First Friday Art Walk Newsletter

The Talk of the Walk September 2009
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The Creamery presents international, local art 
The Sound of Spring by Shirley Yiping Zhang
The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents two shows in September. Grateful and Giving is an exhibition of original artwork by Shirley Yiping Zhang, an MBA student from Beijing studying at Missouri State University. Springfield Plein Air features the beautiful landscape paintings of the Springfield Plein Air painters group. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays
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     Join Art Walk Sept. 4 as our four college galleries reopen with new shows for the fall and Metro Credit Union comes on board with fabulous art created by children in the ARTWORKS Summer Camp at Sequiota Elementary, plus acoustic music and refreshments.
     Art Walk runs 6-10 p.m. the first Friday of each month featuring local, national and international art, live music, live art demonstrations, and fun for all ages in the historic Downtown Arts District.
     And don't forget, 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. Call (417) 862-8962, ext. 149, for information or to preregister.   
Metro Credit Union unveils children's art
     Painting by Faith Morgan    Metro Credit Union, 447 S. Campbell, joins the Art Walk in  September with a display of more than 75 pieces of children's artwork, produced at the second summer session of ARTWORKS Summer Camp at Sequiota Elementary School. Enjoy original art, live acoustic music and refreshments during the Art Walk. The selection of artwork comes from a variety of courses, including Adventures with Pirates, Archeology/Ancient Egypt, Bobble Head Blast, Chinese Brush Painting, Go Green, Into the Wild, Tree House Design, Video Claymation and more. "Participating in downtown events is a fun way for us to give back to the community, which has supported our credit union over the years," says Kathie Peterie, Metro Credit Union president. (417) 869-9654
ArtWhole Studios offers hands-on painting
     ArtWhole Studios, 408 W. Walnut, continues its display of studio owner Chet Burgtorf's photography series ColorsChet Burgtorf's Colors of the Caribbean of the Caribbean. There will also be new works from artists Scott Green, Sarah E. Splitter, Shavonne Downey and Allen J. Miller. Guests can show off their own artistic flair by taking part in our group painting while enjoying the gypsy tango stylings of Moonhoney. Plus, for the first time, you'll be able to take Moonhoney home with you! CDs will be available for purchase. We're also proud to once again serve appetizers from Twilight Grille. For more information or to make an appointment call us at (417) 866-7929 or email us at
Big Smile showcases lifestyle photography
     Big Smile Photography, 207 Park Central East, features the creative lifestyle wedding and portraiture work of international award-winning photographer Jeremy Lawson. 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
Bodhi Salon welcomes photographer Dana Bagley
Bodhi Salon and Spa, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 106, presents Photographer Dana A. Bagley. Dana has been working primarily as a commercial, catalogue, editorial and art photographer and photo-stylist since 1995.  Dana is originally from Macon, a small town in Northeast MO and came to Springfield to study graphic design at SMSU in 1981 (pre-computers!). She has worked with several photographers locally as well as from Kansas City and Chicago.  Dana has three different ongoing series' she has been working on; old roadside art and advertisements, random smiles, and landscapes. (417) 864-4399 Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. M-F; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat
DB Design features digital paintings, oils
DB Design Salon & Gallery
     DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, presents Featured Artists Deanna Henion, with digital paintings, and Karolyn Farrell, with oils. 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
Drury PAC Gallery presents trio of photographers
   Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., returns to Art Walk with Greg Booker, Jim Mayfield and Brian Stuparyk: Photographs and Prints. Enjoy the opening reception 6-9 p.m. during the Sept. 4 First Friday Art Walk.(417) 873-7263 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Th
Elite offers painting, photos, jewelry and more
   Elite PhotoArt Fine Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St.,Elite PhotoArt Fine Art Gallery features Artist Eric Vaughn. Eric paints on glass and will be showing a variety of his works. Also featured is Rebecca Elliott. Rebecca is a freelance interior designer and will be displaying samples from her projects. Elite PhotoArt will also feature hand-crafted jewelry by Big Nose Creations, pottery by Bari Precious, artwork by Ammie Cyr, Nancy Rose, Gary Adamson and Jay; and photography by Larry Daniel, Chris Short, 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 launches Farewell Event
