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First Friday Art Walk
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First Friday Art Walk

Springfield Regional Arts Council present its next First Friday Art Walk September 2 in Downtown Springfield.

Via release from First Friday Art Walk:
June 2 Walk features exciting art events in 21 locations
Free Art Walk shuttle between Watercolor USA reception, downtown

Join First Friday Art Walk 6-10 p.m. on June 2 for original art, live local music, live art demonstrations, international culture, wonderful watercolors and more in 21 participating locations.

Art Inspired welcomes Bethany Bradford’s Southwest Series
Art Inspired presents Southwest Series: Paintings and Prints by Bethany Bradford, inspired by the artist’s travels in the American Southwest.

The Creamery hosts the SRAC 2017 Members Show
The Creamery Arts Center welcomes the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s 2017 Members Show, presented by Positronic Industries. Enjoy live music, light refreshments and Mother’s Brewery’s Loopty Loop.

Fresh presents Featured Artist Alicia Farris in June
Fresh Gallery presents Featured Artist Alicia Farris for Art Walk and Second Saturday in June. Farris is an award-winning watercolor and acrylic artist and painting instructor, as well as a participant in the 2017 Watercolor USA exhibit at Springfield Art Museum.

ideaXfactory presents Chalk & Arts Festival for Foster Adopt Connect
IdeaXFactory presents the 2nd Annual Chalk & Arts Festival benefiting Foster Adopt Connect, plus art activities outdoors and Russ RuBert’s Glass & Steel X Sound & Light inside.

MSU International hosts Japan Night with students from Isesaki
MSU Center of International Programs welcomes Japan Night, a culture festival led by high school students from Springfield’s Sister City, Isesaki, Japan. Enjoy a family-friendly evening of performances, games, crafts, and snacks 6:30-8 p.m.!

At Obelisk: Reflections and Other Water Offerings: The Art of Lil Olive
Art Walk icon Lil Olive, formerly of Good Girl Art Gallery, returns to the Walk with a solo show at Obelisk Home.

Park Central Branch welcomes Westport Middle School photographers
Park Central Branch Library presents My Life: Photography by Eighth Graders at Westport Middle School.
June 2017 Gallery Guide

Art Inspired, 331 S. Campbell, the northwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents Southwest Series: Paintings and Prints by Bethany Bradford. Featured works were inspired by an October trek through the nation’s Southwest. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat

BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Featured Artist Robert Norton in June.
From the Artist: “A few years ago, I inherited my grandfather’s Mamiya 1000 DTL (a Japanese model film camera popular in the 1970s). I started shooting consistently since then. These photos are mostly shots taken on or near State Parks in Missouri. Photography has led me to some places I might not have been otherwise, and inspired me to explore the region with more of a purpose. For this collection, I put together photos that capture elements of our Ozarks environment and the qualities of its uninhabited areas.” www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks

Bruno’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 416 South Ave., presents the Art of Interior Design & Architecture Exhibit, featuring the color board for the St Jude House by Ellecor Design and the renderings for the new Farmers Park! Stop by for an array of interior color schemes, renderings, and innovation for 2017, and start your Walk with a glass of wine and dinner. (417) 866-0007

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, welcomes the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s 2017 Members Show, presented by Positronic Industries. Live music, light bites and Loopty Loop from Mother’s Brewing Company will also be on hand. The exhibition continues through June 28. www.SpringfieldArts.org (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.

Equality Healthcare, 420 W. College, Ste. 100, welcomes you for the June 2 Art Walk with works by Featured Artists Marty Goodnight, Stephanie Cramer and 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 its regular displays of 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, presents Featured Artist Alicia Farris in June.
Alicia Farris is an award-winning watercolor and acrylic artist and painting instructor.
Following local acclaim including Watercolor USA acceptance and exhibition in the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City, Farris’ work has been recognized in numerous National and International exhibits including the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Northwestern Watercolor Society, Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, Missouri and St. Louis Watercolor Societies.
Farris recently achieved a career goal of signature status in the internationally renowned and prestigious National Watercolor Society, based in Los Angeles, CA. Her work was exhibited in late 2016 at the 96th Annual International Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society in San Pedro, CA. Farris is proud to have her work in nationwide personal and corporate collections.
In addition to being the Featured Artist at Fresh, her work will be a part of this year’s exhibition of Watercolor USA which begins June 3 at the Springfield Art Museum. Don’t miss the opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. during Art Walk. Farris’ work and information on workshops can be found on her website, www.afarris.com. (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 From Home to Over There: Greene County in the Great War. Read the stories of local heroes who fought and died in the “war to end all wars” and their loved ones back on the home front. Walk through a recreated trench & experience WWI on the Western Front. Free Museum night at First Friday Art Walk, regular admission applies for Second Saturday. Free admission for veterans every day, sponsored by Phenix Marble Company and Conco Companies. This exhibit is open Mon.- Sat. 10:30 am to 4:30 pm through July 8. (417) 831-1976 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org

Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., a proud Art Walk sponsor, is a nationally recognized upscale boutique hotel featuring An Array of Outstanding Art. Hotel Vandivort invites you to experience its unique atmosphere, art and upscale dining at The Order. 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 the 2nd Annual Chalk & Arts Festival benefiting Foster Adopt Connect. Chalk artists include Leah CF, Mikey Yates and Sarah Jones among others. On the ideaXfactory lawn, enjoy hands-on creative activities with local nonprofit organizations including Art Zone. Meanwhile, inside the ideaXfactory, Russ RuBert continues his show, Glass & Steel X Sound & Light. http://ideaxfactory.com

Mane Salon and Social House, 404A W. Walnut, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to join them for their First Anniversary Bash! Celebrate Mane Salon’s first year in business with delicious catered food and live music. (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 Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, welcomes Japan Night, a culture festival led by high school students from Springfield’s Sister City, Isesaki. Enjoy performances, games, crafts, and snacks in a family-friendly atmosphere, 6:30-8 p.m. The Center of International Programs brings the world to southwest Missouri through art, cultural displays, food, music, and more. http://international.missouristate.eduhttp://international.missouristate.edu

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Reflections and Other Water Offerings: The Art of Lil Olive. The opening will feature live music by Molly Healey.
“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”
—Henry David Thoreau, Walden
From the Artist: “Nothing influences me more than the beauty and mystery of the natural world. I am fortunate to live in the country, surrounded by a spring fed lake and two ponds. These waters have abundantly provided me with inspiration both visually and metaphorically.
“The ever-changing reflection of the sky, an ephemeral slant of light, an unexpected color, the movements and ripples from the wind. What is on the surface, and just like our subconscious, what lies underneath?
“I am also drawn to the disorientation of the landscape as it is mirrored in the water, like an entrance to a dreamy parallel world. This body of work is an homage to the sublime. The awe and wonderment of that moment in nature that provides a peaceful and sacramental calm. That moment when we feel included in that wonderment.
“If I could evoke even just a spark of that in my paintings, it would bring me great joy.”
Art Walk fans know Lil as the owner and founder of Good Girl Art Gallery, a founding member of Art Walk and outspoken advocate for the arts 2001-2014. (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com

Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, presents its summer exhibit: My Life: Photography by Eighth Graders at Westport Middle School with a public reception for the student artists beginning at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. 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 Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to enjoy the Watercolor USA Opening Reception 5:30-7 p.m. June 2. The museum also offers you a FREE ride to and from Art Walk on the SAM shuttle 6-9 p.m. Park at the museum, catch a ride to Art Walk, and enjoy the best that creative Springfield has to offer! (417) 837-5700

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., will be crafting Bowls of all sizes in bright, summery colors, plus Long-Stemmed Glass Flowers and large Paperweights during First Friday and Second Saturday in June. (417) 868-8181 www.springfieldhotglass.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Springfield Police Museum at The Calaboose, 409 W. McDaniel, is once again open to the public during First Friday Art Walk! The Calaboose, Springfield’s original jail, was built in 1891 and used until the 1940s. The historic display covers a wide variety of fascinating crimes, lawmen and relics of law enforcement past. Visitors will be chilled by the sight of the last hangman’s rope and the black hood worn by the last condemned criminal to die by hanging in 1935. The Calaboose is a stop well worth your time – drop in on First Friday! For more information on Springfield law enforcement history, visit www.springfieldmo.gov/spd/AboutUs/history.html Open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays

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 June. (417) 864-4677 www.springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Systematic Savings Bank, 318 South Avenue, is proud to present its June Art Walk show with Featured Artists Christie Snelson and Patrick Willis. www.mysystematic.com Open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. M-F and during First Friday Art Walk

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 Buesking and local metal sculptor James Dale. (417) 869-2338 www.transformationgallery.com Please note their new hours: Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

Art Walk venues take a summer break
The following Art Walk members will not participate in the June Art Walk:

Beyond Studio, 400 South Ave., Stes. 230-250, will rejoin the Walk with a show in August. (417) 414-0487 Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F

Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., will rejoin the Walk with a show in September. (417) 873-7263 www.drury.edu/pacgallery Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M, T, W, F; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Th Note: Drury Pool Art Center Gallery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m.

MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, will rejoin the Walk with a show in September. (417) 836-6794 http://art.missouristate.edu/148370.htm Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Fri, noon-5 p.m. Sat and by appointment; closed Sunday and University holidays

MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St. will rejoin the Walk with a show in September. (417) 836-6999 www.sec.misssouristate.edu Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. M-F, noon-5 p.m. Sat; closed major holidays and University holidays

Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., Will Not Participate in the June Art Walk. (417) 832-8277 Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. M—Th, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. F, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun

U.school, 425 W. McDaniel, Ste. 160, the downtown Springfield democratic micro school will rejoin the Walk with a show in August. www.u.school.