| G. Michael Dobbs
SPRINGFIELD – A “pop-up” gallery show featuring three artists in three locations will create a unique event to downtown Springfield from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 5.
Morgan Drewiany, director of the Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD), explained to Reminder Publications “Art Stop” will be the second largest event the SCCD has presented – the largest being the painting of 23 utility boxes in the downtown area by local artists.
The idea is that people will start at any one of the gallery locations and then walk to the next one.
The three-hour event just isn’t about art, she said. “As soon as you step outside there will be entertainment on your walk between locations,” Drewiany added.
The success of the initial event will hopefully spur a program in the spring for a longer temporary gallery installation, Drewiany said.
The three locations are 1550 Main Street, New England Public Radio (NEPR), and SilverBrick Lofts. Each location will feature the work of the three selected artists.
In NEPR will be Chelsea Revelle, an artist exploring mixed media, printmaking, and textile art. In 1550 Main will be Joe Tomaselli, who creates bold colorful paintings. SilverBrick Lofts will host Justin Phillips, an illustrator and cartoonist showing urban pop culture pieces.
“All three of these artists represent exactly what we’re trying to bring to downtown Springfield, color and the ability to move an audience to think,” Drewniany said. “Our judging panel had difficult decisions to make, but the work that was selected will truly activate and bring life to all three spaces along the walk.”
At each gallery space there will be an artist talk, and light food and drink.
The street performers providing the entertainment between the galleries will be The Greys, an indie jazz duo and fiddle player Ann-Marie Messbauer, from the Community Music School. Art students from Renaissance High School and a speed painter will also be found on the route between 1550 Main and Taylor Street.
The date and time were chose to capitalize on the Springfield Forum lecture that night featuring Nancy Lublin, the CEO of Crisis Text Line and the creator of Dress for Success. The talk will start at 6 p.m. and those who attend the galleries and then the lecture will, with proof, receive a gift, Drewiany said.
Drewiany said that space downtown is needed to generate both excitement and income for artists.
Events such as this one are a way to gauge interest.