew’s strengths in the comedy game. Tew combines jokes that walk the thin line between what is politically correct and what isn’t with hilarious dialogue about life’s mishaps. Featuring: Tara Laughlin. This is a 21+ event. To reserve a table and enjoy the show in comfort, please call 417.825.7700 at least 7 days prior to show start. Please have name and number in your party ready when making reservation. Thank you. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

May 12: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 7:00pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. Open Mic Comedy Night is held weekly on Sundays. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

May 16: 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! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

May 18: Warbler Walk (Ages 7+), 8:00–10:00am at the Walter Wood Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Migrating warblers pass briefly through our area during this time of year. Join the staff form the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and enjoy a relaxing walk as you learn how to identify these beautiful birds. Meet at the nature center’s gazebo. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Registration is required. Cost: Free. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 18: National “Kids To Park” Day, 10:00am–2:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join our rangers for the eighth annual Kids To Park Day! This nationally recognized initiative seeks “to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks and public lands.” Participants can explore the 240 beautiful acres of Carver farm the way that a young George Washington Carver did. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

May 18: Bookhouse Birthday Party, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Celebrate Bookhouse Cinema’s first birthday with drink specials and live music from Blister Soul, Eggs on Mars, and Space Dingus. Plus, enjoy a special movie showing. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

May 18 & 19: Heartland Opera Theatre: Auditions for 2019–2020 Season, 2:00–5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Fine Arts Complex, Room 208 (3950 E Newman Rd). Looking for a chance to perform? Audition for one of Heartland Opera Theatre’s 2019–2020 Season performances! Tryout for Bon Appetit! by Lee Holby, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, or Speed Dating Tonight! by Michael Ching. To schedule a time for a live audition please contact John Atteberry at jatteberry@tjeffschool.org with the email subject title “Heartland Opera Audition – Performers full name, voice type.” Please provide a headshot, resume, and audition repertoire list. Live auditions require three-to-five arias. One must be in English, one must be in Italian*. Video recordings are acceptable in lieu of a live audition. Please send materials to Rachel M. Harris at rharrisdirector@gmail.com with the email subject title “Heartland Opera Audition – Performers full name, voice type.” Please provide a headshot, resume, audition repertoire list, and video links. Deadline for video recordings: May 16, 2019. Recorded auditions accepted after the 16th will be viewed on a first come first serve basis. Recorded auditions require three arias. One must be in English, one must be in Italian*. *Italian selection preferably Puccini, either from the operas listed above or a similar style, to demonstrate singer’s range and ability to perform this genre. Performance fees are provided and negotiated on an individual basis. Guest artist housing is provided if needed. More information: Michael Gregory, info@heartlandoperatheatre.com, 417.385.1454.

May 19: Exploring the Carver Museum Collection, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Celebrate International Museum Day by learning about and admiring the impressive collections at George Washington Carver National Monument. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

May 19: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 7:00pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. Open Mic Comedy Night is held weekly on Sundays. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

May 20: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). A poetry reading and open mic event! Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. This month’s featured readers are Al Ortolani and Roy Beckemeyer. Featured readers begins at 6:15pm. Open mic readings follow at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. More information: Allison Blevins.

May 21: Prairie Walk, 11:00am–1:00pm and 6:00–8:00pm. As spring begins to bloom across the prairie, this season brings with it blossoming flowers, busy bees, and happy birds. Enjoy a guided nature walk near George Washington Carver National Monument with the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center staff. Wear comfortable walking shoes and insect repellent and bring water and your camera or binoculars if desired. Call or email for directions to the prairie and where we will be meeting. Registration required. Cost: Free. More information or directions: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 23: Artist’s Reception: M. Justin Hale, 6:00–7:30pm at the Joplin Public Library, Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery (1901 E 20th St). Admire the extraordinary pieces of M. Justin Hale’s Sculpture Works in Wood. With a background in prosthetics, Hale allows the anatomical references he sees in his carvings, as well as the distorted, winding forms tree remnants present to influence his work. Cost: Free. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

May 25 & 26: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Many headstones in the Carver Family Cemetery bear odd engravings and symbols. These marks are not the work of vandals but were made by early settlers. Find out more about these engravings, what they mean, and how they relate to the lives of settlers. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

May 26: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 7:00pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. Open Mic Comedy Night is held weekly on Sundays. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

May 28: East Town Show & Tell, 4:00–8:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). Do you have memories of East Town? Photographs or other East Town ephemera? If so, you are invited to come and share! During this event, you will have the opportunity to show and tell. Photos you bring will be scanned and projected onto the silver screen. You will then have the opportunity to share your story. Please note this portion of the event will be recorded. In addition, your East Town photos and other (paper) ephemera, will be scanned for both you and for posterity. Upon request, copies of your scans will be provided. Scans will also become part of Post Art Library’s publicly accessible Local History Archive. Finally, those that attend will have the opportunity to be interviewed at the Post Art Library Pop-up Oral History Booth. Come meet friends and neighbors who are passionate about East Town’s heritage and preserving its history. This is a free public event. Registration not necessary. More information: Bookhouse Cinema, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161 or Post Art Library, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.


