Many of the original artists are returning and other local artists will participate.
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Inspired by the neighborhood of South Fountain Ave. Fleming and her husband Nate live, it is a chance for art and architecture to complement each other. The South Fountain Tour of Homes has been a popular event there for years, but has not been held recently due to the pandemic.
In its place, self-guided walking tours of some of the houses, outdoors only, will be part of Art SoFo, giving a taste of what this event has to offer.
“There’s something charming about seeing these artists nestled in Victorian homes, it’s a very quaint picture,” Fleming said. “Architecture as a medium of art can be breathtaking. “
Visitors can also be part of the artistic experience. In collaboration with Springfield Promise Neighborhood and the Springfield Museum of Art, there will be a community art project in which participants will paint four-by-eight sheets of plywood that will be used to board abandoned homes.
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Speaking to other organizations, Fleming found that they had similar ideas and that a natural partnership that benefited the community was formed.
“Anyone can do it. You just put paint on a board and it will add a level of visual interest, ”Fleming said. “An event is not just a day, but connects the community to art.
Art SoFo will be complemented by four live musical performances and food and juice trucks.
While Fleming wants Art SoFo to be an annual event, she plans to develop it piece by piece into something people look forward to for what it offers and will add.
“We want to make every piece well rather than making a volume of it to make it a beautiful event,” she said.
Free parking will be available at the Rocking Horse Center.
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HOW TO GET THERE
What: Art SoFo
Where: South Fountain Historic District, Block 600-800, Springfield