Lea Dingman will share examples of her art including paintings and poetry and how she has learned to keep her creation process simple, joyful and stress free. During this presentation we will learn how she prepares for exhibits/shows (so she won't feel overwhelmed), creates a "vision wall," why and how she sets up her space to work on 6-10 pieces at a time, the process of how she chooses the title and the "words" for the paintings, and her formula for calculating the price for each piece. 

Lea believes by following a simple format she finds the gift of time to live a full life. 

Lea is a member of Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, Springfield and has her paintings for sale at Fresh and several other locations.

Members and visitor 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. 


Gailey’s Breakfast Café, 220 East Walnut is featuring the photography and paintings of Steve McGuire.

Carnegie Midtown Library from December through February: Julie Heim’s art is featured on the mantels.

Bambino’s Italian Café at Battlefield and Lone Pine has added Jesse Clay to their featured artists. 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 on sales.

with Jerry Hatch Professor  Emeritus from MSU

The free workshops are sponsored

by Friends of the Art Museum (FOSAM) and Studio 55 Arts Guild

Jan. 24, 2019, Thursday, 2019
5:30-6:30 and 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

All materials are furnished
Springfield Art Museum

1111 E. Brookside Dr.

Seating is limited to 30 people each session, and reservations are required. To reserve your spot, contact Sandra Letson: sandragraves@mchsi.com or call 417-496-1838. 

Hatch taught sculpture and drawing in the Art and Design Department (MSU) from 1974 until 2015 when he retired. 

He will share his knowledge of the history and use of “Silverpoint” drawing (that includes other kinds of metal besides silver, like platinum, gold, copper, bronze, lead, aluminum, zinc, and magnesium) done on coated medium. During the workshop you will learn to draw or write with a metal point. NO EXPERIENCE IN DRAWING IS NEEDED.

First Friday Art Walk, December 7th: Please see the First Friday Art Walk website  here

  •  Fresh Gallery: features our members Dolores Bauer, Nancy Brown Dorna, Lea Dingman, Farley Lewis, Joe Malesky, Deborah Whytock, and John Whytock. Fresh Gallery is situated at 400 W. Walnut at the SW corner of Campbell and Walnut in downtown Springfield. Website here 

  • Big modern contemporary art by Fresh Gallery Members plus visiting artist.  Visiting artists for December are Jessie Schwartz, Susie Sharpe & Sarah Bliss Rasul. Open on First Friday Art Walk and third Saturday of the month or call Fresh Gallery for private showings at 417-862-9300. Big Modern Pop Up Exhibit 204 S Campbell.​
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December 9th (Sunday)1:00-5:00 pm, Moon City Creative District Studio and Gallery Tour, Begin at 316 W Atlantic St, Springfield. Member Jesse Clay is one of the guest artists.

Tour seven galleries and studios in the Moon City Creative District! Visit with artists who live and work in the district, as well as some special guest artists! Beautiful art of all kinds will be available for purchase, directly from the artist and enjoy live music. Other locations on the tour include:
1865 N. Jefferson, 1886 N Robberson, 1870 N. Main, 1881 N. Main, 1862 N. Missouri and 1868 N. Missouri


​December 12th:  2nd Wednesday Meeting of Studio 55 Arts Guild


Studio 55 Featured Speaker

 Artist Lea Dingman

"The Joy of the Process-Keeping It Simple "

National Avenue Christian Church Gallery

1515 South National Ave.​


December Newsletter 2018

​​Send information for the January Newsletter to Sandra Graves Letson, studio55guild@gmail.com 

by December 29th


Archived Newsletters:
2018: January, February, March, April, May, June, July  August September October, November
2017: DecemberNovemberOctober,  SeptemberAugust,July, JuneMay, AprilMarchFebruary, January 
2016:  December, NovemberOctoberSeptemberAugust 
Member of the month: OctoberSeptember, August,

​Classes: Many of our members are teaching painting classes and workshops now through May 2019 .Please click on 2018-2019 Classes  

Call to Artists: 24th Annual (juried) Senior Exhibit(ages 60 plus) at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in March. It is time to start planning and learn more by downloading the application by clicking here  Studio 55 is one of the sponsors.


December 13 (Thursday) 3:30-7pm Meike Aton Art Studio & Gallery Christmas Open House 

1200 E. Woodhurst Drive, k-300 in Springfield. Christmas music and goodies, wine and cheese. Find a gift for someone on your Christmas list.