Sunday, May 6, 2007

Welcome to Art Garage

Around 3 years ago, I tricked out my garage with some tables and chairs and lots of art supplies and invited some of my closest art buddies to come over and make art with me twice a month. That was how Art Garage was born. This year we are meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 5pm-8pm and we have been working on a special charm project (with an eye towards publication). Each artist brings a mystery material and we proceed to make 5-6 1-1/2"x1" charms in the time allowed. So far, we have worked with aluminum foil (me), twigs (Stephanie), bottle caps (Tammy), plastic screening (Linda) and rubber finger cots (my fave from Tammy).
Art Garage is just one of the great art experiences I've had the pleasure to be involved with in Portland and I can't begin to tell ya how jazzed I am to be surrounded by such talented people. I moved up here from LA where hardly anyone shares a thing about their art or their process. I have been blessed to land in an art community that embraces the fact that we are all are enriched by what we give away. We all share in the Art & Soul Art Retreat experience, ArtFest, ArtFiber Fest, the many demos at Art Media, art group meetings at Collage, galleries in the Pearl district, Last Thursday on Alberta, Open Studios in the fall, neighborhood Art Walks, Oregon College of Arts & Crafts, PNCA, 2 huge art fairs and on and on. Everywhere you look, there is inspiration and the pure joy of living in an environment that says, yes! you belong here.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love that you share art garage with us!! I'm always amazed what we manage to come up with in 3 hours.
oxox
steph b

dre said...

I am SOOO jealous. I loved my art garage experience when I was so fortunate as to be invited, and I wish I was there so I could weasel another invitation. Waaaaah!

Randi said...

Hey Sweetie Pie-
I just read a article about a Parade of Artists Umbrellas that was in Carmichael CA. It was a fund raiser to rebuild their Aquatic Center. People in the community bought plain white garden umbrellas from Sacramento Fine Arts Center and painted them and then they had them all on display. They were later auctioned off. I see your garden umbrella in this photo and thought you should add painting wild images on it to your list of things to do. Besides then your neighbors can talk about you even more and you can add it to your bird cage with doll head garden art.
Love you.
PS Did you get my mail art?

tracy said...

sweets, I love art garage. I like the art, but most of all, it's just fun seeing you and the other art chicks...(especially you, tho.) oxox