December 2016

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Monthly Arts & Culture

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What’s coming up in December 2016? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout December in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES

December 1–4: It’s a Wonderful Life, the Musical, Thu–Sun at 7:30pm, Sat–Sun additional 4pm performances, at Ozark Christian College Chapel (1111 N Main St). A cooperative production of Ozark Christian College, Stained Glass Theatre Joplin, and College Heights Christian Church, with performances held at the Ozark Christian College Chapel. Based on the beloved 1946 film, this musical faithfully follows George Bailey’s life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond, as we all take a journey to discover whether his life has mattered at all. Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, this adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story, while retaining the warmth, humor, and pathos of the original. A new holiday classic for devotees and newcomers alike. A deaf interpretation will be offered at Friday’s performance. Adults: $8. Children under 12: $5. Tickets can be purchased at www.occ.edu/tickets, by calling the ticket line at 417.626.1221, or by purchasing tickets in person at the OCC Chapel Foyer from Noon–4pm, Monday through Friday.

December 2: TJ Family Theater – Scrooge by Midwest Regional Ballet, 7pm at TJ Concert Hall (3401 E Newman Rd). The Midwest Regional Ballet brings this winter tradition to Joplin. The company has delighted audiences around the world with its magical performances, and you do not want to miss their visit to the TJ Concert Hall. The professional and creative performers from Midwest Regional Ballet bring the story of Ebenezer Scrooge to the TJ stage for what promises to be an unforgettable telling of this classic Christmas tale. The performance will feature aerial acrobatics and some of the most talented ballet dancers in the region.

December 3: TJ Family Theater – Scrooge by Midwest Regional Ballet, 3pm at TJ Concert Hall (3401 E Newman Rd). The Midwest Regional Ballet brings this winter tradition to Joplin. The company has delighted audiences around the world with its magical performances, and you do not want to miss their visit to the TJ Concert Hall. The professional and creative performers from Midwest Regional Ballet bring the story of Ebenezer Scrooge to the TJ stage for what promises to be an unforgettable telling of this classic Christmas tale. The performance will feature aerial acrobatics and some of the most talented ballet dancers in the region.

December 3: Karen’s Dance Studio presents…A Holiday Spectacular, 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 6:30pm, at South Middle School (900 E 50th St). Over 450 dancers ages 4-18 will dazzle the stage, dance to holiday classics, and welcome the most wonderful time of the year! Tickets are $2 and Santa will be there taking donations of unwrapped new toys for the children of Lafayette House.

December 3 & 4: Southern Theatre presents Another Mother Goose Christmas Mystery (Old King Coles Missing Bowl), 2:30pm at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3590 Newman Rd). Old King Cole is a merry old soul or is he? It seems his bowl of Christmas candy is missing. Where has it gone? Does anyone care? Who could have possibly taken it? Was it the Mouse that ran up the clock? Or Little Jack Horner? Or could it possibly be Little Bo Peep? The only way to find the answers to this Christmas mystery is to follow Little Boy Blue as he searches Mother Goose land for the answers to these and other mysterious questions. Join us in this laugh packed, educational and fun filled adventure with some of your favorite characters from the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Original play by Lyndall Burrow. Adults: $3; Children 12 and Under: $1.

December 6: Southern Jazz Orchestra’s Swingin’ Jazz Holiday Show, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The Southern Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Fred Green, will present their Swingin’ Jazz Holiday Show. The event is free and open to the public.

December 8–18: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents Sanders Family Christmas, 7pm (Sunday performances at 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter). Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain. It’s December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites. Doors open and ticket sales begin 45 minutes prior to show times. General admission. Adults, $8 and children 4-13, $5.

December 9: MSSU Choral Department presents the 7th Annual Seasonal Choral Flourish, 7:30pm at St. Peter’s the Apostle Catholic Church (812 S. Pearl Ave). The MSSU Choral Department will present their 7th Annual Seasonal Choral Flourish program. A second performance will be held on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 pm, same location. The event is free and open to the public.

