December 2017

Posted on Nov 27, 2017 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in December 2017? 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: Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The Southern Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Rick Espinosa, will present their winter concert. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.

December 2: Chris Duarte Group House Concert, 5:00pm at The Coda Concert House. Chris Duarte’s guitar playing is steeped in the Texas blues, jazz, and rock of his native San Antonio. He signed with Silvertone Records in 1994 and released his debut, Texas Sugar/Strat Magik, the same year. The album won him significant attention – he was named Best New Talent in Guitar Magazine’s 1995 Readers’ Poll and finished fourth in the magazine’s Best Blues Guitarist category, behind guitar legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and B.B. King. Since that explosive arrival on the music scene, Duarte has continued to release exceptional albums, a total of 14, each to critical praise. His latest effort, “Fan Club CD”, continues in the tradition of contemporary blues rock with bursts of fusion, pop, and heavy psychedelia throughout. The CD contains a heavy dose of Duarte’s legendary blues guitar chops over a diverse set of grooves and lyrical themes, proving yet again that Duarte is a bona fide master of the Texas blues guitar. Tickets are a minimum suggested donation of only $25 each night for seated general admission. To help pay for hotel rooms for the artists, reserved 2nd row or premium stools are a suggested donation of $35. All donations should go directly to the artist the night of the concert. Email info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with address, directions, parking etc will then be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artists performing.

December 3: An Evening in December – An Advent Worship Service, 4:00pm at Ozark Christian College, Multi-Purpose Building (1111 N Main St). The Ozark Christian College Worship Arts Department invites the community to a free event featuring performances from the choir, student ensembles, and faculty. For more information contact the Worship Arts Department at 417.626.1234 ext. 2400.

December 3: Chris Duarte Group House Concert, 4:30pm at The Coda Concert House. Chris Duarte’s guitar playing is steeped in the Texas blues, jazz, and rock of his native San Antonio. He signed with Silvertone Records in 1994 and released his debut, Texas Sugar/Strat Magik, the same year. The album won him significant attention – he was named Best New Talent in Guitar Magazine’s 1995 Readers’ Poll and finished fourth in the magazine’s Best Blues Guitarist category, behind guitar legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and B.B. King. Since that explosive arrival on the music scene, Duarte has continued to release exceptional albums, a total of 14, each to critical praise. His latest effort, “Fan Club CD”, continues in the tradition of contemporary blues rock with bursts of fusion, pop, and heavy psychedelia throughout. The CD contains a heavy dose of Duarte’s legendary blues guitar chops over a diverse set of grooves and lyrical themes, proving yet again that Duarte is a bona fide master of the Texas blues guitar. Tickets are a minimum suggested donation of only $25 each night for seated general admission. To help pay for hotel rooms for the artists, reserved 2nd row or premium stools are a suggested donation of $35. All donations should go directly to the artist the night of the concert. Email info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with address, directions, parking etc will then be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artists performing.

December 4: Southern Jazz Orchestra Concert – Swingin’ Holiday Show, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The Southern Jazz Orchestra will present their Swingin’ Holiday Show. The Southern Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Freddie Green. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318

December 5: Siblings Improv presents It’s A Blunderful Life (Ages 16+), 8:00pm at JBs Downtown (112 S Main St). Siblings Improv presents a night of live improvised comedy. Come see a local improv troupe take suggestions from the audience and turn them into compelling moments and hilarious scenes. It’s all made up. No script. Which is usually pretty obvious. For more info, follow @SiblingsImprov.

December 7: Dustbowl Revival House Concert, 6:30pm at The Coda Concert House. Over the past few years, The Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. Critics have proclaimed that this eclectic eight-piece “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter” (Los Angeles Times) and their “upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear” (L.A. Weekly). Rob Sheffield, in Rolling Stone, hailed them as a great band “whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.” The Dustbowl Revival found a bigger audience when Signature Sounds released With a Lampshade On in 2015. The video for “Never Had To Go,” starring band fan Dick Van Dyke, became an Internet sensation. The group went on to open for bands ranging from Lake Street Dive to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, while also appearing at such festivals as Delfest, Floydfest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and, more recently, Norway’s Bergenfest and Tonderfest in Denmark. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, please send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with address, directions, parking etc will then be sent in return. Tickets are a minimum suggested donation of only $25 for seated general admission. To help pay for hotel rooms for the artists, reserved 2nd row or premium stools are a suggested donation of $35. All donations should go directly to the artist the night of the concert.

