Wednesday, September 3, 2008
So Cal Mixed Media Art Group
I seem to have a knack for starting groups. I've started a couple of writing groups, re-created and headed the women's group at my synagogue, served on Boards of Women in Theatre and Women in Film, created and taught writing and journal classes, life coaching workshops/classes, and taught mixed media art classes and book/journal making classes. It's not a difficult thing for me to do. I'm not bragging. It's just something I do easily. So when several fellow artists at Art Unraveled spoke about wanting our fabulous week to continue throughout the year, I suggested that we form a group. Everyone was enthusiastic about it, but no one really wanted to head it up. Until I met my new friend, Amy Elise Roberts. We both had the same enthusiasm and both were eager to get the group going. So I said I'd do the set up if she'd help run it with me. She said yes, and we were off and running. We also got the support of a group in Phoenix who had formed a group last year after AU and offered to be our "sister" group.
I set up a Yahoo Group - SoCalArtUnraveled and rented a studio at VIVA gallery - an artists collective in the San Fernando Valley. And after many e-mails back and forth, our first gathering will be this Saturday - from 1 - 5 pm - with future once-a-month gatherings to be held on the 1st Sunday of each month (except July). We will have a peer led activity - a "make and take" - a table to share completed projects and the rest of the time to work on existing projects or to start new ones. The enthusiasm and interest has been amazing. As of this writing, we have 30 people signed up on our Yahoo Group list. Hopefully, many of them will show up on Saturday! I will post photos and give an update on this blog. Wish us luck and if you're in the LA area sign up and come join us.