Joplin Regional Artists Coalition

Board Meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019


Attending: Angel Brame, Chadan Tomlin, Emily Rose, Daria Claiborne, Sandra Parrill, Marta Churchwell, and Laura Lowry-Greene


A motion was made to accept the minutes of the August board meeting. The motion, made Sandra Parrill and seconded by Laura Lowry-Greene, was unanimously approved.


Angel Brame presented a treasurer’s report showing $8,742.93 in the treasury. This includes income from Studio Tour fees from 10 members and dues from three new members. A motion to accept the report was made by Marta Churchwell and seconded by Sandra Parrill. The motion was unanimously approved.


A membership report by Daria Claiborne showed a total of 114 members. Five to six members dropped memberships by never renewing.




Daria Claiborne presented a Studio Tour report showing 15 artists participating. She reported the following details:

  • Marketing materials are prepared for printing and, hopefully, will be ready for distribution at Joplin Arts Fest.
  • Tour information has been posted on various community social media sites, and a spot on Newsmakers public TV program at Missouri Southern is set for Weds., Oct. 2.
  • Beimdieck Insurance Co. will be contacted about liability insurance for the event.
  • A mandatory meeting for participating artists is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Mosaics Gallery at 20th and Indiana.


Sandra Parrill discussed the August JRAC Coffee Talk, reporting that those in attendance suggested inexpensive workshops to teach the fundamentals of mediums and presented by local artists. They also suggested that JRAC hold a spring-cleaning sale in which people could sell or trade surplus art supplies or unwanted artwork.  


Emily Rose reported a continuing need for volunteers for Joplin Arts Fest on Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21. Emily and Laura Lowry-Greene agreed to make phone calls to members to recruit them as volunteers.





New exhibit guidelines were presented by Angel Brame, who noted that the guidelines will be posted on the JRAC website and distributed prior to exhibits. A motion was made by Marta Churchwell and seconded by Laura Lowry-Greene to approve the guidelines with a special thanks to Angel for compiling them.  The motion was unanimously approved.      


An update of the JRAC brochure was discussed by Angel Brame, who noted the following feedback she’d received in editing of the brochures:

  • Add that JRAC is a nonprofit organization in the first paragraph of the brochure.
  • Delete information on the former Arty Hour and replace it with info on JRAC Coffee Talk.
  • Add scholarship information for new members.
  • Change membership levels to include only artist and art business memberships, deleting professional and business sponsors, patrons, and supporters.
  • A motion was unanimously approved to keep the JRAC post office box at $80 per year. That address will continue to be listed on the brochure. The motion was made by Angel Brame and seconded by Sandra Parrill.


In discussion on a proposed professional development workshop on framing of artwork, it was noted that Debbie Reed has agreed to assist in leading the workshop. Emily Rose agreed to contact Michelle Knight of Deck the Walls about hosting the workshop and discussing not only framing, but also printing of giclees, prints and photographs. There was a suggested date of Tuesday, Oct. 22, for the workshop.  




Emily Rose reported that Images in Tile has invited JRAC members to a gathering to discuss its new products and services, including merchandising for artists. A date of Wednesday, Sept. 25, has been proposed and Emily is to contact the company about flexibility of that date and to work out details of the meeting.


In discussion on the JRAC exhibit in November and early December at Spiva Center for the Arts, Emily Rose noted that the show title will be ARTerior MOtives, which is open to interpretation by artists. The gallery rental fee will be $250, plus $40 for an exhibit sign, but clarifications will be sought regarding the commission to be charged on artwork that is sold. Dates and other information related to the exhibit is as follows:

  • Art drop-off was set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, with hanging of the exhibit to follow.
  • The week prior to the art drop-off artists will be asked to submit artwork tag information, bios, liability waivers, and other required information.
  • The exhibit reception was tentatively set for Thursday, Nov. 7.
  • Pick up of artwork was set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.
  • A motion was made to authorize an expenditure of $50 for drinks for the reception. Members will be asked to bring snacks. The motion, made by Laura Lowry-Greene and seconded by Sandra Parrill, was unanimously approved.


A motion was unanimously made to extend a membership scholarship to photographer Garett Gabriel, contingent upon verification that he resides within the JRAC geographic area. The motion was made by Angel Brame and seconded by Chadan Tomlin.


Sandra Parrill announced that local artwork is being accepted in the gift shop of the Shoal Creek Conservation Center, south of Joplin.


Next meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Joplin Public Library.

Hi artists,
Please mark your calendars for the Social Media for Artists workshop that JRAC is offering in cooperation with the MSSU Small Business Development Center. They will be offering info on how to use all types of social media for promotion of your art, how to share content between platforms, how to use analytics to your advantage and more. Here at the details:
When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 8
Where: Joplin Public Library, Conference Room 1
Admission: No admission, but please preregister by emailing
We hope to see you there!
~ Marta Churchwell
   JRAC secretary 

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.

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


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

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.

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. 

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!

Calling all JRAC artists…our first annual studio tour event will be held on November 1 and 2, 2019 and you are the key ingredient for sponsoring a successful and valuable public offering!  This is a wonderful opportunity for all kinds of people to see where you work and learn more about your creative process.  You reap the benefit of publicity throughout the region as one of our featured artists.  All applications and fees are due July 1, 2019; the fee is $35 per artist.  Please email for an application, which contains additional information and instructions.  This is in the planning stages, so more exciting details to follow in future newsletters.