December 10: Heartland Concert Band, Noon at Northpark Mall (101 N Rangeline Rd). The Heartland Concert Band will present a program of Christmas music at Northpark Mall in front of the Macy’s Women’s Store. Brass, Saxophone & Flute Ensembles will also be featured. The concert is free and open to the public, with seating provided.

December 10: Joplin Area Organists’ Association presents Yuletide Harmonies, 3pm at First Presbyterian Church of Carthage (corner of Main and Chestnut). The Joplin Area Organists’ Association is presenting “Yuletide Harmonies” – a Christmas musical celebration. Admission is free and refreshments will follow. The program features the 1924 Austin pipe organ, The Heartland Saxophone Quartet, various musicians and vocalists and the Stone Choral.

December 10: Third Annual Holiday Gathering of Native American Flute Circles, 4pm at Unity of Joplin (204 N Jackson Ave). Fun for the whole family! Whether you play the flute, or simply love the sound, you are invited to the Holiday Native American Flute Gathering! Doors open at 4:00pm with a potluck finger food gathering. Bring a canned food item to be donated to Crosslines and receive a free ticket for the raffles! Local Flute maker Joe Loftin has created the 2016 Commemorative Flute for the raffle. Other items will be raffled as well. There will be performances and an open mic time. This is a family friendly event. Presented by Joplin & Bentonville Native American Flute Circles. Special thanks to Unity of Joplin for hosting this event. For more info call 417.781.6116.

December 10: MSSU Choral Department presents the 7th Annual Seasonal Choral Flourish, 7:30pm at St. Peter’s the Apostle Catholic Church (812 S. Pearl Ave). The MSSU Choral Department will present their 7th Annual Seasonal Choral Flourish program. The event is free and open to the public.

December 11: Choral Society Christmas Concert, 3pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (2423 West 26th Street). Directed for 36 years by its founder, MSSU Professor Emeritus Dr. Al Carnine, and accompanied by pianist Clint Newby, the community-based MSSU Choral Society will present its Christmas program with music that will appeal to people of all ages. The concert opens with the traditional favorite, Joy to the World and is followed by Jingle All the Way, a humorous look at Christmas shopping.  Doug Holck’s Trav’lers from the East takes a different look at what the local people may have thought about the unexpected arrival of three kings in their midst. The featured work, A Holiday to Remember, was arranged by Mac Huff and is narrated by Gayle Tuck and Ron Unser, both of Joplin. It is a multi-traditional choral celebration and includes several familiar Christmas favorites including Happy Holiday, Feliz Navidid, White Christmas – featuring a solo by Joplin native Kathi Cassaday, and includes the fun song Rockin Around the Christmas Tree. Soloist Emily Marion of Sarcoxie performs with the Chorus in Ed Lojeski’s wonderful medley Sing We Now of Christmas, which includes several favorites such as O Come All Ye Faithful, Lo How a Rose, O Jesu Sweet, Puer Nobis and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Possibly the most beautiful arrangement of the well-beloved carol Silent Nightwill be performed by soloist Annette Nethery of Joplin and the Chorus in this haunting interpretation by Rhonda Polay. The concert ends on a traditional majestic tone with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, sure to bring the audience to its feet. The event is free, and donations will be gratefully accepted.

December 12: Heartland Concert Band, 7:00pm at Freeman Hospital West (1102 W 32nd St). The Heartland Concert Band will present a program of Christmas music in the lobby of Freeman Hospital West.This concert is free and open to the public, with seating provided. The Brass and Saxophone Ensembles will also be featured.

December 13: A Little Night Music, 6:30–7:30pm at Frosted Cakerie (124 S Main St). Heartland Opera Theatre presents an evening of classical music selections at the Frosted Cakerie in downtown Joplin. Admission is free! There will be coffee and treats available for purchase.

December 13: Southern Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30pm at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). The Southern Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Ricardo Espinosa, and the Southern Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Chase Neely, will present a combined concert. The event is free and open to the public.

