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Members of Studio 55 have two busy months of activities planned for August and September, the latter a silent auction to benefit Sammy’s Window, which provides for foster children going to new homes and families.

A portrait of John Lennon by Jessie Schwartz will be one of the artist's paintings under discussion at Studio 55.

A “Chromatic Pop” portrait of John Lennon by Jessie Schwartz will be one of the artist’s paintings under discussion at Studio 55.

Studio 55 is an organization of artists that meets monthly in the Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National Avenue in Springfield.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, the group will delve into the fascinating imagination of Jessie Schwartz as the artist shares the bright, bold strokes of his “Chromatic Pop” artistic style. Through September, Schwartz’s work will be featured in a one-man show at Drury Gallery on C-Street, 233 E Commercial St. in Springfield.

Schwartz is self-taught, picking up techniques and experimenting along the way, his understanding of color, mediums, light and shadow, continues to grow as he tries new techniques.

His “Chromatic Pop” artworks are large, colorful paintings which include 20th century iconic personalities, such as John Lennon, David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Marlon Brando, Andy Warhol and others.
The artist studied visual communications at Phoenix Community College, and went on to be a freelance graphic artist and muralist. He later took his artistic talents in other directions as a poet and sculptor and has a piece in Springfield’s current Sculpture Art Walk.

Twice, he has served in the military, first in the U.S. Air Force and 25 years later, in the U.S. Army, retiring in 2014.

“I have been an artist and a soldier,” says Schwartz.“As a soldier, we are taught to destroy; as an artist we are taught to create. I prefer the artist to the soldier any day.”

In addition, Schwartz has been a book illustrator, editor and publisher of a Phoenix newspaper; director/writer/producer of television commercials; marketing director, and has owned several businesses himself.

Benefit Auction at Bambino’s

In September, Studio 55 will present two separate events, beginning with “An Evening at Bambino’s,” 1141 Delmar Street, in Springfield on Thursday, Sept. 1. From 4 p.m. until closing, Andy Faucett owner, will donate 20 percent of all food and beverage sales.

On Friday, Sept. 2, a silent auction sponsored by National Art Shop, Bambinos’ Restaurants, and National Avenue Christian Church will run from 6-8 p.m. in the Gallery at the church located at 1515 S. National Avenue in Springfield.

All of the Silent auction proceeds will be donated to Sammy’s Window; and 25 percent of each art work sold will go to Sammy’s Window.

The benefit auction will feature watercolors, oils, acrylics, fiber art, wood carvings, sculptures, mixed media and pottery. As well there will be weekend get-away packages, gift certificates from area restaurants and breweries, haircuts & styling, jewelry, hand-painted cards, hand-made and artistically-painted Adirondack chairs, wine and cheese gift baskets and other items from businesses and individuals. Twenty-five percent of proceeds will go to Sammy’s Window. Admission to both events is free.

Founded in 1996, Studio 55 is a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, dedicated to supporting, educating and developing artists as well as promoting visual arts in Springfield and the surrounding communities.

More information is at Studio55Guild.com, or on Facebook at Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild.

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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