Jun
3
3:00 PM15:00

Artist Talk: Wax, Fire & Fungi

Join us in the SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY for a discussion about this exhibit featuring the work of McGuffey artists:  Giselle Gautreau, L. Michelle Geiger, Cri Kars-Marshall, and Jeannine Regan. 

Art collides with nature in this four-artist exhibit of work comprised of materials transformed from the natural world.   Mushroom roots (mycelium), beeswax, natural pigments and tree resin are transformed through heat into four distinct visions that express poignant perspectives on the hidden parts of the world around us.

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Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Dance Performances at 6:00 and 7:15, Studio 20

Join us for choreographed pieces and improvisations in modern/contemporary dance in Studio 20.  Following the show will be an informal audience discussion.

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Featuring choreography by Anne Megibow and Cat Maguire.  Improvisations by Susan Barnard and the Charlottesville Contact Improv Co-op

Performers:
Susan Barnard, Jen Burstein, Mariah Johnson, Arielle Lemons, Tom Lever, Amanda Liscouski, Chitra Kate McDevitt, William Munkacsy, Megan Renfro, Olivia Rivard, Melanie Ross-Fairchild, Matt Starnowski, Brad Stoller

Limited seating. No late seating. Donations gratefully accepted to defray performance costs.

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Jun
1
5:30 PM17:30

June Exhibits Opening Reception

Exhibit dates: May 30th – July 1st
Opening Reception: First Friday, June 1st, 5:30 -7:30PM

Artists Talk: Sunday, June 3rd at 3pm in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery

 

Wax, Fire & Fungi:

Giselle Gautreau, L. Michelle Geiger, Cri Kars-Marshall, Jeannine Regan

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

Art collides with nature in this four-artist exhibit of work comprised of materials transformed from the natural world.   Mushroom roots (mycelium), beeswax, natural pigments and tree resin are transformed through heat into four distinct visions that express poignant perspectives on the hidden parts of the world around us.

 

Instinct:  Nancy Galloway, Joshua Galloway

This two-person show of paintings focusing on the natural world are evidence of the two artist’s  shared interest in light, juxtaposed colors, and the drama of the combinations.

 

Jane Skafte:  Where We Live

This drawing is part of my series on climate change, depicting what is left of an ancient forest that succumbed to earth changes, when the forest became flooded by saltwater. Our current coastal erosion and flooding due to glacier melt will cause more such episodes, but will create ghost cities.

 

Aaron Farrington: 

Little Creatures of the Mystery Woods and Other Works in Progress

This show will include works from the macro Panoramic photographs of the small creatures that live in the Mystery Woods, as well as works in progress from the Retaining Wall Blues series and wet plate portraits from the ongoing People of Charlottesville series.

 

Nathan Motley:  George Harrison and Death Circa 1999 - 2010

 

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May
4
5:30 PM17:30

May Exhibits Opening Reception

Exhibit Dates: May 1st through May 27th
Opening reception: Friday, May 4th, 5:30 – 7:30PM


Megan Elizabeth Read
Recent Works in Oil

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

A collection of paintings exploring vulnerability, solitude, and paralysis, and the process of finding/creating a sense of place.

 


Lotta Helleberg & Erica Lohan
Traces from Nature

Prints on fiber and paper by Lotta Helleberg and drawings on claybord by Erica Lohan. 

 

Kerney Rhoden
Faces and Figures: Life Studies in the Studio

 



Annual High School Show

UPPER HALL GALLERIES

An eclectic, mixed media show of art by students from local area high schools. 

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May
4
5:00 PM17:00

Scott Smith's Photography Exhibit, Fluid Passages, Opening at Chroma!

Exhibition Dates:  May 4-26, 2018
Artist talk: Saturday, May 26 @ 3pm

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Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

TomTom Festival Open House and Free Pile Exhibition

McGuffey Art Center is thrilled to be an art venue for the upcoming citywide Tom Tom Founders Festival with two main events: an Open House with art demonstrations and a group show featuring innovative works that explore reclaimed materials.

