Welcome to the Game: Human Trafficking in America by Sarah Serio
January – March, 2019
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

Sarah Serio is a printmaker creating in traditional methods of hand-carved, hand-inked, and hand-pulled works. Her work focuses on and raises awareness about the millions of people world-wide who are victims of human trafficking. Her current exhibition, Welcome to the Game: Human Trafficking in America, is comprised of 12 reduction block prints, each layered with ink that builds a foundation upon which a narrative of those suffering from this violent and demeaning trade is told. “I find that often the visual imagery used to bring awareness to the sex-slave industry is sanitized, such as showing a girl with a barcode and ropes around her wrist. My work strives to bring the harsh reality of this world to light,” said Serio. Welcome to the Game: Human Trafficking in America is on exhibit now through March 2019 in The Bramlage and Wilcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. More of Serio’s work can be viewed online at sarahserio.weebly.com, followed step-by-step on Instagram @SarahSerio, or on Facebook @SarahSerioArt.

STRATA: Layered Meaning
January 12 – March 16, 2019
Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Spiva is thrilled to host the group exhibition STRATA: Layered Meaning featuring work from Madeline Gallucci, Melaney Mitchell, Steve Snell, Patty Carroll, Andy Gershon, Bobby Houlette, Brett Reif, and Mary Ann Strandell. The work in this exhibition features multiple mediums: photography, painting, watercolor, and sculpture. STRATA showcases how these contemporary visual artists explore their subjects through layers both figural and literal. The artists cut through the surface, pulling apart, and examining the layers that make up the whole.  It is through this exploration of components that both the artist and viewer may more deeply understand the whole or question what once was understood. Opening reception will be held on January 11, 2019 from 5:30–7:30pm. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

January 12 – March 9, 2019
Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

DRAWN is a national exhibition celebrating experimentation while reminding viewers of the basic nature and value of the drawing process. This exhibit had no expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions range from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental. The only criteria beyond excellent quality is that works must qualify as drawing, including that which tests the boundaries of the discipline. Opening reception will be held on January 11, 2019 from 5:30–7:30pm. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. 

Acrylic Paintings by Jesse McCormick
December 18, 2018 – January 31, 2019
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

Acrylic paintings by Carthage artist Jesse McCormick are on display in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library. McCormick’s vision emphasizes people, animals, rocks, trees, and water. Light as color and contrast are important in his work. “I move my inner vision out where others may see it and it may remain for a while. I convert what seems to be chaos into a visionary experience. The magic of painting makes imagination visible,” said the artist. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953. 

Egg Tempera Paintings and Angel Drawings by Judith Fowler
December 18, 2018 – January 31, 2019

Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Judith’s angel drawings are from her book, An Angel a Day, which is an interactive journal-style book with writing prompts alongside the drawings. Her intricate egg tempera paintings were selected from a series of twenty that she will include in an upcoming coffee table book. Judith’s artwork is accompanied by her husband Jon Fowler’s pottery. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953. 

5th Annual K-12 Art Show
December 17, 2018 – January 18, 2019
Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd)

This non-competitive exhibit is arranged by grade level in order to show creative development by grade. It includes a variety of 2D and 3D works including paintings, clay sculptures, cardboard constructions, and works made from found objects. Sponsored by District 9 of the Missouri Art Education Association, the 5th Annual K-12 Art Show features artwork created by students from throughout Southwest Missouri. Receptions: January 12, K-4th Grades from 1:00–3:00pm and 5th-12th Grades from 3:00–5:00pm.

Businesses or Restaurants Supporting Local Artists on their Walls:

Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St): An assortment of works from artists in the area.

Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave): My Favorite Things by Linda Teeter. 

Infuxn Vodka Bar (530 S Main St): Artwork by Andrew Batcheller.

Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St): Go BIG or Go Home! by Brad Brackin. 

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St): Artwork by Amber Mintert.