Art Picnic, a public arts project designed to beautify Springfield and allow local art students to collaborate with established artists, will culminate with a Community Picnic on Sunday, August 24 from noon–2 pm.
Visitors are welcome to bring a blanket to picnic alongside the new works of art, and lunches and snacks will be available for purchase at the Blake House Café. The picnic will also feature live interpretations of art masterworks by Linda Peck and music by DJ Dave from Superior Sound, along with free ice cream (while supplies last) for all guests who fill out a visitor survey.
Art Picnic was first launched in the summer of 2013, when over 24 artists and students worked to create unique artwork on 12 tables at the Museums. For this year’s project, four picnic tables on the Quadrangle green have been transformed into unique works of art using designs submitted by artists Pat Cahill, Amanda Knoedler, Jennifer Milanczuk, and Ellie Trudeau. Visitors have been able to watch the artists and interns from Don Blanton’s Distinctive Art Studio at work on the Quadrangle over the past two weeks. Participants have also been exploring some of the artwork on display at the Museums, including works by Georgia O’Keeffe and Norman Rockwell at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
There is no charge to visitors to attend the picnic and view the picnic tables. Funding for Art Picnic is provided through the Xeric Foundation. The 2014 Premier Sponsor of the Springfield Museums is MassMutual.