December 7: Pro Musica presents Calmus Vocal Ensemble, 7:00pm at Central Christian Center (5th & Virginia Ave). One of the most successful vocal groups in Germany, this ensemble has forged a refined sound which few groups achieve. The wide range of sound colors, the joy in performing the musicians convey on the platform, and their varied and imaginative programs are praised by the press time and time again. These five (1 female, 4 male) Leipzig musicians have won a whole string of international prizes and competitions and the reach of their activities is consistently expanding. Sponsored, in part, by Lance & Sharon Beshore and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. No tickets are required, donations gratefully accepted. For more information call 417.625.1822

December 7–17: Stained Glass Theatre presents A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, 7:00pm (2:30 on Sunday’s) at Stained Glass Theatre (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). A young Laura Ingalls and her family make a home in Burr Oak, Iowa, during difficult times. While helping to run the family business, Laura learns many things about building a home, new friends, and finding peace during tribulation. Join Laura and her family this Christmas season as they explore how to love one another in every situation. Adults $10 and children $5. Tickets available at the door, which opens 45 minutes prior to showtimes. A handicap ramp is accessible at the back of the building. 2101 Annie Baxter in Joplin. www.sgtjoplin.com.

December 7: Comedy & Cocktails: Derek Smith & BradChad Porter, 9:00pm at Infuжn Водка Bar (530 S Main St). Joplin Comedy proudly presents Derek Smith (Chicago) and BradChad Porter (OKC) for another edition of Comedy and Cocktails! Tickets on sale now at joplincomedy.com. Tickets: $10.

December 8: Seasonal Choral Flourish Performance No. 1, 7:30pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (812 Pearl Ave). The Southern Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Unlimited, under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow, will present their Annual Seasonal Choral Flourish two times this year. It will be presented on Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm both dates. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.

December 9 & 10: Joplin High School Theatre presents Crazy Cocoa Christmas, 2:00pm at Joplin High School (2104 N Indiana Ave). It’s almost Christmas Eve, and…Oh no! Santa’s elves haven’t made enough toys! Join in on this wild adventure as Santa, his elves, and a polar bear do what they have to to save Christmas! For more information call 417.625.5238.

December 9: Christmas Is For You…, 2:00pm at First Community Church (2007 E 15th St). The Joplin Area Organist’s Association will hold their annual Christmas program “Christmas Is For You,” featuring eight area organists on a Rodgers Organ with piano, bells, congregation singing, and selections from the choir at First Community Church. For more information, email jsbptech@gmail.com.

December 9: Seasonal Choral Flourish Performance No. 2, 7:30pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (812 Pearl Ave). The Southern Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Unlimited, under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow, will present their Annual Seasonal Choral Flourish two times this year.  It will be presented on Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 pm both dates. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.

December 10: Annual MSSU Choral Society Christmas Concert, 3:00pm at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, (2423 W 26th St). Conducted this semester by Dr. Susan Smith, Director of Vocal Studies at MSSU, 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 George Handel’s “Praise the Lord”, so very appropriate for the season. It is followed by “The Nutcracker Jingles”, a humorous take on a familiar carol, set to music from the “Nutcracker Ballet”. The featured major work, Invitation to a Miracle, was arranged by Joseph Martin and demonstrates the Christmas Season thru traditional readings and more than a dozen familiar carols. Several narrators and soloists from the chorus will perform during the cantata. The event is free, and donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information, Wally Bloss at 417.208.9654 or email WBloss@Gmail.com.

December 13–17: Joplin Little Theatre presents I’ll Be Home for Christmas, 7:30pm (2:30pm on Sunday) at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Set in 1941, experience a story of the faith of a family and our country on the verge of World War II. The music highlights the sounds of 1942 – including swing, big band songs and lush ballads, with re-enactments of radio broadcasts of that time. Tickets: Adults $18, Seniors (55 and up), Students $15, Children (12 and under) $8.Tickets may be purchased by calling the Joplin Little Theatre box-office, 417.623.3638, or online at www.joplinlittletheatre.org.

December 17: Four State Symphonic Winds, 3:00pm at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). The Four State Symphonic Winds is a wind ensemble made up of area music teachers, university professors, and advanced collegiate musicians in the Four States area of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. This concert is free and open to the public.

