Springfield Regional Arts Council

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On December 1st, SRAC will host its "$100 & Under" Holiday Art Market at the Springfield Art Museum.

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Venues and Organizations

Studio 55 November Program 
​​WEDNESDAY November 8, 2023 at 1 p.m. ​  
The Gallery at National Avenue Church
1515 S. National Avenue, Springfield, MO

Program by Laura Ingalsbe and Grace Huckfeldt, co-owners of "Formed: An Artist Collective."

"Formed: An Artist Collective" includes Formed Gallery and Forming Art Studios. Laura says that Formed Gallery opened in early 2021 in part due to the COVID pandemic, when many shows and exhibits were unable to provide artists with opportunities. Formed Gallery currently features the work of approximately 40 artists, including many Studio 55 members. Forming Art Studios was created about a year later and provides classes and studio space across the street from the Gallery. They are also hosting "Art of the Ozarks," a fine art fair on November 17-18 from 2-8 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave., in Springfield. Laura and Grace will talk about those ventures and also their own artwork.

Members and guests are also invited to bring up to two pieces of their art to the meeting for "show and share."​ This is a fun time of sharing, socializing, and enjoying light refreshments. ​

Our speaker for our October meeting was artist and Studio 55 member LaDonna Greiner, who spoke about her new book, "I'm Here for a Purpose," and her adventures with hiking and photography.  It was a great presentation and, even though we knew she survived those challenging hikes and storms, it was exciting to learn how she prevailed.  LaDonna's photography is so vivid and colorful that you really feel like you're there in the beautiful scenery.  Thank you to Tracy Bruton and Sandra Letson for these photos of speaker for the October meeting and also photos of members who brought art for viewing.

October 2023 Meeting

Rick Atwell

Rick Atwell will be giving his "Memorabilia" talk at the Springfield Art Museum during the meeting of the Visual Artist Alliance of Springfield on November 2 at 11 a.m.  Rick gave Studio 55 this presentation back in May, and it's great fun!  The meeting is open to visitors.

Dawna Middleton

Dawna Middleton had a solo exhibition which began on October 6 at The Historic Holland Building.  Here is a photo of Dawna with a few of her paintings in that exhibition on October's First Friday Art Walk. 

Ken Richardson

Ken Richardson is having a solo show entitled "Blackbird Stew" at Obelisk Home, 214 West Phelps, during the month of November. The opening reception is during the First Friday Art Walk, November 3rd, from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Upcoming 2024 ​​​​Exhibit Schedule from Chairman Gary Tebbenkamp


Schweitzer Brentwood Library
February 3–March 30

Theme: “Love and Joy”

The Library Center
May 4-31

Theme: “The Gifts of Women”

The Senior Art Exhibit at Juanita K. Hammons
March 4 (intake) March 6 (opening)
April 3 (close) April 4 (pickup)

The Botanical Center
August 3–Sept. 21

Theme: “Wonders of Nature”

Elliott Robinson CPA Firm
October 5-December 28
Theme: “Art Inspired by Light”

Obelisk Home

Obelisk Home has monthly participation in First Friday Art Walk and many other exhibits year-round at 214 W. Phelps Street. Regular hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Gallery Artists who are also members of Studio 55 include Ken Richardson, Rebecca Lewis Smith, and Jane Troup. 

More information is available here.

Fresh Gallery

Fresh Gallery is located at 401 N. Boonville, Springfield MO. Gallery members who are also Studio 55 members include Nadine Ellman, Farley Lewis, Jason Martin, Rebecca Lewis Smith, Cheryl Vowels and Nancy Dornan. More information is available here.

November 2023

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

Temple Israel - Springfield, Missouri

Temple Israel is hosting Temple Israel Artsfest on November 12, 2023.  For more information, see the graphic or check out Temple Israel's Facebook page.

Cheryl Vowels

Cheryl had an exhibition for her show with Andrew Jones, "Fall Breeze and Autumn Leaves," which started on October 6 at Fresh Gallery. Here is a photo of some of her work and one of Andrew's paintings, on display during October's First Friday Art Walk. 

Springfield Art Museum  current exhibits. The Art Museum is also

seeking public input regarding its strategic plan.  View the announcement and participate in the survey here.

Members' Shows and Exhibitions

Formed Gallery

Formed Gallery, at 210 E. Walnut Street, participates in First Friday Art Walk, features monthly artist exhibitions and other artists' work.  More information is available here. Gallery members who are members of Studio 55: Rick Atwell, LaDonna Greiner, Sherri Davis, Nancy Dornan, Alicia Farris, Andi Snethern, Rebecca Lewis Smith, and Ursula Wollenberg, plus many other local artists.

