First Friday Art Walk Newsletter

The Talk of the Walk August 2009
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2009 Art Walk Galleries
Pokey Alrutz Retrospective at Nonna's
Nonna's Italian Cafe
Nonna's Italian Café, 306 South Ave., presents A Retrospective of Works by Pokey Alrutz, including acrylic abstracts, watercolor paintings, collages, cajas de milagros, coloring books, and tapestries. Pokey has shown in many places in the Springfield area over the years, including her first show at Nonna's in 1993.  The highlight of Pokey's career is when Salvador Dali invited her to dinner in Figueras to discuss abstraction shortly before he passed away.  She dedicates this show to the memory of querido Salvador. (417) 831-1222

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     From hands-on group painting and live music at ArtWhole Studios, to original works, performance art and Don't miss ballet at The Creamery!live ballet at The Creamery Arts Center, First Friday Art Walk is packed with summer fun in August. Please join us 6-10 p.m. Aug. 7 in 22 Art Walk venues. Details appear below, or visit us online at
     And for you parents, 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. Kids enjoy healthy activities and snacks, story time and a hands-on art project to take home. The Aug. 7 arts activity is Rainbow Fish. Call (417) 862-8962, ext. 149 for information or to preregister.
Get hands on with art at ArtWhole Studios
     Art Walk Member ArtWhole Studios
    ArtWhole Studios, 408 W. Walnut, features studio owner Chet Burgtorf's new photography series Colors of the Caribbean, plus new works by artists Scott Green, Sarah E. Splitter and Allen J. Miller.  Guests will once again have a chance to take part in our monthly group painting, because at the ArtWhole, "group stuff is great."  Enjoy the gypsy tango stylings of Moonhoney and appetizers from Twilight Grille.  For more information or to make an appointment call (417) 866-7929 or email us at
Big Smile showcases lifestyle photography
     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. (417) 527-2885 Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F and by appointment
Cross-genre photog Carmi DeLeon at Bodhi Salon
Photographer Carmi DeLeon
Bodhi Salon and Spa, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 106, presents cross-genre photographer Carmelita "Carmi" DeLeon. Carmi began her career as a collegiate sports photographer in the early 1990s when she fell in love with the camera and its ability to capture the beauty of the human spirit. Over the years Carmi has expanded her focus to include family and animal portraits, nature, engagements, reunions and commercial photography. Her philanthropic endeavors include serving as an official photographer for the MS150 Bike Tour. (417) 864-4399  Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. M-F; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat
Kids' art, ballet highlight Arts in the Park Exhibition
     Arts in the Park Exhibition The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents Opening an Art Gallery - Arts in the Park Exhibition 6-9 p.m. during Art Walk, with a special guest appearance by the Springfield Ballet. Arts in the Park, now in its eighth year, is a summer arts education program for 86 students from the Springfield Community Center.  Come see their creations in pottery, painting, costume design, film, photography, puppetry and performance art. Springfield Ballet performs at 7 and 8 p.m., offering a mixed bill of classical ballet excerpts, as well as original contemporary ballets staged and choreographed by Springfield Ballet faculty and guest faculty Charlotte Hart. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays
Experience works by Cyndilee at DB Design
DB Design Featured Artist Cyndilee
     DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, presents Featured Artist Cyndilee in August. In addition to Cyndilee's acrylics, DB Design also features works by painters Debbie Sutherland and Jerry Ellis, potters John Ehlers, Duane Bone, Cheryl Matlock, Julia Schaefer and Katrina Stevens, jewelry artists Jill LeGrand and Tammy Kirks, and stained-glass artist Nathan Smith. (417) 864-4343
Elite offers painting, photos, jewelry and more
   Elite PhotoArt Fine Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., features Artist Gary Adamson. Gary is a painter and caricaturist and is based in Springfield. He majored in art at DruryUniversity and holds an MFA from FontbonneUniversity, St. Louis. (  Also featured is Photography by Edward Biamonte. Edward will display some of his landscapes and fine art.  Edward also serves as head photographer and photo editor for 417 Magazine. ( Elite PhotoArt will also feature hand-crafted jewelry by Big Nose Creations, pottery by Bari Precious, artwork by Ammie Cyr, Nancy Rose and Jay; and photography by Larry Daniel, Katia Lee, Dwayne Hillme and Gallery owners Will and Lisa Roberts.  (417) 569-3322 or (417) 234-7761 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat or by appointment.
Fashioned by Jaye features Digital Artwork
  Fashioned By Jaye, 212 S. Campbell, features a joint show of Digital Artwork by Kourtnie Putnam and Jaye Coltharp. (417) 862-4100 Open Noon-7 p.m. M-F; 2-7 p.m. Sat
Fitzwilly's exhibits local talents
     Fitzwilly's Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., is a longtime downtown retailer featuring antiques, gift items and collectibles. Its monthly art exhibits emphasize unique sketches and paintings by talented local artists. (417) 866-3696  Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat; First Friday hours 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fresh spotlights jewelry artist, painter in August
      Dyed coral necklace by Elaine WilligFresh, located at the southwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents Featured Artists Ann Meese and Elaine Willig in August. Ann, a painter, fell in love with art early, majoring in art at MSU in the '60s. After a 35-year career as an educator and administrator - and raising four children - Ann has returned to her passion. "Creating a painting is a small journey," she says. "At the end of that journey, what remains on the canvas is an impression that evokes a variety of feelings for me. I hope you enjoy the images that I share."A jewelry artist, Elaine says color is paramount in her work, which incorporates a wide range of materials. "Working silver and shaping unique gemstones, and using the most flexible beading materials, my designs come from precious metals, vintage glass, crystals, handmade beads, gemstones, silver, gold, copper and brass." (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Th; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. F-Sat
Rosalie Perryman featured at historic Gillioz
     Detail of column at historic Gillioz Theatre Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, presents Artist Rosalie Perryman. Rosalie's intent is to capture the beauty and details of nature by painting from her photographs, creating intense and vibrant watercolors. Photography is a passion, and the love of nature and the ability to see and to capture nature in art is her inspiration and joy. Besides her visual art pursuits in photography, watercolor, oil, acrylic and digital mediums,Rosalie is also a performing artist as a marionette cabaret-style puppeteer.  Rosalie has owned and operated RLP Puppet Company for 30 years and the JubileeTheaterCenter in Marshfield for 12 years. (417) 863-7843
Baskets of Botswana, Kiva Awareness at Global Fayre
     Park Central Branch Library  Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, presents Baskets of Botswana, featuring museum-quality baskets hand woven by the women of the Beyei and Hambukushu tribes in northern Botswana. These baskets are created by 24 women that form the Etsha Weavers Group. They have many years of weaving experience, a skill that has been passed down for generations. Global Fayre also presents a Kiva Awareness Evening during the August Art Walk. Kiva connects people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. (417) 873-9792 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-W, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Th-Sat, 1-5 p.m. Sun or by appointment 
Good Girl Art welcomes Chad Woody, Misty Ware
Old Devil by Chad Woody
     Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents local artist Chad Woody for the month of August.  Chad's show, Dolls for Devils consists of highly imaginative prints, drawings and sculptures reflecting Chad's exploration into the sometimes dark and humorous caverns of the human mind.  Also showing will be paintings by fellow Springfield artist Misty Ware. (417) 865-7055 Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat
Art by Misty Ware

