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


No performances planned for January 2016.


Sun, Jan. 3 | 11:59pm: PhotoSpiva 2016 Entry Deadline
Spiva’s signature event, PhotoSpiva is the longest running photography competition in the U.S. The competitive is open to all U.S. photographers, amateur and professional. Any type of photographic process is eligible, as long as it results in a two-dimensional print. See www.photospiva.org for more information. $40 for five photos, extra photos $10 each.

Thu, Jan. 7 | 5:30pm: January Spanish Language Meetup at El Vaquero Restaurant.
Enjoy dinner and practice your Spanish! 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.

Thu, Jan. 7 | 6–8pm: Knittervention of Joplin at Phoenix Fired Art.
This is the inaugural meeting of the Knittervention, 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.

Sun, Jan. 10 | 2–5pm: 2016 – Your Pleasing Palette for Goodness at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Its vision board time! Join facilitator Ann Leach for an afternoon of creating and mapping out your 2016 vision for work, life and love. Ann will share her success tips for making your board a vibrant reflection of your 2016 desires, and she’ll show you how to go from wishing and hoping to creating and doing the actions necessary to ensure those desires come true. Bring magazines to share and cut up as well as a piece of poster board for yourself. Isn’t it time to receive even more of life’s goodness? Let 2016 be the year you commit to living and loving life again. Join us for this fun time with new and old friends. Call 417-623-0183 to register. Free.

Thu, Jan. 14 | 6pm: Joplin Writers Guild at Joplin Public Library.
The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. You can connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

Fri, Jan. 15 | 7–9pm: Singer Songwriter Night at the Amelie Event Center Downtown Joplin.
Hear songs and stories from local and visiting songwriters. This is an all ages event with no cover charge. Donations appreciated. Snacks will be provided and $1 from every beer sale will go to the artists. Featured Songwriters: Eli Chambers, Isaac Duncan, Luke Sheafer, Carter Hulsey, Ryan Reid (Dallas), Gooding (L.A.), Randal Clay (Nashville), Blue Foley(Nashville), Roger Hodges (Nashville), and Terri Jo Box (Nashville).

Mon, Jan. 18 | 5:30–8pm: Chat n Crafts (Adults) at Joplin Public Library.
An adult crafting group that meets every third Monday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered. Stop by the library for a bookmark.

Fri, Jan. 22 | 7pm: Fourth Friday Film Night at Phoenix Fired Art.
Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.


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.

MSSU Spiva Art Gallery

K-12 Art Show | January 11 – 27
This non-competitive exhibit is arranged by grade level in order to show creative development by grade. It includes a variety of 2D and 3D works including paintings, clay sculptures, cardboard constructions and works made from found objects. Sponsored by District 9 of the Missouri Art Education Association, the 4th Annual K-12 Art Show features artwork created by students from throughout Southwest Missouri. A reception will be held Sat, Jan. 16, 2–4pm.

Post Art Library

Landscapes by David Matthews | January 5–31

Joplin Avenue Coffee Company

Life Through the Eyes of the Artist – Photography by Phillip Ledbetter | January

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.


Sat, Jan. 16 | 11am–Noon: PhotoSpiva Kids Kick-off Class (Ages 4-8) at Spiva Center for the Arts.
In conjunction with Spiva’s national photography competition, the PhotoSpiva Kids exhibit features the work of very young photographers. Students learn basic photography techniques to start them on their photo journeys. Each child uses one of Spiva’s digital cameras, and two images for each student will be selected, framed and displayed in the Upstairs Gallery during March 2016. Space is limited, so register early. Parents must stay with children for this class. Sponsored by Gay Cragin Currence. For more info and registration: (417) 623-0183. Cost: $25

Sat, Jan. 30 | 2–4pm: Triple Glass Hearts at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Glass artist/teacher Jane McCaulley teaches how to create three beautiful glass hearts using three different techniques: engraving, painting, and using frit. These hearts are perfect to give to the ones you love for Valentine’s Day! This class is great fun for kids and adults. Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes and feel free to bring your own safety glasses and dremel or use ours.


Crackpot Pottery & Studio (next class session Jan. 12)

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 (next class session begins Jan. 5)

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)
(beginning Monday, Jan. 11) | 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 (beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12) | 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 (beginning Thursday, Jan. 14) | 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.