About SusanAndreArt

I’m intrigued by visual conversations of value, color, line, pattern, layers, and texture. Merging the wonder and excitement of Life into my art offers viewers opportunities to explore belonging, connection, potentiality and transformation. We all can feel more alive. I create through an intuitive, spontaneous process balanced with conscious choice making. Transparent and opaque layers overlap pattern and texture. Colors relate synergistically. Each layer informs subsequent layers which may then be partially swiped or scraped away. I consider myself an evolving artist as I continue to learn about materials and the process and craft of painting. Exploration and discovery nourish my creativity. My narratives are portrayed in water media, collage and encaustic. The more ancient encaustic combined with newer mediums is a metaphor for the Past’s continued resonation through the Present and into the Future.

November 4, 2021 freelittleartgallery_ws1

freelittleartgallery_ws1 on October 2, 2021

The gallery started October with a full exhibit and continued to sport a cookie sheet clipped to the roof to prevent further rain damage. The copper sheeting arrived but during installation, it became apparent the copper would become dangerously hot in the afternoon sun, so the cookie sheet was popped back on.

Here is the known art that passed through the gallery in October. Joan m Carter, in Texas, mailed quite a few items for our neighborhood’s pleasure, and we are most grateful for her generous contributions. Also, local artists Mark Pashayan and Ellen Murphy were frequent contributors. Please consider what creativity YOU might share!!

Encouragement for the freelittleartgallery_ws1 came from Deacon. Having young supporters and contributors makes the gallery all the more special!!

It seemed wise to close the gallery for Halloween– time for repairs of spraying flex seal on the roof and filling holes and repainting the walls and floor. The gallery will be reopened any day now.

FEEL GRATITUDE FOR THE GIFTS WE CAN SHARE WITH EACH OTHER

October 2, 2021 freelittleartgallery_ws1

September weather included hot days and rainy days, yet new art continued to be installed and taken by local art creators and patrons. The gallery received a lot of positive comments from people walking by who always look to see what’s new, sometimes taking an item, sometimes adding one, but mostly in the spirit of appreciation.

After a few days of hard rain, it became apparent the roof caulking wasn’t enough and there was standing water in the gallery. Again. So much for ‘weathering future storms in style.!! I ran out at 3 a.m. to put a baking sheet on the roof!!! Hopefully, that copper sheeting will arrive and I’ll figure out how to best attach it (fingers crossed).

Here are the items I was able to photograph before they moved to new homes. Unmarked or illegible items are unkown artist (UKA):

MAY THE FUN AND JOY CONTINUE.

THE WORLD THRIVES ON CREATIVITY & GENEROSITY!!

September 7, 2021 freelittleartgalleryws_1

New “Follow” sign

It’s been a month with lots of positive comments from people walking by!!! They all appreciate the whimsy and beauty the Free Little Art Gallery brings to their daily walks. Several artists from out of state have mailed artwork to offer in our neighborhood gallery…. how much fun is that!?

We had LOTS of rain with wind at times, and there was water in the gallery!!! The small bench’s wood glue dissolved, and some art on paper got a bit curly. The gallery’s been dried out, caulked, and a copper roof has been ordered. The bench has been re-glued, and the gallery will weather future storms in style.

Remember, when you take items, it leaves room for new ones to be installed!!

Here’s what’s currently installed or has moved through the gallery the past month:

Yard Art Day 2021 Installation: Rainbow Bottle Garden with flowers from repurposed magazine images, chocolate boxes and plastic sign holders.

MAY THE FUN AND JOY CONTINUE. THE WORLD THRIVES ON GENEROSITY!!

August 6, 2021 freelittleartgallery_ws1

The Crabby Critic

Gotta love this gal!!! Not all gallery patrons appreciate some of the pieces left in the gallery, and that’s okay. Each viewer brings her/his own experiences and preferences to the interpretation and appreciation of art works. We welcome Crabby Critic to our rotating group of ‘little people’!

Here is an update on pieces that are either in the gallery as of this date or have been taken by passersby:

New Free Little Art Gallery Lettering, July 29_2021

July 13, 2021 freelittleartgallery_ws1

Maybe there were fewer people passing by on those HOT days we had in the past few weeks, but items have not been moving as quickly through the gallery!! These are are what have been displayed since the last update:

June 19, 2021 free little art gallery_ws1 Update

Since June 2nd, these are the new items I was able to photograph:

This is a wood-turned vessel with stand and a wood-burning… both by Mark Pashayan!

A FULL gallery on June 19, 2021!!

MaKe ART, TaKe ART, LeAvE ART!!!! Join the fun and tell your friends too!!

June 2, 2021 flag_ws1 update

It is absolutely amazing the amount of art that moves through the free little art gallery! I can’t believe I did an update two weeks ago and just had to upload so many new images!

Full Gallery!!

June 2, 2021: Just may need a larger gallery space with angled side walls???? Always good to dream!! Remember to TaKe ArT!! MaKe and LeAvE Art!!

May 19, 2021 flag_ws1

So what’s been added since the May 2nd update?? The weather has definitely gotten warmer so more people are walking by, many stopping to view the gallery. There are some neighborhood kids really jazzed about the exchange; it is so rewarding to see their excitement!!

Hope to see you on the street enjoying the gallery, taking art, or placing art!!! I’d love to start getting photos of happy gallery viewers and donors 😉

May 2, 2021 in the free little art gallery_ws1

Wow, quite a few new items from unknown artists showed up in the gallery today!!

Other new items since the last update:

Be sure to follow freelittleartgallery_ws1 on Instagram for more immediate posts of new items in the gallery!! I also make the effort to share new items on Facebooks’s West Highlands Neighborhood, West End Association, and Ardmore Neighborhood pages. Please message me if you think there are other FB pages I should post on.

FLAG April 22, 2021 Update

It’s been a busy month with increasing donations and more people willing to TaKe ART!!! An easel went missing but was returned, and just this week, my favorite art patron, Sassy, returned to the gallery.

Here are some of the items displayed/taken from the gallery this past month. There may be some I missed if I didn’t get out there soon enough! It’s been especially fun having kids excited and participating in the art-making and exchanging. We even had a tumbling session on the lawn one evening. 🙂