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73rd Annual Membership Show

Main Gallery

August 8 – October 10, 2020


Hosts: Macadoodles Fine Wines and The Wild Flower

Friday, October 16, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5

Get the entry form here!

This year Spiva’s annual showcase of members’ work is celebrating 73 years! The Membership Show is not only a celebration for the longevity of Spiva as a community arts center, but also a celebration of all the talent and passion artists that live in and around Joplin. Visitors from outside the area are constantly surprised and delighted by the diversity and quality of what is on display.

If you are member of Spiva and you are an artist, you should be in this exhibit! It does take courage to put your work, i.e.: your heart, out there, but the risk is worth the reward. When you see your work on the wall alongside your peers, you will be glad you took the risk.

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

Nearly 100 area artists provide artwork in several 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. Awards in all categories will presented at the opening at 6:30pm on opening night Friday, October 16th.

Steve Snyder: The Freedom Endeavor

Regional Gallery

October 17 – December 19, 2020


Hosts:  Macadoodles Fine Wines and The Wild Flower

Friday, October 16, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5

Ever wonder where we get our freedom from? The freedoms that most of us take for granted? The Freedom Endeavor recognizes the contributions of everyday citizens who have served in the US military, those who have taken the oath to protect our Constitutional freedoms. We see them everyday, we meet them on the street, at the market, but how do we distinguish the people responsible for our freedoms and liberties?

The Freedom Endeavor honors these Veterans through the use of dramatic artistic photography as well as audio/video and text media. Each Veteran is photographed as we would see them currently, in everyday civilian life. They are photographed holding a picture of themselves from their time in the service. The contrast between their current appearance and their service time can be vastly different. A short audio/video interview is recorded with their story on how their service time affected their lives and why they took the oath. Their images and their stories are showcased in this exhibit. To learn more about The Freedom Endeavor please visit freedomendeavor.org.



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