First Friday Art Walk Newsletter

The Talk of the Walk June 2009
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Hawthorn features Artist Elizabeth Chapman
Hawthorn Galleries
Hawthorn Galleries Inc.,214 E. Walnut St., introduces the premier solo exhibition of Artist Elizabeth Chapman. While Chapman's work is in the process of evolving, this particular body of work shows the emergence of a new artist. Working in styles ranging from realistic to abstract, and utilizing various mediums from transparent watercolor to collage, Chapman's style is as dynamic as her compositions. Meet the artist and enjoy live music by local musicians Jeremy Larson and Don Chapman.
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     Summer's heating up and so is Art Walk! Visit new addition Inveno Health at the corner of Boonville and Phelps; check out live music at Bellwether Gallery of the Arts, The Creamery Arts Center, Hawthorn Galleries, Randy Bacon Photography and the Park Central Branch Library; and get hands-on with art at ArtWhole Studios. As always, Art Walk runs 6-10 p.m. the first Friday of each month.
     For those in need of chlid care, don't forget that Family Art Night at the Downtown Y offers child care for ages 3 months to 12 years, 6:30-9 p.m. every First Friday for only $10 per child. The kids enjoy storytelling, activities, an art project to take home and a healthy snack. Call (417) 862-8962, ext. 149, for more information or to preregister.
Susan Sommer-Luarca to unveil nudes
     Susan Sommer-Luarca at her easel
     Susan Sommer-Luarca bares all during the June Art Walk, unveiling her new series of nudes and displaying original nudes by Picasso and Matisse from her private collection. Susan leads off with a private session for invited guests 6-8 p.m., opening to the public 8-10.
Inveno Health joins Art Walk in June
     Inveno Health, located at 431 N. Boonville, next door to Obelisk Home, joins the June Art Walk featuring works by beloved Springfield painter Stephanie Cramer. Inveno, a new medical device manufacturer and distributor is celebrating its presence in downtown Springfield with art. For more information about Inveno Health, please email

The Gillioz presents Annette Broy
First Friday Art Walk by Annette Broy
Annette Broy's first paid commission was at the age of 9, when she was paid a nickel by her classmates for every horse she drew. She started oil painting at the age of 16, and at age 23, she and her twin sister opened their first Art Studio, A & A Artworks. Annette took a 20-year hiatus from art to pursue a career in nursing. Since she has returned to her life's passion, she has been a Featured Artist of the Month at the Doniphan Museum and at Figment Art Gallery and Culture House at the Monarch Art Factory.
Get hands-on with art at ArtWhole Studios
     ArtWhole Studios, 408 W. Walnut, the old Moxie Theatre location, opens its canvas to all Art Walkers this month. Our associates invite you to join them in the Performance Space where they will provide art materials and the space to explore. Owner Chet Burgtorf will be displaying his photography series, Abandoned, during the event. A calendar of June events will be provided at the door.
James Radke captures jazz In the Moment
     Ray Brown and Gregory Hutchinson by James RadkeRandy Bacon Photography and Figment Art Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College, present Jazz at the Monarch, including a unique jazz photo display, In the Moment, by Photographer James Radke and live jazz June 5 and 6. In the Moment features images of extraordinary jazz musicians who graced the stages in and around the Oakland-San Francisco Bay area 1993-2003. "The main feeling that I have tried to convey is the joy of playing and listening to the music of America," Radke says. "The only way that this could happen is if I was also in 'the moment' with the music being played on stage." Plus, don't miss the display by Rountree Elementary School's Picture Perfect Photography Club, featuring the work of 12 fifth-grade photographers.
Painters head down South in June
     South Avenue is the place to be for painting fans. Fitzwilly's Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., presents a collection of paintings by artist Hailey Patton titled Dream of ..., while next door at Nonna's Italian Cafe, 306 South Ave, the focus is on  Featured Artist Hillary Croan. Working in watercolor, acrylic ink, and graphite, Hillary creates new worlds from seemingly insignificant splatters of paint.
Park Central features photography, music
     Park Central Square Branch Library  Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, features The Photography of Debbie Raymer Joiner and live music by folk-rocker Dallas Jones. Plus, don't miss Debbie's discussion of her photographic vision at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4.
Experience world culture at Global Fayre
     Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, is home to traditionally made, Fair Trade artisan products from all over the world. Our craftspeople work with local materials, many of them recycled, to produce beautiful pieces of work reflecting their cultures and traditions. Prepare to experience a world of creativity, color and culture in every visit.
Good Girl Art presents double header
Linear by Ellen Neville
     Connecticut artist Sky Hoyt returns to Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut, for her second show, Being In and Of the Garden. Sky blurs the boundaries of reality in terms of subject and composition to allow an unfettered communication between the viewer and the painting. While these images reflect a garden, Sky invites the viewer to contemplate, linger and relax in a world of shapes, gestures and colors. Also showing in June is Springfield native Ellen Neville, showing new collage and mixed media work, and inspirations from her first semester at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Enjoy emerging art, unusual perspectives
     Art Walk's East End heats up with shows at Bodhi Salon & Spa, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 106, and Elite PhotoArt, 325 E. Walnut. Bodhi is proud to present Photography by Trenton O'Dell, a Kickapoo High School senior and protege of Photographer Jeffrey Sweet. Meanwhile, Artist Tanja Ware pursues the theme of Shades of Light, Shadow and Reflections in her show at Elite. Tanja works in pastels, oils, acrylics and watercolors and in a variety of genre, including landscape, still life, figurative and wildlife. She enjoys painting unusual perspectives and the use of strong light and bright colors.
Fresh features Clarissa French, Sharon Warren 
      Sunset Angel by Clarissa FrenchFresh Gallery, at the SW corner of Walnut and Campbell, presents featured artists Clarissa French and Sharon Warren in June. Clarissa, an aspiring photographer, specializes in photos that celebrate the beauty of Springfield and the Ozarks.  Sharon is a self-taught, award-winning  painter who specializes in watercolors and is a Watercolor USA artist.
Hit Campbell Street for working artist studios
     Some of Springfield's finest craftspeople and artisans make their home on Campbell Avenue. Fashioned By Jaye, 212 S. Campbell, is a gallery and boutique featuring locally handmade jewelry, handbags, home decor and gift items. In June enjoy Jaye: Retrospective, a variety of artwork in a range of media by owner Jaye Coltharp.
     Rox Stoneworks, 220 S. Campbell, Second Floor, (entrance on McDaniel), is the studio of Sculptor Bruce Burnaugh and features Works in Progress by Rox Studio students and Abstract Paintings by James Crafford in June.
     Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., is a working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work under the leadership of master glass artist Terry Bloodworth. See live demonstrations during Art Walk.
     Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., is a fine craft gallery and community clay center headed by Potter Nathan Falter that features some of the best examples of fine craft in clay, wood, metal, glass, fibers, photography, printmaking, and jewelry by over 45 local, regional and national artists.
     Please ask all our working studio artists about their class schedules!
Obelisk features painter, sculptor in June
     Jake Johnson and Jacob Burmood at Obelisk Home Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps,  presents a pair of artists for the June 5 Art Walk: Painter Jake Johnson and Sculptor Jacob Burmood. Plus, visit the newest addition to Art Walk, Inveno Health, right next door at Phelps and Boonville.

