A new art gallery is opening in downtown Springfield, with a free open house scheduled for this Friday, Feb. 11.
The Artist Square Group Gallery, on the second floor of Tower Square, is a collaborative effort of 14 Valley artists whose work includes paintings, photography, jewelry and fiber arts. Among the group are Springfield’s own Paul Midura, Awilda Oxios, Georgianna Lazarus, Gina Beavers and Morocco Flowers. They and their fellow artists will welcome visitors to the new space at the event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and then again from 5 to 7 p.m. A more formal grand opening is planned for the future.
In an announcement of the open house, Don Courtemanche, head of the Springfield Business Improvement District, described the gallery as part of a growing effort to revive Springfield’s downtown through the arts. “The creative economy is really beginning to blossom downtown,” he said. “Artist Square is joining a number of galleries, museums, theatrical venues, and other cultural establishments in Downtown Springfield that collectively are changing the face of this city.”
Click here for an interview with some of the artists by Nate Luscombe, the bright-eyed co-host of WWLP’s “Mass Appeal.”