Friday, April 28, 2017

Greenville, SC IS FINALLY GETTING IT!

The Greenville Housing Authority and GCCA

Partner to bring Live/Work Spaces to Greenville Artists

The Gallery at West Greenville is an extension of the emerging Village of West Greenville arts district in the City of Greenville, South Carolina.

The Gallery was conceived based on best practices in affordable artist housing as documented by Artspace, a lead developer of over 35 completed projects that provide affordable living and workspace for low income artists throughout the country.

Live in Community with Visual Artists

The Gallery at West Greenville is not just housing made available to artists; it is housing designed to support the distinct needs of visual artists.

The 12 residential units are live/work units that have enough additional space (approximately 150 square feet) to use as a working studio, thereby freeing the resident artists from the burden of renting separate space.
Each unit has one bedroom, a full service kitchen, living and dining area, one full bath and accessible half-bath in the studio space.  Each unit offers a flexible open floor plan and modern appliances including an in-unit washer and dryer.
The Gallery will also include a community building that will provide each artist with exhibition space to support 1 month per calendar year for a solo exhibit.  
For the 12 live/work studios, eligible artist applicants must demonstrate a commitment to being a visual artist and living in a cooperative and creative environment that exists to engage in the greater Greenville community.  
A working artist shall be defined as:
  • A person who works in, or is skilled in any of the visual arts, including but not limited to: ceramics, drawing, fiber, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. *Please note: Kilns will not be permitted on site for artists working in ceramics.
  • In all visual art disciplines, a professional dedicated to using their expertise within the community to support, promote, present, and/or teach their art form through events, activities, and classes.
  • Derives the majority of their income from the production of original art and intends to pursue full-time engagement in the arts.
  • Intends to engage and integrate with the Village of West Greenville arts community.
Artist applicants will be screened and scored by the Artist Selection Committee to determine applicant's’ commitment to pursuing a career in visual arts and quality of applicant’s artistic portfolio.  The twelve top-scoring artists will be offered living/work space by The Greenville Housing Authority.  A waiting list of interested artists will also be determined by the Artist Selection Committee.

To learn more, contact: Liz Rundorff Smith, GCCA Art School Director at liz@artcentergreenville.org 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

an old glue book

I posted a video of this old glue book that I still have a few blank pages in.  But I thought it might be interesting to some peeps to take a closer look at each page.
I used fabric and cardboard for the book itself and the signatures are made of some thrift store stationary.  The following pages were quick glue downs of scrap papers.  I hope you enjoy!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thankful for my girls!

Nina took the girls to Build-a-bear recently for a special treat!
Clarissa chose a little golden retriever and named her Everfree.
Lula Mae chose Chase from Paw Patrol!
The shadows were awesome in the park that day! I love taking shadow pictures!
We decided to try a different park and ventured out to Holmes Park.  It was pretty cool!  The play area sits up on a hill so the sun was bright but the wind was great and the best part was the huge oak tree right beside the play area!  The girls enjoyed the tree more than the swings.  It was a beautiful tree!!!  I never knew it was there!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Me and the girls!

Clarissa loves getting her picture made and she always looks great even if her hair is dirty!  She's so pretty and smart, I can't believe she is already 7! 
We were just playing around with my camera phone and she was behind me making faces as always...miss silly willy clowny clown!
Lula loves to paint and even more she loves to mix up stuff on the paper surface like glitter glues, play dough, paint and markers.  She's a true mixed media artist for sure!  On this day we said forget cleaning the house and went down to the studio to get busy with our paints.  We have to sneak these days in when no one else is home.
As you can see in the background, Clifford was helping her with her design here.
Her brush strokes are wild and free.  I love to watch and learn from her.  She always chooses odd colors and they seem to make since when she starts mixing them.
This design is one she does often and almost often she tells me that it's a picture of me!
I love the freedom of her artwork and hope that it continues.  I have witnessed how school rules and time have influenced Clarissa's art in a way that makes me sad.  She draws and paints in a more restricted way.  The images she paints or draws have to be structured and have purpose unlike when she was younger and they didn't have any of that.  I guess as time goes on and we learn the way of the world it's hard to let those lessons go and be free in our minds to create what we feel and not what we see and learn.  Freedom to create like a 2 or 3 year old, that's my goal!