First Friday Art Walk

Participating venues and locations are available here.

Alicia Farris

Alicia Farris was thrilled to have her painting on Yupo, "Purity of Kindness" accepted into the Pittsburgh Aqueous Open International Exhibition that can be seen online from October 7-November 30 here. A photo of "Purity of Kindness" accompanies this post. 

Alicia is enjoying a busy teaching schedule and she recently judged the Annual Big Splash Membership Awards Exhibition of the St. Louis Watercolor Society (see second photo) while she was teaching a workshop for that organization.   Her next stop will be Fairborn, Ohio in October then to St. Charles, MO.

Sherri Davis and one of her window paintings.

Sherri Davis

Sherri Davis is the October featured artist with Formed Gallery, at 210 E. Walnut Street. More information about Sherri is here. Please join Sherri during the First Friday Art Walk on October 6, 2023 from 6-9 p.m.  You can view more of Sherri's art on her website.

Sherri says this is also a busy time of year for window painting with an increasing number of businesses using her work on windows as the seasons change. 

Cheryl Vowels

Cheryl Vowels has an upcoming reception for her show with Andrew Jones, "Fall Breeze and Autumn Leaves."  The opening reception is during the First Friday Art Walk, from 5-7 p.m. on October 6 at Fresh Gallery, 401 N. Boonville. A sample of her work can be viewed here.   


Nadine Ellman is teaching "Watercolor and Wine," a class on negative painting at Fresh Gallery, located at 401 N. Boonville. The class is from 2-4 p.m. on October 4 and you can register here"Enjoy a glass of wine while you further your watercolor painting skills in a relaxing environment with artist/instructor Nadine Ellman. In this class, Nadine will focus on negative space and how to incorporate it into your watercolor painting."

Intermediate - Ages 21+

Supplies: Bring your watercolor supplies .(paper, brushes, table easels, or boards). Wine will be provided.

Cost: $20
No walk-ins are allowed.

Cheryl Vowels will be teaching "Winestoppers and Wine," the art of making fused glass wine stoppers.  You can also convert a stopper into a necklace pendant. The class is at Fresh Gallery on October 25 from 1-4 p.m. Registration is available here.  The average time to create a wine stopper is about an hour. Finished pieces are available to pick up about seven business days later at Fresh Gallery.

Beginner - Ages 18+ but must be 21+ to enjoy a glass of wine. Supplies: Materials will be provided. Wine is provided.

Cost: $25, Friends of Fresh $20

Meike Aton will be teaching a new workshop using spackling paste. The workshop is on Tuesday, November 7, 10-4pm. Location: Her studio and gallery, 1200 E Woodhurst Dr K-300. 

Sign up by October 20th for $120, includes fee for special materials. Tuition will go to $135 after October 20. Learn more and see the supply list here. To register call 417-343-348.

Please check out the schedule of other classes and get-togethers led by our talented Studio 55 members!  

2023 Classes.

Newsletter News

Doug Steere is assisting Sandra Letson with the Studio 55 newsletter, website and Facebook page. Doug joined Studio 55 earlier this year to learn more about painting. Doug began painting in 2022 while taking a class led by Dr. Diane Denton at National Avenue Christian Church. He recently retired from his 30-year career in Washington, DC and moved back to Springfield.  Doug grew up in Springfield and Republic before attending then-Southwest Missouri State University as an English major and later obtaining a law degree. You can contact Doug through the Studio 55 email address,, or at a monthly meeting if you have ideas for the newsletter.

Springfield Regional Arts Council

Learn more about The Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) and register to receive a newsletter about events and exhibits in the area and the advantages of joining. Learn more about SRAC calls for art.  SRAC is accepting applications until October 9 for SRAC members to be in their December 1st "$100 & Under" Holiday Art Market at the Springfield Art Museum. More information here.

October 2023

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

Dawna Middleton

Dawna Middleton has a solo exhibition beginning during the First Friday Art Walk on October 6. The exhibition will be on the second floor of The Historic Holland Building on the square downtown.  The building's door entrance faces St. Louis Street.  Dawna will have a dozen paintings for viewing and purchase. The paintings will be displayed throughout October.  Photos of two of those paintings are displayed to the right of this paragraph. 

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.

Springfield Art Museum  current exhibits.

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"Canyon II" by Ann Kynion.

Sky Gallery

Dawna Middleton, Steve McGuire, and Doug Steere continue to have pieces on display at the Sky Gallery in the Springfield-Branson National Airport through November 15, 2023.  These pieces are part of the “Far Above the Sky” juried show held by the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Photos of those pieces were included in last month's newsletter.

