The Springfield Arts Commission is pleased to present Towns & Trees: Impressions & Abstractions, an exhibition of paintings by artist Margaret Plumb. The show will run from February 1-28, 2019 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, February 8. The reception, which is open to the community, will feature the artist, light refreshments and live music by The Jazz Flute Project.

Plumb, a local Eugene artist, is known for her vivid, saturated palette and bold, free, lively brushwork. She is both a plein air artist and a studio artist, whose mostly impressionistic representational, and some nonobjective works capture her environment. She has studied and worked in oils, watercolors, pastels, and pen and ink—but has been painting almost exclusively in acrylics for the last few years.

Towns & Trees: Impressions & Abstractions presents older and newer work depicting town scenes Plumb painted en plein aire. Working freely and intuitively in the moment, Plumb captures scenes of towns that hold a special place in her heart, including Springfield, Eugene, Silverton, McMinneville, Cottage Grove, Oakland OR, Bellingham, WA, Glendora, CA.

Plumb’s abstract representations of forest scenes capture a lifelong interest in trees that began as a child with plenty of “idle” time laying in grass and looking up at the branches, and frequent long walks in the words. To capture these scenes, Plumb employs a block-stamping process of under layers with acrylic washes and brush overstrokes.

The Springfield Arts Commission encourages the community to attend the gallery reception on Friday to meet the artist and enjoy live music by Frank Poloney and The Jazz Flute Project. The Jazz Flute Project has been performing swinging jazz standards, bossa nova, and soulful ballads in and around Eugene since 2015. This performance will feature Frank Poloney on flute, John Polese on piano, and Rick Carter on bass. Together they present classic melodies and fresh variations on jazz themes, in a serene yet engaging style.

Located on a 70-foot wall just outside the entrance to the Springfield Public Library, 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 call to artists each year. More information is available at


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