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The McGuffey Open House is on Saturday, April 14, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, and is free and open to the public. No Tom Tom Festival tickets or reservations are required to attend. The exhibition Free Pile Show is on view at the McGuffey Art Center upper hallway gallery April 3 - 29, 2018.

The Open House will showcase creativity in action, featuring over a dozen artists working in their studios, ready to answer questions with visitors first-hand about what is behind their artmaking, including artists working in encaustic, mixed media, painting, and glass blowing. In addition, the upper hallway show for April is linked to Tom Tom's support of creativity and experimentation. Entitled Free Pile Show, the exhibition includes pieces that draw their inspiration (and actual materials) from the famed "free pile," a zone in the McGuffey Art Center building that is a gathering place for art studio cast-offs, unused materials, and community oddities.

The resulting works by ten McGuffey member artists come from a place of rich imagination and resourcefulness—plus a bit of tongue-in-cheek. Just like the pile itself, this show promises the unexpected at every turn. The artists in the Free Pile Show include: Nina Frances Burke; Lindsay Heider Diamond; Brielle DuFlon; A. Faith; Andy Foster; L. Michelle Geiger; Christopher Headings; Jill Kerttula; Susan Northington; and Kelly Doyle Oakes.

McGuffey Art Center is located at 201 2nd Street NW, one block north of Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Mall. Limited parking is available behind the building, with passes distributed inside at the front desk. The building is handicap accessible via elevator. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10-6, and Sundays 1-5pm. The building is closed on Mondays.

The Tom Tom Foundation's mission is to celebrate entrepreneurship, culture, and innovation in small cities. Tom Tom’s signature event is a weeklong festival that takes place in Charlottesville, Virginia, each April (April 9-15, 2018), in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. This cross-disciplinary, multi-venue experience transforms the Charlottesville downtown, strengthening diverse local communities as it empowers creators and civic leaders who are shaping the nation's future. For additional information about the Festival please visit: tomtomfest.com

Established in 1975, McGuffey Art Center is one of the oldest artist-run organizations in the United States, featuring over 40 studios open to the public, one block from the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. The McGuffey Arts Association is a group of more than 150 juried members dedicated to providing opportunities for the community to participate in the creative process through free access to open studios, more than 50 annual exhibitions and performances, classes, tours, and outreach projects. 

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Apr
6
5:30 PM17:30

April Exhibits Opening Reception

Nan Rothwell and Junko Ono Rothwell:  Playing with Light

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

Playing with Light at McGuffey Art Center features paintings by Junko Ono Rothwell and functional pottery by Nan Rothwell in a joint show by the two sisters-in-law. Nan Rothwell highlights a series of lamps along with other functional pottery. In her oil and pastel paintings, Junko Ono Rothwell plays with light and shadow.

 

Scott Supraner:  Even Odds and Ends

Scott Supraner shows varied collection of recent wall reliefs constructed from clay.

 

Cynthia Burke:  Gathering

A selection of old and new gathered together.

 

Free Pile Show

This group show is made up of works of art where the materials originated in McGuffey's Free Pile, so that all of the work in the show is recycled from items that once had other lives and uses.  Curated by Christopher Headings.  Participating artist include Nina Frances Burke, A. Faith, Susan Northington, Lindsey Heider Diamond, Brielle DuFlon, Jill Kerttula, Kelly Doyle Oakes, Andy Foster, L. Michelle Geiger, and Christopher Headings.

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Apr
6
5:30 PM17:30

Opening Reception - Our Town, Our Eyes: McGuffey Artists Consider Charlottesville at CitySpace

Opening for First Friday in April, McGuffey Art Center is pleased feature an off-site group show of works by 11 of its member artists. Entitled Our Town, Our Eyes: McGuffey Artists Consider Charlottesville, the exhibition is on view at Charlottesville's CitySpace Gallery from April 6 - 27, 2018.

