For one night each year, Main Street Springville transforms into a sprawling art gallery with musicians and artwork tucked into little niches and alcoves. People of all ages and stripes walk the town in what has become known as the Art Crawl.
This free event is fun for the whole family and takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
The artwork is displayed in everyday spaces, nestled in businesses from North Buffalo Street to Franklin Street in Springville’s Historic District. The work includes watercolor, photography, acrylic and sculpture from 30 Western New York artists who were juried to exhibit. Participating artists include Linda Hall, Damon Hudac, Tara Lowry, Trenton C. Lutes, Caroline North, Kathleen Pisaro, Judy Wright and more. Most of the pieces are available for purchase.
While enjoying the quaint village setting and the architecture of Springville’s Main Street, visitors will find musicians playing inside and outside of businesses. Musicians include Hintz of Thunder, Porcelain Train, Lyndsy Burgio, Phil Elinski, Wise Alex, Andy Francisco, Partners in Time and the Blue Mule Band, among many others.
Art happenings will be ongoing throughout the event. Jan Howe will demonstrate spinning wool. Mary Ann Fritz will share the technique of pinweaving. Suzanne Borowicz will give out Poetry in a Bag. The Springville PTA will host a raffle of artwork made by SGI students. Join a free 30-minute yoga session hosted by rSpace Yoga and Wellness Studio at 6 or 7 p.m. As in past years, there will be a kids’ art space at Arts Underground, 66 E. Main St.
To “crawl,” begin at the tent located at the corner of Main and Mechanic Streets and pick up a map of the participating locations. After that, visitors can stroll at their own pace and on their own path, walking from location to location. Many business have light refreshments to enjoy during the event. Cruisin’ Crepes food truck will be set up and several area restaurants will be open.
At 8:30 p.m., guests can end their evening at the After Party at Springville Center for the Arts, 37 N. Buffalo St. The Olmsted Gallery inside the center will feature local artist John Merlino’s “Reflection of Nature and Spirit,” an exhibit of abstract and realism paintings. During the After Party, guests enjoy free refreshments while filling out their ballots to choose and vote on their favorite artist whose work was displayed during the crawl.
The Art Crawl is organized by Springville Center for the Arts and sponsored by Sheret Jewelers, Springville Times, Concord Land Realty, Springville Journal and Metro Kirsch Real Estate. The jurors for this year’s Art Crawl are Gerald Mead, Christopher Stangler and Gwendolyn Brown. For more information, visit crawl.SpringvilleArts.org or call (716) 592-9038.