Les Morts et Les Mystères: The Ancestors and The Spirits by Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathe’
October | Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)

French creole narratives on the Spirit world in folk art paintings by Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathe’  (Director of ArtCentral Hyde House in Carthage) with her husband and fellow artist/musician David Greenwood-Mathe’. Meet the artists at First Thursday Artwalk, Thursday, October 5, 5:30–8:30pm. 

Aesthetic Array by Tamara Geisert
October | Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave)

Aesthetic Array features an assortment of subjects and styles. Included in this show are Geisert’s Face Of The City series, Barn Find series, Abstracts In Nature series, as well as individual pieces depicting various subjects. Inspiration for her Face Of The City series came from being among city dwellers going about their everyday tasks. A unique effect was achieved by painting the subject in full color while putting the city background in muted sepia tones. Finding an old abandoned vehicle in a barn is the dream of many. Barn Find series is a reminder of days gone by. The Abstracts In Nature series is a combination of pallet knife and brush strokes create texture, shadows and highlights that make these realism/abstract paintings delightful. All works are original oils painted in a realistic style. Tamara Geisert pursued graphic arts for many years, and although it provided artistic satisfaction, her love for painting prevails. She was awarded “Best of Show” in the Fresh Gallery Open Juried Show, followed by a featured artist exhibit. Tamara was also awarded First Place in the “Joplin Museum Annual Art Show”, and Third Place in the “Sparkle and Shine” art show at Art Central. In addition to oil painting, Tamara is a specialist in mural/wall art and has great versatility in her range of style.  Meet the artist at First Thursday Artwalk, Thursday, October 5, 5:30–8:30pm. 

A Celebration of the Elements by Angel Brame, Daria Claiborne, and Melody Knowles
October 3 – 28 | Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

“We basically thought to challenge ourselves to think outside of our typical 3-D boxes. We all love our clay, but why not translate an idea for a clay piece into a two-dimensional partner piece. To keep it in a simple format, we thought of the elements. One piece 3-D and one piece 2-D per element per artist. Because our traditional bodies of work are so different from each other, we thought the results would show contrast and compliment in an exciting way.” For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. 

Kathy Ruth Neal Woodcarvings
September–December | Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

Post Art Library has partnered with Spiva Center for the Arts to present a selection of Kathy Ruth Neal’s woodcarvings in the library. Kathy Ruth Neal (1945-2009) was a brilliant, self-taught artist who is known for creating outside the boundaries of both traditional folk and fine art. Her work offers a unique perspective on life that turns the ordinary – going to the movies, swimming, politics, etc. – into the extraordinary. Ten woodcarvings from the permanent collection of Spiva Center for the Arts will be on display inside Joplin Public Library now through December 2017. 

Portrait Series by Lydia Humphreys
September–November | Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

During a color theory class at Missouri Southern State University, Lydia Humphreys realized her memory is based on color and patterns. Inspired by this realization, Humphreys began a portrait series, painting people in the color she sees them. “Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of creating this series,” said Humphreys, “is realizing just how beautiful people are. Every face has particular lines, shadows, and highlights that make it special.” Sixteen of Humphrey’s portraits are on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library now through mid-November. 

The Influence of Tradition by Sohail Shehada
September 11 – October 6 | MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd)

Cultural tradition has been an important theme in Shehada’s work, whose research and teachings have included Aboriginal art, African masks, and various themes of Non-Western and Western culture and performance. Portraits: The Influence of Tradition features theatrical and sacred figures of performance, such as the ornate costumes of the Ballets Russes and African masks. The figures in Shehada’s work assume a certain identity based on traditional attire or physical traits. Shehada achieves this through portraiture in both painting and sculpture to capture the unique characteristics and customs of his subjects. For more information call 417.625.3066. 

10th Anniversary Photo Contest
September–October | Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon

Center (201 Riviera Dr)

The Audubon Center is home to two art walls and is currently featuring photos submitted from Four States Photography Enthusiasts Group. Four States Photography Enthusiasts Group is participating in the 10th Anniversary Celebration Photo Contest which depict photos from Wildcat Glades. The winner of this contest will be selected by the vote of the general public. People’s Choice will be awarded at the end of September. Instructions on the voting procedure will be provided at the front desk. Artwork is available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Center. For more information call 417.782.6287 or email rstandridge@audubon.org. 

Traveling Quilt Exhibit
October | George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd)

George Washington Carver National Monument will be displaying 13 art quilts, created to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, during the month of September in the multipurpose room at the park. The quilts were created by Fiber Works, a group of textile artists from the Lincoln-Omaha, Nebraska area. The artists were inspired by their favorite national park site. For more information call 417.325.4151. 

Vanishing Landscapes by Jim Bray
August – December | Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

Jim Bray’s paintings capture the magnificent diagonals of mining sites in Colorado and Webb City with falling timbers, angles of mountainous horizons, and textured and patterned landscape surfaces. His landscapes, trains, and other works are influenced by his regular visits to the American Southwest, renewing impressions from his childhood in Oklahoma and his interest in the vanishing landscape of rural America. Post Art Library is happy to present Bray’s Vanishing Landscapes, which is on exhibit through December 2017 in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library.