Exhibit Opening and Reception: About Becoming

The SAA Collective is excited to bring together three Illinois artists, Tracey Maras, Danny Brikshavana, and E. Vern Taylor, for a featured exhibition. About Becoming will be on display at the SAA Collective in the Hoogland Center for the Arts from September 6 – October 24 with the opening reception on Friday, September 6 from 5 – 7 PM. The reception and exhibition are free to the public.

About Becoming is a reference to the way in which the artists use the visual medium to express themselves and the world around. Maras’s pastel paintings focus on the many facets of water. “The lessons I have learned at the river continue to influence my life and my art.” says Maras, “As a result, the connectedness to water returns again and again in the subjects that I paint. The many personalities of water offer endless opportunities for inspiration”. The necessity of water for all life creates a unifying theme in her work.

Taylor’s paintings, titled The Rainforest Series, is a personal interpretation of the novel William Henry Hudson’s most famous novel, Green Mansions, written in 1904. “[The book] opened the wonderful world of reading to me as a reluctant eight grader,” says Taylor. ” [It] made a tremendous impression on me, enriching my imagination and instilling in me to this day, a deep love and abiding respect for the rain forests of the world.”

Brikshavana takes a more personal approach to the theme. “In late 2014, ceramics was the solution when seeking an art form that allowed me to express myself,” says the artist. “There is such appeal in being able to transform crude and raw materials to something tangible or purposeful.” His work can appear simple and minimalistic while some is more intricate with much finer details.

Alongside this featured exhibition will be a showcase of SAA Collective artists new paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography and more.

The BACKdoor gallery will feature long time Springfield artist John Crisp.

The exhibitions are free and open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12 – 7 PM.

Paint The Street 2019 presented by PNC

The Springfield Art Association is hosting a community block party where you literally PAINT THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD!

Anyone can come and paint the Street! Participants and groups will purchase a 6′ x 6′ square of street on which they can paint anything they wish. All participants and groups will receive an event bag containing: paint supplies (including the tempera paint which is water soluble/washable) and giveaway goodies from sponsors. A 6×6 ft square is $35

Register at: https://www.springfieldart.org/pts-registration.html


Food stands and great music will be available throughout the day. Visitors will enjoy this unique outdoor gallery on the day of the event, and for months to come, until Nature clears the street to prepare the canvas for next year’s event!

2019 Paint the Street Professional Artist Category:
-Open to all artists.
-Registration $45. You must register in advance.
-Winners will be selected by a panel of art professionals.
First Place = $300
Second Place = $200
Third Place = $100
(More info on Professional Category is at: https://www.springfieldart.org/pts-pro-registration.html)

Proceeds will go toward the operations and programming at the Springfield Art Association. Thank you to our Premiere Sponsor PNC Bank for helping make this event happen!!

Calling Artists for 2019 Art Alley Challenge

Artist Immanuel Ahiable greeting friends and family during our first Art Alley Pop Up.

This year’s Art Alley III Pop Up takes place on Saturday, September 14 — with a twist. Seven selected artists or artistic teams will “compete” by completing a mural in only one day. As night falls, we’ll gather for our Pop Up Party, where guests can vote for their favorite mural — so that we can give the artists prizes! — and to celebrate Springfield’s artistic community.

Tickets are not yet available but all proceeds will benefit DSI’s ARTification Public Art Program.

The Call for Artists has been released thanks to our partners at Springfield Art Association. Please download the Call for Artists and apply today: Art Alley III Mural Competition Call FINAL

Thank you to our sponsors Solomon Colors and Springfield Electric!

You can get your tickets now!  Click here for more details.




Paint the Street

The Springfield Art Association is hosting a community block party where you literally PAINT THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD!

Event will run between 4th and 8th Streets on Washington Street. Show up to paint any time after 12PM and be finished up by 7PM. Streets will reopen at 10PM, so make sure you leave enough time for your paint to dry!

Participant / groups will purchase a 6′ x 6′ square of street on which they can paint anything they wish. Up to 6 participants can be assigned to one 6′ x 6′ square

Participant / groups will receive an event bag containing: paint supplies (including the tempera paint we will be using which is water soluble/washable) and giveaway goodies from sponsors.

$35/Square ($40 at the door)
$45/Professional Square ($600 in cash prizes to be won. Must register in advance. See website for full details)

Visitors will enjoy this unique outdoor gallery on the day of the event, and for months to come, until Nature clears the street to prepare the canvas for next year’s event .

PNC is the Premiere Sponsor of 2018 Paint the Street. As guests to the event, you’ll get to beautify the street right outside their office windows!

Proceeds will go toward the operations and programming at the Springfield Art Association.