EXHIBITS:

May 3 – 11: Senior Capstone Project Exhibition at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). This annual show features works by graduating seniors as part of their graduation requirements. Gallery hours are 9:00am–5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Graduating Seniors: James Stark (BFA-Design), Sydney Buffington (BSEd-Art Education), Mary-Beth Strong (BFA-Design), and Elaine Parrigon (BSEd-Art Education). More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417-625-9563.

May 1 – 31: On the Beaten Path by Michael Ritzman at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). For the month of May, Urban Art Gallery is proud to present On the Beaten Path by Michael Ritzman. Admire Ritzman’s remarkable photographs, which allow viewers to experience the familiar, local scenery with new eyes. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

May – June: Paintings by Lydia Humphreys at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041. 

April 25 – May 31: Literally Design at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Reception: Thursday, April 25, 6:00–7:30pm. Literally Design is a juried typographic poster design competition for college students in Missouri and Arkansas. Fusing the written and spoken word with design, this competition challenges students to consider their personal interpretation of a specific text and how it influences their design choices. The source text for 2019 Literally Design is Missouri Poet Laureate Aliki Barstone’s poem, Anger. Aricka Lewis, Emily Frankoski, Cody Langford, and Richard Porter judged this year’s competition. This year’s finalists are: Alexis Huckbay, University of Arkansas Fort Smith; Chase Smallwood, University of Arkansas Fort Smith; Dave Thomas, Missouri Southern State University; Jessica Hall, University of Arkansas Fort Smith; Madalyn Richardson, Missouri Southern State University; and Scott Grider, University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Literally Design is an annual competition sponsored by the AIGA Missouri Southern State University student group for design and Post Art Library of Joplin, MO. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

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

March 23 – May 10: 2019 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 21st 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 member artists. This not-to-miss event includes a closing party for bidding, set for 5:30–7:00pm on Friday, May 10. Come enjoy an evening of wine, food, 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 https://spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/ from the opening of the exhibit until 3:00pm on Thursday, May 9. Online bidders will have to send a proxy the night of live bidding to ensure they bid up to the last minute.

March 23 – May 18: PhotoSpiva 2019 at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 43rd year, PhotoSpiva 2019 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. The call for entry at photospiva.org closes at midnight on January 1st. Images will be chosen by juror Patty Carroll. The week of the exhibit opening, Carroll will blind judge the work, having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professionals, and no 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.


CLASSES:

May 1: Preschool Nature Connections: Birds, Bees & Flowers, 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). With flowers blooming and plants flourishing, your little ones are sure to have questions about how springtime flora grows. Join us for this interactive workshop as we learn about pollination and explore the ways that bees and birds help flowers. All children ages 3–6 must be accompanied by an adult. For registration, please visit https://www.facebook.com/wildcatglades/.  There are only 20 available spaces. Cost: Free. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. 

May 4: Preschool Nature Connections: Birds, Bees & Flowers, 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). With flowers blooming and plants flourishing, your little ones are sure to have questions about how springtime flora grows. Join us for this interactive workshop as we learn about pollination and explore the ways that bees and birds help flowers. All children ages 3–6 must be accompanied by an adult. For registration, please visit https://www.facebook.com/wildcatglades/.  There are only 20 available spaces. Cost: Free. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. 

May 4: JRAC Workshop: Photographing Artwork and Resizing Photographs, 10:00am–Noon at Jane Ballard Studio (1100 N Prosperity Rd). Looking to improve your photos? Join professional photographer, Jane Ballard, and discover simple ways to take photographs like an expert. Learn simple lighting and backdrop tips as well as how to utilize your cell phone’s camera. Then, acquire the knowledge you need to resize and upload your photos to the Internet. Cost: Free for JRAC members, $40 for non-members. More information: joplinrac@gmail.com.

May 4: Mother Daughter Pendants with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Every mother loves handmade jewelry! Enjoy this glass pendant class and create the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

May 4: Stroll & Sketch with Cyndi Cogbill (Ages 13+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join Cyndi Cogbill and learn how to use materials offered by the natural world to inspire you and help fill your sketchbook. Sketchbooks provided. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

May 6: Mia Michaels’ Masterclass: Beginner/Intermediate (Ages 9–13), 5:00–6:30pm at Midwest Regional Ballet, Company and School (2102 Stephens Blvd). Join professional choreographer, Mia Michaels, and create a strong basis on which you can begin to build your dancing abilities. Then, take pictures and get Ms. Michaels’ book, A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys, signed! Please note that you must bring your own book. Cost: $100 per dancer, $30 per person for viewing. More information or to sign up: Kaye Lewis, kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com, 417.439.9549.

