November 2016

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in Monthly Arts & Culture

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What’s coming up in November 2016? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout November in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES:

November 4: Southern Symphony Orchestra – Music of Great Britain with guest violinist Erik Peterson, 7:30pm at Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). The Southern Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Jeffrey Macomber and featuring violinist Erik Peterson, dedicates its November concert to the music of Great Britain. The program features Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite for string orchestra, Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar, Op. 36, and Scottish Fantasy for solo violin and orchestra by Max Bruch, Op. 46. Erik Peterson has been a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1991 and is concertmaster of the chamber orchestra Up Close and Personal. As an active performing chamber musician, he is often heard in performances with the Ivy Street Ensemble and Mendelssohn Trio. In addition to his work as a violinist, Peterson is artistic director of the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis, Oregon, and the Front Range Chamber Players, based in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has taught violin, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire at Colorado State University, Rocky Bridge Music Center, Denver School of the Arts, and Denver Young Artists Orchestra. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

November 8: Senior Piano Recital with Tyler Graves, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Tyler Graves, senior music major at Missouri Southern State University, will be presenting his Senior Recital. This capstone experience for the pianist is being given in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. The recital will include piano works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Ravel, Chopin and Phillip Glass. Tyler will end his recital by performing, with other jazz instrumentalists, compositions by Antônio Carlos Jobim.

November 10: Pro Musica presents Mogdigliani Quartet, 7pm at St. Peter Catholic Church (812 S Pearl, Joplin). The Modigiliani (string) Quartet, formed by four close friends, celebrated ten years of playing together in 2013 and has become one of the world’s top string quartets, playing in venues like Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Washington DC’s Library of Congress, Maverick Festival, Seattle’s Meany Hall, Houston’s Friends of Chamber Music, Lanaudière Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Luxemburg’s Philharmonie, Zurich’s Tonhalle. Only one year after they were formed, the quartet attracted international attention in 2004 by winning the Frits Philips String Quartet competition in Eindhoven. The Quartet then took First Prize at the Vittorio Rimbotti competition in Florence in 2005 and won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 2006. Following their studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Modigliani Quartet studied with the Ysaÿe Quartet in Paris, attended masterclasses by Walter Levin and Gyorgy Kurtag, and then had the opportunity to work with the Artemis Quartet at the Universitat der Künste in Berlin. In 2014, the Modigliani Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian. After a 13-year pause, the festival, made famous by its former legendary artistic director Mstislav Rostropovich, and created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud, will start a new life through the joint efforts of the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet. The first edition was a big and very promising success. Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors the Modigliani Quartet plays on four outstanding Italian instruments.  Philippe Bernhard plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Loic Rio plays a 1734 violin by Alessandro Gagliano, Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani, François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller (former”Warburg”). Free and open to the public. Donations appreciated.

November 10–12: JHS Theatre Department presents The Diary of Anne Frank, 7pm each night (Sat at 2pm and 7pm) at Joplin High School Black Box (2104 N Indiana Ave). The Joplin High School Theatre Department’s fall production! There will be 4 performance, November 10-12 at 7pm and a 2pm matinee on the 12th. This will be the first production performed in the high schools black box theatre! Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors!

November 11: Heartland Opera Theatre presents The Elixir of Love, 7:30pm at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). Written in only six weeks, Donizetti’s hilarious L’elixir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) remains one of the most performed operas in the repertoire, and for great reason.  Filled with timeless comedy and hummable melodies everyone is sure to recognize, this incredible opera is perfect for opera lovers and first-time opera-goers alike. Join director Carol Werner-Feiertag and an all-star cast from across the country, including New Jersey based tenor Jeremy Blossey, Soprano Bevin Hill, and Joplin’s own Dr. Jordan Wilson. Artistic Director Nicholas Gilmore will lead the production from the pit. For the first time, tickets will be available for purchase on-line beginning October 1 at heartlandoperatheatre.com.  For more info call 417-782-4953 or email info@heartlandoperatheatre.com. Ticket Prices: $25 in advance; $30 at the door; $10 for students.

