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Art crawlers hunkered down in the arts bunker during May 4 event

COME ON UNDERGROUND — The entrance of the Arts Underground will be themed like a nuclear fallout shelter.
OH FIDDLESTICKS — The Western New York Fiddle Kids played to the crowd at Beans to Brew, located at 39 East Main St.

SPRINGVILLE — Springville’s Main Street turned into a series of art galleries, during the second annual Spring Art Crawl, held on May 4. Each of the 24 participating businesses opened their doors to the public and allowed artists to hang their work on their walls.

More than 72 artists from around Western New York participated, and art crawl organizers said more than 1,000 people from Western New York, the Southern Tier, Rochester and Ohio stopped by Springville, to support the community.

Dr. Allan Lines, a chiropractor and owner of Springville Chiropractic, spoke of last year’s art crawl.

“I think, last year, it was 50 degrees and raining,” he said.

A STITCH IN TIME — An art crawl customer checks out fine arts embroidery pieces by Mary Irish. Photos by Seth Wochensky.

Local musicians accompanied the art exhibits. Some businesses had classical music, played by local student musicians. Others, such as Springville Chiropractic, provided wine and cheese.

Local art crawler Courtney Bromeyer said she had a great time enjoying art at VanOver Fine Arts.

“The art here is top notch,” Bromeyer said. “I didn’t realize this museum was even in Springville. Now that I know it exists, I will definitely be back, to check out future exhibits.”

HOW MUCH FOR THAT ARTWORK IN THE WINDOW? — Visitors and residents alike walked up and down Main Street in Springville, on May 4, for the second annual Spring Art Crawl.

Art crawlers started at Mechanic Street and were given a map and glow sticks, to find their way. Crawlers could stop in to business after business, while checking out the art, listening to music and partaking of finger foods. After the tour, crawlers were invited back to the Arts Underground, located at 66 East Main St., for an after-party, which started at 9 p.m.

At the after-party, a disc jockey played, while people had a chance to relax and enjoy paintings and sculptures by Patricia Eckstrom, Sara Gabler, Christopher Galley, Nancy Thayer, Ann Parker, Jim O’Neill, Penelope Minner and Kathleen McDonnell.

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The new Arts Underground, which also debuted on May 4, had an art market, at which crawlers could buy prints, paintings, sculptures or jewelry. It was decorated to mimic the look of a nuclear fallout shelter and dubbed the Springville Bunker for the Arts. During the after-party, patrons could converse with the artists and listen to the music.

The Arts Underground will be a new gift shop, “featuring local and regional fine craft and small artwork,” according to a representative from the Springville Center for the Arts. The shop’s regular hours will be Tuesdays – Fridays, 12 – 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. It is located at 66 East Main St. in Springville.

For more information, the Springville Center for the Arts can be reached by calling 592-9038 or by visiting their website at www.springvillearts.org.





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