(From Spiva Art Center)
Spiva invites the community to watch portrait and graphic artist as well as 2008 Picher tornado survivor Julie Lankford Olds as she paints a mural inside a Midwest Storm Shelter. The painted seven-foot, 13,000-pound shelter, will be given away as part of a special drawing during Spiva’s On the Other Side tornado-themed exhibit. Midwest Storm Shelters donated the shelter, delivery and installation in a continued effort to provide families with safety from area storms along with raising funds for George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, a non-profit exhibition, education and cultural art center.
The mural will feature an local nature scene detailing the four-state area. A sketch book identifying the various living creatures will accompany the shelter for a fun seek-and-find game, and a chalkboard will be included to allow the shelter-winner a chance to create their own artwork inside.
On the Other Side is Spiva’s fifth area artist’s challenge. The exhibit showcases a variety of art, some even created from tornado debris, in two-and three-dimensional works that reflect the depth of emotion surrounding the May 22 Joplin tornado. The exhibit was created to allow art to contribute in Joplin’s healing process for both the artists who create it and the people who benefit from viewing it.
Saturday, October 1, 2011; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
George A. Spiva Center for the Arts
222 West Third Street
Joplin, MO 64801
The painted Midwest Storm Shelter is on display in the Spiva parking lot through November 6, 2011, when the On the Other Side exhibit, sponsored by St. John’s Mercy Hospital, concludes. Tickets to win the shelter can be purchased at the Spiva lobby desk for $5 each or $20 for five tickets. The shelter winner will be drawn and announced on Wednesday, November 2, 2011.