November 13: Heartland Opera Theatre presents The Elixir of Love, 2:30pm at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). Written in only six weeks, Donizetti’s hilarious L’elixir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) remains one of the most performed operas in the repertoire, and for great reason.  Filled with timeless comedy and hummable melodies everyone is sure to recognize, this incredible opera is perfect for opera lovers and first-time opera-goers alike. Join director Carol Werner-Feiertag and an all-star cast from across the country, including New Jersey based tenor Jeremy Blossey, Soprano Bevin Hill, and Joplin’s own Dr. Jordan Wilson. Artistic Director Nicholas Gilmore will lead the production from the pit. For the first time, tickets will be available for purchase on-line beginning October 1 at heartlandoperatheatre.com.  For more info call 417-782-4953 or email info@heartlandoperatheatre.com. Ticket Prices: $25 in advance; $30 at the door; $10 for students.

November 15: Chamber Ensemble Concert, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). An evening of chamber music, this concert will feature several of Missouri Southern State University’s ensembles coached and directed by Dr. Cheryl Cotter, Ms. Robin Sisk, and Mr. Freddie Green. Students will perform sections representing multiple periods of music history, with varying instrumentation.

November 17: Southern Jazz Combos, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). This performance will feature four student combos performing a variety of selections from the jazz idiom including: Take The A Train, In A Sentimental Mood, Bye Bye Blackbird, Meditation, Work Song, and Summertime.  Vocalist Bailey Park will sing Black Coffee, You’re Looking at Me, Just Friends, and other jazz standards. “Our jazz program continues to flourish as we feature four talented ensembles performing a myriad of jazz stylings” states Dr. Phillip C. Wise, Director of Jazz Studies. “I encourage folks to attend and hear these talented musicians”. The performance is free and open to the public.

November 17–20: Midwest Regional Ballet presents Scrooge, 7:30pm (additional 2:30pm performances on Saturday and Sunday) at Memorial Auditorium (503 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS). Based on the classic story “A Christmas Carol” but told in modern times with special effects and rock music by Trans Siberian Orchestra. Adults: $15; Children: $12; GA in Balcony: $10.

November 18: Southern Jazz Combos Pizza & Jazz Concert, 6–8pm at Gusano’s Pizza (3929 East 7th St). The Southern Jazz Combos from MSSU will be performing at Gusano’s Pizza. The performance will feature four student combos performing a variety of selections from the jazz idiom including: Take The A Train, In A Sentimental Mood, Bye Bye Blackbird, Meditation, Work Song, and Summertime. Vocalist Bailey Park will sing Black Coffee, You’re Looking at Me, Just Friends, and other jazz standards. “This is an opportunity for people in the community to listen to our jazz combos in a more relaxed atmosphere” states Dr. Phillip C. Wise, Director of Jazz Studies. “I encourage folks to come out to relax and enjoy a pizza and listen to an evening of jazz”. The performance is free and open to the public; however, you are strongly encouraged to make advanced reservations by phoning Gusano’s Pizza at 417-623-9090. Be sure to request seating near the jazz combos.

November 18 & 19: TJ Upper School presents Fiddler on the Roof, 7pm at TJ Concert Hall. Tevye, a Jewish milkman in early 1900s Russia, sees his three eldest daughters married, each one moving further from traditional ways, and must cope with the growing anti-Jewish sentiment in his country.


EVENTS

November 1: MSSU Tea Time, 10:30am–1:30pm at MSSU Lion’s Den (3950 Newman Rd). Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea, which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock. Take a break from your day and join the Campus Activities Board for Tea Time. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

November 1: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered.

