First Friday Art Walk in October

First Friday Art Walk
art by Dana Neunenschander


Fall in Love with Art at October’s Art Walk!

TUMBLE ON THE SQUARE… Celebrate the beginning of fall with music, food, and a mini-market at Park Central Square’s own micro-festival at Tumble! October is the final month until 2020 to enjoy this fun addition to First Friday Art Walk!

BREWER SCIENCE PRESENTS PURE ENJOYMENT… celebrate the joy of the artistic process through this annual exhibit sponsored by brewer science. This year features over 90 pieces by artists throughout Missouri. Swing by The Creamery from 5-8 p.m. for live music by Drew Holt and refreshments.

OBELISK HOME PRESENTS BLACK OUT… a special exhibit showcasing 50 local artists who have created art surrounding a theme of black and dark hues. See the variety in interpretations!



23 Participating Locations Plus Activity Hot-Spot Around the Square!


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, Show to be announced. BookMarx will be Open M 12-7p.m., T-Saturday 10:30 p.m.-7p.m.. And Art Walk from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.


The Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square, graciously hosts the 2019 First Friday Art Walk Anniversary Art Contest! The exhibit will show a collection of juried pieces and award a Grand Prize of $250, a $100 Second Prize, and a $50 Third Prize, with a People’s Choice Award of $100 given to the Artist’s piece with the most votes! So be sure to come by The Coffee Ethic to pick up your favorite brew and pick out your favorite piece of art on view! October 4th from 6-10 p.m. at The Coffee Ethic.


Crave Cookie Dough, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 102, (right next to BookMarx) Is open to Satisfy your cravings for original art and sweet treats with Crave! Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. T-Th, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. F-Sat, 12-10 p.m. Sun (417) 350- 1888


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, For First Friday Art Walk in October, Celebrate the joy of the artistic process through this annual exhibit “Pure Enjoyment” sponsored by Brewer Science. This year features over 90 pieces by artists throughout Missouri. Swing by The Creamery for live music by Drew Holt and refreshments.

Visit The Creamery Arts Center any time from 5-8 pm and then enjoy the rest of the First Friday Art Walk venues downtown! Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays Note: The Creamery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m. (417) 862-ARTS (2787).


Drury Pool Arts Center, 900 N. Benton Avenue, For October the Pool Arts Center will be showing works by Jacqueline Warren with “Life as Landscape”. Jacqueline Warren is an Artist-in-Residence at Drury University, who also teaches drawing and foundation of design courses each fall semester. Warren’s new body of work was created this past summer while in Florence, reflecting on the beauty of the Italian landscape. Opening Reception will be Friday October 4th from 5-8pm! Note: Drury Pool Arts Center is an Early Bird location: its reception runs from 5-8pm. (417) 873-6337


Equality Healthcare, 420 W. College, Ste. 100, presents a stellar artist lineup for August with Stephanie Cramer, Jane Parker, Shelly Forbes, Christie Snelson, Dustin Burgert, Daniel Flodin, Kat Allie, Tom Beale, Jared Gillett, J. Kent Martin and a new piece by Madeline Brice! Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-Fri Note: Equality Healthcare is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m. (417) 633-7020


Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, Fresh Gallery featured artists for the month of October are Lucinda Baker, watercolor and acrylic artist, and Kim Hoskinson, fused glass artist.

Lucinda is an award-winning artist who has worked and taught art for over 30 years. The timeless beauty of nature can be seen in her expressive florals in both acrylic and watercolor. Kim has been a fused glass artist for 7 years. Her recent works reveal the influences of her exploration into other media, such as watercolor, ink and collage.

They are donating a portion of the sales for the month to benefit C.A.R.E. (Castaway Animals Rescue Effort). C.A.R.E. is the largest no-kill shelter in Southwest Missouri and is located right here in Springfield. Along with rescue and adoption services they also run an animal sanctuary. More information at

Please join these two very talented artists at Fresh Gallery (400 W. Walnut St. in downtown Springfield) for a reception on Saturday, October 5th, from 1:00-5:00 pm.

