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Studio 55 Newsletter: August 2017

(Send information for the September Newsletter to Sandra Letson, studio55guild@gmail.com)

August 9th Program of Studio Fine 55 Arts Guild

Featuring Artist Carolyn Owen 
 "Gourds from Garden to Gallery"

Carolyn Owen’s Website: wildernessgourds.com

The program will start at 1:00pm on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National Avenue, Springfield, Following the presentation, Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild members and visitors are invited to participate in an artist “show and share"

Mrs. Owen’s presentation will include a display of her art, discussion about growing gourds as well as harvesting, drying and cleaning them.  Also the tools used for cleaning, carving, and burning designs into the gourds will be shown as well as various methods of adding color and other embellishments.

Master Gourd Artist Carolyn Owen enjoys every aspect of the gourd from growing to transforming them into art pieces. The discovery of gourds as a creative media was the result of a life quest through numerous crafts and artistic endeavors.

She has been creating gourd art for about 13 years. Named gourd “Artist of the Year” for Missouri in 2012 and has won the “People’s Choice award” two times at the Missouri State Gourd Art Festival and the “Best of Master’s Award”. 

“I love to incorporate carving, wood burning and various ink dyes and techniques to enhance the natural beauty of the gourd. The possibilities are endless and the unique shapes and surfaces can be very challenging. No other form of art has held my fascination the way working with gourds has.”


Reminders to Members:

September 1st: Is the Studio 55 Annual Fall Exhibit and Silent Auction at National Ave Christian Church Gallery

  • Silent auction items are due August 25th, at the time of set up. You can also turn them in at the August 9th meeting.  We hope each member will donate or solicit at least 2 silent auction items. Check your instruction packet for details. Please have the correct mailing address of the business or individual contributing neatly written on the postcard thank you notes in your packet. Studio 55 will take care of postage and mailing thank you cards.

        Need ideas for contributions for the silent auction? 

         Check out last years items here 


  • ​Member’s Art is to be delivered for the exhibit on August 25th (limit 2). Registration is required to exhibit and there will be a sign up sheet at the meeting. You must register no later than August 20th to be including in the exhibit. For complete art exhibit information click here

  • Please Support the Special Sponsor’s Event at Bambino’s Italian Cafe
    August 30th, 1141 Delmar Street location
    From 4:00 pm until closing, 
    the Faucett family (owners of Bambinos) will dedicate 20% of sales at their restaurant to Sammy’s Window. Last year they raised $635! Please come enjoy their great food, knowing you will be helping Sammy’s Window give supplies and support to foster kids in Springfield and the surrounding area.

  • Raffle tickets: Early sale of Raffle tickets for a 2 night stay at the Dickey House Bed and Breakfast ($350 value) will be available to Studio 55 members at the August 9th meeting. On September 1st the tickets will be open to the public.

  • Food donations: Please sign up with Rick Atwell (917-575-3658) or rickatwell@icloud.com   We had over 300 visitors last year and they were hungry!!!

Health Concerns:

  • Board Member Kathy Luna is having surgery at Cox Medical Center. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers
  • One of our members, Judith McClung fell last month and is recovering at Manor Care Rehabilitation, 2915 S. Fremont Ave. Her phone number is 417-882-1709. She would appreciate cards and phone calls.

Call to Artists:

Maschinos Home Store "Outside Art: Springfield’s Sculptures"
Maschino's hosts a two month exhibit of the work of regional artists from August 29 through October 30, 2017.  The theme of the juried show is “Outside Art: Springfield’s Sculptures”.  Spingfield has a rich amount of public sculpture.  The theme is this show was chosen to see how 2D artists interpret 3D art works.In addition to the Public Sculpture noted at www.SculptureWalkSpringfield, there is public sculpture in the Botanical Garden, the campus of Missouri State, the Sports Hall of Fame and Commercial Street.  There are many other spots exhibiting public art, too.
Entry Form: click here
Entry Guidelines and requirements: click here

Fresh gallery, 400 W. Walnut Street is accepting applications.Fresh Gallery is a fiscal agency of the Springfield Regional Arts Council dedicated to promoting and marketing the fine art and fine craft of area artists. If you want to apply or learn more click here or visit the Gallery.

