Yesterday afternoon I hosted a mixed media art "workshop" at Graham's 318, and it.was.FANTASTIC!!!! I met sooooooo many new people and just had a pretty much perfect afternoon. There were over 40 pieces of art that were made, and lots of yummy treats from 318 that were enjoyed. (One of the managers said that I drew a crowd as big or bigger than any of their music acts, and I interpreted that as, "You're a rock star!" Ha! I'm kidding. Sort of...)
This post is going to be VERY heavy on the photos, so I will try to be less wordy, and let most of the pics speak for themselves. I said I will try. You all know I am wordy. And, since you know me so well, you probably know that details are sorta my thing. This workshop was no exception. Once we realized, last week, that space was going to be an issue, I proposed holding the workshop outside on the drive and everyone thought that was a great idea. I said I would bring all the table and chairs and take care of all the set up. I am pretty sure they thought I would be bringing folding chairs, but you know how I love chairs!!! So I brought my collection. All 16 of them.
Then I thought, wouldn't it be nice if I could have everyone over to my house?! Well, of course that wouldn't work. So I decided to bring some of my house to 318!
As I was setting up, people kept coming up and asking if we were having a luncheon! I told them we were having an art workshop, but if they wanted to go in and grab a sandwich, we could sure call it a luncheon! ;)
Despite the confused look on my face, I really enjoyed getting everything ready for the workshop!
And here's a last minute project that my hubs thought was hilarious and snapped a picture of. I said it was inappropriate with my dress all hiked up, but he said it was fine. When I saw the pic I decided it WAS fine, and pretty funny. Classic Holly.
Just before 2pm, everything was set up and ready to go. And right on schedule, the artists started showing up! I didn't get pics of everyone, but here are several of the pics I did get!
Some people grabbed treats before they worked on their art, some grabbed them after. This gal is enjoying a frozen hot chocolate--one of my faves!!! You should try it!!! Don't want chocolate? Try my secret menu favorite, the Berry Lem-Dog. What's that? You don't know the secret menu? No worries. Check out Graham's 318 Facebook page for some insider secrets! Here's the Berry Lem-Dog. Isn't Molly adorable?!
My favorite art pieces were created by the kids. Honestly! The adults did fantastic, but the kids were just so sure and unafraid to "mess up". They would sit down and just start painting and glueing and cutting, etc. They had a vision and they went for it. The result was fantastic! Every.single.time.
They is Maggie. Before she even sat down, she said, "I want to make a sunset!" And she did! Great job!
Her sister, Eleanor, took quite some time with her masterpiece.
Then, as Eleanor was walking away, she noticed some vintage postage stamps and buttons, and she added a couple more touches. Love that!!!
This artist, Beau, made my favorite piece of the day.
How cool is that?!
And this Mom said she felt she stumbled upon the best afternoon activity--and it was FREE!!! Even her shortest person was in on the action!
And this little guy was SO proud of his art!!! He was such a little charmer!
And, while the pics may lead you to believe the kids were the only ones brave enough to try something new, there were PLENTY of adults who got in on the action. I just don't have as many pictures of them!
By the time 4pm rolled around, I was out of paint brushes, had only a few canvases left, and every table looked like this one.
I call that a success!!!
Many people asked if and when I would be doing this again. I had so much fun, and Graham's 318 has invited me back anytime the schedule allows, so I WILL be doing this again, and I will keep you posted on the date!
Thank you so very, very much to everyone who came out and enjoyed the event, and to everyone who helped make it happen. A big, fat thank you to my husband for the countless projects he helped me with, for not complaining about cereal for dinner, and, most importantly, for not even flinching when I started hauling out my chairs! And a HUGE shout out to Graham's 318 (the owners, the managers, the baristas, the customers) for encouraging this event and hosting my art this month! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
If you haven't stopped in to 318, what are you waiting for?! Go! Seriously!! Right now!!!
Enjoy the Son, and a Berry Lem-Dog...;)