See you at Fresh Gallery for FFAW from6-10pm! Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during Art Walk. (417) 862-9300


The History Museum on the Square, located at 157 Park Central Square, Located within the 104-year old former Barth’s department-store building and the one adjacent, the museum has more than 18,000-square feet of space, giving it room for continued expansion. There are three floors with eight dedicated spaces including a Welcome Center, six permanent galleries and the traveling exhibit space.

For First Friday the museum will be closed but, the marquee outside of the historic Fox Theatre will be screening A Journey Through History- Visions of Life in Springfield, MO, 1932 and 1960 from 6 pm to 9 pm for First Friday Art Walk. This includes movie footage of Springfield taken for a 1932 utilities company corporate report, partly filmed from a moving trolley car, and video footage of Springfield shot in 1960 for local television station KTTS-TV (now KOLR-10). This vintage footage opens a welcome window on the city's past for modern-day viewers.

Admission rates for the museum are $16 for adults; $13 for seniors (65-plus), students of any age with a valid ID, and members of the military and families; $10 for children ages 4-12; and free to those under the age of three. Groups of ten or more can be accommodated with 48-hours’-notice. For more information, and to view an online library of digitized historic photos, visit


Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., a proud Art Walk sponsor, will continue to celebrate the opening of the new addition and the rooftop bar- Vantage. Join Hotel V for a dinner or cocktail on your FFAW route. (417) 832 1515 Note: Hotel Vandivort is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: Open 24-7-365


Kokoro Training Academy, 212 W. McDaniel St., Joins the First Friday Art Walk Family! Kokoro Training Academy was established in September 2018 and moved into the downtown Springfield location in August 2019. Our instructors include owners Steve and Natosha Haydock and Sam Palmer.

Kokoro Training Academy is a facility focused on improving the quality of life for adults and kids of all ages and skill level. We provide group classes or private lessons in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Additionally, Kokoro Training Academy offers Women's self-defense, small group fitness, personal training and nutrition coaching. Our class schedule is available on our website and your first class is completely free! We are a downtown provider for Eat Fit Go meals, which is a healthy and fresh option for on-the-go eating.

“We wanted to join the First Friday Art Walk to support local artist from within our gym and in the greater Springfield area. Our doors will be open 5-9pm for First Friday Art Walk! Stop by and visit our beautiful facility.” To call and set up a class or learn more about Kokoro call: (417) 824-6946 or visit !


Mane Salon and Social House, 404A W. Walnut, a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents photographer Danielle Million. A little bit about the artist- “I'm a penny-pinching visionary with a love for all things unusual. I reside in the mid-west and just started to travel. I started photography back in 2006 but, really started finding my niche in 2016. 10 years ain't so bad? In a world full of unusual beings, why not capture their beauty.” So stop by Mane Salon and Social House to visit with Danielle of Unusual Imagery! (417) 755-7681 Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat Open for FFAW from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Millet and Hammer, 405-407 N. Boonville Ave., a collaborative studio and purveyor of locally made furniture and home décor, invites you to experience the new work its members have created for the month and the exciting projects in which they are involved. (417) 413-3817 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat


Missouri State University Center for International Programs, at the Jim D. Morris Center, 301 S. Jefferson. Celebrate China's 70th birthday with our students as they take you through the festivities that make their national holiday so special! Open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for First Friday Art Walk.


Missouri State University Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill Street, The Department of Art and Design and Brick City Gallery are delighted to present Abstractions featuring Anne Marchand’s actualization's of beauty and joy in the tangible form of painting, inviting the viewer to explore their sense of wonder, introspection, and imagination. The exhibition will be open October 4th for First Friday Art Walk from 6-10 pm through November 9th!


Missouri State University Student Exhibition Center, 833 E. Walnut Street, The Department of Art and Design and Student Exhibition Center are delighted to present the Biennial Design + Image exhibition featuring work from all levels of graphic design and illustration. The show will be open September 30th through October 18th, open for First Friday Art Walk from 6-10pm.


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, Obelisk Home and OH Gallery presents over 50 local artists! Together they have joined to create “black out” Obelisk Home for the month of October.