Painter Dan McWilliams stirs emotions at Hawthorn
     Father's Day by Dan McWilliams Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., presents Painter Dan McWilliams. With his unique blend of impressionistic realism, McWilliams "extracts the spirit of his subjects while illuminating the transient nature of light and color.  Evoking nostalgia, his paintings stir emotions and memories for the viewer." Meet the artist and enjoy live music by Ron Preston at the opening reception during Art Walk. (417) 866-6688 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat
Stephanie Cramer displays new work at Inveno
     Inveno Health, 429 N. Boonville Ave., displays new and vibrant work by local Painter/Printmaker Stephanie Cramer, whose colorful work pairs perfectly with the amazing facility architecture and design by Obelisk Home. Venture north of the square in August to the galleries at Inveno Health and Obelisk Home. We might be off the path, but it's worth the walk! (417) 831-1270 Open 6-10 Art Walk evening or contact us for a tour at
Obelisk Home welcomes sculptor David Cogorno
     Works by David Cogorno Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Featured Artist David Cogorno. David, who holds a BA from Drury University, is working toward his MFA in sculpture at the University of Kansas. David grew up in St. Louis and has studied and worked in Italy and Peru.  "Nature is my escape from the chaos of the world and my greatest source of inspiration. I enjoy venturing out and finding my way through obstacles that confront me; rock formations, dense foliage, bodies of water, etc.," David says. "My current work is a study of our interactions with spaces (and within them) revealing patterns, inter-relationships, and common themes that attempt to create a unique visual experience." (417) 616-6488
Park Central presents Jim Delgadillo, J.R. Top
     Park Central Branch Library  Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, features the post-modern art of Jim Delgadillo and folk singer J.R. Top. (417) 831-1342 Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. M-Th; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat

Randy Bacon's Lost & Found looks at grief, healing
     Lost and Found Exhibit by Randy Bacon  Randy Bacon Photography and Figment Art Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College St., unveils Randy's Lost & Found Photo Exhibit during the Aug. 7 Art Walk. More than 40 families receiving grief support services from Lost & Found participated in a photo exhibit to share their stories on the journey of grief. Experience their personal stories and photos that reflect their emotional struggles, steps towards healing, and their embracing of a new life that is forever changed.Visit the adjacent Figment Art Gallery & Culture House to view the latest work by house artists Kelly Kennedy, Kat Allie and Abby Waters.  For more information, call (417) 868-8179. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat
Rox features Painter James Crafford, sculpture
     Alley Springs Mill by James Crafford  Rox Stoneworks, 220 S. Campbell, Second Floor, (entrance on McDaniel), the studio of Sculptor Bruce Burnaugh, presents Sculpture by Bruce BurnaughWorks in Progress by Rox Studio students and Paintings by James Crafford. ROX Stoneworks is a working studio teaching stone sculpture Sat, Sun and Mon, 9:30-3:30.
Artists' studios feature hot glass, pottery, painting
     Various artists' studios on the Art Walk offer a peek inside the creative process.
         Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., is a working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work. Springfield Hot Glass Studio Glass paperweights at Springfield Hot Glass Studiocontinually displays its current blown glass, beads and fused work, offering live demonstrations on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and First Fridays. Classes are available. (417) 868-8181  Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Th; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat
     Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., a fine craft gallery and community clay center, features some of the Handcrafted pots at Springfield Potterybest examples of fine craft in clay, wood, metal, glass, fibers, photography, printmaking, and jewelry by over 45 local, regional and national artists. (417) 864-4677  Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat
     Susan Sommer-Luarca Fine Art Gallery and Frame Shoppe, 221 Park Central South, exhibits a large body of Susan's work in originals and fine giclee, museum prints. Susan is an internationally known and widely acclaimed artist with the honor of being Official Artist for the U.S. Olympic Team, Beijing. Official Triple Crown Horse Racing Artist and Artist for the 2008 Super Bowl, Susan also paints LIVE at many nationally televised events. (417) 866-4ART (4278)
I hope you will enjoy the August Art Walk! For more details on exhibits at our participating venues, please visit

Clarissa French
First Friday Art Walk