First Friday Art Walk, April 2018

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Join First Friday Art Walk 6-10 p.m. on April 6 for exciting new shows, new artists, Artsfest Previews, foreign language mini-classes, live art demonstrations, artist receptions, heroes, live music and more in 24 locations.

 

ART WALK MEMBERS TEAM UP WITH RED DRESS DASH IN APRIL

The American Heart Association’s Red Dress Dash will be held downtown during First Friday Art Walk, and Art Walk members are stepping up to participate in the event’s Scavenger Hunt. Follow clues to participating Art Walk venues as you vie for the prize and promote the cause of women’s heart health! For more information, visit www.heart.org/reddressdashsgf

PARK CENTRAL LIBRARY FEATURES GO BLUE FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION

Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, invites you to join Isabel’s House to GO BLUE for Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month. The evening includes Art by the Children of Isabel’s Houseavailable for purchase, light hors d’oeuvres and Entertainment by Tony Menown.

 

AT IDEAXFACTORY, 30+ ARTISTS EXPLORE THEME WE COULD BE HEROES

IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents We Could Be Heroes in April. We asked a wide variety of artists for their heroes for this exhibition – be they from history, literature, music, movies, comics, friends, relatives…. To explore or present diverse heroes so we can all discover something new.

 
APRIL ART WALK EXCLUSIVE: ART WALK AT THE EFACTORY 

The eFactory, 405 N. Jefferson, invites you to enjoy Art Walk at the eFactory – exclusively during the April 6 Art Walk! Join the eFactory from 5 to 8 p.m. for Art by Bruce West, Jimmie Allen, Gwen Walstrand, Neal Polallis and Cory Powell, plus tours of this unique, tech-focused business incubator and entrepreneurial development center.

 

SPRINGFIELD BREWING CO. RETURNS TO WALK WITH GARY B. PARKS

Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., rejoins First Friday Art Walk as a sponsor in April! Enjoy works by Featured Artist Gary B. Parks. 

 

MSU INTERNATIONAL FEATURES TOUR OF ASIA, LANGUAGE LEARNING

MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, presents Tour of Asia, plus sample courses in languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish in a Community Language Open House with activities for kids ages 10-14!

 

APRIL 2018 GALLERY GUIDE

 

 

Art Inspired, 230 S. Market, presents Journey by Featured Artists Juliana Goodwin and Sony Hocklander, an exhibit of outdoor and travel photo art from the Ozarks to the ocean and beyond. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat

 

Beyond Studio, 400 South Ave., Stes. 230-250, presents the work of Resident Artist Deborah Cox and Local Artist Rebecca McConnell. Rebecca is a freelance illustrator. “I create my illustrations with warm and dainty colors and my work is often inspired by everyday objects, nature and experiences.” (417) 414-0487 Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F

 

BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents A Show to Be Announced for the April 6 Art Walk. www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks

 

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents the Central International Baccalaureate Senior Portfolio Exhibition April 6. (417) 862-ARTS (2787). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays Note: The Creamery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m.

 

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., proudly presents the Annual All-School Competitive Exhibition, with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. April 6. Note: Drury Pool Art Center Gallery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m.

 

The eFactory, 405 N. Jefferson, invites you to enjoy Art Walk at the eFactory – exclusively during the April 6 Art Walk! Join the eFactory from 5 to 8 p.m. for Art by Bruce West, Jimmie Allen, Gwen Walstrand, Neal Polallis and Cory Powell, plus tours of this unique, tech-focused business incubator and entrepreneurial development center. Note: The eFactory is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its art reception starts at 5 p.m.

 

Equality Healthcare, 420 W. College, Ste. 100, presents new art and new artists in April! Enjoy New Works by Featured Artist Stephanie Cramer, plus the addition of Featured Artists Shannon Bacon and Dustin Burgert, and works by Featured Artist T.D. Scott. (417) 633-7020 www.equality.healthcare Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-Fri Note: Equality Healthcare is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m.

 

European Café by Sweet Couture, 207 Park Central East, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to enjoy local art and wildly creative edibles. www.417EuropeanCafe.com (417) 942-5055 Open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Th, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. F & Sat Note: European Café is a Night Owl Art Walk location: open until 11 p.m.