December 14–18: A Christmas Story: The Musical, 7:30pm (Sunday matinee at 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Ralphie has to convince the adults in his life that a Red Ryder B.B. gun makes the perfect Christmas gift in this musical based on the beloved classic film. General admission tickets are $15, seniors and students are $13, and children 12 and under are $6. Call 417.623.3638 to reserve your tickets or buy online at joplinlittletheatre.com.

December 21: Christmas Concert, 7pm at Joplin Family Worship. Show Me Harmony Chorus and Tristatesmen Barbershop Chorus will present a free Christmas Concert.


EVENTS

December 3: Discover Winter Birds and Bird Feeding!9:30–11:30am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Many winter guests are beginning to arrive at Wildcat Glades’ feeders. Do you know who they are? Begin indoors learning basic bird ID techniques, some common winter birds, and ways to attract winter guests to your yard. You will also learn about critical issues affecting birds and what can be done to help them, including participation in citizen science bird counts and other projects. Following a discussion of how to use binoculars, head outdoors for a chance to see and hear birds on a short, easy hike through the park. Cost: $5 per person members or $10 per person non-members, All ages welcome. Suggested Age: 7+.

December 3: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). It’s as simple as it sounds – come enjoy coloring, coffee, and camaraderie! Though geared for adults, all ages welcome. All supplies provided with many different coloring book pages to choose from. “Coloring Book Club” is a collaborative effort between Post Art Library, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts. Free and open to the public. 

December 3: Spiva Art Night Out, 7–9pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Create a seasonal glass votive while you enjoy wine and dessert with other adults in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Spiva Art Night Out is a great way to catch up with friends, enjoy a date night, or meet new artistic folks. Cost is $25 per participant, and participant age is 21 and older.

December 6: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered.

December 8: Joplin Writers Guild, 6pm, Joplin Public Library. The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. You can connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

December 9: Lunch & Learn – Western Art in America, Noon–1pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Bring your lunch and spend an hour learning about the uniquely American art form: Western art. We will discuss Frederic Remington, George Caitlin, and Joplin’s native son, Joe Beeler. $5 suggested donation. Pre-registration is not necessary but preferred.

December 9: Local Color’s Holiday Open House, 5–9pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Local Color’s Holiday Open House! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list…and maybe even something for yourself! Have a glass of wine and meet the artists. Items for sale include: pottery, paintings, fiber art, scarves, wood turnings, angels, furniture, sculpture, glass, silver and beaded jewelry, and much more!

December 10: Cowboy Santa Photobooth, Noon–2pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St).

December 11: Post Art Library (PAL) Annual Holiday Tea, 2–4pm at Post Art Library (300 S Main St). Post Art Library and Historic Murphysburg, Inc., have partnered to bring you an Edwardian inspired Holiday Tea! Festivities include visiting with the Ellis Sisters, who will be in period costume; harp music by local musician Amanda Kimble; a display of Victorian and Edwardian artifacts; and refreshments and more. This event is FREE and open to the public. No registration necessary. For more information, call PAL at 417-782-7678 or email PAL@PostArtLibrary.org.

December 12 & 13: Auditions for Joplin Little Theatre’s production of August: Osage County, 7pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Come prepared with a list of conflicts through February 5th. Needed are 7 females and 6 males. Telling the story of the strong-willed Weston women in the wake of the patriarch’s suicide, sisters Barbara, Ivy, and Karen return home to confront their dysfunctional past and their equally dysfunctional mother, Violet. The production will run February 1st-5th.

December 14: C2C Arts Roundtable – Entrepreneurs and Enterprising: How to Make the Arts a Profitable Business?, 11:30am–1pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” Have you ever thought about making a living with your art? This program, presented by noted arts attorney and business consultant Don Simon, offers practical advice to amplify an artist’s chance of creating a sustainable income through entrepreneurship. C2C Arts Roundtables are an annual series of professional development programs that aim to educate, empower, and connect the Joplin Arts community. All leaders, supporters, and advocates of the Joplin Arts are welcome to attend these roundtables. Feel free to invite interested staff and board members. These Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. A light lunch will be provided. Secure your spot by calling 417.625.6683.

