Formed Gallery

Rick Atwell, Sherri Davis, La Donna Greiner, Andi Snethern. Steve McGuire, and Dawna Middleton are Formed Gallery members. Formed Gallery displays works by local artists, crafted in all types of media. They also have classes, workshops and maker meet-ups.

​First Friday: Stop by from 6-9pm for a chance to speak with their artists. 

Learn more about Formed Gallery by clicking here

Gary Tebbenkamp

“You Might Want To Gogh”

Are you interested in a different kind of sensory art exhibit? The Immersive van Gogh exhibit  could be that opportunity. My wife and I attended this unusual display May 3rd in an exhibit venue, the Lighthouse ArtSpace, in the Zona Rosa area north of Kansas City.

This continually running presentation lasts about 35 minutes and is a very creative audiovisual choreography of Van Gogh’s art projected 360 degrees in a large room including the floor. We watched it about two and a half times to get a reinforced perspective. There are a few benches available, or you can rent a seat cushion, stand or sit on the floor. It was a bit cool, so wearing a jacket is advised.

The exhibit continues through September 5 and there are plenty of available times to attend. For specific information about Immersive Van Gogh and to purchase tickets search

Mary Swenson


What's happening in your life and how has the pandemic, climate change, empty store shelves or the economy affected you?

Challenge yourself to find a new way to express your thoughts or point-of-view in words, color or symbols.

Do thumbnails, sketches or photos to begin your creative visual journey. I have an Artograph enlarger to project your image and can do almost any size. Bring your reference material (thumbnails sketches or photos) along with paper, canvas or hardboard work surface to my studio.

Let's do this!! Contact me Mary Swenson at 417 374-7089 or 417 239-7909 to make arrangements.

Ursula Wollenberg

My art of watercolors and acrylic paintings will be displayed at Tea Bar and Bites during the month of June.

I will also have an in house art showing of my work@ Ellecor Design during the Pickwick Street Fair.  One day, June 25   Located at 623 S. Pickwick Avenue

Meeting, May, 2022 


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​​​Bambino's Restaurants:

Purchase original art from our artists and enjoy a great Italian feast. 

Featured this month:  Rick Atwell. Josh Beecher, Darlene Prater, Carol Snyder and Janene Moser.  Locations:  1141 E Delmar St and 2810 E Battlefield Rd, Springfield, MO. Contact Sandra or Don Letson, curators for Bambinos Restaurants. This is a project promoted by Sandra and Don to encourage local artists. Contact phone: 417.496.1838  You do not have to be a member of Studio 55 to sell and exhibit your art at Bambino's. No commissions are charged for art sold. 

Springfield Regional Arts Council

Sky Gallery, at the Springfield-Branson National Airport
Fine art exhibits rotate quarterly and consist of works by artists from the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s (SRAC) member registry, students and faculty of our local colleges, universities, and public schools, and occasionally national organizations and special interest groups. Current Exhibit: THE BIG Show: On display May 27, 2022 — August 26, 2022. Congratulations to Meike Aton for being chosen for this exhibit. 

Member's Show at The Creamery

On Display in June with the opening reception on June 3rd.  Congratulations the Dawna Middleton and Meike Aton for being chosen for this exhibit. 

Ann Kinion

Southwest Missouri Women's Spring Art Retreat, Number 7, ended Sunday afternoon.

A wonderful retreat, a disconnect from our every day to spend some time with fellow art spirits at Rockbridge. Instructor Cindy Bylander and 14 other artists, some of us members of Studio 55 enjoyed the space, the weather, and the chance to be with other like-minded artists.

Next year’s retreat will be May 20-24. Watch the FB page for details.

Springfield Regional Arts Council: To receive a weekly arts calendar about local art events, email the Sarah Abele
Director of Marketing and Development by clicking here or check out their website by clicking here


Fresh Gallery

​Studio 55 Members who are members of Fresh Gallery: Janet Jordan and Cheryl Vowels, 

Fresh Gallery Website: click here  401 North Boonville, Springfield, MO 65806 417-862-9300 Fresh Gallery is open for the First Friday Art Walk and regular hours are 11 am- 6 pm Tuesday-Saturday, also Mondays by Appointment. Location: 401 North Boonville, Springfield, Mo 65806.

Join Fresh Gallery on First Friday from 6-9pm! 

Learn about art classes, workshops and small get-to-gether groups led by our members see 2022 Classes   Be sure to check Paula Moore new classes.

You are invited to our June Program

When: June 8, 2022,  1:00 p.m.

Where: THE GALLERY at NACC, 1515 South National

Topic:"Creating Art from Fabric"

Featuring Artist Judy Spahn

Masks are optional

Members and guests are invited to show and share 1-2 pieces of their art following the program.

​Please contact us at for questions or sign up to receive our newsletter.

Our monthly programs are always on the second Wednesday of the month. Guests are welcome and our yearly dues are only $30 per year. If you want to join or renew your membership please click here.

June 2022

For current exhibits:  click here    April-June Newsletter:click here

Leta Sapp (New Member)

I am a graduate from SMSU with a BFA degree in Graphic Design. I worked 10 years in Nashville Tennessee in a Christian publishing company, Randall House, developing their art department doing illustration and layout design.

I moved back to Missouri working in other publishing companies including MWM Dexter, Bass Pro Shop, and McCann printing. I spent another 10 years working in Christian publishing in Springfield at Gospel Publishing House.

After retirement I started pursuing classes in Acrylic painting and taking classes. I enjoy painting animals and landscapes. Other hobbies include horseback riding, trout fishing and sewing.

