Character Counts Coalition Color Run

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! 

Opening Night - May 25th

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. 

 

 

 

Mother's Day Artisan Market

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! 

 

 

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Fluid Art Workshop 4.25.18

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 itsapeaceofartgallery@gmail.com

Peace!

Fluid Art Workshop 4.18.18

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 itsapeaceofartgallery@gmail.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 :)

 

 

 

 

Fluid Art Workshop - APRIL

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 itsapeaceofartgallery@gmail.com or sign up under our Facebook Page @poagallery - event has been created. Class holds 8 participants, so act fast before this fills up!

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Sunday FUNday 3.25.18

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. 

Tiny Artist
Diego
Scott
Scott and Nora
Nora's Painting
Ricky
Tino
Classic Jerf
Efren
Gustavo

Women's ART Showcase

Stop in for our March and April showcase. This month in honor of International Women's Day, the gallery has been curated to support all local women artists. Join us in welcoming, Prysiazhniuk. Art, Claudia B Design, Painted Accent, Kristin Ingram, and Kaitlin Wargo with jewelry designer High Strung by Jill Hernandez. This month we are celebrating color, texture, and saturation. We've got dreamy blues, watercolor florals, glass beads and handmade frames!

Here is a sneak peak into each artist's work, but to get the real effect, you have to come in! 

 Detail shot of the stunning bits of texture and glam. This painting is a muted metallic silver and pale aqua with amazing bits of glass and glitter. $350 for this handmade 30 x 40 canvas by Painted Accent.   

Detail shot of the stunning bits of texture and glam. This painting is a muted metallic silver and pale aqua with amazing bits of glass and glitter. $350 for this handmade 30 x 40 canvas by Painted Accent.

 

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 Leather cuffs by High Strung Jewelry, priced at $25. Jill Hernandez, jewelry designer uses a mix of genuine stones, Swarovski crystal and glass bead for majority of her pieces. We fell in love with these leather cuffs, and they worked perfectly to merchandise on our little deer antler and opaque floral papers. Stop in to see her other beautiful bracelets ($15) and earrings, (1 for $7 or 2 for $10) and her uniquely beaded necklaces ($22-$35).   

Leather cuffs by High Strung Jewelry, priced at $25. Jill Hernandez, jewelry designer uses a mix of genuine stones, Swarovski crystal and glass bead for majority of her pieces. We fell in love with these leather cuffs, and they worked perfectly to merchandise on our little deer antler and opaque floral papers. Stop in to see her other beautiful bracelets ($15) and earrings, (1 for $7 or 2 for $10) and her uniquely beaded necklaces ($22-$35).

 

Claudia B Design
 Claudia B Design, surface painter and fine artist joins the gallery and adds a punch of sophisticated watercolor to our walls. She paints a variety of artwork from nudes to butterflies, and abstracts to stunning bouquets of florals that drip with elegance. Claudia has a variety of framed pieces here, as well as some of her fine art prints. Prices for her work range from $28 to $200.      

Claudia B Design, surface painter and fine artist joins the gallery and adds a punch of sophisticated watercolor to our walls. She paints a variety of artwork from nudes to butterflies, and abstracts to stunning bouquets of florals that drip with elegance. Claudia has a variety of framed pieces here, as well as some of her fine art prints. Prices for her work range from $28 to $200.

 

 

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 Olena is our newest oil painter to join the gallery. She is just 25 years old, and is a student in Chicago studying to be an architect. We love supporting budding new talent, especially when we find out they are here from another country (She's from Ukraine, how cool!) and putting her own way through college! Her work is luscious oils, filled with saturation and detail. Her paintings really do make you feel like you can reach out and feel the fabric on the table scapes she has painted. Since Olena is a young student, she is available to be commissioned for her work. Contact us at the Gallery with your ideas to pass onto Olena! 

Olena is our newest oil painter to join the gallery. She is just 25 years old, and is a student in Chicago studying to be an architect. We love supporting budding new talent, especially when we find out they are here from another country (She's from Ukraine, how cool!) and putting her own way through college! Her work is luscious oils, filled with saturation and detail. Her paintings really do make you feel like you can reach out and feel the fabric on the table scapes she has painted. Since Olena is a young student, she is available to be commissioned for her work. Contact us at the Gallery with your ideas to pass onto Olena! 

