SPRINGFIELD, MA - Multimedia, dynamic, vibrant art is coming to Downtown Springfield April 5th 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. In Tower Square there will be live music, provided by the SCCD, and featuring The Greys, an indie jazz duo. Visitors can also stop by the Art for the Soul Gallery, Avis Neyer Gallery, Valley Photo Center, and Wonderland Gifts.
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. NEPR will be offering tours of their studio, opened in 2015, and highlighting the storytelling work created by MediaLab students. Between the three galleries, the SCCD has hired street performers.