Downtown Springfield’s Central Cultural District will be alive with music, art, and more this afternoon with the third iteration of Art Stop(s)! The pop-up gallery series has grown exponentially – offering visitors a choice of five pop-up galleries, three permanent galleries, four street music stations, and much more from 4:30 – 6 PM.
The event will have an independent gallery opening at 1550 Main, New England Public Radio (NEPR), the Community Foundation of Western MA (CFWM), TD Bank Building, and UMass Center at Springfield, all with light snack, and drink, as well as the artists on site to speak about their work and take questions. Each gallery will have a completely different feel, surprising the visitor upon arrival.
“We’re ready to invite folks to experience a taste of what Springfield has to offer,” said Morgan Drewniany, executive director of the District. She continued “We weighed innovation heavily in our judging, which is reflected in the artists we are highlighting. The street musicians are lovely and are jazz-themed, our tip-of-the-hat to the Jazz Festival, and the gallery artists are very diverse, spanning paintings on fabric to mixed media collages.”
Visitors to the event are encouraged to begin at any location and choose their own route. Programs will be available at each stop, as well as at White Lion Wednesday. Just a note that the Art Stop(s) will happen rain or shine.
Among the excitement, visitors can also take a tour of the NEPR studios, visit the Springfield Symphony’s new box office at 1441 Main Street, and view a video produced by Springfield students with Enchanted Circle Theatre courtesy of Focus Springfield. Tower Square’s permanent galleries – Art for the Soul, Valley Photo Center, and Avis Neigher Gallery will be open for visitors as well. Sidecar Bakery will be on site slinging coffee and beignets to round out the evening. White Lion Wednesday will happen in Tower Square Park from 4-7P in the middle of the event.