After being largely quiet during the last year due to the pandemic, downtown Main Street is springing back to life come Friday.
Spring On Main will return this year after being canceled in 2020. Main Street between First and Fifth streets will be closed to traffic — the side streets will remain open so pedestrians should beware — to make way for a slew of activities from 6-10 p.m., including kid’s games, food vendors, classic cars with the Hoosiers Cruisers, live music, and beer and wine tasting, too.
Spring on Main also will mark the first time that all three downtown art galleries are back open for the First Friday Art Walk after canceling the monthly events last year amid the pandemic.
The Open Gallery, 329 Main St., will celebrate its post-pandemic reopening with “Night Visions,” an exhibit illustrating the beauty of the stars with photography by local artist Chuck Reinhart.
Reinhart’s Milky Way photos are “expansive and remarkable captures of the night sky,” according to a press release issued by local gallery owners. His work has been featured by NatGeo and SkyView.
A literary scholar by trade, Reinhart suggests that the English Romantic poets used their works to show a connection between the natural and the spiritual worlds.
“In a similar but less serious way,” Reinhart states in the press release, “my photos establish a connection between the ordinary and the extraordinary.”
Art Space Vincennes LLC, 521 Main St., will feature gallery owners Amy Delap and Andrew Jendrzejewski’s own work.
The show will be a combination of art that has been in storage for decades with newer pieces from both artists. Delap will be presenting her paintings and collages, while Jendrzejewski will be featuring his paintings and sculpture.
“Some of these pieces in this show that 50 years old,” Jendrzejewski said. “I have a piece in this show from undergraduate school in college.
“This is an experiment for us.”
The Northwest Territory Art Guild, located at 316B Main St., will host “The Front Porch Project,” photographs by local artist, business owner, and educator Amanda Linn.
Linn is the owner of Fords the Art of Photography Studio and was recently named Knox County Business Woman of 2021 by the Knox County Chamber of Commerce.
For six weeks last summer, during the pandemic outbreak, Linn walked through local neighborhoods, covering countless miles as she documented over 500 families on their front porches to bring a sense of connection between families, friends, and their loved ones during the pandemic.
Other artists that will be represented at the guild’s gallery on Friday include guild president John DeCoursey, gallery director Sarah Frenz, Bill Meyer, Shirley Truelove, Matt Ramsey, Paul Spangler, and many more.
Most of the events are free and open to the public. All proceeds will benefit the Downtown Vincennes Association.
For more information contact Ellen Harper at (812) 890- 1288 or check out the event’s Facebook page.