March 2018

Posted on Mar 1, 2018 in Monthly Arts & Culture

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


PERFORMANCES 

March 1: Pro Musica presents – REBEL Baroque Ensemble, 7:00pm at First United Methodist Church (501 W 4th St). Described by the New York Times as “Sophisticated and Beguiling”, this New York-based Baroque ensemble has earned an impressive international reputation, enchanting diverse audiences by their unique style and their virtuosic, highly expressive and provocative approach to the Baroque and Classical repertoire. REBEL, through its long-term residency from 1997-2009 at historic Trinity Church, Wall Street in New York City, has achieved high acclaim for its collaborations with Trinity Choir in performance, radio broadcasts, webcasts and recordings. Sponsored, in part, by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call 417.625.1822.

March 4: Nace Brothers Band House Concert, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. Fourth generation performers, brothers David & Jimmy Nace recently celebrated 30 years together on stage. Their father Johnny Nace recorded rockabilly in the late 50’s before finding his musical home during the golden age of honky-tonk with songs like Sing Me the Blues and Blue Notes. The band’s 1997 release Roots of Steel is a tribute to their Dad and the lessons he taught them. 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 $20 for general admission. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

March 8: MSSU Music Department presents Jason Terry, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Missouri Southern State University presents guest artist Jason Terry to perform a piano recital. For more information, call 417.625.3061.

March 9: MSHSAA District Vocal Solo and Ensemble Festival at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd). For more information please visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.

March 9: LIVEJOMO Productions presents – Bart Crow (18+ | 21 to Drink), 8:00–11:00pm at Roxy & Amelie Event Center Downtown Joplin (104 S Joplin Ave). On Bart Crow’s new album The Parade, boundaries disappear and things are getting real. It’s his music that draws crowds — a tangle of roots in blues, country and down-home rock ‘n’ roll, branded with his unique imprint. They hear their lives in his lyrics, written in the tradition of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and other true-life troubadours. With no help from big-time labels, and money pulled from his own pockets, Crow has put together an admirable track record as a recording artist, having lofted six No. 1 singles onto the Texas Music Chart. He’s been cheered in Country Weekly, on CMT and in other national media outlets. His YouTube videos and concert footage have drawn more than 2.5 million views. Myriad spirits haunt his music – a choir of real American country in the fashion of Merle and Waylon, John Conlee, George Jones and Jerry Jeff Walker, razor-edged rock from Metallica, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, deep-fried Southern soul from Otis Redding and more. Yet in the end, Bart Crow is what you get: a blue-collar balladeer with his own unique message. It comes across loud and clear on his newest set of passionate songs and performances, The Parade. Released in partnership with Thirty Tigers, it spotlights an artist whose story will feel familiar to all Americans who know what it means to survive in challenging times. This perspective is central to The Parade, with the added element of Crow’s experiences. He grew up in tiny Maypearl, Texas, made his first attempts to write songs while in the United States Army and geared up to his current regimen as a performer on weekends while studying at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX. Tickets: $10. For more information visit LIVEJOMO Productions on Facebook.

March 10: MSHSAA District Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Festival at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd). For more information please visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.

March 14: Tinsley Ellis House Concert, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis visits the Coda on the heels of his powerful new album, Winning Hand, set for a January 2018 release on Alligator Records. With a legacy built on four decades of performing, Ellis has toured the globe, released 19 albums, and hit the heights of commercial success with songs covered by other artists – notably, Jonny Lang recording A Quitter Never Wins. Ellis even gave Derek Trucks his recording debut on Ellis’ Storm Warning. He won Rock/Blues Album Of The Year with Tough Love in 2015 from Blues Blast Magazine and made many “Best Of” lists within Downbeat and others. Tinsley Ellis continues to release compelling music. And he continues to bring it night after night at one venue after another across the globe, sharing his blues-steeped legacy, fine songwriting, and deep pride in being a Georgia-based artist. Over the course of his career, Ellis has shared stages with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, The Allman Brothers, Leon Russell, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and many others. Whether he’s on stage with his own band or jamming with artists like Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Gov’t Mule or Widespread Panic, he always plays with grit, soul and unbridled passion. 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. A donation is suggested and 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

March 15: Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). This concert will include a guest conductor and also feature the Carl Junction High School Band. For more information visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.

March 17: Comedy Night at El Guapo’s, 8:30pm at El Guapo’s Cigar & Pipe Lounge (532 S Joplin Ave). Troy Gittings is a comedian, writer, and actor from Fayetteville, AR. He has performed all over the country in pursuit of the meaning of life, and a decent chili dog. After performing at Gilda’s Laugh Fest, he thought long and hard about chili dogs, and doing haiku instead of comedy. Alas, he went on tour instead. After a grueling year with the Blunt Force Comedy Tour, Gittings is looking forward to trying a chili dog in your town. Gittings has performed with comedy greats such as Doug Stanhope, Carl LaBove, Bobcat Goldthwaite, and even had a joke stolen from him by Carlos Mencia. He can also be heard regularly on NPR’s Sunday Night Service with the Artists Laboratory Theater. He’ll be joined by Dakoda Potter, Patrick Hoskins, and Tara Laughlin. Stop in for a great night at a new venue with Joplin Comedy. $5 at the door. All are welcome. For more information, visit joplincomedy.com.

