July 18–September 6: Pam Denniston’s Eclectic Collections: Home is Where the ‘Art Is, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W. 3rd St.). The daughter of a New York art dealer, Denniston (1942-2013) developed a love of art that colored her entire life. Paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, hand-painted furniture—even fashion and toys—reflect her exuberant personality in this tribute to a veteran collector.

July 18–September 6: John Bremer: Tactile Dimensions, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W. 3rd St.). Fascinated by texture and color, Bremer begins his complex, abstract constructions with myriad geometric shapes. Surface treatments add texture and yield vivid, harmonious colors in these large-scale works. Sponsored by Corner Greer Architects.

August 7–September 15: Just Desserts, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main). A national juried show that is just about desserts! Juried by Sunshine Cobb.

August 17 – September 9: “Pero, Esto es Arte?”, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801). Reception: Thu, Sept. 3, 4–6pm (free food and drinks inspired by Spain). A group exhibition of students who studied in Spain and made artwork inspired by their travels. The exhibit will feature travel photography, video interviews with each of the students, artwork and crafts purchased in each of the cities of Madrid, Seville, Granada and Barcelona as well as each student’s personal expressive works in his or her chosen media. Hours: M–F, 8am–5pm. This event is part of MSSU’s Spain Semester.

September 1 – 30: Midwest Clay Artists – “Stories In Clay”, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery. Midwest Clay Artists (MCA) is proud to present their latest group exhibit, “Stories In Clay.” MCA is comprised of twenty-three members in Missouri and Kansas. Each year, the members gather their best pieces and display them in the gallery at Spiva Center for the Arts in downtown Joplin.

September 17 – October 14: Sunshine Cobb, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). Sunshine graduated with a BA in Studio Art from California State University at Sacramento, in 2004. She received her MFA in Ceramics from Utah State University in 2010. In 2013 she was named as an emerging artist by both Ceramics Monthly and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Sunshine is a working potter and travels the country as a lecturing and demonstrating artist. She is currently setting up shop in California.

September 19 – October 23: 2015 Small Works Auction, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery. Spiva artists contribute 6” x 6”, 9” x 12”, and 12” x 12” original works for this exciting 18th annual auction. All proceeds benefit Spiva Center for the Arts. Sponsored by Choice Marketing.

September 19 – November 1: Area Artists Challenge – Off the Wall: Wearable Art!, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery. Outstanding creativity, construction, and presentation abound in the world of wearable art. Clothing and accessories made from conventional and unconventional materials are expected in Spiva’s sixth artists’ challenge.


September 22: Pablo Casals: A Bow for Peace, 9:30am and 11am in MSSU’s Phelps Theater in Beimdiek Recreation Center. Dr. Bill Kumbier will consider the invaluable contributions to both music and peacemaking made by the great Catalonian cellist and conductor Pablo Casals (1876-1973). Through his lifetime of almost a century, Casals built bridges not only among musicians of several generations but also across borders and cultures. When the Fascists under Franco overtook Spain in 1939, he entered a period of self-imposed exile, not allowing himself to live or perform in his native land while Franco ruled and, for some of those years, refusing to perform in public at all. Nevertheless, Casals’ stature both as a musician and as a human being ensured that his voice and the voice of his instrument sustained a strong, clear and passionate call for peace. Dr. Bill Kumbier teaches in Missouri Southern’s Department of English and Philosophy. His interest in Pablo Casals arises from love of music and a desire for peacemaking, originating partly in childhood listening to the historic concert given by Casals at the White House for President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy in November 1961. Free and open to the public. This event is part of MSSU’s Spain Semester.

September 23 – 27: Joplin Little Theatre presents: The Full Monty (musical), 7:30pm (2:30pm Sunday Matinee), Joplin Little Theatre. Six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers, low on both money and opportunity, decide to present a strip act at a local club. They prepare for the show, working through fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties. They overcome their inner demons and find strength in their group. Directed by Lisa Wood and Jade Nicholas. Adults – $15; Student/Senior – $13; Children Under 12 – $6. Tickets:

September 24: Billy Dean Concert to benefit the JHS Archery Program, 3:45–9pm at JHS Coulter Auditorium.

