Two opportunities for neighborhood artists to shine

Calling all Rountree artists! We have two opportunities to announce!

The first opportunity is at the next First Friday Art Walk on July 7th, when Rountree will be the featured neighborhood on the Square. A different neighborhood is being featured each month this year. Artists of all ages and skill levels are being asked to create some anchor elements that are iconic to our neighborhood. We’re asking our Rountree artists to be there to paint and encourage others to add elements. The public event will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, and that is when we will paint the anchor elements. However, artists can — and are encouraged to — go and sketch their element on the mural anytime this week. The coordinator is Thomas Cunningham with theĀ Downtown Springfield Association, which will provide the mural and paint. If you would like to sketch an element in advance of the Friday event, contact Thomas at 417-831-6200. This is a open call to multiple artists, young and old!

The second opportunity comes from the Springfield Art Museum, which is seeking proposals for exhibitions in a new flexible social gathering space that includes exhibitions, retail, and coffee service. The gallery portion of this space will feature a rotating exhibition titled “Art in our City,” that specifically focuses on the intersections between local artists and the neighborhoods in which they work.

There are 19 different neighborhood associations officially recognized by the City of Springfield. The Art Museum is encouraging artists within these neighborhood associations to submit their work. This is an opportunity for the Rountree Neighborhood to again be recognized as a very special, very talented, and very strong neighborhood. We encourage each artist within our neighborhood to support the Springfield Art Museum, the City, and our neighborhood with their talent.

The deadline for October 2017 exhibitions is August 1. For more information, see museum’s official call for artists.

About Mike Brothers

Mike is a Pickwick Person; husband to Maureen and dad to Vivian and Dorothy. He has lived in the neighborhood since 2011 and has lived in Springfield for over 20 years. He the PR director for Drury University. He was previously a communications specialist with the City of Springfield and the Springfield-Greene County Health Dept, and before that a features writer and music columnist with the News-Leader.
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