June 2016

Posted on May 26, 2016 in Monthly Arts & Culture

June-2016

What’s coming up in June 2016? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout June in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES

June 10: Founding Father’s Day Chautauqua Production – Roosevelt, 6:30–8:30pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). The Joplin Historical Society on behalf of the Joplin History & Mineral Museum will host the first Founding Father’s Day – Chautauqua production. Through the art of a Chautauqua performance, not only do actors speak the words and tell stories of period characters, they dress the era & mimic their mannerisms; the actors become those they are presenting. President Theodore Roosevelt will be portrayed by Dr. Doug Mischler. President Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. Brad Belk, Director for the Joplin History & Mineral Museum states, “Mishler’s presentations are exciting, informative, and unforgettable.” There will be a beer and wine cash bar. Performances are $10 per show or $17 for both shows (there are shows on both June 10 and 11). Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the Joplin History & Mineral Museum or at the May 19 Third Thursday, credit card and cash will be accepted. For more information, contact the Museum at joplinmuseum@sbcglobal.net or 417-623-1180.

June 11: Founding Father’s Day Chautauqua Production – Truman, 3–5pm at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). The Joplin Historical Society on behalf of the Joplin History & Mineral Museum will host the first Founding Father’s Day – Chautauqua production. Through the art of a Chautauqua performance, not only do actors speak the words and tell stories of period characters, they dress the era & mimic their mannerisms; the actors become those they are presenting. President Harry S. Truman will be portrayed by Mr. Bill Worley. President Truman was a man of common people for the common people, but there was a great deal about him that was quite uncommon. Performances are $10 per show or $17 for both shows (there are shows on both June 10 and 11). Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the Joplin History & Mineral Museum or at the May 19 Third Thursday, credit card and cash will be accepted. For more information, contact the Museum at joplinmuseum@sbcglobal.net or 417-623-1180.

June 12: PosiPalooza!7pm at Unity of Joplin (204 N Jackson St). Claudia Carawan, Sue Riley, and Richard Mekdeci join together in a unique musical conversation. Each concert is full of “one of a kind” magic! Artists perform in a round robin format, engaging in banter, sharing how songs were written, and creating impromptu arrangements. Free CD give aways, laughter, and empowering Positive Music! Come spend an evening in creativity and joy. Tickets cost $20 and may be purchased at the door. For more information call 816-510-0138 or email Gordon Keyler at Gordon@unityofjoplin.org.

June 23–26: Missouri Shakespeare Festival presents Romeo & Juliet, June 23–25 at 7:30pm and June 26 at 2:30pm at MSSU Bud Walton Theatre (3950 Newman Rd). Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. Admission: $10. Tickets go on sale June 6 at 9am. Tickets may be reserved by calling the box office at (417) 625-9393 (Mon–Thu/9am–4pm) or you can buy online at www.mssu.edu/ticket-office. For more information, contact Jim Lile at 417-625-9656.

June 24: Pro Musica’s 36th Annual Joplin PoPs – Warrensburg Community Band, 8pm on The Oval at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd). An evening of patriotic tunes, show tunes and light classics “under the stars” with the Warrensburg Community Band, under the director of Dr. Russell Coleman. The PoPs is a great family event and suitable for all ages. Bring your own seating and picnics – have “dinner on the grounds” before the concert begins. There will be “lolliPoPs” for everyone and tee shirts for sale. Transportation from the parking lot to the concert site will be provided by Skaggs Chiropractic. Door prizes will be given away during the intermission. The Program will include vocal and instrumental soloists, and an announcer (a local radio personality) who will narrate information about the selections performed. Tickets go on sale June 1, 2016: $10 for adults, children 12 & under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at promusicajoplin.org/tickets or in person at All Things Grand (Carthage, MO), Cleo’s Picture Framing (Joplin, MO), and Ernie Williamson Music (Joplin, MO). New this year: food vendors and fireworks.

June 27: Summer Symphony Orchestra Community Concert – Rhapsody In Red, White, & Blue!, 7pm at TJ Concert Hall (3401 E Newman Rd). This symphonic orchestra is comprised of roughly 60 area musicians, music teachers, and students, and they will play a free concert for the community. A bombastic display of musical pyrotechnics! Including Rhapsody in Blue, Star Wars, 1812 Overture, and more! A reception will follow the performance. Free and open to the public. For information call 417-499-8542.


EVENTS

June 2: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin.

June 4: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon at Joplin Public Library (300 S Main St). It’s as simple as it sounds – come enjoy coloring, coffee, and camaraderie! Though geared for adults, all ages welcome. All supplies provided with many different coloring book pages to choose from. “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. Free and open to the public. Required pre-registration begins May 16 at joplincoloringbookclubjune2016.eventbrite.com.

June 4: Joplin Little Theatre Encore Awards6:30pm social hour; 7:30pm award ceremony at Joplin Little Theatre. The 2015-2016 Season Encore Awards, hosted by Gary Roney and Niki Corcoran! Come support the hard-working people who dedicated their time and resources to keep Joplin Little Theatre one of the oldest running theaters west of the Mississippi!

