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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

At Ease: Veteran Contemporary

Main Gallery

August 18 – October 6, 2018

Presented by Aaron Skapik

Sponsored by The Hartley Family Philanthropic Foundation, and Joplin CVB


Hosts: Macadoodles Fine Wines, The Wild Flower


Friday, August 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5


The exhibit will feature approximately 60 pieces of work from artists involved in the current veteran art movement. Art will be obtained from the National Veterans Art Museum, ART-ifact, and Kansas City-based veteran artists. The objective is to showcase works made by veteran artists, present the arts as a viable career path for veterans, and to highlight the arts as a therapeutic and alternative treatment option for mental health challenges. The purpose of the contemporary veteran art exhibition is to establish a conversation in the community, highlighting issues of concern to veterans and their families. Issues common among veterans include the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, poor healthcare, and the effects of combat and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness. Nationally, there are 500,000 veterans living with TBI or PTSD. There are 20 suicides per day. According to the Missouri Veterans Commission, in 2016 there were 9685 veterans in Jasper County in 2016 and 5090 veterans in Newton County in 2016.



Angel Brame: One Per Day, A Year of Small Decisions

Regional Gallery

August 18 – October 13, 2018

Sponsored by The Spiva Board of Directors


In an effort to assign herself a task that would push her creativity and encourage growth, local artist Angel Brame chose to make one small pottery piece per day for an entire year with a few stipulations: each piece must be a pouring vessel and must be small. Join us as Angel shows a year’s worth of extraordinary work.



People, Places and Things by Four Northwest Arkansas Artists

Upstairs Gallery

September 5 – October 30, 2018

A variety of unique painting styles and abstract photography will be presented by Gary Johnson, Carol Hart, Celestine Eichler, and Terry Dushan in Spiva’s Upstairs Gallery during the months of September and October



“Celebrate the creative experience – be a community catalyst.”