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Jan
28
Sat
Go Farm Farmers Market @ Endurance Church Parking Lot
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
417-293-0590
West Plains Area Farmers Market @ East Towne Village Pavilion
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Call 417-213-1148 for information.

West Plains R-7 Student Art Display Sponsored by West Plains Council on the Arts @ West Plains Public Library
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and West Plains Public Library (WPPL) will partner to bring quarterly art displays to the library. Students from West Plains High School and Middle School, along with Southfork students, will contribute to the initial display to be featured January through mid-March 2023. Visitors may view the display at the library during open hours, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale says, “We are fortunate to display the works of local students. The work of young artists in both fresh and exciting. To see their technical ability is amazing, but what is most exciting is their fresh approach to art; unencumbered by what one might consider traditional art.”

WPPL Director Shawnie Kennedy shares, “We are so excited to have this partnership with the Council on the Arts coming to the library!  We know there are many young artists out there, and it will be a pleasure to display the talent and creativity of our great city for all the community to see.”

A Meet-the-Artists event will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 12-2 p.m. at the library, 750 West Main St. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend, meet the young artists, view, and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Shawnie Kennedy at the library or WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale at 

Painting Workshop ~ “Amazing Grace Winter Chapel” @ MSU Creative Discovery Center
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Bounce House (session for ages 5 and under only)
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Bounce House has inflatable bounce houses, slides, video games, etc.
Call 417-256-5405 or visit The Bounce House on Facebook for information or to schedule a private party.

Fiber and Textile Arts Show @ Harlin Museum
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Annual competition show. Free admission to the Harlin. Donations accepted.

Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Jan 28 @ 1:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

Roller Skating @ S&S Skateland
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

S&S Skateland on Facebook for information.

Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Jan 28 @ 4:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

 

The Bounce House
Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Bounce House has inflatable bounce houses, slides, video games, etc.
Call 417-256-5405 or visit The Bounce House on Facebook for information or to schedule a private party.

Grizzly Basketball vs. State Fair Community College @ West Plains Civic Center
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
Live Music ~ King Size @ Wages Brewing Company
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
Welcome King Size back to the Wages Brewing on Saturday, January 28th at 7 pm, no cover.

We LOVE their special brand of bluegrass that speaks for classic and modern at the same time!
Show will be outside if nice, inside if not.

Hear this sample….
Lady May (Tyler Childers cover)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9uHhKQKKq4
Live Music ~ The March Divide with Live Painting by Garrett Melby @ The Yellow House
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The March Divide winter tour stops to play the Yellow House Community Arts Center. Organizers say, “Jared Putnam and his post apocalyptic punk sound will fill the house with music like its never heard. Come out and support the Yellow House Community Arts and the March Divide. Live painting during this free show by Garrett Melby.”

See event on Facebook: The March Divide/live painting with Garrett Melby.

Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

 

Roller Skating @ S&S Skateland
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Glow Bowl at Lightning Bowl @ Lightning Bowl
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jan
29
Sun
Fiber and Textile Arts Show @ Harlin Museum
Jan 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Annual competition show. Free admission to the Harlin. Donations accepted.

Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Jan 29 @ 1:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

The Bounce House
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Bounce House has inflatable bounce houses, slides, video games, etc.
Call 417-256-5405 or visit The Bounce House on Facebook for information or to schedule a private party.

Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Jan 29 @ 4:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

 

Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

 

Jan
30
Mon
Photography of Melissa Wharton @ Ozarks Small Business Incubator
Jan 30 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) have partnered to bring quarterly art displays to the incubator. Local photographer Melissa Wharton’s works will be featured inside OzSBI’s first floor January 3 through the end of March 2023. Visitors may view the display at the incubator during OzSBI’s business hours, anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale describes the works, “Capturing the beauty of her surroundings, Melissa reveals a true understanding of all nature has to offer. Her photography presents an opportunity for the viewer to experience places they might not see otherwise.”

Growing up in West Plains, Wharton has always had an interest in the Ozarks mills and springs. Starting with her grandparents taking her on frequent visits to Rockbridge Mill, Wharton began photographing travel outings at a young age. This interest led her to a bachelor’s degree in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design and photography. A career spanning three decades has always included roles where she can be creative.

Wharton recently won first place in the People Category in a photography contest in Terrain Magazine. The photo features Wharton’s son, Sawyer Smith, in the wheel at Turner Mill.

Her current position as tourism manager for the City of West Plains embodies all her previous work into one: graphic design, photography, writing, public relations, and retail. Being able to explore the Ozarks and capture its beauty in photos is now one of her job duties. Sharing the Ozarks with others is just a perk of the job. She is embarrassed to admit that all her photos are captured on her cell phone, but it is the years of training and the artistic eye that make the difference.