March 18: Birdcloud & Ben Miller Band House Concert, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. This concert is for mature audiences. Birdcloud includes Jasmin Kaset and Makenzie Green, a pair who met in a place called Murfreesboro. Since 2009, they have won fans across the lower 48. Boasting a strong YouTube presence, Birdcloud’s un-unseeable videos resonate beyond the continental U.S., with a slew of fan-versions of songs available online as well as an odd amount of unauthorized re-releases of official Birdcloud videos with Russian subtitles. Birdcloud’s third and darkest EP was released in spring of 2014, and their follow-up record was launched in the summer of 2015. 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 & guitar), Scott Leeper (homemade one-string washtub bass & drums), Rachel Ammons (violin, cello, guitar, accordion, & electric-cactus), & Bob Lewis (guitar, bass, banjo, & 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 $25 for general admission. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

March 21–25: Joplin Little Theatre Presents – Greater Tuna, 7:00pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). A hilarious comedy about the fictitious town of Tuna, Texas (Texas’ third smallest town where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies), located in west Texas about halfway between San Angelo and Hell. Although the action takes place in the early eighties, nothing has changed since then.This long-running Off-Broadway hit features two actors creating the entire population of Tuna in a tour de farce of quick change artistry, changing costumes and characterizations faster than a jack rabbit runs from a coyote. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by these two performers, making this satire of life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna — men, women, children and animals! Directed by Lisa Olliges Green. Veteran JLT actors, Greg Swartz and Greg Green, will play all the roles. Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Greater Tuna is recommended for all ages. General admission $18, seniors and students $15, and children age 12 and under $8. Tickets can be purchased by calling the JLT box office at 417.623.3638, or online at www.joplinlittletheatre.org.

March 24: City RockFest Tour, 6:30–9:30pm at Central Christian Center (410 Virginia Ave). City RockFest 2018 featuring Disciple, Seventh Day Slumber, Wolves At The Gate, Spoken, and The Protest. Hard hitting Christian music that holds nothing back. General admission. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information, call 417.434.3630.

March 25: Charlie Hunter Trio House Concert, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. With a career spanning 16 years and 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer, imaginative bandleader, and all-around great guitarist. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer and D’Angelo, and is widely considered the authority on the seven- and eight-string guitar. He continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads, and swinging rhythms. While critics tout his genius technique, it’s a profound artistic sensibility that propels his original music. The trio is rounded out by Damon Grant (drummer) and Dara Tucker (vocalist). American Jazz singer Dara Tucker has released four studio albums, including 2017’s “Oklahoma Rain” (2017). She was named “Jazz Vocalist Of The Year” at the 2016 and 2017 Nashville Industry Music Awards. If you’d like to be a part of this 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. Please include number and type of seats requested. Tickets are a minimum suggested donation of only $30 for seated general admission (reserved sponsor tickets are available for $40 for stools, and $50 for front row) 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.


EVENTS

March 1: 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.

March 1: Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Are you and your friends looking for something new and fun to do during Downtown Joplin’s First Thursday? Look no further. This spring Spiva is kick-starting a new monthly event in the Main Gallery. Beginning March 1, a four-round, team-based arts and culture trivia night will take place on every First Thursday. The cost will be $5 per person in each team with a limit of one to eight people per team. The more teammates you have, the higher your chances of winning! There will be three teams to a round and the team to win each round will win 75% of the entry fees. The remainder will go into raising money for Spiva’s Annual Fund Drive. Each round lasts 30 minutes, so come in, have a beer, grab a snack, and put on those thinking caps. All participants must be 21 or older. Sponsored by Missouri Eagle LLC. For more information, call 417.623.0183.

March 2: Artist Talk – Jonathan Hils, Noon–1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva 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.

March 2: Frankenstein Week – bordertown Release Party, Reading, and Scary Story Contest Prompt Reveal, Noon at Missouri Southern State University, The Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center (3950 Newman Rd). The MSSU English Department’s literature magazine bordertown will be fresh off the presses Friday, March 2. Stop by the Alumni Mansion for readings from bordertown 2018. In conjunction with Frankenstein Week, the prompt for the Scary Story Contest will be revealed. The contest includes three divisions: college students, high school students, alumni/community. Contest winners will be announced at the Gala Reception Thursday, March 8 in Spiva Library. Frankenstein Week is the inaugural event in the new Literature Lives series at Missouri Southern. Sponsored by the English & Philosophy Department, it will focus on both the original novel and subsequent film versions of the book. For more information, call 417.625.9377 or email Nicolas-M@mssu.edu.

