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Darral Dishman: The Artist as Mentor

Main Gallery

June 1 – July 20, 2019

Sponsored by Anne Sharp

Hosts: Macadoodles Fine Wines, and The Wild Flower and Marilyn Dishman-Horst


Friday, May 31, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5


“Art’s golden thread of mentors stretches not just into the ancient past, but also far into the future.”

Paul Soderberg novelist, journalist, editor of Art-Talk newspaper, mentor to young writers

Exploring the enduring connections between artists and their students—mentors and mentees—Darral Dishman: The Artist as Mentor demonstrates how the act of mentoring flows through one generation of artists to the next.

Over the course of his painting and teaching career, Dishman (1936-1984) developed a reputation as a fine painter and accomplished teacher. Between 1966 and 1984, he maintained a private studio and served as Art Department head for Missouri Southern State College and director of Spiva Art Center on the college campus. His passion for both art and education led him to mentor a variety of developing artists: young, private students in his studio (as in the case of Jeff Legg, Stan Baden, and Mark Vanslyke); K-12 students in small, surrounding communities; students enrolled in MSSC art classes; participants in Spiva workshops; and senior citizens in area artist guilds. Interacting with emerging artists both invigorated and inspired him. Many of his students went on to become professional artists and teachers, in turn adding their voices and talent to the “thread of mentors” that began, for them, with Dishman.

The Artist as Mentor celebrates both the power of mentoring and the legacy of Darral Dishman. Through his own artwork and reflections, as well as those of former students and MSSC alumni, this diverse exhibit underscores the importance of the mentor/mentee relationship. Mentored by Dishman and other MSSC art faculty members, these mentees explored personal directions and developed unique artistic styles.

This invitational, curated exhibition incorporates paintings and 3-D works by 19 artists in eight states. Their stories about Dishman’s mentoring—compiled for the exhibit by Marilyn Dishman-Horst—reveal treasured memories of a devoted mentor and the insightful “take-aways” that have stayed with them throughout their own careers. Featured artists include Stan Baden, Gary Bowling, Lana Caywood, Tricia Courtney, Linda Dishman, John Fitzgibbon, Jeffrey Jones, Annette Key, Jeff Kilbane, Kim Kissel, Melody Knowles, Jeff Legg, Dan McWilliams, Elaina Edman Oberzan, Richard Sachan, Ron Seat, Brad Talbott, Andy Thomas, and Mark Vanslyke.

Proceeds from the sale of Dishman paintings will be donated to the Missouri Southern State University Foundation for the annual Darral Dishman Art Scholarship to perpetuate the mentoring tradition.



Family Affair: A Multi-Generational Exhibit

Regional Gallery

June 1 – July 27, 2019

Sponsored by The Wild Flower

Host: Marilyn Dishman-Horst


Friday, May 31, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5


Three generations of the Perry family will come together to display an eclectic blend of mediums with a contemporary aesthetic when they present the exhibit, Family Affair: A Multi-Generational Exhibit, scheduled for June 1 – July 27 in the Regional Gallery.

The exhibit will feature the work of siblings Bill and Rebecca Perry, along with Rebecca’s daughter, Aston Stovern, and Aston’s daughter, Rylee Munch. Because the family works in differing mediums, each one of them will be going their own way in their mediums, hoping to provoke feelings of joy, wonder and curiosity. 

The Perry family art journey didn’t start, as assumed, with Bill and Rebecca’s parents urging them to pursue the arts. Rather, the siblings simply felt the pull of art and followed it. They then encouraged Aston, and the three of them mentored Rylee.

Bill is a fine art photographer whose work has been published nationally and has won national and international awards. In this exhibit, he’s stepping out of his comfort zone by presenting abstract paintings.

Rebecca combines recycled objects into sculptures, then veneers them with clay, often implementing the millefiori technique. She has won awards in shows at Spiva & Carthage’s artCentral and her work has sold internationally. 

Aston excels in a variety of mediums, but she is best known for her large metal sculptures. Her work has won awards at Spiva and Missouri Southern State University.

While Rylee dabbles in photography and in metal sculpture, her primary focus is ceramics. Having obtained an art education degree from the University of Arkansas, she just completed her first year of teaching in Webb City.

“Family Affair: A Multi-Generational Exhibit” is sponsored by The Wild Flower with additional funding from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.



NAMI Joplin: Creative Wellness

Upstairs Gallery

June 4 – June 29, 2019

Opening Reception, June 8, 1-3pm

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans impacted by mental health challenges. NAMI Joplin has partnered with Spiva Center for the Arts to provide a weekly Creative Wellness group to individuals in the area. This exhibition will showcase the works of that group, demonstrating the way art helps ease the pressures of mental health and how creativity can be used as an emotional outlet. Artworks from over fifteen members will be shown and a portion of sales will go towards helping to support NAMI Joplin. 





“Celebrate the creative experience – be a community catalyst.”