September 2018

Posted on Aug 29, 2018 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in September 2018? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout September in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES:

September 2: Missy Andersen House Concert, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in New York City, multiple award nominee, Missy Andersen is a dynamic and one-of-a-kind soul blues singer. Her sophomore album, In the Moment, received great reviews and ended the year on Living Blues Top 50 of 2014. She and her guitar player/husband, Heine, maintain a busy schedule performing as a duo. The tenacious twosome’s music is noted as displaying “a musical maturity that is as entertaining as it is compelling” by PBS Australia and “the real deal” by Washington Blues Society. A nominee of the prestigious Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Female Artist in 2015 and 2016 as well as two-time Blues Blast Music Awards nominee, Missy was voted Best New Artist-Female in 2009 by Real Blues Magazine and her self-titled CD, Missy Andersen, also won Best Debut Album-Female that same year. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

September 6: MSSU presents Dr. William Koehler Trumpet Recital, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Guest artist William Koehler will perform his DMA trumpet recital. This event is free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9318.

September 7: Joplin Comedy Presents: Pizza and Punchlines with Dan LaMorte, 9:00pm–12:00am at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Dan LaMorte is a New York City based stand-up comedian. He has been seen doing panel on FOX’s Red Eye, had his stand up featured on NBC Universal’s COZI TV, was featured on the 2017 season of AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, the 2018 season of NextVR’s Gotham Comedy Live and in January of 2017 he released his first album “Not Enough Pieces” through On Tour Records. The album got plenty of love on the iTunes comedy charts, it was met with great reviews and a lengthy stay as the number one best-selling stand up album. The album is also a popular play on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog Channel, where Dan is a guest on their many shows such as the Raw Report and the Check Spot. Dan is also very active on social media having what is often described as one of the most consistently funny twitter feeds (@DanLaMorte). Over the years Dan has seen his tweets featured in/on MTV, FOX, CNN, The Daily Meal, CNBC, BBC News, People Magazine, BuzzFeed, Uproxx, Junkee, Mashable, The Daily Dot, FanSided, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, the Hollywood Reporter, FanFest, Metro UK and many more. Dan is a popular act on the road, headlining clubs both nationally and internationally. He’s a favorite at festivals; having appeared at the TBS New York Comedy Festival, DC Underground Comedy Festival, Skankfest, Hamptons International Comedy Festival, Gilda’s Laugh Fest and the Hoboken Comedy Festival. More information: message m.me/joplincomedy on Facebook.

September 15: Brewer & Shipley House Concert, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Known for their intricate guitar work, vocal harmonies, and socially conscious lyrics which reflect the concerns of their generation, Brewer & Shipley are reuniting for just a handful of shows this summer. They visit the Coda in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. Folk rock legends, their greatest commercial success was the song “One Toke Over the Line” from their 1970 album Tarkio. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

September 20–30: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents “The Egg and I”, 7:00pm (2:30pm on Sundays) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). “Chickens?” gasps Betty MacDonald when her husband Don buys a little farm in the mountains. “Who, us?” shriek teenage Anne and Joan when asked to help. But they find themselves surrounded by peeping chicks and everyone has to move fast. To Anne, with her eyes on a good-looking neighbor boy named Thad, this is fun. But how long will it remain fun to get up at four, put the coffee on, go out to the baby chicks with warm water, put toast in the oven, go out to the chicks with mash, set the table and then out to the chicks again? There is a boisterous scene when Joan, having corralled a boyfriend, entertains him under an umbrella while water drips through the leaky roof. In winter, their only entertainment is to sit with the mail-order catalog studying plumbing ads. As failure threatens the chicken farm, Betty is finally ready to give up, but there is a funny, tender scene in which they realize that they are not quitters after all. Heartwarming comedy unfolds as they learn to cope with the Egg. Tickets are available at the door,  which opens 45 minutes prior to show times. Adults $10, Kids $5. A handicap ramp is accessible at the rear of the building. More information: info@sgtjoplin.com.

September 21: Pro Musica presents Montrose Trio, 7:00pm at Ozark Christian College Chapel (1111 N Main St). Formed in 2013, the Montrose Trio is a collaboration stemming from a long and fruitful relationship between pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Tokyo String Quartet. Mr. Parker was the quartet’s final guest pianist, and a backstage conversation with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith led to the Montrose Trio’s creation. The Montrose Trio gave their debut performance for the Chamber Music Society of Detroit and quickly established a reputation for performances of the highest distinction. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker performs with major North American orchestras on a regular basis, including recent concerto performances with the orchestras of New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. He is Artistic Advisor of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and Professor of Piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. Violinist Martin Beaver has appeared as soloist with the orchestras of San Francisco, Indianapolis, Montreal, Toronto, and in Belgium and Portugal. He is currently on faculty at the Colburn School in LA. Cellist Clive Greensmith has perfomed as soloist with the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI orchestra in Rome. Mr. Greensmith was the cellist in the Tokyo String Quartet for fourteen years and is currently on faculty at the Colburn School in LA. More information: www.promusicajoplin.org.

