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June 1 marked the beginning of a new Joplin Regional Artists Coalition exhibit at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. JRAC members that refreshened the rotating display were Koral Martin, photography, Janice Kinman, paintings, and Heather Grills, ceramics. 

“I strongly feel that there is healing in the beauty of nature, and I’m glad to be able through my photography, to share that healing attribute with the patients, their families and staff in hospitals all around the country,” said Martin.
Koral Martin is a photographer drawn by the inherent beauty of nature. She sees it manifested in both the serenity of its order and the excitement of its chaos, its unending variety of the ever changing, and wonderful surprises, at every look, every step, along every path, and in every corner and crevice. Always having camera in hand, Martin sets out to tell nature’s stories that one may never see or grasp. Today, Martin is owner and operator of Koka Art Gallery of downtown Carthage, Mo. There, she combines her fascination and expertise of all aspects of digital photography with that of promoting local artwork. 

“My palette is unlimited and I paint whatever speaks to me,” said Kinman. “I have painted on sawblades, weathered wood, wine bottles, metal and even the jawbone of a cow.“

Janice Kinman of Joplin embarked on an artistic adventure after raising two sons, retiring from the workforce and sadly becoming a widow. January 2005, she enrolled in four semesters of drawing and painting at MSSU. Kinman has been creating ‘whatever speaks to her’ ever since, mixing realism with a hint of impressionism. Kinman uses bold colors in her acrylic works to express her creativity, while watercolors reveal her soft side, like the medium itself. Kinman is active in the art community and has generously donated some of her works of art to local causes.
“The ability to record even a glimpse of the soul of a person or place is what separates one technically adept painting or sculpture from a more moving one,” said Grills.

Heather Grills is the executive director and owner of Phoenix Fired Art, a large, clay teaching studio and multi representational gallery on Main Street in Joplin. Grills works in a variety of mediums such as a clay and glass, creating mosaics, sculpture and ceramics. She finds inspiration by working from life. One example Grills has taken directly from her own life to create came from the experience of cancer. While in recovery for Paget’s Disease, a rare form of female skin cancer, flourished her “Paget’s Pots”. Grills markets her pots in the health industry to raise awareness about the importance of regular exams for early detection and prevention of Paget’s Disease. 
The exhibit will run until Aug. 31, 2015. Artwork is for sale and viewers can come to the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 E. 4th St to see it during business hours. 

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I am working on images that would be nice as murals on a wall and I thought of this one I took this past summer near Kebler Pass in Colorado. It is a favorite spot of mine with the aspen, the fern ... See more

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Fog below... We had a great time hiking and camping at Lake Catherine near Hot Springs Arkansas. One of the gems I enjoyed every morning was the Fall Creek Falls that was not far from the campground. ... See more

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"Marvelous Mill" The hike up to Mill Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is long but it is absolutely worth it. Just shy of the lake was a view that was absolutely breathtaking and I loved the ... See more

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There are so many spots on this cutie (ok so maybe not a cutie but he does have character :), that I could have sectioned off for "Guess What This Is" but some of you would have thought I was doing ... See more

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The perfect view! I love wild flowers and I love the mountains of Colorado. Can't get any better when you get them both :-) this was taken on Gothic Road north of Mount Crested ... See more

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Beautiful 24 7! Cumberland Falls at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Kentucky is breathtaking no matter the time of day. Enjoyed doing some night photography of it last trip. ... See more

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Take Me Away... Driving along 92 Highway heading to the north rim of the Black Canyon of Gunnison we stopped at many of the overlooks. This overlook of the Morrow Point Reservoir was absolutely ... See more

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Red and Green.... Boulder Creek along Boulder Canyon Road is a favorite spot of mine. There is often bright green moss here and there along the banks but I had never seen the vibrant red right at ... See more

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One of my favorite spots in Tennessee is Reelfoot Lake. An earthquake created Lake in the Northwest corner. Watching the sun rise over this lake with the beautiful Dock and Cypress trees was ... See more

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