The Springfield Arts Commission is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by artist Celeste Schield Jacobi. The show, Transformation, will also feature work by Jacobi’s husband Charles and daughter Genevieve and will run from June 1-30, 2019 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, June 14. The reception, which is open and free to the community, light refreshments and live music by Keenan Dorn.
Transformation features a fluid body of work in a variety of styles that capture animals, insects, figures, and playful interactions in nature. Celeste Schield Jacobi grew up enjoying the artistic encouragement of a mother who always had art projects available. She studied Illustration at Cornish College of the Arts and credits Salvador Dali as her biggest artistic influence. Celeste’s husband Charles Jacobi is an avid sketcher who started sketching comics as a child. He studied Media Arts at MCAD and is a 20-year veteran of the video game industry, credited on more than two dozen shipped titles. Celeste and Charles’ daughter Genevieve has been painting and drawing since she was two years old. Her parents have always encouraged her to try any mediums they had. Her artwork has already surpassed what her parents were able to do at the age of nine. She has a passion for animals, mainly cats, and design. Work by all three will be on view at the gallery, in addition to whimsical masks created by Schield Jacobi in the gallery’s display cases.
The Springfield Arts Commission invites the community to attend the gallery reception 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.