The last few months have been very productive regarding the art scene in Joplin. Art scene? In Joplin? Yeah, I know this sounds a bit hard to believe… but believe me, it’s really happening. I’m finding myself in the midst of some new developments that have gotten me pretty excited… and I plan to keep you all updated as they continue!
The biggest recent development for me has been the forming of a new artist group known as the Visual Artist Collective. I am a member, along with graphic designer Matthew Spiel and gallery owner Jeff Youngblood, both of whom have been working hard on contributing to downtown artistic development. The group has been meeting monthly and adding new members since late last fall, existing to ‘promote, encourage and cultivate the arts within the greater Joplin area.’ You can check out more by visiting the visual artist collective main site here.
The VAC was given a booth in the Joplin Business expo this week, which definitely kept us busy. We threw together what we liked to call our ‘budget booth’, creating a display that we hoped would catch some attention. It did! We networked and got some great exposure. here’s a couple of shots.
Who knows what else might happen this year, Joplin-ites. Stay tuned for more news and get geared up for the third thursday downtown art walks, scheduled to start up again in March. And if you’re an artist or if you know one… grab your portfolio and join us at Momentum 8 art gallery (809 Main) for our monthly artist social, the first Tuesday of each month at 8pm.