Dawna Middleton

Dawna has been juried into an upcoming art exhibit Recognize, Release, & Transform with the SRAC and Project HEAL. Project HEAL is a grant funded program at OTC and MSU that operates under the Office on Violence Against Women through the U.S. Department of Justice. Project HEAL’s goal is to reduce sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking across college campuses.

Recognize, Release, & Transform is a collaboration with Project HEAL to celebrate survivors in our community. Submitted pieces are a reflection of trauma they have overcome or are actively dealing with everyday. 

“Taken Without Permission” – by Dawna Middleton

After 35 years, I unexpectedly found my soul releasing the bondage I was sure I had buried so deeply no one would ever know. No one needed to know. No one cared. So why did it suddenly float to the surface?

After sharing with my kids, tons of tears, sleepless nights, reliving that weekend when I was 17 years old; something inside me needed to pour this trauma onto canvas as a way of releasing.

I had only been painting less than a year and though my doubts and fears were active I came to the decision to simply create how I remembered I felt. I also knew it would not resemble anything I had created up to that point and I was sure no one else would ever see it.

My spirit wanted to dump the memory, so I did! I created a shape, I created scars, I created the others, and I created what I remembered; what they took from me without my permission!

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Claire Barber

Congratulations to Claire Barber who had four of her works of art selected to be displayed in the juried show April 7-27, at the Springfield Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park, Central Square, Springfield, MO. The show is focused on themes from the book, “Between the Lines: The Seed Keeper” by Diane Wilson. Claire’s driftwood birdhouse “For the Birds” won the price for the show’s Best 3D Art. An opening reception will be held during First Friday Art Walk at Park Central Library on April 7th, 2023, from 6:30-9:00pm. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, People's Choice, and Best 2D, 3D, and Digital Art. The exhibit is sponsored by the Springfield Regional Arts Council and the Springfield-Greene County Library District.


Greg Chappell

I have a wildlife art exhibit at the Springfield Nature Center thru April consisting of 25 paintings.  Also my art student, AliyahRidenhower, won best of show in the Mizz Jr. Duck Stamp contest so the painting will be sent to Washington DC for the national competition.

Call for Artists: Art in the Garden

We would love to have local artists display and sell their work during the Phelps Grove Neighborhood Art in the Garden tour. It will last from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. Maps to the tour will be sold in the parking lot of the Springfield Art Museum, and visitors can park there too. The map will show which gardens are open to visitors and which artists will be displaying work in each garden.

We need to know as soon as possible who will participate and what kind of work they will be displaying so we can match artists and gardeners and then create flyers advertising the event and get them distributed to businesses in the area.

Please give us their name, phone number and e-mail address so we can communicate with you. Call Vicky Trippe, 417-865-6333 if you are interested.

There is no cost, and all the money artists take in during the day is theirs. 

The information and photos of past tours is up on the web site of Neighborhood News, and the story and photos are in the March newspaper.

 Photos: https://sgfneighborhoodnews.com/art-in-the-garden-tour-june-25/

We hope to have Studio 55 members join us on June 25.

Vicky Trippe

The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, the Museum invites you to connect with the world, your community, and yourself through active engagement with art objects. For more information, please visit www.sgfmuseum.org 

Watercolor USA will feature 70 works from 70 contemporary artists working in watermedia, representing 25 states. The 62nd exhibition of Watercolor USA was selected by juror and prolific watercolorist Keiko Tanabe, AWS, NWS, AIS, LPAPA. Learn morehere

Exhibit: "Holding Space: Contemporary Enamel Vessels" opening Saturday, April 8 Learn more about this exhibithere

​Please check out the schedule of classes and get-togethers lead by our talented members!  

Learn more: 2023 Classes (Check out New Watercolor classes taught by Paula Moore and Ursula Wollenberg)

WEDNESDAY APRIL 12, 2023,  1:00 PM 

Location: THE GALLERY at National Avenue Church, 1515 South National Avenue, Springfield, MO.

Program by watercolor artist: Rick Atwell

​“Memorabilia: 56 Years In Show Business”  

Rick worked on Broadway as a dancer, singer, actor and later as a choreographer and director on Broadway. He worked in film, television, videos, and commercials with some of the industries biggest stars. Sidney Poitier, Quincey Jones, Michael Jackson, Carol Burnette, Betty White, Hal Linden, and Bonnie Franklin are just a few of the names he’ll be dropping as he talks about his extensive and exciting career working with “the Best of the Best” for 56 years in Show Business. 

Now a watercolorist, exhibiting at “Formed” gallery, 210 East Walnut Street, Suite 100, Springfield, Mo. and formerly a member of “Fresh Gallery”. Rick's paintings are for sale at The Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, 900 E Walnut St, Springfield, MO 

Rick will talk about the difficult and sometimes traumatic transition of leaving New York and coming to Springfield. Fortunately, he made it and now shares a few of his stories with Studio 55.

You don’t want to miss it!

Rick's website

Members and guests are invited to bring 1-2 piece of their art for "show and share"​​​

Oportunities to sell your art:

​Bambino's Italian Cafe: Two locations

Featuring artists:   Battlefield Location: Nancy Day, Ladonna Greiner, Steve McGuire, Carol Roberts, and Delmar Location: Janene Moser. 
Locations:  1141 E Delmar St. and 2810 E Battlefield Rd, Springfield, MO. 
If you want exhibit and sell your art at Bambinos contact Sandra Letson, 417-496-1838. There are no fees to exhibit and artists receive all the money when their art is sold.  Check out their business hours at each location and see their menu of delicious food to eat in, carry out, or have them cater your next event:  https://bambinoscafe.com

 Gailey’s  Café from Carol Snyder

Gailey’s Cafe on Walnut Street, downtown Springfield 220 E. Walnut Street 
If you have artwork and would like to exhibit it at Gailey’s Cafe please send me a text at  417.631.9009 text only
Regular Business hours: https://www.gaileysbreakfast.com

Springfield Regional Arts Council: 

Learn more on their website One can also register to receive a newsletter about events and exhibits in the Missouri and Springfield area and thhe advantages of joining.


