Alicia Farris will talk about her art journey as an artist and her approach to creating art and teaching.  She will also talk a bit about her technique of painting her favorite subjects, will have visuals and will demonstrate her process in watercolor.

Alicia’s work has been recognized in multiple National and International exhibits. She was recently featured in The Art Of Watercolour Magazine published in France and circulated to 36 countries, but she was equally honored to be included and honored with an award in this year's National Exhibit of Watercolor USA right here in Springfield! Her work embodies the emotion of her subject, as she captures light and color to tell her story. She is excited to exhibit a new collection combining some of her favorite subjects: people, landscapes, urban scapes, and some familiar local scenes.

Alicia Farris has been painting professionally and teaching for over 20 years.  She loves to share her knowledge and passion and gains incredible inspiration when she teaches her workshops. 

Alicia said: "Some of the artists who have greatly inspired me are Fealing Lin, Don Andrews, George Kauntoupis, Marilynne Bradley, and Sandy Baker, just to name a few.  With art, I feel that I’m on a continual and wondrous journey.   I am constantly inspired to create,  I expect that will continue as long as my heart does." Visit Alicia's Website by clicking here.

Visitors are welcome and we encourage you to join our guild after 3 visits for only $30 per year to support our projects, speakers, and other expenses.

Please send member news to  Deadline for September News: August 22nd

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"Whether or Not" © Alicia Farris

Congratulations to John Whytock: For being chosen to be in the First Heartland Invitational Artist Show.
St. Louis will be home to an extraordinary exhibition of representational art from some of the most respected artists in the country. The exhibition highlights outstanding artwork created by artists from the Central US.  
Visitors will be treated to an exhibition and events with a carefully curated variety of  beautiful, world class visual art. 
Opening Reception August 23, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
​Admission is free
The exhibition will run through the month of September

Congratulations to Alicia Farris who was honored to receive a WHS award for her work, "Strength and Struggle" in the current Watercolor USA National Exhibit which is on display at the Springfield Art Museum until the end of August, 2019.  
Alicia's work "Whether or Not" was accepted into the 2019 International Open Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society in San Pedro, California and her painting, "Observing" was accepted into the 56th Annual Member's Exhibit of the Southwestern Watercolor Society in Richardson, Tx, both exhibits taking place fall, 2019.  She continues her journey with a grateful heart and an open mind to continually growing as an artist and an instructor.  

© Cheryl Vowels

August Newsletter 2019

Bambino’s Italian Café at Battlefield and Lone Pine: Congratulations to featuring artists, Susan Loop, Judy Ferguson, Sarah Rasul, Darlene Prater, Julia Barger, Lois Reeves and Steve McGuire and those featured at the Delmar location: Sandra Letson and Joy Tate . Come enjoy the food and art at all locations and purchase some beautiful art from one of our local artists. Contact the Letson’s if you are interested in applying. 417-496-1838. No commission is charged.

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© Jerry Hatch

August 14, 2019   Program 1:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Alicia Farris 

 “Art and the Journey” 

National Avenue Christian Church Gallery

1515 South National Ave.​ Springfield

Call for Artists for exhibits in the Springfield area: Springfield Regional Art's Council list:  click here (list of area "CALL FOR ARTISTS")

Finley River Gallery is hosting a juried “GO BIG” Show that is open to the public. Many of our members are in this show and you are invited to view the exhibit and sale: July 27-Aug 10. Hours:  M-F 10-3:00 & Sat. 10-1:00.  Telephone 581-8222.

Congratulations to Louise Eggleston  who is the featured artist of the month at the Finley River Gallery. Several of her paintings are on display as one enters the gallery which is located on the Historic Square in Ozark Missouri.

"The Big Show"On Display at The Sky Gallery now through August 13th
This annual exhibit is a HUGE favorite! Each piece is sized 36" or larger and on display at The Sky Gallery, located inside The Springfield-Branson Airport. Several of our members had art accepted for the show: Congratulations to Ted Thurman, Robert Kraft, Dawna Middleton, and Carol Snyder.

Weekly Workshops and classes by members Meike Aton, Tracy Bruton, Greg Chappell, Alicia Farris, Audrey Bottrell Parks, Farley Lewis, Darlene Prater, John Whytock and Ursula Wollenberg can be found by clicking here 

“DRAWING WITH METAL” with Jerry Hatch Professor Emeritus from MSU

September 12th, Thursday, 2019, 5:30--7:30 p.m. 