Artists were invited to consider Charlottesville from their point of view, and the resulting show will represent works in a wide range of media, from painting, drawing, and photography, to mixed media, encaustic, and glass. The participating McGuffey member artists include: Polly Breckenridge,  Aaron Farrington, Jack Graves III, Charles Hall, Susan Northington, Kelly Doyle Oakes, Jeannine Regan,  Maddie Rhondeau, John Trippel, and Guillermo Ubilla.

There will be an opening reception at CitySpace on First Fridays, April 6, 5:30-7:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. CitySpace Gallery is located at 100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA, on east end of the Historic Downtown Mall. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.

For additional information, please call (434) 260-1533, or visit Charlottesville Tomorrow's website: www.cvilletomorrow.org. CitySpace Gallery is a city-owned meeting space managed by Charlottesville Tomorrow, a local nonprofit designed to inform and engage the public by providing clear, non-partisan information and research with the confidence that an informed public will make decisions that will protect and build upon the distinctive character of the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.

Established in 1975, McGuffey Art Center is one of the oldest artist-run organizations in the United States, featuring over 40 studios open to the public, one block from the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.  McGuffey Arts Association is a group of more than 150 juried members dedicated to providing opportunities for the community to participate in the creative process through free access to open studios, more than 50 annual exhibitions and performances, classes, tours, and outreach projects. 

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Apr
5
to Apr 6

McGuffey Partners with Art in Odd Places: Matter - Brielle DuFlon and Nina Frances Burke

McGuffey Art Center is proud to be one of eight presenting partners for the Art in Odd Places 2018: MATTER/Charlottesville citywide event, a festival collaboration between the student-run University of Virginia Arts Board and area art organizations. McGuffey is represented by two temporary outdoor installations created by member artists Nina Frances Burke and Brielle DuFlon from their personal experiences during the August 12, 2017 demonstrations and violence downtown.

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Entitled First Matter/an alchemical remediation of contaminated space, the linked works by Burke and DuFlon are among the festival's 30 performances and site-specific installations that will occur on both the University of Virginia campus and on the Historic Downtown Mall of Charlottesville. The events take place throughout the day at two locations over two days: Thursday, April 5 on UVA Grounds, and Friday, April 6 on the Charlottesville downtown mall.

For the submissions, artists were asked to respond to the festival's theme of MATTER, defined as "Substance, Complication, State of Affairs, Content, Happening, Text, Situation, Material, Importance, Experience, Problem, Atomic."  In their response, Burke and DuFlon will build two spaces for contemplation using fiber,  reclaimed materials, and organic matter from each site. One will be at UVA under an historic tree on Monroe Hill near the Rotunda, and the other will be at the intersection of First Street  North and East Main Street, near Emancipation Park. Their goal is to "purify the ground" through a "dual exchange" where "alchemy is the foundation for public remediation" in response to August 12. Community members are invited to enter the spaces and spend time,
sitting on handmade pillows or on a bench under a welcoming tree, and in those artist-created shelters think about what happened last summer—and what the future might hold.

Founded by multidisciplinary artist Ed Woodham in 1996, Art in Odd Places (AiOP) is known for its annual art intervention festival in New York City. Woodham is currently the UVA Arts Board visiting artist for 2017-18, and developed the MATTER/Charlottesville event for 2018. The organization is dedicated to working collaboratively with other artists to realize visual and performance art that activate public spaces and supports community building. For additional information, visit www.artinoddplaces.org.

The Arts Board of the University of Virginia is a student-run board whose mission is to present an outstanding artist, performance, and/or exhibition each year. It was created to raise students' awareness of and appreciation for the arts. For more information, visit:
www.uvaartsboard.com. 

 

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Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk: Judy McLeod

Gallery Talk with Judy McLeod, March 25th, 2 – 3:30, Sarah B. Smith Gallery

Forty years of art by Judy McLeod are exhibited in 3 venues, one of them being McGuffey Art Center. This retrospective follows Judy McLeod’s artistic and emotional paths and experiences over 4 decades. Trained as a printmaker, screenprints, etchings, and lithographs begin the journey for McLeod. From beginning to current, an autobiographical, feminist, and woman’s point of view is expressed.

