January 2018

Posted on Jan 2, 2018 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in January 2018? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout January in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES

January 18: JHS Show Choir Preview, 7:00pm at Joplin High School (2104 Indiana Ave). Sound Dimension and Touch of Class preview their 2018 competition shows. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.625.5230.

January 20: Paul Thorn House Concert, 5:30pm at The Coda Concert House. Thorn’s catalog is cherished by his many fans thanks to his down-home perspective and vivid-yet-plainspoken language. It helps that Thorn is a colorful and distinctly Southern personality. He was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the land of cotton and catfish. And churches. Tickets are a minimum suggested donation of $45 for seated general admission. Reserved sponsor tickets are available for $85 for 1st row & $65 for 2nd row & stools. 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.


EVENTS

January 2: 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.

January 5, 6, & 7: Honoring Our Past and Building Our Future: Remembering George Washington Carver, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join George Washington Carver National Monument as they commemorate 75 years since Carver’s death and the 75th anniversary of the beautiful Monument. Join park staff for the showings of “A Genius Remembered” and “Personal Perspectives.” These films will be followed by a brief discussion on Carver’s legacy. There will also be remembrance activities in the multipurpose room to enjoy all month long. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca.

January 5: Opening Reception – Native American Contemporary and Paper Vernacular, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Spiva is excited to present the next two exhibits in their Main and Regional Galleries. In the Main Gallery: Native American Contemporary. This is a mixed-media, current, regional native art exhibit including the Quapaw, Miami, and Eastern Shawnee tribes along with others. In the Regional Gallery: Paper Vernacular. This exhibit highlights comics that are reflective of or influenced by the Midwest area in which the artists live. $5 suggested contribution; members free. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org

January 5: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at The Ugly Fox Barber Shop (524 Main St – Upper Level). Don’t miss the first WineShare of 2018! Stop in and welcome the newest business to join the Downtown Joplin Community, The Ugly Fox Barber Shop. 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. For more information, email info@downtownjoplin.com.

January 6: Christmas Bird Count For Kids, 9:00am–1:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Begin the day with a birding and binoculars boot camp to learn the basics before setting out. Parents are encouraged to go along, but let the kids do the work. Then return to the Center for games and a hot lunch. Each child will receive a prize. For more information, call 417.782.6287 or visit http://wildcatglades.audubon.org/.

January 6: Artist Talk – Native American Art Panel, 10:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). The Native American Art Panel will speak to the public about the history and importance of American Indian art. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org

January 6: Artist Talk – Comic Artists Talk, 11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). One of the artists featured in Spiva’s Regional Gallery exhibit, Paper Vernacular, will speak to the public about her artwork and creative process. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org

January 6: Annual George Washington Carver Dinner, 12:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO). The public is invited to attend the 2018 Carver Dinner. This annual event is sponsored by the Carver Birthplace Association and is the primary fundraiser for a scholarship presented to a deserving college student. Debbie Sheals, Historic Preservation Consultant from Columbia, MO, will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Sheals oversaw recent successful efforts to secure National Historic Site designation for the 1872 Neosho Colored School attended by Dr. Carver. Her presentation will discuss the history of the schoolhouse and its importance to African American history. A limited number of tickets are available for $15, with all proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund. For more information, call 417.325.4151.

January 8 & 9: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions – Greater Tuna, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). This comedy will depict a radio broadcast with two performers portraying an eclectic band of citizens that make up a small town in rural America. Two men are needed for this performance directed by Lisa Olliges Green. For more information, call the JLT office, 417.623.3638 or email at spotlight@joplinlittletheatre.org. Performance dates are March 21-25, 2018.

January 11: 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.

January 11: Empire Market Vendor Meeting, 6:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). This meeting is open to anyone interested in vending at the market, including those who have already applied and have been accepted. There will be two meeting dates/times, so choose the one that works best for you. Attendance at both is not necessary. There will be information available about the market, but the majority of the meeting will be a Q & A. Those interested in a tour of the building will have that opportunity at this meeting. Vendor meetings will be held on January 11 (6:00pm) and January 13 (11:00am). For more information, call 417.529.3888 or visit JoplinEmpireMarket.com.

January 13: 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.

January 13: Empire Market Vendor Meeting, 11:00am at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). This meeting is open to anyone interested in vending at the market, including those who have already applied and have been accepted. There will be two meeting dates/times, so choose the one that works best for you. Attendance at both is not necessary. There will be information available about the market, but the majority of the meeting will be a Q & A. Those interested in a tour of the building will have that opportunity at this meeting. Vendor meetings will be held on January 11 (6:00pm) and January 13 (11:00am). For more information, call 417.529.3888 or visit JoplinEmpireMarket.com.

