The name, or rather namelessness of Untitled SGF, a local art showcasing organization, allows the organization to be inclusive of artists of various mediums and methods to showcase their work for the community.
Untitled SGF is a monthly art show held at Q Enoteca on Commercial Street in Springfield. Untitled has showcased various types of art, from painting to poetry.
“I really believe in community big time and I believe in art,” said Joe Bulger, one of the organizers of the event. “Art and community together is just a powerful thing.”
Bulger, a photographer based in Springfield, and Larnelle Foster, a writing manager and the owner of Q Enoteca, met one another through family and friends.
“We sat down one day and were like, ‘What do we want to be doing in this community?’ and literally in like a lunch coffee, we came up with the whole idea,” Foster said.
Quickly, the two decided to make the idea into a reality. Within weeks, they had their first event.
“We want to be very inclusive to where if anyone at all has an idea or a dream or a creative vision, this is a perfect place for them to either workshop it or show something they’ve already created and is refined,” Bulger said.
The organizers agree that they want to keep the event on Commercial Street to bring more culture to the area.
“The big vision for it is to grow the community of artists in Springfield,” Bulger said.
Community is a key part of the show’s mission.
“Art is something beautiful when it is shared,” Bulger said.
Untitled held its sixth event on Friday, Sept. 27, showcasing the work of Savannah Snowden, an Ozark Technical College graduate, and Crystal Skram, an Missouri State University graduate.
Snowden, who received an associate’s degree in graphic design technology, primarily works with digital art.
“I use my art as a way to cope with my feelings and with who I am as a person and how I feel toward a situation, toward the world,” Snowden said.
Many of Snowden’s art pieces depict herself in various situations, patterns and settings.
“I think that’s why I photoshop pictures of myself because everything is just a reflection of me as a whole,” Snowden said.
Although she is a visual artist, Snowden’s favorite form of art is music. She said sounds and music inspire much of her work.
“I want to be a rock and roll guitar player, that would be great but since I can’t do that, I do this,” Snowden said, laughing. “One of my pieces is just how I’m listening to sounds, how I feel the vibrations. A lot of it does reflect music.”
Untitled SGF welcomes first-time and established artists of various mediums.
“We don’t care what the medium is, we don’t care how long you’ve been in the art process,” said Paige Muller, one of the organizers of Untitled.
Untitled SGF encourages artists to share their creative process at the show. Foster said this is different from many galleries where the viewer may only see the art piece without receiving information about the artist or why they create.
“We are allowing the artist to give us some background on what their process is and why they do what they do,” Foster said.
The organizers agree they want the event to be a blank canvas for artists.
“The fact that it’s untitled, every month can be whatever it wants to be, so then I felt like we never have to say to ourselves, ‘we can’t do that,’” Foster said.
Skram, the other artist who showed work at the event, graduated in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking.
“I am Skram. People call me Skram, I go by Skram and my real name is Skram,” Skram said.
Skram does screenprints, which she describes as a hands-on process. She merges digital drawing and screenprinting to create her end product.
“Art doesn’t have to mean anything in particular even though to me, it does,” Skram said.
Skram said if she isn’t giggling when she’s drawing, she tosses what she’s working on.
“It has to be funny,” Skram said. “It has to be goofy but it also doesn’t have to mean that.”
Many of Skram’s prints are cutesty, funny and happy. She said her mantra for life is that “If you don’t laugh about it, you’ll cry.”
“I’ve lived a weird, full life and I’m very young,” Skram said.
Like life, Skram said her art is never perfect.
“That’s the whole point, it’s never going to be exactly what you want every time,” Skram said.
In fact, Skram said her dog peed on much of her art before the show.
“She’s getting old, she’s got hip dysplasia and peed everywhere, but it did not get on any of the piece I put up, which is nice,” Skram said.
Make light of the situation, Skram said.
“There’s no point of dwelling on things.”
Skram’s art can be viewed at crystalskram.cargo.site. Snowden’s art can be viewed on Instagram @design_savvy.