February 2018

Posted on Jan 26, 2018 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in February 2018? 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 3: Indigenous House Concert, 5:30pm (doors open 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. Led by front man Mato Nanji, blues-inspired rock group Indigenous rose to prominence out of the Yankton Sioux Reservation with their award-winning debut album, Things We Do, in 1998. Nanji has since captivated audiences with his Vaughan- and Hendrix-influenced prowess. The group has been featured on dozens of broadcast shows such as NPR’s All Things Considered, Conan O’Brien, and Austin City Limits. Their single Now That You’re Gone peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. Mato has been a member of the Experience Hendrix Tour since 2002. Playing alongside original Jimi Hendrix band members, the tour roster includes some of today’s blues greats including Buddy Guy, Doyle Bramhall II, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Eric Johnson. Indigenous visits Coda in support of their latest release – Gray Skies. 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 the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. Tickets are a minimum suggested donation of $30 for general admission. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

February 5: Mishka Shubaly – Live Music & Comedy, 8:00pm at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). After receiving an expensive MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, Mishka Shubaly promptly realized he was more interested in playing music in dive bars than writing. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring non-stop, and shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Decemberists among others. Shubaly become a cult favorite, opening nationally for comedy iconoclast Doug Stanhope, penning the soundtrack for The Unbookables documentary, and headlining the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour. Adrian Grenier played drums for a new single and Shubaly’s most recent record Coward’s Path has won praise from Johnny Depp and Joe Perry. In 2011, Shubaly began publishing a series of hit mini-memoirs via Amazon Kindle Singles (six #1 bestsellers, more than 200,000 copies sold in five different languages). Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote the foreword for his collection. His account of getting shipwrecked for The Moth was broadcast nationally on NPR and around the world. Shubaly’s full-length memoir I Swear I’ll Make it Up to You (Hachette) was published in 2016 and has garnered praise from The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, GQ, Men’s Journal, and Brooklyn Magazine. For more information, visit joplincomedy.com.

February 8–11 & 15–18: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents Father of the Bride, 7:00pm (2:30pm on Sunday’s) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2102 Annie Baxter Ave). Mr. Banks learns that one of the young men he has occasionally seen about the house is about to become his son-in-law. Daughter Kay announces the engagement out of nowhere. Mrs. Banks and her sons are happy, but Mr. Banks is in a dither. The groom-to-be, Buckley Dunstan, appears on the scene and Mr. Banks realizes that the engagement is serious. Buckley and Kay don’t want a “big” wedding—just a simple affair with a few friends! When the “few” friend idea is out the window, the trouble really begins. The guest list grows larger each day, a caterer is called in, florists, furniture movers and dressmakers take over, and the Banks household is soon caught in turmoil—not to mention growing debt. Adults $10, 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. For more information, email info@sgtjoplin.com.

February 9: Pro Musica presents Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio, 7:00pm at College Heights Christian Church (4311 Newman Rd). Longtime friends bound by their Israeli roots and summers shared in Vermont at the Marlboro Music Festival, and now trio members for a decade, Alon Goldstein (piano), Amit Peled (cello), and Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) perform recitals that reflect their special gifts and originality as soloists as well as their marvelous sense of ensemble and love of chamber music. Wonderfully varied programs include such works as the Beethoven and Brahms Clarinet Trios, sonatas and solo works that demonstrate both the artists’ virtuosity and their infectious musicality. Performances in recent and upcoming seasons include appearances at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, Peoples’ Symphony Concerts in New York, the University of Chicago, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, New Orleans Friends of Chamber Music, Concerts International, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, the Schubert Club International Artist Series in St. Paul, the Saint Cloud Chamber Music Society, and at the Rose Theatre in Lincoln Center. The New York Times praised the ensemble for displaying “the kind of spotless technique that keeps the attention focused on the score rather than the vagaries of the performance.” No tickets are required, donations gratefully accepted. For more information call 417.625.1822.

February 9: Tonic Sol-Fa, 7:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). Tonic Sol-fa has established itself not only as the most in-demand vocal group in the Midwest, but also one of the most successful independent acts in America. In addition to substantial CD sales of its own independent releases (2,000,000 copies sold), the group has toured extensively throughout the US and abroad, building their financial base with a steady list of festivals and private shows that eventually led to numerous sold-out tours of theaters and small arenas. This will be the group’s second visit to the stage at TJ. Tickets are now available on the Thomas Jefferson website. Tickets are $14 for adult, students (child under 18, or college student) $10 and seniors are $11. For more information, call 417.781.512.

