Exhibits Committee Report

Studio 55 just completed an exhibit on June 30th at the Schweitzer Brentwood Library. There was also an opportunity for Studio 55 members to display artwork at the Great Escape Beer Works on Saturday, June 19, outdoors, from noon to 4 p.m. This was part of the Summer Solstice event in Springfield. Three Studio 55 members participated this year and we hope to have more exhibitors next year.

The next Studio 55 scheduled exhibit will be at the Springfield Botanical Center from August 30 – October 2, 2021. Specific information about registering for this event will be sent out in July or download by clicking here. See Though no theme has been established for this event most entries are in the theme of nature in recent years. 

The final scheduled exhibit for this year (and first for 2022) will be at the Sky Gallery, Springfield Branson National Airport. The exhibit runs from December through February, 2022. As you think about entering this exhibit remember that larger format art is preferred (36 inches or larger on either side) however smaller pieces will be accepted. The entries will not be juried for selection. Details of this exhibit will be sent out to members as soon as available.

Please contact me if you have questions regarding the exhibits.

Gary Tebbenkamp, (417) 234-2868.  Garyt1949@gmail.com

Claire Barber  "Sticks and Stones"

Learn more:


A morning walk, whether in the woods or on the beach, can produce an array of art materials to embellish. I have photographed just a few pieces of each of the different types of nature’s bounty that I have collected and painted. The natural beauty of these found treasures is obvious but I do get pleasure from enhancing them with a little of my own creative whimsy. The dilemma then becomes what to do with all these decorated objects. I often group them together as a center piece or scatter them around a flower arrangement. They also make great little gifts for family and friends. Watch for your own supply of art materials that can be found in nature!

Shae Johnson

Here's my first successful (IMO) watercolor. Paula Moore taught at our annual SW MO Women's Art Retreat this year. This was one of many lessons we learned. We mixed water with pigment in three different colors. Then using 300 # watercolor paper, washed our paper with each color, manipulating the paper how we wanted. 

We already had an outline of our hummingbird on the paper before the wash. After it dried, we watercolored the bird, branch and berries. 

Studio 55 Members who are members of Fresh Gallery: 

Cheryl Vowels, Farley Lewis, Mike Myers, Nancy Brown Dornan and Rebecca Lewis Smith.

Congratulations to member Dawna Middleton, who is one of the guest artists for June, July and August.

Fresh Gallery is open 11 am- 6 pm Tuesday-Saturday and Mondays by Appointment.

Location: 401 North Boonville, Springfield, Mo 65806. Website https://www.freshgallery.org''

Mary Swenson

What have I accomplished over 2020 and 2021?  Not very much! Truth be told I've done a little of this and a little of that but mostly reviewing my work.  My goal was to carefully think out what was important for me to say in this genre. .I have decided to continue my wildflower series. This theme would be to depict each wildflower with a companion piece which I am very close to accomplishing in abstract.


To learn about local art events, please sign up for Springfield Regional Arts Council's Weekly arts calendar,  please email the Director of Marketing & Development at Marketing@Springfieldarts.org  or  click here  to access their website.

All rights reserved on this website: © 2021

Darlene Prater

My Painting, "Guacamole" will be in the SRAC Annual Member Show.  Show ends July 30th.

July 2022: Member's Show Springfield Regional Arts Council -  Sponsored by Positronic Industries. An exhibit dedicated to the SRAC Artist Members. Location: The Creamery Arts Center, for directions: https://springfieldarts.org/sites/default/files/inline-files/DirectionsToTheCreamery.pdf

Jane Waschick

Little artwork was done by me this Spring..  In late May my husband Walt suffered a small heart attack and ended up in Mercy Hospital needing a quintuple bypass.  Since then we’ve been busy with hospital visits, doctor’s visits, lab visits and Walt not being able to do any of the driving.  He is doing very well and progressing nicely.  He starts heart rehab on July 6 and we all feel he’ll do splendidly.  I miss my guild meetings and all my fellow members.  Hopefully we’ll get together for a meeting soon!  I really want to get back to my paint and brushes…I need motivation!


Watercolor USA  Exhibit will continue through August 29, 2021
Springfield Art Museum, 1111 East Brookside Dr. in Springfield, Missouri.

