November 2015

November-2015

What’s coming up in November 2015? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes going on throughout November in the Joplin Arts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES

Fri, Nov. 6 | 7:30pm: La Música Española at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center.
The Southern Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Jeffrey Macomber and featuring classical guitarist Robert Gruca, dedicates its November concert to the music of Spain. The program features Manuel de Falla’s Concert Suite from El Amor Brujo (“Love, the Magician”), Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, and the Carmen Symphony, music by Georges Bizet arranged by José Serébrier. Robert Gruca has toured the eastern United States and Europe with the Cleveland Orchestra. Possessing powerful musical interpretation and complete technical command over his instrument, he has earned several prizes in national guitar competitions. He regularly performs with flutist Linda White at the Cleveland Music School Settlement; their approach combines classical, Latin, popular, and improvised music. Gruca teaches at the Cleveland Music School Settlement and started the first Suzuki guitar program in northeast Ohio in 2013. Free and open to the public.

Tue, Nov. 10 | 7:30pm: Poema de Andalucía by Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana at MSSU Taylor Auditorium.
Poema de Andalucía is a 90-minute journey through the alluring cultures and traditions of the Andalusian provinces that form the cradle of flamenco. Despite their proximity, many stylistic differences exist between the regions, cities and neighborhoods of southern Spain. The varied traditions, festivals, and rituals of daily life make the Andalusian region a wellspring of cultural heritage, supporting the development of this rich genre of music, song and dance. Through the language of Flamenco, this special “Poem” pays tribute to the land and people of Andalusia. Free and open to the public.

Thu, Nov. 12 | 7pm: Pro Musica presents “Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio” at First Baptist Church, Joplin.
After 25 years of friendship and music-making, Ani Kavafian (violin), André-Michel Schub (piano) and David Shifrin (viola) – each a true virtuoso and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – come together as a trio with undeniable chemistry. “The spontaneity, the excitement and the fun we have playing together is beyond what we ever anticipated,” they said. Combined they have performed with nearly every major orchestra around the world and in recital at the major concert halls. Violinist Ani Kavafian is one of the most sought after chamber musicians in the country as well as a frequent soloist and professor of violin at Yale University. Clarinetist David Shifrin has appeared in critically acclaimed recitals across the country and is a frequent orchestra soloist with major orchestras. As a piano recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician, André-Michel Schub has been praised by critics and audiences since his career began over three decades ago. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted and appreciated.

Thu, Nov. 19 | 7:30pm: Música a Contraluz: An Evening of Spanish Music at MSSU Corley Aud. in Webster Hall.
The MSSU Music Department presents a concert of Spanish vocal and brass music. Directed by Dr. Jordan Wilson and Freddie Green, this concert features solo and ensemble repertoire from various eras of Spanish history, including traditional songs in regional dialects of Spain which are rarely heard outside of their native land! Free and open to the public.

Fri & Sat | Nov. 20 & 21 | 7pm each night: TJ Upper School Musical: “Guys and Dolls” at TJ Concert Hall.
One of the most exciting musical events of the year. The musical this year will be “Guys and Dolls,” and students begin auditions when school starts in August.


EVENTS

Mon & Tue, Nov. 2 & 3 | 7pm each night: Joplin Little Theatre Open Auditions – Yes Virginia at Joplin Little Theatre.
Needed: 20 Children and 10 Adults. The show has eight main roles and anywhere from 4-20 additional parts, ages 4-84. No prepare pieces necessary. We will cold read, teach a dance and sing. Attention Adult Male Singers: Arrive late if you’d like to audition for the pre-show, A Crooner Christmas which includes vintage harmony and solos in the style of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

Tue, Nov. 3 | 10am: Four States Photography Enthusiasts Meet Up at Walter Woods Conservation Area.
A group of like-minded people (folks that love to play with their cameras) that meet together to share and learn about their passion…Photography. Come learn and grow as a photographer.