December 17: Connect2Culture presents David Phelps’ Classic Christmas, 7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm) at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 N Indiana Ave). David’s “Classic Christmas” is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season. His renditions of old hymns and modern holiday hits capture the true spirit of Christmas! Looking back on David Phelp’s own legacy, so far, he has come a long way from Tomball, Texas. Over the greater part of the last two decades, David’s artistry has grown to echo off the walls of Carnegie Hall, and vibrate the chandeliers in the White House and in countless halls and churches around the world. His masterful melodies have been burned into critically-acclaimed solo offerings, award-winning Gaither Vocal Band CDs and Gold and Platinum Gaither “Homecoming” collections. It has been a showcase far above the expectations of any ordinary artist. But for David, a perpetual work in progress, these happy years have been just an extended glimpse of the Creator’s bigger picture. Pushing the boundaries is every artist’s goal, and David’s focus is beyond the ordinary, trusting in that Divine design. Tickets: $20-$40. Tickets may be purchased at connect2culture.com or 1.800.514.3849 (etix is the exclusive ticketing provider). Groups of 15-40 receive a 20% discount. For more information, call 417.625.6683.

December 20: The Bruncheonette presents A Tiny Restaurant Concert with Luke Sheafer & Josh Mullen 6:30pm at The Bruncheonette (424 N Main St). Enjoy a tiny restaurant concert featuring Luke Sheafer and Josh Mullen while dinning on rustic french cuisine created by The Bruncheonette. For more information call 417.781.3447. Tickets must be purchased in person, cost is $125 per person. SOLD OUT!

December 21: The Bruncheonette presents A Tiny Restaurant Concert with Luke Sheafer & Josh Mullen 6:30pm at The Bruncheonette (424 N Main St). Enjoy a tiny restaurant concert featuring Luke Sheafer and Josh Mullen while dinning on a rustic game dinner created by The Bruncheonette. For more information call 417.781.3447. Tickets must be purchased in person, cost is $125 per person. SOLD OUT!


EVENTS

December 1: Phoenix Fired Art’s Holiday Open House, 9:00am–8:00pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). Enjoy refreshments, holiday music, and shopping! Browse a wonderful selection of local artwork – from glass, to jewelry, to fiber arts, to pottery – there is something for everyone in the family! For more information call 417.437.9281.

December 1: Artist Talk – Specious Reflections by Kerra Taylor, 1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Taylor will explain her artistic process and discuss the body of work on display. 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. For more information, contact the MSSU Art Department at 417.625.9563 or Christine Bentley at bentley-c@mssu.edu.

December 1: Reception – Specious Reflections by Kerra Taylor, 2:00pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). A reception for the current artist on display at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery Kerra Taylor. Taylor’s solo exhibition, Specious Recollections, is comprised of large, narrative paintings of her family. These paintings illustrate embellished memories of her family experiences. For more information, contact the MSSU Art Department at 417.625.9563 or Christine Bentley at bentley-c@mssu.edu.

December 1: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at Frosted Cakerie (124 S Main St). WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. Its a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. Free Admission.

December 2: Chess Club Quick Tournament, 11:00am–5:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Put your chess skills to the test at this all-ages quick tournament. Advance registration requested. On-site registration begins at 9:00am and ends at 10:30am. First round begins at 11:00am. For more information call 417.623.7953.

December 2: Movies in the Park – Elf, 11:00am at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Fletcher Auto Group, Joplin Parks and Recreation, and the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau are excited to announce the last movie for the 2017 Movies in the Park series. Elf will be shown on a monster blow-up movie screen inside Memorial Hall. Rated PG with a run time of 97 minutes. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 417.625.4750.

December 2: Pictures with Woodland Santa, 12:30–4:30pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Just to put a little twist on the holiday, Father Christmas has been persuaded to stop by the Center to pose with a few of his favorite nature lovers. Have your little one’s (or your own) picture taken with  Woodland Father Christmas and shop the Christmas Sale at the Heron’s Nest. He is not your typical Santa! Most items in the Heron’s Nest will be 15% off and donations will be accepted for pictures with Father Christmas. Pictures will be emailed the next week. You may call and schedule a photo time. All unscheduled photos will be on a first come first served basis. For more information call 417.782.6287 or email wildcatglades@audubon.org.

December 2 & 3: African American Trailblazers, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). How do you define a trailblazer and who makes that designation in history? Join a ranger to learn about African Americans in history and discuss modern day trailblazers as well. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca.