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Mar
24
2:30 PM14:30

Dance Performance on the Mall - Excerpt of Pina Bausch's Nelkin Line

On Saturday March 24th 2018, a group of about 15 Charlottesville dancers will perform an excerpt from German modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch's, Nelkin Line on the Downtown Mall (in front of the Violet Crown Theate). This is an ongoing project for the Pina Bausch Legacy Foundation (Pina died in 2009 at the age of 69) which has been performed around the world in the last year.

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The largest Nelkin Line so far has been in Dublin, Ireland with hundreds of dancers. The performance venues have varied from swimming pools to fields, to large festivals.   proceeding on the mall from the west end at 2nd street, to the Pavillion. Much of Pina's work involves repetition and is often distilled into the most essential movement or gestures. This piece is no different. We will learn her gestures for the 4 seasons; it is performed in a moving line (another characteristic of her work), and will be a pattern of gestures.

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Mar
24
12:00 PM12:00

Festival of the Book at McGuffey! One Saturday, Three Panel Talks!

McGuffey Art Center is thrilled to serve as a new venue for the 24th Annual Festival of the Book, a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities that includes more than 80 venues across Charlottesville. McGuffey will be hosting three panels featuring artists, writers, and graphic novelists on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

One panel added by McGuffey focuses on the exhibition Books as Art & Art for Books, a McGuffey-curated show on view in the Upper Hallway Gallery through Sunday, April 1, 2018. All talks will take place in the Main Gallery (Sarah B. Smith Gallery) and are free and open to the public. The authors will be present for a book signing following each panel presentation.

The Saturday Panels at McGuffey for the Festival of the Book are as follows:

• 12:00-2:00 pm: Short Fiction with Long-Lasting Effects: Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties) and Eric Puchner (Last Day on Earth), both of whom write about domesticity, dystopia, and fantasy, injected with questions of gender and sexuality. Moderator: Allison Wright, executive editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review.

• 2:00-3:30 pm: Art of Storytelling: Graphic Novels and Illustrated Works for All Ages: Marguerite Dabaie (The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories), McGuffey Member artist Laura Lee Gulledge (Sketchbook Dares), and Gareth Hinds (POE) discuss their graphic novels and other illustrated works as well as the role of visual art in storytelling. With M.K. England, Charlottesville-area author and young adult librarian, as Moderator.

• 3:45-5:00 pm: Books as Art & Art for Books: Visual artists Bob Anderson, Lyall Harris, and Julia Merkel will discuss their book-related works displayed in the exhibition. Moderator: Exhibiting artist L. Michelle Geiger.

Additional artists in the Book as Art show include: Arnaud Boudoiron, Polly Breckenridge, Hannah England, Rebekah Graves, Lotta Helleberg, McCrea Kudravetz, Terri Long, Judy McLeod, Heather, Owens, Charles Peale, Kate Samworth.

The Festival of the Book is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region, offering more than 250 programs and attracting more than 30,000 attendees. The Festival brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture over five days in Charlottesville, Virginia, each March. 2018 Festival dates are March 21-25. For more information on the Festival of the Book, visit www.vabook.org.

 

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Mar
10
12:00 PM12:00

Artist Demo Day!

Artists will be working in their studios, ready to answer your questions as they demonstrate their work.  Jurgen Ziesmann, the artist exhibiting in McGuffey's first floor hallway will be working in Studio 10. Come see how he makes his fantastical works! Also working in their studios will be: Carol Grant (sculpture), Christopher Headings (painting/mixed media), Maddie Rhondeau (painting), Stacey Evans (photography), and Giselle Gautreau (painting, encaustics).  Come watch, ask questions, and learn about the art processes at McGuffey.