"Formed: An Artist Collective" will also be hosting "Art of the Ozarks," a fine art fair on November 17-18, from 2-8 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave., in Springfield.

Fresh Gallery will be hosting a  Holiday open house on Thursday, November 30 from 4-8 p.m. This will be before First Friday Art Walk in December so that gives everyone an opportunity to stop by all their favorite spots.   They will be having glass classes, raffles for art and classes, demonstrations by many of the artists, refreshments, and lots of holiday cheer.

Lucid TLC Arts


Tiffany Collins: "SURPRISE! We will have a new installation at Lucid TLC

Arts GALLERY & STUDIO for the month of November!
The opening is Friday Nov 3rd from 6-8 💙

This collection is titled—'Unbusy your Mind.' BY Crystal Cook
(FB C.Cook Paint)
Everything in this collection was created with the intention of invoking feelings

of gratitude for the beauty that is all around us, but is often overlooked.

Each piece serves as a reminder to seek out the calm quiet moments that our

souls need in order to heal and recharge from the busyness of our daily routines. 

Please come join us for live music by Joe Dillstrum, sip some wine and gaze

at the Art filled walls 😍

Lucid TLC Arts will be having an open house on December 2 at its location in Nixa.

On December 6th, Lynnette Horn will be conducting an artist business conference

from 10-4 with lunch included for $50."

Contact Tiffany Collins at 417-755-3724 or visit here for more information.

Crystal Cook and Tiffany Collins

The Creamery

Several Studio 55 members had their art on display during the Brewer Science "Pure Enjoyment" exhibit during October.  A slideshow of some of that art is included in this newsletter. 

Additionally, beginning on November 3, 2023 and through November, several Studio 55 members will have art on display during the Springfield Regional Arts Council's "Members' Showcase," sponsored by the McQueary Family. The opening reception for that new show is on November 3 from 5-7 p.m.   

First Friday Art Walk

Participating venues and locations are available here.


There are so many classes being taught by Studio 55 members that we have merged that portion of the newsletter with the separate Studio 55 website page devoted to classes.  At this link, you can search through the various classes being taught or organized by members such as Nadine Ellman, Tracy Bruton, Cheryl Vowels, Meike Aton, Greg Chappell, Alicia Farris, Peggy Dyke, Tiffany Collins, Farley Lewis, Paula Moore, and Ursula Wollenberg.  Also on that page is information about organizations and venues associated with Studio 55 members that offer classes and retreats, such as "Monday Painters," "Urban Sketchers," and the "Southwest Missouri Women's Sprint Artist Retreat."  To submit information about any other classes being taught by Studio 55 members or associated groups, please send an email to studio55guild@gmail.com.

Sell your art at local restaurants: 

Bambino's Italian Cafe

Bambino's  will be featuring art work for $150 and under.

The sale will begin after Thanksgiving and run through the month of January, 2024

You are invited to a reception on December 2, 2023, from 4-6 pm at Bambino's on Battlefield and Lone Pine (2810 E. Battlefield Road) Fifty one pieces of art are for sale by artists Julia Barger, Nancy Dornan, Tracy Bruton, Linda Kirchner, Steve McGuire, Carol Siano, Luther Smith, Doug Steere, Gary Tebbenkamp, and Ursula Wollenberg. Thanks to Bambinos for hosting the reception.

Locations:  1141 E. Delmar Street and 2810 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, MO.

Contact Sandra Letson (417-496-1838) if you are interested in selling your 2D art at Bambino's. 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 for eat-in and carry-out or to have them cater your next event: Bambinos Cafe.

Gailey’s Breakfast Café:

You are invited to Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe  “Under $150 Exhibit”

Artwork will be available through January 1.

Artists: Regina Willard, Nancy Day, Glee Kirby, Leisa Rowley, Jeanene Turney, Steve Maguire, Joellen Mittlestadt, Amy Asher, and Carol Snyder. 

Receptions November 3 & December 1, 4:30-7pm

Gailey's Breakfast Cafe, 220 E. Walnut Street, in Springfield, invites  artists to exhibit whether they have one piece or 10 pieces of artwork.10% of the sales goes directly to the wait staff. This is the only fee.

"Congratulations on your sales and thank you to everyone who is an exhibitor at Gailey’s." If interested, you can call Carol Snyder (417-631-9009). Gailey's website is here, and Carol's artist website is here.