Wow, wow, wow you guys. It's been one crazy month, but we did it. We really did it. My husband and I choose to relocate to a different wing in Stratford Square Mall you know, for some extra "elbow room". Our first Gallery location was 1000 square feet, but 500 of that was our storage. Now we are in this utterly amazing long suite that is PERFECT for events. We did a full remodel, we tore down the old tenants red vinyl, and painted the gray and black walls Moonmist and this amazing deep teal color. We tore up by hand 2400 sq ft of carpet that may or may not have been here 30 years by the print on it. LOL. But now this space is ready and it was so great to present it to all of our friends and family. We hope you had a GREAT time checking out the new artists and jewelry designers we consigned for our opening month. Check our social media, instagram in particular to follow each individual artist and see their work. We will be posting again photos from Friday night soon! Stay Tuned, and SAVE THE DATE for our next opening, September 7th from 6 pm to 9 pm.
What an amazing event. Truly blown away by the 100 people that squeezed into my tiny little gallery to see and support 24 artists that hand painted a skateboard. While we had boards for sale, what was important about this show was the fact that we had so many artists choose to auction off their boards for a good cause. Warp Corps is a local non profit that we chose to highlight for such an important reason. It's not everyday you find someone, let alone an organization that speaks to everything you wish you could do. Our youth, and our community are two top reasons we operate as a charitable gallery when we can. When I found Rob Mutert, founder of Warp Corps I just knew he was onto something. But like anyone, or any business he needed help. So David Ruff, my co curator and I brainstormed, and evolved from it was an amazing DIY style showcase paired with charity - opioid abuse and suicide prevention being our non profit's main focus. My heart smiled that night finally getting to meet the family that has this giant big creative heart. Not only were they down to earth, but they were genuine and all of their loved just radiated. Truly a pleasure! More to share soon. Stay tuned!
Peace of Art Gallery presents: "IMPACT : inspire"
Skate Deck Art Show and Charity Board Auction
Opening on Saturday, June 9th from 6 pm to 9 pm
Exhibition remains on view until Monday, July 8th
Peace of Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works and an installation of skate decks entitled "IMPACT:inspire". Over twenty artists across North America are participating in this showcase. With our mission as a positive impact art gallery we wanted to create a showcase that had a WOW factor, but would also spread an awareness of something that was happening right here in our state. When we came across Warp Corps, we knew we were a match as our minds and missions were aligned. We knew together we could create something beautiful out of this showcase, and ode to the skateboarding culture.
The opening night for this showcase will be June 9th from 6 pm to 9 pm, and for the first week artists will have chosen boards on silent auction via Ebay to raise funds to help Warp Corps succeed in their mission of "prevention through engagement".
Warp Corps is a collective of activists working together to combat our nation's suicide and substance abuse epidemic based out of McHenry county. Through active engagement of each individuals organic passions, they believe that they can provide better opportunities for future generations. This collective engages our youth in art, music and leadership in a positive way showcasing self expression, health and leadership. By doing so they are helping keep our communities safe.
With suicide prevention and drug abuse on the rise, Peace of Art Gallery felt it necessary to bring to light a heavy topic through art. So we welcome you to come and check out all the painted skate decks and help spread awareness of suicide prevention and drug abuse.
I'll give five bucks if you can say that ten times as fast as you can! Character Counts Coalition Color Run in Camera Park! That's what the Gallery did today, and it was OH SO MUCH FUN!
It was our first time being a sponsor, and we represented our Mall, Stratford Square. Over 100 people pledged and ran for something we felt was super important, and it's our morals as a business! Character Counts believes in being a caring, trustworthy citizen and helping others in our communities . And we believe being kind to strangers has a domino affect and can ultimately change someone's life!
With all the beautiful colors blending in the air, we couldn't not think of ART, so we joined as a sponsor. We were also lucky enough to be the recipient to the Grand Prize winner today who raised the most money for the Color Run and they will be receiving a private lesson on Fluid Art here in the Gallery.
