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


February 2–6: Southern Theatre presents This Is Our Youth, 7:30pm at MSSU Bud Walton Theatre. Dennis – with a famous painter for a father and a social activist mother – is a small-time drug dealer and total mess. His hero-worshipping, indifferently adjusted friend Warren has just impulsively stolen $15,000 from his father, an abusive lingerie tycoon. When Jessica, a mixed-up prep school girl, shows up for a date, Warren pulls out a wad of bills and takes her off, awkwardly, for a night of New York seduction. How will Warren turn out – will he follow Dennis into dissipation or discover a way out? A wildly funny, bittersweet, and ultimately quite moving story. By Kenneth Lonergan. Directed by Kelsey Hale. General Admission. Adults: $5. Senior Citizens and MSSU Students: $3. Call 417-625-3190 for reservations.

February 3–7: Joplin Little Theatre presents Seven Keys to Baldpate, 7:30pm (2:30pm Sunday Matinee) at Joplin Little Theatre. Billy McGee makes a bet with a wealthy friend that he can write 10,000 words within a day. He retires to a mountain resort in the dead of winter and locks himself in, under the impression he has the only key. When he is visited during the night by a rapid succession of melodrama stock types it appears there is something amiss. Directed by Jim Lile. Adults – $13; Student/Senior – $11; Children Under 12 – $5. Call for reservations (417) 623-3638 or visit them online – jltplay.org.

February 6: JHS Show Choir Competition, 7pm at the Joplin High School Performing Arts Center – Coulter Auditorium. Adults $8, Senior Citizens and Students $5.

February 11–21: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents Arsenic and Old Lace, Thu–Sat at 7pm & Sun at 2:30pm at Stained Glass Theatre. In “Arsenic and Old Lace”, we meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers.  We’re also greeted with the antics of their nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and the equally curious activities of his brothers.  This dark comedy is sure to delight audiences with famously funny and memorable characters! Seating is General Admission and tickets may be purchased exclusively at the door. Adults $8; children $5.

February 12: The Glenn Miller Orchestra, 7pm at the TJ Concert Hall. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered one of the greatest bands of all time. The band has been touring consistently since 1956, playing shows around the world. Join us for a reception with the artists after the show. General reserved seating: $18 (other discounts may apply).

February 26: Pro Musica presents Chanticleer Vocal Ensemble, 7pm at Central Christian Center. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, the San Francisco based GRAMMY® award winning ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 37th season in 2014-15, performing in 25 of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary compositions.  Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto, who sang in the Ensemble until 1989 and served as Artistic Director until his death in 1997. Chanticleer was named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, and installed in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame the same year. William Fred Scott begins his tenure as Chanticleer’s fifth Music Director in 2015. At 6:30 p.m., the Missouri Southern Choral group led by David Sharlow will present a pre-concert. The concert is open to the public at no charge – donations appreciated.


February 2: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8pm, Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month (effective February 2016). 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.

February 6: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon, Post Art Library. It’s as simple as it sounds – come enjoy coloring, coffee, and camaraderie! Though geared for adults, all ages welcome. All supplies provided with many different coloring book pages to choose from. “Coloring Book Club” is a collaborative effort between Post Art Library, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts. Coffee for the Club is generously donated by Cottage Small Coffee Roasters in Carthage, MO. Free and open to the public.

February 8: No Barren Land Fundraiser, 6:30pm (show at 7pm) at RSVPaint. “No Barren Land” is an art and music show that will raise funds to assist the International Rescue Committee’s support programs for families immigrating to the United Sates. Spend the evening enjoying a cup of coffee, a wonderful display of local artists, poets and musicians, and support the refugee efforts in the United States and abroad. Admission is $7. All funds raised at the door and coffee bar will be donated to the International Rescue Committee. Participating visual artists include Kyle McKenzie, Mark Neunshwander, Biaka Zaidarhzauva, and many more. Artists interested in participating should contact Jordan Murdock at 417-483-0340 or jomurdock1@gmail.com.

February 8 & 9: JLT Open Auditions for Other Desert Cities, 7pm each night at Joplin Little Theatre. In this searing comedy-drama, writer Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs to celebrate Christmas with her famous and politically-connected parents, her brother and her aunt. When she announces her plans to publish a tell-all memoir of crucial events in the family’s past, she brings to light old wounds and family secrets. This riveting and scathingly funny play was nominated for a 2012 Tony Award for Best Play and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. “One of the best new plays of the decade.” – The New York Times. Casting will be strongly dependent on how well actors pair with each other. Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script. No prepared pieces necessary. Show dates: March 30 – April 3, 2016.

