The Springfield Arts Commission is pleased to present SOUL DIG: Excavating Essence, an exhibition of paintings by artist Nyssa Perrin Clark at the City Hall Gallery. The show will run from April 1-30, 2019 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, April 12. The reception, which is open to the community, will feature the artist, light refreshments and live music by Jason Renslow.

A self-taught artist, Perrin Clark paints abstract expressionism through active stream of consciousness, seeking a state of flow and release of the powerful and transient emotions of life. In her own words, her work is “intuitive — a spontaneous surprise communicating the colorful emotions of the human experience – and our capacity for survival, hope, love, passion, beauty, and renewal.” After a lifetime of creativity, Nyssa began painting seriously in January of 2016 in the midst of recovering from a neurological disorder. As an emerging artist, Nyssa’s paintings quickly found themselves on walls in homes from Oregon to the East Coast and across the pond to Europe.

Born in Eugene, Oregon in the Spring of 1969, Perrin Clark is a proud third-generation Duck who’s lived all over Oregon, from Hood River to Astoria, with the Pacific ocean and Oregon’s rivers, peaks and valleys being a constant source of inspiration, strength and solace. Nyssa resides in Springfield, Oregon where she shares a sweet little 1930’s cottage with her husband and three dogs.

The Springfield Arts Commission invites the community to attend the gallery’s opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, April 12 to meet the artist and enjoy live music by Jason Renslow. An experienced musician who has been performing in coffee shops and breweries around town for many years, Renslow writes most of the music he performs and has played with bands such as The Junkyard All-Stars and Piece Corpse. His music can be found online Bandcamp and Google Play.

City Hall Gallery is seen by approximately 3,700 visitors each month. Since 1989, the gallery has featured monthly shows by regional artists chosen by the Springfield Arts Commission. The Commission issues a public call to artists each year. More information is available on the website,


About Springfield Arts Commission

The Springfield Arts Commission promotes artistic and cultural richness and diversity in the City of Springfield and assists in the preservation of the cultural heritage of the community as expressed through artistic endeavors. The Commission seeks to support opportunities for artistic creation, exhibits, performances and events, and to facilitate awareness, communication, education and collaboration to increase the accessibility of the arts and art-related resources in the community. The nine-member volunteer Commission manages City Hall Gallery, administers the Heritage Arts Grant program, maintains Art Alley, a collection of outdoor murals, and supports youth arts programs in collaboration with the Springfield Public Library. The Commission is funded by City of Springfield room taxes. More information is available at