March 2: Lunch and Learn Part 2 with Shaun Conroy, Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Shaun Conroy will continue to 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.

March 2: Reception – Rendered by Jonathan Hils, 1:00–2:00pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva 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.

March 2: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm in Blue Moon Boutique (613 S Main St) 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.

March 3: Ozark Chinquapin Trees: A Lost Treasure? (Ages 11+), 9:30–10:30am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Have you ever gone exploring through the woods looking for a lost treasure? Did you have a treasure map with an X mark on it? Or are you just looking for the treasure growing up from the ground? The Ozark Chinquapin is one of those treasures that people are looking for. This tree was once very common in the Ozarks, but due to the Chestnut Blight in the 1960’s, many of these trees have died or no longer produce viable seeds. Join Tim Smith, Interpretive Resource Coordinator at Roaring River State Park, as he explains these trees and helps in the discovery of this unique treasure. To some people the chinquapin nut is pure gold! Also, test your tree identification skills through a self-guided quiz on the grounds around the Center throughout the day, and learn about the Forest Keepers program so you can help monitor forest health. For more information, call 417.782.6287.

March 3 & 4: Inspiring Success: Mariah Watkins and her Influence, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond). Mariah Watkins’ influence on George Washington Carver during his stay in her Neosho home strengthened his self-esteem, nurtured his faith in God, and encouraged him to pursue his education. For more information, call 417.325.4151.

March 4: Frankenstein Week – Theology in Frankenstein: Incarnating Human Fragility by Rev. Richard Gates, 3:00pm at Peace Lutheran Church (3100 N St Louis Ave). Political instability, social inequalities, environmental destruction, and technological revolution embody the fragility of today’s world. At the same time, our fear of abandonment, distress over isolating difference, and shame in the midst of pervasive loneliness are horrors that span the entirety of human experience – incarnate in both the stories we share and the faiths to which we hold. In what ways does Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein bring the truth of human fragility to life? How does her story personify the wounds of brokenness for which we seek healing in the intersection of God, science, faith, facts, and our words? To what hope does the “darkness and distance” at the end of Frankenstein give being and breath? Join Rich Gates (MA, MDiv) as he discusses these questions and examines the theological impact of Mary Shelley’s enduring novel. Frankenstein Week is the inaugural event in the new Literature Lives series at Missouri Southern. Sponsored by the English & Philosophy Department, it will focus on both the original novel and subsequent film versions of the book. For more information, call 417.625.9377.

March 5: Reception – Submerging by Jena Seiler, Noon–2:00pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Submerging captures moments of sensorial experience set in one city’s regularly functioning water system. The project explores this single water system through a multimedia installation that incorporates video, audio, and photography. The installation brings the sounds, colors, spaces, movements—even the feeling—of water into relation with visitors to make water inescapably present, while also drawing attention to, and testing the limits of, media. For more information, call 417.625.3066.

March 5: Artist Talk – Submerging by Jena Seiler, 2:00–3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Jena Seiler will speak about her installation currently on exhibition at MSSU, Submerging. Submerging captures moments of sensorial experience set in one city’s regularly functioning water system. The project explores this single water system through a multimedia installation that incorporates video, audio, and photography. The installation brings the sounds, colors, spaces, movements—even the feeling—of water into relation with visitors to make water inescapably present, while also drawing attention to, and testing the limits of, media.  For more information, call 417.625.3066.

March 5: Frankenstein Week – Stitching the Seams of Textual Bodies: A Bicentennial Digital Frankenstein Project by Dr. Elisa Beshero-Bondar, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). In this talk, Elisa Beshero-Bondar, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Digital Text at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, will discuss how she and her collaborators produced a new and authoritative digital edition of the 1818, 1823, and 1831 published texts of Frankenstein, which is linked with the Shelley-Godwin Archive edition of Mary Shelley’s manuscript notebooks. The new edition’s reading interface should invite readers to learn the interesting story of how the events and characters of the novel changed over the first decades of its life, from the time of its first drafts by its 18-year-old author to the changes imposed by authors and editors over three published editions from 1818, 1823, and 1831. Dr. Beshero-Bondar considers the possibilities and potential pitfalls of creating and sustaining digital editions and how this new edition of Frankenstein will inspire fresh investigations of longstanding questions about Frankenstein’s transformations. Frankenstein Week is the inaugural event in the new Literature Lives series at Missouri Southern. Sponsored by the English & Philosophy Department, it will focus on both the original novel and subsequent film versions of the book. For more information, call 417.625.9377.

March 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.

