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A busy week ahead in the Joplin Arts! See you there?
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PERFORMANCES & EVENTS
MSSU TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL: "BLISS"
Tuesday, Nov. 18 | 7pm at Cornell Auditorium, MSSU
The film centers on a 17-year-old girl, Meryem, who is found unconscious and disheveled by a lake and is forced to deal with her family’s suspicions that she has lost her chastity. An ancient moral code from her village condemns her to death in order to restore honor to her family. A distant cousin, Cemal, is ordered to carry out the task. “Bliss” is being screened in connection with a Jan. 15-16, 2015, visit to MSSU by O.Z. Livaneli, the author of the novel on which the movie is based. Free and open to the public.
VOODOO BUTTERFLY VIRTUAL BOOK PARTY
Wednesday, Nov. 19 |  6–9pm on Facebook
Local author Camille Faye will be hosting a virtual Voodoo Butterfly Book Party on Facebook to celebrate her debut novel for sale on Amazon.com. Join this virtual event for games, party favors (including ebooks, gift cards, and a free psychic reading), as well as a live psychic reading by Psychic Angela Thomas. Since it is an online party, you can “show up” in your PJs at home or even during your kid’s soccer game (via tablet/phone).
MISSOURI ARTS COUNCIL GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP
Thursday, Nov. 20 | 9am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts
The Missouri Arts Council is presenting grant information workshops throughout Missouri. Each two-hour workshop covers basic information on MAC grants, both monthly and annual, eligibility, creating an online profile in the updated grant system, the application and panel process, preparing support materials and how to address narrative questions. If you have never applied for MAC funding, or seek to improve your grant application, you will benefit from attending this free workshop. Note that MAC grants are available only to organizations, not individuals. RSVP now to ensure that space is available.
THIRD ANNUAL EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER
Thursday, Nov. 20 at Phoenix Fired Art
Lunch: 11am–1:30pm & Dinner: 5–7:30pm

Do you enjoy local artwork, tasty soups, and helping alleviate hunger in our community? Then this event at Phoenix Fired Art is for you! Pay a minimum donation of $15, select your favorite handmade ceramic bowl, and fill it with your choice of delicious soup from one of our area's many local restaurants! Did we mention you get to keep the bowl as a reminder of your generous donation to help people in need? All proceeds will be split evenly between a number of organizations working to alleviate hunger in our area. Want to buy a bowl early? Bowl presales are a $20 minimum donation. Raffle ticket sales have also begun. $5 each or 5/$20. Raffle winners will be drawn Nov 21st and notified by telephone. 
SOUTHERN COMPANY ONSTAGE PRODUCTION
Thursday, Nov. 20 | 7:30pm at Corley Auditorium, MSSU
Produced and directed by Dr. Susan Smith with colleagues Dr. Jordan Wilson and Michelle Espinosa, the annual Voice Performance Evening known as ONSTAGE is designed to showcase the talents of current voice students. This wonderful evening will take you from opera to musical theatre. The MSSU vocal studies program has a successful history of both students and graduates performing on many international stages who got their start with ONSTAGE! Free and open to the public.
MSSU PAINTING SYMPOSIUM CLOSING RECEPTION
Friday, Nov. 21 | Noon–2pm at the MSSU Art Department
A lecture and lunch reception with all nine contemporary painters featured in the MSSU Contemporary Painting Symposium. Click here for more information on each artist. Free and open to the public.
JOPLIN LITTLE THEATRE AUDITIONS: ELEEMOSYNARY
Friday, Nov. 21 | 4–6pm at Joplin Little Theatre
This play probes into the delicate relationships of three singular women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; her brilliant daughter, Artie, who has fled the stifling domination of her mother; and Artie's daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect and sensitivity whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea. A nuanced character study. The characters: Dorothea – aged 50-65; Artie; Dorothea’s daughter – aged 30-45; Echo, Artie’s daughter – aged 17-25. Actresses will be provided with cold readings from the script. No monologues necessary. Directed by Tim Klein. Performance dates: January 28-February 1, 2015.
