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Caroline Henry Art Blog

Working for art in the community

by Caroline , April 6, 2008—12:00 AM

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I've been ignoring my on line sites for face-to-face, brick and mortar art settings. First I took over, for an indefinite period, an oils class taught by a friend who needs to get her husband through a difficult surgery and convalescence. Also, hard on the heels of my group's big, open, juried spring show, we had scheduled to open our gallery after eight months of being "homeless". Such is life with a non-profit trying to keep heads above water and serve art and arts education in the community.

Lots of hard work involved in organizing, moving items from storage,and taking in and a new show in one side of the unit which was in ready-to-go condition while other members work on fixing up the side which will later be the main gallery. (and the side where we initially opened will become our classroom space).

Gratifying results as it came together: 1. Community members coming in to tell us how happy they are to see us back. 2. Being able to bring our student gallery "home". We show work from one of the high schools' art classes each month, and through grant from the Lodi Arts Foundation we are able to give cash awards and ribbons to outstanding young artists. 3. Our first First Friday Art Hop in the new location. About ten locations in the community feature art and a reception for the art hop each month. We were packed with visitors and had good sales, including my pastel "Sunset, Bandon Oregon." 4. A surge in new memberships. 5. Being roomy enough to provide studio space for member artists who have no place to work at home.

So while you haven't heard from me in a while, I've been and art slave--and I've still been making art most days. Now I want to catch up on reading other Artid blogs.



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