September 24 – October 4: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents: “The Near-Sighted Knight and the Far-Sighted Dragon” (Children’s Musical), Thu–Sat at 7pm, Sun at 2:30pm, Stained Glass Theatre. Synopsis: A snappy, action-filled fairy tale with unexpected characters, fill this quick-paced musical. Despite his extreme near-sightedness, an unemployed knight charges everything in his path, hoping to become a hero so he can get a job. He tries to convince a career-minded princess she needs rescuing. But she’s busy working on a mathematical formula to rescue her father, the king, imprisoned by a power-hungry duchess. The knight charges forward, uninvited, to rescue the king, then he becomes sidetracked by an opportunity to fight a dragon. The non-violent dragon and the exasperated princess subdue the knight with chocolate milk. Then the trio follow the princess’ plan to rescue the king. The knight gets them all captured, but escape comes to those who learn to see from each other’s point of view. Seating is General Admission and tickets may be purchased exclusively at the door. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.

September 24: Pro Musica presents “Brentano String Quartet”, 7pm at First Presbyterian Church in Joplin. Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim.  The Quartet had its first European tour in 1997, and was honored in the United Kingdom with the Royal PhilharmonicAward for Most Outstanding Debut.  That debut recital was at London’s wignore Hall, and in the 2000-2001 season served as Quartet-in-residence.  In the fall of 2014 the Quartet became the Resident String Quartet at the Yale School of Music.  At Yale, they perform in concert each semester and work closely with the students in chamber music contexts.   

September 25: Southern Symphony Orchestra Performs Light Classics, 7:30pm in MSSU’s Taylor Auditorium. Featuring the winners of the first annual MSSU Student Concerto/Aria Competition.

September 26: Gala Concert featuring Project Trio. This opening night gala will feature the talented TJ Upper School vocal and instrumental ensembles.


September 3: Exhibit Reception: “Pero, Esto es Arte?”, 4–6pm at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. A group exhibition of students who studied in Spain and made artwork inspired by their travels. The exhibit will feature travel photography, video interviews with each of the students, artwork and crafts purchased in each of the cities of Madrid, Seville, Granada and Barcelona as well as each student’s personal expressive works in his or her chosen media. (free food and drinks inspired by Spain) Hours: M–F, 8am–5pm. The exhibit runs August 17 – September 9. This event is part of MSSU’s Spain Semester.

September 3: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in 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.

September 4: First Friday Exhibit Opening – “Sunshine Cobb”, 7–9pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). Phoenix Fired Art hosts exhibit openings on the First Friday of every month. This opening will feature “Sunshine Cobb.”

September 6: Deadline For Submission: Off the Wall: Wearable Art!, 5pm at Spiva Center for the Arts. In Spiva’s sixth artists’ challenge, fashion takes center stage. Conventional and unconventional materials – fabric, found objects, plastic, wood, metal and more – may be incorporated into these works of art. All area artists are encouraged to participate. The exhibition, Sept. 18 through Nov. 1, will close with a runway show in the Main Gallery. Contact Spiva at 623-0183 or stop in to register. Deadline for submission: 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6.

September 8: MSSU Spanish Film Festival: “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”, 7pm at MSSU’s Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. One woman’s lover has just jilted her by leaving a message on her answering machine, and her best friend has just found out that her lover is a Shiite terrorist. Add into the mix a third woman just released from a 20-year stay in a mental institution and you have director Pedro Almodóvar’s now classic ensemble comedy, incidentally also featuring a young Antonio Banderas. Rated R. (dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1988; 89 min.) This event is part of MSSU’s Spain Semester.

September 10: Caught in Between: Traditional versus Modern in Spanish Cinema, 9:30am at MSSU’s Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. This presentation will utilize film clips to discuss how the development of Spanish cinema since the 1950s has pivoted around the contrast between traditional and modern values. Free and open to the public. This event is part of MSSU’s Spain Semester.

September 10: Francisco Goya: The Democratic Voice of Etching, 3:30pm at MSSU’s Fine Arts Complex Room 311. This lecture and demonstration by Associate Professor of Art Burt Bucher focuses on the life of Francisco Goya as a printmaker and the art of etching. He will discuss the democratic nature of printmaking as well as demonstrate the process in full, from using acid to create lines, inking and wiping the plate and pulling a print on a small etching press. This print will be a replica of one of Goya’s “Los Caprichos” and will be available for purchase at the end of the demonstration for $50. Admission is free and open to the public. This event is part of MSSU’s Spain Semester.