Tue, Nov. 3 | 7pm:  MSSU Spanish Film Festival: “The Sea Inside” at MSSU Cornell Aud. in Plaster Hall.
Javier Bardem stars in the deeply moving, true story of Ramon Sampredo, a Spaniard who fought a 30-year campaign for the right to end his life with dignity, and his inspiring relationships with those surrounding him. Directed by Alejandro Amenábar, the film was a Golden Globe winner and won the 2004 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Rated PG-13. (dir. Alejandro Amenábar, 2004; 125 min.) Free and open to the public.

Wed, Nov. 4 | 1–3pm: Silver Palette Showing at Joplin Senior Center.
Come see the progress made during Merlen White’s free, one hour weekly painting class (aka The Silver Palette) at the Joplin Senior Center. All works created during the class will be on exhibit.

Thu, Nov. 5 | 11am: Discovering Duende: Flamenco at MSSU Phelps Theater.
Like American blues and jazz, Spanish flamenco grew out of a mixture of cultures (Gypsy, Jewish, Islamic) and emerged from an experience of suffering and disenfranchisement. One flamenco dancer describes the art as “an emotional avalanche.” The Andalusian art form can express more than a personal passion, however; recent flash mobs have performed flamenco in Spanish banks to protest contemporary economic disparities. As one of the protest dancers says, “You can use [flamenco] to express desperation, rage, pain, and the desire to change things.” When performed well, flamenco is associated with the untranslatable Spanish word, duende – a magical magnetism, a powerful communication of raw feeling (grief, sorrow, joy). Spanish poet Gabriel Garcia Lorca described duende as “everything that has black sounds in it…a struggle, not a thought.” The key elements of flamenco – dance, guitar, and song – can all contain duende, which is much more than mere technique. Free and open to the public.

Thu, Nov. 5 | 6pm: Four States Photography Enthusiasts Meet Up at Galena Mining Museum.
Exact address: 319 W. 7th St. Galena, KS 6673. A group of like-minded people (folks that love to play with their cameras) that meet together to share and learn about their passion…Photography. Come learn and grow as a photographer.

Fri, Nov. 6 | 5:30–8:30pm: First Friday Opening Reception at Phoenix Fired Art.
Phoenix Fired Art hosts exhibit openings on the First Friday of every month.

Sat, Nov. 7 | 10am–6pm: Rose Gallery of Fine Art Open House at 508 North Range Line.
The Rose Gallery of Fine Art, Joplin’s newest gallery, is continuing to accept artists looking for a new venue to sell their work. Already, the gallery includes work by 40 area artists representing all types of mediums. Interested in seeing what the gallery is all about? Visit its open house! Demonstrations by glass artist Jane McCaulley and potter Daria Claiborne will be among the festivities. For information on space availability and costs, contact gallery manager Marta Churchwell at (417) 623-1065 or email rosefineartgallery@gmail.com.

Tue, Nov. 10 | 10am: Four States Photography Enthusiasts Meet Up at George Washington Carver.
Exact address: Carver Rd Diamond, No 64840. A group of like-minded people (folks that love to play with their cameras) that meet together to share and learn about their passion…Photography. Come learn and grow as a photographer.

Thu, Nov. 12 | 6pm: Joplin Writers Guild at Joplin Public Library.
The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. You can connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

Thu, Nov. 12 | 6pm: Four States Photography Enthusiasts Meet Up at Galena Murder Bordello.
Exact address: 206 N. Main St. Galena, KS 66739. A group of like-minded people (folks that love to play with their cameras) that meet together to share and learn about their passion…Photography. Come learn and grow as a photographer. $10 a person

Fri, Nov. 13 | 7–10pm: The Hip Handmade Market Happy Hour at The Roxy and Amelie Event Centers.
Think pre-shopping, casual atmosphere, mingling, the perfect fun night out! This is a pre-show to the Fall 2015 Hip Handmade Market. This curated indie-craft market is the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even gifts for friends – all while supporting local artists and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applications to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include, paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and more! $15 per ticket (includes appetizers from Any Company Eats, 1 drink voucher).

Sat, Nov. 14 | 10am–4pm: The Fall 2015 Hip Handmade Market at The Roxy and Amelie Event Centers.
This curated indie-craft market is the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even gifts for friends – all while supporting local artists and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applications to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include, paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and more! The $1 adult admission to the Market will benefit Art Feeds Joplin.