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Mar
2
5:30 PM17:30

March Exhibits Opening Reception

Judy McLeod:  Inspirations 2000-2015


Forty years of art by Judy McLeod are exhibited in 3 venues, one of them being McGuffey Art Center. This retrospective follows Judy McLeod’s artistic and emotional paths and experiences over 4 decades. Trained as a printmaker, screenprints, etchings, and lithographs begin the journey for McLeod. From beginning to current, an autobiographical, feminist, and woman’s point of view is expressed. 
 

 

S.h. Wolf:  Elements of a Landscape

This show will reflect an evolution elapsing several years; a progression comprising conventional  (more or less) landscape paintings to non-representational, color-oriented pieces.

 

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For the Love of Science: Imaginary Views through the Microscope
 

 

Books As Art & Art For Books


During the month of March and in recognition of the Virginia Festival of the Book, the McGuffey Art Center will be exhibiting books and book illustrations by 15 artists. 
 

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Mar
2
5:30 PM17:30

Judy McLeod Retrospective - Inspirations: 2000-2015 Opening Reception

Listen to Judy talk to CBS-19 news about her PVCC show

Judy McLeod: A Retrospective A Three-Site Exhibition Project February 16-April 11, 2018 The three Charlottesville, Virginia, venues include:

Patterns of Life: 1980-2000 Dickinson Gallery, Piedmont Virginia Community College February 23–April 11, 2018 Opening Reception: February 23
  
Inspirations: 2000-2015 McGuffey Art Center February 27–April 1, 2018 Opening Reception: March 1

Current Works: 2015-present Les Yeux du Monde Gallery February 16–March 25, 2018 Opening: February 17

 

This exhibition represents the impressive career of artist Judy McLeod. As one of the early members of the artist-run McGuffey Art Center (established in 1975), McLeod has maintained an open studio in the historic building for more than four decades. This three-site project features 73 works created from 1980 to the present, grouped into narrative themes that speak to McLeod's vision as well as her continued explorations of feminism, the idea of "women's work," water and the natural world, and diversity as it intersects with the female experience. Trained as a printmaker at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, McLeod's early works encompass drawing, silkscreen, etching, and lithography, where the artist experiments with color layering and patterning as ways to enhance her personal/universal narratives. Later, a number of series focus on the figure in pastel, and, most recently, world culture-based content in mixed-media collages and collage paintings.

In the end, each piece on view, be it at Piedmont Virginia Community College, Les Yeux du Monde gallery, or at McGuffey, is imbued with a sense of energy, empowerment, and humanity, balancing McLeod's personal stories with memories and the emotions all humans share.

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Mar
2
5:00 PM17:00

Laura Lee Gulledge: Magic Flight, Recent Illustrations - Opening Reception at Studio IX

This body of work illustrates Gulledge's return trip from her Hero’s Journey—a personal vision quest which took her from Charlottesville to New York and beyond. Coming back to Virginia challenged her to return to reality from down the rabbit hole of imagination and implosion, a journey that visually took the form of the rainbow bridge from Nordic mythology. The images depict a transition from suffering to compassion and the beginning the final leg of the journey: freedom to live.  This special exhibit at Studio Ix free and open to the public, in conjunction with the Virginia Festival of the Book.

Exhibit dates: March 2-April 2
Gallery hours: M-F 8am-5pm / Sat 9am-2pm
First Fridays Opening Reception March 2nd 5:00-7:00PM

Artist Talk with Virginia Festival of the Book March 22nd 6:00-7:30PM

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Feb
23
5:00 PM17:00

Judy McLeod Retrospective: Patterns of Life, 1980-2000, at PVCC, Dickinson Gallery

Opening Reception: February 23 5-7 pm, Dickinson Gallery, Piedmont Virginia Community College

This exhibition represents the impressive career of artist Judy McLeod. As one of the early members of the artist-run McGuffey Art Center (established in 1975), McLeod has maintained an open studio in the historic building for more than four decades. This three-site project features 73 works created from 1980 to the present, grouped into narrative themes that speak to McLeod's vision as well as her continued explorations of feminism, the idea of "women's work," water and the natural world, and diversity as it intersects with the female experience. 

