Bambino’s Italian Café at Battlefield and Lone Pine: featuring artists, Rick Atwell, Judy Ferguson, Sarah Rasul, Darlene Prater, Joshua Beecher Lois Reeves and Steve McGuire. Featured at the Delmar location,  Sandra Letson and Joy Tate . 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 is charged.

Special Watercolor Workshop shared by member Suzi Agee​: If anyone is interested, VAAS is offering a workshop for the first weekend in June. Internationally known watercolorist, Marilynne Bradley was a teacher and mentor to Alicia Farris when she was in school. You can check out her work at  thanks! Suzi  Click here to download the information about the workshop to be held at Splatter.

Jury Room at the Judicial Building, 1111 Boonville:

Meike Aton’s art will hang through spring. More of Meike’s paintings can be viewed here 

Special Workshop and One on One Classes by member Adam Schwartz, Silver Foxx Studio,


Silver Foxx Studio is offering:

  • NEXT LEVEL PHOTOS Workshop I am offering a 3 Hour Photography class for 5-10 people on 31 May 2019.  I will be instructing camera settings, natural lighting, off camera flash, a combo of both, as well as shooting techniques.
    Cost is $95 per person, includes one model for 5 shooters two models for 6-10 shooters, and covers a supplied lunch.

  • On one Lightroom and Photoshop class. Call to schedule.  You will learn the basics of Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as develop 3 presets then create and apply actions to help with processing your photos.  The class is 3 hours long for $200.  Must have a computer with Lightroom and Photoshop installed.

Fresh Gallery: Congratulations on a beautiful reception held last month to celebrate their 10th Anniversary!  Studio 55 members of Fresh Gallery are Rick Atwell, Nancy Brown Dornan, Alicia Farris, Farley Lewis, 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. There is not an artist of the month, since the open juried show winners will be the featured artists of the month.  Reception: May 3, 2019  6:00-10:00 P.M.

Big Modern Gallery:Big Modern is Fresh Gallery's pop-up gallery of large, contemporary art and sculpture. The brainchild of FRESH Artist, Nancy Brown Dornan, this exhibit began last year to showcase art that requires large spaces for proper presentation. Every two months they present a few select artists works, in addition to our participating FRESH Gallery Artists. Located just  two blocks north of FRESH Gallery at 204 S. Campbell Ave in Springfield, Big Modern is open during First Friday Art Walk from 6:00 - 9:00 P.M., and by appointment. Contact Linda Kirchner at (417) 861-5004 to schedule a private viewing.

See Fresh Gallery Website here  for more information about their events and how to join.


© by Steve McGuire.

May 2019 Newsletter 

You, your family, and friends are invited to a free public Artist Talk at the Springfield Art Museum. Seating is limited and reservations are required with Sandra Graves Letson or call 417-496-1838.

Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM), Studio 55 Arts Guild and the Springfield Art Museum are sponsoring an Artist Talk with artist John Whytock from 6:30-7:30 in the Community Room at the Springfield Art Museum located at 1111 E Brookside Dr, Springfield, MO 65807 

John Whytock has been a professional artist for 40 years. His art career began in 1979 with a commission of four pen and ink drawings. In the beginning, he suffered through a nefarious line up of unscrupulous promoters, gallerists and art reps. As primarily a commissioned artist, he has produced numerous forms of art throughout his career, including fine art, murals, CD art, cat food can labels, and a host of others. As a muralist, he was one of the principal artists commissioned to paint dioramas and murals for the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. That commission began in 2011 and lasted until the grand opening in 2017. 

 In his presentation, he will offer interesting and amusing anecdotes about surviving and prospering in the competitive world of art. He will discuss the progression of his various painting styles over the years, including the development of his “marbleized” paintings: the production of successful prototypes, and how they were consigned in some of the classiest galleries in the nation. Last year, John focused intensely on fine art, which garnered him a total of 10 awards in 2018, including five from Plein Air Magazine alone. He also began teaching successful classes and workshops in drawing and painting. John will be displaying various examples of his art and will be providing information on his current class/workshop offerings. You can find out more about John on his website:

 Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM) formed in 1982 for the purpose of bringing educational lectures and exhibits to the museum. As an organization, dedicated to furthering artistic education in Springfield, the FOSAM organizes programs and lectures that provide educational support and sponsors the Family Art Lab. Their teams and committees have worked on behalf of the Museum to produce and sponsor over 120 exhibitions, receptions, gallery talks, educational lectures, special fundraising events and function and exhibits to the museum.  Facebook: Click here   Website: Click here 

Studio 55 Arts Guild was organized in 1996 and is a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council. We welcome visual artists of all media. The membership is for those 18 and above and includes professionals, emerging artists, art teachers, art related business owners or anyone who appreciates art. We are committed to the support, education and development of artists of all skill levels.   For more information see this website or join us on Facebook by clicking here

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 you want some feedback on from other artists. 

