What’s coming up in October 2017? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout October in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…
October 5: MSSU presents h2 Saxophone Quartet, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre (3950 Newman Rd). The award-winning h2 quartet has been wowing audiences since 2002. h2 takes advantage of the great expressive capacity of their instruments by programming traditional, avant-garde, minimalist, and jazz-influenced works in surprising and compelling ways. h2 has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, the UK and in Asia, and has released five critically-acclaimed recordings. This event is free and open to the public. For more information email Talley-K@mssu.edu or call 417.625.3061.
October 6: GALA CONCERT – h2 Quartet with TJ’s Orchestra & Choir, 7:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). The award-winning h2 quartet has been wowing audiences since 2002. h2 takes advantage of the great expressive capacity of their instruments by programming traditional, avant-garde, minimalist, and jazz-influenced works in surprising and compelling ways. h2 has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, the UK and in Asia, and has released five critically-acclaimed recordings. TJ’s Upper School orchestra and the Upper School Vocal Ensemble will perform with h2 for this concert. Adult: $9, Child: $5, Senior: $8. For more information call 417.781.5124.
October 6: Southern Symphony Orchestra, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). This concert will feature works by Georges Bizet, Georg Philipp Telemann, Richard Rodgers, Jules Massenet, and Hector Berlioz. It will also feature winners from the 2017 MSSU Music Department’s Concerto/Aria competition: soprano Miranda Duncan and trumpeter William D. Roach. The Southern Symphony Orchestra is Joplin’s Community/University symphony orchestra and is under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Macomber. This concert is free and open to the public; no tickets required. For more information email Macomber-J@mssu.edu or call 417.625.9653.
October 14: North Heights Porchfest, 4:00–6:00pm at North Moffet and E St. Porchfest is a grassroots festival put on by the community for the community. An eclectic array of local musicians will perform on porches while activities and food are available for the whole family. Porchfest is a free event for everyone. For more information visit northheightsporchfest.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 19: Southern Jazz Orchestra/Lion Pride Band at Third Thursday, 6:00pm at Downtown Joplin Third Thursday. The Southern Jazz Orchestra and Lion Pride Band will perform at Downtown Joplin Alliance’s Third Thursday. This event is free and open to the public. For more information email email@example.com or call 417.625.9633.
October 20: Pro Musica presents New Century Saxophone Quartet, 7:00pm at Saint Paul’s UMC (2423 W 26th St). For over 30 years, the New Century Saxophone Quartet has entertained audiences with a combination of skillful artistry and down-home fun. Founded in Winston-Salem, NC, the ensemble was the first of its kind to win the prestigious Concert Artist Guild competition in New York City in 1992. The quartet has toured throughout the United States and the World performing in major concert venues around the world. New Century was also the first saxophone quartet to perform at La Huaca del Complejo Atlapa in Panama City, Panama. NCSQ has appeared on television and radio across the United States on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, the Voice of America, and North Carolina Public TV. NCSQ has also appeared in unique concert settings including two command performances for President Clinton in the White House to a concerto performance with the United States Navy Band. No tickets are required. Donations gratefully accepted. For more information call 417.625.1822.
October 21: Lion Pride Band Performance, 3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Hughes Stadium (3950 Newman Rd). The Missouri Southern State University Lion Pride Marching Band is comprised of undergraduate music majors and also non-majors. This ensemble is recognized as one of the oldest ensembles in existence at Missouri Southern State University. The Lion Pride Marching Band performs in Fred G. Hughes Stadium during all home football games and can been seen locally at various parades. For more information visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.
October 21: Angel Guild Red Carpet Gala, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Come show your support for Joplin Little Theatre at this annual fundraising event. You’ll enjoy the “Red Carpet” treatment, an exclusive preview of the season opener, and a champagne toast at intermission! Tickets $50 advance, $60 at door. For more information call 417.623.3638.
October 25 – 29: Joplin Little Theatre presents Heathers the Musical, 7:30pm (2:30pm on Sunday) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Heathers the Musical is based on the classic 1989 film. Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunch-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under! Writers Kevin Murphy, Laurence O’Keefe and Andy Fickman bring us his moving love story with laugh-out-loud comedy. PG-13 – parental guidance recommended for young children. General admission is $15, seniors and students are $13, and children age 12 and under are $6. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 417.623.3638 or visit jltplay.org.