Tue, Nov. 17 | 10am: Four States Photography Enthusiasts Meet Up at Precious Moments Chapel.
Exact address: 4321 S. Chapel Rd Carthage, MO 64836. A group of like-minded people (folks that love to play with their cameras) that meet together to share and learn about their passion…Photography. Come learn and grow as a photographer.

Tue, Nov. 17 | 3–5pm: Navigating Your Missouri Arts Council Grant at Spiva Center for the Arts.
This workshop is designed for new Missouri Arts Council (MAC) grant applicants or those who need basic help with the MAC grant process. The workshop topics focus on both monthly and annual grant programs. While arts education grants will not specifically be addressed, much of the general information applies. Who should attend: Eligible organizations (Missouri-based, tax-exempt only) looking for funding for arts projects who are not familiar with the Missouri Arts Council application process, or who have previously applied and not received satisfactory panel scores. Those who have previously applied and are familiar with the process do not need to attend. Free and open to the public. Call or email program specialists Courtney Schlueter, 314-340-6858, courtney.schlueter@ded.mo.gov, or Jill Williams, 314-340-6857, jill.williams@ded.mo.gov.

Tue, Nov. 17 | 7pm: MSSU Spanish Film Festival: “Volver” at MSSU Cornell Aud. in Plaster Hall.
We close our series of Spanish films with a second comedy-drama by Pedro Almodóvar, this one featuring a striking performance by Penelope Cruz. Years after Raimunda and her sister Sole lose their parents in a fire, their mother, Irene, returns from the dead to intervene in her daughters’ troubled lives and reveal shocking secrets that will affect everyone. Rated R for some sexual content and language. (dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 2007; 121 min.)

Wed, Nov. 18 | 10am: Why Don’t You? at MSSU Corley Aud. in Webster Hall.
Everyone dreams of the adventure, whether it’s to see the pyramids, follow the surf, or go hiking in your own backyard. Nellie Bennett dreamed of dancing flamenco in Spain. But once she got there she found a country that was not what she had expected. Traveling forces us to surrender to the unknown and allow the world to reveal itself to us in its own way. No matter how well prepared we are, travel never goes according to plan. So why not throw the checklist out the window? In this talk Nellie will discuss the thrill of knowing where you’re heading, but never really knowing where you’ll find yourself. Free and open to the public.

Wed, Nov. 18 | 11–11:50am & 1–1:50pm: Book Signings and Q&A with Nellie Bennett at MSSU Corley Aud. in Webster Hall.
Author Nellie Bennett will sign your copies of Only in Spain: A Foot-Stomping, Firecracker of a Memoir about Food, Flamenco, and Falling in Love and answer all your questions in these informal sessions. Free and open to the public.

Wed, Nov. 18 | 6–7:30pm: C2C Arts Roundtables FY 2015–2016: Contracts at Spiva Center for the Arts.
With Donald R. Simon, J.D./LL.M, president of Simon Business Consulting, Inc. & member of Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA). Written contracts are a very important part of any business transaction. They take on greater significance when creative property is involved. This presentation will highlight some of the basic concerns when entering into the sale or licensing of creative property. Don Simon is president of Simon Business Consulting, Inc., a firm concentrating in media- and arts-based entrepreneurship. He also teaches law, business, and communications courses at The Art Institutes International – Kansas City and Avila University. Don lectures and writes extensively on legal and business matters and has appeared in Billboard, DownBeat, and Screen. Before relocating to Kansas City, he concentrated his legal practice in entertainment and intellectual property matters. His clients included musicians, filmmakers, producers, and entertainment companies. Prior to becoming an attorney, Don worked for 7 years in the broadcasting, cable, and publishing industries as an award-winning producer and director. He also played bass guitar in several bands. Don received his Juris Doctor and Master of Laws (Intellectual Property) degrees from The John Marshall Law School and his Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Missouri Southern State University. C2C Arts Roundtables are an annual series of professional development programs that aim to educate, empower, and connect the Joplin Arts community. All leaders, supporters, and advocates of the Joplin Arts are welcome to attend these roundtables. C2C Arts Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections.