Artist Statement:

“Having grown up and lived in the West Plains area most of my life, I have always had an interest in photographing the Ozarks. Two years ago, when I was hired by the City of West Plains, this passion became a part of my job. I now have the honor to photograph and promote our beautiful area that we get to call home.

“For this show, I wanted to share some of my travels from 2022. My husband owns Bartlett Moving Services, and I am lucky enough to tag along sometimes. The show will feature a few photos of the Ozarks, but also will feature photos from a couple of moves that I went along on: Seattle and Vermont. The journey there is half the fun (especially in a moving truck).”

A Meet-the-Artist event will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2-4 p.m. in OzSBI’s lobby at 408 Washington Ave. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend to meet Wharton and view and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Madison Sutterfield at OzSBI or WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale at

West Plains R-7 Student Art Display Sponsored by West Plains Council on the Arts @ West Plains Public Library
Jan 30 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and West Plains Public Library (WPPL) will partner to bring quarterly art displays to the library. Students from West Plains High School and Middle School, along with Southfork students, will contribute to the initial display to be featured January through mid-March 2023. Visitors may view the display at the library during open hours, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale says, “We are fortunate to display the works of local students. The work of young artists in both fresh and exciting. To see their technical ability is amazing, but what is most exciting is their fresh approach to art; unencumbered by what one might consider traditional art.”

WPPL Director Shawnie Kennedy shares, “We are so excited to have this partnership with the Council on the Arts coming to the library!  We know there are many young artists out there, and it will be a pleasure to display the talent and creativity of our great city for all the community to see.”

A Meet-the-Artists event will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 12-2 p.m. at the library, 750 West Main St. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend, meet the young artists, view, and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Shawnie Kennedy at the library or WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale at 

“Go Farm” Farmers Indoor Market @ OzSBI Pop Up Shop
Jan 30 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Ten vendors from Go Farm Farmers Market will be selling indoors at the OzSBI Pop Up Shop in Downtown West Plains starting January 9 through the end of March.

Participating vendors include:
Brassfield Farms
Falling Spring Farms – Kombucha & Fine Ferments
Foodie’s Fare
Garden Worx
JUS’ FARMIN’
Ozark Fruit Company LLC
Pure Beth
Ron’s Microgreens & More
Secret Springs Farms
Sullana Farm & Homestead

 

Kids Art – Mondays in January & February @ Harlin Museum
Jan 30 @ 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

For grades K-5. $10 per child/$7 for each additional child in family. All supplies included.

Enjoy a different art project each Monday. Classes not held when school is not in session. This includes January 16 (MLK Day) and February 20 (President’s Day).

To sign up, contact:

Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

 

Jan
31
Tue
Photography of Melissa Wharton @ Ozarks Small Business Incubator
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) have partnered to bring quarterly art displays to the incubator. Local photographer Melissa Wharton’s works will be featured inside OzSBI’s first floor January 3 through the end of March 2023. Visitors may view the display at the incubator during OzSBI’s business hours, anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale describes the works, “Capturing the beauty of her surroundings, Melissa reveals a true understanding of all nature has to offer. Her photography presents an opportunity for the viewer to experience places they might not see otherwise.”

Growing up in West Plains, Wharton has always had an interest in the Ozarks mills and springs. Starting with her grandparents taking her on frequent visits to Rockbridge Mill, Wharton began photographing travel outings at a young age. This interest led her to a bachelor’s degree in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design and photography. A career spanning three decades has always included roles where she can be creative.

Wharton recently won first place in the People Category in a photography contest in Terrain Magazine. The photo features Wharton’s son, Sawyer Smith, in the wheel at Turner Mill.

Her current position as tourism manager for the City of West Plains embodies all her previous work into one: graphic design, photography, writing, public relations, and retail. Being able to explore the Ozarks and capture its beauty in photos is now one of her job duties. Sharing the Ozarks with others is just a perk of the job. She is embarrassed to admit that all her photos are captured on her cell phone, but it is the years of training and the artistic eye that make the difference.

Artist Statement:

“Having grown up and lived in the West Plains area most of my life, I have always had an interest in photographing the Ozarks. Two years ago, when I was hired by the City of West Plains, this passion became a part of my job. I now have the honor to photograph and promote our beautiful area that we get to call home.

“For this show, I wanted to share some of my travels from 2022. My husband owns Bartlett Moving Services, and I am lucky enough to tag along sometimes. The show will feature a few photos of the Ozarks, but also will feature photos from a couple of moves that I went along on: Seattle and Vermont. The journey there is half the fun (especially in a moving truck).”

