The Springfield Arts Commission is pleased to present Colorful Creations, an exhibition of digital drawings by artist Joshua Searl. The show will run from August 5-31, 2019 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, August 9 at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. The reception, which is open and free to the community, includes light refreshments and live music by Donald Inglese.

Searl holds a degree in Digital Arts from the University of Oregon but has been drawing since he could hold a pencil. Joshua has long captured animals in his colorful work. Beginning with drawing dinosaurs almost exclusively until he was 5 or 6, Joshua then moved on to drawing video game characters, which continues to be a source of inspiration for him. Searl’s dark, whimsical, and mysterious aesthetic lends itself well to his drawings of birds, monster, and imaginary creatures of all sorts.

City Hall Gallery is seen by approximately 3,700 visitors each month. Since 1989, the gallery has featured monthly shows by regional artists chosen by the Springfield Arts Commission. The Commission issues a public call to artists each year. More information is available on the website, springfieldartscommission.org.

 

About Springfield Arts Commission

The Springfield Arts Commission promotes artistic and cultural richness and diversity in the City of Springfield and assists in the preservation of the cultural heritage of the community as expressed through artistic endeavors. The Commission seeks to support opportunities for artistic creation, exhibits, performances and events, and to facilitate awareness, communication, education and collaboration to increase the accessibility of the arts and art-related resources in the community. The nine-member volunteer Commission manages City Hall Gallery, administers the Heritage Arts Grant program, maintains Art Alley, a collection of outdoor murals, and supports youth arts programs in collaboration with the Springfield Public Library. The Commission is funded by City of Springfield room taxes. More information is available at springfieldartscommission.org.