Late in 2015, the amazing Liv Antonecchia, of Surface Craft Gallery, invited local artists to join in a project: draw, paint, write, create in whatever form, in a sketchbook for 30 days in January 2016. The challenge was accepted by 40 artists, representing a broad range of visual and literary arts, and the completed works of 27* of them are now on display at the gallery (49 John Street, downtown). The basic sketchbook, a creative work in itself, measures approximately 1"x 3", and each were handmade by Kris Westerson, an artist with an amazing array of talents (Go on: check her site out. I'll wait.)
And the completed books? Oh, wow. I loved my teeny, tiny blank book that kept me company during January. I tried to think of a theme (which many of the participants did) but my mind was too scattered. I decided instead to use my book as a testing ground for trying out new things, as well as incorporating some of my basic skill set. I let myself be inspired by other artists, and try some things I'd been too timid to approach. And in between new things, I let my pysanky brain roam free. You might say my book consists of some things old, some things new, some borrowed, and even a couple that are blue. Some I love, some wouldn't see the light of day had they not found a home in the book, but hey, it's about the journey, right?
|Photo by of Liv Antonecchia|
So, that's all nice, but how is is time travel? The answer is simple, simple math that is: 27 artists x 30 days = 810 days. And for the price of admission (which is free) you can see it all in the time it takes you to meander through the display at Surface Gallery.
|Art and photo by Kate Fortney|
|Art and photo by Heather Powers|
|Art and photo by Amy Romanczuk|
|photo and book by Elizabeth Porcher Jones|
|Art and photo by Karyn Healy|
|Art and photo by Alison Brynn Ross|
|Interconnectedness (photo and book) |
by Kris Westerson
|art (and photo) byTami Boyce|
|Art by Kris Westerson|
What? You're still here? Get on over to Surface Gallery!
*the option existed for people to be able to take their art home after the show, so some may be gone. The other cool thing? Some are for sale!