A Meet-the-Artist event will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2-4 p.m. in OzSBI’s lobby at 408 Washington Ave. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend to meet Wharton and view and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Madison Sutterfield at OzSBI or WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale at

West Plains R-7 Student Art Display Sponsored by West Plains Council on the Arts @ West Plains Public Library
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and West Plains Public Library (WPPL) will partner to bring quarterly art displays to the library. Students from West Plains High School and Middle School, along with Southfork students, will contribute to the initial display to be featured January through mid-March 2023. Visitors may view the display at the library during open hours, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale says, “We are fortunate to display the works of local students. The work of young artists in both fresh and exciting. To see their technical ability is amazing, but what is most exciting is their fresh approach to art; unencumbered by what one might consider traditional art.”

WPPL Director Shawnie Kennedy shares, “We are so excited to have this partnership with the Council on the Arts coming to the library!  We know there are many young artists out there, and it will be a pleasure to display the talent and creativity of our great city for all the community to see.”

A Meet-the-Artists event will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 12-2 p.m. at the library, 750 West Main St. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend, meet the young artists, view, and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Shawnie Kennedy at the library or WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale at 

“Go Farm” Farmers Indoor Market @ OzSBI Pop Up Shop
Jan 31 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Ten vendors from Go Farm Farmers Market will be selling indoors at the OzSBI Pop Up Shop in Downtown West Plains starting January 9 through the end of March.

Participating vendors include:
Brassfield Farms
Falling Spring Farms – Kombucha & Fine Ferments
Foodie’s Fare
Garden Worx
JUS’ FARMIN’
Ozark Fruit Company LLC
Pure Beth
Ron’s Microgreens & More
Secret Springs Farms
Sullana Farm & Homestead

 

Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

 

Feb
1
Wed
Photography of Melissa Wharton @ Ozarks Small Business Incubator
Feb 1 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) have partnered to bring quarterly art displays to the incubator. Local photographer Melissa Wharton’s works will be featured inside OzSBI’s first floor January 3 through the end of March 2023. Visitors may view the display at the incubator during OzSBI’s business hours, anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale describes the works, “Capturing the beauty of her surroundings, Melissa reveals a true understanding of all nature has to offer. Her photography presents an opportunity for the viewer to experience places they might not see otherwise.”

Growing up in West Plains, Wharton has always had an interest in the Ozarks mills and springs. Starting with her grandparents taking her on frequent visits to Rockbridge Mill, Wharton began photographing travel outings at a young age. This interest led her to a bachelor’s degree in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design and photography. A career spanning three decades has always included roles where she can be creative.

Wharton recently won first place in the People Category in a photography contest in Terrain Magazine. The photo features Wharton’s son, Sawyer Smith, in the wheel at Turner Mill.

Her current position as tourism manager for the City of West Plains embodies all her previous work into one: graphic design, photography, writing, public relations, and retail. Being able to explore the Ozarks and capture its beauty in photos is now one of her job duties. Sharing the Ozarks with others is just a perk of the job. She is embarrassed to admit that all her photos are captured on her cell phone, but it is the years of training and the artistic eye that make the difference.

Artist Statement:

“Having grown up and lived in the West Plains area most of my life, I have always had an interest in photographing the Ozarks. Two years ago, when I was hired by the City of West Plains, this passion became a part of my job. I now have the honor to photograph and promote our beautiful area that we get to call home.

“For this show, I wanted to share some of my travels from 2022. My husband owns Bartlett Moving Services, and I am lucky enough to tag along sometimes. The show will feature a few photos of the Ozarks, but also will feature photos from a couple of moves that I went along on: Seattle and Vermont. The journey there is half the fun (especially in a moving truck).”

A Meet-the-Artist event will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2-4 p.m. in OzSBI’s lobby at 408 Washington Ave. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend to meet Wharton and view and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Madison Sutterfield at OzSBI or WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale at

West Plains R-7 Student Art Display Sponsored by West Plains Council on the Arts @ West Plains Public Library
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and West Plains Public Library (WPPL) will partner to bring quarterly art displays to the library. Students from West Plains High School and Middle School, along with Southfork students, will contribute to the initial display to be featured January through mid-March 2023. Visitors may view the display at the library during open hours, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale says, “We are fortunate to display the works of local students. The work of young artists in both fresh and exciting. To see their technical ability is amazing, but what is most exciting is their fresh approach to art; unencumbered by what one might consider traditional art.”

