Our Stories by Samantha Ervin, Cheyenne Fox, and Cathleen Bailey
December 4–8 |
Missouri Southern State University Spiva Gallery (3950 Newman Rd)

This show focuses on the stories of each artist in her own style. Samantha Ervin is a ceramic artist who focuses on teapots and family traditions. Ervin explains “My work honors my family background in gathering around the teapot. The surfaces inspired by the area around me in rural Oklahoma. As a functional ceramist, I want people to use my pots to create teapot traditions for their own families.” Cheyenne Fox is an illustrator from Galena, KS. Having already illustrated some children’s books, she also illustrates different stories from her own imagination. “I like telling stories that have lessons or a moral. I know at times that a moral might be kind of old-fashioned, but I believe they’re still universal and true to this day. My work in this show has a lot to do with childhood and things kids may face in their lives like facing ‘monsters’ or being responsible.” Cathleen Bailey’s work in the show consists of black and white photographic screenprints, along with some ceramic works, focusing on memorializing memories. Bailey’s expresses “This show has been a journey through my life, focusing on details and pieces that many times I have overlooked as being a part of who I am. As my journey of creating this body of work progressed, it became a journey of thankfulness for my life, the good and the bad. In the end it has enabled me to cherish the good moments and take note of lessons learned in the bad ones.” Free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.625.3066. 

“Home For the Holidays” Group Show
December | Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)

This group showing features Andrew Batcheller, Linda Teeter, Mary Datum, Dustin Miller, Amber Mintert, Philip Ledbetter, Chadan Tomlin, Brenda Hayes, and others. An artist reception will be held during Urban Art Gallery’s Holiday Open House on Friday, December 8, 4:30–7:30pm. The gallery will also be celebrating its second birthday! Come celebrate with cake and other holiday treats. Free and open to the public. 

“Animal Spirit Guides” & “Photos of Joplin’s Haunts”
December | Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave)

In the front room, “Animal Spirit Guides, ” paintings by Dr. Michael Gory DVM, are on display. “Photos of Joplin’s Haunts” by Linda Teeter, a local photographer, are on display in the back room. 

Portrait of a Boy in the Sea of Anonymity by Luke Blevins
November 20–January 2018 | Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

This magnificent 18’x6′ artwork, which is comprised of 430 4″x6″ panels, is currently on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library​. Blevins explores stereotypes that are created through generalization and misunderstanding of a group that directly relates to his experience with societal views on masculinity, homosexuality, and group thought that leads to dehumanization. He uses repetition and familiar imagery to emphasize these concepts.

An Abstract Medley by Mary Parks
November–January 2018 | Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St)

An eclectic exhibit featuring the artwork of Mary Parks. Parks utilizes mixed media, acrylic, and watercolor to create abstract, realism, and combinations of both in her art. Her artwork on exhibit is a combination of elements of styles, themes, mediums or inspirations pooled from many sources. 

Specious Reflections by Kerra Taylor
November 8–December 1 | 
MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd)

Kerra Taylor’s solo exhibition, Specious Recollections, is comprised of large, narrative paintings of her family. These paintings illustrate embellished memories of her family experiences. Kerra has exhibited her work throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, and Indiana. She has also been featured in international shows. She has published in several publications including New American Paintings: MFA editions #117 and #129. Kerra has an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a BFA from Missouri State University. She currently teaches beginning drawing classes at Missouri State University. For more information visit: http://www.kerrataylor.com. Contact the MSSU Art Department at 417.625.9563 or Christine Bentley at bentley-c@mssu.edu with questions regarding the show or gallery events. An Artist Talk will be held December 1 from 1:00–2:00pm. A reception will be held December 1 from 2:00–4:00pm. 

Mary Ann Soerries BeautyscapesArtwork by Randall Kronblad and Mary Ann Soerries
November 4 – December 31 |
Wildcat Glades Conversation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr)

Randall Kronblad, a retired architect, is now a full-time artist living in Bella Vista, Arkansas. His work primarily features landscapes rendered in soft pastels. He has received national recognition for his work in addition to winning Best of Show at Joplin Arts Fest 2016 and Best 2D Artist at Joplin Arts Fest 2017. Mary Ann Soerries is an award-winning photographer, whose exhibit, “Contemplating Nature’s Beauty,” portrays aspects of nature’s beauty from a single flower to a scenic landscape. Soerries resides in Joplin, Missouri. The Centers hours are 9:00am–5:00pm, Tuesday–Saturday. For more information call 417.782.6287 or email wildcatglades@audubon.org

70th Membership Show
October 14–December 8 |
Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Spiva member artists present their best work in this annual showcase of regional talent. A fascinating mix of styles and media. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. 

In a Japanese Garden by Carol Adamec
October 14–December 8 | Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

The exhibition consists of paintings and sculpture of flowers and kimonos, and is installed to include garden-related items (stones, floral arrangements, a stone lantern, fountains, etc) to create a Zen-like environment. The tone of this body of work is contemplative, emphasizing beauty and tradition. 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. 

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.