Studio 55 Arts Guild

©Felicia Ellis

Bambino’s Italian Café at Battlefield and Lone Pine and Bambinos at 1141 E Delmar St.: Featuring artists, Susan Loop, Patty Rios, Sherri Davis, Lura Faye, Darlene Prater, Josh Beecher, Joy Tate, Deborah Wilson and Sandra Letson.  Come enjoy the food and art at all locations and purchase some beautiful art from one of our local artists. Contact the Letson’s if you are interested in applying. 417-496-1838. No commission is charged.

Finley River Gallery will host their annual juried  “Power of Small” Show Oct. 11-26.  Entries are due Oct. 2nd - 5th at 1:00 pm. Entries can of be no larger than 80 sq. Inches, this includes any matting,  it does not include the frame.  This a traditional painting and drawing competition, no prints, digital, computer or photography art.  It must be wired for hanging, and be for sale, if sold a 10%  commission goes to the gallery.  There is a $5 entry for members & $8 for nonmembers.  A limit of 3 entries per person.  Reception & awards will be Oct. 11, 6:30-7:30.  1st place-$150, 2nd- $75, 3rd- $50.  For more info call the gallery, 417-581-8222.  Gallery hours,  10-3 Wed- Fri.,  SAT. 10-1:00​.

First Friday Art Walk is October 4th:  click here to learn more

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

 Artist Talk by visual artist, David Burt, owner and director of David Burt Images.

“ Mind Film: Seeing With The Imagination “

Free and Open to the Public


Sponsors: Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM), Studio 55 Arts Guild and the Springfield Art Museum

Springfield Art Museum, Community Room 1111 E. Brookside Drive, Springfield, Missouri
Seating is limited and reservations are required with Sandra Graves Letson sandragraves@mchsi.com 

or 417-496-1838.

The images that will be reviewed in this talk, reflect a lifetime of devotion to craft and to the process of inner discovery. 
As in dreams, a lifetime of images and experiences recombine to reveal the unexpected. These images are the "Mind Film:"
The focus, development and layering of life itself.

David has been using a camera as his primary tool, to capture the world around him since 1978. He has had one man shows at the Springfield Art Museum, Spiva Center For The Arts, Missouri Botanical Gardens, University of Missouri at St. Louis, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the Kansas City Museum. His work has been widely collected throughout the midwest by individuals, schools and corporations.
More of David’s work can be viewed at www.davidburtimages.com and https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=697522331  and https://www.facebook.com/davidburtimages/

The largest collection of his work can be seen by using this link. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=697522331&sk=photos_all

Weekly Workshops and classes by members: Meike Aton, Tracy Bruton, Greg Chappell, Alicia Farris, Audrey Bottrell Parks, Farley Lewis, Darlene Prater, John Whytock and Ursula Wollenberg can be found by clicking here 

Ken Richardson, who is our November Speaker, who was chosen to be in the "Caught My Eye Show at the Creamery.


Here are two of his creations:

"Small Talk"  30 x 54 Medias:  steel and paint


​"Who Wouldn’t Like a Big Banana? "

4 x 8 feet, Medias: steel, wood and paint

©Greg Chappell

©Greg Chappell

©Ken Richardson

A few photos of the Botanical Center Exhibit September 2019, by Sandra Letson

October 9th, 2019   Program 1:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Artist Greg Chappell   

" Substrates for Acrylic and Oil Painting” 

National Avenue Christian Church Gallery
1515 South National Ave.​ Springfield​​

CALL FOR STUDIO 55 and NACC Artists: “The Creative Collaborative Project”


Fine Art Sale/Exhibit by Studio 55 Arts Guild Members and National Avenue Christian Church Artists

November 9th – November 23rd, 2019 at the NACC Gallery


October 23rd Deadline to sign-up and submit display tag information 


Details may be found by clicking here  or come to the meeting on October 9th


Call for Artists for exhibits in the Springfield area: Springfield Regional Art's Council list:  click here (list of area "CALL FOR ARTISTS")

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Thanks to Tracy Bruton for these photos of the September 2019 program featuring artist Nicole Chilton

©Judy Ferguson

Greg Chappell, nationally known artist, will discuss a variety of substrates for painting in acrylic and oil. He will show several of his paintings done on different surfaces and cover some of his techniques of preparing a surface, painting in layers and sealing the final artwork. Bring your questions!


Greg, a member of Studio 55, is skilled in using water color, acrylics, and his preferred medium, oil, where he uses the Old Masters technique of layering colors. He has always been generous to share his knowledge and love of art with members of Studio 55 and we look forward to hearing about his recent paintings. He periodically returns to his previous home of New Orleans to teach classes. His art sells in galleries and on his website. One can learn more about Greg by clicking here  or  http://chappellart.com 


Greg offers lessons and lectures to a wide range of skill levels. Using his decades of experience studying the techniques and style of the old masters, Greg is a skilled teacher in the method of indirect painting as well as the foundations of drawing, anatomy, and composition.