September 10: Joplin Writers Guild, 6pm at the 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.

September 15: A Taste of Spain, 4:30–7pm at MSSU’s Mayes Dining Hall. Join for a full Spanish meal prepared by Sodexo. The menu includes Chicken Paella (a blend of Spanish saffron rice, peas, chicken and shrimp), Tortilla De Patatas (a traditional Spanish egg dish infused with potato, red onion and green pepper), Sherry Garlic Shrimp (a sizzling dish of shrimp flavored with fresh garlic), Chorizo & Chicken Rice Pot (Spanish chorizo simmered with Spanish spices and chicken), Patata Bravas (Spanish dish of crispy potato pieces paired with spicy tomato sauce), Spanish Tuna Vegetable Stew (robust Spanish stew with tuna and colorful vegetables), Pontevedra (Spanish-style grilled chicken), Gazpacho (Spanish cold tomato soup), Aceitunas Alinadas (marinated olives), Crema De Cabrales (blue cheese apple and walnut spread), Escalivad (Spanish grilled vegetable salad); and Avocado & Tuna Tapas (fresh halved avocado stuffed with Spanish tuna salad). Dessert will consist of Flan (Spanish-style custard), Mazapanes (almond candies), and Churros with chocolate dipping sauce. Admission: $6.95 plus tax. This event is part of MSSU’s Spain Semester.

September 15: MSSU Spanish Film Festival: “Death of a Cyclist”, 7pm at MSSU’s Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. Two illicit lovers accidentally kill a lone bicyclist and try to avoid exposure of their affair. The film reveals director Juan Bardem’s awareness of the corrupting forces in Spanish society and the power of privilege, wealth and position to destroy moral values and humanitarian instincts. Winner of the Critics Prize at the 1955 Cannes Festival. Not rated. (dir. Juan Bardem, 1955; 88 min.) This event is part of MSSU’s Spain Semester.

September 17: Early Literature of Spain, 11am at MSSU Phelps Theater in Beimdiek Recreation Center. In its beginnings, written literature in the area known today as Spain revealed the influences of Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew texts as conquests and colonizers shaped the cultural landscape of the Iberian peninsula. Upon that foundation, the Middle Ages brought forth one of the most significant Spanish-language writings, called Cantar de mío Cid (“Song of My Cid”). This famous epic poem, written in the 12th century but enduring in popularity today, traces the compelling adventures of an actual nobleman in realistic and vivid detail. Several centuries later, a period of remarkable creativity emerged with the Renaissance and the Golden Age, with many examples of outstanding works reflecting interesting styles and themes. This reading session, presented by English department faculty, will feature a variety of writings from diverse authors to provide examples of some of Spain’s most venerated literature. This event is part of MSSU’s Spain Semester.

September 17: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm 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. Connect2Culture will providing a professional Chalk Artist, Joan Finn, at this Third Thursday! Make sure to stop and take a photo with the chalk art at 6th and Main.

September 18 & 19: The Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters Biennial Quilt Show, 10am–5pm on Friday, 10am–3pm on Saturday, Scottish Rite Cathedral (505 Byers Avenue). The Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters, a group of a little over 100 ladies and gentlemen, will be holding their biennial quilt show. Over 100 quilts will be displayed and judged. A unique opportunity quilt made and quilted by members will also be on display. There will be a silent auction, a market place, and some vendors. Community members that have quilts in need of value appraisal are welcome to make appointments for that purpose. Entries are open to the public. For more information, visit $5 Admission.

September 18: Opening Reception at Spiva Center for the Arts, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts Main & Regional Galleries. 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; Spiva members free.