Thu, Nov. 19 | 8:30–9:15am & 11–11:50am: Book Signings and Q&A with Nellie Bennett at MSSU Corley Aud. in Webster Hall.
Author Nellie Bennett will sign your copies of Only in Spain: A Foot-Stomping, Firecracker of a Memoir about Food, Flamenco, and Falling in Love and answer all your questions in these informal sessions. Free and open to the public.

Thu, Nov. 19 | 9:30am: A Brief History of the End of the World at MSSU Corley Aud. in Webster Hall.
While writing Only in Spain Nellie Bennett rented a little stone farmhouse in a village of five people in the northwestern region of Galicia. Galicia was a Celtic kingdom, and has a unique and ancient history. Bounded by the formidable Coast of Death, it was known for centuries as The End of the World, and synonymous with mystery and witchcraft. In this talk Nellie will discuss life in a traditional Galician village, and provide practical tips on how to witch-proof your home. She will also discuss how the experience led her to her current research on the men and women who fought in the resistance in the Galician mountain ranges during the Spanish Civil War to protect their historic identity. Free and open to the public.

Thu, Nov. 19 | 11am–1:30pm & 5–7:30pm: Phoenix Fired Art’s 4th Annual “Empty Bowls” at Phoenix Fired Art.
Do you enjoy local artwork, tasty soups, and helping alleviate hunger in our community? Then this event at Phoenix Fired Art is for you! Pay a minimum donation of $15, select your favorite handmade ceramic bowl, and fill it with your choice of delicious soup from one of our area’s many local restaurants! Did we mention you get to keep the bowl as a reminder of your generous donation to help people in need? All proceeds will be split evenly between a number of organizations working to alleviate hunger in our area. Want to buy a bowl early? Bowl presales are a $25 minimum donation. Raffle ticket sales have also begun. $5 each or 5/$20. Raffle winners will be drawn Nov 21st and notified by telephone.

Thu, Nov. 19 | 1pm: We Say Tomato, They Say Tomatito at MSSU Cornell Aud. in Plaster Hall.
When Nellie Bennett stepped off the plane in Spain she expected to find a new and wonderful world. What she didn’t expect was a hundred different worlds. As she traveled she discovered differences between regions, and even between villages from language, dance, dress, food and even religious rituals. These variations have survived for centuries, and have influenced the development of the Spanish nation. This talk will explore cultural differences and local traditions in Spanish regions and villages, and how they come together to form the wider national identity. Free and open to the public.

Thu, Nov. 19 | 6pm: Four States Photography Enthusiasts Meet Up at Redings Mill Inn.
Exact address: 102 Broadlawn Blvd. Joplin, MO 64804. A group of like-minded people (folks that love to play with their cameras) that meet together to share and learn about their passion…Photography. Come learn and grow as a photographer.

Sat, Nov. 21 | 8–11am: Brunch Crawl with VanGo 2.0 meeting at the Eagle Drive-In.
Have an intense love for brunch and giving back to your community? Be sure to join the Art Feeds Joplin staff for a morning of good eats and supporting local Art Feeds programs. This is an all ages event, however alcohol will be available to guests 21+. For full details, visit artfeedsbrunchcrawl.eventbrite.com. Tickets: $60 for a single or $100 for two.

Tue, Nov. 24 | 10am: Four States Photography Enthusiasts Meet Up at Central Park.
Exact address: S. Garrison Ave. Carthage, MO 64836. A group of like-minded people (folks that love to play with their cameras) that meet together to share and learn about their passion…Photography. Come learn and grow as a photographer.

Thu, Nov. 26 | 6pm: Four States Photography Enthusiasts Meet Up at Redings Mill Bridge.
A group of like-minded people (folks that love to play with their cameras) that meet together to share and learn about their passion…Photography. Come learn and grow as a photographer.

Fri, Nov. 27 | 7pm: Fourth Friday Film Night – A Small Good Thing at Phoenix Fired Art.
Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artist biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. 
While the philosophy of “more is better” has been key to American economic success for the past 50 years, we now find ourselves backed into an isolated corner — where our devices, celebrity entertainment, dream homes and wealth aren’t making us any happier. A Small Good Thing explores how the American Dream has reached its end and how for most of us, greater material wealth and upward mobility are no longer possible. To find out what is taking its place, this feature documentary follows six people in one community who have recast their lives so they can live with a sense of meaning. A potluck will be held in addition to the film screening. Admission: Minimum donation of $5 per person. Funds generated will be used to pay the screening fee. Bring your own camping chairs and a potluck item. More about the film.


