Rotunda Rhythms Presents Criollo Clasico

Criollo Clasico delivers an eclectic mix of Puerto Rican sounds. | All Ages

Central Library, Rotunda
Sunday January 26, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | All Ages

José Gonzalez and his sons Ahmed and Rene return for a thrilling performance of their unique, Latin-fused music. With jazz, rock, classical, and pop influences this trio delivers an eclectic mix of Puerto Rican sounds that has earned them a passionate following throughout the area.

Arrive early to get the best seat, and stay for entire program to earn a chance in the free raffle. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Friends of the Library. All ages.

A Double Dose of Art – November 3

Celebrate the art and artists of two newly commissioned art projects in this free public reception.

Central Library
Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Adults

Celebrate the art and artists of two newly commissioned art projects in this free public reception.

The Springfield Cultural District will reveal the winners of Uplifting, their exciting elevator art project, and Art Central will unveil Color and Light, a new collection of art works created by Artists of Springfield MA.

Representatives from both groups will offer brief presentations of their inspired work, and the featured artists will be on hand to meet the public. Free refreshments are available to all who stay for the unveiling.

The artists of Color and Light are Mary Blaxland, Ellen Pollock, José Gamaliel Crespo Rosado, and Wanda Dávila; and the winning artists for Uplifting are Joy Smith, Mariela Chavez, and Ryan Murray.

 

Art Central: Color and Light

Artists of Springfield MA presents “Color and Light,” a show of original works. | All ages.

Central Library
November 2 – December 29, 2019 | During Open Hours | All Ages

Artists of Springfield MA presents “Color and Light,” a show of original works by four artists living, working, or contributing to the arts community in Springfield. Participating artists include illustrator Mary Blaxland, painters Ellen Pollock and José Gamaliel Crespo Rosado, and photographer Wanda Dávila.

Included in the display will be the original artwork used to produce Springfield artist notecards, a continuous project that serves to raise the visibility of Springfield artists and promote Springfield’s artist community to the rest of the region. For more information about the notecard series, find Artists of Springfield MA on Facebook and Instagram, or email artistsofspringfieldMA@gmail.com.

Meet the artists at the free public reception on Sunday, November 3rd from 2-4 p.m. at the Central Library (level 2).

Brightwood Gallery: Photography from Cuba

Visit the library to see photos of today’s Cuba by Diane Savioli-Chase. | All Ages.

Brightwood Branch
October, 2019 | During Open Hours | All Ages

See contemporary Cuba through the eyes of photographer Diane Savioli-Chase. Recent trips to the island nation gave her a bevy of beautiful photographs depicting the lives, culture, and traditions of modern day Cuba. Full color photographs of farmers, musicians, school children, urban scenes, and the famous Santiago de Cuba harbor offer a view of the Caribbean’s largest country – all in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!

On display at the Brightwood Branch Library for October. All ages.

Art in the Acres: Photography from Cuba

Visit the library to see photos of today’s Cuba by Diane Savioli-Chase. | All Ages.

Sixteen Acres Branch
 September 3-26, 2019 | During Open Hours | All Ages

See contemporary Cuba through the eyes of photographer Diane Savioli-Chase. Recent trips to the island nation gave her a bevy of beautiful photographs depicting the lives, culture, and traditions of modern day Cuba. Full color photographs of farmers, musicians, school children, urban scenes, and the famous Santiago de Cuba harbor offer a view of the Caribbean’s largest country – all in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!

On display at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library for September, and October at the Brightwood Branch Library. All ages.

Art Central Presents A Mayan Tapestry

Come see paintings created by contemporary Guatemalan artists in this vivid exhibit. | All Ages

Central Library
September 2 – October 31, 2019 | During Open Hours | All Ages

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Central Library is hosting A Mayan Tapestry, paintings created by contemporary Guatemalan artists. Brought to Springfield by the Guatemala Art & Culture Connection, A Mayan Tapestry reflects the life and customs of Mayan life, one of the America’s greatest ancient cultures. With its diversity, boldness, and magic-like wonderment, A Mayan Tapestry catches the eye with powerful creativity and unusual beauty. All ages.

Rotunda Rhythms Presents the Spanish Guitar of Tony Silva – September 22

Enjoy guitarist Tony Silva performing the beautiful music of Spain. | All ages

Central Library, Rotunda
Sunday September 22 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | All Ages

Tony SilvaBack by popular demand is award winning composer and guitarist Tony Silva performing the music of Spain. From colorful tarantellas to passionate flamenco, Mr. Silva covers it all in a diverse, educational, and thrilling program of great Spanish guitar music. Free attendance raffle available to all who stay for the concert.

Funding provided by the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. All ages.

Artworks in the Library: Glassworks by Marilyn Sutin

A display of fused glass by Springfield artisan Marilyn Sutin. | All Ages

Central Library
August 1 – 31, 2019 | During Open Hours | All Ages

On display throughout August is Funky Fusion, a collection of fused glass jewelry, decorative plates, and more. Created by Springfield artisan Marilyn Sutin, Funky Fusion catches the eye with a vibrant, sometimes fantastical look.

For more information about the artist and her collection, visit her website at www.funky-fusion.com. Level 1 near the Lower Circulation Desk. All ages.

The Softer Side of Celtic – August 17

Musician Jeff Snow combines magical sounds from instruments with vocals and his love and knowledge of Celtic history. | All Ages

Sixteen Acres Branch
Saturday August 17, 2019 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM | All Ages

Hear the soothing sounds of the Celtic harp in this enchanting music concert of song. Made complete with Celtic stories and history, this is a perfect program for music lovers and Celtic enthusiasts alike.

Meet the artist after the concert in a free reception compliments of the Friends of the Library. All ages.

Jeff Snow brings the rich tradition of  classic Celtic music to life.  His  vibrant arrangements of  the classics blend perfectly with his original Celtic compositions.
– Joseph Carvalho III, Retired President, Springfield Museums

Art Central Shows Ice Cream

See the display of colorful photos of ice cream signs and advertisements | All Ages

Central Library
July 1 – August 29, 2019 | During Open Hours | All Ages

Art Central Ice Cream Sign PhotoDiane Savioli-Chase captures whimsical depiction of ice cream in this colorful display of ice cream signs and advertisements. With photographs from around the world, the viewer sees advertising at its creative best with delightful installments that double as public art.

Come-in, cool off, and enjoy the eye candy! All ages.