June 7: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered.

June 9: Joplin Writers Guild, 6pm, Joplin Public Library. The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. You can connect with the Joplin  Writers Guild on Facebook. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

June 11: JRAC Garden Party, 11am–5pm at Historic Cox Springs (5245 Old Hwy 71, Joplin, MO 64804). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Board of Directors Member April Davis-Brunner and husband, Larry are hosting a JRAC Garden Party! It is sure to be a day of beautiful serenity and art amidst their new residence at Historic Cox Springs. Lunch will be provided 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.

June 12: Joplin Jewish Temple’s 100th Anniversary Open House, 1–4pm at United Hebrew Congregation (702 S Sergeant Ave). Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP) is partnering with United Hebrew Congregation of Joplin for an Open House. This event is in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Joplin’s most unique building of its kind and the area’s only Jewish temple, also known to some as a synagogue. Guests will be treated to narrated tours, traditional Jewish food, and will learn about the 1970 fire that destroyed the beautiful copper dome and minaret. There will also be opportunities to ask questions about the Jewish religion. Admission is complimentary but donations to the United Hebrew Congregation are welcome. For more information contact Paula Callihan at (417) 483-3116.

June 16: Great & Small: Celebrating Animals through Poetry and Prose, 6:30–8:00pm at Post Art Library (300 S Main St). Post Art Library is happy to host this honors project by Missouri Southern State University student Savannah Phifer. Phifer’s project brings together two of her passions: animals and writing! We invite you to join us for an evening of open-mic style poetry and storytelling. Read your poem or flash fiction (1,000 words or less) about an animal that touched your life with fellow animal lovers and literary arts enthusiasts. Although this is a FREE program, we encourage donations, which will benefit local animal shelters. Possible donations include: $2; Dog or cat food; Dog or cat treats; Paper plate packs; Clean, used pillow cases; Clean, used towels; Liquid hand sanitizer; or anything else you think would be helpful. Questions? Call Post Art Library at 417-782-7678.

June 16: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events.

June 18: Jeff Jones Sculpture Seminar9am–4pm at Crackpot Pottery (3820 E 20th St). 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. Jeff will discuss porfolios, 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 the drinks.

June 24: Fourth Friday Film Night – Gerhard Richter Painting, 7pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.

June 25: Empty Bowl-A-Thon, 9am–9pm at Phoenix Fired Art. Empty Bowl-A-Thon is a twelve hour bowl making marathon creating bowls to be used for the November event that raises funds for local hunger relief. Come watch as experienced potters do what they do best.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6–8pm, Phoenix Fired Art. 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.


EXHIBITS

June: Gideon Horn & Jessica Stratton, Post Art Library (300 South Main Street, Joplin, MO 64801).

June 1 – 30: Ed Larson: Wonderful Collaborations, Spiva Center for the Arts Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Ed Larson was born and raised in Joplin, and has been producing art since he was inspired to draw cowboys and horses by his best friend, Joe Beeler, and by the western movies shown in Joplin. After a tour of four years in the Navy, Larson attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles on the GI Bill. This launched a career as an art director in Philadelphia and Chicago. Larson also chaired a department at the Chicago Art Institute for two years. Larson creates a variety of art, including paintings, quilts, sculptures, and wind toys. Larson says he has created patterns for over 400 picture quilts. Ten of his quilts will be shown during this exhibit, along with several of his paintings. Women from the Joplin area – among them Maria Newdigger, Verna Schilling, and Caroline Whelan – sewed many of the quilts, and they range from humorous depictions of Larson’s youth to celebrities, politicians of yester-year, and a very special Woody Guthrie Quilt. Ed claims to have met Woody on Hwy. 66 when he was growing up in Joplin. A book depicting the quilts will be available for sale in the Spiva Gift Gallery.

May 14 – July 3: Matt Dehaemers: Fusing–Grafting–Melding, Spiva Center for the Arts (Main Gallery). In 2011, the Kansas City artist helped create a fundraiser for Joplin artists affected by the devastating May tornado. Five years later, Dehaemers’ 3-D work alludes to resiliency, adaptation, and the delicate balance between man-made and natural environments. 

May 14 – July 3: Dear World Revisited, Spiva Center for the Arts (Regional Gallery). An abridged look at Robert X. Fogarty’s 2012 photographic exhibition, Dear World, From Joplin With Love. A number of the original portraits and narratives will be accompanied by links to present-day recorded stories to update viewers on the lives of Joplin residents affected by the May 2011 tornado.

June – September: Joplin Regional Artist Coalition (JRAC) Group Show, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Artwork by JRAC Members. JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of member’s artwork. This rotating exhibit is one example of many member opportunities to show their artwork multiple times throughout the year. For more information about JRAC or this show, email joplinrac@gmail.com.


CLASSES

June 1 & 2 (Wednesday & Thursday): Mende’s Cookie Jar, 5:30–7:30pm at Franklin Technology Center. This class will be taught by Mende Staggs.