May 6: Mia Michaels’ Masterclass: Advanced (Ages 14+), 7:30–9:30pm at Midwest Regional Ballet, Company and School (2102 Stephens Blvd). Experience the once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity of honing your dance skills with professional choreographer, Mia Michaels. Afterwards, take pictures and get Ms. Michaels’ book, A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys, signed! Please note that you must bring your own book. Cost: $125 per dancer, $30 per person for viewing. More information or to sign up: Kaye Lewis, kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com, 417.439.9549.

May 7: Sign-Making Party with Miss Daisy’s Attic, 6:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Looking for a way to spruce up your home and express your creativity? Join them to create signs that suit your style with a variety of designs and paints! All supplies are provided. Just be sure to wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting a little paint on. Sign up at www.missdaisysattic.com/product/sign-making-party-may-7/. Cost: $29–$69. More information: Christy Caddy, 417.437.3060.

May 9: Little Acorns: Other Mothers (Ages 3–6), 10:30–11:30am at the Walter Wood Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). As Mother’s Day approaches, take some time to learn about the ways that some wild, animal mothers look after their babies. Then, learn which of these mothers behave the most like our own! Cost: Free. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 11: River Fishing for Bass (Ages 11+), 9:00am–2:00pm at the Walter Wood Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Discover tips and tricks to improve your bass fishing! Learn about where to fish, what equipment to use, how to follow rules and regulations, and how to catch different kinds of bass. Then, get some hands-on practice while fishing in Shoal Creek! Registration is required. Participants 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All students 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. All equipment will be provided or you may bring your own. Cost: Free. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 11: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Led by a Registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, 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. All programs will be held at the Creek Pavilion along Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park. To register, visit http://bit.ly/kidsnatureyoga. Cost: Free. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

May 11: Little Acorns: Other Mothers (Ages 3–6), 1:00–2:00pm at the Walter Wood Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). As Mother’s Day approaches, take some time to learn about the ways that some wild, animal mothers look after their babies. Then, learn which of these mothers behave the most like our own! Cost: Free. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 11: Sign-Making Party with Miss Daisy’s Attic, 4:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Looking for a way to spruce up your home and express your creativity? Join them as they create signs that suit your style with a variety of designs and paints! All supplies are provided. Just be sure to wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting a little paint on. Sign up at www.missdaisysattic.com/product/mothers-day-sign-making-party-may-11/. Cost: $29–$69. More information: Christy Caddy, 417.437.3060.

May 15: Grow with Google, 12:30–2:00pm at Crowder College Joplin Advanced Training and Technology Center (420 S Grand Avenue). Enjoy this informative workshop with Bryan Caplan, from the Grow with Google partner program, as he teaches area business how to grow their online presence. Registration is preferred, and the first 60 registered participants will receive a free Google swag bag! Click here to register. Cost: Free. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

May 17: Little Acorns: Busy Birds (Ages 3–6), 10:30–11:30am at the Walter Wood Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Spring time can make birds very noisy and active, but why? Bring your favorite kiddo and come find out why! Participants will also make a craft and go on a short walk to watch our favorite fowl. Cost: Free. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 18: Anatomy Drawing: Face with Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), 11:00am–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). The human face can be a difficult subject to draw. Learn some tips and tricks that will allow you to skillfully capture faces on the page. Cost: $20. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

May 18: Screen Painting with Sarah Serio (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Bring your simple, screen printing design to life without any chemicals or dry time! Tote bag provided. Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

May 23: Vino & Van Gogh, 6:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your very own version of an impressionist painting. No experience is necessary. In this class, choose to paint: Bonnard’s Garden, Van Gogh’s Banks of the Seine, or Monet’s Tulip Fields. All materials are furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835. 

May 25: Beginning Jewelry with Melissa Davenport (Ages 15+), 10:30am–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Expand your wardrobe’s accessories by creating your very own jewelry! Craft your unique pieces using copper, beads, and other materials. Cost: $40. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd): 

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

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

Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):  

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

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

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

Tuesdays: Creation Station with Sandra Conrad (Ages 6–11), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in Tuesday 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. The class is held weekly on Tuesdays from January 15-May 14. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $6 pre-registration ($8 at the door).

Saturdays: Mini Makers with Amy Mullins (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! At each session, students will create projects around a theme.  Led by teacher and artist Amy Mullins. Get ready for an hour of fun and creativity for you little ones! Adult must accompany child. The class is held weekly on Saturday’s from January 5-May 18. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. 

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

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

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


OPEN STUDIOS & CLUBS:

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

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

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

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

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

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