Monday, April 30 | Submitted by Stephanie Cramer | Downtown Central
The Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC), in partnership with Empire Bank and Central Trust & Investment Company, proudly presents the ongoing featured artist series, “The Art of Process”, featuring famed artist and Springfield resident Brad Noble for the month of May. Brad Noble’s exhibit and month-long residency, “B. Noble”, will be held at The Creamery Arts Center beginning on First Friday Art Walk, Friday, May 4 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and will continue through Monday, May 28. The exhibition will feature finished works as well as works in progress. The Arts Library at The Creamery will be transformed into Noble’s living studio where he will work on site throughout the month. In addition, Noble will offer the first of its kind artist workshop from Thursday, May 17 – Sunday, May 20 from 9:00am-5:00pm at The Creamery. An Artist Talk will be held on Sunday, May 20 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. that will showcase the student art created during the workshop.
During “The Art of Process”, Noble will be displaying and discussing his latest works involving his innovative “vapor” paintings. “Vapor faces have many ways to enter into them. In short, or ideally, they are essence studies of an ambiguous human face. I try to destroy [the vapor painting], only to soften [it] to a point of ambiguity, which allows the viewer’s mind to fill in the gaps […],”says Noble.
Noble, one of Springfield’s most prolific and well known art darlings, comes equipped with national recognition and exhibitions in galleries from Soho to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Brad received his BFA from the Art Center in Pasadena in 1996. His work has received international attention and is permanently on exhibit at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and has recently been acquired by the Seven Bridges Foundation, celebrity artist Tom Waits, and Maverick Producer Freddy Demann.
“Ideally, I take my viewer through a series of discoveries that leave them questioning their original assumptions…I create as I paint, with an improvisational style, intention without destination, beginning with a central subject or emotion and remaining open to direction…even though at the final end of the journey the piece might not show that it was one of those chaotic creations, that spontaneity to me keeps it fresh,” says Noble.
The month-long exhibition is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The artist workshop has a fee and requires registration by calling 417-862-2787. The SRAC’s “The Art of Process” series focuses on the creation of art through the artist’s process. For more information, please visit SRAC online at SpringfieldArts.org or call 417-862-2787.
The SRAC, incorporated in 1978, connects people and the arts. It supports some of the most prominent visual, performing, literary and film/media arts organizations and artists within 27 counties, the largest outreach of any in the state of Missouri. The current mission of the SRAC is to transform lives and enrich our Community through the Arts. The SRAC also manages The Creamery Arts Center, which houses the offices of the SRAC, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield Community Center and Care to Learn, as well as a board room, classrooms, arts library, exhibition hall, film editing bays, shared costume and set design shops managed by the Springfield Little Theatre and instrument storage.