December 2: Post Art Library Holiday Tea, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Enjoy music by string ensemble Still Waters and holiday tea in the beautiful Post Reading Room inside the Joplin Public library. Call Jill Sullivan at 417.623.7953 x1041.

December 2: Breakfast with Santa, 8:00–10:00am at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Santa is making a special stop in Joplin to have breakfast with all of the good little girls and boys!  Enjoy pancakes, sausage, and biscuits and gravy breakfast with Santa Claus himself. After breakfast, children will have a chance to tell Santa what is on their wish list. Cost is $6/person and is open to all ages, 2 and under are free. Please register by November 29th. For more information or to register, call the Joplin Parks & Recreation at 417-625-4750 or visit www.joplinparks.org.

December 3: Reception – Urban Art Gallery & JRAC, 1:00–3:00pm at Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center (503 N Pine St). The Urban Art Gallery and the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition will have an exhibit at the Memorial Auditorium’s Corcoran Gallery November 30th-December 22nd. Stop by the Artist Reception and celebrate these local artists and their amazing work. The winners of Best in Show will be awarded, artwork is available for purchase, and refreshments along with the MACC bar will be provided. For more information, call 417.438.5931.

December 3: Open House with Linda Lindquist Baldwin, 2:00–4:00pm (doors open at 1:00pm) at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). Internationally recognized Joplin artist Linda Lindquist Baldwin invites you to attend this show and sale of her award-winning artwork. She will offer original papier-mache Belsnickle Santas and exclusive edition Santas, Snowmen, Home Décor, and other miscellaneous items designed especially for and available only at this event. For more information contact 417.499.660, visit Belsnickles by Linda Lindquist Baldwin on Facebook, or www.lindalindquistbaldwin.com.

December 4: Reception – Our Stories featuring Samantha Ervin, Cheyenne Fox, and Cathleen Bailey, 5:00–7:00pm at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). A reception for the current artist on display at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. 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. Cheyenne Fox is an illustrator from Galena, KS. Having already illustrated some children’s books, she also illustrates different stories from her own imagination. Cathleen Bailey’s work in the show consists of black and white photographic screenprints, along with some ceramic works, focusing on memorializing memories. For more information contact the MSSU Art Department at 417.625.3066.

December 4 & 5: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions – Steel Magnolias, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Directed by Tegan Whited. A well-known and very popular play and movie about the bond that six women share with their stories of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana town. Needed are six women, ages 18-70. Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue. There will also be scenes read from the script. Performance dates: February 14-18, 2018. For more information call 417.623.3638 or visit joplinlittletheatre.org.

December 5: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). 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! For more information, visit chatncraft.wordpress.com.

December 5: 47th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade, 6:00pm at Downtown Joplin (15th & Main St & runs N to 3rd St). The 47th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade, brought to you by Freeman Health System. This year’s theme is “Honoring Local Heroes.” Freeman considers this a gift to the Joplin community they have served for the past 92 years and are honored to play a key in role in bringing the parade to the city! Proceeds from the parade will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. For more information email joplinchristmasparade@freemanhealth.com or call 417.347.4686

December 7: Media Showcase Day, 9:00am at Missouri Southern State University Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). High school students from around the region will gather for presentations and receive awards from the annual video and print competition. Featured guest speakers include MSSU Communication graduates: Phil Cross (KOKH-TV Oklahoma City) and Rick Rogers (TownNews.com). For more information call 417.625.9777.

December 8: Historic Murphysburg Preservation presents Home for the Holidays (Bourbon Tasting), 6:00–9:00pm at Scottish Rite Cathedral (505 Byers Ave). Step back in time for a glimpse into Joplin’s early 1900s with a Bourbon Tasting event and tour at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. The Scottish Rite Cathedral is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1923 in the Beaux-Arts style. Bourbon Tasting: $50. Non-Bourbon Tasting: $25. For more information or to get your tickets call 417.483.3116 or visit murphysburg.org.

December 9: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–12:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring book or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring pages and markers, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the Gift Shop! Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

December 9: Holiday Open House, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). Local musicians Homemade Jam Dulcimers, Silver Bells from the Diamond Christian Church, and Riverton High School Orchestra will perform their favorite arrangements. Volunteers and park staff will help visitors create orange and clove pomanders, rag dolls, nature ornaments, homemade greeting cards, and more. Cookies and warm cider will add to the festive event! Several of George Washington Carver’s hand-painted Christmas cards and letters will be on display along with remembrances of 19th century Ozark traditions and excerpts from Missouri Slave Narratives. A special showing of the PBS feature Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone will run at Noon and again at 3:00pm. Filmed in 2007, this 52-minute program features the splendor of winter in Yellowstone National Park. This event is free to the public for more information call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca.

