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Classes at the Springfield Art Museum awakened Carol Snyder’s creative urge. Years later she’s preparing for a solo exhibition of her paintings at Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe. You can see them on Sept. 1 during First Friday Art Walk.

Gailey’s, a popular brunch spot at 220 E. Walnut St., is one of two new venues for Art Walk, a monthly effort in which galleries and businesses line up arts-related events across downtown Springfield. Everyone is encouraged to walk around the neighborhood and pop into galleries in what organizers call a “self-guided tour.” There are 18 venues participating this month. They’ll be open for variable hours between 5 and 10 p.m.

Snyder draws inspiration from observing nature

A blue abstract painting by Springfield artist Carol Snyder
Carol Snyder credits classes at the Springfield Art Museum with awakening her creative urge. Her work will be on display at Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe during the September First Friday Art Walk. (Photo: First Friday Art Walk)

Snyder made her first step into art after a decade of work at radio station KMET, 94.7 FM, in Los Angeles. She served as a staff photographer and did voiceover work for the station.

“I moved to Missouri, where my creative urge was truly awakened by inspiring art classes at the Springfield (Art) Museum, which took my studies further to (Missouri State University),” Snyder said in a press release.

She also spent 16 years as a volunteer for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

“There, I discovered a passion for painting: birds, landscapes and now abstracting all of those things,” Snyder said. “I inhale inspiration from observing nature, which surrounds me.”

Snyder’s work has been displayed around Springfield, including at Bambinos Cafe, Finley River Fine Art Gallery, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Springfield-Branson Regional Airport, Springfield Conservation Nature Center, Springfield Regional Arts Council and Walnut Inn Bed and Breakfast.

“The need to learn has brightened every day of my life,” Snyder said. “This entails learning to have compassion for my tools and letting them tell me, giving me permission to stay loose and feel the next step. My interests lie in adding elements taken from every environment in nature, museums and architecture, and relaying them to colors, lines and textures. Freedom of pushing the color is an adventure. Then, by the end of the day, I’ve learned something about my chosen art.”

An abstract painting of a bird
Springfield artist Carol Snyder spent 16 years as a volunteer for the Missouri Department of Conservation. There she discovered a passion for painting birds and landscapes. (Photo: Carol Snyder)

Historic Holland Building is another new addition to Art Walk

The historic Holland Building (205 Park Central East), is also making its First Friday Art Walk debut in September. It’s displaying a collection of new works by Springfield artist and chef H.J. Schumer.

Schumer’s show features recent abstract paintings and renditions of popular Springfield scenes and locations. Schumer’s work has been shown in galleries from the Midwest to the East Coast and has been selected for national competitions including Watercolor U.S.A. and PhotoSpiva.

Interested in seeing the show? It will be on display from 6-8 p.m. To see the exhibit, enter the Holland Building through the St. Louis Street lobby and take the elevator or stairs to the second floor.

A painting of the "Giant Fork" in Springfield, Missouri
A collection of new works by Springfield artist and chef HJ Schumer will be on display at the Historic Holland Building during September’s First Friday Art Walk. (Photo: First Friday Art Walk)

College galleries are busy now that classes are back in session

Galleries from Drury University and Missouri State University are all back on the map after a somewhat quiet summer. MSU’s Brick City Gallery (215 W. Mill St.) is opening a co-curatorial project called “i’m sorry for your loss… Meditations on Discomfort and Change.” Alexandra Chamberlain and Jodi McCoy have selected works from Kim Brandt, Rick Briggenhorst, Michelle Burdine, Charles Clary and Axelle Kieffe that explore the ways humans visualize and internalize experiences with change associated with loss.

A photograph of Stone Chapel on the campus of Drury University in Springfield, Missouri
Drury University is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a display of campus photographs at the Pool Art Center Gallery. It includes work by Allin Sorenson. (Photo: First Friday Art Walk)

Over at the Carolla Arts Exhibition Center (326 N. Boonville) is “Enmeshed Worlds,” which features work from Alejandro T Acierto, Jon Chambers, Tiffany Funk and Britt Ransom. The First Friday Art Walk press release said “Enmeshed Worlds” is a critical examination of how technology affects our social structures and relationships.”

Drury University is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a display of campus photographs at the Pool Art Center Gallery (900 N. Benton Ave.). It includes work by Rebecca Miller and Allin Sorenson.

Obelisk Home presents a trio of shows

Head over to Obslisk Home (214 W. Phelps St., Suite 101) between 6 and 10 p.m. to see three different exhibitions, including the opening of their 17th Annual Birdhouse Auction benefitting Habitat for Humanity. Local artists have created and donated special birdhouses for the event, which has raised thousands of dollars over the years. Obelisk Home is donating 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction to help Habitat for Humanity provide safe, comfortable housing for families in need in the Springfield area.

Obelisk Home’s main gallery is hosting the opening reception of “Spirit Animals: Tracking Time by Kat Allie. The lower gallery, meanwhile, is the site of the closing reception for “You Are What You Eat: The Search for a Corporate Sponsor” by guest artist Trevor McDonald.

In addition to the art, there will be live music from 6:30-8 p.m. and complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the evening. The music is courtesy of a string quartet, featuring Graham Arnold and Malcolm James on violin, Bracken Potter on viola and Eli Parks on cello.

A blue painting of a hummingbird
Obelisk Home is hosting a trio of shows at September’s First Friday Art Walk. they include the opening reception of “Spirit Animals: Tracking Time by Kat Allie. (Photo: First Friday Art Walk)

Other venues for August’s First Friday Art Walk are:

For more information, visit the official First Friday Art Walk website, or find them on Facebook.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger is the Reader Engagement Editor for the Springfield Daily Citizen, and the voice of its daily newsletter SGF A.M. He 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