March 6: Frankenstein Week – Corruption of death [and] the blooming cheek of life’: Science, Ethics, and Frankenstein with Dr. Alla Barry, Dr. Barry Brown, Dr. Donna Johnson, and Dr. Vickie Roettger, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Reynolds Hall Room 232 (3950 Newman Rd). Two hundred years after its publication, Frankenstein continues to surface in discussions of science, scientific overreach, medical ethics, and medical advances. From frankenfoods to frankenfish, frankenstorms to frankenscience, the name Frankenstein and prefix “franken-” have become shorthand for the sometimes scary, sometimes silly suturing of disparate parts, of experiments, and of experiments gone awry. This interdisciplinary panel features professors of biology, philosophy, and English addressing the interconnected topics of anatomy education, medical experimentation, the microbiological aspects of digging up dead bodies, and medical and scientific ethics raised by the novel from the perspectives of their own research interests. Join panelists Dr. Alla Barry, Dr. Barry Brown, Dr. Donna Johnson, Dr. Vickie Roettger and moderator Dr. Amy Gates in this discussion about science, ethics, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Frankenstein Week is the inaugural event in the new Literature Lives series at Missouri Southern. Sponsored by the English & Philosophy Department, it will focus on both the original novel and subsequent film versions of the book. For more information, call 417.625.9377.

March 6: MSSU International Film Festival – Shoot the Piano Player, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). In his most famous film role, Charles Aznavour plays a mild-mannered pianist who accidentally finds himself caught up in the criminal underworld and an unexpected love affair. One of Truffaut’s earlier films, the tragicomic Shoot the Piano Player exemplifies both the director’s leading part in the French nouvelle vague (new wave) and his love for the American gangster film. For more information, call 417.673.126.

March 7: Frankenstein Film Fest, 4:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theatre (3950 Newman Rd). Dr. Bill Kumbier will introduce the iconic 1931 film Frankenstein, directed by James Whale, featuring Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster. Frankenstein Week is the inaugural event in the new Literature Lives series at Missouri Southern. Sponsored by the English & Philosophy Department, it will focus on both the original novel and subsequent film versions of the book. For more information, call 417.625.9377.

March 7: Frankenstein Film Fest, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theatre (3950 Newman Rd). Dr. Michael Howarth will introduce the 1974 comedy classic Young Frankenstein, directed by Mel Brooks, starring Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle. Frankenstein Week is the inaugural event in the new Literature Lives series at Missouri Southern. Sponsored by the English & Philosophy Department, it will focus on both the original novel and subsequent film versions of the book. For more information, call 417.625.9377.

March 8: Loren Long Book Signing, 3:30–4:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Come meet and have your book(s) signed by Joplin native, Loren Long. Loren is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas, Otis and the Kittens, and Otis and the Scarecrow. Loren’s heartwarming Little Tree is a picture book for all ages. Loren is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, the re-illustrated edition of Watty Piper’s The Little Engine That Could, and Madonna’s Mr. Peabody’s Apples. He is also the Golden Kite Award winning illustrator of Angela Johnson’s I Dream of Trains and the Golden Kite Honor winning illustrator of When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer, based on the poem by Walt Whitman. Loren is also the illustrator of Margaret Wise Brown’s never-before-published picture book Good Day, Good Night, and Newbery Medal winning Matt de La Pena’s Love. Long’s visit to Joplin is a collaborative effort between the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Joplin Public Library, Post Art Library, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts.

March 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.

March 8: Frankenstein Week – Gala Reception with Scary Story Contest Winners, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva Library room 413 (3950 Newman Rd). Frankenstein Week will wrap up with a gala reception where the winners of the Scary Story Contest will be announced and prizes awarded. Then enjoy spooky readings from several of the top contest entries. Food will be provided. Frankenstein Week is the inaugural event in the new Literature Lives series at Missouri Southern. Sponsored by the English & Philosophy Department, it will focus on both the original novel and subsequent film versions of the book. For more information, call 417.625.9377.

March 8: Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter Meeting: Great Missouri Birding Trails, 7:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). The evenings presenter for Great Missouri Birding Trails will be Mike Doyen. 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.

March 9: Luncheon with Loren Long, 11:30am–1:00pm in the Community Room at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An educational luncheon geared towards the arts community with Joplin native, an award-winning author and illustrator, Lore Long. Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas, Otis and the Kittens, and Otis and the Scarecrow. Loren’s heartwarming Little Tree is a picture book for all ages. Long is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, the re-illustrated edition of Watty Piper’s The Little Engine That Could, and Madonna’s Mr. Peabody’s Apples. He is also the Golden Kite Award winning illustrator of Angela Johnson’s I Dream of Trains and the Golden Kite Honor winning illustrator of When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer, based on the poem by Walt Whitman. Long is also the illustrator of Margaret Wise Brown’s never-before-published picture book Good Day, Good Night, and Newbery Medal winning Matt de La Pena’s Love. Long’s visit to Joplin is a collaborative effort between the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Joplin Public Library, Post Art Library, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts. This is a free event, with lunch provided. However, advanced registration is required. Registration can be made at: https://lorenlongluncheon.eventbrite.com.