September 27: Connect2Culture presents “Best of… The Second City”, 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Come experience how it all began! This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s repertoire made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more – as well as their trademark improvisation. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly sixty years producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest. May contain Adult or Mature Content. Tickets: $40 Floor, $30 Mezzanine, $20 Balcony (general admission within section). Purchase tickets at connect2culture.org or 1-800-514-3849 (etix is the exclusive ticketing provider). Season Tickets available – buy tickets to all four shows and receive a 20% discount!

September 27: Joplin House Concert Series presents Genna & Jesse, TBA at Joplin House Concert Series. Genna & Jesse are defined by a unique alchemy born of the quirky chemistry, intricate vocal harmonies, and ardent storytelling which infuse their songwriting and vibrant performances. With whispers (and sometimes roars) of folk, blue-eyed soul, jazz, blues, torch song, and popular music from the ‘60s and ‘70s, their self-chosen genre “retro soul pop” doesn’t fully encompass what they conjure up in their joyful live shows and sensual, deliberate albums. These two have shrugged off music industry conventions in favor of doing what feels good, and this genre-defying dedication to being current and free has an exciting and irresistible effect. Drawing inspiration from their romantic nomadic lifestyle, Genna & Jesse might best be described as modern troubadours, generously offering listeners glimpses of their always-moving world with something fresh, true, and genuinely independent. Genna & Jesse are currently touring internationally to promote their newest release, Asphalt Rhapsody. Their ongoing tour, which includes club venues, house concerts, restaurants, cafes, and festivals, is being done with as small a carbon footprint as possible. More information: reeddunn@icloud.com.

September 27: Comedy & Cocktails: Dante Powell, 8:30–10:00pm at Infuжn Водка Bar (530 S Main St). Joplin Comedy very proudly presents Dante Powell for another hilarious edition of Comedy & Cocktails. Dante Powell is a comedian from Bernice, Louisiana. He currently lives and performs out of Des Moines, Iowa where he moved in 2012 for a girl, but was too lazy to leave after she dumped him. Dante has performed at Clubs and Shows all across the nation, including more Comedy Festivals than you can imagine. Tickets: $10 online or at the door. More information: message m.me/joplincomedy on Facebook.

September 28: MOMIX performing Opus Cactus, 7:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. After a ten-year rest period, Opus Cactus is back again with a new look, fresh energy, and fun surprises! Moses Pendleton brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with his signature illusionistic style creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. Originally created as a 20-minute piece in 2001 for the Ballet Arizona, Opus Cactus was then brought back into the MOMIX retort and a full-evening work was created. Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Kids. More information: Kaye Lewis, kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com. 417.439.9549.


EVENTS:

September 1 & 2: Struggle for Education, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join in for this program and explore some of the challenges George Washington Carver faced in his pursuit of a formal education while growing up in the post-Civil War United States. This event is free and open to the public. More information: 417.325.4151. 

September 4: 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!

September 4: MSSU Nordic Film Festival presents “Lapland Odyssey,” 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). In this popular comedy, a slacker and two of his inept friends embark on an all-night quest across contemporary Lapland to find a digital TV receiver, the elusive “digibox.” The Toronto Film Festival billed the film as “the hippest, freshest comedy to emerge from Finland in years.” For mature audiences. The MSSU Nordic Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from Nordic region. More information: 417.625.9736 or stebbins-c@mssu.edu.

September 6: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin.

September 6: Up Close by Dustin Miller, 5:30–8:30pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main). For the month of September Urban Art Gallery is excited to present local painter Dustin Miller. Dustin’s show Up Close will feature a 3D cubic presentation including objects often only seen painted in 2D form.

September 6: 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: 417.623.0183.

September 7: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at TBA. WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer and The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. This event is free and open to the public. More information: info@downtownjoplin.com.

September 8: Prairie Day, 10:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Learn more about George Washington Carver’s childhood environment through storytelling, living history demonstrations, wagon rides, exhibits, and music. Enjoy musical performances by Ripplin Creek, Lem Sheppard, Blackberry Winter Band, Fiddle and Banjo, Holmes Brigade Shirkers, Homemade Jam Dulcimers, and Corbin and McAlister Old Time Music. Renowned storyteller, Marideth Sisco, will share stories of Ozark history. Living history demonstrations will be set up at the 1881 Moses Carver House. New this year is a chuck wagon, beekeeping and pollinators, and broom making – in addition to the popular candle dipping, lye soap making, and many others. Across the grounds will be exhibits about slavery, the Civil War, quilting, native grasslands and wildlife, archeology, and much more. Kids may earn a special junior ranger badge. Storytellers will be on board during horse-drawn wagon rides and there will be a wheelchair accessible wagon. Be sure to save the date and join in for a fantastic Prairie Day! This “Find Your Park” event invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place – it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide. More information: 417.325.4151.

