Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Forward

Drawing Interest: A Survey of Drawings, Doodles, and Sketches
Quite the project! We were so excited to receive so many submissions from the community and beyond!!! There were submissions from not only Delaware, but Columbus, Normal, IL, and even Australia!! Many of the doodles & drawings came from local students: elementary through college! Artists and non-artists alike willingly contributed as well! We are so glad to have this level of creative participation from the community!
The aspect of the show that I personally enjoyed most was the accumulation of artifacts, not just drawings. There was a sense that each submission was an object that corresponded with a moment in each artist's world, it seemed to
be a collection of twinklings of personal histories.
Stay tuned as we plan to host another show next year with a similar concept of community involvement. The submissions will be available this Saturday 2-7pm for pick up. The entries that were shipped will be returned in the next week.

It was impossible to stop discovering new amazing details throughout the show each time one looked! The images below are some examples of work that received many comments during our gallery hours. There was so much praise for all of the talent in the show and in our community!

This was a collaboration between father and son artists, combining various characters - We Love It!!!

There will be many more photos posted on our Facebook Page!

This weekend (9/30 & 10/1), we are taking time to plan out the next year as well as installing our next big show!! The doors will be open, however, we are in-between shows. You are welcome to stop by and pick up your drawings or even witness the behind the scenes at the CAC. We always welcome volunteers and if you have a project, workshop, or show idea, we would love for you to share it!

Our next show: What Are You Afraid Of?
will be opening next Friday October 7 from 6-9pm.
This exhibition will be featuring a group of artists that work in subject matter that explores the darker side of life and fantasy. The overall theme of the show is Fear! and it might be more of an experience than you expect!!!

Some of the Featured Artists:
David Senecal
Jeff Eden
Janet Grissom
Kristin Drake

We will also be opening our doors on Halloween for a Trick or Treat Special Event of a "Mad Artist Labratory!" in which everyone from the community is invited to tour our Spooked-Up Art Center for a real treat!
Ever wanted to create a Haunted House? We invite YOU to help out on Saturdays in October (2-7pm) in building and painting the sets and decorations for this event. We need your creative input, time, and/or skills to pull this off. We are also accepting donations of materials that can be used for our "Mad Artist Labratory"

Friday, September 23, 2011

Summer Reflections

Wow, did summer fly by or what? We had some great energy stirring in the CAC this summer, some really fun and interesting exhibits that we are quite proud of!!!

We kicked off the summer in June with our Ground Works Exhibition showcasing many of the talented artists that are involved with the CAC.

In July, we mixed it up a little with another group exhibition: Hello Science featuring artists that demonstrate their "conversations" with science in their work. We had a remarkable gallery talk surrounding that show with all of the artists present and a full house. It was great to see that kind of active participation from the community!

Speaking of community being engaged, we had record turn-out for visitors in the month of August with A History of Everything and Nothing by Columbus artist Susan Li O'Connor! The cascading paper curtain and organic tunnel structure sparked the curiosity of people by the dozens! It was fabulous to see the responses the site specific installation of nearly 4 thousand paper mailers (donated by Columbus College of Art & Design) transforming our gallery space! The conversations that took place in the midst of this exhibition were inspiring!
See Below for some photos from this exhibition:

We've had so many questions about how this work was created and just as many about how it was removed! So to satisfy your curiosity, we're attaching some photos of the de-install process as well!!

Special Thanks to Susan, who not only shared her creative ingenuity with the CAC and our community, but worked so hard to get this show installed in a small window of time(in the intense heat!)!!! Thanks to all of the volunteers that helped her out as well!

During the month of August, we began collecting material for our September show: Drawing Interest. This was a wide open look at Drawings, Doodles, and Sketches from a diverse range of individuals from the area. It was so exciting to see the different drawings coming in to the art center to be shared for this exciting show. We received drawings and doodles of all kinds, from artists' renderings to kids' drawings and doodles on the edges of notes, not to mention many submissions from Ohio Wesleyan University students. There are all sorts of creative experiments and expressions, this is a true community display of talent and participation.
Drawing Interest is open through this weekend, so today and tomorrow are your final chances to see this exhibition! (Gallery Hours: Fri. 4-7pm & Sat. 2-7pm) (Photos to come soon)

Thanks to the volunteers from OWU this month who helped out with the gallery!!! We hope that you will continue to be involved with the CAC this year!!!!

And the biggest thanks goes out to our community, much of whom are continuously reminding us of what we mean to them! The City Art Center is operated by 100% Volunteers and it is our greatest reward to hear feedback and your supportive comments about what we are doing in the lovely City of Delaware! We hope to keep serving the Delaware area with interesting art exhibitions, platforms for conversations, art studio spaces, creative demonstrations, classes and workshops!
We want you to be involved and share your ideas! How can the CAC function in new
creative ways for the community? Email those ideas to: (include in the subject line: IDEAS for CAC) remember we want your ideas, but we also want you to help us see them through!!!

Before we close this segment, I would like to give a very warm welcome to our newest board members:
Tammy Wallace (Ross Art Museum) & Scott Culbert (Delaware Attorney)
So glad to have you guys on board!!!

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