Art Alley Pop Up

Downtown Springfield, Inc. and its volunteer Design Council invite you to witness the unveiling of downtown’s newest murals, plus enjoy a one-night, big-city gallery showing with local art, appetizers and drink in a formerly boring-ole alley.

The public is invited to DSI’s Art Alley II on Thursday, September 20 from 5:30-9 pm in the alley between 4th and 5th street just south of Washington. Admission is $10 online (click the link below) and $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit future public art projects, part of DSI’s program for downtown revitalization.

This year’s muralists are Jen Santarelli, Jeff Curtis Williams and artists from DEMO Project. Plus guests will enjoy music by DJ Acid Dad Crash Pad and complimentary appetizers by Augie’s Front Burner. Cash bar is available.

Another popular feature of Art Alley will return again this year – the community-painted mural. Guests will once again get the opportunity to pick up a brush themselves!

This event is only possible because of our sponsors: Solomon Colors, Crawford Murphy and Tilly, and PPG Paints. This year’s building facades were generously provided by the Nickell and Stern Families. Special thanks go to Springfield Art Association staff Erin Svendsen and Corrin McWhirter, members of the Design Council and champions for community art.

About Our Muralists:
DEMO Project (Brytton Bjorngaard, Shane Harris, Allison Lacher, and Jeff Robinson). These Springfield-based artists and frequent collaborators are colleagues in the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Department of Art, Music, and Theater. During its run in a house in Enos Park, DEMO Project gained national acclaim for its contemporary art installations. They are committed to art education through teaching, exhibitions, and community programs.

Jen Santarelli is an abstract painter who is interested in breaking down common objects like maps and comic book pages into their most basic design elements. Her work has been included in shows at the Pharmacy Gallery, SAA’s BackDoor Gallery, Radon Lounge, DSI’s Art Alley, and various pop-up art shows around central Illinois.

Jeff Curtis Williams is a rock musician, fine artist, cycling champion. In addition, these diverse areas of interest have built on each other throughout a 36-year career. Williams is in the band NIL8, a lover of bicycling, and has a true niche of combining his love of cycling and painting, landing his canvases in numerous galleries as well as on the cover of a national magazine.

Artists Paint the Alley

A tease of the unfinished mural by Jeff C. Williams

This Thursday, September 20, the alley just south of the Myer’s building will be filled with creatives and their fans from 5:30 – 9pm. Adding to last year’s successful art, 3 new professional artist murals will be debuted and an interactive mural will be painted the night of with public participation. A pop-up art show will also be on display just for the evening. Chicago based DJ and funk re-mixer, Acid Dad Crash Pad will be providing music.  Complimentary appetizers by Augie’s Front Burner and a cash bar will be available. Admission is $10 online and $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit future public art projects, part of DSI’s program for downtown revitalization.

Although the celebration of this public art lasts just the evening, the muralists have been working for weeks to finish their pieces. This is the largest scale art most of them have ever created. Locals have enjoyed watching them progress each day and many stop to offer water, conversation and even help!

Muralist Bios:

Newcomer to the scene, Jen Santarelli is an abstract painter who is interested in breaking down common objects like maps and comic book pages into their most basic design elements. Using acrylic paint on canvas, her work has been included in shows at the Pharmacy Gallery, SAA’s BackDoor Gallery, Radon Lounge, and various pop-up art shows around central Illinois.

 

 

Jeff C Williams may be the most well-known in the bunch, as his local popularity stems from singing in the band NIL8. Jeff’s artwork is reminiscent of graffiti and tattoo art, which makes his talent an incredible fit for this event. He volunteers on many local boards, including The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space. Williams is a lover of bicycling, and has a true niche of combining his love of cycling and painting, landing his canvases in numerous galleries as well as on the cover of a national magazine.

 

 

Brytton Bjorngaard, Shane Harris, Allison Lacher, and Jeff Robinson are Springfield-based artists and frequent collaborators. They are colleagues in the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Department of Art, Music, and Theater. They were among a tight-knit group of artists that ran DEMO Project, a space for contemporary art in Springfield that gained national acclaim, and served as Co-Directors of the space until its demolition in 2018. They are committed to art education through teaching, exhibitions, and community programs.

 

This event is only possible because of our sponsors: Solomon Colors, Crawford Murphy and Tilly, and PPG Paints. This year’s building facades were generously provided by the Nickell and Stern Families. Special thanks go to Springfield Art Association staff Erin Svendsen and Corrin McWhirter, members of the Design Council and champions for community art.

 

Art Pop-Up Comes to Downtown Alley

Get ready to experience local art in the most unexpected venue. Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) invites you to a one-night takeover and transformation of a boring downtown alley into a big city art club. The Art Alley Pop-Up takes place on Thursday, June 29 from 5-9 pm. Enjoy art, syncopated music and light show, an interactive mural, plus appetizers by Augie’s Front Burner and Floyd’s Thirst Parlor beverages!

Tickets are $15 at the door, which include admission and appetizers with proceeds benefiting downtown revitalization. All ages are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Our first ever alley party in the alley between the Reisch Building & the Old Town Mall between 4th & 5th Streets, just west of the Old State Capitol.

This event is made possible with partnership from Springfield Art Association and generous support from Neuhoff Media, Solomon Colors, AARP Illinois, Crawford Murphy and Tilly, Don Smith Paints and PPG Paints.

A music and light show will be produced in coordination by Neuhoff and Chicago light artist Brandon Mojica of ProSource. Art Alley will include a paint by colors mural for event goers to leave there own mark downtown. The south wall will feature 30+ local hanging art pieces with the north wall comprising of two larger scale murals by local artists Laura Zuniga and Immanuel Ahiable.

You can score free admission by serving as a volunteer for this event. Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

 

Laura Zuniga is ART BY ZUNIGA.  She is an emerging artist currently residing in Springfield, IL.  Zuniga attended Benedictine University in Springfield. She completed her Bachelor’s in Studio Arts at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.  Zuniga is a museum full of potential art projects that hopes will open people’s eyes.  She looks to bring many more creations that will tell stories and be appreciated by individuals who admire art just as much as she does.  Her mural Lion Chaser was inspired by Chase the Lion, a book about pursuing your dreams, given to her by a close friend who believes in her dreams as an artist.  The book is about going after your dreams.

”It inspired me and gave me the courage to pursue what God has placed in my heart,” Zuniga says. “Since I came to Springfield in the summer of ’08, it has always been a dream of mine to paint a mural downtown. The mural depicts this opportunity that I was blessed with and I hope that it will encourage other generations to do the same, to chase their lion.”

Immanuel Ahiable, a new exhibiting member at the SAA Collective gallery in Springfield, has incorporated visual art into his life. His mural, In Loving Memory, is inspired by the recent passing of his grandfather and his families roots in Ghana, West Africa. His passing brought new perspective to Ahiable’s life. The mural prominently featured the words of If a poem by Rudyard Kipling.

“Ever since the age of 4, and even before as a young boy who had just moved to the US, I always had a strong desire to create,” says Ahiable. “Visual arts always had a certain consistency in my life. It made sense to me that that this was my way of communication. I will use it to make the most beneficial impact on the world that I live in.”

Zuniga and Ahiables work has already in progress on the alley walls…So if you love art, murals, experiences, downtown or just want a big city feel for one night, drop in after work and kick-off the Fourth of July weekend in a new unique hip way!

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