Anyone that wants to learn about art in Springfield, Massachusetts has definitely found the right blog and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Springfield art map with all of the spots we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
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Best Art Galleries & Museums In Springfield
When you want to see the best art galleries and museums in Springfield you can head to:
- Springfield Museums at 21 Edwards St
- Art for the Soul Gallery at 1500 Main St
- Court Square Art Gallery at 70 Tapley St
- Valley Photo Center at 1500 Main St
- Amy H Carberry Fine Arts Gallery at 1 Armory St
- William Blizard Gallery at Blake Hall Springfield College
There are actually five excellent options at Springfield Museums including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. You can enter both of those and the others by purchasing just one ticket and they are open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and starting at 11am on Sunday. Over half a million people visit them ever year to check out the over 250,000 objects and more than 1,000,000 archived photos and documents plus they put on art classes near you for all ages.
The Valley Photo Center’s gallery exhibits, receptions, and noon programs are all free of charge while they also put on photography workshops and accept photo submissions from the public. On site they work on visual and performing arts, movies, have an art gallery, and provide classes while also hosting painting workshops for adults and kids above the age of 13 and they are a major player in the cities First Friday Artwalk.
There are generally about half a dozen yearly exhibits at The Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery that were created by local artists and STCC students and it is free to enter Tuesday through Saturday when it is open.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best places to buy art supplies and materials in your area are:
Of course you can buy a wide selection of beads at Simply Beadiful but they also have classes, host birthday parties, ladies nights out, and have a bunch of gifts and jewelry you might be interested in.
Dollar Tree isn’t an art store but they do sell a whole lot of art supplies for cheap in Springfield.
Michaels is an all-around arts and crafts store that provides custom framing services.
Shows & Events
The top annual art shows and events in town would be:
- Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party in March
- Mattoon Street Arts Festival in September
- Summer Arts Festival in June & July
- Spring Sampler Craft Fair in March
- Farmers Park Art Show in October
- Fresh Paint Springfield in June
Every March Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party is held at Springfield Museum which is free for local residents and there will be a puppet show, music, family games, book giveaways, art demonstrations, and all sorts of fun stuff for everyone.
The longest running arts and crafts show in Pioneer Valley is the Mattoon Street Arts Festival which takes place every September on the weekend after Labor Day when there will be hundreds of exhibitors, food vendors, and street musicians at this free to enter event.
Each June to July the Springfield Arts Council throws the six-week Summer Arts Festival in Veterans Park where a little under 1000,000 people usually gather for the live music, movies, kids fest, wine and beer tastings, and more.
Around 150 juried artisans in a variety of medias and crafts show off their work at the Spring Sampler Craft Fair each March at the Eastern States Exposition’s Young Building. Many of them will give free demonstrations plus there will be live music and other activities.
The Farmers Park of the Ozarks pavilion is home to The Art Show in your area that takes place during the third weekend of every October. This free to enter event will have lots of artwork for sale, you can meet the artists, and there will be food and alcoholic beverage tastings going on to boot.
Every June the downtown area gets turned into a festival of murals that you won’t want to miss when the Fresh Paint Festival is going on as 15-20 professional muralists turn 20,000 square feet of building walls into something magical.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you are ready to find a new piece for your collection or when you want to know how much a piece is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
Rtwoods Arts can help with the conservation and installation of fine art, art and artist consulting, show curating, as well as custom framing. They work with private citizens, non-profits, and corporations.
Van Gogh Reproductions focuses solely on the creation of the highest quality paintings by Vincent Van Gogh while offering free shipping and a 30 day money back guarantee.
Art For the Soul Gallery and Valley Photo Center from our initial list also sell art.
Art walking tours are a wonderful way to get out and see something new:
Every First Friday of the month the streets of downtown Springfield come alive from 6pm to 10pm for the First Friday Art Walk where there will be many local artists showing off their latest works and giving demonstrations, live music, food and more.