December 9: Joplin History & Mineral Museum Open House, 2:00pm at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (7th & Schifferdecker). Walk the halls of Joplin’s rich history while enjoying refreshments. Bring the kids to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus! For more information call 417.623.1180.

December 9: Historic Murphysburg Preservation presents Home for the Holidays (Homes Tour), 2:00–6:00pm at First United Methodist Church (501 W 4th St). Step back in time for a glimpse into Joplin’s early 1900s with a homes tour of seven private, historic houses. All venues are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The decorated homes – on Sergeant, Moffet and Byers Avenues – represent an architectural mixture of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and American Foursquare. The houses were built between 1890 and 1922 – generally by wealthy miners and capitalists. $20 in advance via murphysburg.org. $25 at ticket location. Guests can park on the street at each location or park on the North lot at Scottish Rite at Fourth and Byers and walk. Volunteers will be in place to assist with parking. For more information or to get your tickets call 417.483.3116 or visit murphysburg.org.

December 11 & 12: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin Auditions – Father of the Bride, 7:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). When beautiful Kay Banks announces her engagement to Buckley Dunstan, her doting middle-class father, Stan, must contend with a variety of problems, ranging from money issues to wedding planning difficulties. As things get hectic, Stan’s wife, Ellie, tries to be the calm in the center of the storm. At the heart of the comedy, though, is Stan’s emotional tie to his little girl, and his realization that she has indeed grown up. Performance dates: February 8–18, 2018. For more information, email info@sgtjoplin.com.

December 12: Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express, 4:00pm at Joplin Union Depot (Access the location from “B” & N Main St). It’s Kansas City Southern’s (KCS) 17th annual Holiday Express train. The train will make 22 stops in communities in six states on 26 dates – and Joplin is included! Visitors can board the train, visit with Santa and his elves, and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train. The event is free and open to the public. Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread box car; an elves’ workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose. Each car is dressed in lights. In addition, KCS’ Holiday Express has a charitable component. Over the past 16 years, the project has raised well over $1 million to purchase gift cards, which are donated to The Salvation Army at each scheduled stop. These gift cards are used to purchase warm clothing and other necessities for children in need in the local community. For more information call 816.983.1372

December 14: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). 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. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. For more information, search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

December 14: Reception: Luke Blevins, 6:00–7:30pm at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library and Joplin Public Library invite you to join them and artist Luke Blevins for a reception. Blevins’s “Portrait of a Boy in the Sea of Anonymity” is on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library now through January 2018. This magnificent 18’x6′ artwork is comprised of 430 4″x6″ panels. In it, 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. This is a free public event. No registration necessary.

December 15: Local Color’s Holiday Open House, 5:30–8:30pm 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! Enjoy refreshments, meet the artists, and enter the drawing to win a $50 gift certificate (with $25 purchase). Items for sale include: pottery, paintings, fiber art, scarves, wood turnings, angels, furniture, sculpture, glass, silver and beaded jewelry, and much more.

December 16: National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, 8:00am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Those who wish to take part should meet at the 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. For more information call 417.782.6287.

December 16: Joplin Public Library Makerspace Open House, 10:00am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library and Joplin Public Library invite you to meet your makerspace! During this event, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace is open on a walk-in only, first come, first serve basis. You do not need a library card to use the makerspace. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D print) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to use the makerspace during this event. Makerspace equipment is for in-house use only. Equipment available in the makerspace includes: 3D printing and scanning, laser cutting, digital media conversion, origami, virtual reality, sewing, button-making, and more. Questions? Call Jill Sullivan at 417.623.7953 x1041.

December 16 & 17: Expressions of the Soul, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). Carver had a passion for art and believed that his creations were expressions of his soul. See images of Carver’s artwork that he used to  convey the sense of serenity and personal rejuvenation.  For more information call 417.325.4151 or visit  www.nps.gov/gwca.

