Fresh Gallery

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

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! 

Springfield Art Museum: 1111 East Brookside Drive in Springfield, Missouri

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

Ken Richardson’s recent work. 

The High Dive

Steel, acrylic, found objects and resin

5” x 8” x 31.5”

​​​Bambino's Restaurants:

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

Featured this month:  Josh Beecher, Judy Ferguson, 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. 

Alicia Farris, Marilynne Bradley Watercolor Workshop

Marilynne Bradley of St. Louis (my beloved high school art teacher and good friend) will be receiving a lifetime achievement recognition at the Watercolor USA reception this year and she will be teaching a watercolor workshop while she's here! Dates June 2 and 3, 2022, Time 9-3pm. All  materials furnished. $190 for both days and $100 for one day. Location: Splatter Art Studio, Springfield,

I told her I would take her list of sign-ups for her. Learn more about the Workshop and how to register here.

Roberto Regalado  

Roberto won Second Place in the 3D category at Fresh Gallery Juried Art Show. 
Winners of prizes were asked to display their artwork a second month

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Sky Gallery, 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 "Heart of the Ozarks" On display March 4, 2022 — May 27, 2022. Congratulations to Meike Aton, LaDonna Greiner, Albert Shelton, Andi Snethern, Ramona Gist, and Jim Landis (members of Studio 55 and SRAC) for being chosen for this exhibit.

May 2022


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2022 Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street Springfield MO

May 7 & 8, 2022 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Artsfest, presented by Great Southern Bank and hosted by the Springfield Regional Arts Council, is one of the largest outdoor arts festivals in Southwest Missouri. Featuring more than 90 artists from all over the country, live entertainment and delicious food. Buy your tickets now to be able to attend this iconic event's 41st year! 

Tickets and more Information

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


Steve McGuire

Steve sold several pieces of art at the Springfield Brewing Co., the Springfield Regional Airport and Bambinos Italian Restaurant on Battlefield and Lone Pine.

Steve is a new member of Formed Gallery and has several pieces of art now on display at the gallery. 

Diane L Denton {new member)

PBS Newshour - Arts and Canvas December, 2021. featured a short excerpt about the art Diane  created, and they chose: “The Self Protecting the Self:”  Scroll down the page to see what Diane wrote: "How We Took Care of Ourselves in 2021

She also developed an art program: “Young at Art “: where she teaches 8 week classes: "Intro to Watercolor; Acrylic, pastels and sketching."  She lives in Springfield now, but when living in Bolivar this article was written about her. Read the article in Springfield 417 Magazine

Diane just launched: Upstate Louise@ instagram for her art.  

She has been one of the artists at Bambinos Italian restaurant.


Audrey Bottrell Parks 

Since the pandemic began, Audrey Bottrell-Parks has been busy exploring painting with alcohol inks.  Landscapes have become one of her favorite subjects with the medium.  She currently has an exhibit at the Branson Convention Center (6 months), The Walnut Street Inn (6months), and Tea Bar and Bites (May).  Stop by and take a look!  Audrey recently sold 5 framed prints of her alcohol ink paintings while on display at Bambinos Italian Restaurant,

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Suzi Agee

VAAS is sponsoring a workshop with Lisa Ober “Outstanding Portraits in Oils”

Date: August 5 - 7, 2022 (Friday - Sunday) Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM Daily Location: Splatter Art Studio, Springfield. Mo. Cost: $325 for VAAS members; $350 for Non-member (includes studio fee) Deposit: $100. Holds your spot (refundable with replacement) Full pymt. Due by July 22, 2022 Class limited to: 12 (Beginners to Advanced)  Questions: Contact Suzi Agee, 417-818-4766 or email Suzi.Register here

Studio 55 Exhibit (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  Pick-up date at the Library Center: Saturday, May 28, 9-10 a.m.* 
  • Conservation Nature Center Exhibit, May 28-July 2, 2022 Learn more and register
  • Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, August 20 to September 30, 2022
  • The Library Station  Exhibit, December 2022, January 2023, February 2023

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

Rick Atwell is showing a new spring collection of paintings at formed gallery starting May 1. He  will be in the formed gallery tent at the Walnut Street art festival.

Claire Barber

The Easter Bunny is a folkloric figure and a symbol of Easter. Originating among German Lutherans, the “Easter Hare” originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient, similar to Santa’s naughty or nice list. Legend has it, the rabbit would lay colorful eggs as gifts to children who were good and deliver them to their homes. Several years ago I decided practice with watercolors to make a set of Easter cards for my family depicting the Easter Bunny. I hope the Bunny came to your house this Easter! Hope you enjoy my watercolor Easter bunny cards!

