As an arts collaborative, art shows at the& studio are expected to be a team effort.
Put five working artists in a room, and theres a built-in network that connects nearly every artist in town with just a few degrees of separation. That has resulted in a handful of fascinating and exciting group shows since & opened its doors about year and a half ago.
What makes Saturdays show a bit different is that this time, the & members reached outside of their own circle of friends. Its the second consecutive year that the studio and gallery will co-host a group show with Serving Life Chiropractic, more than doubling the available display space. And instead of customarily inviting guest artists, organizer Tim Kapustka put out a call to artists to find some new blood.
We wanted to raise the bar a little bit and not just do a friends of & show, said Kapustka.Progress is part of our mission statement.
Kapustka operates his graphic design firm Cabbage Creative from &s studio. His brother Nick and sister-in-law Rachel own Serving Life, which is located almost directly across Main Avenue from the storefront arts collaborative.
The & bunch put out a call to artists in the spring and selected six for the group show:Clint Reid, Nancy Harris, Rosie Carter, Bethany Bachmann, Becca Whitehead and Aubrey Merolanne. All of them were familiar faces, with the exception of Harris.
I didnt know any (show organizers); I just responded to the call, and its an honor to have been picked. Its a little bit scary, too, but its exciting, Harris said.
For the show, Harris has created 300 2½-by-3½-inch mini collages that will be assembled into one large installation.
The effect is meant to strike viewers from a distance, while simultaneously drawing them in to explore each unique collage, she said.
Conversely to the newcomer Harris, Merolanne is perhaps the most familiar face. She became the fifth member of & earlier this summer after founding member McCarson Jones left to open a new photographic studio. Merolannes most recent project is a reillustration of Alice in Wonderland with a zombie twist.
Aubrey had a good week; we decided shed be in the show and then chose her as the newest member a few days later, Kapustka said.
This years group,again, shows &s commitment to art that is different and often outside the norm. Most of what you can expect to seeSaturday hangs on the walls. Carter is the only artist who works exclusively in three dimensions. But Kapustka and company selected a talented group, and anyone with an appreciation for the fresh and different wont be disappointed to spend Saturday evening crisscrossing Main Avenue.
I think people will leave this show with a new favorite artist, Kapustka said.