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Meike Aton:

For First Friday March 5, my show ‘Tropical Oceans’ a collection of 20 plus paintings honoring the Oceans continues to be featured at LaBelle Gallery, 325 E Walnut Street, next to Bookmarx.5 new ocean paintings are also at the airport for ‘wide open spaces’

Branson Convention Center is featuring a collection of my black/white super textural abstracts.

Meike Aton  Workshops: “Painting From The Heart”   Join us to loosen up and get it out!
 April 15,, 2021  full  10-4pm limited to 5 participants
 April 16, 2021 10-4pm,  limited to 5 participants

 Where:  Meike Aton Art Studio: 1200 E. Woodhurst Dr Building K-300

Since the class is limited to 5 participants, you will get lots of personal attention. Call for your reservation: 417-343-3481

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See my Art Work at IG and FB

Visit my Studio/Gallery at  1200 E. Woodhurst Dr Building K-300 Springfield, Mo 65804

Congratulations to Audrey Bottrell-Parks who received 2nd place in the Spring Competition of the Portrait Society of America (Missouri-Kansas Group)

"Shirley" 18 x 22 pastel painting on Uart sanded paper by Audrey Bottrell Parks! Audrey says about this painting, "I was a delight to paint! Her expression is warm with a hint of mischief, while her scarf beautifully wraps her in dignity and grace."

Juror's comment: Audrey captured the warmth in the eyes with mischief in the mouth as it is almost a smirk. Its simplicity with the added element of pattern compliments her skin tone and adds interest to the solid background and silhouette. 

PSoA New Jersey State Ambassador Nanci France-Vaz  was the juror for the competition!


Call to Artists: 2021 Fresh Gallery Juried Show: Deadline March 13, 2021

From Cheryl Vowels: Hope you are staying safe. I am excited that Fresh Gallery will be hosting our annual art show. This might be a prime opportunity for many of the Studio 55 membership. Please pass this along 
Hope to see you soon, Cheryl

Fresh Gallery is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 2021 Fresh Gallery Juried Show. The competition is open to all 2D and 3D artists. 

Following is the prospectus for the exhibit:  Click here

Fresh Gallery
401 N Boonville, Springfield, MO 65806 417-862-9300 


Studio 55 Arts Guild Newletter

March 2021

Please keep Georgene Verlin in your prayers and thoughts. She is one of our past presidents, a long time member and regularly seen on the first row at our monthly programs. Her husband  Raymond (Harlan) Verlin died Jan 2, 2021 due to the Covid virus in Mercy hospital, Lebanon, Missouri. Harlan and Georgene were married 57 years. Many of you know Harlan since he brought Georgene to meetings and he and Georgene were at the first Friday Art Walks in down town Springfield. 

See Harlan's Obituary:  Click here or


Carol Chappell:

Hello, Studio 55 members. This is Carol Chappell. Like many of us, I am mostly staying home, going to the grocery store and trying to keep myself and others safe. 
My latest collage is “Red State”. It started because I got several Christmas cards with red birds on them. Then I kept finding images with red as a dominant color. This collage grew from a few birds. 
I have cleaned bookshelves and donated some to the library. My February projects are to sort family photos and catalog items to be given to family members when I am gone. Walking is helping my physical and mental states. So keep moving, have projects, do art! 


Authority Magazine just published an article about Susie Sharpe as a physician-artist and she would like to share it with the Studio 55 community.  You will find this is a compelling and inspirational article  entitled: "I am Living Proof of the American Dream"  or  click on this link: here

Steve McGuire's lastest work is "Creation" and "River View".   Enjoy!

The Studio 55 Arts Guild programs have been cancelled due to COVID-19, please be safe and you will be updated as to when we will be able to have meetings and programs again.

Farley Lewis  

I want to let you know I have new paintings at Fresh Gallery, 401 N Boonville in Springfield, MO, just north of the square. 

The exhibit officially opens for First Friday Art Walk, this Friday, March 5 - the gallery will be open 11am to 10pm. I will be there 6pm to 9pm, so if you can make it by then, he’d love to see you there. 

This exhibit runs for three months, so if you can't make it this Friday, drop by anytime during gallery hours. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm, except on the first Friday of the month, when they stay open till 10pm. 