March 10: Pictures with the Bunny, 9:00am–5:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Photographer Russ Kinerson will be taking pictures of guests with Wildcats very own live Easter bunny—Trevor! Patrons will leave with photos on a thumb drive and can print them at home or at their favorite photo processing facility. Cost: $20 per sitting. Include more than one child or let the whole family join the action. Of course, Trevor will be the one trying to steal the show. Small crafts will be offered and a small hike to round out the visit is suggested. Don’t forget to visit the Heron’s Nest and get several great ideas for those Easter baskets. Proceeds will benefit Wildcat Glades Friends Group. Pre-registration required by calling the Center at 417.623.2211.

March 10: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring pages and markers book or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring, 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.

March 10: The Met: Live in HD Semiramide, 11:55am at Northstar 14 (201 S Northpark Ln). This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast. Cost: Adults $24, Senior $21.82 and Child $17.45. For more information visit fathomevents.com.

March 10 & 11: Encouraging the Next Generation, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond). George Washington Carver was a teacher, friend, and mentor to many young men who faithfully carried on his work. Visitors learn of the treasured relationships Carver had with “his boys.” For more information call, 417.325.4151.

March 10: Rockin’ Out  MSSU Family Rock Painting Workshop, 2:00–4:00pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Paint and snacks will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a rock, however, there will be some to select from if needed. All Ages are welcome. RSVP to bentley-c@mssu.edu by Friday, March 2nd. If you have any questions or would like more information, call 417.625.3066.

March 10: Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin’s Variety Show, 7:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Stained Glass Theatre presents a Variety Show. 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.

March 15: Coffee with Carver: Carver’s Bulletin’s – Some Choice Wild Vegetables, 10:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO). Upon arrival in the South, George Washington Carver was disturbed by the poor nutritional content in the diet of impoverished, share-cropping families. He encouraged them to supplement their meals with nutrient-dense plants readily available for free. Carver’s agriculture bulletins and the leaflet will be on display. Everyone in attendance will receive a free tomato plant to begin their spring gardens. For more information call 417.325.4151 or visit  www.nps.gov/gwca.

March 15: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. The first Third Thursday of the 2018 season will be sponsored by Atlas Safe Rooms and Mid American RV. The title sponsors are KSN/KODE and Storm Cloud Marketing. 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!

March 16: Spiva Open Reception, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Spiva is celebrating 42 years of PhotoSpiva—an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Free to all members and a suggested contribution of $5 for non-members. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

March 17 & 18: Women in Carver’s Life, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO). Throughout Carver’s life many women mentored and guided him along his journey to earn an education. These women, often maternal figures and spiritual mentors for Carver, encouraged him to succeed. For more information, call 417.325.4151.

March 17: PhotoSpiva 2018 Awards Presentation, 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Juror Henry Horenstein will choose winners and present cash prizes for PhotoSpiva—an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Sponsored by the Freeman R. Johnson Trust. The Juror’s Lecture will immediately follow. Suggested donation of $10 for admission to the event. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

March 17: PhotoSpiva 2018 One-On-One Portfolio Review,10:00am–Noon and 1:00–3:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Juror Henry Horenstein will conduct one-on-one portfolio reviews for interested photographers. Cost is $15 for Spiva members and $25 for non-members. Contact Spiva at 417.623.0183 for more information or to schedule a review.

March 19: C2C Arts Roundtable – We Got Numbers, Now What?, 11:30am–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Over the course of 2016, Connect2Culture funded and served as local project partner on behalf of the City of Joplin in Americans for the Arts fifth economic impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences – also known as Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5). Through these efforts, we have learned that the nonprofit arts and culture industry in Joplin generates $5.4 million in annual economic activity in the City of Joplin, supporting 191 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $452,000 in local and state government revenues. Now that we have these valuable numbers…how can we use them to our best advantage? In this C2C Arts Roundtable, you will learn the results of AEP5, as well as how to use this information wisely! Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Director of Connect2Culture, will give the low-down on Joplin’s results, while Michael Donovan, Executive Director of the Missouri Arts Council, will speak on the entire state of Missouri. Sharon Beshore, Chairman of Connect2Culture, will then explain how to use these numbers to their full potential. Admission is free. Lunch will be provided. Registration is appreciated by calling 417.625.6683 or emailing emily@connect2culture.com.

March 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.

