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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

71st Annual Membership Show

Main Gallery

October 20 – December 15, 2018

Presented by Liberty Utilities – Empire District

Hosts: Macadoodles Fine Wines, The Wild Flower, Friends of St. Avips, P.E.O. Chapter FI


Friday, October 19, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5

This year Spiva’s annual showcase of members’ work is celebrating 71 years! This is remarkable. What an honor to host and participate this long-running proclamation of our members’ hearts, minds, skills, and passions. That is what is on display. It is brave to share original art with the general public. So this exhibit is honorable, acknowledging ideas, vision, chronicled by time spent and materials purchased. It will surely be a thrill to experience 2018’s reflection of our culture, time, and interests.

Sponsored by longtime partner Liberty Utilities – Empire District, this 71st annual exhibit brings together members, friends, and artists who gather over libations on opening night to toast art, family, and friendship. Again this year, the lovely and generous Friends of St. Avips will both provide and serve delicious bites.

Nearly 100 area artists will provide pieces of 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 19th.


To Everything There is a Season

Regional Gallery

October 20 – December 15, 2018

Sponsored by William H. Perry III


I have always been compelled to study, frame and attempt to make sense of the world around me. I happen to use a camera to do so. Photography is my constant companion and has been my life-long passion.

Like a hunter, my senses are fully engaged. I am looking, I am waiting, I am poised to press the shutter. It can be a lonely and challenging venture, but one that I feel compelled to take on. Day after day, season after season, year after year.

It is with a fierce sense of wonder and an open heart that I navigate through the world, camera always close at hand. The pictures I make are proof of my journey – pieces of evidence scattered alongside the footsteps I leave behind.

  • Gloria Baker Feinstein

Gloria has been a long-time friend of Spiva, exhibiting in multiple PhotoSpiva exhibits and serving as the juror in 1987. The exhibit displays approximately 30 photographs from 5 distinct bodies of work: Jamison Park, Grandmother with a Camera, Appalachia, Convergence, and Dreams and Other Things. Spiva is honored to feature her excellent work. See more at www.gloriabakerfeinstein.com

Image: Gloria Baker Feinstein Batman please put artist/title under image

Additional support for these exhibits provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.





Joplin Inspired by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition

Upstairs Gallery

November 2 – December 21, 2018

The Joplin Regional Artists Coalition will showcase a variety of works by their members through the months of November and December.




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