December 18: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Poetry reading and open mic. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Three featured poets will begin reading at 6:15pm. Open mic starts at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. For more information, contact Allison Blevins at ablevins@pittstate.edu

December 19: Spiva Christmas Party, 5:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). It’s time to eat, drink, and be merry! Join Spiva for a traditional Christmas gathering and trim the tree, enjoy live music, and celebrate the holiday season. Sure to be fun for the entire family. Free and open to the public. All ages welcome. For more information call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

December 22: Fourth Friday Film Night, Potluck at 6:00pm; Movie begins at 6:30pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artist biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks. For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.

December 23 & 24: Christmas in Yellowstone, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). Stretching across more that 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone National Park was designated America’s first national park in 1872. Only a small fraction of visitors experience the park during winter months, a time when nature’s inhospitality is matched only by its serenity. This film will last about 52 minutes. For more information call 417.325.4151 or visit  www.nps.gov/gwca.

December 30 & 31: The Tuskegee Airmen, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). In 1941, with the world at war, a select group of African Americans made their way to Tuskegee, Alabama, with dreams of becoming the first black fighter pilots in the country. This documentary explores the story of the Tuskegee Airman. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit  www.nps.gov/gwca.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6:00–8:00pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). 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. For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.


EXHIBITS 

December: “Home For the Holidays” Group ShowUrban 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.

December: “Animal Spirit Guides” & “Photos of Joplin’s Haunts,” 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.

December 4–8: Our Stories by Samantha Ervin, Cheyenne Fox, and Cathleen Bailey, 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.

November 20–January 2018: Portrait of a Boy in the Sea of Anonymity by Luke Blevins at 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. Blevins’s “Portrait of a Boy in the Sea of Anonymity” will be on exhibit now through January 2018. For more information, call 417.623.7953 ext 1041.

November 30–December 22: Urban Art Gallery and the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, at Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center (503 N Pine St). Urban Art Gallery and the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition are collaborating on an  exhibit at the Memorial Auditorium’s Corcoran Gallery. Stop by the Artist Reception and celebrate these local artists and their amazing work. The winners of Best in Show will be awarded, artwork is available for purchase, and refreshments along with the MACC bar will be provided. For more information, call 417.438.5931.

November 4 – December 31: Artwork by Randall Kronblad and Mary Ann Soerries, Wildcat Glades Conversation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Kronblad, of Northwest Arkansas, will be exhibiting his pastel drawings, while Soerries’ will feature her photography. The Centers hours are 9:00am–5:00pm, Tuesday–Saturday. For more information call 417.782.6287 or email wildcatglades@audubon.org.

November 13–December 1: Specious Reflections by Kerra Taylor, Missouri Southern State University Spiva 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.

October 14–December 16: 70th Membership Show, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Over 100 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

October 14–December 16: In a Japanese Garden by Carol Adamec, 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

September–December: Kathy Ruth Neal Woodcarvings at 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. For more information, call 417.623.7953 ext 1041.

August–December: Vanishing Landscapes by Jim Bray, 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. For more information, call 417.623.7953 ext 1041.


CLASSES

December 1 & 2: Operational Art: Mural Painting, 5:30–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This two day workshop will cover the basics of large-scale artwork and mural making. Learn to design, scale, transfer, and paint murals for a client. Limited to 15 participants. For veterans and their families. Cost: Free. For more information call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

December 2: Whooo’s in the Mood For Love?, 7:00–9:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). It may be fall, but owls are already busy courting. The class will begin indoors by learning about these nocturnal birds and their secretive habits, and even tear into some of their pellets (regurgitated prey remains) to discover what they eat. Afterwards, venture on a hike to hopefully hear their “love songs”, and possibly catch a glimpse of these Romeos and Juliets! Warm up afterwards with some hot cocoa or apple cider, and some “owl pellet” cookies! For more information call 417.782.6287 or visit wildcatglades.audubon.org.

December 6: The After-Christmas Tree Preschool Program, 1:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Are you sad to see the Christmas tree come down after the holidays? Stop in and hear a story that explains how your tree can keep the giving-spirit alive, even after the holidays by decorating it outdoors with seed ornaments, nuts and fruit. For more information call 417.782.6287.

December 9: The After-Christmas Tree Preschool Program, 10:00am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Are you sad to see the Christmas tree come down after the holidays? Stop in and hear a story that teaches you how your tree can keep the giving-spirit alive, even after the holidays by decorating it outdoors with seed ornaments, nuts and fruit. For more information call 417.782.6287.

