January 2019’s First Friday Artwalk features 16 galleries

Madeline Brice

featured image by Madeline Brice at Obelisk Home

Get a creative start to your New Year on Jan. 4 with First Friday Art Walk. The January Walk is always an intimate affair. With the university-sponsored galleries on winter break, plan on a cozy little Art Walk in 16 participating locations. Don’t miss the Art Walk debut of Afromationpottery at Beyond Studio, the immersive sculpture experience Tangential Taxonomies at ideaXfactory, award-winning artist John Whytock at Fresh Gallery, and Portraitist Anna Bolt, and budding Portraitist Zelma Johnson, 6, at Social on Patton, and much more.  Also, be sure to visit us again for Second Saturday Art Walk, noon-5 p.m. on Jan. 12!

AFROMATIONPOTTERY, PAINTER KAITLYN MUSICE AT BEYOND STUDIO

Beyond Studio presents Featured Artists Afromationpottery and Katlyn Musice for the January Art Walk.

BIRDS EYE TATTOO & ART GALLERY WELCOMES ARTIST GEORGE PERKINS

Birds Eye Tattoo & Art Gallery presents Featured Artist George Perkins in January. While painting with oils and acrylics is his primary focus, he also enjoys sculpture and woodwork, and frames his paintings with reclaimed wood, often burned or stained.

EXPERIENCE TANGENTIAL TAXONOMIES AT IDEAXFACTORY

IdeaXfactory presents Tangential Taxonomies, an immersive installation by local sculptor David Zaslow, inspired by the intersection of hard science and social science.

OBELISK HOME WELCOMES FEATURED ARTIST MADELINE BRICE

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building presents Featured Artist Madeline Brice.

HANDS-ON ART: BAD ART NIGHT RETURNS TO PARK CENTRAL BRANCH

Park Central Branch Library invites you get hands on with art and rise, or perhaps sink, to the challenge of Bad Art Night! See if your terrible creation can win the title of Worst in Show. Materials will be provided

SPRINGFIELD BREWING CO. PRESENTS FEATURED ARTIST DOUG ERB

Springfield Brewing Company presents Featured Artist Doug Erb. a well-traveled Springfield native and graduate of MSU who is respected for his creative background in art direction, design and illustration. His extensive design career includes work with Sony Music, Fantagraphics Books, Rubber Records (Australia), Rhino Records, Frontier Records, Warner Bros. and many others

Afromation Pottery

JANUARY 2019 GALLERY GUIDE

Beyond Studio, 400 South Ave., Stes. 230-250, presents Featured Artists Afromationpottery and Katlyn Musice for the January Art Walk.

Featured ceramicist Afromationpottery states: “Art is one of the greatest loves of my life and in this body of work I aspire to bring it into everyday life.”

Painter Katlyn Musice: “I paint in a way that is both confessional and therapeutic. This specific collection is about my life experiences – whether they be good or bad. Experiences that stand out in my memory. These are the things that shape and mold a person. Without these – who are we?”

 (417) 414-0487 Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F

Birds Eye Tattoo & Art Gallery, 300 W. McDaniel, presents Featured Artist George Perkins in January. A self-taught artist who was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Perkins lives there still with his wife, three teenage sons, tween daughter, a princess pit bull and an anxious boxer. While painting with oils and acrylics is his primary focus, he also enjoys sculpture and woodwork, and frames his paintings with reclaimed wood, often burned or stained.

Artist Statement: “I paint what my eye finds beauty in. Sometimes there is beauty in the torture of life. I find the tenderness in the pain of a broken heart and the anticipation of tasting a full glass of whiskey. Beauty brings with it color and memory, snapshots of passing time. When I look around the world, I realize that everything was someone’s passion, someone’s art, and we take joy in what others create. Since I have made art my life’s work, I have found more pleasure in a normal day. I can’t wait to start my next project, and then again, and then again …” (417) 771 5487. Open 12-9 p.m. T-Sat

BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Featured Artist Elissa Kay Stewart www.facebook.com/bookmarxbooks

Crave Cookie Dough, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 102, (right next to BookMarx) features Artist Sarah RasulArtists Francois Lariviere and Grace Douglas, and Photographer Dean P Groover. Satisfy your cravings for original art and sweet treats with Crave Jan. 4! (417) 350-1888 https://www.facebook.com/CraveCookieDough/

European Café by Sweet Couture, 207 Park Central East, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to enjoy local art and wildly creative edibles during the First Friday and Second Saturday Art Walks.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 January Featured Artist John Whytock. One of Fresh’s newer additions, Whytock has been a professional artist for 40 years.  He relocated to Springfield due to a six-year, 18 mural/diorama commission with The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium and the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum.  He is a renowned muralist and has painted murals for hotels, casinos and private parties throughout the world, and his award-winning fine art has shown in galleries from New York to San Francisco

John started his career as a self-taught pen-and-ink artist.  His portfolio then gained him steady work in illustration.  In the old work tradition John served a seven-year apprenticeship and worked into a principal artist.  Beginning 2018, John turned his focus back to fine art and has won the following awards this year:

“Bronze Medal” – OPA 2018 Eastern Regional Exhibition

“Best of Show” – An Evening with Studio 55 at the Springfield Art Museum

“Award of Merit” – NOAPS 2018 Best of America Exhibition

“1st Place Overall” – “Best Building” “Best Figure” June/July 2018 Plein Air Salon – Published

“Best of Show” Fresh Gallery 2018 Annual Juried Exhibition

John and his wife Deborah, own Oak Rose Studio in Springfield which presents his workshops at Splatter Art Studio, where he offers instruction in oil, acrylic painting and drawing.