December 17: The Annual Joplin Area Christmas Bird Count!, begins 8am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Those who wish to take part should meet at the Audubon Center at 8:00am for area assignments. Individuals who are new to birding are welcome to carpool with experienced birders. We will return at noon for a potluck lunch provided by the chapter and begin compiling the species and number of birds seen on the count. Those who wish to continue counting after lunch may do so.

December 17: Joplin History & Mineral Museum’s Christmas Open House, 2–4pm at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (7th & Schifferdecker). Walk the halls of Joplin’s rich history while enjoying refreshments. Bring the kids to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus! This event is sponsored by Southwest Missouri Bank. Admission will be free from 2–4pm as a gift to the community.

December 22: Children’s Holiday Workshop, 1–3pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). With different projects to chose from, kids can make holiday ornaments, mugs and dishes and decorate from bin after bin of doodads and baubles. Ages 6 and up. $5 per project. Registration is appreciated, but not required.

December 23: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6–8pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). A fiber arts club where people, beginner to advanced, come together to dabble in yarns and threads while enjoying conversation. The Club will meet each Thursday, same place and time. Free. More info: facebook.com/Knitterventionjoplin.


EXHIBITS

November – December: Nature-Inspired Artwork by Mark Cole, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). About Mark: Mark was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri Southern State University and his Master of Arts degree from Pittsburg Sate University. He now teaches art at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin, Missouri and enjoys creating at his home studio in Carl Junction, Missouri. Mark shares his home with his lovely wife, Gelmis, and their twins, Nathan & Sarah. His Process: The artwork is a digital and traditional photo manipulation transferred onto masonite board or canvas with epoxy resin to enhance and protect the image. Equipment and material used: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Adobe Photoshop, watercolors, color pencils, matte medium, masonite board or canvas, and epoxy resin. Artist Statement: “I have always been intrigued by the aging process of old photographs and prints – from their unique saturation of colors to the distressed look brought upon by human touch and handling. The greatest influence to these pieces is the daguerreotype process, yet the natural stylization and inherent sense of decay in the photograph is what provides its character and sense of balance.”

November 12 – December 31: 69th Membership Show, 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. Opening Reception: Fri, November 11, 5:30–7:30pm. $5 suggested contribution; members free.

November 12 – December 31: Cowboys – The Symbol of the West: Works from the Leggett & Platt Collection, Spiva Center for the Arts Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Nothing personifies the American West more than the cowboy, often depicted with distinctive boots, chaps, bandanas, shotguns, and cowboy hat. Through the years, cowboy life has been romanticized to include a life of chivalry and shoot-outs. This curated exhibit reflects the simpler life of the hardworking American cowboy that spent long, lonely years working on ranches, driving cattle for 14 hours a day, and exemplifying independence and individualism. Cowboys is one of an ongoing series of Spiva exhibitions linked to the Joe Beeler Fund, which was established in 2006 to honor the Joplin artist and acknowledge, promote and preserve Western Art. Opening Reception: Fri, November 11, 5:30–7:30pm. $5 suggested contribution; members free.

December: Dakota in Fragments by Andrew Batcheller, Spiva Center for the Arts Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Andrew Batcheller won Best of Show in Joplin Regional Artists Coalition’s past group showing Transformations in September. His reward? A solo show in Spiva’s upstairs gallery! Batcheller is a fixture in the Joplin art community, painting full-time and exhibiting near and far. Dakota in Fragments consists of fourteen 12” x 12” small oil paintings featuring the characters of a much, much larger painting called Dakota that will debut at artCentral in February 2017. All fourteen works will be priced at $250 and ALL proceeds from the sale of these studies (after Spiva’s commission) will be donated to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – Dakota Access Pipeline Donation Fund.