 

Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, invites you to enjoy its 2018 Juried Competition Exhibition, with winners announced in an Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Fresh is an artist collective gallery featuring regional artists in painting, ceramics, jewelry, metal sculpture, woodturning, stained glass and much, much more! (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during Art Walk

 

The History Museum on the Square at the Fox Theatre, 157 Park Central Square, presents Memories of the Mother Road – Birthplace of Route 66. Travel back in time on Route 66 and learn about the places that put Springfield on the map. Enjoy the great music of that period and learn more about the popular local diners and drive-ins on the Mother Road. FREE Museum Night during Art Walk; regular admission applies for Second Saturday. (417) 831-1976 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org

 

Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., a proud Art Walk sponsor, features Artsfest Previews for the month of April, including First Friday and the Hotel V In Party each Wednesday night in April. Each week we will feature 2 local artists that will have booths at this year’s Artsfest. Open for First Friday and Second Saturday. (417) 832-1515 www.hotelvandivort.com Note: Hotel Vandivort is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: Open 24-7-365

 

IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents We Could Be Heroes in April. We asked a wide variety of artists for their heroes for this exhibition – be they from history, literature, music, movies, comics, friends, relatives…. To explore or present diverse heroes so we can all discover something new.

One artist said, “I don’t have any heroes!” Even better, make up your own. What do you want your hero to do? We need more heroes, so why not invent a few more!

Join the conversation on First Friday and add your painting, drawing, or story to the community heroes wall in the ideaXfactory DIY Art Lab. This event is free and open to the public.

Contributing artists include MSU and Drury faculty members, independent, professional, and street artists, among them: Jo Van Arkel, Beatle Mike, Gary Bedell, Christino Bellotti, Greg Booker, Rick Briggenhorst, Leah CF, Roxie Castro, Stephanie Cramer, Dendril, Keith Ekstam, Lura Faye, Lillian Fitzpatrick, Cedomir Kostovic, Iwona Rypesc-Kostovic, Christine Kreamer-Schilling, Maria Gerasimchuk, Sharon Harper, Hing Wah Hatch, Kevin Hughes, Sarah Jones, Mika Logan, Todd Lowery, Eric Ray, Meganne Rosen, Jina Seo, Shauna Leann Smith, Christie Snelson, Cameron Thomas and Mikey Yates http://ideaxfactory.com

 

Mane Salon and Social House, 404A W. Walnut, a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Fusion by Fred J. Fox in April, plus an Art Walker special on sangria during the opening reception. A local artisan and owner of iNcredible Creativity, Fred utilizes a variety of materials and methods to create unique handmade products. Fusion showcases his work combining wood, acrylic and metals to form one-of-a-kind works of art. “I enjoy working with all of these materials by themselves, but I have found a true passion in combining materials, as you never know what you will get. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind, and that’s pretty incredible.” (417) 755-7681 manesalonandsocial.com Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

 

Millet and Hammer, 405-407 N. Boonville Ave., a collaborative studio and purveyor of locally made furniture and home décor, invites you to experience the new work its members have created for the month and the exciting projects in which they are involved. (417) 413-3817 www.milletandhammer.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

 

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, and the Department of Art+Design, presents The Road I Call Home: Portraits and Films by Randy Bacon; Stories by Our Homeless Friends through April 20. Also, enjoy International Baccalaureate Exhibitions in the primary and middle years programs.

The Road I Call Home is a series of simple, direct, casual studio portraits of homeless individuals, emphasizing the beauty, identity and integrity of each person. Accompanying each portrait is a panel outlining the subject’s circumstances in his or her own words.

The artist’s goal is to challenge viewers to recognize a common bond, consider intently and open their minds and hearts. Through his message of universal acceptance, understanding and love, he encourages inclusion and the embracing of our interrelationships with fellow human beings.

He views each person as a unique individual with a story that matters and considers these stories tools to help make the world a better place. The basis of his creative philosophy is “You were born an original,” and this is the seed that continues to grow his artistry.

