July 2014 Third Thursday

JULY 2014 3THThis month, Third Thursday Art Walk is all about participation! Here are some highlights we recommend: 

  • Decked Out Skateboard Art Show: Learn more about this new creative opportunity and sign up at Focal Point Gallery (a gallery featuring artwork by MSSU Art students). A $25 entry fee gets you a blank ‘new school’ style skate deck to embellish as you wish! Cut it, carve it, paint it…anything goes! Return your creation by September 11, 2014 to be displayed during that month’s art walk. Be sure to join the Facebook group if you plan to participate so you can take advantage of all the info and inspirations.
  • Spiva Center for the Arts: Visit for a myriad of arts activities! Inside the Center one will find a sneak peek of the next Regional Gallery exhibit (Andrew Au & Jennifer Purdum: Agency of Objects), an opportunity to appear in 9Art Photography’s infamous photo booth (theme: “The Great Gatsby”), and an opening reception for the current Upstairs Gallery exhibit (The Art & Photography of Steven & Cindy Head). In the parking lot, take part in Joplin Association for the Blind’s “Painting Blind” experience.
  • RSVPaint: will be hosting an Open House, where you are welcome to come in and see what they are all about. They will also have an Artist Talk at 5:30pm with local artist Alice Lynn Greenwood. Her new exhibit, “Summertime and the Livin is Easy” is currently up in their Store-Front Gallery.
  • JB’s Monthly Art Competition to benefit Spiva Center for the Arts: Experience a running art competition hosted and located at JB’s (112 S Main) and sponsored by Stella Artois. Every Third Thursday, up to 20 contestants display a piece of their their artwork and you vote on your favorite. The top winner will receive $100 and be entered into the final showing at October’s final Third Thursday competition. Kids and adults may enter (canvas pick-up is every first Friday of the month – themes change monthly). This month’s theme is Impressionism. Come see and cast your vote!
  • Local Color Art Gallery & Studio: Care to watch local artists create in the public sphere? Many artists will be making “plein air art” – a fancy term for “art outdoors.” Stop by and watch outdoor demonstrations by some of their regular gallery artists.
  • Joplin Avenue Coffee Company: Come listen to an Artist Talk with local artist Andrew Batcheller at 7pm and music by Levi Randolph. Works from Blacklist Artists will be on display.
  • Phoenix Fired Art: Are you thirsty? Phoenix has a new exhibit to quench that thirst. They are celebrating the opening of their new exhibit “The Joy of Drinking.” This is their second national juried exhibition, and includes 14 artists from 12 states. Thirty-five drinking and pouring vessels, such as cups, tea bowls, mugs, tumblers, etc, will be on display and for sale.
  • Interactive Art and Kid’s Arts Activities on the 200 Block: Bring your kids and get creative with Art Feeds, Freedom of Flight Museum, Calvary Chapel Joplin, First Presbyterian, Rebuild Joplin and more.
  • 18 Art Galleries throughout Downtown Joplin: Ready, set…explore! 

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Art Feeds Gala 2014

Got your ticket to the Art Feeds Gala?

Sat, August 16 | 5:30pm
At The Barrett Ballroom
104 S. Joplin Street, Joplin, MO 64801

Funding for Art Feeds programs depends on generous donors and fundraisers. On Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm, Art Feeds is hosting a unique event with every element inspired by art and Art Feeds young artists. This event is 100% underwritten. That means every penny raised through ticket sales will go directly to thousands of students participating in Art Feeds programs. The night will be filled with installation art pieces, primary-color avant-garde dress (Ladies: fancy cocktail dresses in primary colors and don’t be afraid to get funky! Gentlemen: break out those colorful ties.), local food vendors, silent auction, live auction, and creative ways to support the cause. To celebrate the growth of their programs, communities launching new Art Feeds Chapters will be revealed at this event. To join the party, purchase a ticket by August 1st at www.artfeedsgala.org or by calling (417) 626-2323.

General Tickets are $75
Golden Tickets are $125 and include a Gold swag bag, a golden cocktail and access to the exclusive golden bar
Tables of 10 are $750

Art Feeds is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that exists to feed creative development and facilitate emotional expression in children through art and community. To do this, they provide free therapeutic art and creative education programs within schools & children’s organizations by mobilizing teams of community members to bring all forms of art into classrooms. Art Feeds conducts these programs free of cost to the students. These programs are in 16 schools and 3 children’s organizations in Joplin, totaling 5,055 children weekly. 20,000 children impacted to date. Art Feeds National has committed to a bold goal of expanding to three new communities while sustaining programming in Joplin, continuing to impact thousands of children in Joplin and nationwide this Fall. [spacer height=”0px”]


HHM-VendorHave you heard of the Hip Handmade Market (HHM)? Chances are you have! HHM is a curated indie-craft market. It is the perfect place to discover original pieces for yourself, your home, your family…even those hard-to-find, unique gifts for friends! This event is juried to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. The Market will showcase an array of mediums and may include paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting & so much more! Aside from the exciting shopping they offer an engaging and relaxed vibe, giveaways, and an all-around good time!

The Fall 2014 Hip Handmade Market will be held at The Roxy at 102 South Joplin in Downtown Joplin, Missouri. This is a one day only event happening on Saturday November 8th, 2014 from 10am to 6pm.

Vendor applications for the HHM are NOW OPEN! Click here to learn all about becoming a vendor and the application process. Applications will be accepted until August 3!!! For this Market, they will be accepting 40 vendors. Emma Ball, Coordinator of HHM, gave us this low-down on what the selection committee is really looking for…

“There are 10 of us in the selection committee…we’re looking for those who take old school arts and crafts, beading, jewelry making, wood working, painting, metal, screen printing, knitting, etc. and bring it to us in a modern and hip take….we’re looking for the most innovative and unique do-it-yourselfers. We don’t care if you just got started or you’ve perfected your craft and are the best of the best. We want to see it! We want to help showcase the work these regional artists love to do. With a bigger space, we can accept more applications. We’ve made such great friends, even with some of those who didn’t make it in to the last one. We’ve seen them make their business grow and find their niche…which is what this thing really is all about! Edifying the arts and crafts movement and bringing it to our community that is oh so ready to support it is at the top of The Hip Handmade Market’s to do list.” [spacer height=”0px”]