The Blue Bunny Show – Calling JRAC Artists!

Spring! Its just around the corner and we have been hard at work planning a special event for all of our members. Our intent is to raise money for Joplin Regional Artists Coalition. Due to a cancellation of a previously scheduled exhibit, we were facing a three months lull and we decided this was a perfect opportunity to bring all of our members together for a wonderful evening of art, food, drink and comradery. And ”The Blue Bunny Show” was conceived. I will be clearing my studio of all Andrew-centric items to create a gallery setting for all of our work. Here are the parameters. We are limited to 1100 square feet so we are asking that all submitted work be limited to one piece with a maximum size of 20” x 20”. If its a bit over, we won’t make a fuss but to accommodate all the work we are anticipating, we would like to keep the work as close to that size as possible. What we may be a bit more fussy about is the theme. We are asking that all submissions be PREDOMINANTLY BLUE! We are open to ALL interpretations but the color really must be BLUE! (if you have any questions, PLEASE feel free to ask, via email or just call me at (417) 529-4351) The studio will be awash in blue lights, live blues music and blue cocktails. I realize many of you are not huge fans of themed shows but we feel this will challenge us all to think a bit out of the box. We have scheduled the show for Saturday April 28th at 6:00 pm till ?. All artwork must be delivered the previous weekend on Sunday, April 22nd, from noon till 3pm. We are investing a lot of time, energy and planning into this event and would so appreciate ALL of our members to participate in the show, to come and spend time with each other and perhaps leave having made new friends. Feel free to bring your friends, family and fellow artlovers! As the date approaches we will keep you informed and updated on all the details! We just wanted to make this announcement as soon as we could so that all of your creative wheels could begin spinning! Thank you.

Art Speaks Awards


Best of Show: Paula Giltner: “Low Water Bridge”—There’s a certain amount of magic and illusion to this painting. The soft layered edges of the colors are mesmerizing. I look for more details the closer I get. Taking in the middle ground, background and foreground, the whole picture is filled with light, making light the true subject of the painting. The effects of light on the water are wonderful. Noticing the little details, I’m absolutely delighted in the waterfowl that cut through the water in the foreground.

2D award recipients include:

First Place: Koral Martin: “Middle Earth”—This photograph’s never boring, keeping the viewer coming back for more. The landscape’s sharp and lost edges combine for interest and depth. The reflective pearlesque quality of the surface absorbs and reflects light, increasing the feeling of depth.

Second Place: Andrew Batcheller: “The White Horse”— There is a complexity to the technical aspects of Andrew’s work that doesn’t disappoint in the balance of composition and color. The application of the paint to create the luminous change in values is enchanting before even considering the symbolism of the piece.

Third Place: Jodie Sutton: “The Last Dance”—First seeing this piece, I’m physically drawn in. The small details of the encaustic surface demand to be viewed closer. I find this artwork to be almost magnetic. I resist the incredible urge to touch the wax to appreciate the material. The composition is simple, yet powerful.

3-D award recipients include:

First Place: Valerie Doerr: “Turning 17254”—A lovely form, enhanced by multiple complex textures! The velvety look of the wood is paradoxical to the rough edge of bark left on the piece. The turquoise that fills the cracks is the perfect color and value to complement the lights and darks of the wood’s annual rings.

Second Place: April Davis-Brunner: “Summer Setting”—The attention to the detail of the zinnias is amazing—not an idealized representation of the flowers, but a realistic one appreciative of the life stages of each blossom with qualities of interpretation from the hand of the artist. This is a very lovely sculpture in honesty of the subject and execution of the materials.

Third Place: Angel Brame: “The Voyage Home” has many different facets—the making of the pottery form, the application of glazes that accentuate the different textures of the surfaces and the assemblage of all of the pieces with various materials. All of the elements complement one another. Text is an intriguing accent giving the viewer an in-depth view of the artist’s thought process.

Honorable Mentions:

Helen Stiles: “Self-portrait”—Excellent use of light and dark. Contrasting values make the piece very powerful.

Linda Passeri: “Go North, Pilot Bird #12—This piece draws and navigates the viewer’s eye to various parts of the work, dictated by the atmospheric perspective as well as the artist’s use of color and multi-directional planes.

Mary Parks: “Loud & Clear”—A bold usage of color with a strong composition.

Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé: “Unsilenced”—An exceptionally engaging work of art. The multiple, varying photographic views of a sculpture create a nice repetitive pattern. The accompanying text tells a compelling story. This is an artwork and a novel, all in one.

artCentral extends our sincere appreciation to Koral Martin of KOKA Art Gallery and to Cherry Babcock of Cherry’s Art Emporium for their underwriting of this impressive exhibit on view through March 18, 2018. Admission is free. Call (417) 358-4404 for information.

