February 2017

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in February 2017? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout February in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES

February 1–5: Joplin Little Theatre presents August: Osage County, 7:30pm (Sunday matinee at 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). A family crisis brings the dysfunctional Weston sisters back to the woman who raised them in this Pulitzer winning drama. Directed by Todd Manley. General admission is $13, seniors and students are $11. For more information, call 417.623.3638 or visit jltplay.org. 

February 2: TJ Family Theater – A Year with Frog and Toad, 4:00pm at TJ Concert Hall (3401 E Newman Rd). A hit on Broadway, “A Year with Frog and Toad” was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. A reception with the artists will be held after the show. Tickets will go on sale on January 13. For more information, call 417.781.5124 or visit tjeffschool.org/concerts.

February 2–12: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents The Importance of Begin Earnest, Thursday–Saturday at 7:00pm, Sundays at 2:30pm, at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter). The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James’s Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play’s humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde’s artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde’s most enduringly popular play. Tickets available for purchase at the door. Box office opens 45 minutes before show times. $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-13. For more information, email info@sgtjoplin.com or visit sgtjoplin.com.

February 11: Joplin Little Theatre & Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre present Love Letters, 7:30pm at Joplin Little Theatre, 6:30pm at Stone’s Throw. Patrons of local live theatre will have two choices to attend a well-loved play, Love Letters at two local theatres. In an unusual turn of events, both Joplin Little Theatre and Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre were issued the rights to present the show by Dramatists Play Service on Saturday evening, February 11. Wally Bloss, President of Joplin Little Theatre’s Board of Directors noted, “This will give the public two choices to see a poignant story about love and life.” Stone’s Throw President Bryan Stringer said, “Either option will make for a great date night for theatre patrons.” Joplin Little Theatre offers the play at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 11, with a short pre-show medley of love songs for $10 per ticket. Stone’s Throw offers the play with an elegant dinner beginning at 6:30pm the same evening for $30. Stone’s Throw production features veterans, Linda Bailey and Tom Brown.  Joplin Little Theatre has cast Duane and Gwen Hunt retired MSSU Theatre Professors. Stringer noted that “while having choices allows patrons different options. We have now begun to work more closely with area theatre groups to avoid other direct conflicts,” Bloss said, “Our Director’s committee will take this as an opportunity to share dates and play schedules.” Love Letters is the story of Andrew and Melissa, childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence describes their joys, their conflicts, their longings, their aspirations, and their defeats. Through the years, their letters reflect the changing culture which has a significant impact on each of them, leading them further apart yet strengthening their ties.  Despite their very different lives in different worlds, we see how much they really meant to each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be. This touching story takes the audience through the spectrum of emotions, from chuckling to laughing out loud to crying to gasping in shock to laughing again. Details: Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre: Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $30. Reservations are required – 417-358-9665. The theatre is located at 2466 Old 66 Boulevard (old Route 66 west of the golf course). Joplin Little Theatre: Doors open 7:00pm, curtain at 7:30pm, tickets are $10 and can be purchased on-line at JLTPlay.org or by calling 417-623-3638, or at the theatre the night of the show if tickets are still available. It is located at 3009 W First, Joplin MO (also adjacent to a golf course!). For more information, contact Wally Bloss, 417-208-9654.

February 16: Pro Musica presents Nordic Voices, 6:30pm at Central Christian Center (410 S Virginia Ave). A six-voice voice (3 female, 3 male) a cappella ensemble based in Oslo, Norway, is acclaimed for the depth of its programming and extraordinary vocal skills. They performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on its U.S. tour last year. While in Joplin the group will present one outreach event at a local school. The MSSU Chamber Singers will present a pre-concert at 6:30pm, Nordic Voices will follow at 7:00pm. The concert is open to the public at no charge – donations appreciated. Financial assistance for this program is provided, in part, by Lance and Sharon Beshore, Debbie Thompson and Leggett & Platt, Inc. For more information, call 417.625.1822 or visit promusica.org.

February 18: Midwest Regional Ballet Performance, 10:00–11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). In conjunction with Spiva’s annual 3rd grade visits, families are invited to attend the Midwest Regional Ballet’s performance in Spiva’s Main Gallery. Pieces are inspired by Juan Kelly’s anthropomorphic paintings on display. Space is limited and preregistration is required to attend. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. 