November 1: MSSU British Film Festival presents Secrets and Lies, 7pm at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Known for his honest, unflinching yet sensitive social realism, director Mike Leigh unfolds the story of Hortense, a young, black optometrist whose adoptive parents have recently died and who befriends Cynthia, a depressed, unmarried mother who works in a factory. A web of relationships is revealed as Cynthia’s daughter, her brother and his wife encounter each other in a family reunion that upsets “secrets and lies” with painful truths. Named “Best Film” at the Cannes Film Festival and nominated for five Academy Awards (dir. Mike Leigh, 1996, 136 min.).

November 3: S’mores & Stories, 7–9:30pm at Red Door Barn (9164 Missouri 43, Webb City, MO 64870). Art Feeds Joplin (AFJ) is excited to announce a brand new Art Feeds fundraiser for the Joplin community. Adapted from their wildly popular fundraiser Word Vomit, S’mores and Stories will be a night of storytelling and celebration. AFJ has invited five adults from the community to wield words to the theme of ‘Round the Campfire (think all things fall). Each storyteller will tell a 10-minute, true story from their life and have a jar set up in their name. It’s simple: Like their story? Make a donation to their jar! At the end of the night, the storyteller with the most money donated in their name will be crowned the winner of S’mores and Stories. All proceeds from the night will benefit local Art Feeds programs within organizations like the Leffen Center for Autism and Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri. A ticket includes 1 drink (beer, wine, or pop of choice) + s’mores ingredients to craft your own dessert. Tickets are $25 for one or $40 for two. This is an all ages event. However, alcohol will be present and stories may include content not suitable for children. To purchase your ticket(s), visit smoresandstories.eventbrite.com. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the event.

November 4: Spiva Members-Only Art Trip to Kansas City, MO, leave from Spiva parking lot at 5pm on Friday, November 4th and drive directly to the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City. Guest will attend Director Josie Mai’s solo exhibition at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and Weinberger Fine Art’s exclusive member night. Dinner can be found at a food truck or another eating establishment as you wander First Friday (Kansas City’s version of Joplin’s First Thursday ArtWalk!). Next they will head to the Best Western Seville Plaza Hotel. A Tuscan brunch in a private room at Brio will be held at 11am on Saturday where guests will dine with special guests Courtney Wasson (Weinberger Fine Art) and Rosie Riordan (Head of Schools and Programs at the Nelson-Atkins). From there, they will head to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for a private tour of the highlights of their permanent collection. Afterwards, guests will have an hour or so to tour the Nelson on their own before heading back to Joplin by 6pm.

November 10: Joplin Writers Guild, 6pm, 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.

November 11: 90th Birthday Expression In Art, 1–4pm at Joplin City Hall. The Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts and Connect2Culture, chose four local artists to help artistically mark the 90th birthday of Historic Route 66. This year, on November 11th, Route 66 will celebrate the milestone of being Main Street America for nine decades! As part of the celebration, these local artists will paint their interpretation of a Route 66 icon. The works will be used to promote Joplin as a Route 66 tourism destination, and Joplin as an art community. The theme of the painting must be about Route 66, feature a recognizable iconic site or building within the Route 66 Tristate region (something a visitor to the region could physically experience), and be of high quality artistic expression. On the day of, artists will arrive at 1pm to set up and put the finishing touches on their artworks. At 3pm, Route 66’s 90th Birthday Celebration will begin. Artists will be introduced and asked discuss their works. The cutting of the birthday cake will be done by regional citizens that are 90+ years in age. All are welcome to come celebrate!

November 11: Hip Handmade Market Happy Hour, 7–10pm at the Roxy & Amelie Event Centers Downtown Joplin (104 South Joplin Ave). Think pre-shopping, casual atmosphere, mingling, the perfect fun night out! This is a pre-show to the Fall 2016 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. Over 55 talented handmade vendors. No third party vendors. Local eateries. Cash bar. Free photobooth. Hourly giveaways on Saturday. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include, paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and more! $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

November 12: Boy Scouts vs Girl Scouts Dutch Oven Cooking Challenge, 8:30am–2pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). In November, Spiva’s Regional Gallery will be filled with “Cowboy – The Symbols of the West: Works from the Leggett & Platt Collection. We’re planning to lasso up some cowboy fun! Stop by and watch the Scouts at work! Spiva members will have the opportunity to taste the winning entries of entrée and dessert. Rain date: November 13.