February 9: LIVEJOMO Productions Presents: Shane Smith & The Saints (Ages 18+), 8:00pm at Roxy & Amelie Event Centers Downtown Joplin (104 S Joplin Ave). Shane Smith and the Saints unleash a spirited, four-part harmony sound at every show that music fans can’t quite put their finger on, yet have no trouble putting their hands together for. Hints of folk, rock, country and Americana all shine through an aggressive, rootsy fiddle beat stew that’s connecting with students, hipsters, bikers, roughnecks and songwriter buffs at every stop. Although Springsteen long ago cornered the market on gritty, high-energy live performances, the band takes a back seat to no one in grinding out great live shows at legendary venues across the Southwest and beyond. With driving beats reminiscent of Mumford & Sons and jams that echo the Band of Horses, they’re engaging live shows channel influences from Flogging Molly to Creedence Clearwater Revival. The sound starts with Shane’s smoky rich voice out in front of songs that connect with fans on many levels. Rooted on stage to Shane’s left you’ll find Kentucky fiddle player and long-time friend Bennett Brown. Guitarist Tim Allen, Chase Satterwhite on bass and Bryan McGrath on percussion provide the soaring leads and back beat.  Tickets: $10. To purchase tickets, visit LiveJomo Productions’ event page. For more information, email jontbuck@gmail.com.

February 10: Midwest Regional Ballet’s Pythian Castle Cabaret Show, 7:00pm at Pythian Castle (1451 E Pythian St, Springfield, MO). Midwest Regional Ballet will present a tastefully sexy, vintage style dinner show. A mix of torch singers, vaudeville acts, fan dancers, and aerial art performances in the Pythian Castles intimate historic theatre. Cost is $45 per person online and $48 per person through phone order. This includes dinner and show, reservations required. For more information, call 417.865.1464.

February 10: Connect2Culture presents Annie Moses Band’s The Art of the Love Song, 7:30pm (doors open 6:30pm) at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 N Indiana Ave). The songwriters, singers, and siblings of the Annie Moses Band have been inspiring and entertaining audiences for more than a decade with a captivating blend of folk, roots, and classical music. The Band’s award-winning composers weave diverse musical styles into cinematic arrangements that beautifully showcase their Juilliard-honed chops and soaring vocals. Young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs all hear refreshing renditions of their own genres in the Annie Moses Band’s music. The group has brought technical virtuosity and exhilarating showmanship to stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry! Tickets: $20-$30. Group discount available! Groups of 15-40 receive a 20% discount. Buy tickets at connect2culture.com or 1-800-514-3849 (etix is the exclusive ticketing provider).

February 10: LIVEJOMO Productions Presents: The Mixtapes (Ages 18+), 8:00pm at Roxy & Amelie Event Centers Downtown Joplin (104 S Joplin Ave). Remember when the radio was fun and concerts got you excited? Come relive the pioneer days of alternative rock with the areas top 1990s cover band. The Justice Adams Band will be opening up the night with a tribute to The Foo Fighters! Tickets: $10. To purchase tickets visit LiveJomo Productions’ event page. For more information, email jontbuck@gmail.com.

February 11: Ben Miller Band House Concert, 5:30pm (doors open 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. As promised, Ben Miller Band is back for a very special record release show as they prepare for another world tour! The Ben Miller Band combines elements of folk, blues, bluegrass, and country into their own distinct “Ozark Stomp.” Formed right here in Joplin in 2005, the band’s lineup features Ben (vocals and guitar), Scott Leeper (homemade one-string washtub bass and drums), Rachel Ammons (violin, cello, guitar, accordion electric-cactus), and Bob Lewis (guitar, bass, banjo, and washboard.) 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 the address, directions, parking etc will then be sent in return. Seats are a minimum suggested donation of $15 for general admission. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

February 14–18: Joplin Little Theatre presents Steel Magnolias, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). A dramatic comedy inspired by the bond that six women share in this hilarious and heart-warming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana town. Written by Robert Harling, the title suggests the characters can be both as delicate as the magnolia flower and as tough as steel. Recommended for all ages; however, small children may not find interesting. Adults $18, seniors 55+ and students are $15, and children age 12 and under are $8. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 417.623.3638 or visit jltplay.org.

February 18: Split Lip Rayfield House Concert, 6:00pm (doors open 5:30pm) at The Coda Concert House. It’s completely fair to call these guys legends. It’s been more than 20 years since they first mashed up their aggressive stew of acoustic bluegrass instrumentation, tight country vocals, fierce metal shred, and in-your-face punk sensibilities. One observer said we all “owe them a huge debt for not only defining a sound, but stretching the possibilities of the acoustic music world. Fans of Flatt & Scruggs and Metallica could find a common tent to party under.” 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 the address, directions, parking etc will then be sent in return. Seats are a minimum suggested donation of $20 for general admission. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

February 21–24: MSSU Theatre presents Pippin, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). With an infectiously unforgettable score from musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden), Pippin captivates and appeals to the young at heart throughout the world. Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin searches for the secret to true happiness. In the end, he finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the un-extraordinary moments that happen every day. Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 Senior Citizens and Students. For more information call 417.625.9393.

