Downtown Springfield Association
First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk

August, 6 2021 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Various Springfield, MO 65806
417-862-2787 ext. 25


Art Walk celebrates 20th anniversary year at Aug. 6 First Friday Art Walk!

Welcome to Art Walk! If you choose to visit a venue, please follow mask requests, utilize sanitation stations and practice social distancing when possible. Many venues are only operating for business hours, while some will be open for shorter hours during the Art Walk. Please view our map for hours of operation.

Thank you for your support and patronage of First Friday Art Walk, We hope to see you soon. Stay Safe and Keep Loving the Arts!

14 participating locations for an Artful night on the town!

The Bonsai Guy (600 W. Walnut St.)  is an artisan garden shop specializing in the ancient art of Bonsai! The cultivation technique can be applied to all sorts of plants, it is easy and fun! The store and garden has hundreds of items to shop, look and learn about, as well as classes to help you discover a new passion for bonsai artistry. The shop also offers free delivery for the Springfield Metro area. The Bonsai Guy will be open from 11am-8pm on Friday, for the FFAW event. Open Tues – Sat 12- 6 PM. Art Walk from 11AM – 8PM (417) 848 9569.

BookMarx (325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101) will be open to the community for First Friday Art Walk hosting: GLO Youth. Join GLO Youth on Friday, July 2nd at Book Marx for a special First Friday event! Several youth will be presenting their art. Each artist is donating a portion of any proceeds raised towards a field trip for the group to visit Crystal Bridges Museum. We will also have some yummy treats to offer and locally made Pride gear. The shop will be open during the Friday Night Art Walk from 6:00-9:00PM and normal business hours.  BookMarx is located at 325 E. Walnut.  Bookstore hours are:  Saturday 10:30-7:00, Monday 12:00-7:00, and Tuesday thru Friday 10:30-7:00.  

The Creamery Arts Center (411 N. Sherman Parkway) will be closed for First Friday Art walk. Patrons to The Springfield Regional Arts Council can view the Member’s Show sponsored by Positronic during business hours from 9AM-5PM Monday through Friday! This special exhibit features the SRAC Member artists favorite work that they have created within the past year. There is always a variety of mediums, techniques and themes presented by the artists in their works. The Creamery Arts Center is located at 411 N. Sherman Parkway. For more information, contact Avery Parrish, First Friday Art Walk Communications Director, by phone at 417-862-2787(ARTS) or by e-mail at You may visit on to Open 9 a.m.- 5p.m. M-F; closed major holidays Note: The Creamery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m.  (417) 862-ARTS (2787).

Drury Pool Arts Center (900 N. Benton Avenue) is closed for the summer months and will return in September. Note: Drury Pool Arts Center is an Early Bird location: its reception runs from 5-8p.m. (417) 873-6337 .

Equality Healthcare (420 W. College, Ste. 100) will not be participating in Art Walk but, make an appointment and visit with staff and view a stellar artist lineup with pieces by Stephanie Cramer, Jane Parker, Shelly Forbes, Christie Snelson, Dustin Burgert, Daniel Flodin, Kat Allie, Tom Beale, Jared Gillett, J. Kent Martin and a new piece by Madeline Brice! 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. (417) 633-7020  

Please join Fresh Gallery (401 N. Boonville) from 6 pm-9 pm for the FFAW and a group artist reception for our Guest Artists Cathleen Bailey, Dawna Middleton, Gary Johnson, and Zachary Ledbetter. While visiting us, enjoy the explosion of color at the members-only group show. Also, Friends of Fresh are invited to join us for a glass of wine at the FFAW and 10% off purchases made in the gallery. The Gallery is Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat, and First Friday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during Art Walk. (417) 862-9300.

Formed: An Artist Collective (210 E. Walnut Street) is a multi-artist gallery and retail space, designed to support local and emerging artists. Owners Grace Huckfeldt and Laura Ingalsbe’s focus is creating a one stop shop for local art. They also offer community support and direction for emerging artists, whether they’re just out of school, or focusing on their craft later in their careers. Formed’s goal is to offer a multitude of services, from classroom and studio time, photography assistance, guidance on social media and web design, and online retail needs.  

Formed is proud to present our featured artists for the month of August; Brian Huett and Warren Soper.  Brian has been doing stained glass for over 30 years. He is not sure where the interest came from, but it was just something he wanted to try. His wife got him lessons for his first Father’s Day.  For the first few years, he mostly made gifts for family and friends and then began doing small shows, over the years, Brian has become a popular fixture at local art shows in the Springfield area.  Warren started woodcarving as a hobby in 1973 and began carving as his sole occupation for Ozark Mountain Woodcarvers at Silver Dollar City in 1976. Warren has continued to work through the shop there ever since, either in person as a visiting artist or as a supplier. For the last few years, Warren has been attending art shows in the Midwest selling his carvings. He currently uses butternut wood or cottonwood bark as his primary mediums. He uses the butternut for more serious pieces such as large eagles, western-themed subjects, dragons, and busts.  Join us on Friday, Aug 6, 2021from 6-9 pm for live music from Tony Menown and to speak with some of our artists. 