October 28: District Honor Choir Concert, 7:00pm at Joplin High School (2104 N Indiana Ave). The District Honor Choir consists of two ensembles including 9-10 grades and 11-12 grades and both will be performing. The MSSU Chamber Singers will be the opening act for the night directed by Dr. David Sharlow. This event is free and open to the public. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 417.625.9562.
October 30: Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall presents My Fathers Dragon, 4:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). Based on the beloved stories by Ruth Stiles Gannett, My Father’s Dragon brings to life the Newbery Honor-winning classic about a daring dragon rescue. Using large format puppets, inventive scenic effects and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company is delighted to bring the story of a compassionate and courageous young boy and his unlikely friendship to the stage at TJ. For more information call 417.781.5124.
October 2: International Adoptions from South Korea since 1950, 1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Following the Korean War, many children fathered by American soldiers were born to unwed South Korean mothers. Because adopting children outside the father-to-son bloodline is not in accord with traditional Korean values, thousands of these mixed race children ended up in orphanages. After seeing a film depicting their plight, U.S. citizens Harry and Bertha Holt successfully lobbied both houses of Congress to change the law so that they could adopt eight children. Thus began the history of international adoption in America. Although U.S. adoptions of South Korean children peaked in the 1980s, the U.S.-Korean adoptions have provided a model for international adoption for more than 60 years. This presentation will explore the history of international adoption, and the unique relationships among Korean foster families, adoption agency workers, and adoptive families through stories, anecdotes, photographs, and personal experience. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 417.625.9372.
October 3: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday 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. For more information, visit chatncraft.wordpress.com.
October 3: Tri-State Gem and Mineral Club Meeting, 7:00pm at Joplin Museum Complex (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). For more information call 417.623.1180.
October 3: MSSU Korean Film Festival – Oldboy, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). A Seoul businessman is suddenly and inexplicably kidnapped and confined to a strange, private “prison,” where he is held for 15 years. When he is unexpectedly freed, he is given five days to discover the identity of his enemy, a challenge he undertakes with a vengeance. Directed by the acclaimed Park Chan-wook, Oldboy is a “feverish mind-bending revenge tale” (Stephen Holden, The New York Times). The film includes extreme, graphic violence and is for mature audiences only. The MSSU Korean Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from South Korea. For more information call 417.625.9736 or email email@example.com.
October 5: Are South Koreans Smarter, or is it the Education System?, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). There are many aspects of a country that are important to know, and many things that people just do not know about when looking at foreign countries. Education is one of those things. This presentation will give an overview and in-depth description of the South Korean education system. It will look at the elementary to college experience as they differ and compare them to the American system of education. Personal experience and observations will be included in the presentation to help enrich and better inform on the inner workings of a typical Korean classroom. This event is free and open to the public. If you would like more information call 417.625.9372.
October 5: National Arts & Humanities Month Proclamation Ceremony, 5:00pm at Spiva Park (4th and Main in Downtown Joplin). National Arts and Humanities month will be celebrated with a proclamation by Mayor Mike Seibert in conjunction with the finale of the First Thursday ArtWalk season. The ceremony will recognize and celebrate the impact the arts and humanities have had on the cultural and economic growth of Joplin. National Arts and Humanities month has been celebrated in October, country-wide for 30 years. It was launched by Americans for the Arts in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. This ceremony will also kick off the final First Thursday ArtWalk of this season which will start at 5:30pm.
October 5: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in various venues throughout Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin. This event runs on the first Thursday of each month from March–October.
October 6: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at The Lofts at 611 (611 S Main St). WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. Free Admission. This month is sponsored by The Joplin History & Mineral Museum and they will be giving away tickets to their Thomas Hart Benton mural tour on October 14th. Check in at the door for your chance to win. Those that attend will also be able to tour The Lofts at 611. Spaces are available for lease. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 10: Gangnam Style Games Day, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Gangnam Style Games Day will include games centered around K-POP stars such as PSY, BTS, and GOT7. This is the perfect opportunity to engage and embrace the Korean culture as well as meet other people who have the same interests as you. There will be many types of games, but if you can’t identify any of these examples, it means that you need to come and join the club: gonggi, ttakji, kai bai bo, and sam yuk gu. This event is free, open to the public and will consist of friendly competition and prizes. If you would like more information call 417.625.9372.
October 10: MSSU Korean Film Festival – Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). This visually stunning, reflective film tells the story of a reclusive monk who lives in a hut in the middle of a small lake, who becomes a teacher and spiritual mentor for a boy, raising him from childhood to adulthood. “An elegantly simple, profound Buddhist tale.” – Boston Globe. The MSSU Korean Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from South Korea. For more information call 417.625.9736 or email email@example.com.
