The Springfield Museums, Springfield Cultural Partnership , Mayor Domenic Sarno, The Springfield Parks and Recreation Department, and the Springfield Business Improvement District presented a Meet the Artist event, Wednesday, November 17, at 2:15 pm in the newly renovated Pynchon Plaza. The event included entertainment by Community Music School of Springfield.
Two years ago, in December 2019, the Springfield Museums and the Springfield Cultural Partnership sent out a call for public art that would transform Pynchon Plaza into a dynamic museum without walls, a vibrant public space with innovative multi-media art installations by local artists. Now we celebrate the artists whose work has been funded by the SPark! Igniting Our Community project.
Eight projects inspired by Springfield’s people, cultures, places and historical legacies will be installed over the next six months. This event will be an opportunity to talk directly with the artists to learn more about their plans.
The artists/entities are:
- Roberley Bell(Pelham, MA): Artful Seating
- Lauren Celini(Springfield, MA): Utility Art
- Michelle Falcón Fontánez (Boston, MA): Mosaic Art
- Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría(Springfield, MA): Mosaic Art
- Beth Crawford(Haydenville, MA): 3D Sculptural Art
- Jeffrey Lara(Springfield, MA): 3D Sculptural Art
- Make-It Springfield: Library Box
- Ryan Murray (Springfield, MA): Fencing Art
- Rosemary Tracy Woods, Art for the Soul Gallery (Springfield, MA): Fencing Art
These works will also be joined by a sound sculpture created by Outdoor Musical Instruments (United Kingdom). This sound sculpture will be assembled and embellished by a City of Springfield carpenter and artist.
Springfield Museums: Meet the Artists in Pynchon Park (includes quotes from the artists)
City of Springfield: Mayor Sarno Joins with Springfield Museums, Springfield Cultural Partnership and BID for a Special Meet & Greet with the SPark! Artisits at Pynchon Plaza (photos)
WWLP – Channel 22 News: Meet the artists behind revamping of Pynchon Plaza (video)
MassLive: Art displays draw praise for enhancing a ‘good feeling’ to newly refurbished Pynchon Plaza in downtown Springfield (photo gallery)
MassLive: Springfield get $100,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts (photo gallery)