November 12: Fall Hip Handmade Market 2016, 10am–4pm at the Roxy & Amelie Event Centers Downtown Joplin (104 South Joplin Ave). 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. Over 55 talented handmade vendors. No third party vendors. Local eateries. Cash bar. Free photobooth. Hourly giveaways on Saturday. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include, paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and more! IThe $2 adult admission to the Market will directly benefit Art Feeds Joplin.

November 12: Community Event – Masterpiece in a Day: Legoland, Noon–2pm at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd).

November 15: Missouri Arts Council (MAC) On Location, 3–5pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 West Third St). Each year, Missouri Arts Council conducts grant-writing workshops for arts organizations across the state. 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.

November 15: MSSU British Film Festival presents Bend It Like Beckham, 7pm at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Our final film in the series takes us into England’s thriving East Asian community as it tells the story of a teenage Anglo-Indian girl who will do just about anything, including “bending” her community’s gender and social norms, to play soccer, like her hero, Beckham. The film features a great ensemble cast of amusing, engaging characters, as it focuses on vital communities in London today. Directed by Gurinda Chadha (dir. Gurinda Chadha, 2002, 112 min.).

November 16: An American in England, 10am at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). When he started writing The Last Enchantments, Charles Finch was still a student at Oxford, working in a little carrel deep within the oldest continually open library in Europe. In this talk, he will discuss what it was like to go there as an American, unused to the university’s customs – never to walk on the grass, for instance, or how to get a free pint of beer at the Bear, a coaching inn founded in 1242 – unsure of himself at first, but soon falling into the intense friendships that would inspire his novel. Along the way he’ll answer the crucial questions: What is it like to live in a foreign country? What is the difference between autobiography and fiction? And was there a real-life Sophie who broke his heart? Finch is a novelist and literary critic. He grew up in New York City, then studied at Yale, where he won the class fiction prize, and Oxford, where he did graduate study on Shakespeare. He is the author of The Last Enchantments, about his golden years in England, and also the bestselling series of Charles Lenox mystery novels. He writes about books and travel regularly for The New York Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Lonely Planet, and Slate, and was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle award in criticism. He currently lives in Chicago.This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

November 16: Book Signings and Q&A with Charles Finch, 11–11:50am and 1–1:5pm in MSSU Corley Auditorium. Author Charles Finch will sign your copies of The Last Enchantments and answer all your questions in these informal sessions. 

November 17: Oxford: City of Dreaming Spires, 9:30am at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). In 1167, a group of scholars from the University of Paris decamped to a small English parish town to start their own university: Oxford. Nearly a millennium later, it still feels utterly medieval, a maze of stone-walled alleyways, irregular houses, and castle-like college buildings, rising into the mists. In this talk, Charles Finch will explore the enduring allure of the city where he lived for three years, and about which he wrote his novel The Last Enchantments, explaining the university’s odd traditions; what “real tennis” and bowler hats and punting and Mob Quad mean there; how to study there; and the long literary tradition of the city that inspired Brideshead Revisited, Tolkien, Narnia, Philip Pullman, Harry Potter, and Alice in Wonderland. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

November 17: “Everywhere You Can”: On Creative Writing about Travel, 1pm at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). “It’s all in the art,” the famous British writer V.S. Pritchett once said. “You get no credit for the living.” Many of us have had unforgettable travel experiences. But how do you turn them into great travel writing? It’s one of the most beautiful and meaningful kinds of essay we have, yet also one of the trickiest to pull off, and in this talk Charles Finch, who has written widely about his travels in England, Africa, Greece, and elsewhere, talks about the rich tradition of travel writing, the pitfalls young writers should avoid, and his favorite expatriate novels and memoirs, from My Family and Other Animals to A Moveable Feast to Songlines. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

November 17: Book Signings and Q&A with Charles Finch, 8:30–9:15am and 11–11:50am in MSSU Corley Auditorium. Author Charles Finch will sign your copies of The Last Enchantments and answer all your questions in these informal sessions.