Lessons are available in private or group settings at Greg’s home in Nixa, MO or at Splatter Art Studio in Springfield, MO.

To book a lesson or for more information, call Greg at: (504) 613-7810


Visitors are always welcome at our gatherings and we encourage you to join our guild for only $30 per year to support our projects, speakers, and other expenses. 

Members and visitors are encouraged to bring a piece of their art for "show and share" for the meeting. This could be a finished piece, or a work in progress. 

©Ken Richardson

October Newsletter 2019

Fresh Gallery:  Studio 55 members in Fresh Gallery are Rick Atwell, Nancy Brown Dornan, Sherri Davis, Alicia Farris, Farley Lewis, Mike Myers, Rebecca Lewis Smith, Cheryl Vowels, John Whytock  and Deborah Whytock. You can see their art and that of other artists at 400 W. Walnut on the SW corner of Campbell and Walnut in downtown Springfield. Fresh Gallery featured artists for the month of October are Lucinda Baker, watercolor and acrylic artist, and Kim Hoskinson, fused glass artist. Join them for their reception on October 5th, 2019 at Fresh Gallery, 1:00 - 5:00 P.M. They are donating a portion of the sales for the month to benefit C.A.R.E. (Castaway Animals Rescue Effort).


©Chris Haik

Congratulations to Audrey Bottrell-Parks, whose students are exhibiting their art at the Library Center on S. Campbell.

Congratulations to Alicia Farris  who was honored to have both of her entries, "Kate" and "Father's Love" accepted into the Annual Juried Exhibition of the Missouri Valley Impressionists Society.  The show this year will be at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph Missouri between the dates of September 13 and November 3, 2019.

​Alicia was also honored to have an article written about her in the Missouri Life Magazine: "SPRINGFIELD ARTIST FINDS HER PASSION IN WATER MEDIA" Read this article on line by clicking here

​​Waverly House: Juried Show,“Animal as Metaphor” Reception Thursday, November 7th 5-8 pm. Congratulations to Judy Ferguson who won best in show for Military Macaw (colored pencil on Mi Tiennes Paper, Jane Waschick, jurors choice award and Sherri Davis for the Theme Award. The show is a benefit for A Sporting Chance. 



Finley River Gallery: Congratulations to Chris Haik and Louise Eggleston who have art in the “Country” juried art show at the Finley River Gallery on Ozark square.  Prize winners in the show were selected by visitors from local businesses, voting for their favorites. Chris tied for 1st place for her painting “Passin’ Time”.


Congratulations to Chris Haik who was chosen to be in “Caught My Eye”. Each year, the SRAC’s Visual Arts Committee selects a group of exceptional artists from the Members Show to present a larger sample of their individual artistic vision in our November Exhibit “Caught My Eye”. This year’s exhibition of “Caught My Eye” will feature artwork from nine artist who stood out whether via their craftsmanship, viewer engagement, or visual impact.



Branson Springfield Airport International Airport: Theme, "Ozark Splendor". Artwork on display until November 13th: Congratulations to Meike Aton, Felicia Ellis, and Carol Snyder for being juried into this show.



Creamery: "Pure Enjoyment Exhibit Creamery"(opening reception: October 4th 5 -8 PM during First Friday Art Walk) Congratulations to the following artists, who shared they were were chosen for this show: Susie Sharpe, Dawna Middleton and Carol Snyder. This show hangs through October. 



Obelisk Home: "Blackout"group exhibit, (opening reception: October 4th  6 PM-9PM at 214 W Phelps St.) Congratulations the the following who shared they were juried into this show:  Nancy Dornan, Susie Sharpe, Dawna Middleton and Steve McGuire. This show hangs through October. 


Carnegie Library: Felicia Ellis has 16 paintings on display though November. The paintings include illustrations from popular children's books.


Elliott Robinson & Co (opening reception: October 8th 11 AM-1PM) 2305 S Blackman Rd, Springfield, Artists exhibiting are Meike Aton, Nancy Day,

Joellen Mittlestadt, Susie Sharpe, Nancy Dornan, and Carol Snyder, The art hangs until January. 



Juanita K. Hammons Performing Arts Center: VAAS "Space Exhibit" (September 21-November 9th) Artists exhibiting are Susie Sharpe, carol Snyder, Nancy Dornan and Ann Knyion are sharing exhibition space on the 4th floor and both have individual pieces on the 5th floor.  Two of Nancy's newest works, "Sunglow" and "Moonglow" will hang at Fresh Gallery until the end of November.

"We should be taught NOT to wait for inspiration to start something new. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action." Frank Tibolt, author of "A Touch Of Greatness"