We sold Fluid Art today by myself Jennifer Mroz, Kaitlin Wargo, Classic Jerf, Buzy Lizzy and Dills. It was a lot of fun explaining how Fluid Art is made, and who we were as a new small business in Bloomingdale. We managed to sell 2 paintings in the hour and a half that we were there, and raised $35 in donations for Cancer Research, a topic that hits home for the Gallery - plus we were able to tell a lot of people about next week's opening night reception, and our upcoming IMPACT : inspire Skate Deck show. Not to mention, our table was beside the sponsor Chick - fila, my favorite!
Thank you to all who came out today, spoke with us, donated to us and to my artist and friend, Kaitlin Wargo who joined me to sell our work today!
It's that time again, we have redone our pretty white walls. We are now carrying a mix of items in the gallery of handmade wood items such as cutting boards, hammered spoons and bowls from The King Market plus reclaimed wood paintings by Ruff Made. Then we have a handful of artists all on board to have their work shown at our Artisan Market and Color Run Tables within the month; Buzy Lizzy comes to us with handmade resin necklaces, keychains, magnets and stunning circles in resin. Dills comes to us with his colorful characters done with marker and spray paint. Gustavo Madrigal joins us with his street style abstract paintings, and Classic Jerf adorns our walls with his beautiful lettering on canvas. New oil painter Diane brings in framed and matted options as well as originals on cradle board. And then we are carrying a few pieces of artist Alexis Rojas from Guatemala. Attached is a sneak peak at each of their works, you'll have to stop in to see more AND join us on May 25th to celebrate their opening from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Catch us downstairs in center court of Stratford Square for the weekend of Mother's Day. We'll have tables set up debuting our new banner as a store! On our tables will be all work of our incoming and outgoing artists including handmade paintings, unique gifts and photography prints. We begin setting up at 9 am for a 10 am opening, and I'll be there until 9 pm both Friday and Saturday, and until 6 pm on Sunday! We can't wait to help you pick out a gift for your mom, or mother figure! See you there!
Another great class in the books to end our month of April with Fluid Art. Love when our artists go outside the box to create a work of art themselves. Liz our student chose to do flowers, notice top row. They came out so cool and unique! I always encourage people to test their limits and their own comfort zones. Love being surprised by you guys!
We would also like to entertain the idea of a Saturday class in May for Fluid Art so more people can attend since I now realize weekdays are a tad hard to work around. Therefore, I will be announcing a date soon for that class and a way to purchase your place in advance! Reach out with any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Another super fun evening in the books for the Gallery. Thank you to all the ladies who showed up for our Fluid Art Workshop! Again, I was SO IMPRESSED! Everyone did such a great job learning and absorbing the techniques that our Instructor Kaitlin Wargo taught. The canvases are all pieces of art! Stunning ARTWORK!
Next week will end our April Workshop of Fluid Art. If you would like to attend, please email the Gallery at email@example.com if you would like to attend. By emailing us it better helps us prepare for how big the class will be. Especially since this class requires more materials than others. Hoping our last class on 4.25.18 will be our best one yet! Class begins at the new time of 5:30 pm to better accommodate our artists leaving work to get to us.
See you guys next week, I'll be the one with the camera, your cheerleader in the corner rooting you each on to create, to experiment, and push the envelope with your creative comfort zones. When we push, we create things that are more beautiful than what we thought we could. Just remember that :)
YOU GUYS !!!! I am one proud art mama! Everyone who participated in last night's FIRST Fluid Art workshop for the Gallery - THANK YOU! I'm so happy to see artists trying new things! Here is a sneak peak at just a few of the beautiful fluid paintings created in last night's class.
If you missed your opportunity for last night's class, Kaitlin Wargo, our Instructor will be here each Wednesday for the month of April hosting this workshop. She will be teaching you the in's and out's of this class, as well as sending you home with a sheet created of what she taught, what was used, and where to get it from.
Classes are on Wednesday's from 5:30 pm until 7 pm. Class starts promptly at 5:30 pm so feel free to arrive a little early to get settled in. This class fee is $30, this includes your lesson, your paints and additives, as well as (2) 8 x 10 canvases to pour onto. It was so much fun, I already can't wait for next weeks class.
Email the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up under our Facebook Page @poagallery - event has been created. Class holds 8 participants, so act fast before this fills up!
Another amazing Sunday FUNday for the books. We love meeting new artists - Check out some snap shots taken during this week's artist gathering! Keep in mind, April 1st - we will be closed, so no Sunday FUNday until April 8th again.