To Access the Springfield Art Museum Websiteclick here

To learn about local art events, please sign up for Springfield Regional Arts Council's Weekly arts calendar,  please email the Director of Marketing & Development at  or  click here  to access their website.

Claire Barber: “Sticks and Stones”
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As you may have surmised from the name of my blog, I am a huge fan of using stones in my creations. The uses for these painted rocks are endless. Besides being pretty they can also be functional as signage, paper weights, plant stakes, holiday decor (think snowflakes, eye balls, hearts, Easter eggs, patriotic symbols etc...) and more. Here are some variations of uses I have found for stones that I have painted. 

I find most of my stones on river or creek beds and scrub them thoroughly. If needed, I apply a neutral color wash of diluted acrylic paint. Once dry, I sketch my design on the stone in pencil. I use a fine tip, permanent, black sharpie marker to outline my design and markers to add color. I have a set of metallic markers that work well too. For dots and accents I often use acrylic paint applied with the flat end of a straight pin attached to a pencil eraser. Also, I like Sakura gel pens for this. There is a bit of waiting for the markers and/or paint to dry and I have ruined a few pieces because I am impatient. For the final step, I spray the stones with a clear varnish. Rock on with your own painted stones!

Andi  Snethern: Formed, An Artist Collective

I am excited to have my paintings, prints & notecards exhibited & for sale at Formed: An Artist Collective. The grand opening, was  in February. Location: 210 E Walnut, Downtown Springfield. It is a new venue featuring local artists.


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Gary Tebbenkamp, Chair, Studio 55 Exhibits Committee, (417) 234-2868

Greetings! I hope this finds you doing well and releasing a flow of creativity! The good news for Studio 55 members is that there will be several opportunities in the coming months to share your artistic talents in local exhibits.

Following is the schedule for exhibits that has been confirmed:

Currently showing: Elliott Robinson CPA Gallery through April.
Schweitzer Brentwood Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd., Springfield, May- June, 2021
Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, Aug. 29-October 2, 2021
Sky Gallery, Springfield -Branson National Airport, 2300 N. Airport Blvd. Springfield, Dec. 2021-February 2022. 

Information about exhibit requirements for Studio 55 members will be forthcoming as we move closer to each exhibit. Please contact me if you have questions regarding these venues. 

Studio 55 members are exhibiting their art at the Elliott Robinson CPA Art Gallery from January 6 through April 30, 2021. About fifty entries will be on display throughout the building which was built in 2014 to accommodate displays of art. The ERCPA Gallery is located at 2305 S. Blackman Road, Suite D, Springfield, MO. The exhibit is typically open during regular business hours but you might call (417-887-0585) to verify hours of viewing. Gary Tebbenkamp, Chair of the Studio55 Exhibit Committee

Congratulations to the following Studio 55 artists who are exhibiting:
Eleanor Berger, Rebecca Burrell, Ken Burstin, Carol Chappell, Greg Chappell, Jesse Clay, Nancy Day, Louise Eggleston, Judy Ferguson, Chris Haik, Shae Johnson, Elisa Kruger, Jerri Loveland, Steve McGuire, Dawna Middleton, Nancy Niewald, Albert Shelton, Andi Snethern, Carol Snyder and Vivian Verbeek. Click here to see photos of the exhibit on Facebook.

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Albert Shelton:

I recently completed "Souls Cathedral" 48"x46", acrylics, using palette knives. It is currently on display at Elliott Robinson CPA's through April, Please stop by and take a look!

Susie Sharpe:

Dear Friends,

I hope you are staying well.  2020 was a tough year but I think we are seeing some hopeful signs everywhere. 

As you might have heard, my art got accepted to 3 International Art Fairs this year including the one in Paris.  I strive to share positive, optimistic messages through my artwork so,  at this time, I am offering the biggest discounts ever to make them available to all those who love my art.  

With Warm regards, 


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Studio 55 Members who are members of Fresh Gallery: Cheryl Vowels, Farley Lewis, Mike Myers, Nancy Brown Dornan and Rebecca Lewis Smith.

Fresh Gallery is open 11 am- 6 pm Tuesday-Saturday and Mondays by Appointment.

Location: 401 North Boonville, Springfield, Mo 65806. Website