For Claire's Blog  click here

Watercolor USA

June 4, 2022 - August 28, 2022
Weisel and Kelly Galleries, Springfield Art Museum

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

This is the 61st exhibition of Watercolor USA, organized in 1962, a national, annual juried exhibition recognizing contemporary American painting. 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. 

     Raised in upstate NY, Jim's early years revealed an inclination for art. Although regularly involved in artistic activities, it wasn't until adulthood that he 'crested the hill' and the panorama of the world of art opened up. Jim earned an associate of arts degree from Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY. While at college Jim met his future wife and would marry shortly after graduation. The demands of a growing family required a consistent income that artwork was not providing, Jim's activity in art receded.  Twenty-five years later, in 2016, a turn in Jim's employment provided an opportunity for him to re-enter the pursuit of a career in the art field. Pastel is his medium of choice at this time, but he is looking forward to having a space that will give him the opportunity to return to oil painting. 

   Jim has been painting portraits since 2017. Jim confesses "Portraiture has always been a curiosity for me, I kept my distance from it for years, being afraid of it, but in 2017 I just dove in, and found I loved it more than any other subject matter. I thoroughly enjoy bringing out the details of a portrait through pastels." Jim is a member of Studio 55 and we are looking forward to learning more about his beautiful pastel portraits! Jim's Website

*Library Center Exhibit: thirty-five paintings and photographs are on display through May 28, 2022
Featuring Artists:
Eleanor Berger, Louise Eggleston, Nadine Ellman, Judy Ferguson, LaDonna Greiner, Chris Haik, Mary Johnson, Jerri Loveland, Nancy Niewald, Ruth Penaherrera-Norton, Carol Roberts, Carol Snyder, Mary Swenson, Ted Terbeek, and Vivian Terbeek.

The Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave. 417-882-0714, Springfield, MO 65810 Open for viewing:  Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday:10 a.m.-6 p.m. Photos by Gary Tebbenkamp.

Cheryl Vowels

Photos of Cheryl’s Art reception on April 21st at Elliot Robinson & Co 2305 S Blackman Rd suite d, Springfield, MO 

Formed Gallery

Rick Atwell, Sherri Davis, La Donna Greiner, Andi Snethern. Nancy Brown Dornan, 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

LaDonna Greiner (New Member)

    Landscape photographer LaDonna Greiner has three photographs on metal on display at the Sky Gallery “This is the Ozarks” exhibit through May 27, 2022. The life-like photographs include:  Mystic Morning, taken late one October morning at the trailhead for Kings Bluff and Pedestal Rock Trails south of Jasper, Arkansas; Sunset Afterglow triptych features Lake Pomme de Terre; and A Walk in the Woods which LaDonna captured hiking the trail at Alum Cove in Deer, Arkansas while recovering from a broken foot.

    So, you can look forward to seeing lots of new photographs at Formed Gallery, Joplin Empire Market and other shows in the region. For a sampling of her art check out her website, or Facebook and Instagram @BarnsBackroadsByways.

    LaDonna believes that nothing restores the soul more than time spent in nature. If you can’t physically be there, a photograph can take your mind, soul and body there vicariously. She says, “That’s why I love metal prints. People tell me they feel as if they are ‘right there’ in the midst of the forest.”

Ladonna is an Author, Photographer, and Motivational Speaker

Meeting, April 13, 2022 

You are invited to our May Program

When: May 11, 2022,  1:00 p.m.

Where: THE GALLERY at NACC, 1515 South National

Topic: "My Passage From Participation To Prospects Lost, From Pastel To Portraiture"

Featuring Artist Jim Landis 

Masks are optional

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

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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.

To learn about art classes, workshops and small get-to-gether groups led by our members see 2022 Classes   Be sure to check Ursula Wollenberg's and Farley Lewis's new classes/workshops for May.

Tracy Bruton 

Road Trip

Armed with a map, a good friend and a cell phone camera, we hit the open road for a fabulous trip through eight states! My goal was to hike, take photos and use watercolor and ink to document our adventure in a travel journal once I returned home. I hope you enjoy! 

The Riviera House by Natasha Lester is name of the book I recomended at the April meeting. It is  an engrossing novel of one woman's quest to keep Nazis from stealing priceless art during WWII


Waverly House​  “Local Color” a juried show featuring 29 artists of various media.

 Opening reception Friday, May 6, 2022 for 5-7:30 pm

If you can’t make the reception, the exhibit and sale will continue through May 28, 2022.

Congratulations to all! Ramona Gist received a Jurors Choice award for her painting “Living In Harmony” Other members who are in the show are Carol  Chappell, Carol Snyder, Ted Terbeek and Vivian Terbeek.