Once you name something Art (with a capital A) it gets scary. Why? When someone says to me that they cannot draw a straight line, I usually ask them to tell me about their first art teacher. So many books have been written with titles such as Art & Fear, Don't Make Art - Just Make Something, On Not Being Able to Paint, How To Be An Artist, Steal Like an Artist, Stop Look Breathe Create and on and on and on.
Art Lab Everett, or our new nonprofit entity Arts For Everett, Inc. is a place where you all are welcome to define what art can be for you. All of the books mentioned above and more, are here, in our library, for you to read in the lab. Sit, enjoy, and spend time with over 100 art books!
The materials are here to be used. We have a monthly open house with a featured artist, open studios and workshops and classes for everyone, adults and children. We host Art After School on Tuesdays for ages 5-8 and on Thursdays for ages 9-15. If you are 16 years of age and up, you are welcome to come to the adult workshops or attend the older group of Art After School. Should you have any questions please stop by one of our Open Houses or reach out through the website. We are here for you!
Join us at Aeronaut Cannery, April 1st, from 8-11:30pm
Cyclical Adumbrations (detail) Image by Katy Rogers Art
There is a deep connection between the materials I use to make my work and the lab I am building with the help of my husband, family and friends. As an artist I am able to access my voice through materials. I speak my truth in a visual language when words are not sufficient. As the Founder/Director of Art Lab Everett, I offer that opportunity to others.
My happy news concerns both myself as a sculptor of discarded materials and as the creator of Art Lab Everett. I am thrilled to announce that I will be showing my newest sculptural work as an associate member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery in February. I also want to share with you that Art Lab Everett has recently become incorporated as the non-profit entity, Arts for Everett, Inc. We are now able to accept tax deductible donations. All gifts to this site will fund scholarships for participants in Arts for Everett, Inc. programs
January Open House
Please join Art Lab Everett at our next monthly open house, January 15th from 3-5pm. Tour the lab, make some art and learn about our upcoming programs. Featured local artist is Louis Staffieri. Louis was a city youth employee at the lab last summer helping with our programming in Everett's parks. He is currently attending Montserrat College and will be exhibiting his work downstairs at the lab. To enter our space you will need to walk down 12 steps. In the warmer weather we will have our exhibitions upstairs at the Garage Door Gallery.
Please enter at gate on Locust. Plenty of on-street free parking.
Creating wordlessness in a chaotic world is inherently valuable. There are many ways to enter into a preverbal experience and artmaking is my favorite. It is my quiet place. Artmaking is a unique experience because as my hands are in the process of making, I am attuned to my materials and they speak to me. Words are not part of the process. In this way I create pieces that express that which has no words and I can begin to recognize my deeper consciousness, my feelings, my fears and my humor.
Children are able to enter this space without any inhibitions. It is only as they are asked to explain what they are doing that they must apply words to this experience. Artists are able to access this space and it can often be lifesaving. If not lifesaving at least an incredible adventure.
My inquiry as I create Art Lab Everett and hope to encourage both adults and children to explore this space without words is to understand how to offer the experience without my own need to name what participants in my workshops are making. The ability to create without judgment is a rare opportunity to be at peace with oneself.
Image Above by the Martha Chason-Sokol
Plumb Pink, Discarded plumbing supplies, melted plastic takeout containers, green rolling storage container, upside down clear wastebasket, wood debris, household debris, electrical tape, packing tape, 68 x 32 x 38 inches, 2021
Photo, courtesy of Tiziana Rozzo
Meadows Park was the place to be today from 11am - 1:00pm to make your own sculpture from recycled materials. Thanks to funding from the Everett Citizens Foundation, the Everett Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Art Lab Everett will host a series of arts workshops in the parks. So lucky with the weather and the wonderful people that joined the fun. Such creatives in our city! Please join us at our next workshop in Sacramone Park on June 11th! Family art projects for all ages!!!
We had a conversation about the ways in which artists are like scientists. Check out the very first blog to learn more.
Join us at the Everett Cultural Council's Meet and Greet Spring Picnic from 11:30am - 3:00pm
ART LAB EVERETT will by "On the Road" on May 14th from 11:30-3 at Swan Street Park in Everett. We will have an arts activity as well as an art game. Please join us and all of the wonderful organizations in Everett. Meet your neighbors, learn about Everett's programming, make art, listen to music and share your story.
CANT WAIT TO MEET ALL OF YOU!
SPONSORED BY THE EVERETT CULTURAL COUNCIL AND THE MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL COUNCIL
Both artists and scientists are researchers. Scientists ask questions about what they see in the world. They collect data from their observations to find answers. Artists conduct research through the materials they use in order to create their work.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR AN ARTIST TO CONDUCT RESEARCH?
Very simply, when mixing blue and red, what color emerges? Purple...right? That is the basic investigation of a painter. As they spend time mixing paints they continue their research. They investigate texture, image, line and shape. An artist is in conversation with materials as they work. The image created is their answer.
Images take different forms. Abstraction, surrealism, folk art, realism, op art, color field painting, etc. The investigation continues. What is real? Is an image describing a house, a tree, a dog or something that is recognizable more truthful than an abstract image describing ones experience without recognizable shapes? The forms the images take are a result of the painter's research.
Artists and scientists both conduct research. Darwin wanted to know about evolution, Madame Curie wanted to know about radiation. Both artists and scientists are seeking deeper understandings of the world in which we live through their work.