A group exhibition by members of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) will be featured in the Spiva Art Gallery at Missouri Southern State University.

“Light in the Darkness” will run Monday, June 28, through Thursday, July 22. An opening reception will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 9.

The theme was chosen to allow JRAC members to express how they find hope and joy after being immersed in dark times, particularly as it pertains to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants were not restricted to the subject matter, however. The hope is that the exhibit will help to lift spirits as we recover from difficult times.

The JRAC was founded by visual artists in 2010 to network and more effectively engage in cultural, economic, and educational artistic activity. The organization is not limited to Joplin artists but encompasses the Joplin area. JRAC membership includes professional and amateur artists, art enthusiasts, and patrons of the visual arts. JRAC organizes multiple shows a year to provide members opportunities to create, show and sell their work.

Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the summer.