SPRINGFIELD, MA - Multimedia, dynamic, vibrant art is coming to Downtown Springfield today from 4:30 - 6pm– in unexpected spaces. The Springfield Central Cultural District’s (SCCD) Art Stop program will feature three artists in the UMass Center at Springfield, 1550 Main Street and New England Public Radio (NEPR). Residents, neighbors, and employees are invited to join in the free celebration that includes art, food, music, and more.
The UMass Center at Springfield will feature the art of Kat Harrison, who experiments with enlarged paint scraps to present the viewer with a new perspective on material and form. This independent gallery opening will include a reception with Harrison who will be on site to speak about her work and answer questions.
"This is an exciting collaboration for the UMass Center that will showcase a regional artist," said Jamina Scippio-McFadden, Director of Marketing and Community Relations. "We look forward to exhibiting Kat's work over the next month." The UMass Center is a member of the SCCD.
Across the street at NEPR will be Lisa Hersey, an artist utilizing the old art of letterpress in a fresh, painterly fashion. In 1550 Main will be Esther S White, a mother-artist, as she calls herself, exploring printmaking and quilting to echo the rhythms of family life. All three galleries will have a completely different feel, surprising the visitor upon arrival.
“These artists are all incredible and breaking ground in some fashion within their shows,” said Director of the SCCD, Morgan Drewniany. “In the judging process, we didn’t look simply at artistic excellence, but weighed innovation heavily. This is something we continue to place emphasis on in the Cultural District and in Downtown Springfield generally, and know visitors will appreciate.”
Between the three galleries, the SCCD has hired street performers. The Greys, an indie jazz duo, will be playing on the sidewalk as well as a traditional fiddle player, Ann-Marie Messbauer, from the Community Music School, and Kevin Chaffee, an acoustic guitarist. Art students from Renaissance High School will be mural-making live. NEPR will be offering tours of their studio, opened in 2015, and highlighting the storytelling work created by MediaLab students. In Tower Square there will be live music and visitors can also stop by the Art for the Soul Gallery, Valley Photo Center, and Wonderland Gifts.