September 19: Joplin Festival of the Arts, 10am–6pm (live music until 10pm) on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. The Kiwanis Club of Joplin, with the assistance of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC), Connect2Culture (C2C) and Spiva Center for the Arts, presents the first annual Joplin Festival of the Arts! The Festival will celebrate the variety of arts that the Four State area has to offer. Fine artists will fill the street, displaying and selling their artwork. A stage will be occupied throughout the day with an assortment of performing artists. Art oriented not-for-profit organizations will also attend to disperse information about their organizations and to raise awareness. Daytime activities will be family focused with children’s art opportunities, provided by Spiva Center for the Arts and Art Feeds. In addition, C2C will lead a community art project. All proceeds from the festival will be used by the Kiwanis Club of Joplin to provide financial assistance to the youth oriented programs supported and organized by the club in the Joplin area.

September 21: Don Quixote and Cervantes: Dissenters During Four Centuries, 11am at MSSU’s Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. Don Quixote has become a source of inspiration to literature, music, and cinema during four centuries. Orson Welles and Charles Dickens, Mikhail Bulgakov and Ivan Turgenev, and Alphonse Daudet and Alexandre Dumas were influenced by the story of the Spanish “hidalgo.” But, in fact, Don Quixote is only one of the best literary works written by a dissenter named Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Under humor, irony and imagination lives a critical view of the Counterreformation Spain and a message of impossible freedom. Our speaker will analyze how Don Quixote is a projection of Cervantes’ evolution from young nationalist to old dissenter. Don Quixote was published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615. It was translated into English in 1612 and 1620. Cervantes (1547-1616) was a contemporary of Shakespeare; they died only one day apart. Free and open to the public. This event is part of MSSU’s Spain Semester.

September 21: The Steven McCollum Distinguished Speakers Series presents: “Why Good People are Divided by Politics, Religion, Race, and Sports” with Jonathan Haidt, 7pm at the TJ Concert Hall. New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Haidt will visit Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School September 21 and 22 as part of the Steven McCollum Distinguished Speakers Series. What on earth is happening to our country? Why is it often difficult for Americans to understand each other across lines of partisanship, religion, and race? Haidt’s talk, Why Good People are Divided by Politics, Religion, Race, and Sports, will take up these questions and offer us ways to avoid arguments, strengthen relationships, and learn from people we would otherwise avoid. (Sports is in the title to show that the psychology of tribalism is often quite enjoyable). The talk, followed by a reception and book signing, will be held on Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to students, parents, grandparents, graduates, alumni parents, and friends of the school.

September 22: MSSU Spanish Film Festival: “Even the Rain”, 7pm at MSSU’s Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. An idealistic film director and his producer are on location in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about Christopher Columbus’s discovery and conquest of the Americas when they soon find their project disrupted by popular protests against a multi-national corporation that is taking control of the country’s water supply. The film, directed by Icíar Bollaín, explores the blurring of life and art found in films like Truffaut’s Day for Night, taking it into its own politically charged dimensions. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Tosar. Not rated. (dir. Icíar Bollaín, 2010; 103 minutes) This event is part of MSSU’s Spain Semester.

September 25: Art On Tap, 5:30–8:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts. Art on Tap is a night full of art, friends, live music, free beer and food! This is a membership drive! Free to those already holding memberships. Admission: purchase of a Spiva membership.

September 25: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main). 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.

September 26: Art In The Ball Park, 6–9pm, Location TBD. Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) and the Joplin Blasters have partnered to bring baseball and art together! JRAC members created unique works of art in the stadium throughout the opening weekend of the Blasters season. Pieces created now hang throughout Joe Becker Stadium. Join them Saturday, September 26 for “Art In The Ballpark” – an opportunity to own works of art created by local artists at Joe Becker Stadium! Artists will receive 100% of their sales during the event.

September 29: MSSU Spanish Film Festival: “Viridiana”, 7pm, MSSU’s Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. A young woman preparing to become a nun is summoned to her wealthy but lecherous uncle’s estate, where she is forced to confront challenging, harsh realities. Although this is one of Luis Buñuel’s most powerful and subversive films, having won the Palme d’or at Cannes in 1961, it was banned outright in Spain and an attempt was made to suppress it completely. It contains his most famous set-piece – the evocation of Leonardo’s Last Supper enacted by an assortment of repulsive cripples and beggars. The film is not rated but contains parodies of religious imagery and issues of sexuality that some many find disturbing. (dir. Luis Buñuel, 1961; 91 min.) This event is part of MSSU’s Spain Semester.