This is the 60th exhibition of Watercolor USA, a national, annual, juried exhibition recognizing watermedia painting. The event is open to artists from all 50 states and US territories.  There were a variety of prizes awarded and this year’s exhibition was judged by Nick Nelson, Director of the Springfield Art Museum.

Two hundred thirty-two artists from 44 states and the District of Columbia entered 399 works. Ninety-six paintings from 95 artists, representing 36 states were chosen for the exhibit. Congratulations to two of our members, Alicia Farris and Les Hagemann, who were selected for this exhibit.

Watercolor USA 2021 Award Winners Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prrfLPIy_ss

Three New Exhibits Open in July at the Springfield Art Museum

July/August Art Museum Newsletter:  click here  https://cvcpl.us/6CpqPhV



Susie Sharpe:

A company in Bangladesh purchased and printed Susie Sharpe's painting on silk fabric.  They will be making luxury clothing from her artwork." 

Susie Sharpe's inspiring life story as a physician-artist has been published in the following magazines this year:  

Authority Magazine  \
Thrive Global Magazine
Physician Outlook
Womanscape  https://womanscape.com/2021/06/08/the-impossible-dream-from-bullied-outsider-to-yale-trained-physician-and-renowned-artist/

Susie's next show is in New York (Market Art & Designs in Hamptons) in Aug, 2021

Artist: Https://www.susiesharpe.net
Susie Sharpe Art on Facebook 
Susie Sharpe on Instagram

Medical Director
Mercy Clinic at Paul Mueller

Claire Barber

My Driftwood Nativity Scene will be exhibited at the Springfield Regional Art Council’s Annual Members Show, June 4 - July 30, 2021 at The Creamery Arts Center.


Ken Richardson

It’s the Cowboy Way
Steel and acrylic 
19” x 2.5” x 16”

This piece sold at the current SRAC member’s show.

I also have a painting in the Big Show at the Springfield airport.
Heat Wave
24” x 40”
Unstretched canvas, acrylic and spray paint

Ann Kynion: Urban Sketchers

Urban Sketchers of Springfield, Mo

Want to improve your drawing skills? Like to draw on location. Check out the sketching venues of the  Urban Sketchers of Springfield, Mo. We meet on the 1st  Saturday of the month at different locations.
Check the FB page to see where we will be next month, Saturday.  Join us to sketch indoors or out.  We will meet up at 10. To find out more or join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/urbansketchersofspringfieldmo/

James (Jim) Landis

Here is a photo of my current work with info on its progress

This is my most ambitious pastel (at least regarding size). It is 56x29" sanded pastel paper on gator board. I have applied an acrylic wash and am working from a grid method for size and proportion accuracy (the grid ticks can be seen along perimeter). I have laid  in general landmarks as well as the figure with thinned acrylic paint. I am beginning with the face as it is the most critical regarding accuracy. Once satisfied with the head I will begin the rest of the composition. I am suspicious that maintaining the color harmony will be a difficulty in a pastel painting this large.
Another difficulty is the bonding of the paper to the board. I applied the paper myself using 3M 568 positionable mounting adhesive. The paper has buckled in a few places and I believe I will have to detach the entire sheet and hang it from the board to allow for seasonal movement. The model is our daughter Rhoda-Jo. I posed her in our garden in early autumn last year with a flower pattern dress, sweater and a basket with some of the garden's produce. The pastel painting seen to the right is our daughter Ruthie. Learn more about Jim on the Springfield Regional Arts Council web site. https://springfieldarts.org/artist/James-Landis
Website: https://jamesflandis.com

Susan Loop

In November 2020, I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.   On May 27, 2021, I “rang the bell” signifying the end on treatment!   I have been very blessed with the loving support of so many family and friends.  
I, like most people, thought I knew what this whole experience would cost me (hair, weight, sense of humor) but really had no idea.  I lost my creativity!!!   I could barely go into my little studio.  When I felt physically able to I wasn’t able to  mentally.   After 5 months I was finally able to get back in there!  It’s been over a month since my last treatment.   The fog is lifting!