March 22: Spiva in Bloom: Designer’s Reception, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Regional florists are invited to create a floral arrangement based on a work from PhotoSpiva 2018—an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Come see these talented florist’s artistic creations in a reception free and open to the public. Exhibit is up through Sat, March 24. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

March 23: Spiva in Bloom: Luncheon, 11:30–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Enjoy a catered lunch in the Main Gallery surrounded by PhotoSpiva 2018 PhotoSpiva—an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Florist and Spiva member Justin Thomas of The Wild Flower will do a demonstration of an arrangement based on a piece of art. $50 per person (limit 48). Must pre-register. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

March 23: The Hip Handmade Market Happy Hour Spring 2018, 5:30–9:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Think pre-shopping, casual atmosphere, mingling, the perfect fun night out! This is a pre-show to the Spring 2018 Hip Handmade Market. Not only are tickets for Friday night limited so that you can enjoy shopping without a crowd, they include appetizers and drinks including the HHM signature cocktail for those 21 and up. The first 20 ticket holders through the door on Friday night and the first 30 on Saturday will receive a limited edition Spring 2018 HHM tote. This curated indie-craft market is the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even gifts for friends – all while supporting local artists and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applications to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include, paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and more. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information or to purchase your tickets visit thehiphandmademarket.com.

March 24: Wildcat Glades Trail Race, 8:00–11:00am Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Wildcat Glades Trail Race travels through diverse ecosystems and ranges from leisurely to rugged. Enjoy Missouri trees, wildflowers and a host of birds and animals. Rivers and creeks flow along the entire length of the trail. This scenic trail takes you to the historic Redings Mill Bridge. Listen to the rushing rapids and keep your eyes open for a belted kingfisher and osprey. Early packet pickup for the event will be held Friday, March 23 from 10:00am–4:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Same day packet pickup and registration for out of town travelers will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 6:30–7:30am. Early registration is advised since this event will cap at 300 participants. For more information, call 417.782.6287.

March 24: Spring Hip Handmade Market 2018, 9:00am–4:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Hip Handmade Market is Southwest Missouri’s original juried indie craft fair. This is the 5th annual Spring Market + the 9th Market all together. This is the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even gifts for friends – all while supporting local artists and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applications to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include, printmaking, jewelry, vintage finds, accessories, woodworking, felting, fabric, metal, children’s items, and more. The $2 adult admission to the Market will directly benefit Art Feeds Joplin. The first 30 to enter the Market on Saturday will receive a limited edition Spring 2018 HHM tote. For more information, visit thehiphandmademarket.com.

March 25: Archaeological Investigations, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO). Artifacts will be available for viewing during this program. A park ranger will discuss the information that can be collected from artifacts and the importance of maintaining a museum collection. For more information, call 417.325.4151.

March 26 & 27: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions – Shrek The Musical, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). “Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek. Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities, including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all) and more! Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre. There is an online audition form that must be completed. You can find that form at www.justthemix.com along with even more information about characters, schedules and audition info. On audition day, please come prepared to sing 16 measure of a song that will highlight your singing. Do not sing songs from the show. Also, wear comfortable clothing and shoes. You will be taught a part of one song from the show. If you are auditioning for the tapping rats (kids ensemble), bring your tap shoes and be prepared to learn a small tap number. Shrek The Musical is a large cast of 47. JLT need 8 Men, 12 Women, 11 Men or Women; 1 boy; 2 girls; 13 boys or girls (must tap). For more information, visit www.justthemix.com. Performance dates: May 30–June 3, 2018.

March 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.

March 31: The Met: Live in HD Così fan tutti, 11:55am at Northstar 14 ( 201 S Northpark Ln). A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts. Cost: Adults $24, Senior $21.82 and Child $17.45. For more information visit fathomevents.com.

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

March 1–31: Thoughts and Stories by Amber Mintert, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Amber Mintert, Assistant Art Professor at Missouri Southern State University, presents Thoughts and Stories. “This work has been created using my favorite ingredients of mixed media, thought provoking combinations, and a subtle humor,” remarked Mintert. “Each piece represents a thought that has grown in my mind, or experience that has touched my life.” Mintert will be on hand at First Thursday ArtWalk to answer any and all questions about her artwork and artistic process. All work is for sale. For more information call 417.438.5931.

March 3–31: PhotoSpiva Shutterbugs & Kids, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The children’s answer to PhotoSpiva, this exhibit features the work of shutterbugs ages four through eight. PhotoSpiva Kids class instructors taught the group basics of good photography. Each child was loaned a camera for PhotoSpiva and sent out into the wilds to “capture” their surroundings.

