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Fresh Gallery is a fiscal agency of the Springfield Regional Arts Council dedicated to promoting and marketing the fine art and fine craft of area artists.

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
11:00am-6:00pm

First Friday Art Walk Hours:
First Friday of each month: 11:00am-10:00pm

August 2016 Featured Artist: Alan O'Neal

First Friday is right around the corner for August, 2016.  At Fresh Gallery, we like to highlight our artists during the First Friday festivities.  For  August, it is our pleasure to feature our member, Alan O'Neal.

Alan O’Neal is a retired engineer.  He started photography before he can remember, and some of the works offered for sale were taken nearly 25 years ago.  O’Neal grew up in the country, still lives in the country, and has a fondness for nature.  All of these things have an influence on the type of pictures he takes.

In 2004, O’Neal started doing Digital Art.  His process is taking a photograph and creating an alternate image out of it.  O’Neal says, “My computer and mouse are my pallet and paintbrush.  Many times the final results will have no appearance of being a photograph.  I find it neat that it is possible to have an alternate image of a good photo that is also pleasing.”  For O’Neal, it is also satisfying to take a less pleasing photo and create a desirable image from it.  He creates his photo art only from pictures that he has taken.  His works can also be seen in the permanent collections at St. John’s Hospital of Springfield and Boone Hospital of Columbia, MO.  In addition to those permanent collections, O’Neal has been represented in multiple galleries, juried shows and exhibitions.  He has also received several awards, including the Juror’s Choice Award twice at the Waverly House Juried Exhibit in Springfield, MO.

In addition to taking all of his own photos, O'Neal does all of his own processing, printing, mounting and framing.  His largest printer is 44” wide.  Any of his available photos can be custom printed and framed.  O'Neal will be available to answer questions about his art and his processes during the First Friday Art Walk.  O'Neal's works are awe-inspiring.  He takes subjects found in nature and through his expertise, manipulates the images in to striking representations.  Some images are easily recognizable, and some are not, making them even more intriguing.

First Friday Art Walk is the beginning of the Featured Month for this talented artist.  Please take the time to stop by during the Art Walk on August 5, 2016 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.  See you there!

In addition to the First Friday Art Walk festivities, Fresh Gallery is also a part of Second Saturdays in downtown on August 13, 2016.  This is just another wonderful opportunity to meet some of the artists of Fresh.  As always, shop local and support the area’s artists.

Any artist wishing information on becoming a part of this exciting endeavor may contact Fresh Gallery at (417) 862-9300, visit our website at www.freshgallery.org, or find us on Facebook.

July Featured Artists: Marian Chamberlain and Linda Passeri

First Friday is right around the corner for July, 2016. At Fresh Gallery, we like to highlight our artists during the First Friday festivities. For July, it is our pleasure to feature our members, Marian Chamberlain and Linda Passeri. Chamberlain and Passeri have titled their month-long exhibit “The Power of Two.” Both artists will be gracing the gallery with new works.

Chamberlain is originally from the Springfield Missouri area and has been influenced by a strong personal drive, an art and art history based education, experiences as an educator and personal experiences residing in other states. She works in printmaking, pastel, graphite, and watercolor, as well as a variety of other media. Chamberlain's work can be found across the United States from Florida to New Jersey to the west coast. She is a member of Fresh Gallery, Best of Missouri Hands, the Springfield Regional Arts Council, the Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild, and the Springfield Visual Arts Alliance. Chamberlain holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History, and an ME in Art Education, both from Drury University.

Chamberlain says of her art, “I am moved by particular moments that I feel the need to capture in my work. I enjoy many different mediums but printmaking has become a passion for me, as it allows me to combine drawing and an involved artistic and technical process.”

Chamberlain's works are full of life and an expression of her latest adventure as seen in her works from sketch sessions with the Symphony. Her pieces have an ethereal property that draw the viewer in for a close up of the exceptional attention to detail.

by Marian Chamberlain

Our second featured artist, Linda Passeri, has been a commercial artist since 1977.  In addition to commercial art, Passeri worked as a sign painter, muralist, pin-striper and graphic artist. Only in more recent years has Passeri begun sculpting.  Her home and studio are located in the Moon City Creative District in North Springfield.  Passeri is a member at Fresh Gallery, Springfield Regional Arts Council, Best of Missouri Hands, and the Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild.

Passeri says of her work, “I find inspiration imagining organic subjects as mechanical beings.  Sometimes, I paint what I envision, other times, three dimensional work is the result.  I don't like to limit my work to any one medium.  I work in clay, metal, acrylic paint, found objects, etc. so that I have no constraints as to how I bring the idea to life.”

Passeri's work is whimsical and highly detailed.  Her ability to combine multiple media results in pieces that are intricate and multifaceted.  There is something intriguing on every surface.

by Linda Passeri

First Friday Art Walk is the beginning of the Featured Month for these talented artists.  Please take the time to stop by during the Art Walk on July 1st 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.  See you there!

In addition to the First Friday Art Walk festivities, Fresh Gallery is also a part of Second Saturdays in downtown on July 9th.  This is just another wonderful opportunity to meet the Featured Artists of Fresh during reception from 4pm to 6pm.  As always, shop local and support the area’s artists.

Any artist wishing information on becoming a part of this exciting endeavor may contact Fresh Gallery at (417) 862-9300 or find us on Facebook.

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