EXHIBITS

Spiva Center for the Arts

November 14 – December 31 | 68th Annual Membership Show | Main Gallery
Spiva members present their best work in the largest, most anticipated exhibit of the year. A fascinating mix of works and media! Sponsored by Anonymous Friends of the Arts. Awards courtesy of Dr. John Windle.

November 14 – December 31 | Figurative Sculpts by Dustin Poché | Regional Gallery
 Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery. Inspired by a love of period fashion and work experience in costume design, textiles, and illustration in the New York fashion industry, the Russell, Kansas, multimedia artist creates exquisitely crafted, must-see, one-of-a-kind fine art figures. 

Post Art Library

November | The Magic Mirror by Hiram Mesa
Mixed media artwork with a selection of handmade jewelry and cabochons. A reception open to the public will be held on Fri, Nov. 6, 4–6pm. 

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition

September – November | Joplin Regional Artist Coalition (JRAC) Group Show | Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
Featured JRAC Members: Mary Ann Soerries (Photography), Cheryl Walthall (Pottery), and Roger A. Wade (Paintings). JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of member’s artwork. This rotating exhibit is one example of many member opportunities to show their artwork multiple times throughout the year. For more information about JRAC or this show, call Sarah Serio at (417) 592-1673.

JRAC presents “Joplin Union Depot – Revisited” | Joplin City Hall
JRAC artists work focusing on the historic Joplin Union Depot will be on exhibit. To learn more about JRAC, visit: joplinrac.org. JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of it’s member’s artwork. The rotating exhibit is one example of a member privilege to show multiple times throughout the year. For more information about JRAC or this show, call Sarah Serio at (417) 592-1673.

MSSU Spiva Art Gallery

October 19 – November 20 | The Colossal Memory: Alexis Hughes. Opening Reception: October 19, 4–6pm (Artists Talk: 3–4pm). Workshop: Painting Studio TBA. Artist Statement/Bio: “Air is heavy, enduring and permanent. Mass is fleeting. Solitude is vibrant, vital, and optimistic. Logic may be altered but we regain our place in the world through memory. Memory is equilibrium. My paintings are selective and ideals of the truth. They are reflections of my past, the days that I have drawn out in my mind as precious time. The landscape provides stillness and solitude, a moment to reconnect to a personal history within the world.”

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

October – January | Nature-Inspired Artwork by Greg Cobble & Joan Banks
Greg Cobble | Nature Photographer
Greg Cobble is a Board Registered Pharmacist who has been practicing the profession of Pharmacy for over 3 decades. Born, raised, and educated in the four states his interest in photography began while enrolled in Pharmacy School. One day walking into a camera store in Oklahoma City he saw work displayed by an AP photographer that made him appreciate the difference between a snap shot, and capturing photographs. By Greg’s account he “played with cameras a little” for the next 20 years but did not slow down long enough to capture many photographs. That changed when colors and light started catching his attention. He realized how much of the world he was missing through his eyes but could see in a photograph. You can see some of Greg’s work inside the Freeman Health System. Greg is responsible for all the photographs inside the coffee shop and some of his landscape work can be seen exhibited in other areas of the Health System.
Joan Banks | Quilt Artist
Joan Banks says she never quite decided what she wanted to do when she grew up, so she’s still testing the waters.  She is a former director of the Joplin Public Library, an author of four novels, one nonfiction book and six children’s books, a freelance writer with credits in dozens of publications for adults and children, and a blogger for Petfinder. In 2007, after trying her hand at traditional quilting, she began re-inventing herself as a quilt artist.  Her first art quilt, Great Blue Heron, is on permanent display at The Heron’s Nest store at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, where she also volunteers. Her work has been exhibited at the Maple Uncommon Hotel and Gallery in Columbus, Kansas, and at Spiva Center for the Arts, and three of her art quilts have toured the U.S. with Hoffman Challenge Collections.


