Studio 55 Arts Guild

News-Leader (Nov 23, 2017) "New Studio 55 Exhibit Greets Travelers at Springfield Airport' ​by Camille Dautrich. Thanks to Camille for this excellent article!

This is the airport's second partnership with Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild and it's one that's especially rewarding. "They're a dynamic, enthusiastic, passionate group," said Gallery Manager Kara Remington. "I think Sky Gallery is unique," she said. "It's a traveler's first glimpse of what Springfield is. The art is representative of the whole city." The new exhibit of work by 27 members of the Studio 55 group is now on display, and if you have a little time to look around, you'll enjoy what you see. For more exhibit details with a photo gallery, click here

Dear members of Studio 55,

     The art show, An Evening With Studio 55,” held at the Springfield Art Museum on Friday, October 12, 2018, was a huge success thanks to the hard work of Studio 55 members! There were between 175-180 attendees at this spectacular event held under the Chihuly glass chandelier in the museum lobby. Gracing the perimeter of the lobby were easels and tables filled with beautiful art work showcasing 75 pieces of art by professional and non-professional artists.     
     We are greatly indebted to all those who helped with the intake, and set up of all the pieces of art on Thursday and Friday. Don Letson, Gary Tebbenkamp, Louise Eggleston, Chris Haik, Larry Stevens, and others worked tirelessly. We couldn’t have managed without their help.
     A huge thank you to Greg Chappell who donated a lovely original painting for our drawing. Kim Robertson’s name was drawn. Her winning card was signed by Sonya Wise who will receive a free year’s membership to Studio 55.
     The beautiful hors d’oeuvres were prepared by Eleanor Strauser and Curtis. They did a fabulous job with their preparation and presentation.
     Guests were served by students from MSU. They acted professionally and courteously throughout the evening. Many thanks to Dr. Lisa Hall, Missouri State University Gerontology Department, for arranging the servers.
     Thanks are also in order to Sonya & John Wise for the donation of the wine for the evening. Tom Gist and John Wise graciously agreed to pour.
     Judging was conducted by Sharon Harper - Missouri State University, Department of Art &Design, and Rebecca Miller - Drury University - Associate Professor of Art &Art History. 

     The owners of National Art Shop, Jean and Jerry Sanders, selected their favorite entries in both divisions.The winning selections received gift cards from National Art Shop.
     Cash prizes were awarded to Best of Showand 1stplace winners in both professional and non-professional divisions. 

     Thank you again to all those who participated in making, “An Evening With Studio 55”, a wonderful success!

Ramona Gist, President

Thanks to Kara Remington, Sky Gallery Manager for the photos 

​​​​​​October 12, 2018: ​Time: 6-8pm "An Evening With Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild" Springfield Art Museum

November 13, 2017 to February 12, 2018: Studio 55 Exhibit at the Sky Gallery

Springfield-Branson International Airport. Studio 55 was invited by the Springfield Regional Arts Council to have a juried show at Sky Gallery. Twenty-seven members submitted entries and 27 members were chosen to exhibit, with a total of 45 pieces accepted for the show. 

January 10, 2018: 4:00 p.m. There was a reception at the Springfield-Branson Airport following our regular January meeting. Download a PDF with the member information for the Sky Gallery

August 3 - 31, 2018: The exhibit is in the Atrium at the Botanical Center,  2400 S Scenic Ave. in the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.


Professional Division

National Art Shop Award Professional Division: Jesse Clay - Shirley Temple  

Best of Show Professional Division: John Whytock - Missouri Summer

1st Place Watercolor: Lois Reeves - Sweet  Spring Aroma

2nd Place Watercolor: Elisa Kruger -  Blue Reflection

1st Place Acrylic: Jesse Schwartz  - Sunset In The Valley

2nd Place Acrylic: Roberto Regalado - First Bloom Of Spring

1st Place Oil: Jesse Clay  - Halloween

2nd Place Oil: Greg Chappell -The Castle

1st Place Pen & Ink/Mixed Media: Linda Spencer - Brick and Mortar

2nd Place Pen & Ink/Mixed Media: Jean Rogers-  An Open Air African Market

1st Place Photo/Digital: Deborah Whytock-  Astor Crowne Plaza

2nd Place Photo/Digital: Jacqueline Stoner – Obscurity


Non Professional Division

National Art Shop Award Non Professional Division: Louise Eggleston- Fishy Gathering

Best of Show Non Professional: Les Hagemann –  Powerful Stream

1st Place Watercolor: Rick Atwell-  Olson’s Neighbor

2nd Place Watercolor: Christine Haik - Gotcha!

1st Place Acrylic: Eleanor Berger- Travel Thru Time

2nd Place Acrylic: Ken Burstin- Sigmund Freud

1st Place Oil: Sonya Wise- Emerging

1st Place Pastel: Susan Loop- Iris

2nd Place Pastel: Nancy Niewald- Winter Silence

1st Place Mixed Media: Eleanor Berger  - Tropical Blossom

2nd Place Mixed Media: Vivian Terbeek- The Sea Port of Andalusia

1st Place Photo/Digital: Robert Kraft- Asiatic Lily

2nd Place Photo/Digital: Michael Carlie- Futuristic Sunrise

Thanks to Mike Carlie, Larry Stephens and Sandra Letson for the photos 

​​November 2, 2018: Schweitzer Brentwood Library Exhibit: Last day to sign up: October Meeting. Drop off, Nov. 2, 2018, 9-10 a. m. Pick up art, Nov. 30, 2018, 9-10 a. m. 

Judicial Courts Building Exhibit and Sale: September- October, The Judicial Building Jury Room, features two of Studio 55’s artists, Chris Haik and Louise Eggleston.

The Twenty-Third Annual Senior Art Exhibition for ages Age 60+​ was a fantastic success. 

Jurors picked 87 pieces out of over 100 entries for this show and sale. Special thanks to the chair of exhibit, Dr. Bradley Fisher, for another highly successful exhibit for senior artists. Dr. Fisher is a founding member of Studio 55 and former chair of the Gerontology Department at Missouri State. We appreciate the work of the jurors: Judy Ferguson, Steve McGuire and Charles Summey, and those that hung the art: Don Letson, chairman and committee: Ramona Gist, Gary Tebbenkamp, Louise Eggleston, Kathy Fisher, Darlene Prater, Sandra Letson and students from the Gerontology Department. We are grateful for sponsors: The Gerontology Department (MSU), The National Art Shop, Robert Purvis (Valic Financial Advisors, Inc.) and Studio 55.

Congratulations to members Lois Reeves for receiving a Jurors Choice Award for her watercolor painting and Vivian Terbeek who received the Fabric Art Award. 

Photos: Botanical Center Exhibit and Sale