Springfield, MA – The UMass Center is the next stop for a local artist hoping to make his mark on the world of modern art. Springfield resident Marcus Hickley grew up in a city known for its rich history of “firsts” and diverse cultures. Now he uses art to reflect those multiple cultures. Hickley’s artwork focuses on people of color in pop culture. And next week his work will be featured in a pop-up gallery at the UMass Center in downtown Springfield.
On August 2nd from 4:30-6pm, the Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) will hosts its third installment of the Art Stops Program. The event features independent gallery openings at multiple stops. All five galleries will have a completely different feel based on the featured artist.
"In creating the Art Stops program, we didn't simply focus on artistic quality, but rather, weighed innovation heavily in placement,” said Morgan Drewniary, Executive Director of the Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD). “Marcus' work exemplifies this spirit - he is a young artist looking internally for inspiration, and then reaching for a bevy of materials to express his vision, weaving gold, leather, and silk into his paintings. The product is something accessible, but intensely personal, that appeals to a very wide audience."
While Hickley’s art will be showcased at the UMass Center through the end of September, four other artists’ works will be displayed at 1550 Main Street, New England Public Radio (NEPR), the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM), and the TD Bank Building. In NEPR will be Lynn Sisler, with mixed-media pieces inspired by the natural world. 1550 Main will feature Frank Carter, a well-known painter out of Indian Orchard Mills, displaying large, colorful paintings. Amanda Tobin, a recent graduate working with acrylic and unusual items like sand, will show in CFWM. The TD Bank Building will display the photography of Joanne Bell, featuring local shots.
On August 2nd the artists will be on site at each independent gallery to speak about the artwork and take questions. Between the galleries, the SCCD has hired street performers, themed jazz, as an homage to the upcoming Jazz and Roots Festival. The Eric Bascom Trio, Jeremy Turgeon, Alton Skinner, and Kevin Chaffee will be playing varied styles. White Lion Wednesday, taking place in Tower Square Park, will also provide music and local libations. Tower Square’s permanent galleries – Art for the Soul, Valley Photo Center, and Avis Neigher Gallery will be open for visitors as well.