George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd Street in downtown Joplin, presents two new exhibits July 29-September 23. In the main gallery, "A Bell(e)s Ball, Porcelain Figures by Linda Ganstrom". Working in ceramics for nearly 4 decades, Ganstrom explores issues relating her personal experiences to big picture questions primarily through figurative ceramics. Sculpted from porcelain paper clay, these contemporary statues are hybrids of various types of figurative forms: statues, religious icons, effigy sculptures, mannequins, figurines, pandors and dolls. And in Spiva's Regional Gallery, "Anemoi, Breath of the Morning Sky," featuring ceramic whistles by Laurie Spencer. All her work is inspired by her deep love and sense of wonder of the natural world. This lifelong fascination comes through in her art as she creates experimental pieces that are primarily visual but also include sound and touch. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00-5:00pm, closed Sundays and Mondays. For information, (417) 623-0183.