The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce established the Arty Award in 2011 to recognize outstanding achievement in the arts, acknowledging the importance of the arts in the creation of inviting, livable cities attractive to business and industry.
The 2016 recipient is a longtime Joplin business owner and Chamber member. When it comes to the arts, she is passionate and nearly unstoppable—an instigator and advocate; a recruiter and mentor; a negotiator and artist; a promoter who focuses the spotlight on artists and is never shy about encouraging businesses to display original art.
In 2008 she brought Joplin a new cultural experience, the Art Walk on Third Thursdays. What began with a handful of artists and pop-up galleries in vacant Main Street storefronts expanded into venues across ten blocks of the city’s urban core. Over the last eight years, she secured gallery spaces, organized artists and performers, promoted the events, and somehow, continued to create and show her own award winning photography—all while running her own successful insurance agency. Third Thursdays are now festival-like, attended by thousands. Many, if not most, of the original storefronts are occupied, due in part, to the undeniably vibrant downtown that developed from the first Art Walk.
In 2015, she helped organize the inaugural Joplin Arts Fest; opened a second business, Urban Art Gallery; AND launched another March–November monthly happening, First Thursday Art Walk, to promote the fine arts.
She is a member of numerous arts organizations, curates art for seven Joplin businesses, serves on the JACC Cultural Affairs Committee, and is a member and past president of Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, which exhibits original art in the Chamber offices, a feature that makes this chamber unique in the nation.
On behalf of a grateful community, the 2016 Arty Award goes to Linda Teeter. We thank you for your vision and advocacy, and for your tireless efforts to bring art and artists to the forefront of a thriving community.
Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Board of Directors Member April Davis-Brunner and husband, Larry are hosting a JRAC Garden Party on June 11th. It is sure to be a day of beautiful serenity and art amidst their new residence at Historic Cox Springs. Lunch will be provided from 11am to 5pm and all donations benefit JRAC. The day will be full of activities, including: art demonstrations, wine, live music, a silent auction, member art sale, art-centric games, photography, and lunch.
Art Sale & Auction: JRAC members will provide an opportunity to purchase unique works of art and support JRAC. There will be an art sale, a silent auction, and chances to win one of a kind artwork. A portion of sales will be given to JRAC, in order to assist the organization bring more art to the community and reward artists for their hard work.
The Story Behind Historic Cox Springs: In 1842 Historic Cox Springs was originated by John Cox, a founder of Joplin. It was a regular stop to provide water for the “Butterfield Stagecoach” in the late 1800s. Ruts from stagecoach travel are still visible. The spring was also used during the Civil War encampment to supply water.
DO NOT FOLLOW GPS DIRECTIONS!!! To get to 5245 Old Hwy 71 from Joplin, go down I-49 south to Hwy V (exit 27). Go right onto V, until you come to a T in the road. Go left and your destination will be on the left! There will be signs, starting at Hwy V, pointing you in the right direction.
The Joplin Regional Artist Coalition (JRAC) is on a mission to promote, strengthen, and advocate for the visual arts and artists. The JRAC is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2010 by visual artists to network fellow artists and more effectively engage in cultural, economic, and educational artistic activity. The organization is not limited to Joplin artists, but encompasses the Joplin area. JRAC membership includes professional and amateur artists, art enthusiasts, and patrons of the visual arts.
For more information, call (417) 358-6329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let them know you are coming on their Facebook event page!
We can hardly wait for the second annual Joplin Arts Fest on Saturday, September 17 from 10am–6pm in Downtown Joplin! New this year is an “Artist’s Reception” pre-party the night before the Festival. This pre-party will be held Friday, September 16 (time TBD), the same night as Spiva Center for the Arts opening reception. The Artist’s Reception will feature the six winners from last year’s Festival (Best of Show – Natalie Wiseman; Best 2D – Andrew Batcheller; Best 3D – Linda Brown; Caught My Eye – Lisa Krannichfeld; People’s Choice Award – Jed Hardy; and Best Booth – Julie Grace). The reception, sponsored by Edward Jones, will be held in the old Collage Press Building just north of Spiva (the future home of an expanded RSVPaint Joplin!). Admission to the reception is by invitation only. To request an invitation, or for more information, email email@example.com or contact Steve Doerr at 417.529.3730. This event will be a great opportunity to meet many of the artists participating in the festival, as well as see and purchase, some of the new art work of last year’s winning artists. Hors d’oeuvres and adults beverages will be served. For more information about Joplin Arts Fest, visit JoplinArtsFest.com.
Spend the day with Jeff Jones for a lecture and demonstration of the human form and other techniques that will assist you in your own sculpting endeavors. This day full of clay will take place Saturday, May 21, 9am–4pm at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St, Joplin, Missouri 64801). Jeff will discuss portfolios, clays, ideas, working with models, armatures and irons, tools, beginning and refining a form, and so much more. Crackpot Pottery is thrilled to be able to offer a seminar that utilizes the long-standing career of a world-renowned sculptor. Jeff has worked in the arts most of his life and has incredible knowledge, skill, and talent to share with you. This lecture and demonstration (not hands-on) will take place in the studio. $25 per person. Call 623-1455 to register. Please bring a dish to share. Crackpot will provide a variety of beverages.
It’s as simple as it sounds – come enjoy coloring, coffee, and camaraderie! All free of charge! Though geared for adults, all ages welcome. All supplies provided with many different coloring book pages to choose from. The June meeting of the Coloring Book Club (CBC) will be held on Saturday, June 4, 10:30am–Noon at the Joplin Public Library. Online registration to reserve free tickets began Monday, March 16 at 8am. Seating is limited to 65 colorers! Register here. Those that register online will be seated first. All registered colorers must be seated by 10:45am. Seats will be released to non-ticket holders after that time.
The Coloring Book Club is a collaborative effort between Post Art Library, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts. Coffee for the Club is generously donated by Cottage Small Coffee Roasters in Carthage, MO. Snacks are provided by Hedman Chiropractic. The Coloring Book Club meets every other month of the first Saturday.
ATTENTION: Last time we had roughly a dozen seats open, yet all of our spots were “sold out” online. If you do secure a spot online, please make sure you show up or let us know in advance that you won’t be able to make it. We HATE turning people away or having empty seats. Thank you!