Art & Music Community Benefit:
August 12, The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N Sherman Parkway, Springfield

 6:30 pm. Hors d'oevres   See a video here of Meike Aton and Vincent Nolden  in a TV interview!

Performance 7-9pm Hosted by Meike Aton Art and Spire Composing
Meike Aton and Vincent Nolden will be performing live!
In support of the Life Change Program and Jobs For Life
For more info: call Meike Aton: 417-343-3481 or here
Tickets: $25 in advance may be purchased and $30 at the door. Get tickers at Maschino’s, Waverly House, Eventbrite, and from Vincent Vincent Nolden and Meike Aton directly.


Bambino's Restaurants:

To Apply to exhibit and sell your art, contact Sandra or Don Letson 417-869-7812. No fee or commission is charged. Coffee Shop and separate café is located on the corner of Battlefield and Lone Pine and the original place on Delmar and Florence, near the Missouri State Campus.


Bambinos Restaurant: Janene Moser is the featured artist at the 1141 E. Delmar location.

Schweitzer Brentwood Library Guild Exhibit: July 31st through August 29
Pick up unsold artwork August 29th, 9-10 am

Maschino’s Home Store: "Art in the Garden" Juried Exhibit Exhibition thru August 27, Monday - Saturday 9:30 - 6:00 pm, 1715 S. Campbell, Springfield, Free and Open to the Public
Artists include: *Janene Moser, *Chris Haik, *Louise Eggleston, *Jane Waschick, Robert Kraft, Mary Alday, *Vivian Terbeek, *Nancy Day, Dora Elliott, Gretchen Schultz, Julie Zaslow, Honorable Mention*Meike Aton, Deby Gilley, Ann Kynion, *Penny Bantle, and Best in Show *Audrey Bottrell-Parks (*Studio 55 members)

Bambino's Restaurant at 2810 East Battlefield Road: members Steve McGuire, Penny Bantle, Darlene Prater and Nancy Dornan's have their art for sale at the restaurant. Plan to have lunch and enjoy the art.

Audrey Botrell Park's student Exhibit: Congratulations to members Judy Ferguson who won Best of Show and Nancy Brown Dornan who received honorable mention.

The Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC), exhibit: "The Big Show" at the Springfield-Branson National Airport, Sky Gallery, May 15 through August 22, 2017, 2300 N. Airport Blvd. Several Members have art in this show. More information here

Fresh gallery:
Lea Dingman, Nancy Dornan and Delores Bauer

Moon city gallery: Lea Dingman

Donny Bryant massage and therapy: Lea Dingman

Midtown Carnegie Library Dawna Middleton is the featured artist with five pieces until the end of August.

CLASSES: for more information click here

Audrey's Bottrell Park's Classes: www.audreybottrell.com

Jessie Schwartz Classes at Splatter: “ACRYLIC IMPRESSIONS, July 27, August 10 and 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Call Jessie to sign up 417-224-0626
For more information: 

Darlene Prater Classes at Splatter: Mixed media, "Loosen up with Mixed Media" Thursdays 

Tracy Livingston Bruton at Splatter: Classes/Workshops in Drawing and Watercolor By Tracy Livingston Bruton http://splatterartstudio.com/instructors/tracy-livingston-bruton/

 Other classes at Splatter Art Studio  http://splatterartstudio.com

Meike Aton teaches classes at her studio and Gallery 1200 E. Woodhurst,

call 417-343-3281 or see her website here

Senior Center Kimberling City: On going Art Classes: 

Call ​Janice Rosenburg, 417-338-8705 for more information

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August Newsletter 2017

Janene Moser

​Exhibiting at Bambino's on Delmar


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