Brighten your rainy Saturday with Art!

1 - January 16, 2010 - 0 Comments

Brighten your rainy Saturday afternoon with art during Center City Saturday, 1-5 p.m. today in the Downtown Arts District!
Become part of Photographer James Radke’s latest project, Up Close and Personal; learn about wood-block printing and try it yourself with Artist Chad Woody; and discover the fine art and craft of glassblowing with Artist Terry Bloodworth.

View the January 2010 Center City Saturday E-newsletter

Among the highlights:
Visit Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Avenue, to see the outstanding works of award-winning Artist Charli Stout and receive $1 off for every $5 spent at Fitzwilly’s on Center City Saturday.
Fresh Gallery, at the southwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, has expanded its offerings of 3-dimensional art with Artists Hue Parnell and Fonda Golding, and don’t miss the display by Painter Holly Elkins. Enjoy beautiful and functional stoneware by Hue, colorful fused glass by Fonda, moving and empathetic images by Holly and amazing art by 20 other area artists. A collective gallery staffed entirely by its member artists, there’s always something exciting to do, see or experience at Fresh.
Stop by Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, to enjoy the work of Photographer James Radke. James will be at Global Fayre between 3 and 5 p.m. to talk about his work and to shoot portraits of visitors for his 2010 project Up Close and Personal. James is in the process of taking 480 individual portraits, all shot from the same vantage point, which will ultimately appear in book form. Learn more about Up Close and Personal on James’ blog at, and stop by Global Fayre for your chance to become part of this creative work.
Join Artist Chad Woody at Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, as he demonstrates and discusses wood engraving and woodblock printing, which he uses to create his poetic and whimsical prints, between 1 and 4 p.m. Jan. 16. Get hands-on with art and try it yourself under Chad’s guidance. Also, view the ongoing show In My Room by Photographer Andrea Land. Andrea’s environmental portraits seek to explore the inner psyche of complex individuals. Relating to the temporary situation of childhood, the large-scale photographs exist as both fictional and autobiographical creations.
A favorite stop on the Art Walk, Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., features live glassblowing demonstrations and artist talks by glass masters Terry and Gabe Bloodworth.
Don’t miss the Winter Blow Out Sale at Staxx, 331 South Avenue, during Center City Saturday. Buy one, get one half off on regularly priced items, plus take advantage of $20 pants, $50 denim, $15 racks of women’s tops, $25 men’s tees and up to 75% off storewide!
  • Boy Scouts can complete merit badges at the Discovery Center, 438 E. St. Louis, during Boy Scout Night at the Museum. Cost is $10 for nonmember Scouts, $5 for member Scouts; $5 for nonmember adults, free for member adults.
  • Hear Live Music at Lili’s Diner, 431 S. Jefferson, with Guitarist Dean Morrison. Bring the family! There’s no cover, and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.
  •  Hear the Chapman Bluegrass Band at 8 p.m. at Patton Alley Pub, 313 Patton, followed by the Hundred Hand String Band. Tickets are $5 at the door. 
  • Enjoy great films at The Moxie, now showing Young Victoria, A Single Man and Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist. Get showtimes and details at
  • Enjoy improvisation at its best with Improv Sports at The Skinny Improv. Two teams compete against each other with high paced improv games to win your love and affection! For details and ticket info, visit

Center City Saturday, a project of First Friday Art Walk Inc., is a laid-back, family-friendly, daytime event focused on art, culture and fun in the Downtown Arts District.

First Friday Art Walk Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting fine art and economic sustainability in the Downtown Arts District.

The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down

Stick around the Downtown Arts District after dark for a variety of entertainment options with our Downtown Springfield Association partners:

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