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Springfield, MA 01108

Trinity's Community Gallery and Parkside Cafe

June Gallery Exhibit featuring Gel Printing Art Projects

The Trinity Community Gallery hosted a series of gel printing classes from December 2023 - May 2024 led by Mariela Chavez, noted Springfield artist who was involved in projects with the Springfield Public Library, Fresh Paint Springfield, Resilient Community Arts and Westfield State University among others.

Gel printing is a popular and accessible method of mono-printing that uses a reusable “gel plate” rather than etched metal or wood plates. A wide variety of media can be used, including paint, pastels, ink, and alcohol markers. An even wider variety of objects can be used to make textures and designs, from stencils and texture plates to household items, packaging materials, and the ever -popular bubble wrap. Gel printing has made art accessible to people who can’t afford the time and money for art school or more expensive studio classes or who aren’t able to purchase extensive materials.

Over 25 artists participated in the classes, including Trinity's youth and our own Rob Powell.

Financial support has been provided, in part, by the Springfield Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council.


Gallery Information 

Interested artists are invited to e-mail gallery-cafe@trinityspringfield.org.

The gallery is open Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and weekdays by appointment.  Call the church office at 413-737-5311 to schedule a weekday appointment.  

Upcoming Gel Print Exhibit

After 6 months of gel printing classes with Mari Chavez (www.madeofseaandstars.com), the work of class members will be on display in the Community Gallery for the month of June.  An opening reception will be held on June 2 from noon to 1pm. 

 

Artists for the 2023 - 2024 season:

SEPTEMBER – Denise Evans

OCTOBER – Scantic Valley Artisans

NOVEMBER – Jim Gillen

DECEMBER – Alison Johnson

JANUARY – Porn Simphanoum (Lesn101)

FEBRUARY – Boland Elementary School students

MARCH – Central High School Art Department

APRIL – Chris Jennison

MAY – Connie Moore

JUNE – Gel print class exhibit

JULY -  Art work by Trinity Members

 

History of the Community Gallery and Parkside Cafe

 
In June 2021, Trinity Church was awarded a grant from the United Methodist Foundation of New England for the Trinity Community Gallery and Cafe. The foundation awards grants "to help fund strategic, vital, and creative ministries of organizations and faith communities of the New England Annual Conference."
 
Former Trinity pastor Rev. Perez, Andrea Rust and Vera Baker developed a proposal to re-purpose two under-utilized and accessible spaces to better serve the community.  In the proposal, they reflected on the church's founders' vision to design a "Community Cathedral where everyone could come to learn, to grow, to be enriched, and to draw closer to God." The gallery was seen as a place for showcasing the talents of local artists, and the cafe was presented as an open space for the community and congregation to gather and build connections. Together the two spaces are designed to engage the surrounding Forest Park community through art and other programming.
 
Although Springfield boasts a number of cultural and educational organizations, there are few in this section of the city. Springfield residents spent far too much time in isolation during the pandemic and we see this "third space" serving as an anchor for community life. Our community needs a safe place of deep personal connections, community building, and creative sharing. 
 
Trinity Community Gallery supports the art of  local artists and Springfield Public School students.
Local artists are invited to inquire at gallery-cafe@trinityspringfield.org.
 
The cafe is currently a meeting place for fellowship hour on Sunday mornings with a vision of opening more days/hours to the public in the future. Locally roasted coffee by Monsoon Roasters in Springfield is freshly ground in the Trinity kitchen.  Tea is also available.
 
Expansion plans are contingent on congregation and community support and involvement. Anyone interested in helping the gallery and cafe to grow and serve the wider community is asked to speak with Andrea or Vera or e-mail gallery-cafe@trinityspringfield.org.
 
Images of the June Gel Printing Exhibit