CLASSES

Thu, Nov. 5 (Thursdays until Dec. 17) | 6–8:30pm: Simple Sewing at Franklin Technology Center.
Have you always wanted to sew?  This is a great way to get started! Students will get to know their machine and learn basic sewing techniques needed to make a lap bandana blanket, pillow, valance, and general, straight stitching (as time allows).  Bring your portable sewing machine to class.  (We will provide some supplies, and a supply list will be provided for other materials that you will purchase.) Cost: $75 + some supplies.

Thu, Nov. 5 | 5:30–7:30pm: Ceramics at Franklin Technology Center.
Paint a ceramic project in one night! So much fun to do with family and friends, chatting while painting your one-of-a-kind ceramic piece. Tuition includes instructor, the use of paints, brushes, and other tools. Choose and purchase the ceramic piece you want to paint, (i.e. a mug, vase, bowl, plate, animal figurine, tile, and many more options.) Great fun for all…no age limit! Cost: $15 + ceramic piece of your choosing (approx $7-15).

Sat, Nov. 7 | 2-4pm: Fused Glass Plate with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9-Adult) at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Design a classy one-of-a-kind fused glass plate. In this class you will learn how to cut glass and create a design. Then Jane will take your plate home to fire in her kiln. Students should wear close-toed shoes. Plan to pick up your fired plate the following Saturday. Cost: $40

Sat, Nov. 14 | 9–11:30am: Second Saturday Workshop: Invention Convention (Grades K-5) at St. Paul’s Preschool.
Spend Second Saturdays getting creative with Art Feeds Joplin! These K-5 grade workshops are open to the community and organized around fun, imaginative themes. Workshops will be held at the St. Paul’s Preschool and led by Art Feeds Joplin personnel. $25 preregistration.

Sat, Nov. 14 | 1–4pm: Recycled Crafts (Ages 6+) at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. 
Join us for this creatively crafty program as we practice two of the three R’s – reusing, and recycling. Discover how to turn recyclables into fun works of art or practical items to use around the house as you visit different craft stations at your leisure. Stay as little or as long as you like! Cost: $5 per person members, $10 per person non-members.

Mon, Nov. 16 | 5:30–8pm: Chat n Crafts (Adults) at Joplin Public Library.
An adult crafting group that meets every third Monday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered. Stop by the library for a bookmark.

Tue, Nov. 17 (Tuesdays until Jan. 19) | 6–8:30pm: Creative Writing: Family Memories at Franklin Technology Center.
Do you have a store-house of memories from years past that you want to write them down for posterity, other family members, or even combine them into book format for publishing?  In this class you will learn how to gather, tell, and write family stories.  This will be informative, heart-felt, and fun! Cost: $60.

Sat, Nov. 21 | 10:30am: Explore & Play! It’s Science Day! at Joplin Public Library.
A fun, hands-on time for families with busy toddlers and preschoolers! Explore specially created “exploration stations” that encourage adult-child play and teach key early literacy skills. Suggested age range: 1-5 years. Free and open to the public.

Sat, Nov. 21 | 10:30–11:30am: Project Recycle for Preschoolers with Lindsay Bowers (Ages 3-5) at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Bring your little ones to learn about recycling and how they can help the environment. Students will create a piece of art made completely from recycled materials. Don’t forget to pre-register. Adult must stay with student. Sponsored by the Region M Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Cost: $6

Sat, Nov. 21 | 1–3pm: Intro to Relief Block Printing with Sarah Serio (Ages 14-Adult) at Spiva Center for the Arts.
An introduction to block printing for first time printmakers. Students will design and carve a block using easy to cut materials, then learn to use Spiva’s new printing press to pull multiple copies, an edition, of their work. Perfect for those who want to try a new medium! Cost: $18


WEEKLY CLASSES

Crackpot Pottery & Studio:

  • Tuesdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Class, 11am–2pm or 6–9pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.
  • Wednesdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Class, 10am–Noon or 6–9pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). $165 for the two-hour course. For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.
  • Thursdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Class, 10am–1pm or 6–9pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.
  • Fridays: Throwing Large with Brent, 10am–Noon. Want to improve your throwing skills? How about taking your pots to the next level? Is it time to learn stacking and sectional pots for bigger and taller pieces? Join Brent on Fridays! Work alongside him and ask all of the questions you desire – no more trial and error on your own. Don’t just get your hands dirty – get your elbow dirty – heck, get your whole arm dirty! Cost: $40 plus clay. Private lessons also available. Pre-register by calling (417) 623-1455.
  • Saturdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Drop-In Class, 10am–Noon. Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required. For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.