Bambino's Restaurants:  Sale and Exhibit by Members Audrey Bottrell Parks, Chris Haik, Louise Eggleston, Ann Kynion and Janene Moserand other local artists have their art for sale and display at Bambino's Restaurants. Locations:  1141 E Delmar St and 2810 E Battlefield Rd, Springfield, MO. Contact Sandra or Don Letson if you are interested in applying. This is a project promoted by Sandra and Don to encourage local artists. 417.496.1838   You do not have to be a member of Studio 55 to sell and exhibit your art!

Judy Egan Ferguson

The Invitation: Fiber Art 17 X 19 125.00 Can be seen and purchased at The Polish Pottery Shoppe.


Judy Ferguson:  

You are invited to join the "Monday Painters"

"Monday Painters" is a social painting and drawing group that meets every Monday from 10:00 to 12:00 pm. There are no lessons, just a time of working on our art and drinking coffee with each other. A teacher is available, if needed. Anyone is welcome. If you are interested, you can call Judy Ferguson at 417-848-9908 or just drop by Splatter Art Studio.

Fresh Gallery

Fresh Gallery https://www.freshgallery.org
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, M
o 65806.

To Access the Springfield Art Museum Websiteclick here

Jackie Johnson

Haven't been into painting for about a year and the last time I finished a painting was last August. After that I got sick with covid and pneumonia as many others did.  I sold my house and now I am between packing and moving and staying with different family members until my new home is built.  I am anxious to get back into my painting. Hopefully I will get into my new home sometime in September. This is the last painting I did.  It was of my grandson on his fishing pond at his home.

Ted and Vivian Terbeek

Are on vacation in Georgia OKeeffe land in New Mexico.  Emerging ourselves in all things Georgia OKeeffe. Touring Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu and her home and studio and her museum in Santa Fe.   All just opened for the public this week.


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Board of Directors Report

Dear Studio 55 Members, 

Like all of you, we are terribly anxious to meet again in person.  We are watching the news and hoping to do it as quickly and safely as possible. Since Springfield has recently been in the national news for a surge in cases, overcrowded units and a shortage of respiratory nurses, we have decided as a board to hold off in person meetings until September. If all goes well, we plan on meeting September 8th, the second Wednesday of the month, at National Avenue Christian church. Update August 20th:  September Meeting has been cancelled. You will be updated as when it is possible to schedule our next meeting. 

We are currently looking for individuals to fill the treasurer position, and an individual or team to manage the website and member newsletter (Canvas). Starting in September, we need individuals to help set up for the meetings: including break down, tables, chairs and setting up audio visual equipment.  Don and Sandra Letson have offered to do any training that is required for these positions. We also need a committee to choose programs for 2022. Tracy Bruton has graciously consented to plan programs for the remainder of 2021.  Please consider helping in any way you can. 

We wanted to give you a heads up about two fabulous exhibition opportunities right around the corner. The Botanical Center Show will be August 29-October 2. You’ll be hearing from Gary Tebbenkamp with more details (see below).The show at the Springfield Branson Regional Airport at the Sky Gallery will take place December 2021-February 2022.

Finally, I would be remiss for not offering a very big thank you to Sandra Letson for always keeping us in the know with an incredible newsletter (Canvas), to Don Letson for keeping up with the financials and the hanging of shows, to Gary Tebbenkamp for the organization and hanging of shows and an EXTRA BIG THANK YOU to Mike Carlie for keeping us entertained and inspired with The Artist’s Palette, much gratitude Mike. 

Warmest regards,

Tracy Bruton

Sandra Letson

Don Letson

Gary Tebbenkamp

Cynthia Bylander

At this time, Studio 55 Arts Guild second Wednesday programs have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Please see Board of Directors Report.

Meike Aton

The selection of my artwork continues to be on display at LaBelle studio on Walnut Street, including the First Friday Artwalk.

‘Mystic Morning’ 20x24x.7 acrylic will be available at LaBelle Studio, 325 E Walnut Street, downtown Springfield.”

 From Years of observing sun rises over Florida’s Atlantic Coast and watching storms presenting spectacular scenes, I have accumulated a treasure trove of Inspirations to draw from in my studio practice.

See my Art Work at 
www.MeikeAton.comInstagram.com/meikesArt  And FB
Visit my Studio/Gallery at 
1200 E. Woodhurst Dr Building K-300
Springfield, Mo 65804

July/August 2021