JRAC Minutes 6-11-19

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition

Board Meeting

June 11, 2019

 Attending: Emily Rose, Angel Brame, Chadan Tomlin, Marta Churchwell, Sandra Parrill, and Brenda Sears Hayes. Guest: Jane Ballard.

A motion was made by Sandra Parrill and seconded by Chadan Tomlin to approve the minutes of the May board meeting. The motion was unanimously approved.

Angel Brame presented a treasurer’s report showing $7,830.14 in the treasury. A motion was made by Marta Churchwell and seconded by Angel Brame to approve the treasurer’s report. The motion was unanimously approved.

Emily Rose presented a membership update showing 111 members, which includes two renewing members and five new ones this month. 



Angel Brame presented a report on the Artists’ Studio Tour scheduled for November. She noted that there is a hold on printing of post cards, posters and other marketing materials until the artist application deadline of July 1 when a full list of participants will allow printing of materials. Regarding security at the studios on the tour, it was suggested that artists have someone in addition to themselves to assist, and it was noted that there are Wyze security cameras for about $20 that may be worth investing in.

Marta Churchwell presented a report on the May JRAC Coffee Talk, noting that there was considerable discussion on the studio tour, including questions regarding security, as noted above.

Regarding a professional development workshop on social media marketing for artists, Marta Churchwell reported that she had attempted to contact a speaker with the Kansas Small Business Development Center, which had previously provided a similar workshop at Art Forms gallery in Pittsburg, Kan. That speaker was not longer with the KSBDC, so it was suggested that the Small Business Development Center at Missouri Southern be contacted.


Regarding the coming Front and Center exhibit at Maple Uncommon Guest House and Gallery at Columbus, Kan., Emily Rose reported that she will do a spreadsheet of pertinent information on the submitted artwork, and Brenda Sears Hayes will assist with creating the exhibit tags. Connie Miller has volunteered to assist with transporting the art to Columbus after the drop-off at the Joplin Pubic Library on Sunday, June 30. Emily and Andrew Batcheller will be responsible for hanging the exhibit. It was agreed that artists may submit up to two pieces for the exhibit, which runs July 1 through Aug. 31.


In a brief discussion on recruitment of JRAC volunteers for this year’s Joplin Arts Fest, Emily Rose suggested that in addition to recruiting through emails, phone calls should also be made.

Chadan Tomlin presented an update on the Rendezvous Joplin venue he is developing for events, artists’ studio and exhibiting space, and a gift shop. The venue is located immediately west of Empire Market. He said the gift shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. five days a week and artists will be charged a 30% commission.  JRAC members will receive a discounted price of $10 per hour for studio space. A soft opening tentatively will be held during a summer solstice event of Empire Market.


Marta Churchwell reported that she had been contacted by Christine Bentley of the MSSU Art Department about a JRAC exhibit in the summer of 2020 at the university gallery. The exhibit would have a call for entries, it would be juried, and it may have a theme selected by the university’s art faculty. In view of JRAC’s annual exhibit in July and August at Maple Uncommon Gallery, it was agreed that May or June would be the best months for an exhibit at the university. 

Regarding a proposed membership scholarship for a new artist, a motion was unanimously approved to table action until more information can be obtained on the artist. The motion was made by Emily Rose and seconded by Brenda Sears Hayes.

Next meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Joplin Public Library.

JRAC exhibit deadlines

Hi artists,
Just a reminder that if you want to submit your artwork for the poster for the JRAC Front and Center exhibit at Maple Uncommon Gallery, you need to have your images and info on the artwork submitted before Saturday to Laura Lowry-Greene at
The art drop-off for the exhibit is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at the Joplin Pubic Library. Each artist can submit up to two pieces. Because the artwork will have to be transported to Columbus, we suggest that you bring your work well wrapped for transport.
The exhibit will run from July 1 through Aug. 31 and the reception is set for Sunday, July 14. We’ll shoot you a reminder closer to the date. 
Otherwise, keep on creating!
~ Marta Churchwell
   JRAC secretary

JRAC Studio Tour Application and Timeline Checklist

We have had a great response so far on the up coming studio tour (November 1 & 2).  Below you will find application links.  If you are a JRAC member in GOOD standing you are in!  We just need some more information so we can start featuring artists and planning the map.  Please, make sure that you are up to date with your dues.  Emails and post cards have been sent, so unless your information is incorrect on our member’s list, you should know whether or not those dues are paid!

So please fill out the form and get the information back to us by snail mail (PO Box 534, Joplin, MO 64802) or our email address –  Don’t forget that your application and $35 is due by July 1st!
Thanks so much!!!

Click here for downloadable Studio Tour Application and Checklist in PDF Format.
For a fillable, printable application, Click here. 
For the application in Word Format, Click Here.


