TJ Vocal Ensemble 2015

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School students will be traveling to NYC in June to perform at Carnegie Hall! They will be hosting a benefit concert for those students on Friday, May 15 at 7pm in the TJ Concert Hall.

The concert will feature performances by TJ faculty, TJ students, and a few community friends, including Lexi Maliszewski, Levi Randolph, and Jordan Wilson. The second half of the program will feature a Students vs. Faculty “Name That Tune” game show hosted by Gary Bandy. Tickets are $10 (available in advance or at the door). [spacer height=”0px”]


Give Ozarks Day Final 2015

We are so grateful for all support received on #GiveOzarks Day! The generosity of our community allowed us to raise $3,503 to continue our efforts of growing the Arts in Joplin! Every donation makes a difference.

Give Ozarks is a one-day, online fundraising event for Agency Partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the CFO’s crowdfunding website, nonprofits from across southern Missouri have the chance to raise funds, compete for matches and prizes, and be a part of a one-day surge in generosity across our state. [spacer height=”0px”]


Photos courtesy Laurie Sisk of the Joplin Globe

Photos courtesy Laurie Sisk of The Joplin Globe

Community members stepped back in time as six local women reviewed Mabel Hobson Draper’s book, Though Long the Trail, with a unique fashion show highlighting the book and period in time. The book describes pioneering life from traveling across the plains and living in a Kansas sod house, to navigating the random chat piles and gaping holes of the early mines in Joplin through the experiences of the author’s mother. The women dressed in original and reproduction clothing from the 1860s to the 1890s and shared selected readings from the book – as was done when it was introduced in the 1940s. Click here to read the front page article in The Joplin Globe featuring this program held at the Post Art Library last Tuesday. [spacer height=”0px”]

Open to the public: Sat, May 16 – July 3 | Opening ReceptionFri, May 15, 5:30–7:30pm ($5, members free)

MAIN GALLERY: Diverse Directions: Robert Russell & Alex Barde
An eclectic mix of contemporary painting and mixed media will be showcased next in Spiva’s Main Gallery. The exhibit will offer both abstract paintings and mixed media pieces that incorporate drawings, painting, fiber, photography and light installations by two former Pittsburg State University professors, Robert Russell and Alex Barde. Sponsored by Pittsburg State University and Spiva Board of Directors.
Diverse Directions

Russell has taught not only at PSU, but also the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. He served as an artist in residence at Hanover (Ind.) College; Idaho State University, Pocatello; Roswell (N.M.) Museum and Art Center; and Area Arts Program Title I, Green Bay, Wis. He has had solo exhibitions at Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Tex.; Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City; Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa; National Office of the Institute of Business Designers, Chicago, Ill.; Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif.; University Art Museum, University of Oklahoma, Norman; and South Dakota Memorial Art Center, Brookings.

His work is in public collections at Dickenson (N.D.) State College, El Paso (Tex.) Museum of Art, Springfield (Mo.) Art Museum, and Roswell (N.M.) Museum and Art Center, and in corporate collections that include AT&T and Hallmark Inc., both in Kansas City and Mobil Oil Corp. and Continental Corp., both at New York City.

Barde was on the PSU faculty for more than 30 years, teaching printmaking, design, drawing, lettering and photography. Prior to joining the PSU faculty, he taught at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

He received fellowship awards in photography and in painting from the Mid-America Arts Alliance and National Endowment for the Arts. He has had solo exhibitions at Cox Gallery, Drury College, Springfield; Mind’s Eye Gallery, University of Idaho, Pocatello; University Art Gallery, University of Barcelona, Spain; and University Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Uncommon Threads

REGIONAL GALLERY: Uncommon Threads: A Dozen Shades of Gray
The Regional Gallery exhibit will feature art quilts by members of Uncommon Threads Art Quilt Group. The exhibit is designed to educate viewers on issues facing people as they age and to promote the understanding, respect and dignity of our elders. It features a mixed style of quilt panels telling stories of life experience – all related to aging. Some of the panels are geometric in design, while others are figurative or landscapes. Each is connected through a continuous gray line – the “lifeline” – that moves across panel faces. Members of Uncommon Threads have been exploring fiber art for 13 years. The group includes artists in all stages of development, though most have exhibited widely at the national and international level. Sponsored by Steven W. and Diana Graddy. [spacer height=”0px”]

Crackpot Pottery Summer 2015The next session of classes at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio will begin the week of May 18th! Upcoming classes include…
Weekly Classes:
TUE: 11am–2pm and 6–9pm
WED: 10am–Noon and 6–9pm
THU: 10am–1pm
SAT: 10am–Noon | $30 (plus the cost of clay)
8-week classes = $225 (except for Wednesday morning’s 2hr class, which costs $165)
Coming up this week…

Date Night | Thu, May 14 | 6–8pm
Get a sitter, grab your own version of Patrick Swayze and get on over to Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio for Date Night. You and your honey will enjoy two hours of fun in the clay, light snacks and adult beverages. After that, the rest is up to you… $40 per couple. [spacer height=”0px”]

Call (417) 623-1455 to reserve your spot today! [spacer height=”0px”]