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.
The First Friday Art Walk adds more new galleries to the mix on Friday May 1st from 6 to 10 pm with the debut of ArtWhole Studios, 408 W. Walnut, and ROX Stoneworks, on the second floor of 220 N. Campbell at the corner of Campbell and McDaniel. There are 28 participating venues in May, with live art demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, food and fun. First Friday Art Walk patrons are invited to leave their cars behind and bike downtown for the May 1st Art Walk. Ozark Greenways will close off Park Central Square for bike parking, bike displays including art bikes and tall bikes, demonstrations of the city bus bike racks, registration for the "Bike, Bus, Walk Challenge" May 11-15, and more. May highlights include:--ArtWhole Studios, 408 W. Walnut, debuts on the Art Walk with a display of Photography by Chet Burgtorf and Associates.--ROX Stoneworks’ studio on the second floor at 220 S. Campbell (entrance on McDaniel). Meet sculptor Bruce Burnaugh and learn about the new stone sculpting classes he is offering on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays for all ability levels.--Bodhi Salon & Spa, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 106, turns up the volume with preteen band SuperCharge at 7 p.m. during the May 1 Art Walk. Featured artist for May is Alishia Brundege of Rogersville.--Falcons in Flight – Award-winning Glendale High School art students share their creative endeavors at Bellwether Gallery of the Arts, 600 W. College.--Photographer Robert Weston Breshears shares images from his travels around the world, including 17 different countries, at Elite PhotoArt, 325 E. Walnut St. Elite also features Pottery by Bari Precious, who has been working in ceramics for 40 years.--Fashioned By Jaye, 212 S. Campbell, presents Jackie Salchow in May.--There Ain’t No Cure for Love, an exploration of mystics and saints by artist Ellen Baird, takes the spotlight at Good Girl Art, 325 E. Walnut, Ste. 101.--Artist Gavyn Sky returns to the Art Walk scene at Hawthorn Galleries, 214 E. Walnut, with Beyond the Horizon, a show of his new works. Meet Gavyn and enjoy live music by Stringfield’s Victoria Johnson and Gail Morrisey.--Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, teams up with the Drury University Chapter of Habitat for Humanity for the Birdhouse Auction. Birdhouses designed by local artists will be auctioned during the May Art Walk to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Birdhouses go on display April 27.--OTC Fine Art Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Gillioz Theatre building on Park Central East presents a Fine Arts student showcase, along with musical performances by OTC students groups, and original songs performed by Songwriting 101 students. The exhibit continues through May 16.--College seniors step out in May with the Senior Capstone Exhibition at Drury University’s Pool Art Center Gallery. 940 N. Clay St., the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at MSU’s Art & Design Gallery, 333 E. Walnut, and the BFA in Design Professional Design Practicum Final Projects Exhibition at the MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut.--Randy Bacon Photography and Figment Art Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College St., present J.O.C. – When Your Own Initials Are Enough, a unique fashion show featuring the one-of-a-kind fashion creations of MSU Designer Jose Orellana. The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is free but seating is limited. Music will be provided by DJ Logic Control.--Springfield Pottery continues its First Friday miniMake projects with Carved Tile in May.And don’t forget, First Friday Art Walk is a proud partner of Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival. By just dropping $1 (or more) in the Arts in Action donation boxes at Art Walk venues, you will help support the Arts in Education Fund and the Care to Learn Fund that provides for artistic and basic needs for area school children. For more info, visit www.the10weeks.com. For information on the Art Walk, call 849-8255 or visit www.ffaw.org.
The Springfield Visual Arts Alliance Spring Juried Art Show is on display on the fifth floor of the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts through July 24, free and open to the public. For more information, leave a voicemail at 862-ARTS (2787).
The Springfield Art Museum is recruiting volunteers age 18 or older for the Museum’s trained volunteer docent program. Docents lead guided tours of the Museum’s special exhibitions for groups of children and adults. Anyone accepted into the program must complete a 10-week training program dealing in art history, group tour techniques, and the Springfield Art Museum's collections. Docents must make a one-year commitment to the program and lead at least two guided tours a month. For more information call Museum Educator Dan Carver at 837-5700.
The Springfield Art Museum announces the April 25 opening of "Jon Schueler: Weathering," an exhibit of 18 paintings by Schueler, a 2nd-generation Abstract Expressionist painter whose work is fueled by a passion for nature and the landscape of the small Scottish fishing village where this New York-based artist spent 3 months of each year until his death in 1992. The exhibit will include a number of very large--and rarely seen--horizontal paintings; all the paintings are on loan from the artist's estate. The exhibit was organized and curated by Springfield Art Museum curator of exhibitions Sarah Buhr. The exhibit will run through May 31st. A preview reception will be held Friday April 24 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, hosted by the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates. The public is invited. A 24-page exhibition catalog is available featuring color illustrations, an exhibition checklist and an essay by Sarah Buhr about Jon Schueler. The Springfield Art Museum is located at 1111 E. Brookside Drive next to Phelps Grove Park. Call 837-5700 or visit the museum website at www.springfieldmogov.org.
