Fresh Gallery is home to 20 Springfield area artists who have been juried in as members of the collective gallery which they all share in operating. The artists come from a wide variety of specialty backgrounds including jewelry, watercolors, fibers, oils, sculptures, wearable art, mixed media, and photography.
Regular Business Hours: Tuesday-Saturday October-March: 11:00am-6:00pm April-September: 11:00am-6:00pm
First Friday Art Walk Hours: First Friday of each month: 11:00am-10:00pm
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First Friday is right around the corner for November, 2015. At Fresh Gallery, we like to highlight our artists during the First Friday festivities. For November, it is our pleasure to feature Carl Huser and Jennifer Leeper. In addition to our First Friday Artists, we are also participating in Christmas on Campbell.
Our first featured artist for the month is Carl Huser. His interest in woodturning can be traced back more than sixty years to an old German woodworker who always had time for a curious youngster. It was in Bruno’s shop that he learned to appreciate and respect the beauty that is found in wood. Bruno’s reverence for wood turned out to be contagious and since then, he has found wood to supply a respite like none other. Huser’s main interest is in the turning of vases (hollow forms) and bowls; a blend of form and function. His material comes exclusively from wood saved from brush piles or landfills. In salvaging native wood, the finished pieces are inextricably linked to the region and history from which they originated. His objective is to produce a work that demonstrates a high level of craftsmanship with an artistic touch that people would enjoy having in their homes. Huser says, “The satisfaction that comes from working with this medium is the discovery of beauty from within that has been hidden for years and sometimes centuries once found, I want to share this beauty with others and while it may not touch everyone in the same way, no one can deny that a statement has been made.” It is hard to imagine what the original piece of wood might have looked like before Huser applied his magic to it. His pieces are fascinatingly delicate and timelessly durable at the same time. Discarded wood takes on a whole new life under Huser’s skillful hands.
Our second featured artist for the month is Jennifer Leeper. Leeper's works are a complete contrast to Huser's as her pieces are two-dimensional depictions of the world around her. Her works are full of detail and life. Her depiction of farm life is astonishing. While most of her works are of horses and other western-like scenes, her ability to work with multiple mediums is impressive. Horse and western artist, Leeper, was born in 1975 in Missouri and grew up in the small farming and ranching community of Lockwood. Leeper currently lives in Southwest Missouri. Leeper studied art at the University of Missouri as well as Missouri State University where she graduated with her teaching degree. While most of her time is consumed by being an art teacher in a rural school, Leeper continues to train her horses and find the time to teach art on Saturdays to students of all ages.
Leeper combines the basic ingredients of color, value, perspective and pleasing design using graphite, ink, or colored pencil in her desire to be a perfectionist in portraying the real personality of her subjects. This attention to exactness is appreciated by most ranchers and cowboys as well as establishing a nostalgia for those who can only appreciate ranch and western life.
Our final event for November is our participation in Christmas on Campbell. On November 7th, from 10am til 6pm, get an early start on your Christmas shopping by visiting the downtown galleries. There will be handmade, one of a kind gifts available, as well as an early selection of ornaments to adorn your tree. Shop early and avoid the crowds, weather, and stress of last minute gift ideas.
The Gallery Stroll includes Springfield Hot Glass, Springfield Pottery, Art Inspired, Arts and Letters, and Fresh Gallery. First Friday marks the beginning of the Featured Month for these talented artists. Please take the time to stop by during the Art Walk on November 6, 2015 from 6pm to 10pm and meet them.
Fresh Gallery is located at 400 W Walnut St in downtown Springfield. We are on the corner of Walnut and Campbell. Call (417) 862-9300 for any questions. See you there!
In addition to the First Friday Art Walk festivities, Fresh Gallery is also a part of Second Saturdays in downtown on November 14, 2015. This is just another wonderful opportunity to meet some of the artists of Fresh. Any artist wishing information on becoming a part of this exciting endeavor may contact Fresh Gallery at (417) 862-9300, visit our website at