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.

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 sconroy@spivaarts.org.

REMINDERS:

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!

Documents:

JRAC Board of Directors Minutes – January 2018
Amendment of 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.

 

Respectfully,

 

Steve Doerr,

JRAC Vice President

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. 

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.

 

Want to get more involved with the inner-workings of Joplin Regional Artists Coalition? Here is your chance! Join a JRAC committee. See below for information on each committee. 
See something you are interested in becoming a part of? Email Connie Miller (forconniem@gmail.com) and let her know.
 

JRAC EXHIBIT SCHEDULE 2017

JAN VIBRANT AT BUTTONWOOD ART SPACE IN KANSAS CITY, MO
FEB LOVE LANGUAGE AT ARTCENTRAL IN CARTHAGE, MO
JUN & JUL FRONT & CENTER AT MAPLE UNCOMMON IN COLUMBUS, KS
SEP “YES, WE CAN!” AT COTTEY COLLEGE IN NEVADA, MO
NOV NEW BEGINNINGS AT SPIVA CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN JOPLIN, MO
DEC MINDSCAPES AT BUTTONWOOD ART SPACE IN KANSAS CITY, MO

Great evening at Art Central in Carthage, MO. This was their Members exhibit and they had a great show with several JRAC members involved. Emily Rose was awarded Gold. We are so proud of you, Emily! Other JRAC attendees and participants in the show were Andrew Batcheller, Melody Knowles, Connie Miller, Linda Teeter, and Janice Kidman. Also Laura Lowry-Greene from the Uncommon Gallery in Columbus, KS. came to the show to support all her artist friends. We were very happy to see her there. JRAC artists should take the short drive to Columbus, KS. to view the JRAC exhibit now on display at the Uncommon Gallery, just 20 minutes from Joplin.