Just a quick reminder that Kaleidoscope at artCentral will go live on Facebook Friday, February 5th at 6pm.  Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathe and Andrew Batcheller will host an in depth tour of the exhibit.  Awards recipients selected by juror John Smittle will be announced during the virtual event.  Watch our FB page for “Kaleidoscope LIVE Facebook Opening” or go to the page now and get a reminder for the start of the event.
The exhibit features 40+ members’ work and is stunning!  If you can’t make the virtual tour, you are still able to see it in person.  ArtCentral is open Fri and Sat Noon to 5pm until March 13.  You may call 417.358.4404 to schedule a visit on all other days.   ArtCentral is practicing CDC protocols for Covid19.  Masks and social distancing are required.
This is a great opportunity to see what other members have been up to during Covid19 without leaving your home.  We hope you are inspired to create a piece for our next group exhibit!  Stay tuned for details!
Have a great weekend!
JRAC Board Members

Greetings All!

      I hope your holidays were bright. It may seem early but the JRAC board would like to get a jumpstart on our next Show. We are announcing our next group show at artCentral in February called “Kaleidoscope” Due to all the obvious reasons, once again and unfortunately, the opening reception will be virtual and brought to you via facebook live. It is not ideal, we realize, but with the help of Alicelynn and her strength in these matters, we will do our utmost to make it pleasing , entertaining and a fine showcase for all of our members and their work. The precise details, i.e, date and time will be forthcoming but what we will need as soon as possible, from all of our participating artists is a low to medium resolution photo of your intended submission. The photo you send should be the best possible representation of your work, as they will be showcased and discussed on our Facebook live presentation. If any of you have difficulty with this process, our kind and helpful webmaster, Koral Martin, has agreed to assist you. So please, do not hesitate to ask.
All photos are to  be sent to rteest3@msn.com (Andrew Batcheller) I will then format and send to artCentral.
 All photos MUST be received by the 20th of January.! This is crucial so that we can construct and present the best possible showing.
We are very excited to see all of the new work from our incredibly talented members and the sooner we receive these photos, the better so please keep this in mind.
Thank you all and we wish you ALL THE  best in this upcoming new year! 
          JRAC Secretary, Andrew Batcheller   

Annoncing our JRAC show at Crowder College in Neosho in November.  Remember that the title of the show is “Renewal” and pieces should reflect what that word means to you.  Pieces must also be new and not shown before as well as meet the current JRAC exhibit guidelines.  As it gets closer, more details will become available.  Here is the latest update:

Drop off for the artwork will be on 11/13 at Crowder.  Times will be made available at a later date.
Pieces sold during the show will have a 15% commission assessed.  That commission goes directly to Crowder as a way to recover costs of the reception and advertising.  
Crowder would like images of any pieces completed for the exhibition by October 7th.  Please send them to Angel Brame at drgnflysnmud@gmail.com.  Images will be selected for advertising purposes.
Please do not hesitate to contact a JRAC board member with any questions.
Thanks and have a great week!
Helen Kunze 1st Place
Get This Party Started
Jan Ballard 2nd Place
Banned from Society
Melody Knowles 3rd Place
Covid Mask 2020
Lori Marble –  It’s A Good Life Valerie Doerr – Breaking Out


Debbie Reed – Word of the World

We Have our winners for our “Out Of Confinement” Virtual Show! Our illustrious judge Cindi Zimmerman had a difficult time with all of the extraordinary work but finally settled on the following winning pieces. Congratulations to all our winners and much thanks to all our participants! Checks will be sent to the winners

1st: Get this Party Started – Helen Kunze
2nd: Banned from Society – Jane Ballard
3rd: Covid Mask 2020 – Melody Knowles

3 HM’s in no particular order :

It’s a Good Life – Lori Marble
Breaking Out – Valerie Doerr
Word of the World – Debbie Reed

Terrific exhibit!

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition

Board Meeting

Dec. 10, 2019

Attending: Chadan Tomlin, Sandra Parrill, Brenda Sears Hayes, Marta Churchwell, Laura Lowry-Greene, Emily Rose, and Angel Brame.

Angel Brame presented a treasurer’s report that showed $7,777.55 in the bank. It included two membership renewals and one new member, Adrian Bittner. A motion to accept the report was made by Marta Churchwell and seconded by Laura Lowry-Greene. The motion was unanimously approved. 


 The annual general membership meeting was set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21st, at the Joplin Public Library.  The agenda was set to include the year in review, a synopsis of activities tentatively planned for the coming year, and election of new board members. A motion was made by Sandra Parrill and seconded by Angel Brame to allow $50 in expenditures for refreshments. The motion was unanimously approved.

In discussion of a slate of new board members, Emily Rose reported that Andrew Batcheller has indicated an interest in rejoining the board. Several members were discussed as possibilities for positions and they are to be contacted for interest. It was noted that members who have an interest in serving are welcome to contact present board members or send an email to joplinrac@gmail.com. Positions now held by Marta Churchwell and Brenda Sears Hayes will expire. They are three-year positions.

Emily Rose announced that dates for Heart and Soul, the JRAC exhibit at artCentral, are set for Feb. 7-March 15 with the opening reception scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. The drop-off date for artwork was set for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at artCentral. Artists are to have information on their work submitted by Thursday, Jan. 2, by email.  Emily Rose is to contact a possible juror for the exhibit.


 Angel Brame presented a new watercolor design for an updated organization brochure. A motion was made by Marta Churchwell and seconded by Sandra Parrill to have 500 of the brochures printed on paper like that used for present brochures. The motion was unanimously approved.

Marta Churchwell reported on the November JRAC Coffee Talk that drew four members who discussed the psychology of artists.

The pickup date for artwork in the ARTerior MOtives exhibit at Spiva was set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Spiva. It was noted that Spiva will be closed that week and this will be the only time to pick up work, making it imperative that artists make arrangements for someone to pick up their work if they cannot do so themselves.  

It was reported that Daria Claiborne has handled details for JRAC to become an organization for buyers to designate for donations on Amazon Prime. A motion was made by Chadan Tomlin and seconded by Brenda Sears Hayes to complete the procedures necessary for such designation. The motion was unanimously approved.

Next meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Joplin Public Library.



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 joplinrac@gmail.com
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.

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 joplinracnews@gmail.com for an application, which contains additional information and instructions.  This is in the planning stages, so more exciting details to follow in future newsletters.