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PhotoSpiva 2016

Posted: 3/5/2016 12:00:00 AM






Celebrating its 40th year, PhotoSpiva 2016 once again delivers an exhibit of photographicexcellence from artists across the country. One hundred images will beexhibited, chosen by juror Sean Kernan. It was a blind judging; Kernan had noknowledge of the entrants or their status as amateurs or professionals, nocategories to distinguish photographic processes.
Kernan viewed over 660 images submitted by 151 photographersfrom 23 states via the competition’s website, The competitionwas open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – fromtraditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – was eligible, as long as itresulted in a two-dimensional print that had never been shown at Spiva..
On March 11, Kernan will choose winners, and present cashprizes during the awards presentation and Juror’s Lection at 7pm that evening.There is a suggested donation of $10 for the event. Kernan will also conductone-on-one portfolio reviews that day from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. thatday. There is a cost of $15??? For Spiva members, and $25 for nonmembers.Contact Spiva for more information, or to schedule your appointment.
The Upstairs Gallery will feature the next generation ofphotographers with PhotoSpiva Kids inMarch, and PhotoSpiva Tweens inApril. Viewers will delight in this representation of the world through the eyesof the young artists.
PhotoSpiva 2016 issponsored by Freeman Health System. Additional support is provided by FreemanR. Johnson Trust, Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the MissouriArts Council, a state agency. PhotoSpivaKids is sponsored by Gay Cragin Currence, and PhotoSpiva Tweens is sponsored by Hideout Harley Davidson. 

Robin Cook: Close to Home

Posted: 3/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

Robyn Cook: Close to Home

Sponsored by Harry & Erin Cornell

Regional Gallery | March 5– May 1

Artists’ Reception & Members Reception: Friday, March 4,5:30-7:30pm


Horses, dogs, cowboys and farm life depicted in pencil willstrike a familiar chord with audiences during Close to Home


Cookgrew up on a small farm in Ozark, Missouri. She first took interestin drawing when she was a young girl, sketching portraits of her family’shorses and ponies. Cook’s skill continued to grow as she practiced in her highschool art classes and on her own, perfecting her hand in anatomy and wildlife.


Today,her attention to detail and her ability to capture movement in still portraitshas garnered great attention. Cook has been commissioned to create artwork forcollectors nation-wide, and several of her pieces have been purchased forprivate collections. Cook was the recipient of the John Steven Jones PurchaseAward and the Silver Medal Award

inDrawing at the 26th Annual Bosque Art Classic for her work, “Spring Time at Hale’s.”Her portrait, “Bad Idea, Both Times” won Best of Show at the Annual WesternSpirit Art Show and Sale at the Cheyenne FrontierDays OldWest Museumin Cheyenne, Wyoming. Cook also won the Juror’sRecognition Award at Spiva’s 68th Membership Show in November, 2015with her pencil drawing “Mama’s Little Angel”.


Cooklives amongst horses and stock dogs on a farm in Pierce City, Missouri,where she spends her time capturing her husband, Matt, a working cowboy, andhis coworkers in her art.


RobynCook: Close to Home is sponsored by Harry & Erin Cornell, withadditional assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.


PhotoSpiva Kids 2016

Posted: 3/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

PhotoSpiva Kids 2016 

Sponsored by Gay Cragin Currence

Upstairs Gallery | March 1 – 31

Artists’ Reception & Awards: Sunday, March 6, 2pm in theRachel Salzer Library


Fourteen young shutterbugs ages 4-8 participated in theannual PhotoSpiva Kids program in January taught by local artist TriciaCourtney, learning basic photography principles and skills on cameras providedby the Bettie Mueller Memorial Fund. They were then sent out into the world tocapture a kids-eye view, and the resulting photos will be featured during themonth of March in the Upstairs Gallery.


Curated by local artist/photographer Mark Norris, theexhibit will feature at least two images captured by the kids. Framed printsare available for $25, and unframed prints are $10. The young artists willreceive 60% of the proceeds from the sale of their work.

Participants will be available for interviews and autographsat the reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, March 6 at 2pm. Come supportthe next generation of shutterbugs – you may be rubbing elbows with a futurePhotoSpiva award-winning photographer!

PhotoSpiva Tweens 2016

Posted: 3/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

PhotoSpiva Tweens 2016 

Sponsored by Hideout Harley Davidson

April 1– May 1 | Upstairs Gallery

Reception & Awards: Sunday, April 9, 2pm in the RachelSalzer Library


A hip and edgy view of the world will be presented in theUpstairs Gallery during the month of April during the annual PhotoSpiva Tweensexhibit. In February, 16 tweens ages 9- 13 participated in the PhotoSpivaTweens program taught by Mark Neuenschwander of 9Art Photography. The firstsession gave instruction on advanced photographic techniques, and the secondsession saw the shutterbugs on the road to sponsor location Hideout HarleyDavidson to begin capturing images featured in the exhibit.


Local artist/photographer Mark Norris will choose at leasttwo images from each photographer will be on display during the month of Aprilin the Upstairs Gallery. Framed prints are available for $25, and unframedprints are available for $10, with the young artists receiving 60% of theproceeds from the sale of their work.


To meet these emerging artists, join us in the Rachel SalzerLibrary on Sunday, April 9 at 2pm for the reception and awards ceremony. Comesee a preview of the future of photography through the eyes of these creativephotogs!

Third Graders Field Trip

Posted: 1/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

Each year, approximately 1300 students accompany their teachers on a field trip to Spiva. This year, students are learning about the artistic techniques illustrated in the work of Stewart Nachmias.


St. Avips Invitational  
January 16 - February 21, 2016

Posted: 1/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

Works by artists whose talent is matched by their generosity: Each contributed 75-100% of the proceeds from the sale of their works at the annual St. Avips Ball to benefit Spiva. Gratitude is expressed with this spotlight exhibition. 

Pulp Icons: Cast Paper and Prints by Stewart Nachmias
January 16 - February 21, 2016

Posted: 1/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

Pulp Icons: Cast Paper & Prints by Stewart Nachmias is an exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates, with additional assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a State of Missouri agency.

Nachmias creates cast paper woodcuts that celebrate the energy of urban life in expressionist images drawn from his own experiences as a musician, performer and artist.
Nachmias was born in 1958 in the borough of Queens in New York City, and grew up in Franklin Square, Long Island. As a child he began developing his interest in art along with ventriloquism.Introduced to etching in high school, Nachmias went on to major in printmaking at the State University of New York at New Paltz. After studying at New York University,he worked in Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop, where he met a wide range of artists. He then helped establish Studio 827, a printmaking atelier, located on Union Square in New York.

The cast paper woodcuts of this exhibit reflect aspects of the artist’s life,transformed into bold, graphic images. The prints show him performing in puppet shows, playing in a rock band, and working as a printmaker.

In Nachmias’s vibrantly colored woodcuts there is a range of emotions: the intensity of trumpeter making a joyful noise, the thrill of a Coney Island roller coaster, the grind of work day-to-day. Pulp Icons, with its colorful cartoon-like characters,strong linear patterns and the sculptural quality of cast paper woodcuts, is a celebration of big-city life and urban architecture.