You are invited to our September Program

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2022,  1:00 p.m.

Where: THE GALLERY at NACC, 1515 South National

Program by Tracy Bruton, "ART as TRANSFORMATION"

Tracy Bruton has been teaching art in the Springfield community for over forty years. Her students range in age from 2 - 98. Her advanced Portfolio students have received substantial scholarships to RISD, Parsons, Otis, Savannah, the Kansas City Art Institute, the School of Visual Arts and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has presented at workshops and conferences at the state and national level including Baltimore, Houston and San Francisco and has taken her students to 19 different countries. 

She has judged and juried Arts Fest on Walnut, Winterfest at the Hall, Fresh Gallery and many others. Her students have been featured multiple times on KY3, KOLR 10, KSPR33, KTTS, and KSMU and the Springfield News Leader. She received the districts “Star Catcher” Award for excellence in teaching and was filmed for a Master Teacher Series through MSU. She was also selected as a Toyota International Teacher where she participated in a two week study abroad program in Japan. 

As an artist/ educator with an advanced degree in Counseling and an emphasis in Art Therapy, she has seen the power of art to transform lives. She will be sharing stories that will enlighten, inspire and touch you deeply. She will also introduce creative ways to explore intent and meaning in your own work. Join us! 

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

Masks are strongly encouraged due to a number of our members having compromised immune systems and at a high risk of infection. 

Contact us at for questions or sign up to receive our newsletter.

Photos of August Meeting by Tracy Bruton

Meike Aton

Meike’s new workshop: “PAINTING OUTSIDE THE LINES AND FROM THE HEART” with Demonstration is Wednesday, September 7, 10-4pm 

Meike will be participating in these Fall art festivals: Hollister (September 17, 10am-6pm), Art in Park in St. Louis Hills (September 25, Francis Park, 10am-5pm), Art in the Park 2022 in Springfield (October 8 & 9, 10am-4:30pm)

See my artwork

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

Roberto Regalado and Linda Spencer

This sign of BIG BEAR RIVER RESORT logo and map is Acrylic on board with non-woven fabric and gesso. It's 4 X 6 feet. 
Earlier this year we painted their store and office area with their surrounding landscape. 

It's always fun to paint for a client that's in a fun business. Roberto

​​​Bambino's Restaurants:

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

Featuring:  Rick Atwell, Louise Eggleston, Chis Haik, Darlene Prater, Cindy Qualye, Ursula Wollenberg, 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. 

Fresh Gallery

​Call for  Artists: Join us on September 16th and 17th at the Springfield Symphony open rehearsals for our Simmons Bank Symphony Indoors Plein Air Event. We invite artists to participate in our music-inspired indoor plein air event and juried competition sponsored by Simmons Bank Private Wealth. Artists are encouraged to sit among the musicians, in the balcony, on stage, or in the audience.

Unlike other plein air events, you have time to finish your symphony-inspired artwork for the accompanying juried show. You may submit your entries for online judging starting September 18th. The final deadline will be October 9th. Those accepted into the juried show will be notified no later than October 17th. Selected entries need to be framed, wired, and ready for display. Winners will be announced at the November art walk on November 4th. 

AWARDS: First Place: $400, Second Place: $200, Third Place: $100

ENTRY FEE: $25 non-refundable entry fee – up to three submissions

Check out the link below for additional details and how to apply.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 5:30 You are invited to an artist reception for Cheryl Vowels and Farley Lewis  at Fresh Gallery, 401 N Boonville Ave, Springfield, MO  Wine , food, music and a drawing for 2 glass pieces by Cheryl and a painting by Farley to be given away! Many new works!

Sunday, September 11, 12 pm-3 pm, or Monday, September 12, 12 pm-3 pm
Fused Glass Landscape Class by Cheryl Vowels  at Fresh Gallery.

Create your own fall or winter landscape out of glass. To learn more and register click here  Limit 6

Rick Atwell: Formed Gallery

“ I am featured artist of the month! To celebrate I am hosting a ‘ Wine, cheese, and chocolate’ Reception at Formed Gallery on October 7 from 6 to 9 PM. I have a new collection of paintings I would love for you to see. Hope you can make it! Kind regards… Rick Atwell. “

Richard E Atwell Jr

Janet Jordan
Nobody Loves Art More Than Artists


My reception at Fresh Art Gallery, showcasing my new media, was such a success! Nearly all of my sterling silver pendants sold out and I am back at work melting my mother’s old sterling silverware.

Nothing is more flattering than to witness one of my pendants on a beautiful artist I so admire. She captivates me with her love for drawing and printmaking, enough that I have an original of hers hanging prominently in my studio.

For me, the energy that draws me to a particular piece is strong and seems otherworldly.

My art touched a few hearts and found some new homes. Nothing validates an artist more and helps mitigate that imposter syndrome. 

Thanks to everyone for attending the reception.


Check out the new schedule of classes taught by Meike Aton, Greg Chappell, Alicia Farris, Paula Moore and Ursula Wollenberg.

You may also be interested in the Monday Painters weekly get-togethers and Urban Sketchers of Springfield, who meet once a month!

click here for more information or go to the top of this page and click on 2022 Classes

Ken Richardson

"Ray the Armadillo Ranger" plans to hang out at Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe Sept-Oct! 

