SPRINGVILLE—For one night out of the year, Main Street, Springville becomes an art gallery, with artwork in most businesses, music in surprising corners and interactive art activities sprinkled throughout. The Annual Downtown Springville Art Crawl is Saturday, May 6, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. with free activity for all ages throughout the National Register Historic District.
To crawl, the first stop should be at the corner of Main and Mechanic streets to pick up a ballot and a map of the participating locations. After that, those who are attending can, wander in and out of storefronts from the Pop Warner Museum and Mercantile to North Buffalo Street and the Arts Center. With good weather, the event usually draws over 1,000 attendees.
Artwork of various kinds, from watercolor to photography and acrylic to collage, is exhibited in businesses in downtown Springville. The artwork, submitted from across Western New York, was juried into the show by Zack Boehler (Albright-Knox), Vanessa Frost (MUSEjar) and Tina Hastings (Cattaraugus County Arts Council). Most of the work on display is for sale and several artisan crafters will also be set up at 39 E. Main St. Judd Brown’s watercolor class will be painting Plein Air – or in open air – leading up to the event and will set up a special wet art exhibit.
Over 30 locations will be participating including Sheret Jewelers, Fresh Floral and Gift Company, Concord Land Realty, Locals Lifestyle and Anything Printed to name a few. Retail stores open for the event will be selling their wares with a focus on Mother’s Day gifts. Many of the stops set out refreshments.
Musicians play in small combos or acoustically wherever they can find space. Hintz of Thunder, Art Crawl regulars, will return with Porcelain Train, Ragweed, Nick Kody, Andy “Slim” Francisco, Lyndsey Burgio, Jeff “Beret-Man” Maybray and more. Seth Wochensky will do a sing-along set and this Spring's SCA Ukulele class will perform.
Arts Underground, at 66 E. Main St., will host an arts space for younger children and at the empty parking lot next door a small “box city” will be erected. Kids can enter and engineer their own city with hundreds of cardboard boxes. Adults can create a unique wall hanging at a free make-and-take craft session with Gretchen Meyers, formerly of Makers Buffalo, and Vanessa Frost of MUSEjar. Jan Howe will demonstrate traditional spinning. Teresa Boettrich will set up an interactive CNC drawing bot and the Springville-Griffith Institute Art Club will be hold a silent auction with ceramic wares and two rain barrels. Art’s Cafe, the Center’s project at 5 E. Main St., will be open for a hard hat tour and look at the green roof at 7 p.m.
At 8:30 p.m., businesses close and the after-party begins at Springville Center for the Arts, located at 37 N. Buffalo St. Refreshments will be provided in the Olmsted Gallery which features the Spring Community Exhibit. “Crawlers” vote on their favorite artist by ballot and the award is presented.
Parking is available in the large municipal parking lot south of Main Street or off Franklin Street. The event is held rain or shine. For more information on this pedestrian-friendly, free, walking event, visit Crawl.SpringvilleArts.org or call 592-9038. The Crawl is sponsored by Springville Center for the Arts, a charitable nonprofit organization.