Randy Stewart joined the full-time KSMU staff in June 1978 after working part-time as a student announcer/producer for two years. His job has evolved from Music Director in the early days to encompassing production of a wide range of arts-related programming and features for KSMU, including the online and Friday morning “Arts News.”
Stewart assists volunteer producers John Darkhorse (Route 66 Blues Express), Lee Worman (The Gold Ring), and Emily Higgins (The Mulberry Tree) with the production of their programs. He’s also become the de facto “Voice of KSMU” in recent years due to the many hours per day he’s heard doing local station breaks. Stewart’s record of service on behalf of the Springfield arts community earned him the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s “Ozzie Award” in 2006.
For the third annual Rain Barrel Reveal hosted by the James River Basin Partnership, twelve rain barrels painted by local artists are currently on display throughout the community. On May 1st & 2nd the barrels can be viewed at Artsfest on Walnut Street. This collective reveal of the barrels kicks off the annual eBay auction (which wraps up on May 10), with proceeds benefiting water quality projects and programs at the James River Basin Partnership. The Rain Barrel Reveal project integrates art with the concept of utilizing rainwater as a resource. These "rain barrels" are large plastic barrels that attach to the downspout of a house, providing a homeowner with the ability to collect rainwater for use on gardens, lawns, etc. Water collected in rain barrels is a nice soft water that plants love. Collecting and using this water reduces the demand on public and private water supplies, as well as reducing pollution, flooding, and erosion in local waterways. For more information visit www.jamesriverbasin.com or call 836-6183.
The Drury University Music Department will present the annual Spring Choral Concert on Monday, May 4 at 7:30pm in Stone Chapel on the Drury campus. It's free and open to the public. The Drury Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and the Drury Singers will be featured. This concert is in preparation for the Drury Singers' tour of Italy this summer.
Due to the developing swine flu cases affecting parts of Mexico, this year’s annual ArtsFiesta! event in Founders Park in downtown Springfield, scheduled for Friday, May 1 has been postponed. Efforts are being made to reschedule the event for later this summer. A mariachi band from Springfield's Sister City, Tlaquepaque, Mexico, was to play at the event, as well as Artsfest on Walnut Street this weekend. For more information call John Price at Springfield Sister Cities, (417) 343-8205.
In May the Springfield Regional Arts Council will present a three-day painting workshop for adults,"Watermedia Birch Tree Collage", with well-known artist Shirley Nachtrieb from St.Charles, MO. The workshop will be held at The Creamery Arts Center (across from Hammons Field) on May 12, 13 and 14, from 9:00 am. to 4:00 pm all three days. Participants will learn to create new and unusual textures in the abstract art form using a variety of papers, string, gauze, found papers and other materials. Design elements and principles will be discussed and special techniques will be demonstrated. The three-day workshop, for adults age 18 and over, costs $100. Supplies are not included; a list will be provided. Deadline to register is Thursday May 7. To register, call the Arts Council, 862-ARTS(2787) or email info [at] springfieldarts [dot] org.
The Ozark Arts Council presents the Ozark Children’s Choir Spring Concert in the Lyric Theater, 113 W. Rush in Harrison, Arkansas, Saturday May 9 at 7:00pm. The kids, ranging from 2nd through 6th grade, have been at work for the last eight months learning music and training their voices, and this Spring Concert is their opportunity to share their talents, and a message of hope, with the community with songs like "Let There Be Peace" and "I Believe." For tickets call (870) 391-3504. The Ozark Children’s Choir will hold auditions for next season on Saturday May 18 from 4:30-6:30 pm in the Lyric Theater on the square in Harrison. For more information about the program, call (870) 391-3504, or attend the informational session held a half-hour before the May 18th auditions from 4 to 4:30pm.
ALSO DURING THE MAY 1st ART WALK: Pizza House at 312 E. Commercial will unveil a permanent display of rare, turn-of-the century images depicting recreational life in the Ozarks of the early 1900s. The photos, taken between 1908 and 1913, were reproduced from original glass negatives, and have never been displayed publicly. The series of outdoor images was captured by photo hobbyist Steven W. Schneider, great-grandfather of Pizza House owner Stacey Schneider. For information call 839-2795.
Get ready for a day of fun in downtown Bolivar Saturday May 9 from 9 am to 3 pm during the first "Art in the Alley" festival sponsored by the Downtown Bolivar Association. The festival will showcase creativity in Polk County as local artisans loan their artwork for display in the alleys on the east and west sides of the Bolivar square. In the parking lot behind the alleys will be vendor booths and entertainment, with a special focus on kids' activities behind the west alley. The kids' area will include sidewalk chalk drawing, crafts, games, and a bouncehouse provided by the Roy Blunt YMCA of Bolivar. Also, members of the Polk County Artists Association and the Bolivar Woodcarvers will be in the basement of the Polk County Courthouse with their artwork on display and available for purchase. Six local artisans will be inside businesses on the Bolivar square to demonstrate their work. And five loft apartments on the square will be open from 10am to 2pm for tours. Admission to "Art in the Alley is free;" the loftwalk costs $5; tickets are available at the Tea Garden, Rowten's Home Center, VIllage Boutique, and at the Bolivar Herald-Free Press office. Tickets for the loft walk will also be available the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Bolivar Association. For more information (417) 770-1989.
The Buffalo River Concert Association and the Ozark Arts Council announce the launch of the Limited Engagement Concert Series today. This special series of music performances kicks off with the “master of blues,” Doug MacCleod, one of the last remaining bluesmen who learned from--and played with--the old masters like Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulson, and Big Mama Thornton among many others. His performances mix soulful acoustic guitar with engaging and entertaining stories. He'll perform at the Hotel Seville in Harrison on Friday May 8 at 7:00pm. For tickets call (870) 391-3504 or online at www.ozarkartscouncil.org.
North Arkansas College's "Northark Drama" theatre program presents Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart" Thursday through Saturday April 30-May 2nd at 7:00pm and Sunday May 3rd at 2:00pm in the Lyric Theatre, 113 W. Rush in Harrison. Call (870) 391-3504 for tickets or visit www.thelyricharrison.org.
"Art in Motion," Missouri State University Theatre and Dance Department's Spring Dance Concert, will be performed in Coger Theatre April 30-May 3rd. The show features the premiere performances of dances choreographed, directed and performed by MSU dance students. Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday April 30-May 2 at 7:30pm, and Sunday May 3rd at 2:30 in Coger Theatre inside Craig Hall on the MSU campus. For tickets call 836-7678 or visit www.missouristatetix.com.