December: Beyond The Window by Spiva Art Lounge Students, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Urban Art Gallery. in partnership with Spiva Center For the Arts’ Art Lounge program, welcomes high school artists Lexi Nordstrom, Jonathan Otero, and Chadan Tomlin. Reception: Mon, Dec. 4, 5:30–7:30pm (artist talk at 6pm).

December: Moments by Amber Mintert, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Amber Mintert is an Assistant Professor of art at Missouri Southern State University. All works are for sale.


CLASSES

December 3: Pre-School Mini Makers – Frozen Frenzy (Ages 3-5), 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is for your youngest artist on the first and third Saturday of the month through December 3. Each class is a different theme. Parents are not required to stay. Visit ActiveNetwork for class descriptions.Cost: $6 pre-reg., $8 @ door.

December 7: Preschool Nature Connections: As the Cold Wind Blows! (Ages 3-6 years accompanied by adult), 1–2pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Do you ever wonder if animals get ready for winter like you do? Come find out as we explore how animals respond to winter weather and prepare for Missouri to change into a winter wonderland. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri. 

December 8: Vino & Van Gogh, 6–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio. “Vino & Van Gogh” is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. No experience is necessary and there are many masterpieces to choose from! All materials furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine); please reserve your spot by calling the gallery at (417) 553-0835.

December 10: Art Feeds Joplin Second Saturday Workshop – Artistic Elves, 9–11am at Joplin Family YMCA South (3404 McIntosh Circle Dr). Elves are some of the hardest + most creative workers we know! During this holiday themed workshop, your little artist will be transformed into a winter elf. Learning about creaitvity and problem solving, your little will work to create a holiday present and even the wrapping paper to go with it! This workshop will include 4 activities for your little creative around the theme of the holidays. Cost: $25.

December 10: Preschool Nature Connections: As the Cold Wind Blows! (Ages 3-6 years accompanied by adult), 10–11am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Do you ever wonder if animals get ready for winter like you do? Come find out as we explore how animals respond to winter weather and prepare for Missouri to change into a winter wonderland. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri. 

December 10: Holiday Glass Ornament (Ages 9–Adult), 1–3pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This class is becoming a favorite and holiday tradition. These beautiful glass ornaments would look great on a Christmas tree, window, or mantel. This class is great fun for kids and adults. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Safety glasses will be provided or you can bring your own. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. With Jane McCaulley. Cost: $35.

December 11: Jazz Nutcracker Tea pARTy (Ages 6-12), 1:30–3:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This will be an enchanted holiday afternoon filled with holiday treats and hot chocolate. Come learn the children’s dance from Duke Ellington’s Jazz Nutcracker, make a dazzling art project, and get your picture taken for the holidays! Pre-registration is required by December 1st. Participants are encouraged to wear a holiday dress or outfit. With Darcie Shultz. Cost: $25.

December 17: Free Belly Dance Class, 11:30am–12:30pm at Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School (2101 Stephens Blvd). Bring a friend and dress comfortably!

December 17 & 18: Paper & Printmaking (Ages 10–Adult), 1:30–3:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Printmaker Sarah Serio will teach the printmaking process in this two-part class. Participants will make their own paper to print on from recycled scraps. Whether a holiday design or a spring scene, this project and fascinating process is sure to delight. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $35.

December 17: Art Camp, 10am–2pm at Victory (3405 S Hammons Blvd). Victory’s Art Camp includes painting with acrylics on canvas, watercolors, doing miscellaneous crafts, and much more. A bible study will be incorporated into the art lesson. Participants will get to take home all projects! $25 per person and $15 for any additional siblings or any other family members (i.e. if there’s 3 children attending from the same family, the first one is $25 and the latter two are both $15.) The fee covers all supplies.


RECURRING CLASSES

Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

Tuesdays | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

Wednesdays | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). $165 for the two-hour course.

Thursdays | 10am–1pm or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

Saturdays | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.

For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. 

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St)

Wednesdays | 2–6pm | Paint Class with Paula Giltner
Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you decide when to come in and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish more and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner specializes in realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call Paula at 417-291-1486.