Monday Evenings: Southern Symphony Orchestra Rehearsals, 7–9pm, Missouri Southern State University’s Phinney Hall. Do you play an orchestral instrument? Do you have previous experience playing in a symphony orchestra? Then consider joining the fun! If you are at least of high school age, and if you play, or have played, an orchestral instrument (whether it was in school, in church, or in the Philharmonic) they invite you to join them. The Southern Symphony Orchestra is the Joplin area’s college/community orchestra hosted by MSSU. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings (7–9pm) in Phinney Hall, MSSU. Contact Dr. Jeffrey Macomber, conductor tel. 417-625-9635 and e-mail:

Monday Evenings: MSSU Choral Society Rehearsals, 7–9pm in Room 208 of the MSSU Music Bldg. The MSSU Choral Society is a well-known area-wide community mixed choir. This choir is non-audition for anyone college age or older and all singers are welcome. The choir is preparing for its annual Christmas concert in December. Music includes “Christmas on Broadway” which features well-loved Broadway hits, the choral medley from the movie “White Christmas,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” from his Requiem, and several selections from Joseph M. Martin’s beautiful and inspiring sacred cantata “The Mystery and the Majesty.” The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Al Carnine, who founded the Choral Society in 1980 and has been its sole conductor and artistic director.


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.

Mondays & Fridays: 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.

Mondays–Wednesdays: Walk-In Open Studio, 1–9pm 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.


September 21: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm, 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.

September 5: Polymer Clay Nature and History Inspired Classes – “Tipi with a Camp Fire” (Ages 5+), 9am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Fashion your own miniature tipi from polymer clay and paint it with earth pigments. You will also make a “fire” cover for a LED candle. While your items cure there will be special program about tipis. Children 5-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $25 for the first person, $12 for additional family members, adults helping children free; clay, materials, and tutorials provided. Registration required by the Friday before class. Call (417) 825-3318 or email

September 5: Anime (Ages 12-18), 11am–1pm at Spiva Center for the Arts. Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on professional anime boards to create a character, storyline and background. Cost: $27/class. Call (417) 623-0183 to pre-register.

September 5: Polymer Clay Nature and History Inspired Classes – “Flower Bouquet Photo Album/Journal/Scrapbook Cover” (Ages 15+). 1–4:30pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Learn special techniques to create life-like, pollinator-friendly flowers to grace the cover of a photo album, journal, or scrapbook. While your bouquet cures you will learn more tips and tricks as well information about these lovely, pollinator-friendly flowers. Cost: $35.00 per person; clay, supplies, and detailed tutorials included
Bring a small album, journal,or book with a flat front cover. Registration required by the Friday before class. Call (417) 825-3318 or email

September 12: Girls Night Out – Cupcakes and Crafts (Adults), 7–9pm at Cupcakes by Liz. Join for a girls night out, learning how to paint on silk at Cupcakes by Liz. Price includes art supplies and a beverage and your choice of a cupcake from the display case. Class size is limited to 15, so register early. Cost: $30.

September 13 & 14: Tricks & Treats of Hand-Building with Sunshine Cobb9:30am–4pm at Phoenix Fired Art. After a short stint at Chico State University, California, Sunshine Cobb went on to graduate with a BA in Studio Art from California State University at Sacramento. She graduated in 2010 from Utah State University with her MFA in Ceramics. In 2013 she was named as an emerging artist by both Ceramics Monthly and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. She focuses on functional ware, embracing the richness of red clay and is exploring the challenge of electric firing. Sunshine is working as a potter and travels the country as a lecturing and demonstrating artist. Most recently she was a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. She currently is setting up shop in California. Sunshine will work with soft slabs and thrown pieces exploring surface texture and design as well as share her glazing techniques. Often called a force of nature by her friends she will provide a fun memorable and enriching experience for clay artists of all skill levels. Full Workshop rate: Non-Member: $140; Phoenix Members: $120. One day rate:Non-Member: $75; Phoenix Members: $55. Email: Call to register: 417-437-9281.

September 26: Origami Wearable Art (Ages 10+), 1–3pm at Spiva Center for the Arts. Learn how to use this ancient craft to create pieces to add to your wardrobe. Class coincides with Wearable Art exhibit in Main Gallery from Sept. 19 – Nov. 1. Cost: $16.