Our current line-up of local artists includes; Kent Melton, Warren Soper, Dana Neuenschwander, Rusty Leaf Studio, Nancy Brown Dornan, Mudbug Creations, KDurden Art, Copper Colorists Legacy, GlasSensations, Andi Snethern Watercolors, Soulful Clay Co., BaiLei Designs, Marie Fritz Perry, Hammers Crafted Woodworking, Jenna Engler, Susan Stonestreet, The Chromatic Rabbit, Jean England, Kathleen Day, Riana Clark, Alan O’Neal, LaDonna Greiner, Caryn McAdoo, Suzanne Thomas, Jana Tyson, Two Peas in a Pod, Bowls For Breasts, Full Circle Pottery, Rebecca Lewis Smith, Michelle Martin, Art Untamed LLC, and Waxing Moon Collective.  

To exhibit with us at Formed, please send us an email to Hours of Operation: Monday – Closed, Tuesday – 10-7, Wednesday – 10-7, Thursday – 10-7, Friday – 10-9, Saturday – 10-9, Sunday – 10-2. 417-350 1142, , ,

The History Museum on the Square (154 Park Central Square) located within the 104-year old former Barth’s department-store building and the one adjacent, will not be participating in Art Walk. The museum has more than 18,000-square feet of space, giving it room for continued expansion. There are three floors with eight dedicated spaces including a Welcome Center, six permanent galleries and the traveling exhibit space.

Admission rates for the museum are $16 for adults; $13 for seniors (65-plus), students of any age with a valid ID, and members of the military and families; $10 for children ages 4-12; and free to those under the age of three. Groups of ten or more can be accommodated with 48-hours’-notice. For more information, and to view an online library of digitized historic photos, visit 

Summer is in full swing at Hold Fast Brewing (235 N. Kimbrough Ave.)! Join HFB for FFAW and enjoy your favorite local beers on tap, the music of Lyal Strickland, and food from Andi’s Snack Shack.  What better way to spend a summer night than out on our open-air patio listening to live music, with a full belly and a cold beer.  Taproom opens at 12 pm, food truck starts serving at 5 pm, and music starts at 7 pm Open for FFAW from 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Mon-Thurs 3-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 12-11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (417) 761-2318. 

Hotel Vandivort (305 E. Walnut St.), a proud Art Walk sponsor, will be open for Art Walk! Hotel Vandivort will be featuring floral macro photography by Debra McCamish for the August FFAW. Debra’s work has been added to the permanent collection of works at Hotel Vandivort and can be found in the V2 balcony suites.

A bit about the artist: “The current work is a collection of macro and still life photography shot in the Ozarks. Most of the images are shot with narrow depth of field creating a bokeh effect that draws attention to the movement and details of the image. Motivation to capture these images stems from appreciation not only for what exists but the cycles of life that each living thing experiences. The dramatic metamorphosis and texture of the details from the beginning of buds to the grace of decay are captivating. Finding inspiration by the way light dances in a mathematical way, and the way a bee seems to not be bothered that you are in love with the same flower he is. Photography has been a way of connecting to and reminding McCamish of what is quietly beautiful and what she might otherwise miss with the whirl of everyday life. It is a way of connecting us all with this one moment that will never occur again and keeps us in anticipation of what we might experience next.” 

Enjoy a 5-star dinner at The Order, and end the evening with the city’s prime view from the rooftop bar Vantage. Enjoy the permanent collection which includes works by Stephanie Cramer, Julie Blackmon, and more! Hotel Vandivort is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: Open 24-7-365 (417) 832-1515 

Kokoro Training Academy (212 W. McDaniel St.), is open for FFAW from 5:30-8 p.m. The gym will feature artwork by Shelby Mead and Happenstance Creative! Kokoro is hosting Their 2-year anniversary party during the August First Friday! The team will have Abby’s Acai food truck on-site, artwork, and “happy hour” style food and drinks for the community to enjoy! Kokoro Training Academy is a facility focused on improving the quality of life for adults and kids of all ages and skill levels. We provide group classes or private lessons in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Additionally, Kokoro Training Academy offers Women’s self-defense, small group fitness, personal training and nutrition coaching. Our class schedule is available on our website and your first class is completely free! We are a downtown provider for Eat Fit Go meals, which is a healthy and fresh option for on-the-go eating.

“We wanted to join the First Friday Art Walk to support local artists from within our gym and in the greater Springfield area. Stop by and visit our beautiful facility.” To call and set up a class or learn more about Kokoro call: (417) 824-6946 or visit! Open 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

LaBelle Studios and Gallery (325 E. Walnut St., Ste 102) is a premiere Art Walk Sponsor. The gallery and photography studio will be hosting works by Gene Wineland. Wineland has worked in most mediums, printmaking, Painting, Sculpting, and Photography and has been a full-time artist since 1973. Their work is mainly about the human experience enduring through time. Their operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open for First Friday Art Walk from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.! 

