Woodturners of Southwest Missouri
July 10 – September 30, 2018
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

The Woodturners of Southwest Missouri, a not-for-profit 501c3, are a group of individuals that make up a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. The Purpose of the Club is “To publicly promote woodturning, to strengthen the woodturning community, and to assist and encourage individuals to a higher standard of excellence in woodturning.” Seventy-five pieces created by members of the group are on display inside Joplin Public Library from Tuesday, July 10, 2018 through Sunday, September 30, 2018. Individuals interested in learning more about the Woodturners of Southwest Missouri may visit www.woodturnersofswmo.org. For more information about the display, contact Post Art Library Director, Jill Sullivan, at 417-623-7953 x1041. 

Exploration by Jodie Sutton
July 10 – September 30, 2018
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

Exploration is comprised of pieces that reflect the various stages of Jodie Sutton’s fouryear journey in encaustic painting. After a long break from the fine arts, she found herself with a desire to disconnect from the daily barrage of technology and taught herself the basics of encaustics. She soon transitioned from experimenting in photo encaustics to creating abstract landscapes and nonrepresentational pieces. Sutton enjoys exploring the texture, translucent quality, and fluidity that can be achieved through the medium. Encaustic is a wax-based paint made of beeswax, resin, and pigment. The mixture is heated to about 170 degrees Fahrenheit and kept at a molten state for painting. The encaustic paint is applied to a rigid surface. After each layer is applied, the piece is fused by blowtorch or heat gun. This technique creates a unique texture and vibrancy that’s difficult to reproduce in other mediums. Exploration is on exhibit in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library from Tuesday, July 10, 2018 through Sunday, September 30, 2018. For more information, contact Post Art Library Director, Jill Sullivan, at 417-623-79853 x1041. 

Water Works by Don and Ruth Snider
July 3 – July 28, 2018
Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Dynamic Duo Ruth and Don Snider will present a collection of their watercolor paintings depicting architecture and nature,  inspired by their European travels. 

Safari by Tom Madearis
July 1 – 31, 2018
Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)

Urban Art presents Safari – the paintings of life experiences by artist Tom Madearis. This talented artist always dreamed of a solo show in the United States and Urban Art Gallery is making it a reality. Madearis began painting with luscious oil paintings from a very young age and in his youth he was offered the opportunity to show his work in Mexico. 

M.A.D. – Mutually Assured Destruction by Max Heckman
July 1 – 31, 2018
Joplin Avenue Coffee  Company (506 S Joplin Ave)

M.A.D. will consist of black and white photography with the theme of “fearing the ending.” 

Art and the Animal
June 30 – August 4, 2018
Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

The Society of Animal Artists is an organization of artists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America who produce the best animal art in the world. Spiva will exhibit a selection of works from the society’s Annual Exhibition that premiered at Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, New York City, as part of the society’s 57th anniversary. Following the premiere of the Annual Exhibition in New York, a selection of 45 flatworks and 15 sculptures from the exhibit is traveling to prestigious venues that include National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium,Dubuque, Iowa; the Brookgreen Gardens Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ariz.; and Spiva. Art and the Animal refers to both the SAA Annual Exhibition and the Traveling Exhibition and Tour that was generated from it.  It is a juried competition open only to members of SAA. Founded in 1960, the mission of the society is to promote excellence in the portrayal of animals, domestic and/or wild, in art. 

Charlotte Street Foundation
June 30 – August 11, 2018
Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Charlotte Street’s Curatorial Residency Program launched in 2012 with the mission to engage outstanding, emerging curators from around the country with the Kansas City region and its artists. This exhibit pushes Spiva’s traditional regional boundary and features three current resident artists of CSF: Ruben Castillo, Glyneisha Johnson, and Rebekah Pech Moguel. Spiva hopes our own local artists will learn about and be inspired by the possibilities of an artist residency, with Charlotte Street Foundation or elsewhere. Glyneisha Johnson is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute’s Painting department. She has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions in Kansas City, including Undergrads Underground at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. Through collage, painting, and drawing, Glyneisha Johnson’s work echoes nodes of black culture and her experience of being raised in the South. The work also acknowledges the importance of Black domestic spaces within a society that often overlooks these spaces and the people who inhabit them. She uses the language of collage as a metaphor to describe the dislocated, collaged nature of Black history due to colonialism. Ruben Bryan Castillo is a visual artist born in Dallas, TX and currently lives and works in Kansas City, MO. He received his B.F.A. in Printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 and his M.F.A. in Visual Art from the University of Kansas in 2017. His work addresses themes of intimacy, queerness, place, and the body through autobiographical narratives using drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and video. Rebeka Peck Moguel is a Kansas City based visual artist. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. in Photography and Art History in 2017. Her work bases itself on a photographic practice but uses different mediums to create a multi-dimensional experience. Her work deals with culture identity and is specific to her experience growing up in a Mexican household in Midwest America. Through her work, she invokes the spaces of culture that we all have a close familiarity to. The curator and artists will give a talk on Saturday, June 30 at 11:00am. 

Kloes by Tarrah Krajnak
June 4 – July 20, 2018
Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd)

Born in Lima, Peru, Krajnak is an assistant professor of art at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the SUR Biennial in Los Angeles, Art London, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center. She was recently awarded the Texas Photographic Society’s first National Photography Award and had a solo exhibition during this spring’s Fotofest Houston. “Kloes” is a series of photographs taken by Krajnak in a century-old abandoned garment factory in Lansford, Penn. “I am not immune to the simultaneous pleasure and horror of ruins,” Krajnak said in a statement. “I only had a couple hours to shoot this decrepit old building, entombment of an American industrial past, my grandfather’s and 107 years of forgotten garment workers.”