Arting It Up In Springfield
Emerald Art Center creates art opportunities for everyone
By Joanna Bartlett
“We’re growing and becoming more vibrant. There’s always a buzz going on in the gallery,” she says.
The rest of this year is full of classes and exhibitions for all ages.
“We just received a grant from SELCO so we can continue our Saturday Youth Art Works classes for kids,” Goodbar says. “The kids build a foundation of art with different mediums.” The grant allows Emerald Art Center to offer the classes, held noon-3 p.m. on Saturdays, at no charge. The classes are open to children ages 6-12.
Youth Art Works kicks off its fall season on Oct. 3 with painting with wool felt and will include classes on weaving, watercolors, acrylics and fabric painting.
Ongoing classes include a Wednesday afternoon painting class with Alan Clark which is open to all artists who want help with acrylics, drawing and illustration. “You can bring in a piece of work you’re in the process of doing and he’ll help you get to your artistic goal,” Goodbar says. “I hear laughter coming from the class every single Wednesday.”
On the first Wednesday of each month during the same time, Clark offers a Controlled Accident class which uses unorthodox painting tools such as bubble wrap, balloons and tin foil. Clark’s Wednesday classes run from 1-4 p.m. and cost $15.
Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m., Emerald Art Center offers an ongoing figure drawing class. Cost is $6.
Upcoming exhibitions include the (Springfield) Mayor’s Art Show, which opens on Oct. 2 with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. That artwork will be on display throughout October. In November, Photography at Oregon will display black and white prints from their exhibition and auction. December’s exhibit is a group of 19.7” quilt reproductions of famous art created by a collection of 90 quilters from the United States, Japan and France.
Emerald Art Center is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 500 Main St. in Springfield.