John Whytock

Farley Lewis

June 12th, 2019 

Wednesday Program

1:00 p.m.

Featured Artist:

Farley Lewis

"Keep It Simple" ​​

National Avenue Christian Church Gallery

1515 South National Ave.Springfield, MO


by John Whytock

​​​Welcome to Studio 55 Arts Guild Website!

The guild was organized in 1996 and is a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council. We welcome visual artists 18 years and older, of all media and levels of expertise, including art professionals, emerging artists, and those who appreciate art. The Guild meets monthly for programs, sponsors workshops, organizes exhibitions and facilitates the interchange of ideas, information, and motivation for their members and the arts community. 

"Calm Morning in Chioggia" by John Whytock

"Living Dessert Palms"

by John Whytock

(Thursday) May 23rd 2019 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Artist Talk at the Springfield Art Museum 

Featured Artist: John Whytock
Studio 55 member and Nationally Recognized Artist

​"The Trials and Triumphs of a Career Artist”

Springfield Art Museum 1111 E. Brookside Drive

Springfield, MO. 65807

You, your family, and friends are invited to a free public Artist Talk at the Springfield Art Museum located at 1111 East Brookside Drive, Springfield MO.

Seating is limited and reservations are required with Sandra Graves Letson or call 417-496-1838.

Sponsors:Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM),  Studio 55 Arts Guildand the  Springfield Art Museum

©Farley Lewis

​​​​Studio 55's monthly programs are on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in The Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National Ave. Springfield, MO.

Visitors are welcome.​ Contact for more information​​ 

John Whytock has been a professional artist for 40 years. His art career began in 1979 with a commission of four pen and ink drawings. In the beginning, he suffered through a nefarious line up of unscrupulous promoters, gallerists and art reps. As primarily a commissioned artist, he has produced numerous forms of art throughout his career, including fine art, murals, CD art, cat food can labels, and a host of others. As a muralist, he was one of the principal artists commissioned to paint dioramas and murals for the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. That commission began in 2011 and lasted until the grand opening in 2017. 

 In his presentation, he will offer interesting and amusing anecdotes about surviving and prospering in the competitive world of art. He will discuss the progression of his various painting styles over the years, including the development of his “marbleized” paintings: the production of successful prototypes, and how they were consigned in some of the classiest galleries in the nation. Last year, John focused intensely on fine art, which garnered him a total of 10 awards in 2018, including five from Plein Air Magazine alone. He also began teaching successful classes and workshops in drawing and painting. John will be displaying various examples of his art and will be providing information on his current class/workshop offerings. You can find out more about John on his website: click here

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Farley Lewis will share how he believes simplicity is the key to an outstanding painting, whether one is choosing a subject matter or adding the final details to a painting. Farley said: "Someone has said that artists see more than others do, but to develop as an artist requires that we learn to see less. To see a busy scene with a million details and be able to recognize simple overall shapes and values and patterns is one of the greatest secrets of doing better paintings. In this session I will discuss why, when and how to keep it simple, and how to avoid the pitfalls of this principle."

Farley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Missouri State University in 1985. He started and ran a sign shop and graphic design studio for several decades, which included doing paintings, illustrations and murals, and some mural work for Bass Pro Shops. After pastoring for years, he again took up the brushes, going 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, Missouri.Click here to view Farley's website and learn about the classes he teaches at Splatter and Creava Art Studios.

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