Studio 55 EXHIBIT: March and April, Studio 55 Members, Gailey's Breakfast Cafe, 220 E WALNUT ST, SPRINGFIELD, MO 65806. 417.866.5500 Open: SUN-TUES  7AM-3PM, WED - SAT  7AM-10PM

Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artist, commissioned artist for ESPN, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Promega Corporation, MSU West Plains, PGA golfers and a host of others, Audrey brings years of professional experience to the classroom. Earning her Art Education degree in her home state of Wisconsin in 1979, she has taught publicly and privately for more than 40 years! 

After working for Carol Bancroft & Friends, a renown Art agency in Connecticut, she returned to Wisconsin and established her fine art portrait business. Her portraits for Promega Corporation were published internationally. The ESPN portraits were unveiled on the nationally televised Skins Games in 2003 and 2004. 

Since moving to Springfield, MO in 2004, Audrey has been teaching classes for the general public and has expanded her art to include not only portraits, but landscapes, cityscapes, still life and whatever else strikes her fancy! 

Drawing is the foundation for all art and Audrey believes EVERYONE can learn to draw! She loves to watch the inner artist emerge in her students as they develop a life-long love affair with art! 

Audrey said: “After a brief intro to my work and how I developed, I will be talking about how everyone can learn to draw realistically, how our art develops from childhood to adulthood.  I will show examples of students work from their first day drawings to present to show their progress.  Drawing is a technical skill everyone can learn and it teaches you how to see things differently in any medium.”

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Visitors are always welcome and we encourage you to join for only $30 per year!

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! 

To learn about our member's art classes and workshops click here

Audrey Bottrell-Parks

March 2020 Newsletter

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Attention members and friends: The Studio 55 Arts Guild April 8th Program has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)


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   (Art due on March 23rd between 1-3 p.m. only. Works delivered after 3 p.m. will not be accepted)

An artist’s voice is found in the vulnerable tension between experiencing depth and communicating that depth. However, we find ourselves in a culture of objectification, where vulnerable voices are being commercialized, stifled, and unheard. This has caused a schism in the artistic community in the measurement of technical skill against intuitive passion. Contemporary artists find themselves choosing between pursuing art to cultivate their own passion, OR sacrificing their individual voice to fit the standards of a career. We see art as therapy, and art as commercialism. We must heal this schism. 

Resurrect your artist, and marry the honesty of your own passion with a bullet-proof, technical understanding of your medium. 

In (HE)ARTLESS, Josh will discuss his own journey in art, and how the relationship between the heart of a medium (the technique behind a certain artistic skill) and the heart of the artist can culminate to speak in one voice.


Born and raised in the 20-21st century, Joshua Elijah Tenneson is an artist, musician, and philosopher. A pull towards the communication of depth and meaning started at an early age, leading him to begin his professional career in art and tattooing at the age of 18. Over the course of his journey as an artist, Josh has come to revere the opportunity to partner with others in the vulnerable and confident expression of self-actualization through art. Vivid colors, illumination, and intensity are foundational characteristics of his artwork, and he often uses flora and fauna to tell the stories behind each piece. Joshua is also a founder and vocalist of the band Ever Eden, as well as a partner of Spire Audio recording studio.

See more of Josh's art at Transformation Gallery and also on Instagram here

SPONSORS: Friends of the Springfield Art Museum, Studio 55 Arts Guild and the Springfield Art Museum​

Bambino’s Italian Café at Battlefield and Lone Pine and Bambinos at 1141 E Delmar St.: Featuring artists:   Mike Myers, Rebecca Lewis Smith, Albert Shelton, Sherri Davis, Linda Kirchner, Joy Tate, Farley Lewis and Shannon Bacon.  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.

Fresh Gallery:  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 Deb 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. They will be closing on Saturday, March 14th and relocating their gallery. Please check their website for the new location. They hope to be open again by June. 

To learn about local art events sign up for Springfield Arts Council's Weekly arts calendar,  please email Nicole Chilton, Director of Marketing & Development at


"HEARTLESS ART" - 2020 Free Seminar & Art Talk: with artist, philosopher, and musician JOSHUA TENNESON

Tuesday, March 31, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Springfield Art Museum, 1111 East Brookside Drive, Springfield, Mo.

To reserve a seat, please contact Sandra Graves Letson: or 417-496-1838.

March 11, 2020   

Program 1:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Audrey Bottrell-Parks

“Everyone Can Learn to Draw Realistically"
National Avenue Christian Church Gallery
1515 South National Ave.​ Springfield​​