The First Friday Art Walk in June runs 6-10 p.m. on Friday June 5, featuring new art, live music, hands-on activities and fellowship in 23 participating galleries. For information call 849-8255 or visit www.ffaw.org. Among the highlights in June:--ArtWhole Studio opens its canvas to Art Walkers this month. Explore your creativity in the ArtWhole performance space, enjoy Chet Burgtorf’s photography series Abandoned, and pick up ArtWhole’s June schedule of events. --Bodhi Salon and Spa presents Photography by Kickapoo High School senior Trenton O'Dell.--The Creamery Arts Center showcases the talents of the 27-county southwest Missouri region in its Extravaganza Exhibition. --Elite PhotoArt features artist Tanja Ware in her show "Shades of Light, Shadow & Reflections," and continues to display Pottery by Bari Precious.--Fashioned By Jaye, 212 S. Campbell, presents "Jaye: Retrospective," a variety of artwork in a range of media by Jaye Coltharp. --Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques presents "Dream of...", a collection of paintings by Hailey Patton. --Fresh Gallery presents Featured Artist Clarissa French in June. Her show includes abstract, kaleidoscopic images and cemetery photos from her Memento Mori series. Also this month, paintings by Sharon Warren.--Connecticut artist Sky Hoyt returns to Good Girl Art Gallery for her second show, "Being In and Of the Garden." Hoyt is joined Springfield native Ellen Neville, showing new collage and mixed media work, plus inspirations from her first semester at The Art Institute of Chicago.--Hawthorn Galleries introduces the premier solo exhibition of artist Elizabeth Chapman at the June Art Walk, with live music by Jeremy Larson and Don Chapman.--Inveno Health, located at 431 N. Boonville, will join First Friday Art Walk in June featuring works by popular Springfield painter Stephanie Cramer. Inveno, a new medical device manufacturer and distributor located on Missouri State University's IDEA Commons downtown, is celebrating its presence in downtown Springfield with art, opening its doors to the public during the June 5 Art Walk. --Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building features a double-header with sculptor Jacob Burmood and painter Jake Johnson.--Park Central Square Branch Library features photography by Debbie Raymer Joiner and live music by folk-rocker Dallas Jones.--Enjoy live jazz by Missouri State University students, refreshments and photography of James Radke in his show, "In the Moment," featuring images of jazz performers, at Randy Bacon Photography Studio and Gallery. --Rox Stoneworks presents "Works in Progress" by Rox Studio stone sculpting students and abstract paintings by James Crafford.--Susan Sommer-Luarca unveils her new series of nudes, and displays original nudes by Picasso and Matisse from her private collection. Susan leads off with a private session for invited guests 6-8 p.m., opening to the public 8-10.
Springfield Regional Opera, in cooperation with Skinny Improv, presents "Shakespeare Sings" on Saturday May 30 at 7:30pm and Sunday the 31st at 2:00pm at the Skinny Improv Theatre, 301 Park Central East. In this innovative presentation, scenes from various musical adaptations of Shakespeare plays from the worlds of opera, Broadway and Hollywood, will be juxtaposed to provide audiences a unique insight into the genius of Shakespeare. Tickets are $15. Call 863-1960 for more information.