December 9: Fused Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley (Ages 13+), 10:30am–1:00pm at  Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Create a beautiful glass ornament  using a pre-made template or branch out and crate your own design! No matter your level of adventure, you are bound to enjoy a morning of art making with professional glass artist Jane McCaulley. For more information call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $35 per person.

December 15: Vet Art – Thermal Shock, 5:00pm at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). This event is open to all Active military, Reserve, National Guard, veterans, and their families. Experience the process of raku pottery firing with Spiva Center for the Arts and Crackpot Pottery. Raku is a low-fire kiln process that involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. The materials ignite, reacting with the pottery and glazes to create stunning effects. Participants will learn the raku process by glazing their own pottery, firing their piece, and leave with a finished piece in-hand. For tickets visit spivaarts.org or call 417.623.1455.

December 16: Mimosas and Marbling – Holiday Edition (Ages 21+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). With winter comes the beautiful shades of blue and white in the snow, purple shadows over the landscapes, and bright holiday decorations! Don’t miss this season inspired scarf decorating workshop. Learn marbling and printing techniques to create your own unique silk scarf as you sip on a holiday themed mimosa. To register or for more information visit spivaarts.org or call 417.623.0183. Cost: $35 per person.

December 20: Holiday Workshop, 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Come create memorable holiday decorations at Spiva’s holiday workshop! Booths will include an ornament decoration station, a coffee mug decorating station, a paper wreath station, and a station at which participants are free to make whatever they choose out of the creative supplies provided! Cost is $5 per project and all ages welcome. To register or for more information visit spivaarts.org or call 417.623.0183. Cost: $5 per project.

Friday’s: Date Night, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Looking for something different to do on a Friday nigh? Firehouse Pottery-Joplin has something just for you, on Friday nights are date night 2 for 1 studio fees until 8:00pm is available for all couples. For more information call 417.553.0671.

Tuesday’s: Ladies’ Night Out, Until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies (18 and up) gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with  Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. For more information call  417.553.0671.

Monday’s & Friday’s: Listen & Draw After School, 3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An opportunity for school-aged children who visit the library after school to listen to an audiobook while they draw. Suggested age range: K-5th grade. For more information call 417.623.7953. 

1st & 3rd Saturday’s: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5), 10:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.These workshops are for the smallest artists in your family! Each session students will create projects with professional teacher and artist Brooks Elizabeth around a theme. Get ready for an hour of fun and creativity for your little ones! Cost for the class is $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org


RECURRING CLASSES

Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St):  

Open six days a week (Monday – Saturday) hours:
Monday-Thursday 9:00am to 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm

Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques, or enjoy any of the workshops offered involving several of the other art mediums. With a fee of $125/mo it allows you unlimited access (during business hours). This fee includes instruction (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), firing and glazing. For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at 417.623.1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com.  

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


Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd): 

Tuesdays: Painting Classes with Pam Leisenring, 9:00am–Noon, Hobby Lobby Classroom (1315 S Rangeline Rd). 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. Now scheduling for Spring Classes! New members always welcome. Call 417.781.3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class. 

Wednesdays: Painting Classes with Pam Leisenring, 4:30pm–7:30pm, Hobby Lobby Classroom (1315 S Rangeline Rd). 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. Now scheduling for Spring Classes! New members always welcome. Call 417.781.3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.  


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

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches 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. The fee is $20 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486.  

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). 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: Monthly Clay Classes at Phoenix Fired Art, 11:00am–2:00pm and 6:00pm–9:00pm. 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! Each monthly clay class includes 4 (3 hour classes) of instruction. It is recommended that students join the first week of each month. Advanced students may join mid-session. $120 Phoenix Members; $150 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call 417.437.9281 to register. 

Saturdays: Saturday Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey, 9:30am–Noon, Phoenix Fired Art. 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). 


RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):  

Thursday: 6:30–9:30pm
Friday: 7:00–9:00pm
Saturday: 2:00–4:00pm (Family Paint) & 7:00–9:00pm
Sunday: 2:00–4:00pm
Sometimes classes on Monday 

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. 


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

Tuesdays: Creation Station (Ages 6-12), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 to register. 


OPEN STUDIOS

Everyday: Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). 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, $40 for seniors, $50 for adults and $100 for a family. 

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). 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. 

Wednesday (4:00–9:00pm) | Wine’d Down Open Studio at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in and you can paint with the help of their talented artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).

***This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.com/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Community Arts Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.