Based on his work with the homeless community in Springfield, Bacon has been invited to work with and document the stories of homeless subjects in Oklahoma City, San Francisco, Kansas City, Missouri, and Oakland, California. His vision is to change the world — through people and their stories. (417) 836-6794 http://art.missouristate.edu/148370.htmOpen 11 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Fri, noon-5 p.m. Sat and by appointment; closed Sunday and University holidays

 

MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, presents Tour of Asia for the April 6 Art Walk, plus take a 20-minute sample course in languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish in a Community Language Open House, including activities for kids ages 10-14!

The Tour of Asia will explore lesser known regions of the continent alongside countries and cultures typically associated with Asia. Foreign language learning will be from 6 to 7 p.m. The Community Language Open House is the perfect opportunity to see whether our language courses are right for you. Prospective language learners are invited to attend a brief lesson to meet the instructors and get a taste of what language learning is like at Missouri State. Finally, new this year, we’ll have an opportunity for kids ages 10-14 to try out activities that will be available during our youth language and culture camps this summer. http://international.missouristate.edu

 

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents the MSU Art + Design Department Per Course Art Faculty Exhibition. Art and Design’s per course faculty are active and involved artists, designers or art educators. Their work ranges from photography, paintings and sculptures, to new media and more. Be sure to enjoy the Art Walk reception, with complementary food and drinks, 6-10 p.m. April 6. (417) 836-6999 www.sec.misssouristate.edu

 

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, proudly presents Woodlands: The Art of Jane Troup

Artist Statement: “I live in the country, surrounded by nature, something more rare now. There are moments during walks through the fields and woods where I feel connected to all things. I strive to put that idea into my work.

“I might describe this show as My Friends the Trees, but this is not unique, I always paint trees.

“How I might describe my work: a bit of Dr. Seuss done by an Amish gal—structured, precise, thoughtfully articulated but radical, like nature.” —Jane Troup (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com

 

Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, invites you to join Isabel’s House to GO BLUE for Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month. The evening includes Art by the Children of Isabel’s Houseavailable for purchase, light hors d’oeuvres and Entertainment by Tony Menown. On Display: Hope of Isabel’s House. Art Walk reception ends at 9. (417) 831-1342 http://facebook.com/thelibrary.org Open 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. M-Th and 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. F & Sat Closed Sunday.

 

Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., rejoins First Friday Art Walk as a sponsor in April! Enjoy works by Featured Artist Gary B. Parks. 

About the Artist: Gary B. Parks was born a Texan but was raised in the farmland of Iowa. He followed in his father’s footsteps learning how to build, but he gained a wealth of knowledge from both of his parents and grandparents on how to think outside the box. His father used his creativity in building, but also in welding iron and wood designs. His mother was an artist and he studied her use of color. His grandfather inspired him to collect agate rocks and saw them in half to see the beautiful colors inside. All of this has helped to shape the artist he is today.

He has long since admired the strong lines in Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings, and the colors and shapes of stained glass. At a time when all the builders were constructing the cookie cutter ranch style home, a client asked him to incorporate some stained glass and architectural artifacts into his new construction. Gary loved the freedom to create on such a large scale and it inspired him to collect stained glass and architectural artifacts for future projects.

His inquisitive mind keeps the wheels in his mind working overtime as he thinks of new ways to do something. Whether he’s studying the lines of architecture, sports cars or stained glass, he’s creating new ways to use that information in the next painting. Note: Springfield Brewing Company is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: Entertainment begins as early as 5 p.m. and shows run as late as Last Call on First Fridays.

 

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., a working artist studio, will be crafting Italian-style and Traditional American-style Pitchers for the April Art Walk. (417) 868-8181 www.springfieldhotglass.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

 

Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., is a fine craft gallery and community clay center that not only produces a range of amazing ceramics, but also features examples of Fine Craft by over 45 Local, Regional and National Artists. Springfield Pottery welcomes you to First Friday and Second Saturday in April. (417) 864-4677 www.springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

 

Transformation Gallery & Tattoo, 330 E. Walnut, displays works by Kit King, Casey Baugh and Nick Baxter in its permanent collection, plus, for a limited engagement, works by local oil painter Michael Bueskingand local metal sculptor James Dale. Don’t miss Transformation’s selection of artist prints, as well (417) 869-2338 www.transformationgallery.com Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

 

U.school, 425 W. McDaniel, Ste. 160, presents a show titled Student’s Choice in April. The downtown micro school will be open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. www.u.school

 

Admission
Free