Spiva Small Works

It’s that time of year again! The Spiva Small Works auction is a great way to raise money to help fund Spiva operations, it also offers exposure for the participating artists. Just come by Spiva and pick up a 6×6, 12×12, or 9×12 board, create your work of art and return by March 7.  The auction begins March 17 and goes through May 11. We’ll wrap it up with a final bidding party (and Art on Tap) on May 11 from 6 – 9.  Call 417.623.0183 with questions or by email at

January News


JRAC Annual Membership Meeting: 
  • Wednesday, January 17, 6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St)
  • Parking is available in the Spiva lot, along the streets, or in the old Joplin Public Library parking lot
JRAC’s first show in 2018: 
  • February 2018: Art Speaks at artCentral in Carthage, M)
    • Drop-off: Sunday, January 28, 2–5pm
    • Exhibition Dates: February 2–March 18
    • Reception: Friday, February 2, 6–8pm
    • Pick-up: Sunday, March 18, 4–5pm
    • Must be NEW work!


JRAC Board of Directors Minutes – January 2018
Amendment of Bylaws

Art Speaks at artCentral

February 2018: Art Speaks at artCentral in Carthage, MO

Exhibition Dates: February 2–March 18

For Artists:

  • Drop-off: Sunday, January 28, 2–5pm
  • Exhibition Dates: February 2–March 18
  • Reception: Friday, February 2, 6–8pm
  • Pick-up: Sunday, March 18, 4–5pm
  • Must be NEW work!

Proposed Changes to JRAC Bylaws

Dear JRAC Members,


The JRAC Board of Directors met today (12/28/17) and held the first reading on proposed changes to the JRAC Bylaws.  The proposed changes are for two areas of the bylaws: 1) changing the length of term for a board member from 2 years to 3 years; and 2) changing the election process from a mailed ballot for each JRAC member to the election being held at JRAC’s annual meeting. (See attachment for specific wording of current bylaws and for proposed new wording of the bylaws.)


The Board will hold the second and final reading of the proposed changes to the bylaws on Jan. 9, 2018.  The meeting will be held at 2106 S. Connor Ave, Joplin, MO (Andrew Batcheller’s studio).  The meeting will begin at 6:30PM.  Members wishing to address the proposed changes may do so in writing by responding to this email or in person at the meeting.


In addition, the board is presenting the following names for nomination of the 5 seats that will be vacated on the board at the end of January 2018.  With the proposed changes to the current bylaws, these individuals will be voted on at the JRAC Annual Meeting on January 17, 2018.


Three-Year Terms:  Andrew Batcheller, Laura Lowry-Greene, and Emily Rose

Two-Year Terms:  Marta Churchwell and Lola Nelson


In addition to these five names, the ballet will also contain room for write in candidates.




Steve Doerr,

JRAC Vice President

Missouri Arts Council Funding Workshop

Just a reminder that the Missouri Arts Council (MAC) will be visiting Joplin next Tuesday, November 28! I encourage anyone interested in MAC funding to attend. Michael Donovan (Executive Director) and Kathleen Morrissey (Assistant Director) from MAC will present. Admission is free, but they do ask that you register at –

Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium Exhibit

Due to our cancellation at Buttonwood this year, Linda Teeter has arranged for all of us to join her and her terrific gallery artists from Urban Art Gallery in a show at Pittsburgh’s Convention Center. The show will run through the month of Dec. The Convention Center is scheduling many events throughout the month including several Christmas plays and many choir and band events so there will be many eyes on the work. There is nothing better for Christmas gifts than original art! So price accordingly! All interested artists can drop off work at Linda Teeters office at 1321 Illinois, Joplin, Mo.  on Nov. 27th and Nov. 28th from 9am-12pm and 1-5pm. I will gather the work and transport to Pittsburgh to hang on the 29th. There will be a reception on Saturday Dec.3rd from 1pm-3pm. The director of  the auditorium is our surprise judge for best of show for each group and giving 2 general admission tickets to see Red Skeleton Christmas show to each Best artist from Urban and JRAC at reception. I will notify everyone concerning the closing of the show when we have an exact date and the work will be returned to Linda’s office for pickup. It will be at the end of the month. If you plan to submit, please advise me of the Title, media, and price of your work. Thank you so much and thank you Linda, for the generous opportunity. 

JRAC Committee Members

The JRAC Board invites all committee members to attend the next board meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30pm. The meeting will be at Andrew Batcheller’s studio at 2106 South Connor in Joplin, MO. Committee members are: Membership-Brenda Hayes, Laura Lowry-Greene, Emily Rose, and Mary Parks. Fundraiser and Promotions-Hiram Mesa, Jennifer O’Donnell, Marta Churchwell, Nominations-April Davis. Communications-Jodie Sutton, Jennifer O’Donnell, Koral Martin. Hospitality-Brenda Hayes, Jane McCaulley. Exhibits and Shows-Mary Datum, Josie Mai. If I missed anyone or if anyone else would like to join a committee, please come to the meeting on Tuesday evening. We look forward to your help with JRAC.

Cottey College Art Show

“Yes We Can!” is up at Cottey College and looking fantastic! Many thanks to all of you who participated in this terrific sampling of all of our most talented artists. We are planning a possible reception to be announced.