Claire Barber

Gift cards and checks can be great surprises for any occasion and presenting them in unique handmade envelopes can make them extra special. With the closeness of events such as graduation, Mother’s Day etc… I began making these small decorative envelopes to insert gift cards, checks or handmade trinkets for my friends and loved ones. 

I made patterns for two sizes and used my colorful mop-up papers on which I outlined each envelope. After cutting out the envelope, I carefully folded the edges and top and secured the sides using a glue stick. I often used my scalloped craft scissors to round the closure flap. Next, I finished with some doodling or attached a handmade flower embellishment adding to the whimsical beauty of each unique envelope. Get creative by adding a personal handmade touch for a gift card or check for your loved ones!​

For Claire's Blog  click here

Meike Aton

Audrey Bottrell-Park and I recently had the Opening Reception with other artists at the Branson Convention Center for our Art to be displayed through September. 

I’m participating in a few first Friday Artwalks in Hollister. June 11 at Bonniebrook. Master gardeners showcasing their work on the grounds. Two friends of mine and I will be supplementing this event with our floral Art. Learn more:

May 24th, I participated in a Shibori dying with Indigo class at Finley Farms.

See my artwork at or, or

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

Studio 55 Exhibits 2022 (past and future)​​​

  • Sky Gallery, Springfield-Branson National Airport, 2300 N. Airport Blvd. Springfield, Dec. 2021-February 2022. 
  • Library Center Exhibit, May 2-28, 20224653 South Campbell, Springfield, MO (for photos see the May CANVAS)

Come see the exhibit! Building OPEN: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Directions: Located in southeast Springfield just west of Highway 65 off the James River Freeway (Highway 60). Follow brown direction signs to the center. For more information call (417) 888-4237

The Following members are Exhibiting at the Conservation Nature Center: Greg Chappell, Felicia Ellis, Alicia Farris, LaDonna Greiner, Shae Johnson,  Mary Johnson, Ann Kynion, Jerri Loveland, Steve McGuire, Nancy Niewald, Carol Roberts, Leta Sapp, Luther Smith, Carol Snyder, Ted Terbeek, Vivian Terbeek, and Ursula Wollenberg.

  • Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, August 20 to September 30, 2022
  • The Library Station  Exhibit, December 2022, January 2023, February 2023

For Questions contact Exhibits Chair: Gary Tebbenkamp, (417) 234-2868.

Creava Studio Pride Sale

1506 E Saint Louis St Springfield, MO 65802

40% OFF All Art Supplies!

For the month of June we will be celebrating the rainbow. All non-pottery art supplies and journaling supplies are 40% Off until Jun 30th. We have paints, papers, pens, drawing sets, art kits, journals, sketch books and more! The first 20 people to make purchases will also get a free giant rainbow eraser. Whether stocking up for yourself or buying gifts for the special LGBTIA+ person in your life, we hope you take advantage for this great art supply sale!

Give the Gift of Creativity


Luther Smith (New Member}

 “I retired four years ago after 45 years as an insurance agent. I always liked the look of watercolor work so I decided to give it a try, but I had no experience or training.  

I took a few classes from one of your own members, Paula Moore, to learn basics of paints, brushes, paper, etc. and then ventured out.  

I seem to have better results with wildlife and landscapes.  We spend time in Florida in the winter, so end up doing a lot of beach themed paintings.

Steve McGuire

Congratulations to Steve McGuire for winning first place in the Finley River Art Gallery’s  Mystery Box Contest.

His mixed media piece is titled “Sam’s Tea Party”.  A number of our members are in this show. A reception was held at the gallery in May. 

The gallery is located on the square in Ozark Mo. Phone: (417) 551-4011 for hours  of operation. 


Watercolor USA

Make plans to attend the opening reception of Watercolor USA,Friday, June 3rd, 5:30-7:00PM. The Watercolor USA exhibition runs June 4-August 28 Weisel and Kelly Galleries, Springfield Art Museum. Springfield Art Museum, 1111 Brookside Drive, Springfield, MO.

Congratulations to the following members who were selected for the exhibit: Nadine Ellman, Gary Tebbenkamp and Andi Snethern.

This is the 61st exhibition of Watercolor USA, organized in 1962, a national, annual juried exhibition recognizing contemporary American painting. Awards will be announced at the reception. Approximately $20,000 in cash awards are available; top awards are $3,000, $2,000, and $1,500 cash. Additional cash awards are generously provided by the Watercolor USA Honor Society. 

Ken Richardson:

New work:
Double Cherry Pie

Steel, paint and pens

9” x 1.5” x 15”

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Judy Spahn Bio:

"Quilting became an integral part of my life back in the early '70's, while living in the VA suburbs of Washington DC.  "Quilters Unlimited," the local group that formed, grew from one small chapter to multiple chapters all around the beltway.  Here I met and was inspired by Jinny Beyer, now a world renowned teacher, and was on staff for eight years at the Hilton Head Quilt Seminar that she created. I have done commissioned work, belonged to an art group, "New Image," and shown in various galleries.  I also learned valuable lessons in basic design from a dear friend and neighbor, Lesly-Claire Greenburg, trained at Pratt Institute, in NYC. My work is original, drawing on my math background. It is hand sewn and hand quilted.  I moved to the backwoods of Marion, Co, AR, in 1998, and have continued to make quilts, an endeavor that is still dear to me."

Editors Note: Judy now lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Carol Roberts (New Member)

My husband and I moved here recently from Northwest Arkansas to be closer to our son and grandchildren.  I have been painting for approximately 40 years, mostly in oils and watercolor.  I like to paint pretty much everything but most of my work is either floral, still lifes, and people.  I am a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Mid-Southern Watercolor Society, Texas and Neighbors, and the Artists of Northwest Arkansas.  

I am looking forward to being able to participate in the many art opportunities available in the Springfield area.