September 2020 First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk
Carol Ogden and Eric Ray Collaborate for Oh Gallery's Collaboration Show

We wish everyone a warm welcome back to Art Walk! As a community, we are adjusting to new requirements and guidelines to insure the health and success of our community. While we are embracing change, we are encouraging Springfield to enjoy the arts - safely. If you choose to visit a venue, please follow mask ordinances, utilize sanitation stations and practice social distancing when possible. Many venues are only operating for business hours, while some will be open for shorter hours during the Art Walk. Please view our map for hours of operation.


Thank you for your support and patronage of First Friday Art Walk, We hope to see you soon. Stay Safe and Keep Loving the Arts!


11 participating locations for an Artful night on the town!


The Bonsai Guy, 600 W. Walnut St., An artisan garden shop specializing in the ancient art of Bonsai! The cultivation technique can be applied to all sorts of plants, it is easy and fun! The shop has hundreds of items to shop, look and learn about- as well as classes to help you discover a new passion for bonsai artistry. The Bonsai Guy will be open from 11am-9pm on Friday, Sept 4th. for the FFAW event. We will have a drop-in Juniper workshop available at any time throughout the event. It is $75 for a juniper tree, trainer pot and instruction. Open Tues - Sat 12- 6 PM. Art Walk from 11AM - 9PM (417) 848 9569.


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, will be open to the community for First Friday Art Walk and showcasing artist Chad La Belle with his photography! Stop in and pick up a few books and grow your personal library! BookMarx will be Open M 12-7p.m., T-Saturday 10:30 p.m.-7p.m. And Art Walk from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, Queen City of the Ozarks. SGF. Birthplace of Route 66. Springfield, Missouri and its neighbors are known for many wonderful things! Stop by The Creamery Arts Center for Art Walk and see how the area inspires community members artistically during this time when we are rallying together more than ever. On view at The Creamery Arts Center and in a Virtual Exhibit throughout August and September 2020. Open 10 a.m.- 2p.m. M-F; closed major holidays Note: The Creamery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-6:30 p.m. (417) 862-ARTS (2787).


Drury Pool Arts Center, 900 N. Benton Avenue, presents APEX: The Senior Exhibition from Drury University’s 2020 graduating class. Note: Drury Pool Arts Center is an Early Bird location: its reception runs from 5-8p.m.. (417) 873-6337


Equality Healthcare, 420 W. College, Ste. 100, will not be participating in Art Walk but make and appointment and visit with staff and view a stellar artist lineup for with pieces by 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, 401 N. Boonville, Springfield, Please join us on Friday, September 4th from 6pm-10pm for our “FIRST” First Friday Artwalk at our NEW location. This will kickoff our Grand Opening Month! While you are visiting us be sure to sign up for a $100 gift card to Fresh Gallery. The winner will be announced at the October First Friday Artwalk. September’s Featured Artists are Farley Lewis, and Carl Rauh.

Farley Lewis, an award-winning artist who grew up in Springfield, Missouri. Working mainly in acrylics, he enjoys capturing the effects of light in landscapes. Farley also paints murals and teaches painting and drawing classes.

Carl Rauh, originally from southern California, he moved to rural Missouri at the age of ten. It was here that he spent much of his adolescent years exploring the creeks and woods surrounding his home. Through his experiences, he discovered a passion for nature and its organic beauty. The majority of his work is crafted from reclaimed and recycled wood. This is in effort to work from what nature has provided and enhance its unique qualities.

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 154 Park Central Square, Located within the 104-year old former Barth’s department-store building and the one adjacent, will not be participating for Art Walk. 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.

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


Hold Fast Brewing, located at 235 N. Kimbrough Ave., is a new proud FFAW Sponsor and we are happy to welcome them to the walk! For September 4th, Hold Fast Brewing will have artist Maddie Warren playing music from 7-9 p.m. and be serving up “I

Love Tacos Taqueria” from 5-10 p.m. Open for FFAW from 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Mon-Thurs 3-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 12-11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

(417) 761-2318.


Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., a proud Art Walk sponsor, features their permanent collection for Art Walk. Join Hotel V for a dinner or cocktail on your FFAW route. Note: Hotel Vandivort is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: Open 24-7-365 (417) 832-1515


Kokoro Training Academy, 212 W. McDaniel St., 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. 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 ! Open 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Missouri State University Center for International Programs, at the Jim D. Morris Center, 301 S. Jefferson. Will not be open for Art Walk.

Missouri State University Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill Street, Will not be open for Art Walk.

Missouri State University Student Exhibition Center, 833 E. Walnut Street, Will not be open for Art Walk.


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, OH Gallery at Obelisk Home is hosting another group exhibition for 2020 and has invited visiting artists to join in. For this show, we have encouraged artists to break away from their solitary studios and collaborate with one another. Collaborations allow for different backgrounds, experiences, and ideas to collide to ignite new thinking, and to create a sort of visual conversation that couldn’t be possible with a single artist. In the midst of this global pandemic, artists have become even more isolated and the challenge to work with other creatives to complete the project has encouraged dialogue and a reimagining of their typical process.

Artist submissions closed in March and selected participants have all taken different routes in ways of collaborating. Nearly 50 artworks have been completed with over 70 artists participating. Both 2D and 3D artworks will be on display. To accompany the wide array of art, a string quartet from Steiner Violin Studio will be playing a variety of classical music during the first half of the reception.

Masks are required at this event per our city ordinance, and please respect one another by following physical distancing and sanitation guidelines. We will also be limiting our occupancy based on our city’s current recovery plan; however we have a large space! And of course, please stay home if you are not feeling well.

After the First Friday Art Walk opening reception on September 4th 6-10pm, the show will remain on display through September 29th and may be viewed anytime during Obelisk Home business hours (Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm).

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


Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, will not be open for Art Walk. Open 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. M-Th and 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. F & Sat, Closed Sunday. (417) 831-1342

Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., a proud Art Walk sponsor, will be open to serve you! Stop in have dinner and try a local brew. (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.


Transformation Gallery & Tattoo, 330 E. Walnut, show to be announced. Open for Art Walk 11 a.m.-9 p.m. or 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!


The Vineyard Church, 634 W. Wall St., will be closed for Art Walk. For more information about services contact (417) 894- 4159


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