Steel and acrylic • 20” x 2” x 45”


September 2022

Formed Gallery

Rick Atwell, La Donna Greiner, Andi Snethern, 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

Ursula Wollenberg

My art is on display @ Bambinos and The Botanical Center. Please  check out  my upcoming classes here

Check out my bio here




Ann White  (new member)

A little bit about me. I worked for Springfield Public Schools for 28 years as a high school social studies teacher, curriculum and instruction advisor, and worked with all 52 schools on upset parent calls.. I retired in 2019 and started taking drawing lessons with Tracy Bruton, and then attended Audrey Bottrell Parks classes at Splatter. I have explored watercolors with Alicia Farris and Paula Moore. My latest excursion has been in graphite and charcoal with Chelsie Murfee. Somehow, I missed taking art classes in middle or high school, and never had art in college. These teachers have opened a new door for creativity in my life and have enjoyed my new hobbies immensely. I look forward to learning more about the art community in the Springfield area by being a member of Studio 55 and meeting the other members.

Finley River Fine Artist Gallery  Call  for artists: Open to the public 100 E. Elm Street, Ozark, MO, 417-551-4011 
Open Wed – Sat 10-3

“The Power of Small”
* Entries are due no later than Oct. 15th
* Entries accepted Oct. 12th – 15th
* Reception is October 21st, 6:30 pm
* Prize money = $150, $75 and $50
* Display dates Oct 21st – Nov. 5th
Entries are limited to 80 square inches measured inside the frame. Entry fee is $5 for members,
$10 for non-members. There is no limit to the number of entries, no restrictions on subject matter or medium. Official entry form at the gallery.

“GO BIG!” Contest in August: Congratulations to Chris Haik who placed 2nd in the Contest

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



All rights reserved on this website: © 2022

Greg Chappell

Two of Greg Chappell’s oil painting students (age 13 and 15) placed first and second place in the 2022 Missouri U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Their paintings are traveling across the state, and they are finalist in the nation contest. Learn more in the Christian County Newspaper: click here

Greg specializes in Renaissance art and the old masters' style of painting. He provides private lessons at his home in Nixa and public group lessons at  Splatter Art Studio in Springfield.Greg recently sold 22 of his paintings

Dawna Middleton  

In addition to the Botanical Center art "On A Mission," I have art “Rescued By Love"  at Runge Nature Conservation Center, in Jefferson City, MO for September & October 2022. Meet and Greet the Artist will be held on Saturday, Oct 8th, 10am-Noon in Jefferson City. “Rescued By Love" acrylic painting

I also have my artwork at Formed Gallery on Walnut St - Springfield, MO

Studio 55 Exhibits 2022 and 2023 (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)
  • Conservation Nature Center Exhibit, May 28-July 2, 2022 (for photos see the July CANVAS)
  • Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, August 20 to September 30, 2022 

Botanical Center Exhibitors:

Rick Atwell, Cindy Bates, Joan Bowen, Judy Ferguson, Teresa Fry-Green, LaDonna Greiner, Kathy Harris, Ann Kynion, Steve McGuire, Janice McCain, Dawna Middleton, Ruth Pennaherrera-Norton, Leta Sapp, Carol Siano, Ted and Vivian Terbeek, Susan VanDoren, and Ursula Wollenberg.

Future Exhibits:

  • The Library Station  Exhibit, December 2022, January 2023, February 2023
  • I just received confirmation about our exhibit schedule for 2023 at Elliott Robinson, CPA Firm. We are the featured exhibiting group from May through August, 2023 per Brenda Raynor, Marketing Consultant. The upside of this venue is that it is prepared to handle large sized art work, something our Studio 55 artists don’t have in every venue with which we work. 

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

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Alicia Farris

Alicia and her husband Brad, God willing, expect to be GRANDPARENTS in December!!!!  Alicia requests prayers for her daughter and son-in-law and little "Baby Bean" for a healthy birth and family experience.   In other news, Alicia will be featured in a one-person exhibit, "Color Splash" of new paintings in the Reading Room at the Springfield Library Center during the month of October.  It will include some of her newest florals and landscapes.  Alicia also is now showing her work locally at Formed Gallery, Springfield, MO.

Juanita Lee:

Juanita has been a member of Studio 55 for around two years and before that was a member of Friends of the Art Museum and a regular at our artists talks at the museum.

I feel sure many of you have met this friendly lady since she is a regular at our meetings. I asked her to write something for the newsletter and tell us about why she is a member and her background in art.

She is a musician and an art lover. Please take the time to learn more about Juanita and her schedule of upcoming gigs by clicking here.

Fresh Gallery

​Studio 55 Members who are members of Fresh Gallery: Nadine Ellman, 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! 

Claire Barber

Learn how to use recycled material to make wooden reindeer ornaments

I have started working on this year’s reindeer for the special boys in my life. I have five boy grands and a grandnephew that I have given a handmade reindeer ornament every Christmas. My intention is that when they are grown and leave home they will have a collection of tree ornaments to take with them.

To learn how I did this project click here   
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