February 21: Guest Artist Piano Recital – Dr. Jason Terry (MSSU Alum), 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

February 21: FAKE NEWS: An Improv Show About Alternative Facts, 8:00–10:00pm at JBs Downtown (112 S Main St). Siblings Improv is back in downtown Joplin this February with a revue ripped straight from the headlines. With so many facts out there, it’s hard to know which are real and which are “alternative.” Join Siblings Improv for a night of laughing at all of them.

February 23: Faculty Saxophone Recital – Dr. Keith Talley, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.


EVENTS

February 4: The Empire Market Open House, beginning at 1pm at The Empire Market (931 E 4th Street). Downtown Joplin Alliance is looking for entrepreneurs and creatives ready for the move to a space that isn’t the basement. If you are looking for a private office to practice your craft and run your business, we have a space for you! Attend the Empire Market Open House and see spaces that are available for immediate occupancy. Space sizes are 140sf to 200sf and are priced $175-195 including internet. For more information, contact Lori Haun, lorihaun@gmail.com. 

February 6 & 7: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a list of date conflicts through the end of March. Performance dates will be March 29–April 2, 2017Arsenic and Old Lace is the classic dark comedy telling the story of Mortimer Brewster, a newlywed drama critic who learns his family is comprised of lunatics and homicidal maniacs. Needed are 3 women, aged 18-80, and 11 men, aged 18-80.

February 7: 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. For more information, visit chatncraft.wordpress.com.

February 8: Groundhog Gets His Say, 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Is winter soon to be over, or not? Punxsutawney Phil and his predecessors may have been predicting the coming of spring for many years, but our own celebrity says there’s more to groundhogs than weather prediction! Come meet Chuck and learn more about Missouri’s groundhogs, hear a story, and make a craft. Age: 3 – 6 years accompanied by adult. Sponsored by Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri. For more information, call 417.782.6287 or visit wildcatglades.audubon.org.

February 9: Spiva’s Annual Art on Tap, 6:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This 21-and-over event for Spiva members is an evening of art, live music, delicious eats, and plenty of beer. Tropicana Bar & Grill is providing a nacho bar! Plenty of various domestic and craft beers are also being provided from our supporters at Missouri Eagle LLC. It’s cold outside, but Hedman Chiropractic LLC has you covered with some drink koozies. A couple of beer memorabilia items will be auctioned to benefit the Center thanks to the generous support from Missouri Eagle LLC. So bring some cash for your chance to score some sweet prizes! Performing in the Main Gallery, Randall Shreve is a multi-talented artist who delivers high energy with a rare charisma that takes over the gallery. Juan Kelly’s exhibit will be on display for viewing pleasure. Spiva members 21 and older are invited to attend free of charge. Not a member? Become one today! Student with ID: $25, Senior age 65 (individual/couple): $35/$45, Educator/Working Arts: $35, Individual: $40, Family/Dual: $55. Not-yet members may join in advance or at the door. You have this night, and this night only, to try this awesome venue and event out for only $20 each. Like what you see? Join at the end of the night for the applicable membership level. Perks to enjoy for a full year! For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 9: 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. 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.

February 10: Phoenix Fired Art’s 5th Anniversary Party, 6:00pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). Phoenix Fired Art will be celebrating their fifth anniversary with a kiln opening. Join the celebration! For more information, call 417.437.9281.

February 11: Groundhog Gets His Say, 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Is winter soon to be over, or not? Punxsutawney Phil and his predecessors may have been predicting the coming of spring for many years, but our own celebrity says there’s more to groundhogs than weather prediction! Come meet Chuck and learn more about Missouri’s groundhogs, hear a story, and make a craft. Age: 3 – 6 years accompanied by adult. Sponsored by Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri. For more information, call 417.782.6287 or visit wildcatglades.audubon.org.

February 11: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Art (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! Cost: Free. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 11: Art Night Out – In Love, 7:00–9:00pm at Spiva Center for the Art (222 W 3rd St). Bring your partner, friend, mother, whomever you LOVE to make a seasonal art project while you enjoy wine and dessert in the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of the Main Gallery. It’s a great way to catch up with friends, enjoy a date night, or meet new creative folks. Cost is $25 per participant, and must be 21 or older. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 13: From the HeART Reception, 6:00–8:00pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Come see work by several talented local artists, including: April Davis, Andrew Batcheller, Merlen White, Sandra Conrad, Linda Teeter, Koral Martin, Steve Head, Cindy Head, Philip Ledbetter, Barbara Dedrickson, Gene Arehart, Diana Bray, Kristin Girard, Brenda Hayes, and more. Music and light refreshments will be served.

