Area Collector’s Art Featured at Spiva Center for the Arts

Pam Denniston's Eclectic CollectionsAn extraordinary art collection featuring styles from Baroque to contemporary and mediums in an equally broad range currently fills the Main Gallery of Spiva Center for the Arts. The new exhibit, Pam Denniston’s Eclectic Collections: Home is Where the ‘Art Is, is a must see.

The Main Gallery exhibit of work collected by the late Denniston of Webb City covers it all in 3-D art, folk and contemporary sculpture, Japanese puppets and African masks, baskets and glass art, and Native American pottery and whimsically painted furniture. Her collection of featured paintings includes European work dating to the 1700s and 1800s, as well as contemporary work by such recognized artists as Frank Stella and Theodoros Stamos.

That Denniston would have such acquisitions is no surprise, considering she was the daughter of a New York City art dealer. She moved to Webb City in the mid-1970s when her husband, Elliott, accepted a teaching position with Missouri Southern State University. One of her greatest passions was the region’s folk art, which she collected in many forms. These were among the original pieces she featured at The Last Straw, a store she operated in Webb City in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She later worked at the Second Street Gallery in Carthage. In her travels around the world and throughout the Ozarks, she purchased pieces in venues ranging from galleries and art shows to artists’ studios and rural markets. Denniston died of lung cancer in 2013. Her husband is offering a glimpse of her passion for collecting by loaning Spiva pieces for the exhibition.

Running concurrently in the Regional Focus Gallery is John Bremer: Tactile Dimensions, an exhibit of texture and color in complex, abstract constructions. Bremer is an artist from Monett. His work features layered geometric and abstract shapes, each covered with textural material and added to the whole to create large-scale works. A variety of painting and rubbing techniques yield the vivid colors that radiate from his constructions. In his exhibit, Bremer offers a small work designed for hands-on, tactile exploration by viewers. After earning an art education degree from Missouri State University, Springfield, Bremer became a high school art teacher and embarked on a 42-year teaching career that was interrupted only by a stint in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. [spacer height=”0px”]

Heartland Opera Theatre Releases 2015–2016 Season

Heartland Opera Theatre presents Carmen CARMEN – October 23, 7:30 PM, October 25, 2:30 PM
Taylor Performing Arts Center, MSSU

Heartland Opera Theatre is proud to present one of the most popular and beloved operas of all time, the one and only Carmen by Georges Bizet. Carmen features the memorable “Toreador Song,” the “Habanera,” and so many others. Rising star Lisa Chavez will stun you as the unforgettable “Carmen.” Zeffin Quinn Hollis returns to HOT as production director and Artistic Director Nicholas Gilmore leads the opera from the pit. Don’t miss this incredible, heart-wrenching opera! [spacer height=”0px”]

Heartland Opera Theatre presents Songs for a New WorldSONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
April 1 & 2, 7:30 PM
Route 66 Events Center – 21 S. Webb,  Webb CIty, MO

Songs for  New World debuted Off-Broadway in 1995 and vaulted composer Jason Robert Brown into stardom. Brown and stage director Daisy Prince crafted an incredible mixture of Broadway Musical and song cycle together into an unforgettable show. Four singers present a collection of songs all joined by the theme “a moment of decision” in stories connected across time. Don’t miss this incredible musical experience! [spacer height=”0px”]

Born Learning Trail at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Born Learning is an innovative public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children. A Born Learning Trail contains 10 interactive signs with activities for adults to engage in with young children to turn an outdoor trip into a fun learning experience. Our very own Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center gained a Born Learning Trail last week! The trail will help parents and their children spend time together outside learning and being stimulated by their natural environment. A ribbon cutting was held on Wednesday, July 14 at 10am. The United Way of Southwest Missouri & Southeast Kansas, and their early childhood initiative Success By Six, gave away free books to kids in attendance. The trail is designed for Pre-K, however kids of all ages can enjoy it!


Photos courtesy Success by 6 – SW MO & SE KS Facebook page. To learn more about Born Learning, visit [spacer height=”0px”]