November 17: Phoenix Fired Art’s Fourth Annual “Empty Bowls” Fundraiser, 11am–1:30pm & 5–7:30pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). 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 per bowl, 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 organizations working to alleviate hunger in our area: Crosslines, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, Watered Gardens and Webb City Farmer’s Market. Want to buy a bowl early? Bowl presales are a $25 minimum donation. Presales begin October 1. For more information, call 417.437.9281.

November 18: Spiva Lunch and Learn Series, Noon–1pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Bring a sack lunch and spend your lunch hour training your brain as well as nourishing your body! Lunch and Learn programs, with facilitator Shaun Conroy, will discuss topics in art that relate to the exhibit showing in the Main or Regional Gallery. This session fill focus on American Western Art – highlighting the careers and work of George Catlin, Frederic Remington, and Joe Beeler. In conjunction with Cowboys – The Symbol of the West in the Regional Gallery. Bring a sack lunch and spend your lunch hour training your brain as well as nourishing your body! Lunch and Learn programs, with facilitator Shaun Conroy, will discuss topics in art that relate to the exhibit showing in the Main or Regional Gallery.

November 19: Cowboy Poetry, 7–9pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join national award-winning Geff and Dawn Dawson for an evening of cowboy poetry, story and song. In 2003, Geff began writing cowboy poetry about his true-life experiences while working on different cattle ranches in the area. Once you’ve heard him, you will know he was truly blessed with the ability to write cowboy poetry. Sure to entertain all ages!

November 25: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.

November 26: Downtown Joplin Maker’s Market, 10am–6pm at Cosmopolitan Event Center (501 S Main). The Downtown Joplin Maker’s Market is an event designed to showcase the talents of the area’s artisans and merchants. You will find handmade, vintage, repurposed, and other purveyors of cool stuff. Paired with national Small Business Saturday, this event will promote Joplin’s vibrant downtown and increase awareness of the Shop Small movement. Downtown Joplin Alliance is a nonprofits community organization, and any fees collected from this event will go back into strengthening Joplin’s Main Street community.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6–8pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). 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.


EXHIBITS

November 12 – December 31: 69th Membership Show, Spiva Center for the Arts Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Spiva member artists present their best work in this annual showcase of regional talent. A fascinating mix of styles and media. Opening Reception: Fri, November 11, 5:30–7:30pm. $5 suggested contribution; members free.

November 12 – December 31: Cowboys – The Symbol of the West: Works from the Leggett & Platt Collection, Spiva Center for the Arts Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Nothing personifies the American West more than the cowboy, often depicted with distinctive boots, chaps, bandanas, shotguns, and cowboy hat. Through the years, cowboy life has been romanticized to include a life of chivalry and shoot-outs. This curated exhibit reflects the simpler life of the hardworking American cowboy that spent long, lonely years working on ranches, driving cattle for 14 hours a day, and exemplifying independence and individualism. Cowboys is one of an ongoing series of Spiva exhibitions linked to the Joe Beeler Fund, which was established in 2006 to honor the Joplin artist and acknowledge, promote and preserve Western Art. Opening Reception: Fri, November 11, 5:30–7:30pm. $5 suggested contribution; members free.

November: Midwest Clay Artists, Spiva Center for the Arts Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Spiva is proud this year to again showcase the wizards of the Midwest Clay Artists. They are challenging themselves with methods of alternative firing. No electric or kiln firing, but methods like raku, saggar, and horsehair firing. Normally, these alchemists are creating functional pieces, objects you can use in daily living. This year they are leaping out of the box, forging gorgeous surfaces that are not functional, but still available for purchase and display. Just don’t put your coffee in them.

