530 Somewhere, in conjunction with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, Local Color Art Gallery, and the Downtown Gallery of Joplin, is proud to announce a ribbon-cutting event and community unveiling to kick off the fundraiser for the Joplin Humane Society, currently exhibited at the Downtown Gallery of Joplin, located at 6th
and Main.

Local Downtown Joplin Restaurant, 530 Somewhere, is the sponsor of the exhibit.  “We are proud to sponsor this exhibit and support the arts, artists, and our local  businesses, which are so important to the culture of our community,” said Garen McMillian of 530 Somewhere.

About the Fundraiser 

Recognizing the vital role played by the Joplin Humane Society in rescuing,  rehabilitating, and finding homes for animals in need, the art galleries have joined forces  to raise funds and awareness for this noble cause. The “We Love our Pets” artwork  event, featuring artwork created by students from art classes taught by the Local Color  Art Gallery, will be displayed at the Downtown Gallery of Joplin starting on February  14th, 2024. This collaboration between the two galleries aims to use creativity to  positively impact the lives of animals in the Joplin community. 

Throughout the fundraising program, the public is invited to scan the QR Code or visit  www.localcolorartgalleryjoplin.com to vote “Loved” with a $5.00 donation or make a  purchase. All proceeds from the sale of artwork or “Loved Donations” will be donated  directly to the Joplin Humane Society to support their ongoing efforts in caring for and  advocating for animals. 

“We believe that art has the power to unite communities and create lasting change,”  said Margie Moss, a Member Artist at Local Color Art Gallery. “By partnering with the  Downtown Gallery of Joplin and supporting the Joplin Humane Society, we aim to uplift  the local arts scene while also making a tangible difference in the lives of animals in  need.” 

“We invite the Joplin community to join us in this collaborative effort to support the  Joplin Humane Society,” expressed Paul Whitehill, Director of the Downtown Gallery of  Joplin. “Together, we can make a significant impact and improve the lives of our furry  friends who bring joy, companionship, and unconditional love.”

The ribbon cutting is scheduled for Friday, March 15th, at 4:00 pm. Please come join the  event and meet some of the 53 amazing artists who created the 53 paintings and  possibly some live furry friends from the Humane Society. In the event of inclement  weather, the ribbon cutting will be moved indoors at 530 Somewhere. 

For more information about the event, contact Paul Whitehill at 417-483-0566 or [email protected]. Please also visit www.downtown.gallery and www.localcolorartgalleryjoplin.com.