Third & Fourth Thursdays | 6–8:30pm | Pick Your Passion with April Davis (Ages 10+)
Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835 to register.

Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)

Tuesday & Wednesdays | 11am–2pm and 6–9pm | Clay Classes
All classes include students with different levels of experience – no prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels! 4-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $120 Phoenix Members; $135 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.

Saturdays | 9:30am–Noon | Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey
Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups – however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix Members; $35 for Non-Members (plus clay and firing).

Painting with Pam Leisenring (1315 S Rangeline Rd)

Tuesdays| 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesdays | 4:30–7:30pm | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.

RSVPaint (420 S Main St)

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $60 for couples on date nights. $35 per person in advance, $40 at door. Family rates apply on Family Paint days.

Tuesdays: 7–9pm
Wednesdays: 7–9pm
Thursdays: 7–9pm
Fridays: 7–9pm – Date Nights
Saturdays: 1–3pm – Family Paint
Saturdays: 7–9pm

Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St)

Art Lounge with Annette Goode
Mondays | Sep. 12 – Dec. 5 | 5–8pm | Ages: 14-18 | Cost: $125/session (12wks)
For teens! Thinking of pursuing art after high school or just don’t get enough of it at school? Then this is for you. Art Lounge is an amazing program that helps build your knowledge, as well as your portfolio. This year, students will visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on October 22! Class fee includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships are available. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. No class Nov. 21st.

Young Artist Studio I with Sarah Serio
Tuesdays | Aug. 30 – Oct. 11 | 3:45–5pm | Ages: 6-9 | Cost: $80/session I (7wks)
Tuesdays | Oct. 18 – Dec. 6 | 3:45–5pm | Ages: 6-9 | Cost: $80/session II (7wks)
This 7-week session introduces the young artist to a range of mediums, helps develop their skills, and nurtures that creative seed! Students will progress into Young Artist Studio II with age and skill level. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. No class Nov. 22nd.

Young Artist Studio II with Sarah Serio
Tuesdays | Aug. 30 – Oct. 11 | 5:15–6:30pm | Ages: 10-13 | Cost: $80/session I (7wks)
Tuesdays | Oct. 18 – Dec. 6 | 5:15–6:30pm | Ages: 10-13 | Cost: $80/session II (7wks)
For our older artists, Young Artist Studio II provides a more advanced artistic environment. Students will continue to explore a range of mediums from painting to printmaking. From here, students can look forward to our Teen Art Lounge class. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. No class Nov. 22nd.

Introduction to Clay with Jeremy Butler
Thursdays | Oct. 20 – Nov. 3 | 5:30–7pm | Ages: 14-Adult | Cost: $90/session (3wks)
Hands on and messy, this 3-week clay session is great for beginners or skilled clay artists. Create your projects in the first two classes and then glaze on the last day. Pre-registration is required.

Creation Station with Autumn Neuenschwander
Thursdays | Sept. 1 – Dec. 8 | 3:45–5pm | Ages: 6-12 | Cost: $6 pre-registration/$8 @ door
Drop in Thursday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited for this popular class. No class Nov. 24th.

Memories in the Making® with Jesse McCormick
Thursdays —through October 27 | 10am–12pm | Cost: FREE
An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is a partnership between Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter and Spiva Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, please call Lisa Thompson at the Alzheimer’s Association, 417.886.2199. Sponsored by The Friends of St. Avips. No class Nov. 24th.


OPEN STUDIOS

Everyday | Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours, Phoenix Fired Art.
The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mon & Fri | All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio.
Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

Tue–Thu | 1–9pm | Walk-In Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).
Come paint anything you like! This time is not instructed, however on-site artists will help you set up, get started, and answer any questions you may have. Reservations not required, but appreciated, as they do allow private parties to reserve time slots throughout the day. Materials provided include: 16″x20″ canvas, paints, brushes, easels, and aprons. All ages welcome to attend. $25 per person, payable by cash or credit.

Wednesdays | 1–9pm | Wine-Down Wednesdays at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).

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