March 5–30: Submerging by Jena Seiler, Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Submerging begins with questions about water—specifically with questions about public water systems. What are the limits of our water systems? Where do they begin; where do they end? Where is the water going when we hear it rushing underneath a sidewalk? Where has it gone when it has ceased to come out of our faucets? Many of us are adept at blocking out sounds of our environment and mechanisms of our infrastructure. Often such things become present only when something goes wrong: when there is a breach, an error, a misfire, a disaster. Routine examples include water running in a toilet or leaking from a sink. More extraordinary examples include lead seeping into an entire city’s water system, as was the the case in Flint, Michigan, or the failure of infrastructure following a massive hurricane, as we saw in Puerto Rico, Houston, and Florida in the late summer of 2017. Descending below the surface, Submerging captures moments of sensorial experience set in one city’s regularly functioning water system. The project explores this single water system through a multimedia installation that incorporates video, audio, and photography. The installation brings the sounds, colors, spaces, movements—even the feeling—of water into relation with visitors to make water inescapably present, while also drawing attention to, and testing the limits of, media.

March 17–May 12: PhotoSpiva 2018, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 42nd year, PhotoSpiva 2018 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Sixty-three images will be exhibited, chosen by juror Henry Horenstein. The competition was judged blindly with Horenstein having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as amateurs or professionals and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. Horenstein viewed over 547 images submitted by 97 photographers via the competition’s website, photospiva.org. The competition was open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – was eligible, as long as it resulted in a two-dimensional print that had never been shown at Spiva. Entrants represented 19 states, and the Four-State Area made a proud showing of 109 accepted entries; 56 entries were from the Show Me state. On March 17, Horenstein will choose winners and present cash prizes, sponsored by the Freeman R. Johnson Trust.

March 16–May 12: 2018 Small Works Auction, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 20th annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating artists. This not-to-miss event includes a closing party for bidding, set for 6:00–9:00pm on Friday, May 11. New for this year’s closing party will be Art on Tap with beer, food, music, and fast and furious bidding! Especially anticipated every year are the Rainmaker entries. Rainmakers are artists whose works have sold for $300 or more during previous Small Works auctions. With an opening bid of $300, these works hold a place of honor in the exhibit. All other works start their bidding at $35. For all entries, there is a “Buy It Now” option for those who don’t want to risk losing a piece in a last-minute bidding war. Artists set their own “Buy It Now” prices, but the minimum is $125. Rainmakers’ minimum “Buy It Now” price is $500. Works may be viewed and bids may be placed online at http://spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/ from the opening of the exhibit and until 3:00pm on Thursday, May 10. Online bidders will have to send a proxy the night of live bidding to ensure they bid up to the last minute. With the exposure for artists comes the potential bragging rights for recognition for creating the best entries: Juror’s Choice; Best 3-D; Best Mixed Media; Best Photography; Best Still Life or Floral; and Best Landscape or Plein Air. Exhibition visitors will determine the People’s Choice award. The juror will be announced on opening night.

February 21–March 31: Spring 2018 Literally Design Poster Exhibition, Joplin Public 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. The source text for the Spring 2018 Literally Design competition is William Faulkner’s 1950 acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The artwork of six finalists (Alicia Zustiak, Kayla Koskovick, Danielle Davis, Hampton Yust, James Stark, and Ellen Smith) is now on display. Literally Design is sponsored by the Missouri Southern State University student design club, 39FIFTY, and Post Art Library. For more information about the exhibit or reception, contact Post Art Library Director, Jill Sullivan, at 417.623.7953 x1041 or jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org.

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 1–April 30: Face In the City by Tamara Geisert’s, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). JRAC member Tamara Geisert’s inspiration for her Face Of The City series came from being among city dwellers going about their everyday tasks. A unique effect was achieved by painting the subject in full color while putting the city background in muted sepia tones.

February 1–March 31: Mardi Gras Spirit World by Alice and David Greenwood-Mathe, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). This exhibit by Alice and David Greenwood-Mathe features works of Haitian culture, Voodoo, White Magic and Love Potions. For more information, call 417.438.5931. 

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 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 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.


CLASSES 

March 2: Sign Paint Part with Miss Daisy’s Attic, 6:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Come join the fun in this sign making party. Try out the new designs and new board choices. All the supplies you need will be provided. Just bring yourself and wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting a little paint on. If you have a custom quote please ask first if it is possible a couple of days before the class. If you would like to do a last name and/or initial, let them know when you purchase your tickets. There will be about 30 different paint colors to choose from to make your sign fit your home and family. Please feel free to bring snacks or beverages. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit missdaisysattic.com. Cost: $39.

March 3: Glass Sun Catchers with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+), 10:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Catch the sun with your unique design in this glass class! For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $35.

March 3: Basic Beekeeping, 10:00am at Joplin Greenhouse & Garden Center (2820 E 32nd St). Attention Beekeepers & Wanna Bees! Guest speaker Phil McGowan from Joplin Area Beekeepers Assoc. will be sharing his knowledge in beekeeping. Whether a novice or expert this will be a great class to attend. No charge however registration appreciated as this is always a very large class. For more information, call 417.624.2751.

