The Springfield Arts Commission is pleased to present Expressions, an exhibition of paintings by artist Shelley Albrich. The show will run from March 1-31, 2019 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., on Friday, March 8. The reception, which is open to the community, will feature the artist, light refreshments and live music by Keenan Dorn.

Known for her boldness in capturing emotions in paint, Portland-born artist and current A3 teacher Shelley Albrich credits her father, also an artist, for inspiring her to use artistic creativity as a form of self-expression. Albrich also credits artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Khalo, Katie Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Brassai, and Kiki Smith among her influences; influences which can be seen in her paintings emotionally intense, and sometimes, raw vulnerability. According to Albrich, her paintings provide a platform for honesty and audacity that is more difficult to achieve in day-to-day life.

The Springfield Arts Commission invites the community to attend the gallery reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, March 8 to meet the artist and enjoy live music by Kennan Dorn. Eugene, OR based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Keenan Dorn blends melodic folk singing with rich harmonic fingerstyle guitar to present his story about place, home and identity. Influenced heavily by folk artists such as Sufjan Stevens and Sarah Jarosz, Keenan uses primarily acoustic instruments to evoke elements of both indie-folk and Americana music, all while showcasing just the right touch of guitar virtuosity that a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies produces. In short, he crafts music that feels familiar and nostalgic, like catching up with an old friend from back home.

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.