With five working artists and a whole lot of friends, it seems theres always something happening at &.
The members of the Main Avenue arts collaborative put on a show just about every month, be it their own work or that of invited guests. Tonight, it will be Tim Kapustkas turn. The proprietor of the graphic-design company Cabbage Creative, which he operates within the walls of &, chose a show to include both groups.
This is what happens when I get a show, Kapustka said of FROM, which will be held tonight at & and features 18 artists.
Its not the Tim Kapustka show, its more like heres an idea whats your take on it, great artists?
Kapustka asked artists to answer the seemingly simple question, where are you from? That could mean artwork reflecting from where an artist hails, geographically speaking, or more abstract concepts.
Artist Maureen May submitted a self-portrait from the 1990s while &s resident artist Shay Lopez went even further back in time.
Lopez painted over an original painting his grandfather, Bill Connelly, painted almost 40 years ago. His mini-exhibit includes a photograph of the original painting, Lopezs updated version and a written explanation of the piece.
Whats cool about the theme is that the notion of where were from could be interpreted in a lot of ways, said Lopez, who incidentally hails from Green Valley, Ariz.
Geographical was the obvious choice, but I thought about artistic influence and my family, he said. The relationship between my dead grandfather as a painter and Shay Lopez as a painter 39 years later.
In addition to Kapustka, Lopez and their & mates Sarah Steppelman, McCarson Jones and Tess Corrinne Jordan, FROM will feature works by May, Aubrey Prigge, Kristen Smith, Miki Harder, Charlie Camacho, Elizabeth Kinahan, Bethany Bachmann, Clint Reid, Jeff Madeen, Bradley Kachnowicz, Scott Dye, Tom Kipp and Daniel Smarsch.
Only a few artists had dropped off their pieces as of Thursday, opting to wait until today and keep Kapustka in suspense. And thats just how he likes it.
Thats what excites me. Its an idea, he said.
Some have been shocked that they have actual pride in where theyre from, but again, does that mean geographically or spiritually? I dont know, come and see,Kapustka said. Me? Im from Michigan.