 We'll be updating soon with new works from our returning artists, Kristin Ingram and Kaitlin Wargo! Stay Tuned!

We'll be updating soon with new works from our returning artists, Kristin Ingram and Kaitlin Wargo! Stay Tuned!

Sunday FUNday's Here at POAG

Sundays are just the best here. We always have high traffic, families come in, and artists come to hang out and meet others. I honestly just love it. And as a new art mom (yes, I did, I nicknamed myself, because of all the proud feelings I get for these artists) nothing makes me more proud for artists to know that on Sunday's, they can come in and create, get advice, network and just see what other's are working on. Hats off to all the kiddo's too, when they whip out their phones to show me their artwork on social media, or bring in their sketch books just to show me what they can create - literally my heart smiles. I welcome it. Show off your creativity on Sundays here!

This is the work of Dills - also know as Mark! Mark is a frequent member to the gallery. He's made multiple donations to us whether it be stools, or tables - he's POAG's helper! He believes in what we are doing here, to create a safe judge free art zone. We appreciate that he adores us!Yesterday Dills came to hang out and paint with me for a handful of hours. I enjoyed the company and plus it's just fun to create with others, than it is to paint or draw solo. 

I whipped out my camera to photograph some of Mark's vivid and vibrant drawings on 11 x 14 pages. Mark will be showcasing his work and prints here in a couple of months so be on the look out for his work to be listed on our storefront where we post who are incoming artists. 

POAG accepts Sunday FUNday donations if materials are used to create anything for you to take home, or come back for to pick up :)

Thanks and don't forget to promote peace and follow us on Instagram and Twitter as Peace of Art Gallery. #promotepeace

 

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Krink - Art Supplies (NYC)

To tell the story of Krink, the world’s quickest growing art supply line, you need to hear the story of KR, an entrepreneur who learned everything the hard way. KR grew up in Queens in the ‘80s surrounded by graffiti writers, skaters, and punks. Graf was a part of the attitude as much as it was the landscape. Everything was very DIY: steal paint, illegal spots, make markers, emphasize your style, experiment with multiple tools and methods. A lot of it was also based in economy (or lack thereof): sharing and stealing were simply a necessary part of the creative process.

In the late ‘80s, graf on trains died and the art spilled out onto the streets and highways. Writers became more mobile and so styles and tools changed accordingly. Homemade markers that had been the norm were too messy to carry and homemade inks faded in the sun. Pilot-brand silver paint markers became the tool of the trade yet in many ways couldn’t meet this new generation of artist’s very specific needs.

In the early ‘90s KR moved to San Francisco. The scene he found there was thriving, yet different. Most writing took place in parking lots and specified spots. He arrived with a whole different attitude regarding materials and styles. Ignoring designated areas, he used the streets of SF as his very own research and development lab, experimenting with a lot of different tools and techniques to create bigger, drippy marker tags. He also began making his own inks, allowing him to get up bigger, bolder and, now armed with an endless supply of ink, much, much more.

From these trials and errors, KR’s ink, or Krink, was created. He shared his concoction with a few friends and soon its silver markings dominated the city. In 1998 KR returned to NYC and brought Krink back with him. Before long, its signature style was covering the streets of NY as well. This was around the same time writers began realizing they didn’t need to trade in their lifestyle in order to make a living. The Alife store had just opened and was quickly becoming a mecca for young artists. They told KR that if he would bottle and sell Krink, people would buy it and they offered to help: it was more of a creative project than a business plan, something to work on collaboratively. It sold and people liked it and it just kept growing from there.

Fast-forward to today and Krink products are shipping daily from a headquarters in Brooklyn to everywhere from California to Moscow to Tokyo. The product line has grown to offer a number of different markers and inks that are unique to the market in their style, history and quality. And when the collaboration feels right, Krink continues to create limited-edition products with like-minded companies like Nike, Casio, and Coach. The trademark paint-drip aesthetic has found its way into art and design becoming a standard for street-inspired artists on a global level. It’s been 15 years and what started as a product created to fit the specific needs of graffiti writers has grown into a product line with a range of creative tools for creative thinkers. Watch closely over the next 15 as Krink continues to build its name as the premier art supply line for a new generation of artists.

Come check it out in the gallery. We carry the k 71's and k 60's , price is $12.00 and $15.00.

 

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