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July’s First Friday Art Walk features expressive art

July 03, 2019


Summer is here and in high gear! Experience arts this month with interactive activities like a live Raku firing at Millet & Hammer, or an audio/visual media artspace with u.school.

Here are four featured galleries in Downtown Springfield.

MILLET & HAMMER WITH KADEN MEYERS, A RAKU FIRING FOR THE WALK

Millet and Hammer come watch July’s spotlight ceramic artist Kaden Meyers in action during a Raku firing!   

FRESH GALLERY: FACES AND PLACES BY ALICIA FARRIS

Fresh Gallery introduces a collection of works by Alicia Farris featuring figures in the urban and natural landscape. Her work embodies the emotion of her subject, as she captures light and color to tell her story.

PARK CENTRAL LIBRARY & RACHEL JOHNSON: PEACE WITHIN THE CHAOS

Utilizing acrylic paints and digital media, focusing on subject matter that reminds her to observe and pay gratitude to her surroundings and people in her life, Johnson tries to convey mindfulness of the world around her.

U.SCHOOL: TV ROOM BY EVAN MADDOX

u.school invites you to experience TV ROOM, an immersive installation and pop-up shop run by Kansas City-based artist Evan Maddox. TV ROOM contemplates the generational relationship to audio/visual media by creating an interactive and immersive artspace. The viewer is encouraged to participate and to interrogate their role as a consumer.

JULY 2019 DOWNTOWN GALLERY GUIDE

Beyond Studio, 400 South Ave., Suites 230-250, 417-414-0487

For the month of July Beyond will host a solo show by Artist Rex Batson. The artist says “I am, largely, self-taught, and encourage others to respond honestly to my art. As an instructor of college writing and literature, I found students to either reject art due to the rights and wrongs mandated in their education or reverently attempting to believe in the idea of art as a sacred. Art should be fun. Art is not precious, though its creation is. It should be surprising. It should reflect an individual’s expression of ideas or emotion.”  Join Beyond Studios and Rex Batson for July 

BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101

Show to be announced for BookMarx in July.

Crave Cookie Dough, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 102, 417-350-1888

Crave will not be participating in July art walk but, is open to satisfy your cravings for original art and sweet treats.

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, (417) 862-ARTS

The Springfield Regional Arts Council extends its SRAC 2019 Member’s Showthrough July. This exciting show, sponsored by Positronic, features pieces from SRAC members through the end of July. There will not be a formal reception for July. Note: The Creamery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m.

Equality Healthcare, 420 W. College, Ste. 100, 417-633-7020

Equality presents a stellar artist lineup for July, with Stephanie Cramer, Jane Parker, Shelly Forbes, Christie Snelson, Dustin Burgert, Daniel Flodin, Kat Allie, Tom Beale, Jared Gillett, J. Kent Martin and Rosie Winstead! 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, 417-942-5055

A proud Art Walk sponsor, European Café invites you to enjoy local art and wildly creative edibles during the First Friday and Second Saturday Art Walks. Note: European Café is a Night Owl Art Walk location: open until 11 p.m.

Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, 417-862-9300

Fres Gallery presents FACES AND PLACES, works by Alicia Farris. Fresh Gallery introduces a collection of works by Alicia Farris featuring figures in the urban and natural landscape. Alicia’s work has been recognized in multiple National and International exhibits. She was recently featured in The Art of Watercolour Magazine published in France and circulated to 36 countries, but she was equally honored to be included and honored with an award in this year’s National Exhibit of Watercolor USA right here in Springfield!

Her work embodies the emotion of her subject, as she captures light and color to tell her story. She is excited to exhibit a new collection combining some of her favorite subjects: people, landscapes, urbanscapes and some familiar local scenes. Alicia would be honored to see you at Fresh Gallery July 25, 5:30-7 p.m., for a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to celebrate the arts.

The History Museum on the Square at the Fox Theatre, 157 Park Central Square, 417-831-1976

Memories of the Mother Road — Birthplace of Route 66 is the featured display at The History Museum on the Square. Travel back in time on the iconic Route 66 and learn about the places that put Springfield on the map. Enjoy the history of the early theaters that were located on the Mother Road. Free museum night at First Friday Art Walk!

Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., 417-832-1515

A proud Art Walk sponsor, Hotel Vandivort will be featuring paintings by Artist Farley Lewis.

“I enjoy the challenge of representing what I see and experience in simple, colorful ways, trying to capture its essence with streaks and daubs of paint,” Lewis said. “When I look down a creek at sunset and watch the play of light on the ripples, something comes alive in me, something I try to capture for others. That is my joy as an artist. I believe beauty is powerful, whether in a painting, a song, a smile or a Savior. Good paintings are far more than pretty décor – they have power to create atmosphere, awaken dreams, and even stir a sleeping heart to life.” 

Farley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Missouri State University in 1985. He started and ran a sign shop and graphic design studio for fifteen years, doing some illustrations, paintings and murals, and some mural work for Bass Pro Shops. After serving as a pastor for 20 years – though still doing art on the side – he went full-time as an artist in January of 2018. Working in the studio and plein air, Farley also teaches painting classes and workshops. He lives with his amazing wife Kelly and one of his incredible five grown children in Springfield.