May 8th, 2019   Program 1:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Tracy Bruton 

"Creative Aging" 

National Avenue Christian Church Gallery

1515 South National Ave.​ Springfield

Weekly Workshops and classes by members Meike Aton, Tracy Bruton, Greg Chappell, Alicia Farris, Audrey Bottrell Parks, Jerry Hatch, Farley Lewis, Darlene Prater, John Whytock and Ursula Wollenberg can be found by clicking here 

Please send member news to no later than the morning of April 25th for the May Newsletter

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"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"

Upcoming events from Meike Aton:

  • First Friday, May 3, 6-9pm at Suddenlies on South Street Downtown Sprigfield
  • Thursday, May 16, 3:30 -7pm Springtime Gallery OPEN HOUSE 1200 E Woodhurst Dr
  • Thursday May 30, 10am-4pm: “Building Memories“ Art Workshop by Meike Aton

Fee: $95, Early sign up fee $89 good until May 15

Location: Meike Aton Art Studio & Gallery 1200 E Woodhurst Dr K-300, Springfield, Mo 417-343-3481
    This workshop is specifically tailored for someone who requested help in incorporating old photos into the art. Instead of photos You can use an array of other materials: including anything that connects you with your special memory. Photos, wrapping paper scraps, program flyers, event tickets, images from publications, your photos (or printed copies of photos), ribbons.
Call Meike to sign up and receive a list of materials.

  • First Friday June 7, Big Modern Gallery Campbell Street

The Hip Joint on Republic Road will feature some of the art of Dawna Middleton. The work will hang through mid May.

Call for Artists for exhibits in the Springfield area: Springfield Regional Art's Council list:  click here (list of area "CALL FOR ARTISTS")

"Mother's Love"

Oil on Porcelain

© Lois Reeves

Springfield Brewing Company: Steve McGuire is the featured artist in April and May. 305 S. Market Ave. Springfield MO. View Steve's art on the second floor of the brewery, while enjoying lunch, dinner or a drink. 

Congratulations to Alicia Farris

 Who was extremely honored to have her painting on Yupo, “Strength and Struggle” chosen for the 58th exhibition of Watercolor USA by June, Dean Mitchell.  The exhibit will open at the Art Museum on June 8 and run until September 1, 2019. Alicia is taking names for a wait list for her FACES AND FIGURES Watercolor workshop at Splatter Studio May 30 and 31st.  Please contact her through her website if you'd like to be added to the list.   Her next area workshop is a one-day watercolor plein air workshop through Crystal Bridges at Hobb's State Park on June 23rd.  The class size will be limited and all materials will be provided for students!  Contact Crystal Bridges to register by clicking here 

May 23rd 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 Springfield Art Museum 

​"The Trials and Triumphs of a Career Artist” with artist John Whytock

Free Artist Talk (reservations required) with Sandra Graves Letson

Springfield/Branson Regional Airport Exhibit through May: Congratulations for being chosen for the "Still Life Show" at the Springfield/Branson Regional Airport: Nancy Dornan, Ken Richardson, Ted Thurman, and Sonya Wise. To learn more click here

Pablo Picasso once said: "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." So here's the challenge: How does one create the the wonder and magic in the sheer joy of creating?  Come to the program and be inspired, encouraged and motivated to make the most of your gifts of creativity. 

Tracy Livingston Bruton has thirty years of teaching experience, grades K-adult in the Springfield Public School System. She taught art and was the Department Chair at Glendale High School for twenty five of those years. During her time there she’s won multiple awards and has experience in both two and three-dimensional media. Her students have attended some of the most prestigious art schools both in and outside of the country based on portfolios that were created in her classroom. As a member of NAEA, she’s presented workshops at conferences on both the state and national levels. She was filmed for a Master Teacher series and was an adjunct professor for both OTC and MSU. She was also a Toyota International Teacher and participated in a study abroad program in Japan. She has led tours with her students to 17 different countries around the globe, which Tracy says has profoundly impacted the way sees the world.

As a working artist herself, she has been involved in many community events. She has judged, juried and hung countless shows including Artsfest on Walnut, Winterfest at Hammons Hall for the performing arts, the Library Center and the All School Art Show at the Springfield Art Museum. She was the artistic director for the Bellwether Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory and was the Visual Arts Director for Second Baptist church where she coordinated summer classes for over 300 children. She has also painted murals and designed logos for area businesses. Check out Tracy's art classes at Splatter Studio here

Tracy is a member of  the Board of Directors for Studio 55 Arts Guild and currently the art therapist at Creekside at Elfindale.

Visitors are welcome and we encourage you to join our guild after 3 visits for only $30 per year to support our projects, speakers, exhibits and other expenses. 

Results of the voting at the April Meeting from Ramona Gist and Sandra Letson:

The board asked for a vote at the April meeting for the preferred type of Member Fall Event/Exhibit.

 #2 was the overwhelming winner! Description is as follows:

Exhibit and sale of art work:  Limit of 2 pieces (entry fee)                                                                                                                                              
Pieces would be juried in and judged by independent, outside judges, with prizes and ribbons given at the reception. Art in the exhibit would be available for sale by the individual artist if desired. There would be no commission charged for any sales.
Floor/table space would be available on which to sell any original art related items, made by the artist, such as prints, cards, jewelry, wood carving, metal work, etc. (no craft items please)
Reception: Hors d’ouevres and wine.
Exhibit/reception would be held on a Saturday evening and carried over into Sunday so members of the congregation would be able to purchase items. (Take down sale items by 12:30). (Building is secure overnight)
Entry fees and or rental fees will be determined by the committee planning the event. If you would like to be on this committee please write your name below:

Yes! I would love to be on the planning committee so I can give my input:___________________________________

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