March 3: Let’s Be Tree Heroes with Dr. Seuss and The Lorax! (Ages 4-10), 10:30am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). The class will read The Lorax and make truffula trees and some recycled crafts as you learn more about trees! For more information, call 417.782.6287.

March 3: Kids…Pick your painting (Ages 6+), 11:00am–2:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Join Miss Daisy’s Attic for this fun painting class for kids and there parents. You can each get your own canvas or collaborate on a piece. Wear your painting clothes and be ready to have a fun time! For more information or to purchase tickets visit missdaisysattic.com. Cost is $40.

March 3: Terrariums II, 2:00–3:00pm at Joplin Greenhouse & Garden Center (2820 E 32nd St). All materials are included, but all participants are required to register before. If you would like to register  or have any questions, call 417.624.2751. Cost: $35.

March 3: PhotoSpiva Tweens (Ages 11–14), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a professional photographer and exhibit in a curated show at Spiva in April. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $50.

March 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.

March 10: Faux Stained Glass with Cyndi Cogbill (Ages 7+), 9:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Craft a beautiful piece of art while learning about translucent polymer clay and wildflowers. You will have your choice of a traditional stained glass look or one without the cames lines. Polymer clay, materials, and instructions provided. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $25.

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

March 11: 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. 

March 15: Paint 101 with Miss Daisy’s Attic, 6:00–9:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Have you been wondering what all the fuss is about the chalk based paints? Come join in for a basic furniture painting class. You will learn how to paint with the different brands of chalk type paints and all the differences with each one. Then you will learn how to use wax and glaze. All supplies are included in the price. Wear your painting clothes and be ready to have a fun time! You will be able to take your projects home as inspiration. Cost is $60. Class size is limited, but will be cancelled if less than 5 sign up. For more information or to purchase tickets visit missdaisysattic.com.

March 17: Culinary Art 101 – Soups and Toast with Josie Mai (Ages 15+), Noon, held offsite. Join Spiva’s Executive Director in learning how to make homemade soups. This class is held offsite and is limited to 5 per class. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $40.

March 17: Basic Drawing with Connie Miller (Ages 15+), 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drawing success for those who can’t make a straight line, and for those wanting to update their skills. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $25.

March 24: Pawpaw Patch Productions presents – Faux Panoramic Sugar Eggs with Cyndi Cogbill (Ages 6+), 9:00am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Panoramic Sugar Eggs have long been a favorite at Easter. You’ll make a polymer clay version that will feature violets and little spring critters. While your eggs cure you will learn about violets through an experiments, tasting them, and folklore. Clay, all materials, and tutorials provided. Cost: $25 for the first person, $12 for additional immediate family members, adults helping children free. Registration required by 12 Noon on the Thursday before the class. Call or text 417.553.1585, or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when you receive a reply.

March 24: Pysanky Egg Decorating for Beginners with Carolyn Trout (Ages 13+), 10:00am–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This ancient art form uses egg shells, beeswax, and water soluble dyes to create masterpieces in miniature. This class is held offsite and is limited to 6 per class. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost $35.

March 24: Spiva in Bloom: Hand-Tieds with Justin, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Facilitated by Justin Thomas of The Wild Flower. Flowers provided. Justin will guide you in arranging. Mimosas served. $35/person, limit 15. Must pre-register. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

March 24: Pysanky Egg Decorating for the Advanced with Carolyn Trout (Ages 13+), 2:00–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Further exploration into this fascinating art form! This session is for returning students who want to expand on their knowledge. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost $35.

March 24: Flying Colors Printmaking and Kite Crafting with Sarah Serio, 3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This family workshop entails learning the fun and intriguing practice of traditional printmaking and crafting your artwork into an aerial canvas to fly in the spring sky! For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $35.

March 28: Vino & Van Gogh, 6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. This class will be painting Van Gogh’s Vase of Nasturtiums or Monet’s Landscape on the Isle of St. Martin. No experience is necessary and there are many masterpieces to choose from! All materials furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine); please reserve your spot by calling the gallery at 417.553.0835.

March 19–March 23: Superhero Adventures Art Camp with Sarah Serio (Ages 12-14), 12:30–3:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Calling all Wizards, Jedis, & Avengers for an adventure in superhero art. True heroes recycle, so you will be using green art & recyclable objects in this week-long camp! For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $12 per session, pre-registration required.

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. Classes are $125 a month for 4 classes. 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. Classes are $125 a month for 4 classes. Call 417.437.9281 to register.


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):

Thursdays, March 1–November 16: Memories in the Making, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Memories in the making is back this March! This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. There is no charge for the class, and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Sponsored by St. Avips. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

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.

Second Saturdays: Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio at Joplin Public Library Makerspace (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Joplin Makers have partnered for Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio events. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve, basis. You do not need a library card to use the makerspace. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian to use the makerspace during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. For information, cal 417.623.7952, ext. 1041.

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).