October 12: North Korea: Hangover of the 20th Century, 9:30am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). North Korea is often portrayed as a “rogue state” and “unpredictable,” but like any other state it has a history that has to be taken into account to make sense of its present. Throughout the 20th century, Northern Korea has been on the front lines between empires, and between imperialists and liberators. The end of the Cold War globally has not solved the Korean separation the way it solved the German one, though the ideological rhetoric has changed. North Korean leadership invokes this history regularly to explain and justify its positions, and this has to be taken seriously in any analysis of North Korea’s 21st century development. Dr. Jonathan Dresner is an associate professor of history at Pittsburg State University. He became intrigued with Japan due to a year abroad in high school, and eventually settled on an historical approach. An interest in international exchange led to a study of Japanese labor migration to Hawaii, which has broadened into the study of labor migration and modernization both in Japan and elsewhere. After teaching in Iowa and Hawaii, he came to PSU, where he directs the history master’s program and teaches East Asian history, specialized courses on Japan, and world history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This event is free and open to the public. If you would like more information call 417.625.9372.
October 12: Joplin Writers Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (300 S Main St). 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. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. For more information, search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.
October 12: Lydia Humphreys Reception, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library and Joplin Public Library invite you to join them and artist Lydia Humphreys for “Portrait Series.” During a color theory class at Missouri Southern State University, Lydia Humphreys realized her memory is based on color and patterns. Inspired by this realization, Humphreys began a portrait series for which she paints people in the color she sees them. Sixteen of Humphrey’s portraits are on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library now through mid-November. For more information call 417.623.7953.
October 13: Cocktails with Benton, 6:30pm at Joplin City Hall (602 S Main St). Cocktails with Benton Chautauqua features a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view rarely seen sketches from Thomas Hart Benton. Hear Thomas Hart Benton have an in-depth conversation about his mural in the Historic Newman Building and how it came about. He will also take the time to talk about additional pieces that were taken out of the archive to be seen for this night only. Red Onion will be preparing finger foods and cocktails. Admission is $25 per person. To purchase tickets, call 417.623.1180, visit the Joplin History & Mineral Museum, or get them at the door. This event is part of the Joplin History & Mineral Museum’s Chautauqua! Living History with Thomas Hart Benton Series.
October 13: Open Mic Poetry Night, 7:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Do you write poetry? Do you love poetry? Come recite a poem you’ve written OR one by a poet you love. Feel free to bring some craft beer or a bottle of wine to share. This is a 21+ event. Free admission. This event is a collaborative endeavor between Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, and Pub Hound Press. For more information call 417.625.6683.
October 13: Old Fashioned Hayride, 7:00pm at McClelland Park (4400 McClelland Blvd). This family-friendly event is a wonderful way to enjoy an autumn evening under the stars. 1,000 hot dogs and s’mores will be handed out, so bring your roasting sticks and have a weenie roast around the campfire. Enjoy a hayride around McClelland Park and finish the evening by enjoying a cup of hot cocoa while making s’mores. The movie, Hocus Pocus, will be shown during the event. This is free to the public thanks to Residence Inn for sponsoring the event and Fletcher Toyota sponsoring the movie. For more information, please call Joplin Parks & Recreation at 417.625.4750.
October 13: Opening Reception, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). New exhibits are opening at Spiva Center for the Arts! Come preview the exhibits a day early, mingle with friends, and enjoy refreshments. $5 suggested contribution; members free. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
October 14: Mural & Historical Building Tours, 10:30–11:30am & 1:30–2:30pm at Joplin City Hall (602 S Main St). Want an in-depth view at some of Joplin’s murals and historic buildings? This is your chance! There will be two opportunities for both the Mural Tours (10:30–11:30am or 1:30–2:30pm) and the Historical Building Tours (10:30–11:30am or 1:30–2:30pm). Admission is $7 per person. To purchase tickets, call 417.623.1180, visit the Joplin History & Mineral Museum, or get them at the door. This event is part of the Joplin History & Mineral Museum’s Chautauqua! Living History with Thomas Hart Benton Series.
