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:
MAY THE FUN AND JOY CONTINUE. THE WORLD THRIVES ON GENEROSITY!!
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:
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:
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 😉
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.
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. 🙂
The installation of the Free Little Art Gallery_WS1 was on March 4th, and the official ‘opening’ was on March 5th! I created an instagram account for the gallery @freelittleartgallery_ws1 and also posted on my SusanAndreArt FB page, FB pages for West Highlands and Ardmore neighborhoods, DENT Creative Reuse Center & Art Laboratory and other Winston-Salem FB groups.
After only one day, local potter Dee Edelman contributed a tiny pot which I installed on a pedestal (a top from an aerosol can). It looked great! I added a ceramic Celtic heart by Charlotte artist, Timmy Hord @hordstudio:
There were contributions from local Ardmore artists Ginny Campbell and Sean Erbe:
I filled in an open area with a gelli plate print and encouraged passersby to TAKE ART!!
Other Winston-Salem artists installed pieces in the freelittleartgallery_ws1:
A small stoneware dish from Estonia was added to the FLAG_ws1, and Debbie Page Harris who has Free2BeeLoved tiny art gallery in Spartanburg, SC sent a gorgeous print. An unknown artist added a small book with a wise saying:
In January 2021, I happened upon a CNN story about a Seattle artist, Stacy Milrany http://milrany.com, who put a free little art gallery in front of her house to help spread joy in her neighborhood during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a wonderful way to foster connection for residents who choose to partake of the art or to donate some art.
I love projects that involve ‘the street’ so I sent the story to an artist/builder friend who immediately volunteered to build one that weekend!!! I had to put a governor on his gas pedal so I could do some research, consider the logistics, and make some plans. His creative energies surged into early construction.
Meanwhile, I began to build some awareness and anticipation for the coming free little art gallery on social media. I also needed to update my website to include a blog section just for the Free LittleAart Gallery, winston salem (FLAG_winston salem). It will be here and/or on my Instagram page @SusanAndreArt that I’ll regularly post photos of the artwork that passes through the gallery. It is my hope that people contribute all kinds of things: sketches, poems, paintings, experimentations, photos, drawings, doodles, small quilts (?), and who knows what else??!
The FLAG is now painted and has been out in my backyard so I can see what happens when it rains. There seems to be a bit of water that gathered under the door so I think we’ll remove the front ‘porch’ before installing it in the front yard, probably next week. It’s been an exciting whirlwind of preparation, and I mocked up some gallery arrangements:
2-26-2021 Update: Made a few minor adjustments to the gallery box yesterday like removing the ‘porch’ and changing the location of the knob. I need to sand a bit more off the bottom of the door and stain the sanded areas. Scheduled installation next Wednesday, March 3rd so probably grand opening the next day??