February 22: Heather Land – I Ain’t Doin’ It, 7:00pm at First Baptist Joplin (4128 D Connecticut). Heather Land has a knack for finding the funny out of the frustrating. Leaving no stone (or people) left unturned, she hilariously unravels everyday events that causes everyone to laugh not only at each other, but more often than not, ourselves. From ex-husbands to failed diets, her ability to deliver consistent comedy in a self-deprecating style has made her adored by millions of people of all ages. Tickets are on sale, general admission tickets $20. For more information, call 417.624.4585. (SOLD OUT) 

February 23: Comedy Night Fundraiser with Kent Rader, time TBD at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Stained Glass Theatre Joplin invites you to join them for a night of comedy. All funds raised will be used to repair the Stained Glass Theatre Joplin building. With the repairs to the building they will be able to continue to serve Christ and the community. For more information, call 417.553.0755.

February 25: Paul Benjaman Band House Concert, 4:30pm (doors open 4:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. Building on the classic Tulsa Sound, the band expands their groove-based genre to include most styles of American music, including rock, funk, country and blues. Totally Tulsa. Since their debut release, the band has toured relentlessly around the Midwest, Rocky Mountain, and Southwest regions, gaining a loyal following along the way. Showcasing a highly-skilled, tight band with Benjaman’s signature guitar licks being the focal point and driving force, their live show is not to be missed. A festival favorite, they’ve also played/toured with everyone from Jason Isbell, Lucero, Sonny Landreth, Heartless Bastards, Ian Moore, Lucinda Williams, Buffalo Killers, Junior Brown, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, The Steepwater Band, Greyhounds, Cornmeal, Split Lip Rayfield, and Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric. Highly recommended for fans of: J.J. Cale, Warren Haynes, Leon Russell, and Wilco. 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 the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. Tickets are a minimum suggested donation of $15 for general admission.100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

February 25: Heather Land – I Ain’t Doin’ It, 6:00pm at First Baptist Joplin (4128 D Connecticut). Heather Land has a knack for finding the funny out of the frustrating. Leaving no stone (or people) left unturned, she hilariously unravels everyday events that causes everyone to laugh not only at each other, but more often than not, ourselves. From ex-husbands to failed diets, her ability to deliver consistent comedy in a self-deprecating style has made her adored by millions of people of all ages. Tickets are on sale, general admission tickets $20. For more information, call 417.624.4585.


EVENTS

February 2: Fine Arts Discovery Day at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd). A day exclusively for students interested in Art, Music, or Theatre. Come explore what these departments have to offer from the Spiva Art Gallery, Phiney Music Hall, all the way to the Black Box Theatre. If you are a Senior or an incoming transfer student, you can also schedule a time to audition. All other students will have the opportunity to sit in on How to Audition workshops. For more information, call 417.625.9364.

February 2: Harry Potter Day, 5:00–6:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Be ye Muggle or Magic-Folk, mark your calendar for this once-a-year celebration of all things Harry Potter! For more information, call 417.623.7953.

February 2: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at 200 Block Commons Building, 2nd Floor (212 S Joplin Ave). WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s 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. This month’s WineShare is sponsored by the MSSU Master of Management program. For more information, email info@downtownjoplin.com.

February 2: Joplin Regional Artists Coalition Reception, 6:00–8:00pm at artCentral (1110 E Thirteenth St, Carthage MO). This Joplin Regional Artists Coalition exhibit consists of artwork created by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition members. For more information, email joplinrac@gmail.com.

February 3: In the Spotlight Show Choir Invitational, 7:30am–10:30pm at Joplin High School (2104 N Indiana Ave). This day-long competition features 25 show choirs from throughout the region including: Carthage, Cassville, East Newton, El Dorado Springs, Hollister, Lamar, McDonald County, Miller, Mt. Vernon, Neosho, Nevada, Seneca, Sherwood, and Webb City. Guests will also be treated to an exhibition by Joplin High School’s very own Touch of Class and Sound Dimension. Concessions will be available throughout the day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks (cash only). Stay and see who will take top honors for group and solo performances. Wristband tickets are available at the door and are $5 for children and seniors, and $10 for adults (cash only). For more information, call 417.625.5200.

February 3: Winter Raptors, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Featuring live raptors, representatives from the Pittsburg State University Biology Department will explain some of the adaptations that help these birds to survive as well as the importance of raptors to the natural world. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca.

