By Alicia Dziak

It’s time once again for an evening of art, music and fun for all ages at the Springville Center for the Arts’ Art Crawl, when Main St. turns into a haven of creativity on Saturday, May 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Stop into many businesses and check out work by local artists, listen to musicians performing in the street, and be sure to bring the kids ‘cause there’s lots of fun on tap for them as well!

Art crawlers are asked to begin at the tent at the corner of Main and Mechanic Streets and pick up a map of the participating locations. From there, visitors can stroll at their own pace.

Among the new Art Crawl events, the Springville PTA will host a raffle of artwork made by SGI students. The idea came from PTA president Melissa Frank. “I’ve been pretty passionate during my presidency to not have to do any more generic catalog sales to fund-raise for the PTA,” she explained. “I wanted to involve the community more and try to keep things more local.  Thankfully, we’ve been pretty successful going this route.  The idea started last year and we were hoping to bring it together for the 2017 SES Open House but we ran out of time.  Then the thought occurred to me that we should reach out to SCA and see if we could incorporate it into the Art Crawl because it made sense to put the kids art on display to the public and what a perfect occasion! It really is such a great event, I thoroughly enjoy it every year!” 

Frank noted that SES Art teacher, Rebecca Szpaicher, was essential in helping the PTA put on this event.  “Throughout the year, she selected pieces from students during their different lessons that she thought would fit well with our purpose, even having some students work on their pieces on the side as an extra project,” Frank stated. “We are so grateful to Mrs. Szpaicher for all her work she does throughout the year, not only with the kids everyday but she goes above and beyond in so many ways….she’s awesome!”

There are 14 confirmed items by SES students for Saturday night’s event that will be on display at 35 East Main Street – Faith Baptist Church next to one of their sponsors, Lulu Belle’s.  Artwork will be set up silent auction style and the bidding on each item with start at $10 with minimum bid increase amount of $10.  Bidding will open with the event at 5:30 p.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. Frank encourages all bidders to be sure to stop back if you placed a bid.

Join a free 30-minute yoga session hosted by rSpace Yoga and Wellness Studio at 6 or 7 p.m., outdoors is weather permits, or indoors if not. “We are hoping to add to this amazing event by showing how yoga is accessible to everyBODY and truly an art form in itself,” said rSpace owner Jessica Raymond. “People can expect an all levels 30 Minute Vinyasa Style sequence that will work to ground the body and open the mind to the creative nature that is within all of us.”

In addition to these new components, artwork will displayed in businesses from North Buffalo Street to Franklin Street in Springville’s Historic District (including inside the Springville Times office at 65 East Main St.!). The work includes watercolor, photography, acrylic and sculpture from 30 Western New York artists who were juried to exhibit. Participating artists include Linda Hall, Damon Hudac, Tara Lowry, Trenton C. Lutes, Caroline North, Kathleen Pisaro, Judy Wright and more. Most of the pieces are available for purchase.

And how about some music to go with that art? Musicians include Hintz of Thunder, Porcelain Train, Lyndsy Burgio, Phil Elinski, Wise Alex, Andy Francisco, Partners in Time and the Blue Mule Band, among many others.

Recharge at the Cruisin’ Crepes food truck or stop into one of the many restaurants along the way.

As in past years, there will also be a kids’ art space at Arts Underground, 66 E. Main St. “Arts Underground has a messy kids’ space. It will have stations for ‘paint your own masterpiece,’ play dough, and ‘invent your own creation’ station, and indoor box building,” said Tracy Maybray of the SCA.

If that’s not enough, there are other educational experiences going on during the Art Crawl. Jan Howe will demonstrate spinning wool, Mary Ann Fritz will share the technique of pinweaving and Suzanne Borowicz will give out Poetry in a Bag.

At 8:30 p.m., guests can end their evening at the After Party at Springville Center for the Arts, 37 N. Buffalo St. The Olmsted Gallery inside the center will feature local artist John Merlino’s “Reflection of Nature and Spirit,” an exhibit of abstract and realism paintings. Guests will enjoy free refreshments while filling out their ballots to vote for their favorite Art Crawl artist.

Don’t miss the creativity and fun of the 2018 Art Crawl! For more information, visit or call (716) 592-9038.