September 10: Do You Speak Old Norse, the Language of the Vikings?, 9:00am at  Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). The history and development of Scandinavian languages as they evolved from Proto-Norse and gradually became modern Icelandic, Faroese, Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish. Thor Heyerdahl’s (Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany, and geography) hypothesis is that the Scandinavian peoples originally came from Asia, as supported by DNA analysis and the Heimskringla, the best known of the Old Norse kings’ sagas. It was written in Old Norse in Iceland by the poet and historian Snorri Sturluson, ca. 1230.  Comparisons of Phoenician, Tifinagh, Algonquin, and Medieval languages will be illustrated.  Internet resources for further Scandinavian language study and opportunities to study in Scandinavia will be discussed to provide information for students wishing to broaden their global knowledge and education. Eric Hinrichs is president of the Danish Club of St. Louis and a strategic intelligence analysist with the American Military University. He has a Ph.D. in theology from the Atlantic Coast College of the Bible and Seminary and is certified as a Level III systems engineer by the Defense Acquisition University and as a NATO electronics warfare instructor. He has a master’s in economics from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s in strategic intelligence from the American Military University, and a bachelor’s in German literature from the University of the State of New York. He is a member of the Swedish Council of St. Louis, the Viking Club of St. Louis, the Norwegian Society of St. Louis, and the American-Scandinavian Foundation. Dr. Hinrichs is the author of 500 Years of Viking Presence in America (2014), Bronze Age Norse and Vikings in the World: 3000 Years of Linguistic and Scientific Evidence (2018), The Russian-Ukrainian War of 2014 (2018), and 15 other books on Nordic languages, European politics, and economics. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 10: Scandinavians Were Everywhere – The First Global Travelers!, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). This is an overview of Scandinavian history beginning from the Bronze Age and continuing up to approximately 2016 A.D. when Viking settlements in Newfoundland were discovered. The Norse founding of Kiev, Novgorod, and Moscow will also be discussed, as well as the Varangian guards in Constantinople (present day Istanbul). Evidence of Nordic explorers and American Indian interrelationships from 1700 B.C. until approximately 1500 A.D. will be presented based on linguistic, biological, historical artifacts, DNA, and cultural documentation (Icelandic sagas, Algonquin legends, and epigraphic inscriptions in North America). Most of the linguistic and historical material will be taken from Eric Hinrichs’ book, The History of Nordic Languages. Eric Hinrichs is president of the Danish Club of St. Louis and a strategic intelligence analysis with the American Military University. He has a Ph.D. in theology from the Atlantic Coast College of the Bible and Seminary and is certified as a Level III systems engineer by the Defense Acquisition University and as a NATO electronics warfare instructor. He has a master’s in economics from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s in strategic intelligence from the American Military University, and a bachelor’s in German literature from the University of the State of New York. He is a member of the Swedish Council of St. Louis, the Viking Club of St. Louis, the Norwegian Society of St. Louis, and the American-Scandinavian Foundation. Dr. Hinrichs is the author of 500 Years of Viking Presence in America (2014),  Bronze Age Norse and Vikings in the World: 3000 Years of Linguistic and Scientific Evidence  (2018), The Russian-Ukrainian War of 2014  (2018), and 15 other books on Nordic languages, European politics, and economics. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 10: The Changing Demographics of Scandinavia, 1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Scandinavian social welfare systems, economics and politics, the relationships with the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and demographic issues will be outlined. The complex political and economic relationship with Russia will be discussed, as well as the threats to global and domestic security in Scandinavia. Eric Hinrichs’ book, The Russian-Ukrainian War of 2014, describes the economic dependency of Scandinavia on Russian gas and oil resources, and the weakening of the NATO and EU bonds of friendship and mutual support with the United States. Undergraduate and graduate study opportunities in Scandinavian countries for American students who wish to gain knowledge of contemporary political and economic issues will be discussed. Eric Hinrichs is president of the Danish Club of St. Louis and a strategic intelligence analysist with the American Military University. He has a Ph.D. in theology from the Atlantic Coast College of the Bible and Seminary and is certified as a Level III systems engineer by the Defense Acquisition University and as a NATO electronics warfare instructor. He has a master’s in economics from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s in strategic intelligence from the American Military University, and a bachelor’s in German literature from the University of the State of New York. He is a member of the Swedish Council of St. Louis, the Viking Club of St. Louis, the Norwegian Society of St. Louis, and the American-Scandinavian Foundation. Dr. Hinrichs is the author of 500 Years of Viking Presence in America (2014), Bronze Age Norse and Vikings in the World: 3000 Years of Linguistic and Scientific Evidence (2018), The Russian-Ukrainian War of 2014 (2018), and 15 other books on Nordic languages, European politics, and economics. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 11: MSSU Nordic Film Festival presents The Emigrants, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). A truly epic story of a Swedish farming family’s emigration to America, a monumental and gripping film starring the great Swedish actors Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow. The stunning cinematography and editing are also by Troell. Please note the longer length of this film. (dir. Jan Troell, Sweden, 1971; 191 min.) The MSSU Nordic Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from Nordic region. More information: 417.625.9736 or stebbins-c@mssu.edu.