  1. July 1, 2019:    Application form and entry fee due.  Please mail $35.00 application fee (payable to JRAC) and form to:  JRAC Studio Tour Committee

P.O.  Box 534
 Joplin, MO  64802


  1. August 1, 2019:  Photo of donated artwork ($25.00 minimum value), photo of self, and photo of studio/gallery/or artwork for publicity.  Each week until the studio tour, featured artists will be publicized.


  1. October 1, 2019:  Studio Tour maps and studio cards available for distribution/sale. Posters available to distribute/hang.


  1. October 25, 2019: JRAC Studio Tour yard signs available to participating artists.


  1. November 1 and 2, 2019:  JRAC Studio Tour.  Artists must be present on site for Friday evening, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  


Thank you very much for your participation! We look forward to a great art-filled weekend.


JRAC Studio Tour Committee


artCentral Connie Miller – Conversations in Color

Connie Miller’s exhibit continues at artCentral through May 18.  You want to see what spring looks like at Hyde House?  Come on out and enjoy a sumptuous serving of mouthwatering, irresistible color!  Many of these pieces are still available for purchase at very reasonable prices.  Connie has also generously provided an original rose painting for raffle and those tickets are only $5 each.  The drawing will be done on May 18, so don’t let this chance slip away.

Waverly House – Linda Passeri and Marlen Oglesby

Opening May 3, 2019 with an artist’s reception from 5 to  7:30PM
Paintings and ceramic sculpture by JRAC member Linda Passeri and jewelry by Marlene Oglesby.  Enjoy a glass of wine, some jazz guitar and truffles by Truffles E Truffles in beautiful surroundings!

Member Events/Opportunities May

Joplin Avenue Coffee, Joplin–“Eclectic” exhibition, Nancy Wildwood
Ride your wild horses on over to Joplin Avenue Coffee during the month of May and see some of Nancy’s on the wall…you might also see a turkey, or maybe a pumpkin, which will remind you to order a delicious Jacc-O-Lantern pumpkin latte while you’re there.  
Club 609, Joplin–“Untamed” exhibition, Lou Stine Art
Lou’s sassy, soulful women will be on display throughout May along with her florals.  Meet the artist on May 2 for First Thursday!  Also, 10% of sales from this exhibit will be donated to ArtFeeds, so come on out for dinner and support this worthy cause.
Artsfest on Walnut Street, Springfield
Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5

Come on out and support art in Springfield…don’t forget to stop by Booth 128  to say hi to Andrew Batcheller.  If you don’t own any of his work yet, this is a perfect opportunity to take your walls from ho-hum to WOW!
Spiva Small Works Auction
Bidding Through Closing Party, May 9

Our members made a great showing here.  Beautiful, original art is still available for bidding, so don’t be shy!  Closing party to be held May 9, 5:30 to 7PM.

Joplin Arts Fest September 20th

The 5th annual Joplin Arts Fest will be held Friday, September 20th, and Saturday, September 21st, at the beautiful Mercy Park.  Artists interested in participating in this year’s festival can find application information at right now.  Applications are accepted through May 17, so hurry before you miss the deadline.  Artists having questions about the festival may contact Steve Doerr at (417) 529-3730 or visit  Also, please note we need volunteers to help out.  It gets hot in the park…people who are willing to pass out water, provide nutrition breaks to our artists, and staff the information booth are considered angels in disguise.  Be an angel.  Let us know if you are willing to commit to this important effort by contacting Steve Doerr or emailing

Draw and Paint Studio Workshop–Saturday, May 11 from 2 to 4 PM at artCentral Carthage

There are still a few openings for Connie Miller’s workshop at artCentral in Carthage.  Connie will talk about color theory as well as the history, science, and psychology of color. You’ll create a color wheel and discuss individual color preferences, then find your personal color palette. With your chosen palette, you’ll then paint your very own gourd birdhouse.  Wear old clothes or bring a paint shirt…this could be incredibly messy fun and it’s only $20.  To reserve your spot, stop by Hyde House over the weekend or call Alice Lynn at (417) 358-4404.

Saturday Day Morning Gathering May 25

Coffee and art discussions go together like eggs and bacon!  Come to Beckett’s Cafe at 7th and Illinois on May 25 at 10AM for a casual gathering to meet with your friends and enjoy wicked good coffee.  Do you know an artist who hasn’t joined up yet?  Bring them along to see what JRAC is about.  We love new people!  JRAC Coffee Talk occurs on the fourth Saturday of each month. 

Maple UnCommon “Front & Center”

Are you ready? Our next official show runs from July 1 to August 31 at beautiful Maple UnCommon Guest House & Gallery in Columbus.  Our beloved Board VP, Laura Lowry-Greene, is the proprietor and gracious hostess of Maple UnCommon.  Bonus:  anything that sells at this show is entirely to the benefit of the artist.  That’s right, zero commission!  Let’s fill Maple UnCommon with nothing less than our best.  The art drop-off will be Sunday, June 30 in the Joplin Public Library parking lot from 1 to 3PM.  The reception will be held on July 14 at Maple UnCommon, also from 1 to 3PM.  Mark your calendars!