(Above: Detail from one of Benjamin Terrell’s large imagined landscape painting, now on display at the Springfield Museum at 590 Main St.)

Edited by Randi Bjornstad

The weather may be cold and gloomy, but the art is warm and vibrant as Springfield begins the 2018 version of the Second Friday Art Walk.

Vonnie Mikkelsen, president and CEO of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, will lead the first official guided tour of the year, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Emerald Art Center at 500 Main St. and includes a show of sketches from featured member artist Jane Sanford Harrison’s daily sketch journal, called “Gratitude Anyway.” Other exhibits include the winners of the Umpqua Valley Plein Air Competition from September. Light refreshments will be served.

The second stop is upstairs in the same building, at Wise Turtle Acupuncture, with an exhibit of mixed-media Betsy Huffsmith’s work.

The tour then moves to City Hall Gallery at 225 A. St., with art by Debra Meadow, who chose pieces for the show using the mantra, “Just have fun!” Singer-songwriter Keenan Dorn will perform his blend of melodic folk singing with rich, harmonic fingerstyle guitar.

Next up is the Springfield Art Museum at 590 Main St., featuring the oil-and-acrylic paintings of Benjamin Terrell, who creates vividly imagined landscapes; light refreshments will be provided.

A3 Academy of Arts and Academics at 616 Main St. has a show of silk paintings by students at the high school.

The last stop on the official tour is Cascade Center for Spiritual Living at 7441 Main St. Asante Riverwind has a show there called “Spirit & Nature, Dreams & Visions,” with his paintings on canvas, pen-and-ink drawings, sculptures and art prints, cards ant art-and-verse books.

More arts and culture

Other downtown Springfield businesses also will be open for the 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the Second Friday Art Walk:

  • Memento Ink (525 Main St.) — Features paintings by Elias Mellott.
  • US Bank (437 Main St.) — Showing a series of oil paintings by Ronald Pennington-Satterfield III, “The Royal Habsburg Series.” Light refreshments; closes at 6 p.m.
  • 331 Mosaic (331 Main St.) — Work by various artists.

Springfield’s Second Friday Art Walk coordinated by Emerald Art Center; information at 541-726-8595