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Award winning Glendale teacher, artist will speak at Studio 55

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Tracy Livingston Bruton, award winning teacher and artist is the featured speaker at 1 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 8 for Studio 55 in t he church gallery at National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National Ave., Springfield.

Her topic is a challenge to the audience to recapture the childlike magic and wonder of losing oneself in the sheer joy of creating. She will share some of her art and her student’s art at the program. Following the presentation, Studio 55 Fine Arts members and visitors are invited to participate in an artist “show and share”. The program is free and open to the public.

“So here’s my challenge to you: if your inner artist needs a good kick in the pants, then come be inspired, encouraged and motivated to make the most of your gifts in this, our one precious life.”

Bruton recently retired after 30 years of teaching, 25 of those as head of the art department at Glendale High School in Springfield. During her time at Glendale, she received multiple awards and was filmed for a Master Teacher series. She was chosen to be a Toyota International Teacher in Japan and served as an adjunct professor at both OTC and MSU. As a working artist herself, she has been involved in many community events such as being a juror for Winterfest and a judge for Arts Fest. Learn more at Studio55Guild.com.

Studio 55 is a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, organized in 1996. It is composed of artists of all media and various levels of expertise. The guild is dedicated to support, educate and develop artists and promote visual arts in Springfield and the surrounding communities. The monthly programs and meetings are free and open to the public. For more information contact Sandra Letson at 417-869-7812.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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