Along with a few smaller shows, the month of May brought hundreds of Springfielders through the LemonDrop gallery for the 50¢ Post-It Show, the FIND Art Tour, and the all-ages LD Block Party. Shows raised money for LD and local artists who participated.
For May’s First Friday, over 900 Post-Its covered the gallery walls for the 50¢ Post-It Show. About 30 local artists painted, printed, sowed, and sketched images onto individual Post-Its. Some even made larger pieces out of multiple Post-Its. The event showcased Springfield artists while promoting and enabling art ownership with crazy cheap prices.
Although doors opened at 7 p.m., the art didn’t go on sale until 7:30 p.m. so everyone would get a chance to see the collection as a whole before guests began plucking their favorite Post-Its from the wall. Small boxes were placed below each artist’s collection where people deposited 50¢ for each Post-It. 25¢ went to LemonDrop and 25¢ were given back to the artist. Featured artist, H.E. Croan was the top seller earning around $33 total.
Because the event was so successful, LemonDrop has decided to make the Post-It Show bi-annual! So keep your ears open for another show this fall.
Photo credit: Alex McLain
A day after Post-It buying, hot and sticky weather didn’t keep folks from gathering in an empty lot across from LD for the all-day LemonDrop Block Party on May 7th. People came to chill, listen to live music, watch local artists create their masterpieces, and even participate in a little art-making themselves.
The event featured artists Francois Lariviere, Nick Tarr, Gary Bedell, Tyler Gross, Meganne Rosen O’Neal, John Worcester, and Zac Swanson. With performances throughout the day by Sincerely Yours, Geeg (DJ), Slapdash Science, Nick Fury (DJ), The North Decade, Agent Traxxident (DJ), J-Nunn, Trak Masta Tom, Bringers of the Dawn, The Spacetones, and Crisco Kid (DJ).
Sponsored by LemonDrop, Art Factory 417, Lindberg’s, Big Momma’s, Pop-up Art, and Commercial Club.
Photo credit: Andrea Cannon, Meganne Rosen-O’Neal, Houston Ussery
Also in May, the national FIND Art Tour set up shop at LemonDrop on the 16th. This summer FIND Art Magazine, based in Los Angeles, is taking a semi-truck turned art gallery across the country, stopping in 55 cities. FIND Art chose one artist from each city to be featured in the national tour, and Francois Lariviere was selected from Springfield.
The May 16th show included pieces from local Springfield artists in the main gallery and live art, the traveling exhibit, and food by The Taco Wagon out back. People grabbed their free FIND Art Magazine Issue #6 , ate some tacos, and watched a few local artists do their thing.
Keep up with the events section on lemondrop.org and Like LemonDrop on Facebook to be sure you don’t miss any of the action coming this month and the rest of the summer!