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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

69th Annual Membership Show

Main Gallery


Sponsored by Empire District Electric Company

Hosts: Macadoodles Fine Wine, Beer & Spirits, The Wild Flower

Members’ Opening Reception Friday, November 11, 5:30-7:30pm



Joplin is bursting with high-quality visual art. The last few years the Joplin arts scene has witnessed art fests, first and third Thursdays, new galleries, regional fairs, collaborations, murals and more. Our local artists are BUSY, but they still choose to crank out their best work for Spiva’s annual showcase of members’ work.

Sponsored by Empire District Electric Company, this 69th annual exhibit brings together members, friends and artists who gather over fine wine and hors d’oeuvres on opening night to celebrate art and each other as patrons purchase original art from regional artists who are members of Spiva.

This year, nearly 100 area artists provided pieces from all mediums, including ceramics, watercolor, wood, oils, metal, photography and mixed media. Pieces entered in the adult competitive categories are eligible for cash awards totaling $2,400, once again generously provided by Dr. John and Mrs. Barbara Windle. Awards are given for both 2-D and 3-D works.

In addition to the cash awards, an artist will receive the Barrie Hunt Memorial Award for an Emerging Artist in Water Media, and his or her name will join previous award winners on a perpetual plaque in the Spiva lobby. The youth divisions will honor the winners of the Donna Gilbreth Memorial Children’s and Youth Awards with prizes totaling $600, courtesy of the Windles.

The 2016 juror for the adult competition is Sean Lyman, Associate Professor of Art at Missouri State University. Children/youth division juror is Karalee McDonald, art educator in the Joplin Schools.

The 69TH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SHOW is sponsored by Empire District Electric Company.

Cowboys — Symbols of the West

Regional Gallery


Works from the Leggett & Platt Collection | A Joe Beeler Memorial Exhibit

Sponsored by Leggett & Platt, Incorporated

Nothing more personifies the American West than the cowboy. The image is highly recognizable – cowboys are depicted with the distinctive boots, chaps, bandanas, shotguns, and of course, the cowboy hat. Through the years, cowboy life has been romanticized to include a life of chivalry, shoot-outs, and fighting Native Americans. Cowboys typically are portrayed as a masculine ideal, exhibiting strength, speed, and skill with a gun. But the life of the real American cowboy was much simpler than that – most cowboys spent long, lonely years working on ranches and driving cattle for 14 hours a day.

Though real-life cowboys weren’t glamorous, they were hard workers who exemplified independence, individualism, and honesty due to the isolated nature of their work. The art work exhibited from the walls of the Leggett & Platt collection perfectly captures the true life and spirit of the American cowboy.

Included are works by Joe Beeler, memorialized by this exhibit. Beeler was born in 1931 in Joplin, Missouri. At an early age, Beeler started drawing and becoming very artistic. He continued his skills throughout college at Kansas State Teachers College and later attended the Art Center of Design in Los Angeles, California. After his time in school, Beeler worked as an illustrator for the University of Oklahoma Press. Beeler’s life as an artist was difficult for him but he eventually became recognized for all of his hard work. Beeler’s career really took off after his one-man performance at the Gilcrease Museum. In 1962, he and his family moved to Sedona, Arizona, where he died. In 1965, Beeler along with many other cowboy artists started the Cowboy Artists of America.

Cowboys – The Symbol of the West is sponsored by Leggett & Platt, Incorporated with additional financial support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Midwest Clay Artists

Upstairs Gallery

Nov 1 – Nov 30, 2016

Spiva is proud this year to again showcase the wizards of the Midwest Clay Artists. They are challenging themselves with methods of alternative firing. No electric or kiln firing, but methods like raku, saggar, and horsehair firing. Normally, these alchemists are creating functional pieces, objects you can use in daily living. This year they are leaping out of the box, forging gorgeous surfaces that are not functional, but still available for purchase and display. Just don’t put your coffee in them.

Andrew Batcheller: Dakota in Fragments

Upstairs Gallery

Dec 2 – 31, 2016

Andrew Batcheller won Best of Show in the Joplin Regional Artist Coalition show Transformations in September. His reward is a solo show in the Upstairs Gallery in December. Lucky Spiva! Thank you, JRAC! Batcheller is now a fixture in the Joplin art community, painting full time and exhibiting far and near. The new show is titled Dakota in Fragments, centered around a large painting of an Ibis, the storyteller of Dakota.

Many locals are familiar with his work, and had thoughtful things to share about the paintings:

“His heart and planet consciousness are open before the viewer. I want to jump into the beautiful, surreal worlds he unfolds in all those delicate lines and colors!” “The movement in his pieces brings you in, the tones and colors hold your attention. You have to look at every inch of his paintings, sometimes creating your own explanation.” “The work is disturbing.” “There is beauty that confronts the most controversial issues and shines hope onto the viewer.” “Thought provoking attention to detail.” “I love Andrew’s themes of environmental concern and habitat protection. The bold scale of his work brings these issues to the forefront of the viewer’s interpretation.”

“Everyone experiences emotions of pain and sorrow in our lives; daily events bring us constant examples of unease, frustration, disillusionment, and yes, anger. Andrew Batcheller extracts and exposes haunting beauty to move through to the other side. His heart, his character, and his values are on the canvas, and he brings us with him.” Come along with us to the Upstairs Gallery in December to experience Dakota in Fragments.



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