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Join the Community of Artists at Emerald Art Center

500 Main St., Springfield OR 97477 (541) 726-8595

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm

Emerald Art Center is a place where beginning and established artists join together to create and show their art in a historic building in downtown Springfield. And it’s a place for people in the community to view local and national art shows as well as attend classes and other events. Come for a visit today. Enjoy the art. Become a member.


Do not miss the National Juried Show on display now through the month of May!
It’s our 12th Annual Emerald Spring Exhibition – National Painting Competition. Awards will be presented on Friday, May 5th at 6:30 and artists and members only are able to participate in the Judge’s Critique at 5:30. It’s a rare opportunity to hear and understand why our judge, Ruth Armitage, chose the winners. Open to public now and the big reception will take place on 2nd Friday.

Second Friday Art Walk 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Join Emerald Art Center every second Friday for lively evening of art in Springfield. Meet and greet our featured artists, learn from artist demos and enjoy and evening out on the town!


Board of Director’s Meeting: 3rd Tuesday each month, 10 am-12 pm. Regular meeting of our Board of Directors. Members are always welcome to attend.

Members’ Meeting & Presentations: 3rd Tuesday each month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Join artists/members for artist demos, lectures and surprises. People who are interested in joining Emerald Art Center are welcome to attend these meetings as well to learn more about the center and get acquainted with other artists.



Continuing Adult Classes

Colored Pencil Drawing at Emerald Art Center with D.L. Zanetta. Thursdays 2:00-4:00 pm. The objective of this class will be to teach people about colored pencils as a drawing medium, through examples and then practicing in and outside of class. Students will be able to pick projects they want to work on. Basic drawings skills required.

Workshops for May 2017
The ABC’s of Abstraction with Ruth Armitage. Use your choice of media as you join Ruth for an in-depth exploration of abstract painting. You’ll learn how limiting your means of expression can free you to explore painting ideas. Refine your visual language and experiment with simple exercises for unleashing your creative potential. Discover ways to get new ideas and where to start on your journey to paint more abstractly. You’ll learn how to translate your ideas using both elements and principles of design and the ‘mental game’ in art-making.


Open Figurative Drawing Sessions. Wednesday evenings 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Weekly sessions with a model who at the end of each session chooses her favorite drawing for display in the gallery for the week. $6 for 2 1/2 hours.

Open Studio. Fridays 11 am-4 pm. Bring your favorite painting or other art project to work on in the company of other creatives. Open studio is always FREE.

Join author and illustrator Alan M. Clark for his FREE classes Tuesdays 1:00-4:00!  Alan is giving back to his community by providing this wonderful opportunity to learn and be inspired.  Click here to see more about Alan.

Photoshop Tutoring With Alan M. Clark  – Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00.  Learn how to digitally prepare images for reproduction and use of the PhotoShop Program. You will need this program on your laptop for hands-on training. Alan will be using his computer to walk students through each process.  Space is limited to 4 students.  FREE

Learn Painting & Drawing with Alan M. Clark – Ongoing drop-in class, Tuesdays beginning April 18th.  All levels welcome. 1-4 pm.  FREE

Stay tuned for new adult classes coming in 2017!


Youth Art Works! Free Saturday Art Classes for Kids Ages 6-12.

Class size is limited. Call (541) 726-8595 to register.

May 6, 1—3 pm:  Volume & Shape of Living Forms with Jac Hoffman – Learning gestures and basic drawing skills to build to other art approaches.

May 13, 1-3 pm:  Create your own Mother’s Day Cards with Ellen Gabehart – A variety of materials will be available to help express feelings about Mom.

May 20, 1-3 pm:  Painting with David CP Placencia – Learn a wide variety of techniques & skills painting your way to creative self-expression

May 27, 1-3pm:  Watercolor Painting with Shawney Goings — Discover the appeal and flexibility of creating art with watercolor paints.


KLCC radio explains how Emerald Art Center and the arts community are revitalizing downtown Springfield.

The Register Guard featured a great story on our featured artist of the month, Robert Cipes, click here for the story.

Lane Monthly magazine featured a full page article about activities at the art center in their edition on “Celebrating the Arts.” Click the link to read the story.

Current Workshops

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