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FALL 2023

Joy Spiva Cragin

76th Annual Membership Show  

Freeman Health System Main Gallery

October 28 December 16, 2023

Reception: October 27, 5:30 – 7:30pm

This year Spiva’s annual showcase of members’ work is celebrating 76 phenomenal years of regional artistic excellence.
Any creative member of Spiva is welcome and invited to take part in this exhibit! It does take courage to exhibit your work, but the risk is worth the reward. Nearly one hundred area artists provide artwork in most every artistic medium every year.

Thanks to the Dr. John and Barbara Windle Trust, both 2D and 3D pieces entered in the adult competitive categories are eligible for cash awards totaling $3,600. 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. Awards in all categories will be presented at the opening reception, Friday, October 27th.

This annual exhibit brings together members, friends, and artists who gather on opening night to toast art, family, and friendship.




Mark Cowardin: Chit Chat   

Four-States Gallery

October 28 December 23, 2023

Reception: October 27, 5:30 – 7:30pm


 Inspired by his personal history of growing up surrounded by mining remnants and chat piles near his childhood home in rural Joplin, Mark Cowardin’s Chit Chat series is a modern sculptural marvel for viewers. These locations once served as his magical playgrounds and regular destinations for youthful imagination.Simultaneously enchanting and horrific, these remnants of lead and zinc extraction expose the needs for more thoughtful and careful balance of interactions with nature.




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