Visit Bellwether for Diversity of the Arts
    Bellwether Gallery of the Arts, 600 W. College St., presents Diversity of the Arts featuring visual artists Don Jones, professional illustrator of Christian books; Sharon Warren, skilled in watercolor, oil and acrylic; Teresa Rumfelt, photographer; and Donna Jordan, porcelain china painter. A string ensemble of young emerging musicians will also perform from 7 to 8 p.m.
Show-Me Art! displays regional talents
     The Creamery Arts Center The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman, presents Show-Me Art! a 27-county extravaganza exhibition by artists from all of the counties the Springfield Regional Arts Council serves in southwest Missouri, from Blue Eye to Warsaw! Meet the artists and enjoy music from all over the region during First Friday Art Walk.
Originality the watchword at Big Smile
     Big Smile Photography, 207 Park Central East, features international award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Jeremy Lawson's creative lifestyle wedding and portraiture work. Big Smile displays Jeremy's one-of-a-kind portrait and wedding images from local events as well as events from around the world.
DB Design features Cindy Dawson, variety of art
     Pottery by Julia Schaefer
     DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, features Artist Cindy Dawson, plus Acrylics by Michele Ellison, Pottery by Julia Schaefer, Photography by Nathan Smith, Hand-Thrown Pottery by George Milne. DB also displays the work of in-house artists Jill LeGrand, Tammy Kirks, John Ehlers, Katrina Stevens and Duane Bone

Art Walk congratulates Lolisa Collins!
     Gift Basket Winner Lolisa Collins First Friday Art Walk is proud to announce the winner of its Artsfest Gift Basket Raffle: Lolisa Collins of Nixa. Art Walk sold $2 tickets for chances at a fabulous gift basket containing more than $1,200 in art, gift certificates and merchandise from Art Walk members. Proceeds of the raffle went to Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival. Thanks to all who donated to this important effort to fund art education and basic needs  of Springfield schoolchildren. Your generosity helped Art Walk help Arts in Action achieve its $10,000 fundraising goal.
I hope you will enjoy the June Art Walk! For more details on exhibits at our participating venues, please visit

Clarissa French
First Friday Art Walk