February 5: Artist Talk – Jonathan Hils, 2:00–3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). An artist talk featuring the current artist on display at the MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. Jonathan Hils’ Rendered is an exploration of both digital and manual drawing within space, drawing on the visual aesthetics of code, meshes, point clouds, information translations, and path-oriented fabrication. This body of work, a series of interpretations of drawing in the digital age, explores the visual understanding of current and future culture. Jonathan Hils has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and completed numerous sculpture commissions domestically and globally including sites in Malaysia, China, Abu Dhabi, Australia, and Japan. The recipient of numerous exhibition awards and a Kohler Artist Residency, he has also received the Oklahoma Visual Art Coalition Fellowship in Oklahoma City where he completed a number of large-scale public commissions. His work infuses a variety of fabricating methods in steel, plastic, wax, and acrylics in a variety of scales. Jonathan Hils is an associate professor of sculpture at the University of Oklahoma where he oversees the OU School of Visual Art’s Digital Fabrication Lab and teaches courses related to CAD, CNC, and 3D printing. He received his MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans and he maintains a studio in Norman, OK. For more information, call 417.625.3066.

February 5: Reception – Rendered by Jonathan Hils, 3:00–5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Rendered is an exploration of both digital and manual drawing within space, drawing on the visual aesthetics of code, meshes, point clouds, information translations, and path-oriented fabrication. This body of work, a series of interpretations of drawing in the digital age, explores the visual understanding of current and future culture. Jonathan Hils has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and completed numerous sculpture commissions domestically and globally including sites in Malaysia, China, Abu Dhabi, Australia, and Japan. The recipient of numerous exhibition awards and a Kohler Artist Residency, he has also received the Oklahoma Visual Art Coalition Fellowship in Oklahoma City where he completed a number of large-scale public commissions. His work infuses a variety of fabricating methods in steel, plastic, wax, and acrylics in a variety scales. Jonathan Hils is an associate professor of sculpture at the University of Oklahoma where he oversees the OU School of Visual Art’s Digital Fabrication Lab and teaches courses related to CAD, CNC, and 3d printing. He received his MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans and he maintains a studio in Norman, Okla. For more information, call 417.625.3066.

February 6: French Film Noir in Context by Alan Singerman, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). What is “film noir”? Film noir is widely recognized as a transnational, transcultural, transgeneric phenomenon, but is all film noir the same? Is it a genre, a current, or a series – or rather a style, texture, or mood? Is it a gangster film, a detective mystery, a police thriller, or a social document? Is it erotic, oneiric, violent, morally ambiguous? All of the above? What is a femme fatale? How do we tell the good guys from the bad guys? This talk will attempt to place French film noir in the context of film noir in general, in both Hollywood and Europe, and tease out what is specifically “French” in French film noir. Alan Singerman is Richardson Professor Emeritus of French at Davidson College in North Carolina. He is the author of Apprentissage du cinema francais. Livre de l’etudient (Focus 2004) and Le Cinema francais contemporain. Manuel de classe (Hackett 2017), as well as their English translations, French Cinema. The Student’s Book (2006) and Contemporary French Cinema. A Textbook (due out Fall 2018), in addition to numerous other books and articles on French film and literature. For more information, call 417.625.9736.

February 6: Panel Discussion, 3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theatre (3950 Newman Rd). This panel discussion will feature Dr. Singerman, Dr. Zak Watson, and Dr. Bill Kumbier of Missouri Southern’s Department of English and Philosophy. The discussion will center on the genre of film noir (“dark film”), generally as well as in French cinema, with special focus on the film noir as a style and as a form of narrative. Questions from the audience will be encouraged. For more information, call 417.625.9736.

February 6: 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.

February 6: Showing of H.G. Clouzot’s Diabolique, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Les Diaboliques is a 1955 French black-and-white psychological thriller feature film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. The story blends elements of thriller and horror, with the plot focusing on a woman and her husband’s mistress who conspire to murder the man; after the crime is committed, however, his body disappears, and a number of strange occurrences ensue. For more information, call 417.625.9736.

February 7: Missouri Citizens’ Day for the Arts at the Legislature, all-day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, MO. This event, hosted by Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA), takes place annually at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, MO. Citizens’ Day is MCA’s signature event in year-round efforts to advocate for continued public funding for Missouri’s arts industry. The day includes advocacy training, legislative visits, performances, and Missouri Arts Council’s annual Arts Awards ceremony. Participants in Citizens’ Day are key to providing a strong voice of support for the arts that will ensure continued attention from the General Assembly.

February 8: 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.