Opening Minds Through Art

SIU School of Medicine and the Springfield Art Association are teaming up to bring you an incredibly special art reception this Friday evening at the SAA Collective Gallery in the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. Its failure-free program provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people with dementia. OMA also provides volunteers with opportunities to improve their attitudes toward aging through the weekly interaction with OMA program participants. The goal is to help create a society that values older adults with dementia. This program achieves this by building genuine friendships between people with dementia and volunteers as they engage in art-making.

Volunteers have been working with dementia patients once a week at the Springfield Art Association since the beginning of April. Before artists are matched up with patients, they are prepped with background information such as the participants interests, family members names, favorite colors, and of course health background. The patient works with the same artist every week to bring comfort and familiarity. Together they learn and create artwork, while developing a friendship.

Each participants creations will be on display at the SAA Collective Gallery June 8th & 9th.  Be sure to stop by and show support for these amazing people!

JUNE 8, 2018, 5:30 – 7PM
AT SAA Collective
420 South 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Featured Artists Names:

Gail Record

Jean Kienzler

Ginny (Virginia) Reiser

Jean Staab

Tricia Balli

Don Elam

Nadine Hughes

Joe(Bobo) Beneky

Carita Gehlhausen

Mike Akins

Shirley Kane

Marybeth Zietz

OMA is supported by an Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative-Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) Project grant from the Administration for Community Living through the Illinois Department on Aging, as well as a grant made by the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln King’s Daughters Organization Blackstock Fund to the SIU School of Medicine, Center for Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders www.siumed.edu/alz.

Gallery Passport Tour

An exciting new event at three artistic enclaves — Springfield Art Association, SAA Collective and The Pharmacy!

The Springfield Art Association, SAA Collective and The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space join together for the Passport Gallery Tour. Grab a “passport” at your first stop. Get it stamped at each gallery. Drop it off at your last stop for a chance to win artwork for the exhibiting artists. All returned passports will be brought to The Pharmacy Gallery for the drawing at 8:45 PM. You do not need to be present during the drawing to win.

Each location will host a special talk or promotion at staggered times. All galleries are free and open to the public.

Exhibition Details:
SAA Collective
Location: In the Hoogland Center for the Arts at 420 S 6th Street
Exhibition: Ambience Reception, featuring David Brodsky (David Brodsky Photography) (photography), John Hayes (Painting), and Gary Beaumont (ceramics)
Reception Time: 5 – 8 PM
Artist Talk: 5:45 PM

M.G. Nelson Family Gallery
Location: Springfield Art Association, 700 N 4th Street
Exhibition: Enos Park Artists-in-Residence Exhibition:
Back from the Dead by Ginger Lukas,
Contempt For A Thin Fever by Rob Thomson,
and Head Like A Stone by Gene Tanta
Reception Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Artist Talk: 7 PM

The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space
Location: 711 S 5th St
Exhibition: Cosmos – Art Exhibition
Reception Time: 6 – 9 PM
Art Raffle: 8:45 PM, Artwork by artists participating in all the Passport Art Exhibitions will be raffled off to guest who get their card stamped at each gallery location.

Readers Theater of Banned Books to Benefit SAA

To Kill A Mockingbird. Tom Sawyer. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The Jungle. What do these books have in common, beyond being classics of American literature? According to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, these books have also faced multiple challenges from schools and libraries since they were written. In short, they are “banned books.”

In recognition of national Banned Books Week, the Springfield Art Association will host “A Night of Silenced Voices.” This readers’ theater-style event will include readings from 10 “banned” books. Guest readers will share a selection from each book, and a narrator will explain the grounds on which it was challenged. ​

After the presentation, guests are invited to join a discussion about censorship and intellectual freedom. A dessert reception will follow.

Tickets are $25 ($20 for Springfield Art Association members) and are available online at or at the door the night of the event. All proceeds will benefit Edwards Place historic home as well as the Michael Victor II Art Library.

SAA Exhibit Opening/Reception: The World of the Invisible Works by Lyubov Momet

Tonight’s opening reception is at the M.G. Nelson Gallery located on the SAA Campus at 700 North 4th Street.

An exhibition of paintings by Lyubov Momet is a glimpse into an exotic surrealistic world. Her hyper- realistic style combines mythological figures and landscapes that transport the viewer to a unique and engaging place. Many of the works mix media and materials for added dimesions to the canvases. Her work is called magical realism. Much of her work is done in series, one of the most powerful being the Temptation series depicting Eve, the serpent, and the apple.
Ms. Momet was born and educated as a fine artist in the Ukraine. Her work has been shown across Europe and is represented in private and public collections around the world. She currently lives in the Chicago area.

This exhibition was curated by Rosina Neginsky, an art history professor at University of Illinois-Springfield. Ms. Neginsky chose 45 pieces covering the artist’s career from 1990 to the present. She will be discussing her choices and insights into the work at a curator’s talk during the opening reception on September 1st at 6:00 pm. The artist will also be present at the reception.

The exhibition will run from Friday, September 1st through Saturday, September 30th.

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