Memorable Moments

Spiva Center For The Arts: Local Color: Reflections of Joplin

In an exhibit celebrating Joplin’s 150 years of vibrant history, Local Color member artists and their students exhibited art in glass, oil, acrylic, watercolor, collage, wood, and mixed media. Their art features historic architecture, famous Joplin natives, and the lead and zinc mining that made Joplin a boomtown.

Splash | A Two-Person Show | Carriage Factory | Newton, KS | May 2017
Margie Moss Artist Joplin MO
Margie Moss Artist Joplin MO
Happy 90th Birthday to Route 66! An honor to be chosen to paint “Rainbow Bridge” near Riverton, KS for the City of Joplin, MO. These will hang at City Hall for a year and then travel around the area to promote our local attractions along Route 66. My painting is of the last remaining Marsh Arch Bridge, built in 1923, still in use on the Route today.
Margie Moss Artist Joplin MO
Margie Moss Artist Joplin MO
The “Hope High School” was painted shortly after the 2011 F5 tornado which destroyed much of Joplin, MO, as well as our high school, leaving only the sign. Someone added the letters H and E with duct tape to the only letters remaining, and it became a symbol of hope for the city. The painting was presented to Joplin High School Principal, Kerry Sachetta, and hangs in the school library.
The painting ”Appreciate Your Vote!” of the hat with the campaign button is in Senate Majority Leader, and Speaker of the House Ron Richards’ personal art collection. Proudly hanging at the Missouri State Capitol in the Speaker of the House’s office.
After much deliberation I painted copies of my favorite masterpieces and added a tennis ball to each for a special show called “Tennis Ball Masterpieces”. This coincided with our Joplin, MO USTA tennis team winning the chance to go all the way to Nationals! We qualified for it in a David vs. Goliath sectional match. Life surely does inspire art!

Moss Masterpieces after Munch “The Scream”, Van Gogh “Starry Night”, Magritte “Son of Man”, Raphael “Madonna of the Chair”, Michelangelo “ Creation of Man”.
My bowtie design was selected for “Bowtie Cause”, founded by NFL NY Giants Linebacker, Dhani Jones, to aid in the Joplin tornado relief. It became Joplin’s official bowtie with it’s symbols of hope, faith, and rebuilding.