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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild Presents

John Fitzgibbon, Artist and Teacher

September 12th, (Wednesday) 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 

Artist Talk and demonstration

by Watercolor USA Exhibitor John Fitzgibbon.

Special workshop also available September 19-20

Both Events will be held in The Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church 

1515 South National Avenue, Springfield, 

John taught art for thirty years from the elementary to the college level.  He loves teaching because he enjoys sharing what he has learned over the years.  John works in oils, acrylics and watercolors.  However watercolors are his favorite medium.  According to John, “they have a spontaneous quality that is very hard to achieve in other mediums.”  John has been accepted into Watercolor USA twice. First in 1999 for his painting entitled, “CHEERS’ (Judges Award) and next in 2018 for his painting entitled “SISTERS”.  

John will show his painting "Sisters" and discuss the composition, how he decided on the seemingly unrelated collection of objects for this painting, and how and why he chose the title.  John will demonstrate by painting "WINTER AT GRAND FALLS" (Joplin) on a full sheet of watercolor paper 22x30 inches. This will be the artwork we will paint at the 2-day workshop on September 19th and 20th. 

John Fitzgibbon is a native of the Midwest.  He was born in Kansas, raised in Oklahoma and now lives in Springfield, Missouri with his wife Debbie.
He maintains his studio in Springfield and stays very busy with commissions as well as teaching workshops.  He has taught watercolor workshops both here and abroad.  From this point on John plans to concentrate mainly on watercolors since, according to John,” They are just so fun to paint, I can’t seem to get enough of them.”​ 

Visitors and members are invited to "show and share" their art at the meeting.

 September 19th - 20th,  10 am. to 4:00 p.m. John Fitzgibbon Watercolor Workshop:

 we will be painting "Winter at Grand Falls"  Class is limited to 15. To reserve your place for the workshop call Sandra Letson, 417-496-1838 or email  click  here for suggested supplies. Deadline to enroll is September 17th. Please make checks payable to John Fitzgibbon. FEE $75

"An Evening With Studio 55" Show and Sale Oct. 12th

Location: Springfield Art Museum.

To learn more click on  CALL FOR ARTIST or

download the Entry Form Here


IMPORTANT: All entry information must be

submitted and paid for by Sept. 21 (see entry form

or handed in at the September 12th general

meeting (1-3 pm - National Ave. Christian Church)

Email President Ramona Gist for questions

ArtistTalk: Featuring Jane Troup Nationally Recognized

​                   Missouri Artist 

When: October 4th 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Springfield Art Museum Community Room 

             1111 Brookside Dr. Springfield, MO. 65807

Space is limited, so reservations are required. 
To reserve your place: contact Sandra Letson at or (417) 869-7812 .

Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild and the Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM) are partnering to host this ArtTalk. Jane will show some of her paintings, tell about her background, the inspiration for her art, and the process for creating her oil paintings.​
Jane Troup is a highly respected contemporary artist whose art can be viewed in museums, galleries, private collections, and purchased online, nationally, internationally, and locally. Her work is colorful, whimsical, surreal and a blend of nature and imagination. To learn more about the speaker please visit her website: 

First Friday Artwalk - September 7, 2018​

To learn about the 27 Venues click here Enjoy First Friday Art Walk 6-10 p.m. Sept.7, and get a second showing with Second Saturday Art Walk noon-5 Sept. 8. 

Fresh Gallery: Fresh Gallery 400 W. Walnut

New Studio 55 member Cheryl Vowels is one of 2 featured artists for September at Fresh. Cheryl has been a glass artist for about 40 years.  She has shown her work in galleries statewide and has done custom work in southeast Missouri.  One of Fresh Gallery’s newest resident artists, her love for the natural world comes through in glass expressions.  She utilizes rare glass, natural objects, kiln formed glass and other objects to produce one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces.  Many of these newer pieces will be shown for the first time in September. Fresh also shows the art of 2 other Studio 55 members Nancy Dornan and Lea Dingman who are Fresh Gallery members.

Plus don’t miss The Big Modern Pop Up Show with the artists of Fresh and visiting Artists, 204 S. CampbellFeaturing large, contemporary work of 11 local artists.

