People often presume that because a person is an artist, they can do anything artistic. I can duplicate nearly any type of finish; stone, wood or oxidizing metal, but please don’t ask me to draw your house. I just can’t do that.
That’s not to say artists aren’t interdisciplinary, many are. But we all find our niche and follow it. Saturday evening the artists at Sawyer Yards will showcase a very unusual art show titled Coming Together. Over 100 artists participating from all six buildings on the campus, collaborated on producing artwork.
The artists have been working on this for a while now. I have seen a few collaborations in person and was very impressed with the mix of collaborations. This can’t be easy, especially if you are the second artist having to paint over someone else’s work.
April Murphy paints whimsical and very colorful animals while Monica Melgar’s work is abstracted surrealism. I think I just made that medium up. Melgar’s gray and red abstract wash is the perfect background for Murphy’s penguin daydreaming at the end of a pier. I mentioned whimsically didn’t I?
The combinations of all these very talented artist’s mediums is absolutely amazing. Abstract and mosaic glass, ceramic and realistic, portraiture and collage are just a few examples of what will be on display.
Some artwork is created in pairs, or even triples and many of the collaborators ended up creating more than one piece. The exhibition will be at Winter Street Studios from May 12 – Aug. 12, 2018. The opening reception is Sat., May 12 from 5-8 p.m. Get more info on Facebook, Come Together: A Sawyer Yards Collaborative Exhibition.
Fortunately for you, I also have my second Saturday market, The Market at Sawyer Yard this Saturday 11 – 5 p.m. You and I can walk together over to Winter St. Studios after my show for “Come Together.”
With Mother’s Day on Sunday, the show promises to be a busy one with lots of choices for those that prefer to treat Mom’s to one of a kind items versus the usual.
The market is slowly evolving into the folk artist, the maker is the seller market that I envisioned. Handspun and dyed scarves, homegrown succulents in whacky containers, we have a pastry chef, Bundt cake baker, allergen-free baker and specialty teas, coffee, amazing popsicles, can you tell I’m hungry? Tons of art, jewelry and wood art.
Located on the former rail line that serviced Success Rice and under 600 feet of murals, this is an amazing space for an outdoor market. Surrounded by one of the largest art communities in the U.S.A. That’s worth treating Mom to! 1502 Sawyer St., with details at www.SawyerStreetMarket.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com.