WPPL Director Shawnie Kennedy shares, “We are so excited to have this partnership with the Council on the Arts coming to the library!  We know there are many young artists out there, and it will be a pleasure to display the talent and creativity of our great city for all the community to see.”

A Meet-the-Artists event will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 12-2 p.m. at the library, 750 West Main St. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend, meet the young artists, view, and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Shawnie Kennedy at the library or WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale at 

“Go Farm” Farmers Indoor Market @ OzSBI Pop Up Shop
Feb 1 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Ten vendors from Go Farm Farmers Market will be selling indoors at the OzSBI Pop Up Shop in Downtown West Plains starting January 9 through the end of March.

Participating vendors include:
Brassfield Farms
Falling Spring Farms – Kombucha & Fine Ferments
Foodie’s Fare
Garden Worx
JUS’ FARMIN’
Ozark Fruit Company LLC
Pure Beth
Ron’s Microgreens & More
Secret Springs Farms
Sullana Farm & Homestead

 

Grizzly Basketball vs. Three Rivers Community College @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm
Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

 

Feb
2
Thu
Photography of Melissa Wharton @ Ozarks Small Business Incubator
Feb 2 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) have partnered to bring quarterly art displays to the incubator. Local photographer Melissa Wharton’s works will be featured inside OzSBI’s first floor January 3 through the end of March 2023. Visitors may view the display at the incubator during OzSBI’s business hours, anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale describes the works, “Capturing the beauty of her surroundings, Melissa reveals a true understanding of all nature has to offer. Her photography presents an opportunity for the viewer to experience places they might not see otherwise.”

Growing up in West Plains, Wharton has always had an interest in the Ozarks mills and springs. Starting with her grandparents taking her on frequent visits to Rockbridge Mill, Wharton began photographing travel outings at a young age. This interest led her to a bachelor’s degree in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design and photography. A career spanning three decades has always included roles where she can be creative.

Wharton recently won first place in the People Category in a photography contest in Terrain Magazine. The photo features Wharton’s son, Sawyer Smith, in the wheel at Turner Mill.

Her current position as tourism manager for the City of West Plains embodies all her previous work into one: graphic design, photography, writing, public relations, and retail. Being able to explore the Ozarks and capture its beauty in photos is now one of her job duties. Sharing the Ozarks with others is just a perk of the job. She is embarrassed to admit that all her photos are captured on her cell phone, but it is the years of training and the artistic eye that make the difference.

Artist Statement:

“Having grown up and lived in the West Plains area most of my life, I have always had an interest in photographing the Ozarks. Two years ago, when I was hired by the City of West Plains, this passion became a part of my job. I now have the honor to photograph and promote our beautiful area that we get to call home.

“For this show, I wanted to share some of my travels from 2022. My husband owns Bartlett Moving Services, and I am lucky enough to tag along sometimes. The show will feature a few photos of the Ozarks, but also will feature photos from a couple of moves that I went along on: Seattle and Vermont. The journey there is half the fun (especially in a moving truck).”

A Meet-the-Artist event will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2-4 p.m. in OzSBI’s lobby at 408 Washington Ave. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend to meet Wharton and view and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Madison Sutterfield at OzSBI or WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale at

West Plains R-7 Student Art Display Sponsored by West Plains Council on the Arts @ West Plains Public Library
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and West Plains Public Library (WPPL) will partner to bring quarterly art displays to the library. Students from West Plains High School and Middle School, along with Southfork students, will contribute to the initial display to be featured January through mid-March 2023. Visitors may view the display at the library during open hours, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale says, “We are fortunate to display the works of local students. The work of young artists in both fresh and exciting. To see their technical ability is amazing, but what is most exciting is their fresh approach to art; unencumbered by what one might consider traditional art.”

WPPL Director Shawnie Kennedy shares, “We are so excited to have this partnership with the Council on the Arts coming to the library!  We know there are many young artists out there, and it will be a pleasure to display the talent and creativity of our great city for all the community to see.”

A Meet-the-Artists event will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 12-2 p.m. at the library, 750 West Main St. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend, meet the young artists, view, and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Shawnie Kennedy at the library or WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale at 

“Go Farm” Farmers Indoor Market @ OzSBI Pop Up Shop
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Ten vendors from Go Farm Farmers Market will be selling indoors at the OzSBI Pop Up Shop in Downtown West Plains starting January 9 through the end of March.

Participating vendors include:
Brassfield Farms
Falling Spring Farms – Kombucha & Fine Ferments
Foodie’s Fare
Garden Worx
JUS’ FARMIN’
Ozark Fruit Company LLC
Pure Beth
Ron’s Microgreens & More
Secret Springs Farms
Sullana Farm & Homestead

 

Fiber and Textile Arts Show @ Harlin Museum
Feb 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Annual competition show. Free admission to the Harlin. Donations accepted.