January 13, 14 & 15: Martin Luther King, Jr.: We Shall Overcome, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., join George Washington Carver National Monument in viewing this 45-minute film which highlights some of his major speeches. There will be crafts and activities available for youth. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit  www.nps.gov/gwca.

January 15: 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

January 15: MLK Day of Service: Volunteer Sign Up, 10:00am–2:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Bring your talents and share your time. Stop by and become a VIP (Volunteers in Parks), It’s easy to sign up, set your own schedule, and help out throughout the year. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit  www.nps.gov/gwca.

January 18: Coffee with Carver: History of George Washington Carver National Monument, 10:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). George Washington Carver was a historic figure, a creative artist, a profound thinker, a humble servant, and an inspiring teacher. Learn more about George’s story through the creation of this beautiful park; unveiling its uniqueness and discussing why this Monument was established during WWII. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit  www.nps.gov/gwca.

January 20: Artist Talk – Richard Zane Smith, 11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). An artist included in Spiva’s Main Gallery exhibit, Native American Contemporary, will speak to the public about his artwork and creative process. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org

January 20: Reception – MSSU Spiva Gallery K-12 Art Show, K-4 (1:00–3:00pm), 5-12 (3:00–5:00pm) at MSSU 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. These works are selected from various projects that were made during the fall semester. For more information, call 417.625.3115.

January 20 & 21: Expressions of the Soul, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Carver had a passion for art and believed that his creations were expressions of his soul. See images of Carver’s artwork that he used to convey the sense of serenity and personal rejuvenation. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit  www.nps.gov/gwca.

January 26: 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.

January 27 & 28: African American Trailblazers, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Who successfully created the first light bulb filament? Ragtime music? The world’s first blood bank? Join George Washington Carver National Monument for this discussion exploring some of the many contributions and accomplishments of African Americans. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit  www.nps.gov/gwca.

January 30: 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.

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

January 6–March 4: Native American Contemporary, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A mixed-media, current, regional Native art exhibit including artwork from 18 tribes – 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 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.

December–January: “Portrait of a Boy in a Sea of Anonymity” by Luke Blevins at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This magnificent 18’x6′ artwork, which is comprised of 430 4″x6″ panels, is currently on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library. Blevins explores stereotypes that are created through generalization and misunderstanding of a group that directly relates to his experience with societal views on masculinity, homosexuality, and group thought that leads to dehumanization. He uses repetition and familiar imagery to emphasize these concepts. For more information, call 417.623.7953 ext 1041.

November–January 2018: An Abstract Medley by Mary Parks, at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). An eclectic exhibit featuring the artwork of Mary Parks. Parks utilizes mixed media, acrylic, and watercolor to create abstract, realism, and combinations of both in her art. Her artwork on exhibit is a combination of elements of styles, themes, mediums or inspirations pooled from many sources.


CLASSES

January 6: Nightlight Glass Workshop with Jane McCaulley (Ages 13+), 10:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Brighten up the night with your own fused glass creation. The cost for this class is $35 and all supplies will be provided. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

January 8: 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.

January 13: Beginning Beading with Ollie Heth (Ages 15+), 10:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Learn basic Native American beading patterns to create your own bracelet or set of earrings. The cost for this class is $35. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

January 13: Welcome to Photoshop with Sarah Clements (Ages 15+), 10:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This introduction to Photoshop will cover what you need to know to start your editing journey. The cost for this class is $30. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

January 16: Kindermusik Demonstration Classes, 6:00pm at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Kindermusik, an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, is now enrolling for winter/spring semester. 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. People interested in enrolling are encouraged to attend this free demonstration class. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Classes will begin the week of January 22. 

January 17: Kindermusik Demonstration Classes, 10:00am at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Kindermusik, an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, is now enrolling for winter/spring semester. 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. People interested in enrolling are encouraged to attend this free demonstration class. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Classes will begin the week of January 22. 

January 20: Culinary Art 101: Pizza Three Ways with Josie Mai (Ages 15+), 12:00pm at an off site location. Join Spiva’s Executive Director in learning how to make delicious homemade pizza. This class is held offsite and is limited to 5 per class. The cost for this class is $40. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

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.

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 classes – $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): 

Tuesdays: Creation Station (Ages 6-12), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. January 16–May 29. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 to register.


OPEN STUDIOS 

Everyday: Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $40 for seniors, $50 for adults and $100 for a family. 

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $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.