William Simpson Fine Arts Series
The William Blizard Gallery is located in the Visual Arts Center on the second floor of Blake Hall. The gallery is open weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The new season of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series at Springfield College will entertain and inspire.
Experience the arts with magnificent work from artists and performers from both inside and outside the Springfield College community. Attendees will be dazzled by dance performances and theater presentations, captivated by art exhibitions and thought-provoking film, and delighted by concerts and literary events.
Programs are open to the public and most events are free of charge.
Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (HVGO) is a true avant-garde orchestra, comprised of 20 talented and enthusiastic acoustic and electric guitarists from widely varied traditions. With a wildly diverse playlist ranging from Bartok to Led Zeppelin, Philip Glass to Lady Gaga, HVGO is sure to please everyone in the audience! Peter Blanchette is the musical director for this concert.
This exhibition features paintings by William Blizard, founder of VAPA, and Ron Maggio, faculty emeritus.
A span of more than 30 years of art is reflected in the selected works by Maggio. Included are his most current paintings along with works from the early abstract impressionist period, and his Aria, Paradiso, and Domus series.
Blizard will display works that follow his abstract path starting from the late 50s. In addition, he will also show paintings and photographs that imagine his long-held love of the blues.
His abstract work shows the influence of action painting and abstract expressionism, including that of Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofmann, and Willem de Kooning.
The blues work reflects his love of that genre of music and his interest in preserving the images of the numerous blues musicians he met over the past 30 or so years.
Amity Gaige is the author of three novels, O My Darling, The Folded World, and Schroder, which was shortlisted for the Folio Prize in 2014. In 2006, she was recognized as one of the “5 Under 35” outstanding emerging writers by the National Book Foundation. Gaige is the winner of a Fulbright fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo artists’ retreat, and a Baltic Writing Residency. A book signing will follow the reading.
Have you ever wanted to run away from your own life? Becky Foster is caught in the middle of her ho-hum life when one night a socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where she works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life, and the audience gets to ride shotgun in a way most plays wouldn’t dare—along her devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.
This production is directed by Martin Shell and presented by Springfield College Theater. The play is written by Steven Dietz
General admission: $5; students and senior citizens: $2
Join the Springfield College Music Department for our celebratory end-of-the-year concert featuring both the Springfield College Band and the Springfield College Community Chorus. Jazz, rock, and rhythm and blues will get you moving and singing along!
|Holly Murray, Co-chair
|Alexandra Ludwig, Co-chair