First Friday Artwalk in February

by Erin Carleton, Marketing & Promotions Intern at the Springfield Regional Arts Council

Michael Buesking at Transformation Gallery & Tattoo , 330 E. Walnut St. 

February’s First Friday ArtWalk happened Friday, February 2nd, and many people came out to walk the walk for original art, performances, and music.

Lucky for us, the weather warmed up just in time and the ArtWalk was the perfect opportunity to get out of your house and enjoy what the Downtown Arts District has to offer. There were many local artists’ work displayed throughout restaurants, coffee shops, tattoo shops, and other local businesses. People got the opportunity to hear live music, eat good food, and see performances at some of these businesses supporting the artists. A few of these artists’ work that you could find included: Marshall Richards, Carole Ogden, Christie Nelson, and Janet Abbey. As February is the month of love, the ArtWalk gave people the opportunity to fall in love with art and fall in love with the opportunity to support local artists and businesses. People could support Hearts for the Arts Silent Auction at The Creamery, which raised over $3500 for art education in Southwest Missouri. Don’t worry if you missed the February’s First Friday ArtWalk, this is monthly event occurring the first Friday of every month.  

Josh Beecher Featured at Hotel Vandivort, 305 W Walnut

See something you like? You do have the opportunity to purchase many of these pieces that you see throughout the ArtWalk. If you’re interested in a certain artists’ work, the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s Artist Registry connects you with artists in Springfield and 27-counties in regional Southwest Missouri. You can click on the artists name that you are interested in and you are directed to a page that shows you how to get in contact with that artist.

Go into local Springfield businesses like Gailey’s, The European Cafe, and Birds Eye Tattoo & Art Gallery and you will find art work displayed by local artists. The opportunity to support your community doubles by being able to support local artists and the Springfield business that the artwork is displayed at. 

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