Arts News

Every Friday morning, Randy Stewart talks with artists, performers, directors and administrators from the area visual and performing arts scene, and presents a comprehensive calendar of arts events.

(Photo courtesy Messiah Project Inc.)

Messiah Project presents three holiday-season performances this month.

(Poster design courtesy A Class Act Productions)

Is someone planning to rob Walmart on Christmas Eve? Find out by seeing A Class Act Productions' holiday show "The Great Walmart Christmas Eve Robbery and Other Christmas Stories!"  Come celebrate at the elegant 319 Downtown Event Center on West Walnut. Order delicious hors d'oeuvres and libations to be served at your table!   Performances are Thursday through Saturday Dec. 18-20 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12.00, $10.00 for students.

(Logo courtesy Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra)

Founded in 2005, the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra is a regional community orchestra comprising more than 100 professionals, students, and enthusiasts.  The orchestra's next concert is Sunday November 2nd at 6:00pm in Drury University's Clara Thompson Hall.  Music Director Christopher Koch will conduct Ralph Vaughan Williams' song cycle "On Wenlock Edge" with tenor Stephen Bomgardner, and Mozart's Symphony No. 39.  Tickets will be available only at the door beginning one hour before the concert (5:00 PM in Clara Thompson lobby).  General admissions, cash or check only. 

(logo courtesy Southwest Missouri Museum Associates)

Art is an important part of the development of any community.  Given the challenges of funding for art programs today, Springfield and surrounding communities are fortunate to have the Springfield Art Museum.   Its long and proud history dates back to 1926 when the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA) organized the Art Study Club.  In 1928 that club was incorporated as “Springfield Art Museum” and later deeded the Museum to the City of Springfield.  Today, Southwest Missouri Museum Associates exists for the purpose of promoting and supporting the Springfield Art Museum and art in s

(Logo courtesy www.artandcraftguild.org)

Artists create because they're driven to express something in themselves.  The creative process is fun and rewarding, of course, but most rewarding of all is when an artist can share his or her creation with others. That's the idea behind "Art in the Park," the annual fine-art and contemporary craft show and sale sponsored by the all-volunteer Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild, as part of their mission to support working artists in the area.  Art in the Park celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend at Sequiota Park, 3500 S.

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