  Fashioned By Jaye, 212 S. Campbell, will hold its Final Face painting at Fashioned by JayeArt Walk Exhibit and Farewell Event Sept. 4. The event features Art by Jaye Coltharp and Kourtnie Lyn, face painting by Bill Baunach, refreshments, and huge discounts on all of our unique locally hand-crafted items. (417) 862-4100  Open Noon-7 p.m. M-F; 2-7 p.m. Sat
Mr. Bojangles by Sandra StrotherFresh explores art in multiple dimensions in September
      Pottery by Barb RadovanovichFresh, located at the southwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, Fresh Gallery explores art in several dimensions with a trio of featured artists in September: fiber artist Janice Brueggemann, ceramicist Barb Radovanovich and watercolor artist Sandra Strother.(417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Th; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. F-Sat
Historic Gillioz Theatre welcomes Abby Waters
     The historic Gillioz Theatre Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, presents Abby Waters. Abby is an artist who works primarily in acrylic paints on canvas. Her current work focuses on exploration of color and form to articulate struggles and joys that occur in life. (417) 863-7843
Baskets of Botswana, 26.2 Miles 2 Africa at Global Fayre
     Park Central Branch Library  Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, continues its display of the museum-quality Baskets of Botswana. Also, in partnership with Team World Vision Ozarks, Global Fayre presents 26.2 Miles 2 Africa. Team member Chris Miller will attempt to run 26.2 miles on a treadmill in front of Global Fayre, which will offer information on Team World Vision's efforts to fund relief work in Africa. For every purchase made at Global Fayre Sept. 4, $1 will be donated to Team World Vision for relief work in Africa.  (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 
Fayetteville artist goes Beyond the Gaze at Good Girl
Happy Joyful Rollergirl by Basil Seymour-Davies
     Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents a collection of portraits by Fayetteville artist Basil Seymour-Davies in September. The show, Beyond the Gaze deals with the figure in the context of a background of psychological symbolism. As a youth growing up in Bangkok, Basil was influenced by the large hand-painted billboards and movie posters that abounded in his city. This influence can be seen in these colorful and poignant paintings.  (417) 865-7055 Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat
A 'visual symphony' at Hawthorn Galleries
     Hawthorn Galleries Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., presents local artist Dale Augustson.A fixture in the Springfield art scene and a regular artist and musician at Hawthorn, Augustson sees his art as "a visual symphony of space, color, form and motion. The space between those elements is like the silence of rests in music. The essence of the finished work is alive and urges the viewer to breath in harmony with it." Meet the artist and enjoy live music by Darice Augustson at the opening reception during the Sept. 4 Art Walk. (417) 866-6688 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat
Stephanie Cramer unveils Dear Roy at Inveno Health
     Inveno Health, 429 N. Boonville Ave., features new work by local painter Stephanie Cramer, including a first look at Dear Roy, a Zulu Wire Basket by Ben Makhanyavisual story of the 1930s Northeast, pairing antique letters, postcards, and maps with the signature beauty and vibrancy of Stephanie's work. With beautiful artwork, a stunning facility, and innovative medical research all under one roof at Inveno, there are many reason to come north of the square in September!  (417) 831-1270 Open 6-10 Art Walk evening or contact us for a tour at
Billyo O'Donnell comes to MSU Art & Design Gallery
     MSU Art & Design Gallery, 333 E. Walnut, presents Billyo O'Donnell: Painting Missouri through Sept. 25. Award-winning Eureka, MO, plein airpainterBillyo O'Donnell devoted years of travel and logged more than 150,000 miles while creating a painting for each of Missouri's 114 counties and the city of St. Louis. The result is an extraordinary collection of scenes and seasons along the highways and byways of the multi-faceted Show-Me State. (417) 829-5092 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Th; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. F; Noon-6 p.m. Sat, closed Sunday, Monday and university holidays
SEC features Letters of Bulgaria - Alphabet of Europe
     MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., and the department of art and design host the international exhibit Letters of Bulgaria-Alphabet of Europe. OrganizedMSU Student Exhibition Center by the International Triennial of the Stage Poster - Sofia, Bulgaria, the exhibit features work from 30 eminent artists from all over the world. This exhibit opened at the European Cultural Section in Paris and has traveled to Madrid, Tokyo, New York City and 80 other countries. This exhibit is dedicated to the cultural heritage of Bulgaria, where the Cyrillic alphabet was developed in the ninth century. Thirty poster designers were invited to design posters on the theme of an assigned letter of the alphabet, among them Cedomir Kostovic, professor in the department art and design at MSU. Cedomir worked with the letter "C" representing his native country, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (417) 836-6999 Open 1-5 p.m. T-Sat, closed major holidays and university holidays
