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Programs Calendar



Opening Reception:

Rhapsody: The Urban Fantasy Paintings of Rob Mango

Local Color: Reflections of Joplin

July 29, 2022 | 5:30 – 7:30pm


Join Spiva for an evening celebrating new exhibits in our Main and Regional Galleries. Light food and drink are included. This event is free and open to the public.
To learn more about these upcoming exhibits, please go to https://spivaarts.org/upcoming-exhibits/





Paint the Ozarks – Plein Air Paint Out

Workshop with Larry DeGraff: Sept. 9, 2022 | 9am-4pm | $120

Plein Air Competition: Sept. 10, 9am – Sept. 11, 4pm (judging at 4pm)

Join regional artists as they paint outdoors in plein air, capturing the beauty of Joplin – its bluffs and banks along Shoal Creek, the power of water flowing over Grand Falls, and the allure of our parks and our historic buildings and homes. Painting in plein air is about quickly capturing a scene in the changing light and shadows of the day.

This event will kick off with a pre-competition workshop taught by award-winning painter and event juror, Larry DeGraff of Kansas City (registration fee of $120). Location of the workshop will be at Mercy Park Shelter #1 (close to pond).

Fee for the paint-out competition is $35 ($25 for members of Spiva Center for the Arts and the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition). Finished works will be presented in a Paint the Ozarks exhibition at Spiva Center for the Arts during the remainder of September.

More than $1,500 in cash prizes will be awarded in the competition, including the Steve & Diana Graddy $500 Purchase Prize for one of the competitors.

For more information contact Spiva Center for the Arts, 417-623-0183 or email [email protected]

This event is presented by Spiva Center for the Arts and the Joplin Regional Artist Coalition.

Sponsors for this event:
Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co.
CGA Architects
The Wild Flower
Dan and Melanie Stanley
Joplin Convention and Visitors Center



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