September 13: 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. More information: search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook. 

September 14: What Lies Ahead: Art and Technology in 19th-Century Denmark, 1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Landscape painting has often been appreciated for its ideological content: as a source of nationalist pride, or an invitation to wonder at the magnificence of nature and its bounty, etc. But landscape paintings can also refer to more direct meanings, as records of artists’ and audiences’ attitudes towards the land, itself. This talk considers this other side of landscape painting by considering not only the historical and philosophical meanings contained within painted landscapes, but also the extent to which these paintings documented a material and living relationship with the land. Human interventions in the landscape – for instance, through agriculture and land-use reform – had significant consequences for larger public attitudes toward landscape ideology: consequences to which these paintings often referred. Dr. Thor J. Mednick, an associate professor of art history at the University of Toledo, is an internationally recognized expert of 19th century Danish art. A former faculty member at MSSU, he has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Copenhagen and the University of California at Los Angeles, and a visiting professor at Fuglsang Museum and Faaborg Museum, in Denmark. His research areas include Scandinavian art, especially P.S. Krøyer and the Skagen School of Painters and the painter Vilhelm Hammershøi. He is co-editor, with Dr. Michelle Facos, of the book, The Symbolist Roots of Modern Art. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 14: Edvard Munch: The Mirror and the Lens, 2:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was one of the most experimental and influential artists of the fin de siècle (end of the 19th century). Born in Norway, he achieved fame throughout Europe by the time of the outbreak of the Great War and is today globally associated with “The Scream,” a painting of radical distortion and expression. Munch was also an extraordinarily theatrical and perceptive self-portraitist, creating images in paint, the graphic arts, and photography that in turn mask and disclose his experiences, beliefs, and sense of irony. This talk will examine the artist’s studio practices and career in relation to his self-images rendered using the mirror and the camera. Dr. Patricia Gray Berman, the Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, is an internationally recognized expert in Scandinavian art. From 2010-2015, she held a faculty position at the University of Oslo (Norway), where she continues to be part of a research project titled “Edvard Munch, Modernism, and Modernity.” This project has resulted in her serving as lead curator for The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography, which will be exhibiting at MSSU as part of the Nordic Semester. Her research areas include turn-of-the-(20th) century European art, especially that of Scandinavia, and mid-century modern American painting and photography. Her books include studies of the artists Edvard Munch and James Ensor, and of Danish painting in the 19th century. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 14: Opening Reception for The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography, 3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Best known for his 1893 iconoclastic image known worldwide as “The Scream,” Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) is renowned for his expressionistic and psychological paintings, prints, and watercolors. Unknown to most, he also took photographs. On view for only the second time in the United States, this exhibition of rarely seen photographs and short films by Edvard Munch emphasizes the artist’s experimentalism and showcases his exploration of the camera as an expressive medium. Curated by a leading specialist in early modern Scandinavian art, Dr. Patricia Berman, professor of art history at Wellesley College, the exhibition has been organized by the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) in New York City in partnership with The Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, which generously loaned the approximately 50 copy prints and films included in the exhibition. This event is free and open to the public. This exhibition has been organized by the American-Scandinavian Foundation/Scandinavia House in partnership with the Munch Museum, Oslo. It was originally presented at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America from November 21, 2017 to April 7, 2018. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 14: Fourth Annual Joplin Arts Fest, 7:00–9:00pm at Mercy Park (3002 St Johns Blvd). The Kiwanis Club of Joplin – in collaboration with Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts – will be hosting its fourth annual Joplin Arts Fest! This festival – boasting 40+ fine artist booths, live performances throughout the day, and children’s art activities – gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the local arts and cultural community in Joplin and elsewhere. A variety of food trucks will be located on the festival grounds.