November: I’d Rather Be Digging by Hiram Mesa, Post Art Library (300 South Main Street, Joplin, MO 64801). Inspired by the natural world and our perceptions of it, Mesa’s show is comprised of mixed-media abstract paintings, jewelry, cabachons, ceramics, and a display of rocks from his personal collection. An opening reception will be held Thursday, November 3, 6–8pm. Questions? Call 417-782-7678 or email PAL@PostArtLibrary.org.

October 17– November 17: The Melancholy of Runaway Elephants by Lori Miles, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Reception: November 17th, 3–5pm, Artist Talk: November 17th, 2–3pm. A mixed-media sculptural exhibition rooted in stories, folklore, and news articles about escaped zoo animals, runaway elderly patients, and the crazy joy of leaving. Based in equal parts real and imagined scenarios, the work combines found and made objects that have been made into short narratives or visual poems. Lori Miles is an Associate Professor of Art and the A. Reid Winsey Chair of Art and Art History at DePauw University in Indiana. Her work was recently featured at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) in a two-person exhibition and in group shows in Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota.  She is the recipient of a New Directions Initiative grant from the Mellon Foundation in 2010, and a Creative Renewal grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis in 2011.  Her work privileges artifice and champions the fake. For more information, contact the MSSU Art Department at 417.625.9563 or Christine Bentley at bentley-c@mssu.edu.


CLASSES

November 3: Vino & Van Gogh, 6–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio. “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. No experience is necessary and there are many masterpieces to choose from! All materials furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine); please reserve your spot by calling the gallery at (417) 553-0835.

November 5: Pre-School Mini Makers – Sculpture Stories (Ages 3-5), 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is for your youngest artist on the first and third Saturday of the month through December 3. Each class is a different theme. Parents are not required to stay. Visit ActiveNetwork for class descriptions.Cost: $6 pre-reg., $8 @ door. 

November 12: Creative Campers, 9–11am at the South YMCA (3404 McIntosh Cir Dr). With the cooler weather upon us, we are channeling all things fall. Our favorite fall memories are sitting around campfires with those we love most. For this creative workshop, we will be honing our camping skills and letting them come to life through our interactive lessons. We are bringing all your favorite things about camping indoors! This workshop will include 4 activities for your little creative around the theme of camping. Each workshop costs $25 for pre-registration, which will include 4 projects as well as a snack.

November 12: Simple Fall Encaustics (Ages 10+), 1–2pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Greek word encaustic means “to burn,” and the ancient Greek process, developed in the 5th century BCE, involved heating pigmented beeswax over burning charcoal. This class is a much simpler take on that technique! It will use only small amounts of soft decorating wax, softened by hand to create your fall scene on canvas. Pre-registration is required. With Lacey Santillan. Cost: $30. 

November 19: Fairy (or Toad) Houses (Ages 6+), 9am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Make your own Fairy House from polymer clay. Your house will be suitable for play inside and out, and if you chose, shelter for a toad. Your program, while the clay cures, will be about wild critters (and fairies) in your yard. Children 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $25 per person, $12 for each additional family member. Adults assisting are free. Clay, materials, and tutorial provided. Registration required by 12 noon on the Thursday (Nov. 17) before the class. Call 417-825-3318 cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when she responds to you.

November 19: Pre-School Mini Makers – Catching Dreams (Ages 3-5), 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is for your youngest artist on the first and third Saturday of the month through December 3. Each class is a different theme. Parents are not required to stay. Visit ActiveNetwork for class descriptions.Cost: $6 pre-reg., $8 @ door.