June 1–29 (Wednesdays): Pottery, 9am–1pm at Franklin Technology Center. This class will be taught by Levi Butts.

June 1–29 (Wednesdays): Spanish, 6–8pm at Franklin Technology Center. This class will be taught by Levi Butts.

June 4: Father’s Day Photography Hike, 9–11am at Spiva Center for the Arts.
Attention Dads! Sign up to go on a photography journey with your little one or little ones. Instructor and photographer Allison Rogers will lead you on a photography hike on the Rotary Centennial Trail at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. What a great way to celebrate the upcoming Father’s Day and capture those memories forever! Participants will meet directly at the front entrance of the Audubon Center. Cameras will be provided or you are welcome to use your own. Please be sure to bring a water bottle, bug spray, sunscreen, and to wear appropriate clothes and shoes. Pre-registration is required. Cameras provided through the Bettie Mueller Memorial Fund. *$15 for parent/guardian and first child, $5 for each additional child. Call 417.623.0183 to register or register online at: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/GeorgeASpivaCenterfortheArts#/selectSessions/1274003

June 7–30 (Tuesdays & Thursdays): Pottery, 6–9pm at Franklin Technology Center. This class will be taught by Levi Butts.

June 18: Acrylic Painting & Water Techniques Workshop (Ages 18+), 9am–Noon at Rose Gallery of Fine Art (508 N Range Line). An overview of practical and technical usess of these mediums in new and expressive ways. Topics to be covered: Values & Composition – Learn about the power of design and how it’s impacted by color values and a center of interest; Color – Develop a greater understanding of color mixing, color unity and complementary colors. Instructor – Neosho artist Pam Leisenring has more than 30 years of experience in teaching private art classes and workshops. Cost: $40, plus the costs of supplies. For the supply list and enrollment, call (417) 623-1065 or email rosefineartgallery@gmail.com

June 21 (Tuesdays through June 21): Construction Woodworking, 6–9pm at Franklin Technology Center. This class has already begun, but will be prorated for late entry. This class will be taught by Ernie Kellstadt.

June 23: Vino & Van Gogh, 6–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio.
“Vino & Van Gogh” is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. No experience is necessary and there are many masterpieces to choose from! This month, choose from  Claude Monet’s “Garden at Sainte Lazare” or Monet’s “Regatta at Sainte Lazare.” All materials furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine); please reserve your spot by calling the gallery at (417) 553-0835.

June 25: The Art of Colored Pencils, 11am–Noon at Rose Gallery of Fine Art. Want to learn basic techniques in using colored pencils? Come to The Art of Colored Pencils class at the Rose Gallery of Fine Art. This is a beginning class for anyone wanting to expand sketching styles, improve work in adult coloring books or just learn a new medium. Dustin Miller, art instructor at Neosho High School and Crowder College, will teach basic color theory and mixing, as well as sketching techniques that include layering, shading, burnishing and more. Cost: $15 per session, plus the one-time cost of supplies. The class is open to ages 18 and older. Space is limited, pre-enrollment advised. For the supply list and to pre-enroll, phone 623-1065 or email rosefineartgallery@gmail.com.


SUMMER ART CAMPS

Looking for a complete listing of summer art camps? There are so many, we made them a page of their own. Just click here!


RECURRING CLASSES

Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

Tuesdays | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

Wednesdays | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). $165 for the two-hour course.

Thursdays | 10am–1pm or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

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

For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. 

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

Wednesdays | 2–6pm | Paint Class with Paula Giltner
Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you decide when to come in and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish more and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner specializes in realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call Paula at 417-291-1486.

Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)

Tuesday & Wednesdays | 11am–2pm and 6–9pm | Clay Classes
All classes include students with different levels of experience – no prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels! 4-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $120 Phoenix Members; $135 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.

Saturdays | 9:30am–Noon | Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey
Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups – however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix Members; $35 for Non-Members (plus clay and firing).

Painting with Pam Leisenring (1315 S Rangeline Rd)

Tuesdays| 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesdays | 4:30–7:30pm | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.

RSVPaint (420 S Main St)

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $60 for couples on date nights. $35 per person in advance, $40 at door. Family rates apply on Family Paint days.

Tuesdays: 7–9pm
Wednesdays: 7–9pm
Thursdays: 7–9pm
Fridays: 7–9pm – Date Nights
Saturdays: 1–3pm – Family Paint
Saturdays: 7–9pm


OPEN STUDIOS

Everyday | Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours, Phoenix Fired Art.
The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mon & Fri | All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio.
Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

Tue–Thu | 1–9pm | Walk-In Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).
Come paint anything you like! This time is not instructed, however on-site artists will help you set up, get started, and answer any questions you may have. Reservations not required, but appreciated, as they do allow private parties to reserve time slots throughout the day. Materials provided include: 16″x20″ canvas, paints, brushes, easels, and aprons. All ages welcome to attend. $25 per person, payable by cash or credit.

Wednesdays | 1–9pm | Wine-Down Wednesdays at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).

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