Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild

To learn more about Larry Degraff and his art, you are invited to view his website: click here

For Current Classes, Workshops, Exhibits, Call for Artists etc. check the pages below:

Studio 55 Bylaws, Click here 

Bus Trip to Crystal Bridges:

Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Time of departure 8:00 a.m. from the parking lot at National Ave. Christian Church 


  • Bus fee $20 
  • General Admission: free
  • Chihuly Exhibit: $20 

Studio 55 members and their spouses will have first priority and Joan Bowen (secretary) will start collecting money and signing people up at the April Meeting. More information from Joan can be downloaded here or email her: 

Welcome to newest members: Lesley Escamilla, Paula Farris-Reed, Dee Giles, Barbara Gressel, Roberto Regaldo, Linda Regaldo, Janice Rosenburg, Linda Spencer, Virginia R. James, Jane Troup, Dr. Rebecca Burrell and Rue A. Withers.

Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild welcomes visual artists 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.

For more membership information see How to Join.

​​​​Thanks once again to Studio 55!

Do you know that from the funds raised last year, Studio 55 has donated $5,541.28 to us for our Capital Campaign? Since that will be matched by a donor, that makes those donations worth $11,082.56 toward our goal.

​If you want to do the same and make a huge difference in helping us purchase a permanent home for Sammy's Window, so like they did in any amount. The first $300,000 will be matched by the Hulston Foundation. We need your help to meet that great match. Thanks, Mark Hay

Pen and Ink Drawings by Eric Ray 

Mark Hay with Sammy Window shared this important news!

"Evangel University Art Department Special Art Tour" 
Led by David Bigelow, Artist and Teacher at the University
Thursday, April 20th: 6:30- 7:30 pm 
Learn about their art program and view the senior student art exhibit.
We will meet in the "Gallery" on the first floor of the Barnett Fine Arts Center, which is just south of the Spence Chapel, facing Glenstone Ave. Evangel University is located at 1111 N. Glenstone, Springfield. The department is handicap accessible. It's free, but Reservations are required: Sandra Letson, or call 417-869-7812

Sponsored by FOSAM and Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild.

​​Description of workshop:
Larry DeGraff: Do you have a landscape that you’ve been wanting to paint but don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you’re a seasoned painter who wants to take it to the next level. We will focus on all aspects of painting the outdoors including composition, color mixing, perspective, atmosphere and mood. No matter what your level of experience is, it’s always about mastering the basics! The workshop will include live demos, discussions and one-on-one instruction. Students are encouraged to work in their medium of choice, be it watercolor, pastel, oil or acrylic.
To download a PDF on how to register, Larry's bio and a list of materials  click here

Workshop with Larry DeGraff 

Painting the Landscape”

Nationally Recognized Award Winning Artist and former Illustrator for Hallmark Cards

May 1 and May 2, 2017

 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (hour for lunch)
National Ave. Christian Church Gallery

Cost $100 members and $120 non members​​

Oil Paintings by Larry DeGraff

 ​​​Programs are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month

from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm at the Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National Ave. Springfield, MO

(See map}

Visitors are welcome. Free and open to the public.

 Email for more information

(If the Springfield Schools are cancelled due to the weather,  the program is automatically cancelled)

May 10th Program


Eric Ray

Award-winning Artist, Illustrator, Designer, and Art Director 

To Give Program for Studio 55

"Studies In Ink: The Art of Eric Ray"


Eric Ray currently specializes in Pen & Ink drawing, portraiture and illustration. He has been a working artist for over 30 years with extensive experience in illustration, design and fine arts and lives and works in Springfield, Missouri in advertising, marketing, print and publishing fields.

Ray will share some of his pen and ink drawings, how he progresses from the pencil sketch to the final inking, tools he uses, his thought process as he moves through each step, how he chooses his subject matter,and his goals for the "feel" of the final work.


Following the presentation, Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild members and visitors are invited to participate in an artist “show and share." The program is free and open to the public. Join us from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 10th in “The Gallery” at National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National Ave., Springfield, Missouri.


Eric Ray's Artist’s Statement:

"Creating my work is both a struggle and a labor of love. I choose to work in Pen and Ink because it is not a simple media to master and is also relatively uncommon. I strive to develop art with a feel for the subject matter and the story I wish to tell. The search for the beauty in the complexity of form, pattern and texture is important. I enjoy creating visual shortcuts, innuendo and suggestion balanced against insanely detailed rendering in my pen work. I intentionally mix drawing styles and textures to best honor my subjects. I accept the challenge of exploring the limits of using a black pen on a white surface, and relentlessly pushing those limits around."

Artist’s Bio:

Eric Ray was born in Southern California and studied art at Art Center while in high school and illustration at California State University, Long Beach. After working as a freelance illustrator and art director for many years, he moved to Springfield, Missouri. He worked there as a senior art director and illustrator for a couple more decades. Eric currently works as a pen and ink artist creating commissioned artwork, showing in a number of galleries, and taking on illustration projects that interest him.

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