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Teacher Bios 

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Amber Baker – Amber is a graduate of MSSU with a BS in Art Education. She is a talented anime artist, and enjoys working with clay. Amber has taught Spiva’s Creation Station class, summer camps, anime, and clay classes. In her spare time she enjoys making steampunk jewelry and drawing anime.
Tricia Courtney – Tricia is a Joplin native who paints landscapes and floral works with a style that’s bold and bright with highly textured strokes reminiscent of Van Gogh. She is also the creator of Buzzlewics, a fanciful land filled with fun characters for children. Tricia is an experienced assemblage artist and frequently uses found objects to create elegant works of art. When asked where she finds her inspiration Tricia confesses, “I don't really start with an idea in mind.” Instead, she allows imagination to be her guide in making any art she creates.
Tiffany Kunkler Tiffany studied at Missouri State University, receiving her BFA in Metals and Jewelry in 2007. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2014, studying metal and jewelry arts. She is an emerging artist who has exhibited and competed nationally including in the 2012 America's All Media Exhibition, the 2012 Midwest Jewelers Trade Show, and the 2009 Wichita National.

Jane McCaulley – Art has always been Jane's passion. Jane is retired from 36 years of teaching art in the public schools of Indiana. She has seven years experience with fused glass. Jane loves teaching fused glass and mosaics to young and old. This is her sixth year teaching at Spiva.

Karalee McDonaldKaralee graduated from MSSU with a degree in art education. In her   spare time she loves to paint and do fused glass. She is Spiva's education coordinator, but every chance she gets, she is in the classroom doing what she loves– teaching.
Amber Mintert – Amber is associate professor of art education at MSSU and taught 
at Webb City High School for 10 years and at Crowder College for five. Her credentials include a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education K-12 from MSU, a Masters in Secondary Education from PSU, and an Associates Degree in General Studies from University of Maryland.
Fred Mintert – Fred is starting his 11th year as the Carthage Junior High art teacher. He loves origami, ceramics and drawing, but he gets to do everything as a teacher. Fred and his family live in Webb City, and you might see them zipping around town in Fred's VW bus, "Ginger."
Jordan Murdock Jordan has a passion for creating and sharing art. As a studio art graduate from MSSU, she has studied composition, theory, and drawing techniques with an emphasis in figurative work. She has worked in a large spectrum of mediums, with oil painting being her first and last love in the arts. This is her second year teaching at Spiva.

Mark Neuenschwander One day, Missourian Mark Neuenschwander decided to become a photographer, and since that day, that's been his very favorite thing to do. After years of glorious food service and making lots of mistakes in both art and business, Mark went full time,started 9art photography, and made it his goal to tell stories with his craft to honor the creator who told the very first story of all. Mark tells photographic stories for publications, organizations, families & kids, other artists, and sometimes just for fun. 

Carolyn Trout Carolyn Trout has been creating Ukrainian Easter eggs (Pysanky) since   1978, when her husband gave her a kit for Christmas and she taught herself the art. In 2007, she was honored to represent Missouri in the White House Easter Egg Display,and it was in Washington, D.C., that she met other Pysanky creators for the first time. She says she learned more from her fellow eggers in the half hour while they were waiting for First Lady Laura Bush than she had managed to learn on her own in the preceding three decades. She has attended Pysanky retreats across the United States since then and continues to learn. Carolyn has been retired from her position as director of the Joplin Public Library for eight years. 

New exhibits – The Landscape Revisited: Jonathan Beer, Sandra Gottlieb, Martin Weinstein and Billyo O'Donnell: Painting Missouri – open January 17.

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The art of landscapes from a range of perspectives will kick off the new year in the Main and Regional Focus galleries of Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W.Third St. The exhibits will open to the public Saturday, Jan. 17, and will run through Sunday, Feb. 22.

The Main Gallery exhibit, The Landscape Revisited: Jonathan Beer, Sandra Gottlieb and Martin Weinstein, will feature landscape work from three radically different approaches. The Regional Focus Gallery exhibit, Billyo O’Donnell:Painting Missouri, will feature selections from a project in which the artist traveled to all 114 counties in the state to capture representations through plein air painting.

O’Donnell will discuss his experiences as a plein air painter and his “Painting Missouri”project in an Art in the Afternoon talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17. A $5 voluntary contribution for admission is suggested.  

The Landscape Revisited will showcase divergent views of settings both real and imagined. Jonathan Beer's work borders on the surreal, while Sandra Gottlieb captures varying views of the sea– peaceful and calm or tumultuous and angry – taken from some the same vantage point at varying times. The work of the third artist, Martin Weinstein, seems to bend the laws of physics through the use of layered acrylic sheets. 

Spiva patrons will get an opportunity to glimpse the unique qualities of Missouri counties through O'Donnell's exhibit in the Regional Focus Gallery.

The work is part of his seven-year project in which he traveled the state during all seasons to capture just the right time and place to paint on location. It meant working in snow and ice, as well as heat and humidity, to ensure that each season was represented.

The project, "Painting Missouri," is documented in a book by the same name. The publication received the Missouri Humanities Governor's Book Award in 2009. Copies of the book and individual prints will be available for sale in Spiva’s gift shop.

Not all of the counties that O'Donnell painted will be featured, but those in this area will be represented. Scenes of serene, bluff lined rivers, pastures dotted with wild flowers or hay bales, and representations of the small towns that populate the state will be included.

"Painting Missouri" is only one of O'Donnell's projects devoted to depicting the state's natural settings. He is founder of “Artists Along the Katy Trail,” an exhibit project in which 200 artists painted along the trail that is the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. He also founded a similar project, “Artists Along Missouri,” that is more focused on painting in specific regions of the state.

Recognized as one of America's leading landscape artists by several prestigious plein air invitationals, O'Donnell has won Best of Show and other awards in "paintouts" in Laguna Beach, Calif., Wexford, Ireland, and Maui, Hawaii. He is also known for his paintings of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Milwaukee Symphony.

The Landscape Revisited is organized by Katharine T. Carter and Associates and sponsored by W. Robert Corley, and Painting Missouri is sponsored by Commerce Bank. Both are receiving additional financial support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. 

2PM | SAT, JAN 17
Art in the Afternoon: Plein air painter Billyo O'Donnell and author Karen Glines present the Painting Missouri Project

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Plein air painter Billyo O’Donnell and author Karen Glines will talk about their experiences throughout the seven-year “Painting Missouri” project

The Art in the Afternoon event is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, January 17, in Spiva's Main Gallery. Admission is by voluntary contribution with a $5.00 donation suggested.

To complete the project, O'Donnell painted every county in the state plus the city of St. Louis. He was born into a family of nine children and raised near the Missouri River in Warren County, approximately 70 miles west of St. Louis. The family farm was surrounded by more than 14,000 acres and, consequently, O'Donnell spent his boyhood living a "Huck Finn" kind of life, roaming the forests and streams, fishing, hunting, and creating art.

O'Donnell will appear at Spiva with Karen Glines, journalist and author of Painting Missouri, the book that won the Missouri Humanities Governor’s Book Award in 2009. The book includes every painting in the series, plus narratives about each county. A limited number of copies are available from Spiva’s gift shop; signed prints are also available.