LOCAL COLOR HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Nov. 21 | 5:30–9pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Local Color's Holiday Open House! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list...and maybe even something for yourself! Have a glass of wine and a little conversation with all of the artists on display at the gallery. Items for sale include: pottery, paintings, fiber art, scarves, wood turnings, angels, furniture, sculpture, glass, silver and beaded jewelry, and much more! Live music will be provided by W. Jeffrey Jones on one of his hand-carved guitars. All items will be marked 20% off on this day. Come one, come all!
THOMAS JEFFERSON'S UPPER SCHOOL PRESENTS
LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL

Friday & Saturday, Nov. 21 & 22 | 7pm at TJ Concert Hall
The Upper School students at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School proudly present Legally Blonde – The Musical. More than 70% of the high school students participate in the Fall Upper School musical. Tickets are on sale now and sold exclusively through the TJ Box Office website at www.tjids.org/seats. Student and senior discounts available. Photo courtesy Gabe Hershewe.
24TH ANNUAL CECIL FLOYD ELEMENTARY CRAFT SHOW
Saturday, Nov. 22 | 9am–4pm at Cecil Floyd Elementary (2201 W. 24th)
The Cecil Floyd Elementary Craft Show is held every year to raise money for their students, teachers, and staff. This event will feature over 100 of the finest jury selected exhibitors in the area.
CURRENT EXHIBITS
FOR EXHIBIT DESCRIPTIONS, CLICK HERE.
67th Membership Show
Nov 15, 2014 – Jan 3, 2015 | Spiva Center for the Arts
Three Carvers: Set In Stone
Nov 15, 2014 – Jan 3, 2015 | Spiva Center for the Arts
The Human Strength by Sarah Serio & Sandra Conrad
November | Joplin Avenue Coffee Company
Paintings by Art Students of Pam Leisenring
November | Post Memorial Art Reference Library
Midwest Clay Artists: Surviving the Fire
November 1–28 | Spiva Center for the Arts
Gifts from the Wilderness by Alice Lynn Greenwood
October 16 – December 13 | RSVPaint (420 S Main)
MSSU Contemporary Painting Symposium
October 15 – November 21 | MSSU Spiva Art Gallery
Nature Inspired Artwork by Ben Lord & Tom Wheeler
Oct – Nov | Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center
Student Artwork Exhibit
Joplin Public Library (Children's Department)
 
Getting Reacquainted – Recent Work by Geoffrey Kunkler
November | Phoenix Fired Art
JRAC Rotational Exhibit: John Mills, Steve Snyder, Steve Henton
September – November | Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
ART CLASSES
MONDAY (Nov. 17)
Chat n Crafts (Adults)
5:30–8pm at the Joplin Public Library
An adult crafting group that meets every third Monday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered. Stop by the library for a bookmark.
Tanglefooters Dance Club: West Coast Swing
6:45–8:15pm at Joplin Square Dance Center (1801 W. Second St.)
Always wanted to learn to dance but thought you couldn’t? The Tanglefooters Dance Club is offering West Coast Swing lessons on Mondays! No previous dance experience necessary. Dance partners will learn choreographed routines set to arrangements of music, with all couples doing the same steps at the same time. In addition to bolero, other figures, such as waltz, cha-cha, two-step, rumba, fox-trot, tango, and jive, will be introduced at later classes. Dancers are led through the moves by verbal prompting (cueing). For more info, call Mike Betts at 417-529-0680. First lesson free; $10 per couple thereafter.
TUESDAY (Nov. 18)
Fall Art Classes with Pam Leisenring – Tuesday Mornings
9am–Noon inside Hobby Lobby's Classroom
Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. New members are always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.
Creation Station (Ages 6-12)
3:45–5:15pm at Spiva Center for the Arts
Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! This class will reoccur on Tuesdays until Dec. 16. Call (417) 623-0183 for more info and registration. $5 per class
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 19)
Senior Drawing Class with Merlin White
9:30am at the Joplin Senior Center

Beginning Oct. 1, local artist Merlin White will offer free, one-hour, weekly drawing classes for 8 consecutive Wednesdays. This class is for beginners, no experience necessary. Students will learn shading, perspective, composition. Each week students will draw a new still life. Interested Seniors should contact the Joplin Senior Center (417) 781-9353 to sign up and get a supply list. Past students welcome to attend.