Chess Night @ Wages Brewing Co.
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

 

Feb
3
Fri
Photography of Melissa Wharton @ Ozarks Small Business Incubator
Feb 3 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) have partnered to bring quarterly art displays to the incubator. Local photographer Melissa Wharton’s works will be featured inside OzSBI’s first floor January 3 through the end of March 2023. Visitors may view the display at the incubator during OzSBI’s business hours, anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale describes the works, “Capturing the beauty of her surroundings, Melissa reveals a true understanding of all nature has to offer. Her photography presents an opportunity for the viewer to experience places they might not see otherwise.”

Growing up in West Plains, Wharton has always had an interest in the Ozarks mills and springs. Starting with her grandparents taking her on frequent visits to Rockbridge Mill, Wharton began photographing travel outings at a young age. This interest led her to a bachelor’s degree in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design and photography. A career spanning three decades has always included roles where she can be creative.

Wharton recently won first place in the People Category in a photography contest in Terrain Magazine. The photo features Wharton’s son, Sawyer Smith, in the wheel at Turner Mill.

Her current position as tourism manager for the City of West Plains embodies all her previous work into one: graphic design, photography, writing, public relations, and retail. Being able to explore the Ozarks and capture its beauty in photos is now one of her job duties. Sharing the Ozarks with others is just a perk of the job. She is embarrassed to admit that all her photos are captured on her cell phone, but it is the years of training and the artistic eye that make the difference.

Artist Statement:

“Having grown up and lived in the West Plains area most of my life, I have always had an interest in photographing the Ozarks. Two years ago, when I was hired by the City of West Plains, this passion became a part of my job. I now have the honor to photograph and promote our beautiful area that we get to call home.

“For this show, I wanted to share some of my travels from 2022. My husband owns Bartlett Moving Services, and I am lucky enough to tag along sometimes. The show will feature a few photos of the Ozarks, but also will feature photos from a couple of moves that I went along on: Seattle and Vermont. The journey there is half the fun (especially in a moving truck).”

A Meet-the-Artist event will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2-4 p.m. in OzSBI’s lobby at 408 Washington Ave. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend to meet Wharton and view and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Madison Sutterfield at OzSBI or WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale at

West Plains R-7 Student Art Display Sponsored by West Plains Council on the Arts @ West Plains Public Library
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and West Plains Public Library (WPPL) will partner to bring quarterly art displays to the library. Students from West Plains High School and Middle School, along with Southfork students, will contribute to the initial display to be featured January through mid-March 2023. Visitors may view the display at the library during open hours, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale says, “We are fortunate to display the works of local students. The work of young artists in both fresh and exciting. To see their technical ability is amazing, but what is most exciting is their fresh approach to art; unencumbered by what one might consider traditional art.”

WPPL Director Shawnie Kennedy shares, “We are so excited to have this partnership with the Council on the Arts coming to the library!  We know there are many young artists out there, and it will be a pleasure to display the talent and creativity of our great city for all the community to see.”

A Meet-the-Artists event will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 12-2 p.m. at the library, 750 West Main St. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend, meet the young artists, view, and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Shawnie Kennedy at the library or WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale at 

“Go Farm” Farmers Indoor Market @ OzSBI Pop Up Shop
Feb 3 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Ten vendors from Go Farm Farmers Market will be selling indoors at the OzSBI Pop Up Shop in Downtown West Plains starting January 9 through the end of March.

Participating vendors include:
Brassfield Farms
Falling Spring Farms – Kombucha & Fine Ferments
Foodie’s Fare
Garden Worx
JUS’ FARMIN’
Ozark Fruit Company LLC
Pure Beth
Ron’s Microgreens & More
Secret Springs Farms
Sullana Farm & Homestead

 

Fiber and Textile Arts Show @ Harlin Museum
Feb 3 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Annual competition show. Free admission to the Harlin. Donations accepted.

The Bounce House
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Bounce House has inflatable bounce houses, slides, video games, etc.
Call 417-256-5405 or visit The Bounce House on Facebook for information or to schedule a private party.

Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

 

Roller Skating @ S&S Skateland
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

S&S Skateland on Facebook for additional info.

Glow Bowl @ Lightning Bowl
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Lightning Bowl on Facebook for information.

Feb
4
Sat
Go Farm Farmers Market @ Endurance Church Parking Lot
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

417-293-0590

Website: heartoftheozarkshalfmarathon.com for more information or to sign up.

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