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

"Finding the Missing Lynx"

Featuring Speaker Ron Henson, Wood Carver

​Wednesday, June 13th at 1:00 p.m.

The Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church

1515 South National Avenue, Springfield

Ron Henson will cover the carving of a Lynx face starting with how he researched for photos to the steps for completing the piece. He will show many of the tools used in the carving process, such as standard wood carving knives and gouges, some small rotary equipment and bits, one large rotary grinder with sanding equipment and a sample of the alkyd oil paints he used to complete the piece.

Henson said: "I started woodcarving while serving as A Scout Master in the Boy Scouts of America. I then went to seminars on wood carving at the War Eagle Farm in Arkansas and received excellent guidance to get to where I am today. I have found that I truly enjoy wood carving, it makes one feel good."

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



Applied Chinese Brush Strokes Workshop by Artist Hing Wah Hatch​:

This is a follow-up class for those who attended or were unable to attend last weeks workshop.

  • When: June 7th: Classes will be held at 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm. and reservations are required.
  • Where: Springfield Art Museum Classroom. Chick here for more information 
  • Registration is required: call Sandra Letson, 417-869-7812 or email her at

Wonders of Wild Life will host one of President Bush’s art instructors, Mr. Sedrick Huckaby, for a seminar and demonstration. 

  • When:Monday, June 11, 7 pm. doors will open at 6:30 p.m
  • Where: John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center, adjacent to the Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium
  • To learn more and register: click on the following link:

The Waverly House Gifts and Gallery 2031 S. Waverly Ave. They have many guest artists plus several of our members have art for sale in the gallery. More information. Selling fine arts and crafts since 1987. Visit and see their beautiful collection.


The Creamery (Springfield Regional Arts Council) Located at 411 N Sherman Pkwy.

Positronic Industries are the annual sponsors an annual Member's Exhibit and Sale of art. This features a vibrant collection of work from the Springfield Regional Arts Council artist members. Stop by The Creamery. Springfield Regional Arts Council: website  Several of our members are in the exhibit.

Congratulations to Robert Kraft for having his photograph (shown below) chosen for the poster to advertise the event.


Springfield Brewing Company: Solo Exhibit by Nancy Dornan, 301 S Market Ave, Nancy Dornan has an exhibit on the second floor, Open 11 am to 11 pm. See poster above.

Rosette Studios is featuring the art of Eric Ray,  

214 South Campbell, (see the poster on the right)

Rosette Studio website here andEric Ray's Website is here.


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.

Jury room of the Judicial Courts Building: Carol Snyder Solo Exhibit: now through June 29 Carol's exhibit is hung in the  located at 1010 Boonville, Springfield. Viewing is best done on Fridays between 9:00 am and 4pm. To apply to exhibit call Ramona Gist, 417-818-327. Please read Carol's Bio here and enjoy samples of her art shown below.

Jury room of the Judicial Courts Building: Judy Ferguson and Jackie Johnson are having a 2 woman exhibit of 15 paintings. Dates are June 29-Aug. 31. 

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.


Springfield Art Museum:

  • Watercolor USA: now through August 26, 2018 in the Weisel & Kelly Galleries. Free and open to the public. The 57th annual showing of Watercolor USA, celebrates the best in contemporary American watermedia. This year's exhibit features 82 works from 81 artists representing 31 states, as selected by juror Kelly Kane, Editor-In-Chief on PleinAir Magazine. Realism, Traditional, and Innovation - it's all on view in Watercolor USA. This popular exhibition and Springfield summertime staple features a catalog on sale in Avant Art for $15. Congratulations to Alicia Farris, Sharon Warren and John Fitzgibbon for being selected for the exhibit

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

  • Fantastic Friday: Friday, June 29 10 AM - Noon in the Museum Galleries: Join the Springfield-Greene County Library District at the Museum as they present "Fantastic Fridays!" Browse the latest exhibits, engage in art-making, storytelling, writing activities, watch Steve the Painting Pig in action (trainer Sherry Taylor, Studio 55 Member)  (courtesy of Friends of the Springfield Art Museum), experience virtual reality with Self Interactive, and listen to a Storybreak with KY3 Ozarks Today anchor Paul Adler (10:30 AM). Make sure you bring your library card because the Mobile Library will be parked in the parking lot and open for business! 
  • Click here to download a copy of the June Springfield Art Museum Newsletter and learn more  or connect with the website

Summer Art Walks (on your own) It's All Downtown Springfield, 22 places to visit.

Check the website here

Botanical Center Exhibit: Call for Artists who are members of Studio 55. The Art Exhibit/Sale is on August 3rd through August 31st. This exhibit will be in the Atrium at the Springfield Botanical Center located at 2400 S. Scenic Ave in the ​Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.  Limit 2 pieces. Please register as soon as possible with Don Letson 417-869-7812 or at the June to July meeting. Download more information and the guideline for the exhibit here.

​Maschino’s Home Store: ​features artists from Central High School. Now- June 25th. Located at 1715 S. Campbell Ave and Open Mon.-Sat
Call to Artists: ANIMALS, PEOPLE, FUN & FUNNY PEOPLE is due on June 26th. Reception is rescheduled for  Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Call to Artists: SPRINGFIELD’S OUTDOOR SCULPTURE is due on September 25th learn how to enter here

June 16th is the 2nd annual Summer Solstice Art Fair in historic Lafayette Park in the Moon City Creative District. Come enjoy and support these 23 fine artists from the area, live music and food on June 16th




  • Adam Schwartz had a photo win first place in the VA's National Art Competition and will be showcased in Des Moines Iowa this November.

  • Jessie Schwartz was inducted into the USVAA United States Veteran Art Alliance this week, which has such honored members like, Edgar Allan Poe, Abraham Lincoln, Julia Child, Irving Berlin, Lou Rawls, James Earl Jones to name a few.
  • He was also selected to show 2 pineces of his Chromatic Pop at Columbia Missouri’s Art in the Park which is scheduled to begin on June 1st.  The award ceremony will be on Saturday June 2nd. 
  • Jessie was asked to show his Prince Tribute Painting at the recent Symphony Gala Event on May 19th. Shown below. 
  • He also has a new piece going up at the Airport for the next show.

  • Joellen Mittlestadt won first place (shown above) in the Mystery Box Contest. This contest was sponsored by the Finley River Fine Art Association at 205 E South St, in Ozark, MO. (417) 581-8222. The Gallery is open Wed-Fri 10-3pm and Saturday 10-1. Many of our members are apart of this art association and gallery. 

Finley River Gallery: “Painting The Town” was a Plein Air art contest put together by the Finley River Gallery! This was held on June 2nd. Awards are Best of Show- $150: Tanja Ware, Jurors Choice- $100: Margaret Stewart, and Viewers Choice $100: Zach Ledbetter! With two honorable mentions of $50 gift card each: Joyce Stewart and Larry Waggoner.  Contestants spent the whole day painting the historic town of Ozark!! 

Bambinos'  two Restaurants and Coffee Shop are featuring members art:  Les Hagerman, Nancy Day, Joellen Mittlestadt , Chris Haik, Louise Eggleston (Battlefield and Lone Pine) and Darlene Prater (Delmar). 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, five painting were sold, two were paintings by Darlene Prater.

Audrey Bottrell Parks Classes at Splatter Art Studio  

Classes are at 10:00 am on Tuesdays and Saturdays. "Everyone Can Learn to Draw" and "Open Drawing Class". Check the website for special classes and workshops and learn more about Audrey.  Phone: 417-848-0894

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

Other Classes taught by members can be found here


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June Newsletter 2018