Friday, August 10, 2012

{Anchor Art Space} Give me "Shelter"...

Last Friday there was an art opening at a fairly new, local gallery called, Anchor Art Space. Chris had three pieces in the show that were all made out of cardboard, having to do with the shows theme "shelter" (they're in the front windows). Chris & I attended the opening ourselves - yes we had a date night! But on Sunday, I took Sayer to see the show while Chris worked down the street in a booth (representing Anchor Art Space) at the Anacortes Art Festival. I'll post more about that tomorrow, but for now I wanted to give you a tour of the gallery through the eyes of a 4 1/2 year old. The curators of the exhibit & active board members, Natalie Niblack & Ann Reid, are also art educators - so the gallery has a very child friendly atmosphere. 

Photos by Polly Purvis & "Quilted Cave" by Julia Haack

Jasmine, also the educator at the Museum of Northwest Art, shows Sayer how to work a piece by architect, Tom Theisen. She was very helpful in explaining the art to Sayer along with encouraging him to explore & observe at his own pace. 

Artwork by Eduardo & Britta Johnson

Tricia S Stackle & Andrew Kline 

work by David Hall 

The newest piece that Chris finished was actually inspired by Sayer's room. The imagery was derived completely by Sayer's things. The piece was put together at the space for the first time - a pop up sculpture of sorts & Sayer hadn't seen it yet. This was his first sighting & he loved it! After observing it from all angles, he wanted to document it with a drawing.   

So he drew.... 

... & drew... 

& drew some more.

It was so much fun to see the show with Sayer & to see the curiosity & admiration in his eyes when he saw Chris' piece. I highly recommend seeing an art gallery/ museum with your kids- it's really quite refreshing. 

Anchor Art Space -
Chris Theiss - Check out photos of the set up of his pieces here

Happy Friday! Hope your weekend is full of creativity & interesting sights!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

{Inspiration} Caine's Arcade...

By now you probably know that my husband makes a lot of cool stuff with cardboard. This last weekend he had a booth (representing a local gallery) at an arts festival where he made a house out of pieces of cardboard in 2 days (I'll get into that more later). During this presentation, he was able to chat with many interesting people & one of them recommended that he see a short film called, "Caine's Arcade".  After he watched it, he immediately shared it with Sayer & I. Of course, I was taken with Caine - the 9 year old that made an arcade out of cardboard. So much so, I had to share his film in case you hadn't heard his story yet. The short film is about 10 minutes long & it's sure to inspire - check it out.... 

This was just what I needed to see this week. What a nice reminder of the power of creativity & human kindness.  Hope you are having a great week! 

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