September 15: Fourth Annual Joplin Arts Fest, 9:00am–4:00pm at Mercy Park (3002 St Johns Blvd). The Kiwanis Club of Joplin – in collaboration with Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts – will be hosting its fourth annual Joplin Arts Fest! This festival – boasting 40+ fine artist booths, live performances throughout the day, and children’s art activities – gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the local arts and cultural community in Joplin and elsewhere. A variety of food trucks will be located on the festival grounds.

September 15 & 16: Epitaphs and Engravings, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Take some time to learn about the symbols and engravings found on headstones during this program at the Carver Family Cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of early settlers. This event is free and open to the public. More information: 417.325.4151.

September 16: Murder, Mayhem and a Movie: The Hitchhiker (Billy Cook), 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Paranormal Science Lab and Bookhouse Cinema present Ghosts of Old Joplin: Murder, Mayhem and a Movie, The Hitchhiker (based on Billy Cook’s murder spree). Hear the ghost tales of Old Joplin as well as the real events behind the Noir Suspense Classic “The Hitchhiker”, which is based on Joplin native Billy Cook’s shocking killing spree that spanned the country from Missouri to California and ended in Mexico, then enjoy the movie, all at the Bookhouse Cinema. Tickets: $10 per person. Call PSL for information at 417.622.8997 or 417.825.5161 for Bookhouse Cinema. 

September 17: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). The featured poet for September is Alex Martinez. Open Mic sign-ups begins at 6:00pm. Featured poet will begin reading at 6:15pm. Open mic starts at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. More information: DowntownPoetry@gmail.com or send them a message through Facebook.

September 18: Fika Like a Swede and Other Nordic Adventures, 1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theater (3950 Newman Rd). Fika is a big part of the everyday life of most Swedes. It’s much more than just a coffee break; it’s a time when Swedes socialize with friends, colleagues, and coworkers. Kellen Adams and Carly Bayans experienced this unique tradition during their semester abroad last spring at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden. Peyton Rogers, who spent the semester at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, will relate some of the unusual adventures she had. All three students will discuss the additional trips they were able to take and their recommendations on studying abroad. Peyton Rogers is a junior health promotions and wellness major from Carl Junction. A member of the Honors Program, he is active with the Campus Activities Board and intramural sports. Carly Bayans is a junior nursing major from Republic. She is a resident assistant on campus, works for the athletic department, and is communications director of the Campus Activities Board. Peyton Rogers is a sophomore elementary education major from Webb City. A member of the Honors Program, she hopes to obtain a master’s degree or teach English abroad. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 18: MSSU Nordic Film Festival presents “Italian for Beginners”, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Several lonely people in a Danish suburb meet in an Italian language class with the hope of discovering not only Venice but romance. This subtle and sensitive comedy brightens up a bleak Copenhagen winter (dir. Lone Scherfig, Denmark, 2000; 112 min.). The MSSU Nordic Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from Nordic region. More information: 417.625.9736 or stebbins-c@mssu.edu.

September 18: Tour of Composers Presentation, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). A presentation will be made from the summer international trip taken to Europe by students from the Music Department. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 20: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. Welcome MSSU back for September’s Third Thursday! Main Street will be filled with green and gold – come out and show your support. 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!

September 20: Bookhouse Cinema presents An American In Paris – The Musical, 6:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). This breathtakingly beautiful Tony Award®-Winning Broadway Musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin (including the classic hits ‘S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm), stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris is coming from London’s West End to a cinema near you. Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war. Tickets: $12. More information: bookhousejoplin.com.

September 22: National Public Lands Day, 10:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). This is a nationwide, volunteer-led workday to improve public lands. Volunteer at George Washington Carver National Monument to help preserve the 240-acre Carver Farm that inspired young George for future generations’ enjoyment. This event is free and open to the public. More information: 417.325.4151.

September 22: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10:00am at Beckett’s Cafe (705 Illinois Ave). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Coffee Hours offer JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic, or participate in a professional development workshop. JRAC Coffee Hours are held on the fourth Saturday of each month and you must be a JRAC Member to attend. Membership dues for JRAC are $35 annually. JRAC is a not-for-profit established to empower visual artists in the area by helping them network with other artists and the community-at-large. More information: joplinrac@gmail.com.

September 22: Joplin Little Theatre – Grease Night, 5:00pm at Joplin Elk’s Lodge (1802 W 26th St). The night will include a costume contest, carnival food, car show, carnival games, and the movie. Kids can participate in unlimited inflatables with a $10 wrist band. Gates will open at 5:00pm and the movie will begin at 8:00pm. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets for seating. If you would like more information or to purchase tickets, call 417.438.7635. Cost: $5 (kids 12 and under free).

