Monday, February 2, 2009

Off to hang the Co-Op Art Show!

UPDATE: It's hung, it's done, and you have to wait till tomorrow for the pictures because I am dead on my feet! Don't let anyone kid you---it is hard work hanging a show, and a very diverse show is harder, because you have to figure who works best next to whom.
So tomorrow, pict-o-rama!
Or at least a few....... ;)

Early day today; getting things ready to help hang the show in the neighboring city of Logansport, at the Logansport Art Association. Our group is the February show and our members really pulled through with a lot of work. (which means a lot to transport SAFELY and sort and hang......but that's GOOD!!!!) We have several people volunteering to go and do work, so it should make it easier.
I will take some photos, if I don't forget the camera, and share them here later.
This is the first gallery showing of the group since it's inception. In March we will start our third year, and frankly, I can't believe all we have accomplished/been involved in. I did not realize it until I put an informational sheet together for distribution at the show. Here is the text:

The Community Artists Co-Op was formed by four Miami County artists out of a desire for a supportive work community for local artists of all medias and abilities and those who appreciate the arts to be able to meet, share expertise in art-specific areas, network with each other on art related matters and to further the education of all artists in the group. Within the group are both amateur and professional artists and the member demographic is from high school age to retirement. We draw not only from Peru but the surrounding areas of Miami County, as well as Cass County. Meetings are held monthly January through November at Café Du Cirque, 65 N. Miami, Peru, on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The Café also generously provides gallery space.
The group has a strong commitment to involvement in our community, as it is our belief that the quality of life is improved through art. Being close to our third year in existence, we have participated in two Fallfests, the MCAC art show in conjunction with the Cole Porter Festival, the Miami County Historical Society’s Heritage Days art show, have hosted the Fort Wayne Museum of Art for their outreach program “Art and Espresso”, contributed art for the Circus Hall of Fame Gala fundraiser for two years (monies raised from Co-Op contributions approximately $3000), developed “You Got Art”, an original program which put small original pieces of art into the hands of the local community, produced a Storm Water coloring book in association with
Peru Utilities to be distributed throughout the local elementary schools for use in their Science classes, and most recently, provided over 100 4”x4” original art pieces for a local nursing home to remember the elderly at the holiday season and we still have continued to encourage our artists to produce their own art—which they do, prolifically!
Further, we have a commitment to education, as shown through bringing in a working artist from the Indianapolis area for a successful mixed media class this past fall. Our members also occasionally provide classes to Co-Op members and non-members, and will work one-on-one with others when asked.
As stated in the first advertising fliers we produced:


More later when I get back, hopefully with good pics and some funny stories! Other than me sliding on the slush and snow and rearranging my back.......


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