“We asked artists to create works that are predominately black and dark hues but left the rest open for interpretation. For many of the participants, trading their bright colors for a tube of black paint has pushed their comfort zones and immersed them into a diverting challenge. From paintings and drawings, to encaustic, mixed media, printmaking, and photography, this group show is a diverse display of talent here in Southwest Missouri. Come during the first half of the evening to catch a string quartet from Steiner Violin Studio playing a variety of classical music!”

Join Obelisk and Kat Allie for the Opening reception from 6-10pm on the September Art Walk. Open for FFAW from 11a.m. to 10 p.m. Normal business hours Tuesday – Friday 11a.m.-7p.m. Saturday 11a.m. -5p.m. (417) 616-6488


Ozark Mountain Flower Truck is on the Square! Pick up some flower power with a visit to a proud FFAW sponsor the Ozark Mountain Flower Truck! It will be located on Park Central Square from 6-10 p.m. on First Fridays for Art Walk through October.


Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, On display at the Park Central Branch Library in October is "Monsters in Nice Places: Art by Chad Woody."

At 6 p.m. Vinita Williams, Art History major and Museum Studies minor at Missouri State University, will present an art talk entitled "Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Activism in Images." (417) 831-1342 Open 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. M-Th and 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. F & Sat, Closed Sunday.


Socials on the Square: Tumble 2019 October is the LAST month of mirco-festivals at Park Central Square in the heart of downtown Springfield for 2019. Made possible by community partners, the Square hosts top musical acts, food trucks, family activities, dozens of retail vendors and information spaces, and 1,000s of neighbors & friends. Known in recent years as simply “First Fridays at Park Central Square”, Tumble is family-friendly and free to attend, thanks to event partnerships with leading community businesses, large and small. Join Us this FFAW from 6-10 p.m.! Vendor spaces and partnerships are still available. Email”


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., a proud Art Walk sponsor, Show To Be Announced for the October’s Walk. (417) 832- 8277 Open 11 a.m.-Last Call M-F; 9 a.m.- Last Call Sat-Sun Note: Springfield Brewing Company is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: Entertainment begins as early as 5 p.m. and shows run as late as Last Call on First Fridays.


Springfield Police Museum at The Calaboose, 409 W. McDaniel, is once again open to the public for First Friday Art Walk! The Calaboose, Springfield’s original jail, was built in 1891 and used until the 1940s. The historic display covers a wide variety of fascinating crimes, lawmen and relics of law enforcement past. Visitors will be chilled by the sight of the last hangman's rope and the black hood worn by the last condemned criminal to die by hanging in 1935. The Calaboose is a stop well worth your time – drop in on First Friday! For more information on Springfield law enforcement history, visit Open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays.


Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., is a fine craft gallery and community clay center that not only produces a range of amazing ceramics, but also features examples of Fine Craft by over 45 Local, Regional and National Artists. Springfield Pottery welcomes you to First Friday and Second Saturday Art Walks in June. (417) 864 4677 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat


STD Flea Market/Grey Rocks Event Center, 505 E. Trafficway, a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Featured Artist STD Flea Market is showcasing 4 Artists for the month of October! You wont want to miss this bright, colorful and dynamic display by artists Karen ”Frans” Lowry, DJ Ball, Richard Lewis, and JJ.

Open all day First Friday, this early bird location closes at 6 p.m. Open for Second Saturday. (417) 425-2019 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Note: STD Flea Market/Grey Rocks Event Center is an Early Bird location; reception 5-6 p.m.


Systematic Savings Bank, 318 South Avenue, For the month of October Systematic Savings Bank presents artists Amy Ray and Michelle Houghton. Open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. M-F and for First Friday Art Walk.


Transformation Gallery & Tattoo, 330 E. Walnut, presents “Catch as Catch Can” an oil painting by Evangel painting professor Michael Buesking for the October Art Walk! Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat for normal business hours, call (417) 869-2338 to set up an appointment to create your next piece of body art!, 425 W. McDaniel St., Join from 6:30-8:30 on October 4th for an exhibit of student art work and a preview of the upcoming issue of DWNTWN Magazine! Visitors can also tour the school and visit with our student artists and journalists. (417) 425-6869


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