Trained as a printmaker at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, McLeod's early works encompass drawing, silkscreen, etching, and lithography, where the artist experiments with color layering and patterning as ways to enhance her personal/universal narratives. Later, a number of series focus on the figure in pastel, and, most recently, world culture-based content in mixed-media collages and collage paintings.

In the end, each piece on view, be it at Piedmont Virginia Community College, Les Yeux du Monde gallery, or at McGuffey, is imbued with a sense of energy, empowerment, and humanity, balancing McLeod's personal stories with memories and the emotions all humans share.



Opening Reception: February 23 5-7 pm

 

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Feb
18
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk! To See and Be Seen, To Know and Be Known: Portraits of Resilience by Kelly Oakes

Kelly Oakes will be discussing her current exhibition, To See and Be Seen, To Know and Be Known:  Portraits of Resilience

 

Charlottesville Resilience shines a light on the resilience-of-spirit displayed by residents of Charlottesville who have endured hidden, day-to-day lives of real hardship and trauma, to unveil their human spirit and to get to know them better, in hopes of bridging the gap of misunderstanding and empathy.

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Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

Judy McLeod Retrospective: Current Works 2015-Present at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, February 17, 3-5 pm, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

This exhibition represents the impressive career of artist Judy McLeod. As one of the early members of the artist-run McGuffey Art Center (established in 1975), McLeod has maintained an open studio in the historic building for more than four decades. This three-site project features 73 works created from 1980 to the present, grouped into narrative themes that speak to McLeod's vision as well as her continued explorations of feminism, the idea of "women's work," water and the natural world, and diversity as it intersects with the female experience.

 

Trained as a printmaker at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, McLeod's early works encompass drawing, silkscreen, etching, and lithography, where the artist experiments with color layering and patterning as ways to enhance her personal/universal narratives. Later, a number of series focus on the figure in pastel, and, most recently, world culture-based content in mixed-media collages and collage paintings. In the end, each piece on view, be it at Piedmont Virginia Community College, Les Yeux du Monde gallery, or at McGuffey, is imbued with a sense of energy, empowerment, and humanity, balancing McLeod's personal stories with memories and the emotions all humans share.

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Feb
10
1:30 PM13:30

Book Launch! Laura Lee Gulledge: Sketchbook Dares at The Bridge PAI

I ARTNER DARE YOU to draw out your inner artist in celebration of the release of local author & artist Laura Lee Gulledge's new interactive book of drawing activities, SKETCHBOOK DARES

Curious creators of all levels & disciplines (ages 10 and up) are invited to this FREE interactive art party. We will have multiple art stations with drawing dares for you to try out, a collection of original sketchbooks for you to flip through, a live drawing demo, and door prizes. Bring your sketchbook or your Artner (your partner in art) and increase your odds of getting a door prize!

**Drinks from Potter's Craft Cider, hand decorated cookies from Bowerbird Bakeshop, and signed books will be available for purchase.

ABOUT SKETCHBOOK DARES

Confront the blank page, silence your inner critic, and tap into your creative instincts with a sketchbook that dares you to explore the process of making art in 24 unique challenges, all while encouraging you to trust your creative instincts. Culled from art educator and graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge's own tricks for finding inspiration, this sketchbook dares you to sketch objects from memory, doodle with your non-dominant hand, and tell personal stories with drawings and words.

The Unwind Dare gets you to loosen up your drawing style by copying the same object in shorter amounts of time, the Music Dare engages your senses by walking you through the process of making an abstract sketch of a piece of music, and the Offering Dare asks you to represent yourself by drawing five precious objects and writing notes next to them. With examples of her own work, handy tips, words of encouragement, and plenty of blank pages, this sketchbook gives you everything you need to expand your creative horizons.

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