John will have a wonderful extended exhibit available on First Friday Art Walk at FRESH Gallery.  He will be available to discuss his art and share his inspiration behind each piece.

John will also be hosting an artist reception 3-5 p.m. on Second Saturday Jan. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m.; join us for a great afternoon of fine art and refreshments.  (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 the iconic Route 66 and learn about the places that put Springfield on the map. Enjoy ourHoliday Windows at the Fox ~ A Winter Wonderland on the Square! Free Museum night at First Friday Art Walk. (417) 831-1976 www.historymuseumonthesquare.org Open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-Sat

Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Featured Artist Photographer Josh Beecher 

Artist Statement: Welcome to my Winter Exhibition at Hotel Vandivort, featuring some of my favorite winter moments I’ve captured around the world. Winter and its stunning landscapes never cease to amaze me. I’m a nature and portrait photographer based out of Springfield, MO. When I’m not taking photos, I travel with groups of high school students as an expedition leader in Central, South America and Europe to teach them about other cultures and how to overcome obstacles to reach their dreams. Check out more of my work and get in touch with me to book a photoshoot atwww.joshbeecher.com . I’d be honored to photograph your business, engagement, wedding, and more! Open for First Friday and Second Saturday. (417) 832-1515 http://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 Tangential Taxonomies, an immersive installation by local sculptor David Zaslow, inspired by the intersection of hard science and social science. Questioning how we form understanding, Zaslow’s work blurs the line between what we feel and what we think, and explores the grey area between knowledge and belief. Comprising approximately 80 individual sculptures inspired by images from the textbook Animals without Backbones by Ralph Bauchsbaum and 1930s-50s scientific imagery, Zaslow’s installation creates an environment in which his creatures can thrive or perish. … Intended to function like a Rorschach test, the installation challenges viewers to bring their own experiences and project their own understanding onto the work. 

ideaXFactory

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

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Featured Artist Madeline Brice.

About the Artist: Madeline Brice graduated in 2015 with her BFA in painting and received her BA in Art History in May of 2018. She’s been an artist for seven years having been a part of many exhibitions locally and throughout the Midwest. Most recently she’s found inspiration in collaborating with local businesses and publications, her latest being the re-branding of MILF imperial stout, now known as Materfamilias, with Mother’s Brewing Company, which is set to hit the shelves early next Spring. She currently lives and works in Springfield drawing experiential inspiration from her relationships, travels, social media, and the environment that surrounds her.  

This new series of works from Madeline Brice is less about the conceptualization behind each piece and more about the explorative journey of working with new materials. Each piece is a response to the material itself and builds upon specific moments of interaction with it, drawing parallels and reflecting, quite literally, the world around it. (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com

Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, invites you get hands on with art and rise, or perhaps sink, to the challenge ofBad Art Night! See if your terrible creation can win the title of Worst in Show. Materials will be provided. 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.

Social on Patton, 314 Patton Ave. presents, Anna Bolt: People I Know at Social on Patton – Opening Celebration, 6-10 p.m. Jan. 4. Portraitist Anna Bolt is sharing her phases of artistic development with oils launched just six years ago beginning with colorful abstracts, next proving herself by reconstructing techniques of the masters and now freeing herself to make more of a personal statement through her paintings. Come view her stunning portraits. Visit with Anna and the people she has painted who are fortunate to have each other as friends. Also joining Anna is 6-year-old budding portraitist Zelma Johnson, who first exhibited at Social in October. Zelma will be painting portraits of our guests in exchange for their donation to Harmony House. Anna and Zelma will host a Mother-Daughter charcoal portrait event Saturday, Jan. 19.  Anna will offer her instruction with charcoal during a wine and small plate event, Thursday evening, Jan. 24.Event reservations: socialonpatton@gmail.com   (417) 368-0778 https://socialonpatton.com/

Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Featured Artist Doug Erb.

About the Artist: Doug Erb is a well-traveled Springfield native, a graduate of MSU, respected for his creative background in art direction, design and illustration. His extensive design career includes work with Sony Music, Fantagraphics Books, Rubber Records (Australia), Rhino Records, Frontier Records, Warner Bros. and many others. Erb’s current creative work is at time ironic, humorous, personal and always a bit oblique. His mind is always observing, twisting, pushing and pulling at ideas and accepted reality. “My creative process is never easy. It shouldn’t be. It challenges and rewards me in ways that defy explanation.”(417) 832-8277 http://www.springfieldbrewingco.com Open 11 a.m.-Last Call M-F; 9 a.m.- Last Call Sat-Sun

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 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 Art Walks in January. (417) 864 4677 www.springfieldpottery.com  Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Transformation Gallery & Tattoo, 330 E. Walnut, presents Featured Artist Austin Evans with new, large-scale ink and water pieces. (417) 869-2338 www.transformationgallery.com  Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat

Closed in January

Several Art Walk venues take a breather in January, especially our school- and university-sponsored galleries that are enjoying Winter Break. Look for exciting details on these locations’ 2019 exhibitions in February!

  •   The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, Will Not Participate in the January Art Walk.
  • Equality Healthcare, 420 W. College, Ste. 100, Will Not Participate in the Jan. 4 Art Walk 
  • Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., Will Not Participate in the January Art Walk.
  • MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, Will Not Participate in the January Art Walk. 
  • MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, Will Not Participate in the January Art Walk. 
  • MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., Will Not Participate in the January Art Walk.  
  • U.school, 425 W. McDaniel, Ste. 160, Will Not Participate in the January Art Walk. 

Compiled and written by Clarissa French. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.FFAW.Org.

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