Preschooler & Pal Art Class (Ages 3-5)
10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts
Share art with your very young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Build creativity through reading and art. Adult must stay with student. This class will reoccur on Wednesdays from Sept. 3 – Dec. 17. Space is limited so register early. Call (417) 623-0183 for more info and registration. $5 per class
Wednesday Classes at Local Color
10am–6pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio
Calling all “big kids" for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you may decide when to come in and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish more and enjoy more personal instruction. From 10am–2pm: Donna Roberts specializes in realism and experimental techniques for creative watercolors and acrylics. Bring any materials you have, but if you haven't any, Donna will provide materials for the first lesson. $25 per class. Call Donna at 417-623-3727 and leave a message that you would like to begin Wednesday lessons. From 2–6pm: Paula Giltner will be teaching realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. The fee is $25 per class. Call Paula at 417-291-1486 and leave a message that you would like to begin Wednesday lessons.
Walk-In Wednesdays at RSVPaint
10am–9pm at RSVPaint (420 S. Main)
Come paint anything you like! This time is not instructed, however on-site artists will help you set up, get started, and answer any questions you may have. Reservations not required, but appreciated, as they do allow private parties to reserve time slots throughout the day. Materials provided include: 16"x20" canvas, paints, brushes, easels, and aprons. All ages welcome to attend. $25 per person, payable by cash or credit at the RSVPaint Studio.
Fall Art Classes with Pam Leisenring – Wednesday Afternoons
4:30–7:30pm inside Hobby Lobby's Classroom
Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium and subject matter (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.). Classes will be held on Tuesday Mornings from 9am–Noon (beginning Sept. 9) and Wednesday Afternoons from 4:30–7:30pm from now until May 2014. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time – new members are always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more information. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.
THURSDAY (Nov. 20)
Memories in the Making®
10am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts
An art experience for those dealing with memory loss centered on the expression of creativity through painting. There is no charge for the class and no prior art experience necessary. Memories in the Making® is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Missouri in conjunction with Spiva Center for the Arts. For more info, call 1 (800) 272-3900.
Young Painter with Jordan Murdock (Ages 6-12)
3:45–5:15pm at Spiva Center for the Arts
Does your child want to learn to paint? If so, they will love this painting class. Artist and teacher Jordan Murdock teaches drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash, and detailing in this fun introductory painting class. This class with reoccur on Thursdays from Sept. 4 – Dec. 18. Call (417) 623-0183 for more info and registration. $10 per class
"Vino & Van Gogh" (Ages 21+)
6–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio
“Vino & Van Gogh” is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. No experience necessary. All materials furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! This class will paint Village Street in Auvers by Vincent Van Gogh. Cost is $40; please reserve your spot by calling the gallery at (417) 553-0835.
RSVPaint Class: Snowy Globe
7–9pm at RSVPaint (420 S. Main)
Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $35 in advance, $40 at door.
FRIDAY (Nov. 21)
RSVPaint Class: Fiery Trees
7–9pm at RSVPaint (420 S. Main)
Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $35 in advance, $40 at door.
SATURDAY (Nov. 22)
Clay for Tots! (Ages 3+)
10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts
Introduce your youngster to the enchanting world of pottery. Students learn basic hand-building skills to create both a pinch pot and a coiled pot – then add fun textures and funky stamps to complete their masterpiece! *Parents must stay with child for this class. Call (417) 623-0183 to register. Cost: $10
12:30–3pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio
Enjoy creating your very own work of art with help from experienced local artists! Students are able to paint anything their heart desires. Weekly themes are available. This class has a limited number of spots so please call (417) 553-0835 to reserve ASAP! All materials are furnished. $35 
RSVPaint Class: Family Paint – Elephant
1–3pm at RSVPaint (420 S. Main)
Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $35 in advance, $40 at door.
RSVPaint Class: Date Night – Fall Mosaic
7–9pm at RSVPaint (420 S. Main)
Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $35 in advance, $40 at door.
SUNDAY (Nov. 23)
RSVPaint Class: Country Church
1–3pm at RSVPaint (420 S. Main)
Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $35 in advance, $40 at door.
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