Springfield Art Museum 1111 E. Brookside Dr.
Free Workshop, with a limit of 30 participants. All materials are furnished. 

Hatch taught sculpture and drawing in the Art and Design Department (MSU) from 1974 until 2015 when he retired. During the workshop you will learn to draw on coated medium with a stylus using various metal points, such as silver or copper. No drawing experience is needed. Free and open to the public, but reservations are required.  

“Silverpoint”  drawing (that includes other kinds of metal besides silver or copper, such as platinum, gold, bronze, lead, aluminum, zinc, and magnesium) is done on coated medium. Many of the lovely drawings by da Vinci and Rembrandt were  created using ‘metal points’ and are still used today by artists for its fine, subtle qualities. 

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED: Contact Sandra Letson: or 417-496-1838

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

"We should be taught NOT to wait for inspiration to start something new. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action." Frank Tibolt, author of "A Touch Of Greatness"

Members and visitors are encouraged to bring a piece of their art for "show and share" for the meeting. This could be a finished piece or a work in progress you want some feedback on from other artists. 

Fresh Gallery:  Studio 55 members of Fresh Gallery are Rick Atwell, Nancy Brown Dornan, Sherri Davis, Alicia Farris, Farley Lewis, Cheryl Vowels, John Whytock  and Deborah Whytock. You can see their art and that of other artists at 400 W. Walnut on the SW corner of Campbell and Walnut in downtown Springfield.

Congratulations to Cheryl Vowels and Rebecca Lewis Smithwho are the Artists of the month for August at Fresh Gallery

  • Preview Opening Wine & Appetizer Reception will be Thursday, August 1st from 5-7pm 2nd Saturday Art Walk August 10th from 2-4pm. ​
  • Their reception on August 10th will feature complimentary limousine service from the Springfield Art Museum beginning at 1:45. No need to worry about downtown parking, ride in style and enjoy Springfield’s outstanding art scene!​ To learn more about the artists click here

​August 2nd: To learn about all venues for the First Friday art Walk  click here:   Visit The Creamery Arts Center any time from 5-8 pm and then enjoy the rest of the First Friday Art Walk venues downtown! 'Springfield Inspired' exhibition, a pop-up shop by SGFCO, music by Springtown Heroes, and drinks donated by Springfield Brewing Company!

Big Modern Gallery: Big Modern is Fresh Gallery's pop-up gallery of large, contemporary art and sculpture. The brainchild of FRESH Artist, Nancy Brown Dornan, this exhibit began last year to showcase art that requires large spaces for proper presentation. Every two months they present a few select artists works, in addition to our participating FRESH Gallery Artists. Located just  two blocks north of FRESH Gallery at 204 S. Campbell Ave in Springfield, Big Modern is open during First Friday Art Walk from 6:00 - 9:00 P.M., and by appointment. Contact Linda Kirchner at (417) 861-5004 to schedule a private viewing. 
See Fresh Gallery Website here  for more information about their events and how to join.

Art Exhibit by Studio 55 Members: "Inspired by Nature"

August 28 - October 2, 2019 Springfield 

Greene County Botanical Center

  • August 21st: Deadline to sign-up and submit display tag information to Gary Tebbenkamp. Instructions below. Bring this information to the August meeting or contact Gary at Phone: 417-234-2868. No entries will be accepted past that date.
  • August 28th Drop off your art between 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • October 2nd Pickup your art between 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Members may submit 2 - 3 entries per person. The 3rd will be used if space is available.
Entries should not be larger than 20x20". (Outside dimension of the frame or canvas.)
All entries must have wire hangers, be framed, or on gallery wrapped canvas (staples on the back)

The following information must be placed on the back of each entry (before drop-off) and this information must be submitted to Gary Tebbenkamp before the deadline of August 21st.

Title of entry
Artist Name
Size: width x height (iin that order please)
Price or NFS
Phone number.

Studio 55 Exhibit committee: Gary Tebbenkamp, chairman; Louise Eggleston; Chris Haik; Eleanor Berger, Nancy Crandall and Don & Sandra Letson.