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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

The Watercolors of Paul Jackson

Main Gallery

August 3 – September 28, 2019

Hosts: Macadoodles Fine Wines, and The Wild Flower


Friday, August 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5



Paul Jackson is an internationally renowned watercolor painter who has been recognized as one of the contemporary Master Painters of the World.

Last year, Watercolor Artist Magazine listed one of Jackson’s watercolors as being among the top 25 “to admire all over again” from among 6,500 works.

While Jackson is best known as a watercolorist, it is not his lone medium of work.  He designed the Missouri Commemorative State Quarter for the U.S. Mint and has designed Presidential Easter eggs for the White House three times.

However, it is his work as a watercolor painter that has gained him the most recognition. He was named a Master Painter of the World by International Artists Magazine, and he has been a featured speaker at the International Watercolor Masters Invitational in Lushan, China. His work has appeared on the cover of Artist’s Magazine four times and it has been featured in American Artist magazine, Watercolor magazine, Forbes Magazine, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among numerous other publications.

He is signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society and he was awarded honorary membership in the Missouri Watercolor Society for his significant contributions to the visual arts. Last year, one of his works was selected for inclusion in the Missouri Watercolor Society’s international exhibition in Qingdao, China.    

Jackson’s pieces are in several private collections and are on display in the Missouri State Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion and the state Supreme Court building.



The Photography of Richard Loftis

Regional Gallery

August 3 – October 5, 2019


Friday, August 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5


Richard Loftis is recognized as one of the most distinguished photographers in the Midwest. He was a founding board member of the Society of Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, and has taught in the photography departments of the Kansas City Art Institute, Longview Community College, Lee’s Summit, and Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas.  A former design engineer for Westinghouse Electric and Western Electric, he used his engineering skills to design and manufacture specialty photography equipment. His photographs have been accepted for inclusion in several PhotoSpiva exhibitions.

His work is included in collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City. A 50-year retrospective of his work was presented in 2002 at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph.



Four States Photography Enthusiasts, The Human Experience: A Social Commentary

Upstairs Gallery

August 2 – 31, 2019

Opening Reception, August 2, 5:30-7:30pm

This themed exhibit will be exclusively black and white photography addressing  growing social issues albeit addiction, bullying, suicide, disasters, border walls, human trafficking,  homelessness, abuse, etc. Entries have yet to be chosen at the time of this publicaton. The exhibit promises to be engaging and provocative.





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