February 8: Reception – Colorful Tapestries: Oil Paintings by Brad Mace, 6:00–7:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library presents Brad Mace’s Colorful Tapestries: Oil Paintings of the United States in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. Colorful Tapestries is comprised of vibrant oil paintings inspired by Mace’s experiences with nature. Since graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design, capturing modern man interacting with nature has been the focus of his work. By painting colorful, peaceful scenes, such as haystacks, the southwest, kayaking, and more, he is able to create a balance to his computer-generated artwork for the visual effects industry, which usually features dangerous and harsh environments. Some artists who influence his work are Norman Rockwell, John Singer Sargent, and Claude Monet. For more information, call 417.623.7953.

February 8: Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter Meeting: Wild Rivers & Wild Characters, 7:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Andy Ostmeyer will present Wild Rivers & Wild Characters. Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter was formed in Joplin in 1975 and met in various public locations until the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center was completed in 2007. The Audubon Missouri mission is to connect people to nature in order to conserve and restore Missouri’s ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife. They do this through habitat restoration, advocacy, education and public awareness. For more information, call 417.438.6220 or email cvcassady@softnet.com.

February 9: Valentine’s Open House, 5:30–7:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Come and enjoy snacks, wine… and meet Local Color’s 17 artists! There will be items for sale including: pottery, paintings, fiber art, scarves, wood turnings, angels, furniture, sculpture, glass, silver and beaded jewelry, and much more. For more information, call 417.553.0835.

February 10: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am 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.

February 10 & 11: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). The Jesup Wagon, also known as the Agricultural School on Wheels, carried George Washington Carver’s bulletins and many other useful supplies to the farmers. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca.

February 15: Coffee with Carver: Preserving African American Heritage in the NPS, 10:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). The National Park Service celebrates the African American experience throughout the year, and there are over 25 park sites dedicated to African American history, including George Washington Carver National Monument. Learn more and take a virtual visit to one of these sites. For more information call 417.325.4151 or visit  www.nps.gov/gwca.

February 16 & 17: 2018 Daddy Daughter Date Night, 6:30pm at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Joplin Parks and Recreation cordially invites all dads and their daughters to the annual Daddy Daughter Date Night. Dads are welcome to treat their favorite gal(s) to an evening of music, dancing, games, buffet dinner, and prizes. A complimentary professional picture is included in the ticket price to commemorate the evening. This event is limited to the first 100 couples each night, so be sure to register today. Tickets will be $35 per couple, $15 each additional child, and are available to purchase from the Joplin Athletic Complex at 3301 W 1st Street, by calling 417.625.4750, or at www.joplinparks.org. Tickets are valid for one night only. Open to Daughters Age: 3-12.

February 17: Discover Winter Birds & The Great Backyard Bird Count (Ages 8+), 9:30am–12:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Many winter guests are visiting feeders. Do you know who the guests are? The day will begin indoors learning basic bird identification techniques and a few of the more common birds in the area. Then you will also learn about critical issues affecting birds and what can be done 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 16–19. For more information, call 417.782.6287.

February 17 & 18: Interracial Understanding, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join a park ranger to discuss Carver’s rise to fame and his efforts for interracial understanding after his 1921 appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit  www.nps.gov/gwca.

February 17: Traditional Longhouse Social Dance, 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts ( 222 W 3rd St). Enjoy an evening of traditional Wyandotte social dances. Created for enjoyment and not ceremonial in nature, these dances often reflect the qualities and interactions of animals. Children love the alligator dance! For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 19: 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. Featured poet(s) 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.

February 20: Speed Networking with Joplin’s Arts & Cultural Community, 6:00–8:00pm at 200 Block Commons Building (212 S Joplin Ave). Are you a member of Joplin’s arts and cultural community? Do you desire to put names to new faces and make meaningful connections? Those that attend will have the chance to meet nearly everyone in the room at this Connect2Culture Arts Roundtable. Come prepared to tell your story and brainstorm potential collaborations! Light appetizers and beverages will be served. Sincere thanks to NGC, LLC for hosting Connect2Culture’s event inside this newly retrofitted historic building. Public parking can be found in the lot North of the building, at the old Joplin Public Library building, or along the street. RSVP by emailing emily@connect2culture.com. Include your name and affiliation (organization name, local artist, etc.). 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.

February 20: MSSU International Film Festival – The Wages of Fear, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Set in a South American oil town, this thriller focuses on four desperate men who volunteer to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over treacherous mountain roads. Clouzot masterfully entangles the audience in the men’s experience and the bumps, jolts, twists, and turns of their “white-knuckle” ride. “One of the greatest thrillers ever committed to celluloid.” – Criterion Collection. For more information, call 417.673.1261.

February 23: Lunch and Learn – Comics 101 Part 1 with Shaun Conroy, 12:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Shaun Conroy will discuss a wide-ranging exploration of the definition, history, vocabulary, and methods of the medium of comics. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 23: 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.

February 24: Traditional Wintertime Wyandotte Animal Stories with Richard and Carol Smith, 11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Telling stories through puppets, Richard and Carol Smith present Wyandotte stories that have been told for hundreds of years. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 24: Learning Through Leadership, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). What does leadership mean to you? Join a park ranger to learn how George Washington Carver, despite his challenging beginnings, worked towards bettering the global community through his life work and passion, proving him to be a leader in his time and beyond. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca.

February 24: Spring 2018 Literally Design Reception, 2:00–4:00pm at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Literally Design is a juried typographic poster design competition for college and university students in Missouri. Fusing the written and spoken word with design, this competition challenges students to consider their personal interpretation of a specific text and how it influences their design choices. A small group of selected finalists will have an exhibit at Post Art Library in Joplin, MO. This competition is sponsored by the Missouri Southern State University student design club – 39FIFTY, and the Post Art Library of Joplin, MO. Selected finalists will have their posters printed free of charge and prepared for display at Post Art Library. There is no entry fee for this competition, and students are limited to one poster per entry. The source text for the Spring 2018 Literally Design competition is William Faulkner’s 1950 acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Artwork by Literally Design finalists will be exhibited in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room gallery during February and March of 2018. For more information, call 417.623.7953.

February 24: Wonders of the Night Sky, 6:30pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). George Washington Carver National Monument’s largest national resource is the sky. Come and earn about celestial navigation, star stories, and the effects of light pollution. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca.

February 24: JHS Theatre Extreme Trivia, 7:00pm at Joplin High School, Black Box Theatre (2104 N Indiana Ave). Joplin High School theatre department invites you to take part in a night of extreme trivia. All money raised will be used to create the spring musical set. For a team of 6 the cost will be $50 and there will be prizes for the top 3 teams. To sign up visit tinyurl.com/jhstrivianight. For more information, email ashleytrotnic@joplinschools.org.

February 27: Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This program encourages independent readers in K-5 grades to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. For independent readers, grades K-5. For more information, call 417.623.7953.

February 27: MSSU International Film Festival – Rififi, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). After five years in prison, Tony le Stéphanois meets his dearest friends Jo and the Italian Mario Ferrati and they invite Tony to steal a couple of jewels from the show-window of the famous jewelry Mappin & Webb Ltd, but he declines. Tony finds his former girlfriend Mado, who became the lover of the gangster owner of the night-club L’ Âge d’ Or Louis Grutter, and he humiliates her, beating on her back for being unfaithful. Then he calls Jo and Mario and proposes a burglary of the safe of the jewelry. They invite the Italian specialist in safes and elegant wolf Cesar to join their team and they plot a perfect heist. They are successful in their plan, but the Don Juan Cesar makes things go wrong when he gives a valuable ring to his mistress. For more information, call 417.673.1261.

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

February 1–28: Love Letters, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Love Letters is a group showing of local artists. For more information, call 417.438.5931.

February 2–March 18: Art Speaks by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, artCentral (1110 E Thirteenth St, Carthage MO). This Joplin Regional Artists Coalition exhibit consists of artwork created by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition members. For more information, email joplinrac@gmail.com.

February 5–March 2: Rendered by Jonathan Hils, Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Rendered is an exploration of both digital and manual drawing within space, drawing on the visual aesthetics of code, meshes, point clouds, information translations, and path oriented fabrication. This body of work is a series of interpretations of drawing in the digital age and how it’s impacting the visual understanding of the current and future culture through new forms of fabricating existence. Jonathan Hils has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and completed numerous sculpture commissions domestically & globally including sites in Malaysia, China, Abu Dhabi, Australia, and Japan. The recipient of numerous exhibition awards and a Kohler Artist Residency, he’s also received the Oklahoma Visual Art Coalition Fellowship in Oklahoma City where he has also completed a number of large-scale public commissions. His work infuses a variety of fabricating methods in steel, plastic, wax, and acrylics in a variety of scales. Jonathan Hils is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of Oklahoma where he oversee’s the OU School of Visual Art’s Digital Fabrication Lab and teaches courses related to CAD, CNC, and 3D printing. He received his MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and he maintains a studio in Norman, Oklahoma.

January 25–March 31: Hopi Kachina Dolls and Native American Baskets, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library presents a collection of Hopi Kachina Dolls and Native American Baskets. Kachina dolls are typically carved from cottonwood root, involving both tradition and artistry. They represent spiritual beings and deities related to Hopi religious life, acting as messengers between humans and the spirit world. This collection of Kachina Dolls is from the permanent collection of George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Accompanying the Kachina Dolls is a collection of Native American Baskets, including those made by Hopi, Navajo, and Cherokee.

