Springfield’s Snail Art House focuses on process of creation

Nestled in downtown Springfield is a new, bright and colorful space for artists to create and sell their work: Snail Art House.

Walking past the windows at 204 S. Campbell Ave., passersby may see artists painting large flowers and mushrooms on the walls or brainstorming their next creative move, all in preparation for the art house’s opening. A soft opening is slated for April 1.

Snail Art House is home to resident artists Abby Baechle, Chloe Thorne, Levi Holloway and Kelsey Farris. The four will share the space to create their own art.

The art house will be open to the public each first and third Friday and Saturday of the month. When open, Snail Art House will act as a pop-up shop, a short-term flash sale space. The four artists, along with two guest artists, will have pieces on display for purchase.

Space to spread their wings

From left to right, Abby Baechle, Kelsey Farris, Chloe Thorne and Levi Holloway smile for a portrait. The four make up the resident artists of Snail Art House, a new art studio and pop-up shop opening in downtown Springfield.

Baechle, Thorne and Farris met at Tea Bar & Bites, a cafe located in Pickwick Place, a retail strip at the intersection of Pickwick Avenue and Cherry Street. Farris and Holloway are partners. 

The four friends agreed that opening an art studio and shop has been each of their dreams, but they never thought it would be possible. When Farris asked the group one day what they thought about opening a space together, there was no hesitation.

Anita Shire

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