September 22: Veteran Family Picnic & Heartland Concert Band, 6:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join Spiva in celebrating local veterans at this fun-filled, family-friendly event to be held in the parking lot. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. More information: 417.623.0183.

September 23: Exploring the Carver Collection, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join a park ranger and celebrate national museum day to learn about the park museum collections and see some of the artifacts currently housed at George Washington Carver National Monument. This event is free and open to the public. More information: 417.325.4151.

September 24: Nordic Environmentalism: Global Leader or Oxymoron?, 10:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). The Nordic region is heralded as a model for environmental protection and conversation on the world’s stage. The 2009 Copenhagen Accord only elevated the imagination of this region as an example for others to follow. How well do these nations (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland) actually live up to this identity? Investigating domestic and international policies provides significant challenges to the pristine image of this region. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 24: Norway and Netflix: Exporting Norwegian Culture Through TV, Noon at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Netflix’s first original production was “Lilyhammer,” a show about a New York City mob boss who relocates to Lillehammer, Norway when he enters the witness protection program. The premiere of this show on Netflix began a trend for the online streaming source to hold a significant number of Norwegian shows in its canon. While Norway has not been globally known as an excellent producer of television or film, Netflix is providing Norway a new platform that has generated much attention to several shows on the global audience beyond “Lilyhammer.” This talk will investigate several of the recent television shows and how they present Norway as an intriguing subject for global audiences. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 24: In Search of Norway: Cultural and Historical Roots of a Young Nation, 1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Norway achieved national sovereignty only in 1905. The country’s rich history and strong connection to its Viking past often characterizes it as a country with a long history and common identity. This presentation will investigate the fragments and tensions underlying the conception of the Norwegian state and how the cultural and historical roots of the nation continue to shape Norway’s contemporary identity. Maren Anderson Johnson is an assistant professor and director of Nordic studies at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Scandinavian language and literature from the University of Washington, where she was the recipient of the Nadia Christensen Endowment and the Kielland-Løvdahl Fellowship to complete her dissertation at the Ibsen Center at the University of Oslo. At Luther, she teaches courses in Norwegian language, Nordic TV, literature, and Nordic approaches to sustainability. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 25: Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This program encourages independent readers in K-5 grades to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. For independent readers, grades K-5. More information: 417.623.7953.

September 25: MSSU Nordic Film Festival presents The Seventh Seal, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Of all of Ingmar Bergman’s films, this one remains the most iconic. A medieval knight, played by Max von Sydow, is disillusioned by years of fighting. He comes face-to-face with Death, and challenges him to a fateful chess game (dir. Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1957; 96 min.). The MSSU Nordic Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from Nordic region. More information: 417.625.9736 or stebbins-c@mssu.edu.

September 26: “You Should Never Wear Your Best Trousers When You Go Out to Fight for Freedom and Truth”, 10:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). The great Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen is known as the “Father of Realism.” For over a century, he has stood as one of the international pillars of the theatre. What did he do that was so different? Why did his work generate such polar reactions of admiration and disdain? Dr. Jim Lile is your guide through the life and career of this amazingly influential theatre artist. Dr. Lile joined the Theatre Department faculty in 2004 and served as department chair for eight years. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in theatre at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) and his Ph.D. in theatre history and criticism at Kent State University. Equally at home in rehearsal or in the classroom, Dr. Lile brings a wealth of teaching, acting, directing, and design experience gathered over three decades from schools and theatres in Texas, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 26: Scott “Stormin'” Norman’s Pumpkin Carving Demonstration, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Scott will carve a pumpkin in front of an audience, lending helpful suggestions and advice. You will leave this one-hour program knowing everything from how to select a good carving pumpkin, draw the pattern, emptying the pumpkin, even the science of the pumpkin, and much more. This program is free. More information: Tammie Benham, tbenham@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

September 26: Nordic Noir Book Club: Experience the Thrill of Reading, 5:30pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Immerse yourself in the very popular Nordic Noir genre by taking part in a book club for all readers and co-hosted by the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta. Pick up a copy of Jar City: A Reykjavík Thriller by Arnaldur Indridason in Webster Hall 337 (while supplies last) and join in on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm. The group will be reading the book in three parts: starting September 26 at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, October 24 at the Joplin Public Library, and finishing up on November 28 on the first floor of Spiva Library at MSSU. This book club is open to the public, and snacks will be provided. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: 417.625.9736.

September 28: MSSU Nordic Film Festival presents Kon-Tiki, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theater (3950 Newman Rd). Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific Ocean on a balsawood raft in 1947 proved that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. This 2012 historical drama movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The MSSU Nordic Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from Nordic region. More information: 417.625.9736 or stebbins-c@mssu.edu.