January 14–February 2: K-12 Art Show, Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). The K-12 art show will feature original works of art from K-12 students attending various schools throughout the Joplin region. The work is selected, and hung, by the art educators from each school who have been invited to exhibit by MSSU’s Art Education Professor Amber Mintert. These works are selected from various projects that made during the fall semester. A reception will be held on January 20 from 1:00–5:00pm. The reception is divided into segments of students: grades K-4 from 1:00–3:00pm and grades 5-12 from 3:00–5:00pm.

January 6–March 4: Native American Contemporary, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). An exhibit featuring regional artwork from 18 artists representing the tribes of Cherokee, Chickasaw, Chitimacha, Choctaw, Delaware, Eastern Shawnee, Mescalero Apache, Mohawk, Muskogee Creek, Osage, Sac and Fox, Seminole, and Wyandotte. The exhibit examines contemporary works of art that showcase the dynamic nature of modern American Indian art. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

January 6–March 10: Paper Vernacular: Stories by Regional Cartoonists, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). This exhibit highlights comics that are reflective of or influenced by the Midwest area in which the artists live. Emi Gennis and Josh Cotter both work in ink on paper or graphite on paper. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

January 6–February 24: Southwest Missouri Third Graders Collaboration, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Students from throughout southwest Missouri will visit the Spiva Center for the Arts exhibit, then participate in an individual and collaborative art project influenced by the works. The students’ collaborative project may be viewed in the Upstairs Gallery at Spiva during January and February. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

January 4–March 31: Colorful Tapestries: Oil Paintings by Brad Mace, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library presents Brad Mace’s Colorful Tapestries: Oil Paintings of the United States in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. Colorful Tapestries is comprised of vibrant oil paintings inspired by Mace’s experiences with nature. Since graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design, capturing modern man interacting with nature has been the focus of his work. By painting colorful, peaceful scenes, such as haystacks, the southwest, kayaking, and more, he is able to create a balance to his computer generated artwork for the visual effects industry, which usually features dangerous and harsh environments. Some artists who influence his work are Norman Rockwell, John Singer Sargent, and Claude Monet.

January–February: Artwork by Andrea Luliak and Brenda Sageng, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Andrea Luliak is a self-taught fiber artist whose work has been exhibited in the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the A.E. Backus Gallery in Ft. Pierce, Fla., Gallery 14 in Vero Beach, Fla., and the Mancuso World Quilt Show in Palm Beach, Fla. The juried FAO Fiberworks exhibit included her work in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa galleries. She recently had two pieces accepted in Kansas City as part of Studio Art Quilt Associate’s Our Changing Landscape exhibit. She is currently a member of Fiber Artists of Oklahoma as well as Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and is currently living in Wyandotte, OK. Brenda Sageng moved to the Carthage area in 1998 and received her bachelor’s degree in studio art from MSSU in 2004 and a master’s degree in painting from Pittsburg State University in 2006. She is currently an adjunct art instructor at MSSU. Local and national venues have shown her work. Sageng has won many awards, and her solo show, “In the Living Green,” opened the Carthage artCentral season of exhibits. She was active in the formation of the Joplin Regional Artist’s Coalition (JRAC), and is currently serving on the board for artCentral in Carthage and is a member of JRAC, Spiva Center for the Arts, and the Missouri Watercolor Society. For more information, call 417.437.5380.


CLASSES

February 3: Glass Valentines with Jane McCauley (Ages 9+), 10:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Create a fused glass masterpiece for yourself or a loved one! Cost: $35. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 3: PhotoSpiva Kids Workshop (Ages 6-10), 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Participants will be introduced to basic design principles and have the opportunity to exhibit in a curated show at Spiva in March. Cost: $50. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 4: Encaustic 101 with Jodie Sutton (Ages 18+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Experience a whole new form of creativity in an exploration of painting with waxes. Cost: $35. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 5: Chess Club, 5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). A new, monthly Children’s department program for chess players of all experience levels. No registration required. For more information, call 417.623.7953.

February 8: Construction Club, 2:00–3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Children can build with Legos, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks, and more. Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 417.623.7953.