Missouri State University Center for International Programs, at the Jim D. Morris Center (301 S. Jefferson) will not be open for Art Walk.  

Missouri State University Brick City Gallery (215 W. Mill Street) will not be open for Art Walk. Their hours have adjusted due to COVID and are listed as MTWF, 11 am –6 pm, TH, 11 am-8 pm, and Saturday from noon-4pm.

Missouri State University Student Exhibition Center (833 E. Walnut Street) will not be open for Art Walk. Their hours have adjusted due to COVID and are listed as MWTHF, 1-6 pm, Tues, 2-5 pm and Saturday from 11 am-5 pm. 

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building (214 W. Phelps) features artist Michael Bane for August! Michael moved to Springfield about a year ago from Fort Worth and is our newest gallery artist. It would be difficult to pinpoint a style that he paints as he continually explores different techniques and subject matter, but his craftsmanship and love of painting remain constant. In his newest collection, “A Return to Happiness”, Michael focuses on the light-hearted in a time that has been difficult for all. He uses colors and lines to create vibrancies and to reflect on human connections.

“Over the past year or so, my creativity has been put to the test. After dealing with a large amount of adversarial energy, my focus recently has been on happiness; I wanted to paint happiness. To do this, I needed to unplug and plug myself back into life. A restarting, if you will. So, I have redirected my thoughts to “connectivity” in personifying these paintings. I’ve intended to create what I refer to as community. Lines may vary, widths may vary, but together they create a harmonious unity. And this I where I have found happiness.” -Michael Bane

We will also be launching our 15th Annual Birdhouse Auction benefiting Habitat Humanity of Springfield, MO. This auction consists of a number of one-of-a-kind birdhouses in multiple media that will be auctioned off silent auction style. The auction will launch at 6 pm on August’s FFAW, will run throughout the month, and bids will close at 10 pm on September 3rd during September’s FFAW. Open for FFAW from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. Normal business hours Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. -5 p.m. (417) 616-6488

Park Central Branch Library (128 Park Central Square) has reopened for Art Walk! Park Central will be open 10-6 and then 6:30 to 9. Photographer Sarah Griggs will be the Featured Artist, with a show titled “Midwest Connection.” She creates works in mixed media and photography. Park Central will be open 10 AM-6 PM and then 6:30 to 9P M. Open 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. M-Th and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. F & Sat, Closed Sunday. (417) 831-1342  

Sculpture Walk Springfield, has sculptures located throughout downtown Springfield, features 34 local and national artist’s work, with larger-than-life sculptures dotting downtown. Each month we will feature a piece and give details about one of the juried pieces! To see all the sculptures in the downtown area, find their locations on the map by spying the round logo! The walk is open to patrons 24/7, 365 days a year! 

For July’s Art Walk, Sculpture Walk Springfield is featuring the work of Craig Grey in his sculpture titled “Popsicles”. Standing over 12 feet tall, these tasty-looking fun signs of summer are sure to make you want to go for something sweet! The colorful sculpture is located on Park Central East, across from the Gilloiz Theatre. SWS recently installed 25 new sculptures around downtown so, be on the lookout for new work! For more information please visit or follow them @sculpturewalkspringfield on Instagram!  

Springfield Police Calaboose Museum, located just east of the College Station Parking Garage, will be open for Art Walk! After a yearlong hiatus due to COVID-19, the 129-year-old museum is now open! Enjoy numerous exhibits, artifacts, and relics of law enforcement history and architecture! Open from 6-9 p.m. and is free to the public!

Transformation Gallery & Tattoo (330 E. Walnut) is open for Art Walk 11 a.m.-9 p.m. or 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. T-Sat for normal business hours, call (417) 869-2338 to set up an appointment to create your next piece of body art! 

The Vineyard Church (634 W. Wall St.) will be hosting Kurt Caddy for the August First Friday Art Walk. A bit about the featured artist from them! “My name is Kurt Caddy. I live in Southwest Missouri where I work at Southwest Baptist University.  I am a visual artist immersed in abstract painting, abstract photography, and sculpture. I have been refining, experimenting, and clarifying my creative processes and defining my creative concept since 2007.  While visiting a Lakota Reservation in South Dakota, I encountered brokenness and despair. This experience with broken places and people would collide with my own brokenness and creative giftings to form the foundation of my artistic concepts.  The concept is in play before paint is ever applied to a surface.” The Vineyard will also host musical artists Matt Harp and Ralph Hepola for live music! Open from 6-9 PM for Art Walk!

The church is now open to the public for Sunday service at 10:30 AM. The Vineyard Church is also organizing small groups for zoom meetings for fellowship. For more information about services contact (417) 894- 4159 or at