Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Artist Salon 2 - Masterpiece

Matt leading an auction.

The second Artist Salon happened last night, this time led by Matthew Offenbacher. What a blast! The reason I don't publicize what we'll be doing is because I don't actually know until the artist(s) show up. So I had no idea what Matt was going to do.

Erin, Gretchen, Sara and Jeffry

I know it's been said a million times, but Matt builds community. And one of the most basic ways of doing that is playing games. So Matt brought one of his favorite games from his childhood called Masterpiece. In fact, Matt said that this probably heavily influenced him in becoming an artist. Of course, it wasn't as simple as just playing a game. Matt also posted lots of quotes relating to the ideas of value and art and collecting.

Elizabeth takes a turn.

What really made the game for me (outside of the awesome group of folks who showed up) was that Matt created a set of cards featuring local artists. Several of us were actually playing the game so it added an entire new layer of fun to be bidding on your friends' art.

And while I don't know all the specifics of next week's salon with Jason Hirata and Sol Hashemi, I do know that it will be in direct opposition to the gentle energy of Matt's workshop.

Thanks to everyone who showed up last night, especially to Matthew Offenbacher. More salon pics here.

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