Join Hotel V for a dinner or cocktail on your FFAW route. Note: Hotel Vandivort is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location.

Mane Salon and Social House, 404A W. Walnut, 417-755-7681

A proud Art Walk sponsor, Mane Salon and Social House presents Featured Artist Photographer Leslie Tucker.

“Leslie Tucker is a concert and portrait photographer based in Springfield, whose work has been published in the Springfield News-Leader, Stencil, The Dead Timez, Deitra Magazine and Surreal Beauty. An unapologetic advocate for self-expression in all its forms, she enjoys pushing the boundaries of her abilities in the magazine and radio industries. By day, she’s a staff photographer and wardrobe manager for Deitra Magazine; on weekends she DJs for local rock station Q102.1 FM.”

Millet and Hammer, 405-407 N. Boonville Ave., 417-413-3817

Millet and Hammer, 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. July’s spotlight is ceramic artist Kaden Meyers in action during a Raku firing! Raku is a ceramic firing technique in which a red-hot piece of pottery is pulled from the kiln and textured through the application of combustible materials to the hot surface. Come experience the excitement of red-hot pots, smoke, open flame, and art being created right in front of your eyes! Each firing is unique, so make the Millet and Hammer Artist Collaborative one of your first stops of July’s Friday Art Walk. Work from Kaden’s previous firings is available in our gallery. Make it an Art Walk to remember by interacting with a wide variety of local artists and fine crafts purveyors!

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, 417-616-6488

Obelisk Home will not be participating in July’s FFAW. For the duration of July, Obelisk will continue to show the collection of Jane Troup: Scenes From My Life Tuesday–Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ozark Mountain Flower Truck

Ozark Mountain Flower Truck is on the Square! Pick up some flower power for your summer with a visit to a proud FFAW sponsor the Ozark Mountain Flower Truck! It will be located on Park Central Square from 6-10 p.m. on First Fridays for Art Walk through October.

Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, 417-831-1342

On Display at The Library for July: Works by Rachel Johnson. Over the past year, Rachel Johnson has been pushing her exploration of light and color using bold strokes and layers. Utilizing acrylic paints and digital media, focusing on subject matter that reminds her to observe and pay gratitude to her surroundings and people in her life, Johnson tries to convey mindfulness of the world around her.

“My life has been extremely hectic the past three years; I am excited to show works that illustrate my attempts at finding patience and peace within the chaos,” Johnson said.

In addition to the artwork, Friday, July 5, at 6 p.m., beginners and masters alike are invited to drop by the All-Levels Chess Tournament, hosted by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Chess Club. Art Walk reception ends at 9.

Tumble 2019

Tumble 2019 is a series of five family-friendly micro-fests from June-October at Park Central Square in the heart of Downtown Springfield. Made possible by community partners, the Square hosts top musical acts, food trucks, family activities, dozens of retail vendors and information spaces, and thousands of neighbors and friends. Known in recent years as simply “First Fridays at Park Central Square,” Tumble is family-friendly and free to attend, thanks to event partnerships with leading community businesses, large and small. Join Us this FFAW from 6-10pm! Vendor spaces and partnerships are still available. Email cheers@compassrose.online.

Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., 417-832-8277

A proud Art Walk sponsor, Springfield Brewing Company’s show is to be announced for the July Walk. Note: Springfield Brewing Company is an Early Bird and a Night Owl ArtWalk location. Entertainment begins as early as 5 p.m. and shows run as late as Last Call on First Fridays.

Springfield Police Museum at The Calaboose, 409 W. McDaniel

The Calaboose is once again open to the public for First Friday Art Walk! 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 The Calaboose and Springfield law enforcement history, visit their website. Open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays

Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., 417-864-4677

Springfield Pottery 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 more than 45 local, regional and national artists.

 STD Flea Market/Grey Rocks Event Center, 505 E. Trafficway, 417-425-2019

A proud Art Walk sponsor, STD Flea Market/Grey Rocks Event Center presents Featured Artist Paul Mwerondo from Tanzania. A former art teacher at Shule Yetuz he paints in vivid colors to capture the untamed beauty of the jungles and savannahs of his native land. Note: STD Flea Market/Grey Rocks Event Center is an Early Bird location; reception 5-6 p.m.

Systematic Savings Bank, 318 South Avenue

Show to be announced.

 Transformation Gallery & Tattoo, 330 E. Walnut, 417-869-2338

Transformation showcases resident artists, including Gabriel Tenneson, Austin Evans and Danielle Hartzler. There’s no new work to promote this month.

u.school, 425 W McDaniel St., 417-425-6869

u.school invites you to experience TV ROOM, an immersive installation and pop-up shop run by Kansas City-based artist Evan Maddox (@shoptrianglehead) this July’s FFAW from 5-8pm. 

TV ROOM contemplates the generational relationship to audio/visual media by creating an interactive and immersive artspace. The viewer is encouraged to participate and to interrogate their role as a consumer. The event is free to attend, souvenirs and merchandise are available while supplies last. 

“Inspired by her experiences as a trans woman, Evan Maddox playfully explores cartoons, commercialism, and conspiracy theories. She is a graduate of u.school and is currently studying filmmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute.”