September 29: B.A.R.K Ranger, 9:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Starting at 9:00am there will be a dog-walk with a park ranger and Dr. Rowe of the Diamond Animal Clinic, who will walk visitors and their dogs along the 1-mile Carver trail. At the conclusion of the event, your pups will take the B.A.R.K. Ranger Pledge and be sworn in as official B.A.R.K. Rangers. This event is free and open to the public. More information: 417.325.4151.

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. For information on being a vendor, check out joplinempiremarket.com.

Wednesday–Sunday: Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). Bookhouse Cinema is and independent micro theater and pub in the East Town neighborhood. They show a variety of independent, classic, and foreign films while offering a great pub environment. Click here for showings and times. More information: call 417.825.5161.


EXHIBITS:

September 1–30: Up Close by Dustin Miller, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main). For the month of September Urban Art Gallery is excited to present local painter Dustin Miller. Dustin’s show Up Close will feature a 3D cubic presentation including objects often only seen painted in 2D form. Opening Reception: September 6 at 5:30–8:30pm.

September 5 – October 30: Gary Johnson and Co: People, Places and Things by Four Northwest Arkansas Artists, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A variety of unique painting styles and abstract photography will be presented by Gary Johnson, Carol Hart, Celestine Eichler, and Terry Dushan in Spiva’s Upstairs Gallery during the months of September and October.

September 10 – October 19: The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography, Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Best known for his 1893 iconoclastic image known worldwide as “The Scream,” Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) is renowned for his expressionistic and psychological paintings, prints, and watercolors. Unknown to most, he also took photographs. On view for only the second time in the United States, this exhibition of rarely seen photographs and short films by Edvard Munch emphasizes the artist’s experimentalism and showcases his exploration of the camera as an expressive medium. Curated by a leading specialist in early modern Scandinavian art, Dr. Patricia Berman, professor of art history at Wellesley College, the exhibition has been organized by the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) in New York City in partnership with The Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, which generously loaned the approximately 50 copy prints and films included in the exhibition. This exhibition has been organized by the American-Scandinavian Foundation/Scandinavia House in partnership with the Munch Museum, Oslo. It was originally presented at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America from November 21, 2017 to April 7, 2018.

August 2 – September 28: Summer Reading Art Challenge Exhibition, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Entries from all three categories—adults, teens, and kids—of Post Art Library’s Summer Reading Art Challenge will be on display in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 2 from 6:00–7:30pm to honor all participants. The purpose of the Summer Reading Art Challenge is to encourage exploration of the visual arts through creating an artwork based on Missouri’s state-wide theme for Summer Reading. Artworks in this year’s exhibit are inspired by music, the Summer Reading theme for 2018. More information: including how you can participate, contact Post Art Library Director, Jill Sullivan, at 417-623-7953 x1041.

August 18 – October 6: At Ease: Veteran Contemporary, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The exhibit will feature approximately 60 pieces of work from artists involved in the current veteran art movement. Art will be obtained from the National Veterans Art Museum, ART-ifact, and Kansas City-based veteran artists. The objective is to showcase works made by veteran artists, present the arts as a viable career path for veterans, and to highlight the arts as a therapeutic and alternative treatment option for mental health challenges. The purpose of the contemporary veteran art exhibition is to establish a conversation in the community, highlighting issues of concern to veterans and their families. Issues common among veterans include the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, poor healthcare, and the effects of combat and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness. Nationally, there are 500,000 veterans living with TBI or PTSD. There are 20 suicides per day. According to the Missouri Veterans Commission, in 2016 there were 9,685 veterans in Jasper County in 2016 and 5,090 veterans in Newton County in 2016.

August 18 – October 13: Angel Brame: One Per Day, A Year of Small Decisions, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). In an effort to assign herself a task that would push her creativity and encourage growth, local artist Angel Brame chose to make one small pottery piece per day for an entire year with a few stipulations: each piece must be a pouring vessel and must be small. Join in as Angel shows a year’s worth of extraordinary work.

July 10 – September 30: Woodturners of Southwest Missouri, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Woodturners of Southwest Missouri, a not-for-profit 501c3, are a group of individuals that make up a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. The Purpose of the Club is “To publicly promote woodturning, to strengthen the woodturning community, and to assist and encourage individuals to a higher standard of excellence in woodturning.” Seventy-five pieces created by members of the group are on display inside Joplin Public Library from Tuesday, July 10, 2018 through Sunday, September 30, 2018. Individuals interested in learning more about the Woodturners of Southwest Missouri may visit www.woodturnersofswmo.org. For more information about the display, contact Post Art Library Director, Jill Sullivan, at 417-623-7953 x1041.