February 16: Coffee with Carver, 10:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Featuring audience-centered discussion, photographs and artifacts, plus a variety of hands-on activities this series of programs focuses on lesser- known aspects of George Washington Carver’s life. You will learn more about the national park named in his honor, his life’s work and service to others, and his ability to find value and beauty in seemingly insignificant items. Bring a friend, grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea and enjoy this wintertime program. February’s topic: “The Usefulness of All Things: Burlap Creations.” Park rangers will discuss Carver’s resourcefulness and frugality in finding new uses for leftover items such as string, paper, and burlap. Join park volunteer Gayle O’Hare for a burlap flower make and take session. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit nps.org/gwca.

February 16: Post Mail Art Projekt 2016 Reception, 5:30–7:00pm at Post Art Library (300 S Main St). Post Art Library and Connect2Culture are happy to bring you Post Mail Art Projekt 2016! PMAP aims to encourage creative correspondence via so-called snail mail. PMAP has been collecting mail art entries created around the theme, “Self-Titled,” since July 2016. Come browse these creative correspondences from near and far while visiting with friends and enjoying light refreshments. For more information, call 417.782.7678 or visit postartlibrary.org.

February 17: Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest – Entry Deadline. Entries must be received or postmarked by Friday, February 17. Calling all fourth graders! It is time for the annual George Washington Carver Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest. Fourth graders in public schools, private schools, and homeschools are encouraged to enter. Students may write essays, create artwork, or do both based on the selected theme. The theme this year is a quote from George Washington Carver: “My work is that of conservation, the saving of things that the average person throws away.” Since the word conservation can have many meanings, teachers will need to highlight what conservation meant to George Washington Carver. Park volunteers are available to visit classrooms to explain the contest and theme with your students. For further information, a teacher’s packet is available on the park website (www.nps.gov/gwca) or call the park at 417.325.4151 to receive materials by mail. Entries must be received or postmarked by February 17, 2017. Mail or deliver entries to: George Washington Carver National Monument, 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, MO 64840. An awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 25th 2017 at 2:00pm in the visitor center. Certificates, ribbons, and trophies will be awarded. Art and Essay is sponsored in partnership with the Carver Birthplace Association and Missouri Southern State University Department of Teacher Education.

February 18: Discover Winter Birds and The Great Backyard Bird Count (Ages 8+), 9:30–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Many winter guests are visiting our feeders. Do you know who your guests are? We’ll begin indoors learning basic bird identification techniques, and a few of the more common birds in our area. We’ll also learn about critical issues affecting birds, and what we can do to help. Following a discussion of how to use binoculars and field guides, we’ll head outdoors (weather permitting) for a chance to see and hear birds in their natural habitats on a hike through the Park. Learn how you can participate at home in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, February 17th-20th. Free, donations welcome. For more information, call 417.782.6287 or visit wildcatglades.audubon.org.

February 18: Raptors Rule, Raptors Rule! (Ages 6+), 11:00am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Raptors are the masters of the sky and include eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. Pittsburg State University Nature Reach will be here and use a number of live birds to explain more about these incredible hunters and their role in nature. You’re welcome to bring your camera, but no flash please. Free, donations welcome. For more information, call 417.782.6287 or visit wildcatglades.audubon.org.

February 24: 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. For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.

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. For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.


EXHIBITS

February: Transcending the Visible by Burt  Bucher, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). A new series of work by printmaker and MSSU Art Professor, Burt Bucher.

February: From the HeART Reception, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Come see work by several talented local artists, including: April Davis, Andrew Batcheller, Merlen White, Sandra Conrad, Linda Teeter, Koral Martin, Steve Head, Cindy Head, Philip Ledbetter, Barbara Dedrickson, Gene Arehart, Diana Bray, Kristin Girard, Brenda Hayes, and more. Reception: February 13, 6:00–8:00pm.

