Art Within Reach

Dispersed throughout 417-land is a buzzing art scene that is constantly evolving and growing.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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Julie Blackmon
Julieblackmon.com

How you know her: Starting out at Good Girl Art in Springfield, this 417-land photographer is now showing her work at galleries in New York, Switzerland and Los Angeles, to name a few. 
What she’s doing now: Blackmon shot the cover of New York Magazine’s March 25, 2013 issue and is displaying her work at a new gallery show at the Springfield Art Museum from now through January 19, 2014.  

 

Susan Sommer-Luarca
Sslworldwide.com

How you know her: You probably know artist Susan Sommer-Luarca best for her life-like paintings of horses that have made her a big name at shows, including the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Or maybe you saw the posters she created for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
What she’s doing now: Sommer-Luarca’s love of horses landed her on stage with Sheryl Crow last April, as she painted live as part of a benefit concert. Also, she painted the cover of this issue!

 

Gavyn Sky
Gavynskystudios.com 

How you know him: You know him for his hypnotizing paintings with their fluid motion and bright colors. Quickly establishing his niche in the fine arts scene, Gavyn Sky is now partnering with fellow artists and local galleries to increase the accessibility of art. 
What he’s doing now: Most recently, Sky partnered with University Plaza Hotel to use the space as a venue for artists to show their work without the burden of hefty commission prices. 

 

Jacqueline Warren
Jacquelinelwarren.com

How you know her: Crossing into a mix of media including oils, powders, pigments and different textures and materials, artist Jacqueline Warren divvies up her time between her California studio, her Florence, Italy studio and Drury University, where she serves as an associate professor in the art history department. 
What she’s doing now: This summer while working in Florence, she hosted a group of art collectors and was able to take her guests on a tour of European art. 

 

Brad Noble
Bradnobleart.com

How you know him: With his paintings on permanent display at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and in the personal collection of Tom Waits, Brad Noble is getting serious attention as an oil painter. 
What he’s doing now: Noble’s latest endeavor takes him far from the canvas as he ventures in television production with several shows in the works for the likes of AOL, General Mills and KOLR-TV. 

 

Russ RuBert
Rubert.com

How you know him: If you’ve driven down National Avenue in Springfield, you’ve probably seen Russ RuBert’s work. His metal sculpture titled “EchoSphere” sits outside Missouri State University and is just one of many larger-than-life creations. The “Kinetic Man” in Jordan Valley Park Field is another well-known piece. 
What he’s doing now: RuBert’s latest work, the “Harmonic Wall,” is on display at the ideaXfactory through early October.

 

Rachael Dunville
atriumportraiture.com

How you know her: You might know her best for her revealing fine art portraits or as the owner of Aerosha—a workout studio that blends physical, emotional and creative movements. 
What she’s doing now: Dunville’s latest venture is a continuation of her portrait work through Atrium Portraiture, where she’s cross-pollinating into wedding photography and family portraits. 

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