Don’t dally, because there’s a whole lot of art to see in a relatively short time during downtown Springfield’s Second Friday Art Walk from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 12

(Above: “Tiger Looking for Lunch,” a photograph by Richard Jelinek, is included in a show at the City Hall Gallery at 225 Fifth St.)

Edited by Randi Bjornstad

Bring an umbrella just in case, because there are seven stops on downtown Springfield’s Second Friday Art Walk on May 12, as well as another nine or so additional galleries and shops that will be open to host additional artwork, and the forecast includes rain.

“Intentional,” a painting by Michael Kelly, is  on display at the 12th annual Emerald Spring Exhibition at the Emerald Art Center

Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Emerald Art Center at 500 Main St. to take in the center’s 12th annual Emerald Spring Exhibition, a show of paintings created by artists who answered a nationwide call for entries for the juried show.

The next stop on the tour is upstairs in the same building, at Wise Turtle Acupuncture and In Motion Pilates, with a collection called “Colors of Wonder” by artist Marilyn Kent on display, accompanied by light refreshments.

Moving on, it’s the City Hall Gallery at

Another painting in the annual juried show at the Emerald Art Center is “Cynthia” by Diana DeSantis

225 Fifth St., where Richard Jelinek’s wildlife photography is on exhibit. Musician David Helfand will perform, and there will be more light refreshments.

Next up is 630 Main St. and the Wildish Community Theater, with a photography show by Mikayle Stole, called “Springfield Proud.”

At the Tronson Gallery of Contemporary Art at 740 Main St., tourgoers will see painting and architectural renderings by Justin Boggs.

Across the street at 741 Main St. is Cascade Center for Spiritual Living, with a show of Dana Furgerson’s intricately rendered wood carvings, titled “A Sense of Wonder.”

Rounding out the walk is Neu Real Estate, also at 741 Main St., with an exhibit of Destry Neu’s wooden signs, including an artist demonstration and refreshments.

Additional locations that also will be open include:

    •    A3 Academy of Arts and Academics (615 Main St.) —  Art by members of the 2017 senior class.

    •    Springfield Museum (590 Main St.) — “We are Neighbors,” a photography collection that celebrates immigrants as members of the local community as well as a historical exhibit called “When Springfield Was Young: Establishment and Development of the Historic Center.” At 6 p.m., there will be opening remarks and live music.


A watercolor by Julie Coats, titled “Grief,” is part of a show of her work at Memento Ink

   •    Memento Ink (525 Main St.) — Watercolor paintings by Julie Coats, with refreshments.

    •    Haven Home Garden and Gift (349 Main St.) — Acrylic and mixed-media art by Kristen Brack, plus hors d’oeuvres and wine.

    •    Celeste Watch Company (335 Main St.) — Celeste, one of the only women watch dial artists in the United States, will be on hand to discuss her watch dial inlays of abalone shell, mother-of-pearl and wood, plus a demonstration of hand-sewing a watchband and refreshments.

    •    331 Mosaic (331 Main St.) — Artist Levi Sorensen, who sells his wire-wrapped jewelry, display trees and other art items at the Saturday Market, will display his work and give a wire-wrapping demonstration, with snacks for viewers.

    •    The Smith Factory (326 Main St., Unit C) — New works by Nathan Aardvark.

    •    Malerishe Gallery (236 Main St.) — Open House with Vino and Vango from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., including a silver and metal clay jewelry demonstration by Donna Yutsy and “Here Kitty, Kitty” works by Pauline Hauder and Alejandro Sarimento. There will be a sidewalk sale, paintings, tiles, bronze artwork and refreshments.

    •    U.S. Bank (437 Main St.)

    •    Hearts for Hospice (444 Main St.)

Second Friday Art Walk sponsored by Emerald Art Center, 541-726-8595 or

Randi Bjornstad

Has more than 30 years' journalism experience after a previous stint as a land-use planner. Got first rejection slip at age 11, but the editor wrote an encouraging note. Lives in Eugene, Ore., with husband-and-photographer Paul Carter, adorable dog Tallulah and quirky cats Pearl, Audrey, Garbo, Harry and Ozma.

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