Alicia Farris

Alicia was accepted for the 62nd annual Watercolor USA exhibit with the painting: “Bomb-Pop Stop”. What an honor and thank you to the amazing, @keikotanabewatercolor for selected by my work for this year’s show. A huge congratulations to all other accepted artists! Thank you to these two cuties for providing my story.  [💕]

Join Alicia Farris for refreshments and "Meet the Artist" at Formed Gallery, 6-9pm First Friday Artwalk on April 7th.  Her exhibit, FACES, PLACES AND COLORFUL SPACES will feature a diverse and unique selection of her newest works, many of which have not yet been shown.  The exhibit will last through the month of April. If you can't make it to FFAW, please stop by at your convenience!  


Call For Artists:

Art in The Park Is back in Sequiota Park Springfield

Show dates: Saturday October 14, 10am-4:30pm, Sunday October 15, 

Applications accepted: Open April 15, closing June 10
Notices of acceptance mailed out July 1

More info: https://www.swmoartcraftguild.com/art-in-the-park
We have Space for 25-30 juried artists from a variety of disciplines: painting, pottery, jewelry, drawing, photography, printmaking, recycled and new clothing. 
Food truck 
Our wonderful harpist will be providing soothing background harmonies.

Susie Sharpe’s Farewell announcement

I will be moving to Sarasota, Florida in May. It is really tough for me to say goodbye as I made so many wonderful friends in Springfield. I will stay in touch, continue to see patients, and create art in Florida.  

I am thrilled to be accepted to speak on the TEDx stage in Seattle in April. I feel truly honored to be selected for this highly prestigious event. I will talk about my journey as a physician-artist, and 4 Keys to Achieving Your Dream. I will let you know when my TEDx talk gets released on YouTube.  Thank you to all those who came to my TEDx talk previews. 

Shoutout LA magazine published an article about me this month, and here's the link. https://shoutoutla.com/meet-susie-sharpe-md-artist-physician-tedx-speaker/

I plan to come to the Studio 55 meeting on April 12th and hopefully see many of you. I will bring many art books (watercolor techniques, portraits, Impressionism, etc.) that I treasure but I can't take them with me to Florida. I will bring them in for whoever would like them. This may be the last time I see some of you in a while. 

Thank you so much for being part of my life and for your friendship and support over the years. Because of this group, I grew as an artist to do shows in places like New York, Paris, and all over Europe. I plan to come back to Springfield to visit. If you are not on my email list, please send me your email address so that we can stay in touch.(Susie.sharpe@gmail.com). If you are in the Sarasota area, be sure to stop by. I will be close to the beaches!

Formed Gallery 

Rick Atwell, La Donna Greiner, Sherri Davis, Alicia Farris, Andi Snethern, and Dawna Middleton are Formed Gallery members, plus many other local artists.. Open First Friday, 210 East Walnut Street. Lots of new art and gifts are available. 210 East Walnut Street, Suite 100, Springfield

Fresh Gallery, Studio 55 members: Nadine Ellman, Farley Lewis, Jason Martin, Lucinda Northcutt, Rebecca Lewis Smith and Cheryl Vowels and other local artist are members of this gallery.  

Please join us Friday, April 7, from 6-9 pm for the FFAW and help us celebrate spring in our Farley Lewis Room and meet our Featured Artist photographer Ryan Burton. While at Fresh, sign up to become a Friends of Fresh Member and receive 10% off purchases made at the gallery. 

​​Report from Gary  Tebbenkamp, Exhibit Chair:

Spring is here and so is the Twenty-Sixth Annual Senior Art Exhibit. Of the 110 entries 64 were accepted into this year’s show, “Celebrating Creativity in Later Life.” On display are works of digital and traditional photography, oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, charcoal/pastel drawing, fiber arts and tapestry, wood-cut and linocut and pottery.

Several Studio 55 Arts Guild members have works on display this year.  Nadine Ellman (“Seattle Sun (son)”, Judy Ferguson (“Alaska”), Shae Johnson (“Life Lived” and “Wise Old Gazer”), Victoria Johnson (“The Last Ride” and “All Aboard”), Ann Kynion (“Playing With Strings”), Steve McGuire (“Sam’s Tea Party” and “Chromatic Pollinator”), Leta Sapp (“Red Fox” and “Reflections”) and Andi Snethern (“The Blacksmith” and “Entwined”).  Award winners from Studio 55 include Shae Johnson (Best of Show) and Nadine Ellman's watercolor piece "Settle Sun (Son)" won the Jean and Jerry Sanders Memorial Award.

The exhibit at Juanita K. Hammons Hall runs from March 22 to April 13, 2023. 

Call for Artists: MEMBERS ONLY

Elliot Robinson CPA MAY-August  


Learn how to submit your entries here 

Please contact me if you have any questions about this exhibit. 
Gary Tebbenkamp, Studio 55 Exhibits Committee  417-234-2868

April 2023

Photos of the March meeting are posted at the bottom of the page

Photos of the March 8th meeting. Program  by Rebecca Lewis Smith