WILLIAMSPORT -- Arthaus Projects, a community oriented non-profit art space located in downtown Williamsport, is excited announce the opening of "Don't Feed the Artists" a new experimental exhibition exploring the art making process, live and in the flesh. The exhibition opens from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019 from 6 - 9pm, and is on display until Saturday, March 30.
Often times we take for granted the painstaking process many artists take when they approach a blank canvas. Once the work is on display we are quick to dismiss it as good or bad art, or can be as critical as to say “My kid could do that.” What if we had an exhibit where the works on display were made right before your eyes and you could see the process and rework that happens as an artist battles the canvas? Coming to Arthaus Projects in March we will be doing just that. We are inviting a select number of artists and good friends to come to the gallery on opening night and create during the opening. The gallery will be lined with blank canvases and artists are asked to work in the designated “studio spaces” to create what inspires them that evening. Once complete, the works will be exhibited among the remaining blank canvases and artists are encouraged to come back and tackle the other canvases until the gallery display is complete.
Canvases, brushes, and acrylic paints will be provided by Arthaus Projects. All other materials, if needed, are to be provided by the artist. Works will be for sale with prices ranging as follows: 5x7 ($40), 12x12 ($75), 18x24 ($125). If you are an artist that is interested in participating, use the form at https://www.arthausprojects.com/dont-feed-the-artists/ to sign up.
About the Artist(s)
This is our first experimental exhibition where we don't actually know the end product and who created it. Close to two dozen artists have signed up through the site so far and we anticipate word will spread once the exhibition is open. Artists from all experiences and backgrounds are welcome. Also if approaching a canvas seems intimidating we will be offering two drawing classes taught by Penn College professor and artist John McKaig. The first will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 1pm - 5pm and goes over portrait drawing basics. The second is an intro to drawing basics on the following Saturday. Registration is $40 for each course or you can save $10 by registering for both on the Arthaus Projects website. Register early as class size is limited.
About Arthaus Projects
Arthaus Projects is a community arts center focused on visual artforms. Our programming includes multiple gallery exhibitions per year that focus on bringing contemporary, pop culture influenced artwork to Central Pennsylvania. Throughout each exhibition, we offer special events, art workshops, and performances that coincide with the theme of the show, highlight an art activity, or attract new people to the gallery space. Arthaus Projects is devoted to bringing art to the masses, and as such, strives to bring the community together for thought provoking conversations about art.
Arthaus Projects has no interest in the elitist viewpoints held by stuffy galleries. We welcome anyone with even the slightest curiosity through our doors and believe that there is no such thing as a silly question. We want our visitors to take their time exploring the gallery and experiencing some emotion (good, bad or indifferent). At Arthaus Projects, we believe that art is meant to challenge, and a successful exhibition should challenge our visitors.
In addition to challenging patrons, Arthaus Projects strives to grow our artists by pushing them with unusual exhibitions. Arthaus Projects showcases artists from around the world, and we push our artists to do more than just hang their work on our walls. We host unique events such as Steam Roller printmaking day, the CMY5k race and art fair, and artist collaboration through the use of technology. Arthaus Projects is always looking for new ideas and concepts in the pursuit of creating interesting art.
Through our programming, Arthaus Projects consistently provides artists with opportunities to grow their career. Every year, we host an open-call juried exhibition which allows even first time artists an opportunity to showcase their work in a professional gallery. Through these juried exhibitions, Arthaus Projects has coached young artists on the “ins and outs” of the art world, aided with how to properly price their work, and assisted with learning how to market themselves as artists. Connections are also commonly made through the gallery that are invaluable to an artist’s future success.
Arthaus Projects is holding the community to a higher standard and are revitalizing the town by enriching culture. Please join us for an opening, a special event or for a more intimate experience, visit us during any of our normal business hours.