October 14: Joplin Public Library Makerspace Grand Opening, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library and Joplin Public Library invite you to meet your makerspace! Preview the opportunities available as library staff and volunteers demonstrate various makerspace-related activities and equipment, including 3D printing and scanning, laser cutting, digital media conversion, origami, virtual reality, sewing, button-making, and more. This free public event is open to all-ages. No registration necessary. Makerspace demonstrations start at 10:00am and are scheduled to take place throughout the day until 2:00pm. Questions? Call Jill Sullivan at 417-623-7953 x1041.
October 14: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring book or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring pages and markers, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the Gift Shop! Cost: Free. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
October 14: Artist Talk with Carol Adamec, 11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Carol Adamec is a fine arts painter, with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her primary painting medium is oil and alkyd, and she mainly works in a representational style. Her greatest challenge as a painter is to capture the effect of light; and her greatest joy as a painter is to accomplish that. Her exhibit, In a Japanese Garden, will be on display from October 14–December 8.
October 14: An Evening with Benton, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Come relax and spend time with Thomas Hart Benton as he talks about his life as an artist and the exceptional amount of travel he’s done. He will talk about how he got started and what he did through his life as an artist. Admission is $10 per person. To purchase tickets, call 417.623.1180, visit the Joplin History & Mineral Museum, or get them at the door. This event is part of the Joplin History & Mineral Museum’s Chautauqua! Living History with Thomas Hart Benton Series.
October 14: Art Night Out (Ages 21+), 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join in and have a blast making a seasonal art project while you enjoy wine and dessert in the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of the Main Gallery. It’s a great way to catch up with friends, enjoy a date night, or meet new creative folks. Cost is $25 per participant, and must be 21 or older. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
October 16: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Poetry reading and open mic. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Three featured poets will begin reading at 6:15pm. Open mic starts at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. For more information, contact Allison Blevins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 19: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events. Third Thursday is held on the third Thursday of each month, March–October.
October 24: MSSU Korean Film Festival – I Am Sun Mu, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). This documentary features the life and work of a North Korean painter and defector who creates, among other things, political pop art that inverts the propaganda he once painted for the North Korean regime. As he prepares undercover for a special solo exhibition in China, an unexpected turn of events puts Sun Mu and his family in danger. The MSSU Korean Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from South Korea. For more information call 417.625.9736 or email email@example.com.
October 28: Joplin Public Library Writers’ Faire, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Joplin Public Library and Post Art Library are co-hosting the Joplin Public Library Writers’ Faire. The purpose of the writers’ faire is to provide a venue for writers to connect with potential audiences and to encourage community support of local and regional writers. Individual writers, writers’ groups, and organizations, including published and non-published will be represented at the faire. For more information or to register, please contact Jill Sullivan at 417.623.7953 x1041 or Derek Moser at 417.623.7953 x1018. Registration closes at 5:30pm on Friday, October 13 or when the event reaches full capacity. For more information call 417.623.7953.
October 30 & 31: Auditions for I’ll Be Home For Christmas, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). A Musical/Drama/Comedy about a faith-based family during World War II, complete with songs and radio shows from the big band swing era. To view a listing of parts available and descriptions of each visit joplinlittletheatre.org. For more information call 417.623.3638. Performance dates are December 13–17, 2017.
October 31: MSSU Korean Film Festival – Train to Busan, 2:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theater (3950 Newman Rd). Train to Busan, described as “everything you could possibly want a zombie film to be,” shows what happens when a mysterious virus spreads across the country and the infected victims become the murderous undead. The MSSU Korean Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from South Korea. For more information call 417.625.9736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 31: Recpetion: Sculpture & Ceramics by Jeff Johnston, 3:00–5:00pm at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Jeff Johnston is a Professor of Art and Head of the Clay and Sculpture Department at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. He has a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio where he was also an architectural candidate. He received a master’s degree from Portland State University. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. The gallery is located in the Fine Arts Center on the MSSU Campus and is open to the public from 9:00am–5:00pm, Monday–Friday. Johnston’s work will be on display October 12–31.
October 31: MSSU Korean Film Festival – The Host, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The Host, in the tradition of King Kong and Godzilla, features a river monster spawned by a chemical spill that terrorizes a city. The MSSU Korean Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from South Korea. For more information call 417.625.9736 or email email@example.com.
October: National Arts & Humanities Month. The month of October is National Arts & Humanities Month and coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration, with goals of focusing on the arts at local, state, and national levels. Encouraging individuals and organizations to participate in the arts. Allowing governments and businesses to show their support of the arts and raising public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.
