Artists paint murals on the side of a building
The MIDxMIDWST mural festival debuted in Springfield in 2022. It plans to return in 2023 as Overlay. (Photo: Jeff Kessinger)

MIDxMIDWST Mural & Art Festival debuted in September 2022. It will return in 2023 as Overlay. 

The change became official Oct. 1 and branding changes are already reflected on the festival’s social media profiles and website.

“Since our founding in 2019, our organization and values have grown and adapted, and we’re excited to move forward with a brand identity that feels more tailored and authentic to who we are,” said Meg Wagler, festival founder. “Everything we do revolves around finding common ground, the center of the Venn diagram, the overlay area of ideas intersecting. We’re looking forward to leaning into this evolution of our growing organization and unfolding our potential.”

Official dates for Overlay 2023 have not been announced.



Springfield Art Museum celebrates ‘substantial completion’ of master plan grounds projects with ribbon cutting

The Springfield Art Museum is celebrating the substantial completion of master plan grounds projects and the public is invited.

Ribbon Cutting Day is Oct. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. as the museum shows off parking lot improvements, its amphitheater and Fassnight Creek naturalization. The ribbon cuttings, like admission to the museum, is free.

“We are so excited to celebrate the completion of these new projects,” Nick Nelson, museum director, said in a press release. “We are equally excited to share new investments in the work ahead on our visionary building project and to share our appreciation of the community’s support of the museum.”

Andi’s Snack Shack food truck will be on-site for the celebration and museum educators will lead art-making and sidewalk chalk activities.

Special guests at the ribbon cutting will include Mayor Ken McClure and members of the Art Museum Board. Additional new contributions to the museum’s 2028 Campaign also will be announced at the event.

For more information, call the Springfield Art Museum at 417-837-5700.

Waverly House features art from Doucette, Gilley

The Waverly House Gifts & Gallery, 2031 South Waverly Ave., is currently featuring the work of Doris Doucette and Deby Gilley in its upstairs gallery.

Doucette has been involved in art and photography most of her life. She fell in love with the idea of creating jewelry as wearable art. Metalsmithing has become her passion, as well as large beaded neck pieces.

Gilley, meanwhile, works in the ancient art of relief printmaking, working in both linocut and woodcut. She has been an art teacher in public schools and has also taught at Missouri State University, Drury University and Southwest Baptist University.

The exhibit continues through Oct. 29. For more information, call Waverly House Gifts & Gallery at 417-882-3445.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger