2016’s Best Avian Photography
June 15–July 6 | Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr)

Visit the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center and walk among the winning avian photographs from this year’s Audubon Photography Awards and learn more about your local birdlife. Selected from over 7,000 entries—submitted from all 50 states, DC, and Canada—the winning photos were published in the May–June 2016 issue of Audubon magazine. A panel of five judges had the daunting task of sifting through the stunning images and grading them based on technical quality, originality, and artistic merit. Click here to view the May-June 2016 issue of Audubon magazine. 

Post Art Library’s Art Medley
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

A medley of artwork by local and regional artists as presented by Post Art Library. Photography, painting, sculpture, pottery, and encaustic works are on display. This is Post Art Library’s first exhibit in their new building.

Biodiversity in the Art of Care by Pieter Brest van Kempen
May 13–July 2 | Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St)

Brest van Kempen’s meticulously executed paintings explore the variety of nature and attest to the artist’s belief that chief among nature’s hallmarks is its diversity. This widely acclaimed exhibition consists of 50 original paintings and preparatory sketches inspired not just by the beauty of the subjects, but also by their fascinating ecology and habitat. The qualities that make a particular species unique, such as behavioral traits, movements, or appearance, are what attract the artist to his subject. His aim is to help the viewer learn about how an animal lives and interacts with its environment and other organisms. From Mesozoic fauna to present-day animals of the African plains, these paintings recapture our fascination for unusual species, helping us better appreciate their distinctive characteristics and habitats, as well as the vital role they play in nature.

Tim Cherry’s Hewn from Nature
May 13–July 2 | Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St)

Branson, MO, artist Tim Cherry produces sculptures which attract the viewer’s eyes and hands. Born in Calgary, Alberta in 1965, he grew up among the rugged Canadian Rockies in southeastern British Columbia. This is where he developed a love of wildlife and the outdoors. Tim’s wildlife sculptures are an expression of each animal’s personality, movement and behavior. Grace and elegance truly are qualities immediately recognizable in Cherry’s work, but another quality frequently present is a sense of whimsy, which marks a number of his works. 

Galactic Wars by Linda Teeter
June | Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)

Linda Teeter exhibits her new series of photography, Galactic Wars. Explore the unknown with the help of the Garrison 66 Star Force at your side.

The Rise of She by Sarah Clements
June | Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave)

The Rise of She is an exploration of femininity. A mesmerizing look into the soul of being She, this exhibit will lead the viewer on a journey they won’t soon forget. Sarah Clements is a local artist specializing in fine art artistic portraiture.

Great Hit “Music Meets Pop Art” by Nicholas Clark
June | Club 609 (609 S Main St)

This show is all about the music – with paintings of musical legends including Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, and many more. Nicholas Clark is an artist based out of Kansas City, MO and will be in town for First Thursday ArtWalk (June 1, 5:30–8:30pm) to share the inspiration behind his work and is offering 25% off all paintings sold during the event. Nicholas will also be available to meet and chat at Third Thursday (June 15, 5:30–8:30pm).

Travis Pratt: The Joplin Paintings
June 1–29 | Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St)

A retrospective of exquisitely rendered paintings depicting the aftermath of the May 22, 2011 tornado. Created on a scale to show the event’s enormity, most pieces are so large it allows one to stand up close and bear witness where they might otherwise turn away. Infinite detail is not blurred nor covered up. They offer nothing but the brutal truth. Even when his imagery leans towards abstraction, Pratt doesn’t overburden it with more dramatization than already exists. The Joplin Paintings are a convocation of shape, line and color that in no way diminish the impact of the tornado, but give permission to enjoy what has been created without substituting empathy for beauty.