Crackpot Pottery & Studio:

  • Tuesdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Class, 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: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Class, 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: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Class, 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: Throwing Large with Brent, 10am–Noon. 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: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Drop-In Class, 10am–Noon. 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.

Joplin Square Dance Center:

  • Tuesdays Mornings: Line Dancing Classes, April – Sept., Ultra beginner: 10–10:30am ($5), High Beginner: 10:30–11:30am ($5), Intermediate: 11:30am–12:30pm ($5), Joplin Square Dance Center. Tyra Farris instructor/choreographer has been line dancing for 15 years and teaching all levels, including pattern partner, for 10 years. “Line dancing is a fun way to exercise and has been known to reduce stress and increase energy.” Pre-registration not required. Feel free to bring water. For more info, call Tyra at (785) 640-0544.

Karen’s Dance Studio:

  • Classes are available for ages 2 and up for all levels of experience. In addition, an extensive Pre-K program with many class options is offered. Call (417) 623-1093 to reserve your spot or drop by the studios at the days/times designated above! View the Fall Schedule:

Mosaics Art Gallery:

  • Tuesdays: Life Drawing Class, 5:30–8:00pm, Mosaics Art Gallery. Life drawing is the act of drawing the human figure from a living model. Artists who attend should bring their own drawing supplies and easel if needed. The only fee that will apply is the split cost required to pay the model (i.e. the model fee is $50 – if there are 10 artists per session, the cost will be $5 each). Sessions will run in a typical art school manner – short and long poses, unclothed professional model, chiaroscuro lighting, etc. All are welcome. Space is limited – 12 artists max. For more info, contact Debbie Reed: or (417) 624-4180.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio:

  • Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 10am–6pm. Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you June 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. From 10am–2pm: Donna Roberts specializes in realism and experimental techniques for creative watercolors and acrylics. Bring any materials you have, but if you haven’t any, Donna will provide materials for the first lesson. $25 per class. Call Donna at 417.623.3727. From 2–6pm: Paula Giltner will be teaching 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: Saturday Painting Class (Ages 8-80), 12:30–3pm. For just $35 you can enjoy creating your very own work of art! All materials are furnished. Different themes weekly. Instructors are Jesse McCormick, Margie Moss, & Percilla Penner.

Phoenix Fired Art:

  • Tuesday & Wednesdays: Clay Classes at Phoenix Fired Art, 11am–2pm and 6–9pm. 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! 8 week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $240 Phoenix Members; $270 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.
  • Saturdays: Saturday Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey, 9:30am–Noon. 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 & Wednesdays (starting Sept. 8 and 9): Painting with Pam Leisenring, 9am–Noon on Tuesday, 4:30–7:30pm on Wednesdays, inside Hobby Lobby’s 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.

  • Thursdays: 7–9pm
  • Fridays: 7–9pm
  • Saturdays: Family Paint, 1–3pm
  • Saturdays: 7–9pm
  • Sundays: 2–4pm

Spiva Center for the Arts:

  • Mondays (beginning Sept. 21): Art Lounge (Ages 14-18), 5–8pm. For teens pursuing art after high school or just wanting more art than they get in school, this is an opportunity to explore the studio of a local artist, find out what it takes to get into a college art program, and learn the basics of blogging to showcase your art work. Class includes a light meal each week. Cost: $105 for nine weeks; payment plan available.
  • Tuesdays: Creation Station (Ages 6-12), 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. Please preregister as space is limited. Cost: $6/class.
  • Wednesdays: Preschooler and Pal Art Class (Ages 3-5), 10:30–11:30am. Share art with your very young artist while exploring painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Build their creativity through reading and art. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited to eight students, so register early. Cost: $6/class.
  • Thursdays: Memories in the Making10am–Noon. An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience is necessary. Presented as a partnership between Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri Chapter and Spiva Center for the Arts, and sponsored by The Friends of St. Avips. For more details contact: Lisa Thompson, 417-886-2199. Cost: Free.
  • Thursdays: Young Painter (Ages 6-12), 3:45–5:15pm. Learn drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash, and detailing in this introductory class. Cost: $11/class.

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