September 2023 Meeting

Southern Missouri Arts Connection

The Southern Missouri Arts Connection (SMAC) is holding a fundraiser, a Post-It Note 3"x3" Art Show, with an opening

reception on October 6 from 6-9 p.m. at the SMAC Art Center in Hollister.  For more information on this show and other SMAC events, click here.

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.

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.

Two of the 12 paintings that Dawna Middleton will have at her October exhibit at the Historic Holland Building.

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”

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, La Donna Greiner, Sherri Davis, Nancy Dornan, Alicia Farris, Andi Snethern, Rebecca Lewis Smith, Ursula Wollenberg   plus many other local artists.

Studio 55 October Program 
​​WEDNESDAY October 11, 2023 at 1 p.m. ​  
The Gallery at National Avenue Church
1515 S. National Avenue, Springfield, MO

Program by Artist LaDonna Greiner: "I'm Here for a Purpose"

LaDonna is an author and photographer whose work is based on gratitude. At our October meeting she will share the journey that led her to write her most recent book, “I’m Here for a Purpose.”  Her book includes striking photographs and true stories of her hiking adventures such as surviving a lighting and rainstorm on a freezing January night atop Taum Sauk Mountain. As you might imagine, she’s grateful to be alive! She has authored other books, including “21 Reasons to Say Thank You to Your Coworkers and “21 Reasons to Say Thank You with a Grateful Heart.” These books include the benefits of living gratefully and guide you through 21 suggested notes of gratitude. All three books and other related items will be available for purchase at the meeting.

Members and guests are 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. ​

Members' Current Shows and Exhibitions

"Changes" by Ann Kynion.

Alicia Farris at the Annual Big Splash Membership Awards Exhibition of the St. Louis Watercolor Society.

The Great Southwest Missouri Paint Out

The Great Southwest Missouri Paint Out is being held on October 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at Nathaniel Greene Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in Springfield.  For more information about the event hosted by Mike Kornblum of Springfield Plein Air, click here.  Mike's invitation to our group is below.

Venues and Organizations

Ann Kynion and Doug Steere

At least two Studio 55 members reported that they have paintings which were accepted into the Springfield Regional Arts Council's juried show, "Pure Enjoyment," sponsored by Brewer Science. Ann Kynion returned from her trip to Alaska to find out that three of her paintings were included in the show. A photo of Ann on her vacation and photos of two of those paintings are included here.  Additionally, Doug Steere had his painting accepted into the show. A photo of that painting is also shown here.

The First Friday Art Walk opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on October 6 at the Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway. The show continues through October.    

You're Invited to a Paint Out in Springfield, Missouri!

This Paint Out will be held at the 113-acre Nathaniel Green Close Memorial Park which contains over 20 landscaped botanical gardens.  Sites to paint include a waterfall, hosta garden, lake, English garden and colorful trees.  Bring a sack lunch and meet at noon to share your creations.

Please RSVP to Mike Kornblum at or 417-830-9044 so that he knows how many artists will be attending the event. 
This paint-out is open to both OPA members and non-members so invite your friends!

Sell your art at local restaurants:

Bambinos Italian Cafe

Thanks to all artists who are exhibiting. We are happy for all your sales!

Featuring artists:   Battlefield Location: Julia Barger, Linda Kirshner, Steve McGuire, Nancy Dornan, Bryan Pfeifer and the Delmar Location: Luther Smith. 
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 Bambinos. 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:

Carol Snyder's solo exhibit will continue during October’s Art Walk at Gailey's Breakfast Cafe, 220 E. Walnut Street, Springfield, MO.

At Gailey's, all artists are invited 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.

Southwest Missouri Art & Craft Guild

The Southwest Missouri Art & Craft Guild creates and promotes fine art and fine craft across Southwest Missouri.  The Guild's popular "Art in the Park" event is being held October 14-15 at Sequiota Park, Lone Pine Avenue, Springfield. 

More information is available here.

"Pond in Autumn" by Doug Steere.

"It was an excellent presentation for our September meeting by ceramic artist Kendle Durden. This talented artist is creative, informative, and funny. You just want to grab a cup of coffee and hang out. Her work is technically sound while being ever so whimsical and fun. She was so generous with her insights." Thank you to Tracy Bruton for these photos and her comments about the speaker.

Ann Kynion on vacation in Alaska.

"Purity of Kindness," Alicia Farris's painting on Yupo.