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July Newsletter 2018


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild Program: 

"Painting Together Forty Years and Counting"

Featuring Artists Linda Spencer & Roberto Regalado

​Wednesday, July 11th at 1:00 p.m.

The Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church

1515 South National Avenue, Springfield

Linda Spencer and Roberto Regalado (husband and wife) met in the late 70’s when they were apprentices in the Phil Santos Studio in Huntington Beach California and are still painting together after 40 years.  They will show some of their art projects, paintings and lead a discussion on the challenges and joys of being a professional artist.  Roberto said: "The clients, the travel, the projects and the challenges, make for a lifetime of artistic expression in the real world."

Laughingwell Studio, in Long Lane Missouri, is where the couple creates art, murals and paintings. Specializing in "Architectural Art" for large spaces, their murals can be seen in many locations nationwide.  Their commissions include private homes, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, theaters, churches and hospitals both interior and exterior. Each client receives creative and individual attention and all projects are unique with each situation customized to suit the client's needs. Twenty-five projects have been done for Bass Pro Stores.

Learn more about their creations at their website:

Join their Facebook Page:

Visitors and members are invited to "show and share" their art following the program. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact by email


​Call for Artists for the Botanical Center Exhibit:This is an exhibit for members of Studio 55. Limit 2 pieces. Please register as soon as possible with Don Letson 417-869-7812 or at the July meeting. The art will be exhibited and for sale August 3-31 in the Atrium at the Springfield Botanical Center located at 2400 S. Scenic Ave in the ​Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Download more information and the guidelines here.

"An Evening With Studio 55 - Affordable Art Show and Sale"
Location: Springfield Art Museum
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 6-8pm  For more information click on  
CALL FOR ARTIST   or   download a PDF Here

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First Friday Art Walk, July 6th, see the website for locations: 

  • Fresh Gallery 400 W. Walnut Fresh Gallery: Nancy Dornan and Lea Dingman are regular gallery members and exhibitors. Congratulations to all!​ 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.​ Learn more by clicking here to access the website and learn of special events.

Jury room of the Judicial Courts Building: Now through August 31. Judy Ferguson and Jackie Johnson are having a 2 woman exhibit of 15 paintings. 

The exhibit at the Judicial Building features two of Studio 55’s long time artists,

Judy Ferguson and Jackie Johnson. Their exhibit will be in the jury room until August 31. 

Judith Ferguson,  painter and fiber artist, studied design and art history at Ottawa University

in Ottawa Kansas. While living in St. Louis she studied with Master painter, Dhimitri Zonia, for

ten years, and Giesella Bulle, for two years. For the past eleven years Judy has served as a

Docent at the Springfield Art Museum. She currently volunteers her time working as an art

educator at Doling Park Senior Center. Judy regularly exhibits at the Waverly House Galleries,

the Gillioz Theater, J.K. Hammonds Hall, Springfield area Libraries,  Machinos, Springfield

Regional Arts Council, Springfield National Airport , the Polish Pottery Shop, Bambinos, and

other various exhibits and galleries around Springfield.  She is a member of the Regional Arts Council and Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild.

Jacqueline Lake Johnson (Jackie) is our other featured artist. Jackie knew she loved to draw, use color and create things at an early age. At the late age of 47 she started to teach herself to paint, choosing watercolor as her medium. Not knowing it was an difficult choice for her impatient personality, she endeavored to do her best , actually doing some paintings she was quite proud of. Wanting to spread her wings she tried acrylics, then ventured into oils . She finally found her niche! Shehas honed her skills by taking different art classes and workshops  with Larry Clingman, Jason Sacron and Larry DeGraff.  She is grateful that Studio 55 has given her the opportunity toexhibit and sell her work in many shows and events around Springfield 

 “Art isn't just a wonderful way to express oneself, it's the way many people can connect to each other without knowing each others names. It's a bridge for us to use when words aren't enough. Whether its paintings, sculptures, cloth creations, pottery, photography or carvings. There are so many ways to tell our stories of this world.” 

Springfield Brewing Company: July, Solo Exhibit by Nancy Dornan, 
301 S Market Ave. Nancy's exhibit is on the second floor, Open 11 am to 11 pm. See poster on the right.

