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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

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Mary Swenson:
"Fall 2019 arrived in Missouri to set-up a new home. My main focus then was to make room for a studio and wall space for my paintings--a gallery of sorts. For several years I was in studio classes at McHenry  County Community College where I was taking credit classes along with other younger students. Art is an essential part of my life working or exploring many genres. Sometimes these can be regional representational landscapes or non-objective abstractions. In general I believe we look at our familiar surroundings and take most everything at face value, but it is questionable if we actually "see."  All of these past months my focus has been on studying artist and implementing "at home workshops."  I've used time to sketch and develop posters." 

Congratulations to Alicia Farris

Claire Barber:

" For this Christmas I decided to make my husband Steve a walking stick. First I found a long sturdy branch that had been aging for a while. I debarked it with my trusty potato peeler and lightly sanded it to smooth the edges and then drilled a hole toward the top for attaching a cord. Next, I painted with a neutral coat of acrylic paint. After drying, I added my designs with pencil and stained some sections with an acrylic gel stain. Using paint and markers I completed my designs and outlined appropriate areas with a black permanent marker. I then sprayed the stick with a coat of clear varnish and attached a piece of decorative cord. Please see my website:  I have other projects using sticks on my website plus many other pieces using found objects!"

Steve McGuire:

Hi Studio 55,

I hope everyone is well and doing great.  I have several pieces of art at various venues and a private residence.

• “Dark Storm" is at the Sky Gallery.

• The “Jungle” art is now at the Obelisk show.

• The “Butterfly Effect is now sold and is in Columbia MO.

• I’m also showing at the Springfield Brewing Co.

I’ve also been doing some portrait art .

Also i’ve been bike riding and doing some nature photography.

Best regards to all,

Steve McGuire

Gary Tebbenkamp: "Gardening In the 2020 Zone"

The 1960's had the Twilight Zone on TV and we were entertained with  many strange occurrences.  Now, in 2020, we are experiencing a different "zone" with its own aura of strangeness . 

We are thankful for the community garden at our church.  There is a large plot of ground behind the church parking lot that is unusually free of the rocks we often see in this region, so it is great for gardening . In fact, the property had been part of a farm before the church purchased it over 50 years ago. We grow vegetables and share them with our congregation, but most of the harvest goes to the Crosslines food pantry. 

This year our sweet corn crop was looking wonderful until we saw evidence of marauders.  Partially eaten ears with tattered husks caused us to blame raccoons at first. But, the thieves turned out to be squirrels. They were having a "corn-vention" in our patch of corn and were not stopped by application of pepper spray or trapping (we caught and released three squirrels to other locations.) We ended up getting one week of decent harvest before the squirrels finished off nearly every ear of corn. 

 Rows of naked cornstalks reminded us that wildlife gets hungry too. A retired veterinarian friend turned gardener had an idea of what to do with the cornstalks. He contacted the Dickerson Park Zoo animal commisary and learned that organic cornstalks would be a unique treat for the elephants. 

 The next weekend we uprooted the still green and chemical free cornstalks and transported them to the commisary. Mr. Brian Lamkin, the zoo chef for all of the animals, was quite appreciative of the gift. He showed us where and how all the various foods were stored and prepared .  He also escorted us to the elephant enclosure and we got to see zoo staff feed the elephants (though our cornstalks were not brought to them immediately that day). It was quite a memorable experience as we had turned squirrel lemons into elephant lemonade!

Fiber Art by Judy Ferguson

© Steve McGuire

From Audrey Bottrell Parks:

A bit of much needed good news!

So excited to have my portrait of Jerry-Mac Johnston included in the Best of Drawing magazine! Thank you Jerry-Mac for being such a fun model!It has been a difficult year for many of us, but this was a bit of good news for me today! I feel so honored to be featured alongside so many talented artists!! You can pick up your copy today where art magazines are sold, like Barnes and Noble. 

I hope you are all staying well and are creating! I have so much appreciated being part of your artistic journeys and look forward to seeing what you've been up to!


Judy Ferguson: 

I had a successful hip replacement on May 29th. After spending 2 days in the hospital without any visitors, I was happy to get home. I am now almost 100% recovered with just minimal stiffness to work on. Currently my daughter has moved in with us to help us with our old age problems. This has been a great help to us. She has brought her Cockatiel. I babysit him during the day, and am entertained by his playlist of songs and whistles. I am enjoying the visit from my housekeeper who comes once a month to do all the things that I can no longer do. It is a great luxury and gives me more time for my artwork. 