February 9 – March: Post Mail Art Projekt 2016, Post Art Library (300 S Main St). Post Art Library and Connect2Culture are happy to bring you Post Mail Art Projekt 2016! PMAP aims to encourage creative correspondence via so-called snail mail. PMAP has been collecting mail art entries created around the theme, “Self-Titled,” since July 2016. Come browse these creative correspondences from near and far. Reception: Thursday, February 16, 5:30–7:00pm. For more information, call 417.782.7678 or visit postartlibrary.org.

January 19–February 19: Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program Exhibit, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art- and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others. The winning artwork from a national art contest serves as the design for the Junior Duck Stamp, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produces annually. This $5 stamp has become a much sought after collector’s item. One hundred percent of the revenue from the sale of Junior Duck stamps goes to support recognition and environmental education activities for students who participate in the program.

January 14 – February 16: The Reins: Paintings by Juan Kelly, Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Juan Kelly was born in Limon, Costa Rica. He is highly esteemed in his native country and has exhibited work extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America. His paintings make us consider the nature of reality and our assumptions concerning it. Utilizing the formal elements found in old master paintings, Kelly constructs a magical world that’s both challenging and intriguing. An unlikely assemblage of animals populates these paintings and Kelly’s use of archetypal imagery catapults us into a delightful realm. Related event: Third Grade Field Trips. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

January 14 – February 16: Exquisite Miniatures by Wes & Rachelle Siegrist, Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are a husband and wife team who capture the attention of viewers not with outstretched canvas but with miniature paintings so exquisitely crafted that they are often mistaken for tiny photographs. Miniature art has been in existence for centuries and the current revival in its popularity has given rise to miniature art societies, which in turn have given the Siegrists a platform for international recognition among peers and collectors. Their tiny treasures, as collectors often refer to them, typically measure less than nine square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification! For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February: 3rd Grade Collaborative Project, Spiva Center for the Arts Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). View the collaborative project created during 3rd grade visits to Spiva. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

January 23–February 15: Quincy Owens & Luke Crawley (Mixed Media), MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Reception: February 10, 4–6pm. Artist Talk: February 10, 3–4pm. For more information, email bentley-c@mssu.edu.


CLASSES

February 4: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5) with Codi Byington – Safari, 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Escape the cold and come create on a safari adventure! Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.

February 4: Glass Heart Candy Dish, 1–3pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Make a classy seasonal decoration with Jane during this glass heart candy dish workshop! Make it for yourself, or wow someone special with this handmade gift perfect for Valentine’s Day! Preregistration required. Cost: $35, with Jane McCaulley. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org. 

February 6–27: Art Lounge – Mixed Media (Ages 14-18), 4:30–6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This great teen art scene is back with a new twist! Each month, explore new art forms, theories, and techniques! Art Lounge is a place for creative peers to come and explore creative passions, buff up portfolios, and dream about what role the arts will play in the future! Each session focuses on a certain theme and lasts four weeks. Register for any or all! Enrollment includes the Art Lounge Spring 2017 exhibition and a trip to Crystal Bridges in April. A light snack is included each week. Cost: $45 per four-week session. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.

February 7–March 2 (Tuesday & Thursday Sessions): Lighten-Up Yoga, 9:30–10:30am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Join instructor J.L. Badgley for an 8 session Hatha yoga course which meets twice a week for four weeks. Sign up and pay for one, two, or all three months. J.L. has been a yoga instructor in the area for 19 years and his philosophy of “safe, fun, effective” guides his classes. Yoga can help your balance, strength, flexibility and endurance. It can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Classes will be held indoors at the Audubon Center and participants should bring a yoga mat and water bottle. Young children are welcome as long as they are not disruptive. All ages welcome. Children age 6 and up are charged if they participate. Cost: $24 per person per month members; $48 per person per month non-members. For more information, call 417.782.6287 or visit wildcatglades.audubon.org.

February 11: Loving the Business of Art, 1–4pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Calling all makers! Looking for some fresh ideas and new techniques, or just getting started with selling your work? Join us for this seminar. Participants will create a visual business plan for 2017 using markers, collage, found objects and paint. Preregistration required. Cost: $25. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.

February 14: Vino & Van Gogh, 6:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). “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. This class will paint: Texas Impressionist, Lucien Abram’s​ ​”Poppies & Nasturtiums” or Vincent Van Gogh’s “Japanese Vase with Roses & Anemones.”