Springfield Brewing Company, coming in August and September,

Audrey Bottrell Parks Solo Exhibit

Maschino’s Home Store,  Theme: Animals, People,Fun, and Funny People

  • Reception on  Thursday, July 19, 2018. 5:00 to  6:00 pm, 1715 S. Campbell

         Many of our members are in this show.  

  • Next Call to Artists is on Septembers 25th: 

​        Theme Springfield Outdoor Sculpture 

Bambinos'  Restaurants and Coffee Shop are featuring artists:  Greg Chappell Solo Exhibit (Coffee Shop), Carol Snyder, Les Hagemann, Darlene Prater, Penny Bantle, Nancy Day, and Sarah Bliss Rasul )Italian Restaurant Battlefield and Lone Pine) and Danielle McGraw (Delmar location). Contact Sandra or Don Letson to apply: 417-496-1838. No commission is charged if your art is sold and there is no fee to exhibit or sell your art. Recently, six painting were sold, two were paintings by Darlene Prater and other paintings of Sarah Bliss Rasul.

Ken Burstin(Studio 55 Member) invites you to come by and see his artwork on display at Springfield Music (3100 S. Fremont, next to Haruno). These large paintings ,“From Bowie to Zappa” will be on display in July.

Lea Dingman shared: "USA Mortgage is taking part in the Corporate Arts Program through SRAC. 

They have leased my painting "Beauty in the Unknown".  The painting will hang thru December 2018. 

Lots of amazingly good things happening, I sold 4 out 9 paintings in the recent VAAS Show at Hammons. 

Also Hanging at: Springfield Branson Airport through August 20th themed Daring to be Different and
Donny Bryant Massage & Therapy."

​​Larry DeGraff is a  part of a four person show that opens July 13th 

at The Rice Galley of Fine Art in Overland Park, KS (KC area,

only 150 miles away.) The other artists are nationally

recognized landscape painters. He is very excited to be

a part of this show!

Here's a link to their site:

Coffee Shop at the Springfield Art Museum: Zone 2 Exhibit, members Nadine Ellman and Nancy Dornan are two of the featured artist whose work is being exhibited.​

Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex: Judy Ferguson and Vivian Terbeek will be exhibiting some of their art quilts at the upcoming Ozark Piecemaker's Quilt Guild Show. The dates are Sept. 27-29.

Audrey Bottrell Park's Drawing, Pastel classes at Splatter Art Studio     Phone: 417-848-0894 

  • Every Tuesday Drawing Class for all levels of abilities with individual instruction 

         10 – 12 at Splatter Art Studio.   Fee $20 plus $5 studio fee

  • First Saturday Drawing Class on July 7th 

         9 – 12 also at Splatter Art Studio.  Fee $30 plus $5 studio fee

  • Saturday August 4th 9 – 12 At Splatter Art Studio  

         Clothed Model for Drawing with Graphite, charcoal or pastel  with individual instruction. 

         Fee $30 plus $5 studio fee

  • Saturday, August 18th  Day long pastel workshop painting man’s best friend – a dog! 

         Submit your photo of your dog or someone else’s dog.  If your photo is chosen,

         you get a free pass to the workshop!  Send them to   

        $60 plus $5 studio fee

  • Saturday Sept. 1st  9 – 12 Splatter Art Studio. Drawing Values in reverse with

         white charcoal on black paper.  Fee $30 plus $5 studio fee                                                     

                                                                                                                                                             "Park Beach Serenity" artist Audrey Bottrell Parks


Greg Chappell is teaching oil painting classes at his home

and Splatter Studio. These class teach Renaissance Techniques.  

Greg is an Award Winning Artist and a member of Studio 55.

To reserve your place and learn more call GREG CHAPPELL (504) 613 – 7810 Painting shown on the right and is one of eight

for sale at Bambinos Coffee Shop, Battlefield and Lone Pine.

                                                                                                                                                                  Oil Painting "Mountain top Scout "by Greg Chappell.

Other Classes taught by members can be found here


Springfield Art Museum News

See the July, August, September Newsletter:

Springfield Arts Council "Call for Artists" 


Open Artist Contest at The Gillioz
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:00

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