November 21: Make and Take Clay Club: Faux Metal Switch Plates (Ages 16+), 6–9pm (in Joplin, the location will be given to you upon registration). Bring a light switch plate, plastic or metal, and we will cover it with beautiful metal-like polymer clay. Spend a relaxing, but rewarding evening with metallic polymer clay, cookie cutters, and mica powders to transform simple shapes like leaves, flowers, and butterflies into gorgeous and useful light switch plate covers. Cost: $32 per person (bring a friend for 10% off). Clay, materials, and directions provided. Registration required the Friday (Nov. 18) before the class. Call 417-825-3318 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when she responds to you.

November 26: Class Candy Dish (Ages 9+), 1–3pm, at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). With the holiday shopping season in full swing, take a minute to relax using art. Make this candy dish for your home or as a gift for someone else. Register the whole family and your friends. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Safety glasses will be provided or you can bring your own. With Jane McCaulley. Cost: $35.


RECURRING CLASSES

Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

Tuesdays | 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).

Wednesdays | 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.

Thursdays | 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).

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

For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. 

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

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

Third & Fourth Thursdays | 6–8:30pm | Pick Your Passion with April Davis (Ages 10+)
Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835 to register.

Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)

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

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

Painting with Pam Leisenring (1315 S Rangeline Rd)

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

RSVPaint (420 S Main St)

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

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 (222 W 3rd St)

Art Lounge with Annette Goode
Mondays | Sep. 12 – Dec. 5 | 5–8pm | Ages: 14-18 | Cost: $125/session (12wks)
For teens! Thinking of pursuing art after high school or just don’t get enough of it at school? Then this is for you. Art Lounge is an amazing program that helps build your knowledge, as well as your portfolio. This year, students will visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on October 22! Class fee includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships are available. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. No class Nov. 21st.

Young Artist Studio I with Sarah Serio
Tuesdays | Aug. 30 – Oct. 11 | 3:45–5pm | Ages: 6-9 | Cost: $80/session I (7wks)
Tuesdays | Oct. 18 – Dec. 6 | 3:45–5pm | Ages: 6-9 | Cost: $80/session II (7wks)
This 7-week session introduces the young artist to a range of mediums, helps develop their skills, and nurtures that creative seed! Students will progress into Young Artist Studio II with age and skill level. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. No class Nov. 22nd.

Young Artist Studio II with Sarah Serio
Tuesdays | Aug. 30 – Oct. 11 | 5:15–6:30pm | Ages: 10-13 | Cost: $80/session I (7wks)
Tuesdays | Oct. 18 – Dec. 6 | 5:15–6:30pm | Ages: 10-13 | Cost: $80/session II (7wks)
For our older artists, Young Artist Studio II provides a more advanced artistic environment. Students will continue to explore a range of mediums from painting to printmaking. From here, students can look forward to our Teen Art Lounge class. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. No class Nov. 22nd.

Introduction to Clay with Jeremy Butler
Thursdays | Oct. 20 – Nov. 3 | 5:30–7pm | Ages: 14-Adult | Cost: $90/session (3wks)
Hands on and messy, this 3-week clay session is great for beginners or skilled clay artists. Create your projects in the first two classes and then glaze on the last day. Pre-registration is required.

Creation Station with Autumn Neuenschwander
Thursdays | Sept. 1 – Dec. 8 | 3:45–5pm | Ages: 6-12 | Cost: $6 pre-registration/$8 @ door
Drop in Thursday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited for this popular class. No class Nov. 24th.

Memories in the Making® with Jesse McCormick
Thursdays —through October 27 | 10am–12pm | Cost: FREE
An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is a partnership between Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter and Spiva Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, please call Lisa Thompson at the Alzheimer’s Association, 417.886.2199. Sponsored by The Friends of St. Avips. No class Nov. 24th.


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.

Mon & Fri | 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.

Tue–Thu | 1–9pm | Walk-In Open Studio 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.

Wednesdays | 1–9pm | Wine-Down Wednesdays at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).

***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.