February 10: Missouri Citizens’ Day for the Arts at the Legislature, All-Day in Jefferson City, MO. Missouri Citizens’ Day for the Arts at the Legislature, hosted annually by Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA), takes place at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, MO. Citizens’ Day is MCA’s signature event in year-round efforts to advocate for continued public funding for the Missouri arts. The day includes advocacy training, legislative visits, performances and Missouri Arts Council’s annual Arts Awards ceremony. Participants in Citizens’ Day are key to providing a strong voice of support for the arts that ensures continued attention from the General Assembly. Attendance demonstrates the extent of support for the arts in Joplin and Missouri! If you would like to join us on the bus, email Emily at efrankoski@connect2culture.com.

February 11: 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.

February 18: “Art On Tap”, 6–9pm, Spiva Center for the Arts. This 21-and-over event for Spiva members is an evening of art, live music, delicious eats, and plenty of beer. A live band will perform in the Main Gallery and Granny Shaffer’s will provide a tasty sampling of appetizers…plenty of various craft beers will also be on tap. Some beer memorabilia will be auctioned to benefit the Center. Please reserve your tickets by February 11. Advanced registration is recommended. This event is open to Spiva members only. Not a member? Don’t worry! Become one today by calling 417-623-0183 or register at the door. One-year individual memberships are $40; family/dual memberships are $55. Students with proper ID are $25.

February 21: Joplin Art Reading Group, 7pm at Instant Karma. This group meets every 3 weeks on Sunday to discuss art-related readings. The first book the group will read is “Why Art Cannot Be Taught” by James Elkins. Come having read the first chapter, “Histories.” Ask to join the group on Facebook. 

February 23: February Spanish Language Meetup, 5:30pm at Festival Mexican Restaurant. Enjoy dinner and practice Spanish together! This is a local group for anyone who has an interest in the Spanish language and/or Latino culture. Join to practice your language skills, learn more about the Latino/Hispanic culture, and meet other locals interested in Spanish. Whether you are a fluent Spanish speaker, a conversational speaker or simply someone interested in the Spanish language, you are welcome to join. Taco Tuesday Specials will be available!

February 25: Muddled: A Reading, 6pm at Infuxon Vodka Bar.In celebration of its release, Rich Porter and Drew Whitehead will read their chapbook, Muddled, in its entirety. We will also have copies of the book on hand, if you have yet to purchase your own and are so inclined.

February 26: Fourth Friday Film Night – “Threads,” 7pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. This month’s film is “Threads,” – explore the creativity of the human spirit through works that begin with the humble thread. This film follow four artists – a story quilter, weaver, mixed media, and a thread painter. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6–8pm, Phoenix Fired Art. 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.


Post Art Library

Paper Stories by Meghan Moore | February
“I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember; coloring, doodling, making cards for my family; eventually meandering my way to college. This is where I realized the potential of cut paper for the first time; everything clicked, and I knew that this was what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, I backed away from art for about five years, and lost a lot of ground I could have covered, but I finally picked it up again at the beginning of 2015. I love the tangible quality of cut paper. I love using my hands and bringing varied things together to make a whole: a new thing which didn’t exist before. As impatient as I usually am, I even love the slow reveal, as bits and pieces are added and removed, gradually forming the complete image. This last year has mainly been spent practicing my craft, seeing what I can do; I hope to push myself much further this year, expanding my possibilities and giving vision to stories and dreams.”

Spiva Center for the Arts

Making Marks: A World of Printmaking | January 16 – February 21 | Main Gallery
For people who know about prints and those who don’t: etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, serigraphs and collagraphs by noted artists, as well as explanatory text and a small etching press. Multiple originals will illustrate how an etching is made.

St. Avips Invitational | January 16 – February 21 | Regional Gallery
Works by artists whose talent is matched by their generosity: Each contributed 75-100% of the proceeds from the sale of their works at the annual St. Avips Ball to benefit Spiva. Gratitude is expressed with this spotlight exhibition.

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Featured Artists: Andrew Batcheller & Marta Churchwell | January 12 – February 29
The Audubon Center features local artists who have a nature-related theme to their work. Paintings by Andrew Batcheller are now on display. Batcheller is a Kansas City native who has called Joplin his home for the last decade and classifies his work as “portraiture” using birds as analogies for the human condition. Also featured is Marta Churchwell, the manager of the Rose Gallery of Fine Art and arts columnist for The Joplin Globe. Her jewelry designs have been in exhibits at Spiva Center for the Arts, artCentral, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, and Maple Uncommon Hotel Gallery, and she has been an active exhibitor at Downtown Joplin Art Walk. Art enthusiasts are welcome to visit the Audubon Center, Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. For more information please contact Carla Bond, Development & Volunteer Associate, at 417-782-6287 or cbond@audubon.org.

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC)

JRAC Group Show | December 7, 2015 – February 26, 2016 | At the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
Daria Claiborne (pottery), Tamara Geisert (painting), and Paula Giltner (painting). JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of member’s artwork. This rotating exhibit is one example of many member opportunities to show their artwork multiple times throughout the year. For more information about JRAC or this show, call Sarah Serio at (417) 592-1673.

