Nixa, MO based Christin Gilchrist has been honing her skills as a handbag designer and maker for the past several years. She began her interest in the arts very early in life. As a small child she loved to draw and paint. At age eight her mother taught her to sew an apron.
Later in life Christin found she needed a handbag and put her artistic talents and childhood learned skill to use. Through that experience she developed a passion for functional art and the engineering aspect of pattern drafting. Since that day she has been designing and constructing handbags for Two Belmont Sisters- a company she originally started in 2011 with her older sister as a hobby and later pursued as a full time business venture alone.
In 2017 demand picked up and Christin’s wife, April Williams, came to work at Two Belmont Sisters full time. With a background in screen printing and warehouse management April brought in a variety of much needed skill sets. Her passion for numbers and spreadsheets took Two Belmont Sisters from a one woman hustle to a legitimate business.
Today Two Belmont Sisters makes handbags, accessories, and unique soft goods always working in small batches while paying close attention to the tiniest details and ensuring each item is of the utmost quality. By sourcing local eco-friendly materials and utilizing as much scrap as possible they are minimizing their carbon footprint while working toward a zero waste company.
Two Belmont Sisters products can be found at fine art shows, online, at a handful of boutiques across the country and at nationally renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Visitors are always welcome at our gatherings and we encourage you to join our guild for only $30 per year to support our projects, speakers, website and other expenses.
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. COME JOIN US!
January 8, 2020
Program 1:00 p.m.
Christin Gilchrist and April Williams
"Two Belmont Sisters: From Hobby to Business"
National Avenue Christian Church Gallery
1515 South National Ave. Springfield
Bambino’s Italian Café at Battlefield and Lone Pine and Bambinos at 1141 E Delmar St.: Featuring artists: Rebecca Lewis Smith, Dawna Middleton, Susan Loop, Sherri Davis, Lura Faye Cotton, Darlene Prater, Josh Beecher, Joy Tate, and Jason Stella. 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 to be juried into this venue. 417-496-1838. No commission is charged. Any artist in Springfield or the surrounding area may apply.
"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"
Start the NEW YEAR with a new art class. Weekly classes or workshops by members are being offered by artists Meike Aton, Tracy Bruton, Greg Chappell, Alicia Farris, Audrey Bottrell Parks, Farley Lewis, Darlene Prater, John Whytock, Ursula Wollenberg, plus an art support group is offering creative support and encouragement.
Judy Ferguson and Ramona Gist facilitate an artist support group at the Northview Senior Center. This is a group of artists that meet and work on their own individual projects and support is offered in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pencil, pen and ink, pastel and design. (FREE) for 55 and older, others welcome for a small fee.
More Information can be found about these classes by clicking here or by going to the 2020 Classes page on this website.
Call for Artists for exhibits in the Springfield area: Springfield Regional Art's Council list: click here (list of area "CALL FOR ARTISTS") Watercolor USA ENTRIES due starting JANUARY 3rd.
The Creamery Arts Center 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of the Springfield Regional Arts Council SRAC:
News from Members
Nancy Dornan: I will be exhibiting at Elliot Robinson, CPA, and at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts on both the fourth floor exhibition and the Fuldner Lounge.
Ursula Wollenberg: I will be teaching a watercolor workshop titled; Watercolor Pure and Simple at Splatter on Feb. 7 10-3.
Meike Aton: Next Workshop January 21&22 https://meikeaton.com/product/texture-painting-workshop-jan-21-22-2020/ See my Art Work at www.MeikeAton.com IG and FB or Visit my Studio/Gallery at 1200 E. Woodhurst Dr Building K-300, Springfield, Mo 65804
Alicia Farris has bid Fresh Gallery goodbye after 10 1/2 years as a founding member. She leaves it under great membership and leadership and will join back with the awesome artists of Waverly House Gallery. Alicia was a Waverly House artist prior to Fresh and is excited to be represented by this fine gallery once again. She continues to teach workshops locally and throughout the US. Her next local workshop that still has space available is at Splatter Art Studio, April 16-18. Check her website for details and stay tuned for information of other upcoming workshops. www.afarris.com
Shae Johnson: Shae is a new member of Studio55 and the newly elected President of Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM). https://www.artmuseumfriends-spfd.org/index.html Studio 55 and FOSAM have been cosponsoring ArtTalks and the museum.
John Whytock: Five Sessions Landscape Workshop https://johnwhytockart.com/workshop/20593/landscape-painting-in-acrylics-series
Landscape Painting in Acrylics - Session 1 will begin Mon, January 6, 11:30am – 5:00pm at Splatter Art Studio, 4160 S Lone Pine Ave, Springfield, MO.
Boyle Family Gallery
Deborah Whytock: 2/1/2020 – 2/29/2020 – Duets Exhibition at Lovett’s Gallery – Tulsa, OK
CALL FOR ENTRIES (60 years and older) FOR THE 25th Annual SPRING 2020 SENIOR ART SHOW at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for Performing Arts. Call Dr. Bradley Fisher for questions: 417-886-2675. Studio 55 is one of the sponsors. There are 2 pages to the entries form and guidelines brochure. So please be sure to download both. PAGE #1 CLICK HERE PAGE #2 CLICK HERE
Fresh Gallery: https://freshgallery.org Studio 55 members in Fresh Gallery are Rick Atwell, Nancy Brown Dornan, Farley Lewis, Mike Myers, Rebecca Lewis Smith, Ken Richardson, 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. Click here for the Fresh Gallery Newsletter. Please note there is a change in the date and time for the Larry DeGraff reception. Due to a prediction for ice and snow, the reception will be moved to Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12 PM – 5 PM at Fresh Gallery.
Check for Exhibits
· MSU Brick City Gallery: https://art.missouristate.edu/brick-city-gallery.htm
· Drury Pool Gallery: https://www.drury.edu/pool-art-center/pool-art-center-gallery-current-season
· OTC Gallery: https://academics.otc.edu/finearts/gallery/
The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, will be displaying our artwork now through February 29, 2020 The following are exhibiting: Eleanor Berger, Carol Chappell, Felicia Ellis, Ann Kynion, Don and Sandra Letson, Susan Loop, Peter Nielebock, Eleanor Strausser, Gary Tebbenkamp, Ursula Wollenberg.
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Sky Gallery at the Springfield-Branson International Airport has a show now through February 12, 2020. This juried show features members from Splatter, Studio 55 Arts Guild, and Visual Art Association Artists. Congratulations to the following members listed below and the number of their pieces in the show:
Jesse Clay (5), Dawna Middleton (1), Ken Richardson (3), Judy Ferguson (2), Ken Burstin (2), Ruth Penaherrera Norton (1), Meika Aton (5), Farley Lewis (2), Nancy Brown Dornan (3), Vivian Terbeek (1), Suzi Agee (1), Susie Sharpe (3), Carol Snyder (5), Alicia Farris (1), John Whytock (3), and Deborah Whytock (1).
Fine art exhibits rotate quarterly at Sky Gallery and consist of works by artists from the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s member registry, students and faculty of our local colleges, universities, and public schools, and occasionally national organizations and special interest groups.
First Friday Art Walk is January 3rd: Download a PDF of the locations being featuredhere
Call for entries from Studio 55 Members: Gailey's Breakfast Café, March and April. A sign-up for this display along with more details will be available at the January 8 meeting at the National Avenue Gallery.
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