Karen’s Dance Studio:

  • Classes are available for ages 2 and up, and for all levels of experience. In addition, an extensive Pre-K program with many class options is offered. Call (417) 623-1093 to reserve your spot or drop by the studio. View the Fall Schedule:karensdancestudio.com/classes.

Mosaics Art Gallery:

  • Tuesdays: Life Drawing Class, 6–8:30pm, Mosaics Art Gallery. Life drawing is the act of drawing the human figure from a living model. Artists who attend should bring their own drawing supplies and easel if needed. The only fee that will apply is the split cost required to pay the model (i.e. the model fee is $50 – if there are 10 artists per session, the cost will be $5 each). Sessions will run in a typical art school manner – short and long poses, unclothed professional model, chiaroscuro lighting, etc. All are welcome. Space is limited – 12 artists max. For more info, contact Debbie Reed: rjreed@cableone.net or (417) 624-4180.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio:

  • Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 10am–6pm. Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you June decide when to come in and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish more and enjoy more personal instruction. From 10am–2pm: Donna Roberts specializes in realism and experimental techniques for creative watercolors and acrylics. Bring any materials you have, but if you haven’t any, Donna will provide materials for the first lesson. $25 per class. Call Donna at 417.623.3727. From 2–6pm: Paula Giltner will be teaching realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486.
  • Saturdays: Saturday Painting Class (Ages 8-80), 12:30–3pm. For just $35 you can enjoy creating your very own work of art! All materials are furnished. Different themes weekly. Instructors are Jesse McCormick, Margie Moss, & Percilla Penner.

Phoenix Fired Art:

  • Tuesday & Wednesdays: Clay Classes at Phoenix Fired Art, 11am–2pm and 6–9pm. All classes include students with different levels of experience – no prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels! 8-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $240 Phoenix Members; $270 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.
  • Saturdays: Saturday Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey, 9:30am–Noon. Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups – however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix Members; $35 for Non-Members (plus clay and firing).

Painting with Pam Leisenring:

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Painting with Pam Leisenring, 9am–Noon on Tuesday, 4:30–7:30pm on Wednesdays, inside Hobby Lobby’s Classroom. Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.

RSVPaint:

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

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

Spiva Center for the Arts:

  • Mondays (through Nov. 16) | 5–8pm: Art Lounge (Ages 14-18)
    For teens pursuing art after high school or just wanting more art than they get in school, this is an opportunity to explore the studio of a local artist, find out what it takes to get into a college art program, and learn the basics of blogging to showcase your art work. Class includes a light meal each week. Cost: $105 for nine weeks; payment plan available.
  • Tuesdays (through Dec. 8, no class Nov. 24) | 3:45–5:15pm: Creation Station (Ages 6-12)
    Drop in and experiment with painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Please preregister as space is limited. Cost: $6/class.
  • Wednesdays (through Dec. 9, no class Nov. 25) | 10:30–11:30amPreschooler and Pal Art Class (Ages 3-5)
    Share art with your very young artist while exploring painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Build their creativity through reading and art. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited to eight students, so register early. Cost: $6/class.
  • Thursdays (through Nov. 19) | 10am–Noon: Memories in the Making
    An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience is necessary. Presented as a partnership between Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri Chapter and Spiva Center for the Arts, and sponsored by The Friends of St. Avips. For more details contact: Lisa Thompson, 417-886-2199. Cost: Free.
  • Thursdays (through Dec. 10, no class Nov. 26) | 3:45–5:15pm: Young Painter (Ages 6-12)
    Learn drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash, and detailing in this introductory class. Cost: $11/class.

OPEN STUDIOS:

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

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

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

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