February 10: Little Mozart with Lola Nelson (Ages 6-10), 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Children will learn about Mozart and the opera, The Magic Flute. Come prepared to sing! Cost: $20. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 10: Fun and Funky Upcycled Hats with Brenda Hayes (Ages 16+), 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Create your own upcycled, hand-stitched sweater hat! Cost: $30. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 11 & 18: Wind Chimes Part 1 with Daria Claiborne (Ages 13+), 3:00–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Use a variety of media to create a stunning wind chime in this two-session class. Cost: $35. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 17: Write Poems Fast with Brad Modlin (Ages 15+), 10:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). These low-stakes creativity exercises will get you started on several poems – you’ll leave with one full, fast draft. Cost: $25. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 17: Culinary Art 101: Small Plates with Josie Mai (Ages 15+), 12:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join Spiva’s Executive Director in learning how to make healthy small plates. This class is held offsite and is limited to 5 per class. Cost: $40. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 17: Vocalizing with Lola Nelson (Ages 15+), 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Participants will learn about projection, stage presence, and singing with emotion. Geared to those with a basic background in singing. Cost: $25. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

February 24: Fashion Headpieces with Samantha Brotherton (Ages 18+), 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Learn to create easy and affordable fashion headpieces for photo shoots, cosplay, or anywhere else your creativity takes you! Cost: $35. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

January 22–March 5: Improv 101, 8:00pm at Ozark Christian College (1111 N Main St). Spend your Monday nights with Siblings Improv and learn the basics of improvisation. This fun and interactive course will help you become a better listener, develop your communication skills, and say “yes” to life’s fun opportunities. No theater or improv experience necessary. For more information, email SiblingsImprov@gmail.com or contact Siblings via Facebook. Cost: $50.

January 22–May 7: Kindermusik (Ages 0-18mth), 5:30pm at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Foundation classes offer a sensory-rich yet caring and gentle environment where infants will explore and react to new sounds, sensations, objects, and movements. Kindermusik is an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kindermusik classes are designed to enhance the language, cognitive, emotional, social and musical development of young children. In a typical class, caregiver and child will sing, dance and play instruments. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Cost: $160 (15 Classes – $10.67 per class).

January 22–May 7: Kindermusik Level 2 (Ages 18mth-3), 6:30pm at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Level 2 classes encourage older toddlers to initiate their own ideas, nurturing social-emotional growth and cognitive development in a playful, exploratory environment. Kindermusik is an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kindermusik classes are designed to enhance the language, cognitive, emotional, social and musical development of young children. In a typical class, caregiver and child will sing, dance and play instruments. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Cost: $150 (15 classes – $10 per class).

January 23–April 17: Kindermusik Mixed-Ages (Ages 0-5), 9:30am at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Mixed-age classes are perfect for families with more than one young child and accommodate all levels of learning and musical interest. Kindermusik is an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kindermusik classes are designed to enhance the language, cognitive, emotional, social and musical development of young children. In a typical class, caregiver and child will sing, dance and play instruments. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Cost: $125 (12 class – $10.42 per class).

January 23–April 17: Kindermusik Mixed-Ages (Ages 0-5), 6:00pm at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Mixed-age classes are perfect for families with more than one young child and accommodate all levels of learning and musical interest. Kindermusik is an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kindermusik classes are designed to enhance the language, cognitive, emotional, social and musical development of young children. In a typical class, caregiver and child will sing, dance and play instruments. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Cost: $125 (12 class – $10.42 per class).

January 24–May 9: Kindermusik Level 2 (Ages 18mth-3), 10:00am at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Level 2 classes encourage older toddlers to initiate their own ideas, nurturing social-emotional growth and cognitive development in a playful, exploratory environment. Kindermusik is an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kindermusik classes are designed to enhance the language, cognitive, emotional, social and musical development of young children. In a typical class, caregiver and child will sing, dance and play instruments. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Cost: $150 (15 classes – $10 per class).

January 24–May 9: Kindermusik Level 3 (Ages 3-4), 1:15pm at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Level 3 classes are designed to engage preschoolers’ natural love of music and activate their imaginations, while developing their growing language and social-emotional skills. Kindermusik is an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kindermusik classes are designed to enhance the language, cognitive, emotional, social and musical development of young children. In a typical class, caregiver and child will sing, dance and play instruments. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Cost: $160 (15 classes – $10.67 per class).

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.


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):

Saturdays, February 3–May19: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5), 10:30-11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). 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: $6 pre-registration, $8. For more information, call 417.623.0183.

Tuesdays, January 16-May 29: 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. January 16–May 29. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 to register.

Saturdays, January 20–May 19: Tween Workshop with Sarah Serio (Ages 12-14), 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Designed for tweens who have a passion for visual arts, students will have a chance to explore the art forms they love and experiment with new mediums. The class will meet on Saturdays from January 20–May 19. Cost: $12 per session, pre-registration required. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.


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 $125 each. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class. Drop in any other time with an appointment.

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 Arts & Cultural Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.