July 10 – September 30: Exploration by Jodie Sutton, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Exploration is comprised of pieces that reflect the various stages of Jodie Sutton’s four-year journey in encaustic painting. After a long break from the fine arts, she found herself with a desire to disconnect from the daily barrage of technology and taught herself the basics of encaustics. She soon transitioned from experimenting in photo encaustics to creating abstract landscapes and nonrepresentational pieces. Sutton enjoys exploring the texture, translucent quality, and fluidity that can be achieved through the medium. Encaustic is a wax-based paint made of beeswax, resin, and pigment. The mixture is heated to about 170 degrees Fahrenheit and kept at a molten state for painting. The encaustic paint is applied to a rigid surface. After each layer is applied, the piece is fused by blowtorch or heat gun. This technique creates a unique texture and vibrancy that’s difficult to reproduce in other mediums. Exploration is on exhibit in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library from Tuesday, July 10, 2018 through Sunday, September 30, 2018. More information: contact Post Art Library Director, Jill Sullivan, at 417-623-79853 x1041.

Businesses or restaurants supporting local artists on their walls:

  • Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave):
    Nostagia by Mary Datum: oil paintings featuring memories of the past
  • Club 609 (609 S Main St):
    Colors of Healing by Holly Gomez: paint, resin and LED lights

CLASSES:

September 3: 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: 417.623.7953.

September 5: Marvelous Monarchs (Ages 3–6), 1:00pm at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). Learn more about the amazing Monarch butterfly and its fall migration. Join in on a butterfly hunt, weather permitting! The group will also read a story and make a marvelous monarch craft. More information: Robin Standridge, Robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

September 6: Vet Art Classes – Collage Art, 5:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join Sandra Conrad as you explore design techniques using collage. Veterans only. More information: 417.623.0183 or spivaarts.org. Free.

September 8: Trade Beads with Cyndi Cogbill (Age 8+), Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Make your own replicas of historic, glass trade beads from polymer clay. More information: 417.623.0183 or spivaarts.org. Cost: $25.

September 8: Marvelous Monarchs (Ages 3–6), 10:00pm at Wildcat Glades  (201 Riviera Dr). Learn more about the amazing Monarch butterfly and its fall migration. Join in on a butterfly hunt, weather permitting! The group will also read a story and make a marvelous monarch craft. More information: Robin Standridge, Robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

September 8: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 9:30am at Wildcat Glades  (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. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

September 9: Construction 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: 417.623.7953.

September 15 & 22: Mosaic Fall Glass with Jane McCaulley (Age 9+), 10:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Make your own beautiful glass mosaic art! Students will return 9/22/18 to complete their creations. More information: 417.623.0183 or spivaarts.org. Cost: $40.

September 18: Play in the Clay, 6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Don’t miss this opportunity to create your very own ceramic pitcher with Local Color. The class is limited to 12 students. More information: 417.553.0835. Cost: $45.

September 22: Intro to Female Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), 11:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drawing the female form can be complicated, but with a live model and top-notch instruction, you are sure to get a great start in learning. More information: 417.623.0183 or spivaarts.org. Cost: $30.

September 27: MOMIX Master Class, 4:30–6:30pm (intermediate and advanced), 7:00–8:30pm (for advanced dancers only) at Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School (2101 Stephens Blvd). Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. MOMIX will be performing at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School on September 28. More information: Kaye Lewis, kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com, 417.439.9549.

September 29: Advanced Female Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 18+), Noon–2:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). If you have the basics down, but want to further explore drawing the female form, this class if for you. A professional nude model will be posing to help you advance your skills. More information: 417.623.0183 or spivaarts.org. Cost: $30.

September 29: Street Ink II with Sarah Serio (Age 15+), 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Hit up downtown Joplin and create unique prints from manhole covers, vents, and other neat designs. Come prepared to walk and get messy making exciting wearable art. One printing item will be provided but feel free to bring more to make many prints. More information: 417.623.0183 or spivaarts.org. Cost: $35.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd): 

Tuesday from 9:00am–Noon & Wednesday from 4:30pm–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: call 417.781.3839. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.


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

Wednesday: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. The fee is $20 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486.

Wednesday: 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: call 417.553.0835

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


RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):

Weekly: 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. Prices vary depending on class.


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

Tuesday: 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. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. Cost: $6 pre-registration ($8 at the door).

Thursday: Memories in the Making®, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. There is no charge for the class and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Sponsored by St. Avips. The class is held weekly from March 1–November 16. More information: call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

Saturday: 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. More information: call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door.


Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St)

Friday: 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: call 417.553.0671.

Tuesday: 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: call 417.553.0671.


OPEN STUDIOS:

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

Tuesday & Saturday: 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. For information, call 417.623.7953, ext. 1041.

Wednesday: Wine’d Down Open Studio, (4:00–9:00pm) at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, Where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in and you can paint with the help of their talent artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).

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