October 14–December 8: 70th Membership Show, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Spiva member artists present their best work in this annual showcase of regional talent. A fascinating mix of styles and media. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
October 14–December 8: In a Japanese Garden by Carol Adamec, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The exhibition consists of paintings and sculpture of flowers and kimonos, and is installed to include garden-related items (stones, floral arrangements, a stone lantern, fountains, etc) to create a Zen-like environment. The tone of this body of work is contemplative, emphasizing beauty and tradition. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
October 12–31: Sculpture & Ceramics by Jeff Johnston, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Jeff Johnston is a Professor of Art and Head of the Clay and Sculpture Department at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. He has a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio where he was also an architectural candidate. He received a master’s degree from Portland State University. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. The gallery is located in the Fine Arts Center on the MSSU Campus and is open to the public from 9:00am–5:00pm, Monday–Friday. A closing reception will be held Tuesday, October 31, 3:00–5:00pm
October: “Les Morts et Les Mystères: The Ancestors and The Spirits” by Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathe’, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). French creole narratives on the Spirit world in folk art paintings by Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathe’ (Director of ArtCentral Hyde House in Carthage) with her husband and fellow artist/musician David Greenwood-Mathe’. Meet the artists at First Thursday Artwalk, Thursday, October 5, 5:30–8:30pm.
October: Aesthetic Array by Tamara Geisert, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Aesthetic Array features an assortment of subjects and styles. Included in this show are Geisert’s Face Of The City series, Barn Find series, Abstracts In Nature series, as well as individual pieces depicting various subjects. Inspiration for her Face Of The City series came from being among city dwellers going about their everyday tasks. A unique effect was achieved by painting the subject in full color while putting the city background in muted sepia tones. Finding an old abandoned vehicle in a barn is the dream of many. Barn Find series is a reminder of days gone by. The Abstracts In Nature series is a combination of pallet knife and brush strokes create texture, shadows and highlights that make these realism/abstract paintings delightful. All works are original oils painted in a realistic style. Meet the artist at First Thursday Artwalk, Thursday, October 5, 5:30–8:30pm.
October 3 – 28: A Celebration of the Elements by Angel Brame, Daria Claiborne, and Melody Knowles, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). “We basically thought to challenge ourselves to think outside of our typical 3-D boxes. We all love our clay, but why not translate an idea for a clay piece into a two-dimensional partner piece. To keep it in a simple format, we thought of the elements. One piece 3-D and one piece 2-D per element per artist. Because our traditional bodies of work are so different from each other, we thought the results would show contrast and compliment in an exciting way.” For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
September 11–October 6: The Influence of Tradition by Sohail Shehada, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Cultural tradition has been an important theme in Shehada’s work, whose research and teachings have included Aboriginal art, African masks, and various themes of Non-Western and Western culture and performance. Portraits: The Influence of Tradition features theatrical and sacred figures of performance, such as the ornate costumes of the Ballets Russes and African masks. The figures in Shehada’s work assume a certain identity based on traditional attire or physical traits. Shehada achieves this through portraiture in both painting and sculpture to capture the unique characteristics and customs of his subjects. For more information call 417.625.3066.
September–December: Kathy Ruth Neal Woodcarvings at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library has partnered with Spiva Center for the Arts to present a selection of Kathy Ruth Neal’s woodcarvings in the library. Kathy Ruth Neal (1945-2009) was a brilliant, self-taught artist who is known for creating outside the boundaries of both traditional folk and fine art. Her work offers a unique perspective on life that turns the ordinary – going to the movies, swimming, politics, etc. – into the extraordinary. Ten woodcarvings from the permanent collection of Spiva Center for the Arts will be on display inside Joplin Public Library now through December 2017.
August–December: Vanishing Landscapes by Jim Bray, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Jim Bray’s paintings capture the magnificent diagonals of mining sites in Colorado and Webb City with falling timbers, angles of mountainous horizons, and textured and patterned landscape surfaces. His landscapes, trains, and other works are influenced by his regular visits to the American Southwest, renewing impressions from his childhood in Oklahoma and his interest in the vanishing landscape of rural America. Post Art Library is happy to present Bray’s Vanishing Landscapes, which is on exhibit through December 2017 in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library.