Mother and son painters dish it out at Nonna's
     Nonna's Italian Café, 306 South Ave., features the work of Jody Powers and D.J. Ball, who are mother and son.Nonna's Italian Cafe Both are painters, with Jody working in oils and D.J. in acrylics. The exhibit consists of landscape and still life paintings. In addition, D.J. is also one of our talented cooks in the Nonna's kitchen. (417) 831-1222
Artists share Latin heritage, passion for art at Obelisk
     Obelisk Home featured artists Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, welcomes back 3 favorite artists: David Cogorno, Stephanie Cramer and Ismael Ortiz.The artists come together for this special show, sharing a Latin heritage and a passion for creating unique works of art.  (417) 616-6488
OTC Gallery welcomes Symphony artworks
      OTC Fine Art Gallery, 325 Park Central East, Third Floor of The Gillioz, kicks off the fall 2009 semester with 10 original artworks created by area master artists specifically for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra's 75th Anniversary Season! These works by Brad Noble, Ellen Baird, Renee Alyson, Jane Troup, Robert Smith, Sophie Parker, Bill Armstrong, Kate Baird, Debra Sutherland and Kathlene Allie will be displayed at the Symphony concerts and around the community throughout the concert season. The First Friday display features a Springfield Symphony Orchestra ensemble. All are invited for this wonderful celebration of visual and performing art! (417) 447-8873 Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Th; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. F; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on First Fridays
Meet the artists at Park Central Branch Library
     Park Central Branch Library  Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, features Photographer Alan Pierson and Painter Linda Perry. Meet the artists and talk with them about their work on display. (417) 831-1342 Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. M-Th; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat
Festival at Randy Bacon Studio offers art, music
     Convoy of Hope Reel Lives  Randy Bacon Photography and Figment Art Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College St., presents the Festival of Art and Compassion during First Friday Art Walk. Multiple bands will perform live music throughout the Monarch Art Factory. Free refreshments will be provided. The Festival of Art and Compassion marks the Springfield unveiling of Reel Lives, an exhibit of portraits and stories by Randy and Shannon Bacon focused on people helped by Convoy of Hope. A Convoy of Hope semi truck, converted into a 55-foot traveling art gallery that houses the Reel Lives exhibit, will be parked on Main Street in front of Randy Bacon Studio during Art Walk. Also, Randy's Lost & Found Photo Exhibit continues through September.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
Visit ROX for sculpture, painting, live musicSculpture by Bruce Burnaugh
       Rox Stoneworks, 220 S. Campbell, Second Floor, (entrance on McDaniel),  the studio of Sculptor Bruce Burnaugh, presents Works in Progress by ROX students and Paintings by James Crafford, plus live music by Guitarist Drew Summers. ROX Stoneworks is a working studio teaching stone sculpture Sat, Sun and Mon, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Springfield Pottery features Image and Clay
     Image and Clay work by Paul Andrew Wandless  Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., presents Image and Clay, an exhibition of current work by Chicago ceramic artist and author Paul Andrew Wandless, on display Sept. 4- 5. An opening reception for the artist will be held during the First Friday Art Walk. Paul will give a demonstration workshop 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, on how to create imagery on clay through the use of screen, relief, decal and mono printing techniques. Many techniques from his book, "Image Transfer on Clay" will be explored in detail. The fee for the workshop is $50 and space is limited. Participants are encouraged to preregister by calling the studio at 417-864-4677.  Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat
Blown glass vase by Springfield Hot Glass StudioHot Glass Studio captures color, form in glass
          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 continually 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
Susan Sommer-Luarca offers originals, fine giclees
          Susan Sommer-Luarca Fine Art Gallery, 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 September Art Walk! For more details on exhibits at our participating venues, please visit

Clarissa French
First Friday Art Walk