Last night was the official debut of the Artist Salon Series at Seattle University. 2009 Stranger Genius Award winner Jeffry Mitchell organized a loose evening full of activities built around the theme, "Turning something negative into a positive".
As folks arrived, Jeffry encouraged them to do quick portraits of each other. This was a great ice-breaker and I was blown away by some of them! If you're interested in checking out more pics, here's the full flickr set.
After everyone arrived, we jumped right in and started on the evening's activity of negative space. Each person took a piece of black clay and using their fingers, they hollowed out a form. Jeffry mixed up a bucket of plaster and filled in the empty space. While the plaster set, folks were encouraged to work on a group painting. Once the plaster hardened, we peeled off the clay and admired our new cast forms.
It was a wonderful way to spend some creative time with some of my favorite artists/art-supporters. A big thanks to Jeff Mitchell for being the inaugural participant. Many of you emailed me or called mentioning that you really wanted to participate but this time just won't work. Sorry about that, we tried to make the schedule work for the students. In the inclusive spirit of the project, Gretchen Bennett has graciously agreed to to do an Artist Salon on a Saturday. Once we nail down a date, I'll keep you posted! Next up is Matthew Offenbacher on November 9 at 4pm.
Special thanks to Francisco Guerrero and Seattle University for this fantastic opportunity to build community. Thanks to everyone who came out last - what a great group!