February 16: Basic Jewelry Making with Brenda Hayes, 6:00–8:00pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Part 3 of jewelry making with Brenda Hayes open to 6 folks at $25 each, tools and basic beads provided for making necklace. Bring odd beads from broken bracelets or such, to make it more personalized. Refreshments served! first come basis! Register at Urbanartjoplin@gmail.com

February 18: Wild Critters – Make and Learn Classes: Faux Black Bear Claws and Turquoise, 9:00am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr. Use polymer clay to make bear claws and turquoise for a necklace, key ring, closures or whatever you want. While your creations cure you will have a special program about black bears. For anyone 6 and older (children 6-12 must be accompanied by and adult). $25 for a person, $12 each for additional family member, adults helping children free (a portion of the fee supports the nature center). Clay, all materials, and tutorial provided. Registration required by Noon on the Thursday (Feb 16) before the class. Call 417-825-3318 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when she replies to you. This class is presented by Pawpaw Patch Productions.

February 18: PhotoSpiva Shutterbugs Workshop (Ages 3-6), 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This workshop is for your littlest photographers! Join Mini Makers teacher Codi Byington on a photo adventure that includes a scavenger hunt, collage crafting, and decorating frames! One photo from each shutterbug will be chosen to display in the Upstairs Gallery in March as part of the annual PhotoSpiva exhibition! Cameras provided. Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.

February 18: PhotoSpiva Teens Workshop (Ages 14-17), 1–3pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join professional photographer, Mark Neuenschwander, in this two-part workshop as he delves into composition, storytelling, and what makes a photo captivating. Teens will gain experience shooting photos utilizing the theory and techniques they have learned, and will have the opportunity to submit two photographs to display during the April 2017 PhotoSpiva exhibit. Participants are expected to bring a digital camera to work with. Space is limited, so register early. Cost: $40, preregistration required. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.

February 20: Make and Take – Trade Beads (Ages 16+), 6:00–9:00pm at TBA location. Trade Beads is Pawpaw Patch Production’s most popular class because the process seems magical, and Cyndi Cogbill will be bringing it back by request. It isn’t the same old class either, she added more canes and new bead styles. Spend a rewarding, but relaxing evening using polymer clay to make replicas of the glass trades beads for bracelets, necklaces, light/fan pulls, and more. Cost $25 per person. Clay, tools, and instructions provided. Registration required by Noon on the Friday (Feb. 17) before the class/ Call 417-825–3318 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when she replies to you. 

February 25: Yoga in Nature, 9:30–10:30am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Yoga can help your balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, and can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Enjoy exercising at your own level in nature with instructor Donna Bowman. Program held indoors in inclement weather. Cost: $3 per person members; $6 per person non-members. For more information, call 417.782.6287 or visit wildcatglades.audubon.org.

February 25: PhotoSpiva Teens Workshop (Ages 14-17), 1–3pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join professional photographer, Mark Neuenschwander, in this two-part workshop as he delves into composition, storytelling, and what makes a photo captivating. Teens will gain experience shooting photos utilizing the theory and techniques they have learned, and will have the opportunity to submit two photographs to display during the April 2017 PhotoSpiva exhibit. Participants are expected to bring a digital camera to work with. Space is limited, so register early. Cost: $40, preregistration required. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.


RECURRING CLASSES

Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

Tuesday | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Wednesday | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Thursday | 10am–1pm

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. Cost: $225 (for each 3-hr, 8-week course), $165 (for each 2-hr, 8-week course). 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 Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.


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

Wednesday | 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 Thursday | 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 & Wednesday | 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, 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.

Saturday | 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)

Tuesday | 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesday | 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)

Tuesday–Saturday: 7–9pm
Saturday: 1–3pm – Family Paint

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 for Family Paint.


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

Young Artist Studio (Ages 7-13)
Tuesday | January 10–February 28 | 3:45–5:00pm | Cost: $80 (for 7 weeks)
This 7-week session will help young artists develop their skills and nurture that creative seed! Led by professional teaching artist, Sara Serio, students will explore a range of new media such as charcoal, sculpture, and printmaking. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Taught by Sarah Serio.

Creation Station (Ages 6-12)
Thursday | January 12–May 25 | 3:45–5:00pm | Cost: $6 preregistration, $8 @ door
Drop in Thursday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class! Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin.


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, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mon & Fri | 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.

Sunday | 1–7pm | Wine’d Down Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S Main 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 between the hours of 1–7pm and you can come 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.