September – October: 10th Anniversary Celebration & Photo Contest, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). The Audubon Center is home to two art walls and is currently featuring photos submitted from Four States Photography Enthusiasts Group. Four States Photography Enthusiasts Group is participating in the 10th Anniversary Celebration Photo Contest which depict photos from Wildcat Glades. The winner of this contest will be selected by the vote of the general public. People’s Choice will be awarded at the end of September. Instructions on the voting procedure will be provided at the front desk. Artwork is available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Center. For more information call 417.782.6287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September–November: Portrait Series by Lydia Humphreys, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). During a color theory class at Missouri Southern State University, Lydia Humphreys realized her memory is based on color and patterns. Inspired by this realization, Humphreys began a portrait series, painting people in the color she sees them. “Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of creating this series,” said Humphreys, “is realizing just how beautiful people are. Every face has particular lines, shadows, and highlights that make it special.” Sixteen of Humphrey’s portraits are on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library now through mid-November. For more information call 417.623.7953.
Monday’s & Friday’s: Listen & Draw After School, 3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An opportunity for school-aged children who visit the library after school to listen to an audiobook while they draw. Suggested age range: K-5th grade. For more information call 417.623.7953.
Tuesday’s in October: Improv 101, 7:30pm at JBs Downtown (112 S Main). Learn the basics of improve comedy from Siblings Improv on Tuesday’s throughout September and October. The course costs $50. For more information or if you would like to register you can do so by emailing email@example.com.
1st & 3rd Saturday’s: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5), 10:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Cost for the class is $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.
October 12: Teen Book Club with Joplin Public Library, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Like to read and chat about books? Each month a different theme of book will be picked to read during the Teen Book Club. Bring a brown bag supper; JPL will supply dessert. The book theme for this month is spooky. No registration necessary. Questions? Stop by or call the Teen Dept. at 623-7953, ext. 1027, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
October 14: Vet Art: Raku Pottery, 5:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Experience the process of raku pottery firing with HippyClay Pottery. Raku is a low-fire kiln process that involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. The materials ignite, reacting with the pottery and glazes to create stunning effects. Participants will learn the raku process by glazing their own pottery, firing their piece, and leave with a finished piece in-hand. Limit 10 participants. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.
October 21: Wand Making Workshop (Ages 7+), 9:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Are you still waiting on your letter to Hogwarts? Well, in the meantime, skip your trip to Olivander’s and come create your own unique wand! Whether your style is twig-like or sparkly, you will have a blast creating something magical with polymer clay, bamboo rods, paint, powders, molds, and more! Cost for this class is $10. For more information call 417.623.0183.
October 24: PawPaw Patch Productions presents Memory Pendants, 6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). For more information or to register call or text 417.553.1583 or email email@example.com.
Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St):
Tuesday | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Wednesday | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Thursday | 10am–1pm
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. Cost: $225 (for each 3-hr, 8-week course), $165 (for each 2-hr, 8-week course). For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at 417.623.1455, or email Suzi Huntington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.
Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd):
Tuesdays: Painting Classes with Pam Leisenring, 9:00am–Noon, Hobby Lobby Classroom (1315 S Rangeline Rd). 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. Now scheduling for Spring Classes! New members always welcome. Call 417.781.3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.
Wednesdays: Painting Classes with Pam Leisenring, 4:30pm–7:30pm, Hobby Lobby Classroom (1315 S Rangeline Rd). 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. Now scheduling for Spring Classes! New members always welcome. Call 417.781.3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.
Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St):
Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches 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. The fee is $25 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486.
Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835 to register.
Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St):
Tuesday & Wednesdays: Monthly Clay Classes at Phoenix Fired Art, 11:00am–2:00pm and 6:00–9:00pm. 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! Each monthly clay class includes 4 (3 hour classes) of instruction. It is recommended that students join the first week of each month. Advanced students may join mid-session. $120 Phoenix Members; $150 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call 417.437.9281 to register.
Saturdays: Saturday Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey, 9:30am–Noon, Phoenix Fired Art. 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).
RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):
Saturday: 2:00–4:00pm (Family Paint) & 7:00–9:00pm
Sometimes classes on Monday
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.
Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St):
Tuesdays: Creation Station (Ages 6-12), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 to register.
Tuesdays: Young Artist Studio (Ages 11-13), 5:15–6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This program provides students the opportunity to explore in depth the art forms they love, as well as experiment with new materials. Cost: $80 (course) or $11 weekly. Call 417.623.0183 to register.
Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts. Memories in the making is back! This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. There is no charge for the class and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making ® is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
Everyday: Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). 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, $40 for seniors, $50 for adults and $100 for a family.
Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). 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.
Wednesday (3:00–9:00pm) & Sunday (5:00–8:00pm) | Wine’d Down Open Studio at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in and you can come paint with the help of their talented artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).
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