Starting off at the Springfield Museums Welcome Center the Second Saturday Walking Tours peruses through the downtown area from May to October on each Second Saturday. The tours start at 10:30am, lasts about an hour, and are free for Springfield Preservation Trust and Springfield Museums members.
Also don’t forget about the Fresh Paint Festival in June.
Sculptures & Statues
Some of our favorite sculptures and statues in your area are:
- Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at 21 Edwards St
- Peter Toth Indian Head at Laurel Hill Rd
- Miles Morgan Statue at Court St
Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden was opened in 2002 at the Springfield Museums and it was created by sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates.
Omiskanoagwiak: Peter Toth Indian Head was created by Peter Wolf Toth in 1984 and is located at the South entrance to Forest Park.
Miles Morgan was a constable and selectman of Springfield that was honored in 1882 by the erection of a statue in Court Square by Jonathan Scott Hartley.
Springfield Art Classes
Whether you need lessons for kids or are an adult who wants to grow their skills you have some options. The best Springfield art schools and classes near you can be found at:
- Gifted Tones Paint & Music Lounge at 1655 Boston Rd
- SAA Main Campus at 700 N 4th St
- Springfield Conservatory of the Arts at 339 State St
- Holyoke Creative Arts Center at 150 Front St #5, West Springfield
- Raine Fine Art School at 126 Industrial Dr, East Longmeadow
Gifted Tones Paint & Music Lounge offers after school painting classes from 4pm to 6pm plus they also host parties for kids, adults, and have a fundraiser.
SAA Main Campus offers local art classes in 13 different mediums for all ages from beginner to advanced skills. They also provide Art Outreach for free and held summer art camps for children and teens in one-week long intensive into a theme or art media.
The Holyoke Creative Arts Center provides classes for members and the general public for disciplines that include upholstery, chair caning, painting, and much more for all skill levels with day and night lessons available.
After school fine art classes, fine art summer camp and summer art classes for children from grade 2 through high school are available at Raine Fine Art School who even has evening classes. All sessions are taught at age appropriate skill levels to maximize the student’s abilities and enjoyment of the overall experience.
Springfield Museums from our first list and Simply Beadiful from art supplies list also offer classes.
Studios For Rent Near You
If you want to rent an art studio in your area try out:
- Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club at 2626 South Pasfield
- Busy Bees Pottery & Art Studio at 459 Baltimore Pike
Art For the Soul Gallery and the Springfield Art Museum from our first list might also have studios for rent.
A frame can transform a regular looking piece or picture to that next level and some of the best places for art framing in Springfield are:
- Jeff’s Picture Framing at 1027 E Columbus Ave
- Jh Miller Custom Framing at 86 Elm St
- Giclee Printing & Framing at 34 Front St #235, Indian Orchard
Jeff’s Picture Framing offers an amazing selection of more than 5,000 frames and mouldings to display your photo, artwork, or print. They also offer custom framing, commercial framing, installation, frame repair, glass replacement, and delivery.
Known as the oldest frame shop and gallery in your area of Western Massachusetts J H Miller Custom Framing Co provides thousands of frame choices and offers various services including custom framing, conservation framing, commercial art consultation, canvas stretching, glass replacement, frame restoration, and much more.
Giclée Printing and Framing of New England is a gallery, frame shop, and giclée printer. They specialize in fine art reproduction, giclée printing, custom framing, digital imaging, digital restoration, art and photo packaging for resale, and private personalized service while also providing free image consultations.
Michaels from the art supplies list and Rtwoods Arts from the local art dealer list also offer custom framing.
You can find some of our other art guides for nearby cities here:
Have Fun Enjoying The Springfield Art Scene
At the moment that is all we have to share but we tried to cover the full art scene near you. The best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area were mentioned here.
Please use the comments to share your own local tips or to let us know if you think we got anything wrong. We hope you enjoy your time at the best Springfield, Massachusetts art galleries, museums, supply stores, or doing whatever else you plan to do with the info.