The Birth of an Art Idea that Benefits the Arts Community

 Artist at the 2016 Art Expo

Artist at the 2016 Art Expo

 Carol Faber-Peake making a mask

Carol Faber-Peake making a mask

 Kim Anderson's Paper Sculptures

Kim Anderson's Paper Sculptures

 Face Painting

Face Painting

 2016 Art Expo

2016 Art Expo

The First Annual Art Expo was held June 12, and even with graduation parties and the local Rodeo in competition, the Bothwell Arts Center was humming all day with artists and those interested in exploring the arts.

Local art supplier Way Up Art & Frame sponsored tables that were filled with busy budding artists trying out new art materials.  The Children’s Room allowed little ones to enjoy making arts & crafts, and parents learned about art classes and art camp.  Throughout the center, artists demonstrated their craft from elaborate paper sculpting to graphic novel illustration.  Visitors could attend a printmaking class or sculpt their own mini castle with the help of the new meet mART Clay Studios artisans. And artists got to attend classes to help them in their art businesses, from learning about giclee printing to promoting their art with social media or videos and more.

All of this arose at the end of a particularly vitalizing AVA meeting.  As you know if you are reading this blog, AVA is the result of several artists working together to “connect the dots” within the local visual arts groups, to centralize the calendaring of art happenings, create and curate exhibition opportunities, and to make cool ideas like a catalog of local arts actually happen.

We all come up with ideas, some possible and some that would create too much work for such a small group of volunteers to do.  This conversation, between Carol Faber-Peake and Anne Giancola, was one of those that birthed a real, doable concept.

It was the end of the meeting.  Carol turned to Anne and said something along the lines of, “We should have an event here where artists can come and learn!” Anne said, “Yeah, like a Wedding Expo for Art!” and it went back and forth between the two of them.

The Bothwell went immediately to work on the idea.  Whether or not we were too late in the planning to bring in art suppliers and big name demonstrators like the old Amsterdam Art Expo at Fort Mason, we were going to have a cool Art Expo at the Bothwell.

Look out for next year. We are planning it now so that we will have art suppliers offering great deals and a ton of things to learn.  It’s a perfect fit for what the Bothwell is about.

All from a conversation resulting from a couple of people dedicated to helping grow the visual art community.

Send email to Anne Giancola at anne.giancola@gmail.com if you have any ideas on what you would like to see next year at Art Expo or would like to volunteer to help with this great event.

Blog post by Linda Ryan, co-manager of the Bothwell Arts Center.