Joplin Avenue Coffee Company

Expresso Yourself by T. Crowe Semler | February
During the month of February, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company will be featuring paintings by post-modern artist T. Crowe Semler. Semler, a sociology professor, reflects knowledge from his profession in his works. This month he introduces pieces from his Expresso Yourself series – espresso is used as his medium. He will also have large works of his usual contemporary style on exhibit.


February 6 & 13: PhotoSpiva Tweens Kick-off Class with Mark Neuenschwander (Ages 9-13), 11am–12:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts. PhotoSpiva Tweens exhibit features the work of young, budding photographers. This year, students will learn more advanced techniques in this two part class and will take a field trip to Hideout Harley Davidson to capture some fun images! Two images for each student will be selected, framed and displayed in the Upstairs Gallery during April 2016. Space is limited, so register early. Sponsored by Hideout Harley Davidson. Cost: $40.

February 6 & 20: The Art of Colored Pencils, 11am–Noon at Rose Gallery of Fine Art. Want to learn basic techniques in using colored pencils? Come to The Art of Colored Pencils class at the Rose Gallery of Fine Art. This is a beginning class for anyone wanting to expand sketching styles, improve work in adult coloring books or just learn a new medium. Dustin Miller, art instructor at Neosho High School and Crowder College, will teach basic color theory and mixing, as well as sketching techniques that include layering, shading, burnishing and more. The class will take place 10–11am, every other Saturday beginning February 6. Cost: $15 per session, plus the one-time cost of supplies. The class is open to ages 18 and older. Space is limited, pre-enrollment advised. For the supply list and to pre-enroll, phone 623-1065 or email rosefineartgallery@gmail.com.

February 11: Vino & Van Gogh (Ages 21+), 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! This month, choose from Paul Cezanne’s “Still Life with Tulips” or Claude Monet’s “Waterlilies.”​ 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.

February 27: Kinetic Art: Mechanical Sculptures with Fred Mintert (Ages 10-14), 1–3pm at Spiva Center for the Arts. In this prequel to the “Art That Moves” series, students will create a moving mechanical sculpture! Kinetic art combines art, science, and problem solving to allow students to experiment with forms, materials, and structure. Come explore this dynamic art form! Cost: $20.


Crackpot Pottery & Studio

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). For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.

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. For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.

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). For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.

Fridays | 10am–Noon | Throwing Large with Brent
Want to improve your throwing skills? How about taking your pots to the next level? Is it time to learn stacking and sectional pots for bigger and taller pieces? Join Brent on Fridays! Work alongside him and ask all of the questions you desire – no more trial and error on your own. Don’t just get your hands dirty – get your elbow dirty – heck, get your whole arm dirty! Cost: $40 plus clay. Private lessons also available. Pre-register by calling (417) 623-1455.

Saturdays | 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: (417) 623-1455.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio

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.

Saturdays | 12:30–3pm | Paint the Masters…and More!
Try your hand at Impressionism and Modern Art. Enjoy creating your very own work of art! Students may choose from a wide variety of paintings by the masters, such as: Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Renoir, Miro, and Picasso. Seasonal themes will be available. Space is limited. Please pre-register by calling (417) 553-0835. $35 (materials included).

Phoenix Fired Art

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

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.


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

Art Lounge with Fred and Amber Mintert (Ages 14-18)
 | 5–8pm
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 a program that helps build your knowledge, as well as your portfolio. Explore the studio of a local artist to gain inspiration and insight. Learn the basics of creating a blog to showcase your work and inspire others. Find out what it really takes to get into a college art program and succeed. Check out the Art Lounge Tumblr site for a taste! Class fee Includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships are available. Classes are held on Mondays from Sept. 21 – Nov. 16. Call 417-623-0183 to register. Cost $105 for 9 wks; payment plan available with minimum $30 down.

Creation Station (Ages 6-12)
Tuesdays | 3:45–5:15pm
Drop in and experiment with painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Must pre-register. Space is limited for this popular class. Call (417) 623-0183 for more info and registration. Cost: $6/class

Preschooler and Pal Art Class (Ages 3-5)
(beginning Wednesday, Mar. 2) | 10:30–11:30am
Share art with your very young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Build their creativity through reading and art. Adult must stay with child. Register early as space is limited to eight children. Call (417) 623-0183 to pre-register. Cost: $6 per class

Young Painter (Ages 6-12)
Thursdays | 3:45–5:15pm
Does your child want to learn to paint? If so, he/she will love this painting class. Artist and instructor Amber Mintert teaches drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash, and detailing in this fun introductory painting class. Call (417) 623-0183 for more info and pre-registration. Cost: $11/class


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.

Mon–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.

***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.