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center presents a new quilt exhibit from the Uncommon Threads art-quilt group through the end of April, titled "Celebrating Nature: Fiber Art Pieces." Conservationist Christine Marcum is part of that group, and several of her quilts are included in the exhibit. At least some of the quilts are available for purchase from Uncommon Threads. The Nature Center is located at 4600 S. Chrisman, near the Glenstone/Republic Road/James River Freeway exchange. Call 888-4237.
Springfield Regional Arts Council's "Art In Public Places" program includes these exhibits:--Fulnecky Law LLC, 1530 E. Primrose Suite E, exhibits work by local fiber artists Evelyn Elliott and Carol Penprase through May 19.--Swank Salon, 3657 E. Sunshine, hosts artwork by local artist Jan Bennicoff through Tuesday, May 19. --The Westside Public Health Center at 660 S. Scenic is hosting an exhibit of original work by Rosalie Perryman of Marshfield through May 25. Exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.--The Center for Plastic Surgery offices of Dr. Carl Price and Dr. Arthur Hawes at Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (5th floor, 3555 S. National) will host work by local artists Steve McGuire and Alan O’Neal through May 29. It will be open to the public Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
--Maschino's, 1715 S. Campbell, hosts an exhibit by local artists Carl James and Christina Schanda through June 16..
--The Greene County Commissioner’s Office and the Greene County Circuit Clerk’s Office will each host an exhibition of local artwork: Teresa Dilsaver of Republic will be featured at the Commissioner’s Office and Brenda Turner of Niangua will be featured at the Circuit Clerk’s Office. Both exhibits will remain through Tuesday, July 7.
Three new exhibits will open Friday May 22 and will remain through July 17. --Swank Salon, located at 3657 E. Sunshine, will host paintings by Ina Crisman. --The Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central, will host work by BethElLee from The Native Bride Collection, one of her first compilations to be published. --Fulnecky Law, 1530 E. Primrose, Suite E, will host photographs by Eliza M. Rhoads-Pope from a series called “The Nature Series”. --The Center for Plastic Surgery offices of Dr. Carl Price and Dr. Arthur Hawes at Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, 3555 S. National, will open a new exhibit of works by painter Ann Meese and mixed-media artist Jody Luther on Thursday June 11 with a public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The exhibit officially opens TODAY (Tuesday June 9) and continues through August 4.All these exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, or to get involved in the Art in Public Places program, contact the Springfield Regional Arts Council at 862-ARTS (2787) or email info [at] springfieldarts [dot] org.
The Josh Mitchell Fine Art Gallery at the Art Station, 1427 E. Cherry at Pickwick, encourages the community to "Get away from throw away!" as it debuts a new exhibit crafted from recycled photographic materials through May 1. "Hanging cartridges" and "Rhythm and Hues" will be on display. For information visit www.joshmitchell.com or call 860-2121.
The Springfield Regional Arts Council invites the community to its bi-monthly Free Art Day, Saturday April 25th from 10am to noon at The Creamery Arts Center across from Hammons Field. April's Free Art Day will feature five hands-on art activities, including making Koi Fish Windsocks, Mexican Bracelets, Hand coloring Art Unites People, Painting a 3-D Community Mural, and storytelling with the Springfield-Greene County Library. Allow 45 minutes to complete all the activities. For more information, call the Arts Council at 862-ARTS(2787) or visit www.springfieldarts.org.
The Bonniebrook Historical Society of Walnut Shade is holding a year-long celebration at the Rose O'Neill Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of O'Neill's beloved "Kewpie" cartoon characters. Rose O'Neill's original 1909 Kewpie illustrations are on display along with several new exhibits, and her art studio in the reconstructed O'Neill mansion has been reinstalled. A special 100th-anniversary exhibit shows how the Kewpies came to be. Saturday April 25, the public is invited to Bonniebrook for a free Open House and Tea with the Kewpies, including light refreshments and live entertainment including students from Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, whose school mascot has been the Kewpie since 1913. Rose O'Neill, the first woman cartoonist in the United States, made Bonniebrook her home for more than 50 years. Bonniebrook is located 8 miles north of Branson on Highway 65, at 485 Rose O'Neill Road in Walnut Shade. For more information call (417) 561-1509 or visit www.roseoneill.org.