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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

America’s Parks

Main Gallery

Sept 17 – Oct 30, 2016

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the national park system, this traveling, juried exhibition features fifty original works of art depicting scenes from parks in the US as well as Canada and Mexico.

2016 Small Works Auction

Sept 17 – Oct 28, 2016

20th annual auction to benefit Spiva.

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition: Transformation

Upstairs Gallery

Sept 1 – Sept 30, 2016

Thirty juried pieces to be on exhibit during Joplin Regional Artists Coalition’s (JRAC) show in September. From jewelry to oil painting, many mediums will be showcased as the JRAC membership submits their finest. JRAC will also award $800 in prizes during the show’s reception in the categories of Best of Show, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place in two- and three-dimensional works.

Memories in the Making

Upstairs Gallery

Oct 1 – 30, 2016

A collection of paintings by people dealing with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment will grace the walls of the Upstairs Gallery during October when the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter presents the exhibit Memories in the Making.

The exhibit will feature work created in the Memories in the Making® painting class that Spiva offers in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association. Facilitated by local artist Jesse McCormick, the class is free for participants and meets on Thursdays at Spiva.

The local painting class is part of the nationwide Memories in the Making® program that brings together people with memory loss to create art as a way of expressing thoughts, emotions and memories. Painting can be a way of communicating when they can no longer find the words to share. It becomes a way to rekindle memories, feel a sense of accomplishment, and develop a camaraderie among other people experiencing memory loss.

Creations in the Spiva exhibit will be originals and available for purchase. Proceeds from sales will support the Memories in the Making® program at Spiva. For information on Memories in the Making®, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 417-886-2199.


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