September Newsletter 2019

Thanks Studio 55 for sponsoring this community outreach project!
Report from Tracy Bruton: Today I got to deliver “art bags” to Harmony House to be given to the children as they check in.The bags were lovingly sewn by Vivian Terbeek and the fabric and art supplies were purchased using a generous donation from the members of Studio 55 Arts Guild. Thanks to Darlene Copeland Prater for going shopping with me and to my grandsons for helping me pack the bags. I hope these bags will bring a little joy into the lives of children who desperately need it. See photos below.

©Sherri Davis

©Jerry Hatch

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 

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Art at Bambinos

Thanks to Tracy Bruton for the photos and organizing this project!

September 11, 2019   Program 1:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Nicole Chilton  

“Wooing Your Creativity through Art Journaling” 

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

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

Bambino’s Italian Café at Battlefield and Lone Pine and Bambinos at 1141 E Delmar St.: Congratulations to featuring artists, Susan Loop, Patty Rios, Sherri Davis, Darlene Prater, Julia Barger, Lois Reeves, Steve McGuire, 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. Eight sales in the past 2 weeks

sold ©Darlene Prater

August 28 - October 2, 2019 Springfield: Art Exhibit by Studio 55 Members: "Inspired by Nature" at the

Greene County Botanical Center.  See photos below

  • October 2nd: Pickup your art between 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Botanical Center

Studio 55 Exhibit committee: Gary Tebbenkamp, chairman; Louise Eggleston; Chris Haik; Eleanor Berger, Nancy Crandall, Steve McGuire, Susan Loop, Eleanor Strauser, and Don Letson   

"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"

Wall Hanging by Nicole Chilton

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

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.

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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​.

©Alicia Farris

Elisa Kruger’s art will be hanging at Morning Day Cafe in Nixa for the month of September. Location:105 S Main St, Nixa. Open from  6:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Fresh Gallery:  Studio 55 members in Fresh Gallery are Rick Atwell, Nancy Brown Dornan, Sherri Davis, Alicia Farris, Farley Lewis, 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.

Congratulations to Sherri Davis September Featured Artist at Fresh Gallery. Sherri Davis invites you to a reception and exhibition of new work at Fresh Gallery. 400 W. Walnut Street, Thursday, September 12 5:30-7:30pm. Wine and light appetizers will be served. Exhibition will be up September 3rd - September 30th.
An additional display of Sherri's work will be at Tea Bar and Bites,
located at 621 S. Pickwick, Springfield, Mo. September 3rd - September 30th. Meet and Greet Reception Friday, September 13  5:30 -7:00. Also at Bambinos on East Battlefield and Lone Pine Street.

Big Modern Gallery: Big Modern is Fresh Gallery's pop-up gallery of large, contemporary art and sculpture. Every two months they present a few select artists works, in addition to participating FRESH Gallery Artists. Located two blocks north of FRESH Gallery at 204 S. Campbell Ave in Springfield, Big Modern is open during First Friday Art Walk and by appointment. Contact Linda Kirchner at (417) 861-5004 to schedule a private viewing. 
See Fresh Gallery Website here  for more information about their events, call to artists, and how to join.

Thanks to Tracy Bruton for these Photos of the August Program of Studio 55

©Alicia Farris

​Nicole Chilton will talk about using art journals to unlock creativity and get past the fear of a blank canvas. She will provide a hands-on exercise and list of supplies to get you started at home. Please bring a pair of scissors. Paper and other supplies are furnished.

Nicole is a multi-media abstract artist and writer living in Southwest Missouri. She works quickly and intuitively, capturing emotion rather than reality, and uses vivid color and floral motifs as inspiration. Nicole explores unlocking creativity through art journaling and dream interpretation, and is writing a book on this subject.

"Leading art journal workshops is a passion of mine because I love watching people who say they aren't artists create something that inspires them and motivates them," Nicole says. She has taught workshops independently and through the Springfield-Greene County Library system. 

Upcoming exhibits include:
Black Out at Obelisk Home - October
Solo Exhibit at The Mud Lounge - November
2020 Art Journal Prep workshop - December

When Nicole isn't creating art, she works full time at the Springfield Regional Arts Council as the Director of Marketing and Development. She also freelance writes and illustrates for a variety of publications, including Metropolitan Bride Magazine, and has two children who are actively involved in the performing arts.  

You can connect with Nicole in various ways:  Website: 
NicoleChilton.Com   Instagram: @Nicole.Chilton.Art

Facebook:   Society 6:
Support Nicole on Patreon:

Visitors are always welcome 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. 

“DRAWING WITH METAL” with Jerry Hatch Professor Emeritus from MSU

September 12th, Thursday, 2019, 5:30--7:30 p.m. 

Springfield Art Museum 1111 E. Brookside Dr.
Free Workshop, There are 3 more reservations available, with a limit of 30 participants. All materials are furnished. 

Hatch taught sculpture and drawing in the Art and Design Department (MSU) from 1974 until 2015 when he retired. During the workshop you will learn to draw on coated medium with a stylus using various metal points, such as silver or copper. No drawing experience is needed. Free and open to the public, but reservations are required.  

“Silverpoint”  drawing (that includes other kinds of metal besides silver or copper, such as platinum, gold, bronze, lead, aluminum, zinc, and magnesium) is done on coated medium. Many of the lovely drawings by da Vinci and Rembrandt were  created using ‘metal points’ and are still used today by artists for its fine, subtle qualities. 

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED: Contact Sandra Letson: or 417-496-1838

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