Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, national holidays and during the week preceeding the annual Springfield Mayor's Art Show
Emerald Art Association began in 1957 when a group of artists and art lovers took on the task of building an art league. Beginning under the auspices of the Willamalane Community Services, it soon became an independent entity. In 1974 this diligent group bought their own building at 421 A Street and shouldered the responsibility of owning real estate, while presenting fine art to the community and becoming a center for teaching and learning art.
The current Art Gallery is new, yet has roots that reach back to 1909 when it was the Sutton Block that later became the Gerlach Drug Store. By the late 1990's the opportunity presented itself to purchase the Gerlach Building. The non-profit art association had outgrown their original home and it was time to create a new gallery to house its growing collection, to gain space for more community interaction, to sponsor more artists' exhibits and to work with childrens' interest in art. The result is Emerald Art Center, the answer to a long-held vision.
The Street Floor Gallery, which opened in April 2002, displays changing exhibitions, important artist's shows and traveling shows when possible. We also display children's exhibits of current work being accomplished through classes at the Art Center and local schools.
EAC presents classes for all ages and workshops throughout the year in the Dottie Chase Classroom on the Main Floor, and in the Mary Meeker Classroom on the Mezzanine. Workshops are taught by nationally known artists and educators, drawing attendance from students across the United States, as well as providing an opportunity for local artists of all skill levels to learn and refine their creative abilities.
Emerald Art Center is owned by Emerald Empire Art Association EEAA, which is a 501c(3) Non-Profit, Artist Member Volunteer Cooperative dedicated to making a difference in the community. Our mission is to develop and encourage greater interest in the arts. Our vision is a community embracing and celebrating the arts, experiencing the joys of creative expression, and sharing artistic creations with one another.
- To provide an environment which supports and develops artists.
- To provide opportunities for artists of all ages to display and market their art work
- To offer a variety of programs and events to teach and display art
- To enrich the community through innovative outreach and in-house art programs
- To thrive as an organization with committed volunteers, sustainable funding sources, and sound business practices
- To provide leadership in collaborative efforts to support organizations located in the Springfield Downtown Cultural District, as well as, area arts organizations.
The library encompasses a wide variety of books, DVDs, videos and magazines about watercolor, oil painting, acrylic, pastels and most other painting mediums. There are also books about crafts, color theory, art history and artist biographies. Members can sign-out items a month at a time. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Emerald Art Center seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. Our building and gallery meet ADA standards as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our restrooms and elevator are handicap-accessible and there are no steps from the sidewalk to our entrances. If you require special accommodations, please contact us in advance and we will endeavor to assist you. You may call (541) 726-8595 or email us with any special requests.