I am taking online painting and drawing lessons that give me more practice than I can keep up with. I just finished a beach scene painting to be an anniversary gift to my pastor and his wife. They had reservations to spend their anniversary at a Florida resort. It had to be canceled. So, I put them on the beach with the ocean and palm trees. I think they will like it. 

I took time during my surgery recovery to finish every project that I had started. This included a baby quilt for my newest great granddaughter. I have a host of new projects lined up to start on and work toward a finish until life returns to normal. I finished a portrait of my cousin on a camel from one of his vacation pictures and sent it to him. He was extremely surprised by it. It is fun to make people happy. 

I am missing everyone terribly. This has been a terrible time for all of us. I plan to make a trip to Indiana to see the new great granddaughter in October. Hopefully, we can all have a Christmas get together this year. Judy's blog: 

Congratulations to Susan Loop

 Who  placed 3rd Place Overall in the 2020 Juried Show at Fresh Gallery

Dear friends,

I hope this letter finds you well and healthy.   The year 2020 surely has been a challenging year for all of us.   Despite the pandemic and many other challenges, there has been much to be grateful for.  
I am still working as a medical director at Mercy Clinic at the Paul Mueller site.  I just passed my 20th year at Mercy and am still loving my medical practice.  It is truly humbling and rewarding to make a difference in patients’ lives.  These days I am very busy dealing with COVID daily.  I am very careful, especially with my asthma. 

​As for realizing my childhood dream. I am still creating art seeking Beauty and Harmony through my paintings.  In the past years, I’ve been in up to 20+ exhibits in a year.  This fall I’ve been selected to show my art at the International Art Fairs in Paris (January 2021), Brussels (February 2021), and Luxembourg (March 2021).  I am very excited about these events.  I would love you to check out my work  Https://

As 2020 comes to an end, I wish you many Blessings, Health, and Happiness even amidst the challenges we face.  This year I think we all grew much by having to pivot,  and gained wisdom about what truly matters. 

With gratitude, 
Susie Sharpe
Susie Sharpe Art on Facebook 
Susie Sharpe on Instagram
Medical Director
Mercy Clinic at Paul Mueller

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.

From Shae Johnson:

Here are some photos of recent artwork from Shae.  All are done in charcoal with some white pastel pencil on the dogs.  The baby picture is of her friend, Tyler, holding his baby daughter shortly after she was born a year ago. She gave that to him for Christmas.  The two dogs are Murphy and Mia—a commissioned job.

"City Lights" © Judy Ferguson

Meike Aton Gallery:  

Meike Aton Art Studio & Gallery 
 Call 417-343-3481 to schedule a private visit. Location of the Callery: 1200 E Woodhurst Dr.  K300     Springfield, Mo 

Studio 55 Arts Guild Welcomes You

Congratulations to Susie Sharpe, MD for being chosen to show her art for the International Art Fairs in Paris (January 2021), and Brussels (February 2021), and Luxembourg (March 2021). 

Congratulations to Ken Richardson:

Ken Richardson is currently working on a commission for Florida State University and the FAMU School of Engineering. A series of his “Big Heads” will reflect the ethnic diversity of their student population. 

Small Talk   Steel and acrylic   30” x 3” x 50” 

Congratulations to Linda Spencer

Linda is currently showing at FRESH Gallery in Springfield, MO for the month of January. Please stop by to see this new work by guest artist Linda Spencer. Th beautiful new gallery is located at 401 N. Boonville. Masks please.

To learn more about Linda see her website:

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Alicia Farris was honored to receive the The Kashiwa Legacy Award for her painting, "Strength and Struggle" in the Adirondacks Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge, NY.  The exhibition was from August - Sept. 2020.  She also received 2nd place overall in the members annual Big Splash exhibition of the St. Louis Watercolor Society (online) for her painting,  "A Moment With A Friend".  Alicia will be sending "The Blacksmith" to Wichita, KS, for the National Exhibition of the Kansas Watercolor Society which will take place November 2020 - January 2021.  See Alicia's website