Image: Mural by Rachel Mandala, 136 6th St, Springfield

Saturday, June 22nd  |  10am-noon
Starts at 10am at Springfield City Hall’s Fountain Plaza (225 5 St)
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Explore the murals of downtown Springfield on this free guided walking tour on Saturday, June 22nd, starting at 10am at Springfield City Hall’s Fountain Plaza (225 5th St). Downtown Springfield is bursting with vibrant murals showcasing the history and identity of the Springfield community, featuring a diversity of subjects like the pristine McKenzie River to notable cultural figures such as Ken Kesey. The two-hour tour will visit approximately 20 murals, with several of the artists present to speak about their work, including Bayne Gardner, Alison McNair, Shelley Albrich, and D. Brent Burkett.  The entire route is 1 mile.

The tour is led by Niel Laudati, Legislative and Public Affairs Director at City of Springfield. Niel was the project manager on the Springfield’s Ken Kesey Mural featured on the side of Plank Town Brewing Company, as well as The Official Simpsons Mural on the Emerald Art Center. Additionally, he was the project manager for the award winning Oregon Women Veterans Memorial sculpture in mid-Springfield, the Welcome to Springfield Drift Boat sign, and the Springfield Flame in Gateway, and is the staff lead for the Springfield City Manager’s Art Program.

“Downtown Springfield is truly a hub for the arts. Their murals not only inspire, but tell important stories about their past, present, and future. This mural tour is an opportunity for the community to be part of that story,” states Liora Sponko, Lane Arts Council Executive Director.

This tour is coordinated by Lane Arts Council and the Springfield Arts Commission, and sponsored by Plank Town Brewing Co., Main Street Market (Friendly St Market), and The Washburne Café.

       Plank Town Brewing Company, web