Finley River Gallery (From Joellen Mittlestadt) Join Finley River Art Gallery for a “Block Party” on the square in Ozark, Saturday, September 8th from 5:00-8:00 pm.  All artists are invited to come, set up, paint, & sell

their paintings. No charge or commissions for selling your paintings! There will befood vendors, games, and music. Set up starts at 4:00 pm right outside the gallery!

Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex: Sept. 27th - 29th: Judy Ferguson and Vivian Terbeek will be exhibiting some of their art quilts at the upcoming Ozark Piecemaker's Quilt Guild Show. Hundreds of beautiful quilts will be on display. Judged quilts, display quilts, Quilts of Valor, opportunity quilt, vendor mall, guild boutique, silent auction, lectures, appraisals, door prizes, and more! Thursday and Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit the website and our Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show Facebook page.

Judicial Courts Building Exhibit and Sale: Through October, The Judicial Building Jury Room, features two of Studio 55’s artists, Chris Haik and Louise Eggleston.

Congratulations to Kathy Henderson, Roberto Regalado, Meike Aton for being chosen for the Juried Show "La Cultura: A Celebration of Latin Culture"You can view the Exhibit at Sky Gallery, Springfield BransonNational Airport: now - November 19, 2018


Springfield Brewing Company, August 3rd to the end of September,

Audrey Bottrell Parks Solo Exhibit

  • The Solo Art Exhibit includes portraits, cityscapes, seascapes and still life

       drawings and paintings. See an example of Audrey's art on the right

  • View the display until the end of September UPSTAIRS. 

Maschino’s Home Store,  Theme: "Animals, People, Fun,

and Funny People" 1715 S. Campbell

         Many of our members are in this show.

        Congratulations to Darlene Prater for being awarded

      Best in Show for her painting "What's the Point"

Next Call to Artists at Maschinos is on September 25th: 

​        Theme Springfield Outdoor Sculpture 

        ​See Call for Artists for details.


Bambinos'  Restaurants and Coffee Shop are featuring artists:  Greg Chappell Solo Exhibit (Coffee Shop), Carol Snyder, Tracy Bruton, Darlene Prater, Tarah Trautmann, John Short,

and Sarah Bliss Rasul (Italian Restaurant Battlefield and Lone Pine) and Danielle McGraw (Delmar location). Contact Sandra or Don Letson to apply: 417-496-1838.

No commission is charged if your art is sold and there is no fee to exhibit or sell your art.

10 paintings were sold in the last few months

Lea Dingman shared: "USA Mortgage is taking part in the Corporate Arts Program through SRAC. 

They have leased my painting "Beauty in the Unknown".  The painting will hang thru December 2018.  I also have art at Donny Bryant Massage & Therapy" In additions to being a member of Fresh Gallery.

From Jessie Schwartz,  417-224-0626

I have been asked to curate an art show once a month in a beautiful 3000sqft space in Nixa. The first show will take place in mid Oct. I am looking for artists interested in showing their work. The space is being equipped with a hanging system to accommodate all size art. I am looking for both 2D and 3D submissions. The first 2 shows in Oct. and Nov. will be open to all artists (space is limited and the show will need to be cohesive) after that...the shows will be juried and themed. Anyone interested or that have questions can email me at this address.This is a great opportunity to have work seen and sold in a new market. Please pass this on to other artists.

From Meike Aton Art 
Good News! Meike Aton Art has partnered with Harmony House in support of their awareness campaign “iCare”. More info here: Raffle tickets for a range of goodies will be available here: (all proceeds go to Harmony House of course)
First Friday September I’ll be showing my Art at Suddenlies 315 South Ave 6-9pm
First Friday October I’ll be showing my Art at the efactory 5-7pm
Meike has several pieces at the Airport in the Latin show.
This week Meike will be hanging several pieces at Elliot Robinson CPAs
See my Art Work at www.MeikeA and on FB. Visit my Studio/Gallery at 1200 E. Woodhurst Dr Building K Springfield, Mo 65804

Botanical Center Exhibit/Sale: Congratulations to Louise Eggleston who sold a painting during our exhibit.

Samples of the exhibit are shown below.

Classes/Workshops sponsored by Studio 55 and taught by members can be found here

Springfield Art Museum News 

See the September Newsletter

Springfield Arts Council "Call for Artists" 


Open Artist Contest at The Gillioz, Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:00see

Send information for the Newsletter to Sandra Letson,  deadline for October Newsletter, September 24th

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