February always evokes thoughts of love, romance and Valentine’s Day, and Art Walk is for lovers this month! Experience love of the wild with Dean Curtis’ amazing Wild Horses of Shannon County at Social on Patton. Share the love, and support arts education, with the Hearts for the Arts Silent Auction at The Creamery. Fall in love with two of southwest Missouri’s favorite artists – Julie Blackmon: Midwest Materials and Jane Troup: Fauna and Flora – at MSU Brick City Gallery. Be enraptured by Danielle Hartzler’s Female Gaze at Transformation Gallery & Tattoo. Art Walk runs 6-10 p.m. Feb. 1. Also, be sure to join us again 12-5 p.m. Feb. 9 for Second Saturday, our laid-back, afternoon stroll version of the Walk for all ages.
HANDS-ON PAINTING, FEATURED ARTIST MARSHALL RICHARDS AT BEYOND
Beyond Studio presents Featured Artist Marshall Richards from Eternal Tattoo, plus Hands-on Painting Activities and a gift certificate giveaway.
FRESH GALLERY PRESENTS FEATURED ARTIST CAROLE OGDEN
Fresh Gallery presents February Featured Artist Carole Ogden. A Best of Missouri Hands artist, Carole has been a full time Kickapoo High School French teacher for the past 10 years. Painting is a hobby … one she can’t live without!
HOTEL VANDIVORT WELCOMES ARTIST STEVE MCGUIRE IN FEBRUARY
Hotel Vandivort, a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Featured Artist Steve McGuire in February.
CONSTRUCTED ENVIRONMENTS CHALLENGE AT IDEAXFACTORY
IdeaXfactory presents Constructed Environments. Artists will be given a designated space inside the ideaXfactory. Their challenge is to collect supplies, develop a vision, and make plans to create a sculpture installation using only two types of material and one adhesive!
OBELISK HOME WELCOMES CHRISTIE SNELSON: LOST REFERENCE
SPRINGFIELD BREWING CO. PRESENTS ARTIST BECKY LEWIS SMITH
Springfield Brewing Company presents Featured Artist Rebecca Lewis Smith in February.
UNIVERSITY GALLERIES RESURGE AFTER WINTER HOLIDAY BREAK
Drury Pool Art Center Gallery presents State of the Union: National Juried Exhibition with Juror Jonathan Thomas; MSU Student Exhibition Center welcomes the MSU Art Foundation show; plus enjoy shows at MSU Brick City Galleries and MSU Center of International Programs.
Beyond Studio, 400 South Ave., Stes. 230-250, presents Featured Artist Marshall Richards from Eternal Tattoo, plus Hands-on Painting Activitiesand a gift certificate giveaway.
About the Artist: “My name is Marshall Richards. I’m a tattooer here in Springfield, Missouri, at Eternal Tattoo. These images are built for tattooing. I’ve always leaned towards bold and no-nonsense imagery. Sometimes very matter of fact, sometimes very stream-of-consciousness and tiptoeing toward ridiculous. These images are a culmination of pop culture, a hundred plus years of tattoo imagery, and whatever is in my head at the time.”
During the Art Walk Beyond Studio will also have painting activities and will be giving away a gift certificate to Eternal Tattoo. (417) 414-0487 Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F
Birds Eye Tattoo & Art Gallery, 300 W. McDaniel, presents An Artist to be Announced in February (417) 771 5487. Open 12-9 p.m. T-Sat
BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Featured Artist Janet Abbey in a show titled Kill Day in February. www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks
Crave Cookie Dough, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 102, (right next to BookMarx) features An Artist to be Announced in February. (417) 350-1888 https://www.facebook.com/CraveCookieDough/
The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents the Hearts for the Arts Silent Auction & Exhibition. The 11th annual fundraising exhibition and silent auction features original, local artwork. All proceeds from the Hearts for the Arts auction benefit the SRAC's arts education programs. Visit www.springfieldarts.org to bid online right now. Final bids will be taken LIVE at the Art Walk reception.(417) 862-ARTS (2787). 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.
Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., presents State of the Union: National Juried Exhibition with Juror Jonathan Thomas.
Every January the President of the United States delivers the administration’s view of the nation and plans for legislation to Congress. This national juried exhibition will ask artists to reflect upon and present their views of our nation to gallery patrons.
Juror Jonathan Thomas is the manager of National and International Advancement at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. With a fundraising goal of over $4 million a year, Thomas oversees the management of three of the Center’s committees, including a presidentially appointed constituent group created by President Eisenhower called the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts. Thomas works with members to support the Kennedy Center with significant contributions to arts education, international programming, as well as other major projects of the busiest performing arts center in the United States. In addition to cultivating relationships and fundraising, Thomas coordinates and executes major cultural exchanges around the world each year. Past sites include Johannesburg and Cape Town, Milan, Chicago, and Prague.
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration and Fine Arts from Drury University. Note: Drury Pool Art Center Gallery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m.
Equality Healthcare, 420 W. College, Ste. 100, Will Not Participate in the Feb. 1 Art Walk.
European Café by Sweet Couture, 207 Park Central East, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to enjoy local art and wildly creative edibles during the First Friday and Second Saturday Art Walks.www.417EuropeanCafe.com (417) 942-5055 Open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Th, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. F & Sat Note: European Café is a Night Owl Art Walk location: open until 11 p.m.
Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, presents February Featured Artist Carole Ogden.
Best of Missouri Hands and Fresh Gallery artist Carole Ogden has also been a full time Kickapoo High School French teacher for the past 10 years. Painting is a hobby … one she can’t live without!
The French-born artist has always used art as a means of expression, empowerment, and enjoyment. Through her art she tries to transform the canvas into a story that celebrates life and forces the viewer to look closer at the world around them. She finds beauty in people-packed streets wondering what might be going on in those people’s lives.
The primary source of inspiration in her subject matter comes from her European roots and love of travel. She likes to use color to paint a magical feeling of the world that one may see in the day-to-day. Like the master colorist Henry Hensche, Ogden feels “Paintings are the visual music of the world.”
It is through her color-drenched artwork that she finds inner joy and now Ogden has moved on to becoming an illustrator of Christina Magers’ first children’s book, The Story of Nugget. Be sure to join Carole and Chris for a special event: Where Storytelling and Art Come Together: A Book Launch and Art Reception 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday Feb. 2 at Fresh Gallery (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during Art Walk.
The History Museum on the Square at the Fox Theatre, 157 Park Central Square, presents Memories of the Mother Road - Birthplace of Route 66. Travel back in time on the iconic Route 66 and learn about the places that put Springfield on the map. Enjoy the history of the early theaters that were located on the Mother Road. Free Museum night at First Friday Art Walk. (417) 831-1976 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org Open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-Sat
Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Featured Artist Steve McGuire in February.
McGuire majored in Art & Graphic Design at what was then Southwest Missouri State University. “I seem to have always been interested in art and photography. Art has always been an integral part of my life from an early age, and I got into photography about 20 years ago.”
McGuire has taught several classes at OTC both in art and computer graphics. A member of the Studio55 Fine Art Guild, McGuire’s artwork was displayed last year at Obelisk Home, The Library Center, Bambino’s and Spiva Art Center in Joplin. He specializes in airbrush painting, acrylic painting, colored pencil as well as computer graphics and photography. Open for First Friday and Second Saturday. (417) 832-1515 www.hotelvandivort.com Note: Hotel Vandivort is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: Open 24-7-365
IdeaXfactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents Constructed Environments for the Feb. 1 Art Walk. Artists will be given a designated space inside the ideaXfactory. Their challenge is to collect supplies, develop a vision, and make plans to create a sculpture installation using only two types of material and one adhesive! Visit the ideaXfactory for First Friday Art Walk on Feb. 1 to interact with the artists and see work in progress. Join us again for First Friday Art Walk March 1 to experience the finished projects. http://ideaxfactory.com
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 www.milletandhammer.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat
MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, presents two featured artists for First Friday Art Walk in February and March, both renowned talents. Don’t miss Julie Blackmon: Midwest Materials and Jane Troup: Fauna and Flora. (417) 836-6794 http://art.missouristate.edu/148370.htm Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Fri, noon-5 p.m. Sat and by appointment; closed Sunday and University holidays
MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, presents A Show to be Announced in February.
MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., will be showcasing the work of MSU Art Foundation students. This exhibit demonstrates students’ understanding of various artistic concepts in two- and three-dimensional design and drawing and the development of artistic skills through classroom instruction. The exhibition runs Jan. 25-Feb. 15. (417) 836-6999 www.sec.misssouristate.edu
Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Christie Snelson: Lost Reference in February.
Lost Reference: In this collection I continue my journey over the last five years to break myself from having to use a strict reference to create my paintings. It’s a range of works that explore the balance between using partial references and the lack thereof. With a handful of pieces, I manipulate borrowed photographs by reforming them, simplifying, and using them as loosely as I can. On the other end of the spectrum, this collection also includes a dozen of intuitive abstracts as a result of completely abandoning my reference and excluding it from my process completely. A new introduction to my portfolio, abstracts are the crowning challenge to let go of the plan and just paint.
About the Artist: Christie Snelson is an emerging artist born and raised in Springfield, MO, and is an alumna of the Art & Design Department at MSU. She now manages the gallery and works at Obelisk Home, currently an artist-in-residence at ideaXfactory, an active member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, and continually creates a variety of work that pushes her technical abilities and creative ideas. Her paintings can be found in throughout the country, internationally, and across social media. (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com
Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, invites you a special event Feb. 1: The All-Levels Chess Tournament hosted by Springfield-Greene County Park Board Chess Club members for beginner to advanced players. Art Walk reception ends at 9. (417) 831-1342 http://facebook.com/thelibrary.org Open 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. M-Th and 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. F & Sat, Closed Sunday.
Social on Patton, 314 Patton Ave. presents, Featured Artist Dean Curtis in February with the premiere of his collection Wild Horses of Shannon County. This stunning body of work by Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame inductee Dean Curtis shows the four herds of wild horses calling the pastures along the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers their home. Living in the wilds of Missouri for over 100 years, these horses are protected by law as a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Waterways and lovingly maintained by The Missouri Wild Horse League who prevented their eviction. Dean shares with us the noble spirit and magnificent beauty of this national treasure he has captured in his photographs which will find their way into our hearts and homes. Come join Dean on First Friday Art Walk as he talks of his experiences capturing the photographs on display. (417) 368-0778 https://socialonpatton.com/
Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Featured Artist Rebecca Lewis Smith in February.
Rebecca’s experience as an artist began with a love for abstract expressionist painting, followed by an early career creating contemporary stained-glass window designs. She is well versed in oil and acrylic painting, charcoal, mixed media and pastels.
Much of what Rebecca does in the studio is deeply influenced by both modern and ancient art, and she revels at exploring any and all art museums. She is particularly fond of abstract expressionism and expressionism in general for the way the styles communicate the individuality and spirit of the artist.
The artist holds a BFA degree in painting and drawing and an MS in education and has taught both art and gifted education in Missouri. She is also a juried artist member of Best of Missouri Hands.
Rebecca’s work can be seen live at Fresh Gallery, 400 W Walnut, in Springfield, MO, where she is an artist member as well as the Gallery Coordinator. (417) 832-8277 www.springfieldbrewingco.com 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 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 February. (417) 864 4677 www.springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat
Transformation Gallery & Tattoo, 330 E. Walnut, presents Featured Artist Danielle Hartzler debuting her latest oil painting titled Female Gaze.(417) 869-2338 www.transformationgallery.com Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat
U.school, 425 W. McDaniel, Ste. 160, invites you to join them 6:30-8 p.m. as the school becomes a gallery for student work. Pick up a copy of the latest issue of DWNTWN Magazine, the glossy magazine about downtown Springfield created entirely by the students of u.school.