POP UP ART Gallery 2019
One of our many goals at Ruben and The Bard Studio, is helping shop owners with vacant store fronts, come alive with a Pop Up Art Gallery. Inviting Artist and Musicians the opportunity to present their talents to a new audience.
You are free to use your imagination with your display. This year we’ll be brighten up the store front mentioned below:
When: Mother’s Day Weekend, Saturday, May 11th, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
There will be two tents provide outside, (Just in case of inclement weather). One for Musicians and the other for Artists who want to paint outside.
Space is Limited. The sections are 4′ feet wide and are available with or with shelves.
4′-foot, aisles or open cooler sections- $10.00 per artist (includes, advertising, refreshments)
3′-foot, closed cooler sections- $8.00 per artist (includes, advertising, refreshments)
A tent will be provided, along with electricity and tip jar.
The Kitson Arts Alliance proudly presents its KAA Member Show 2019 – North Branch of Heaven – at four distinctive gallery spaces located in our North Branch Art Trail region.
From April 8th to May 25th, North Branch of Heaven at the Cultural Center will be on display at the Dietrich Theaters Earnshaw & Sherwood Galleries, Wyoming County Cultural Center, 60 East Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
Wyoming County Courthouse. One of four location for Member Show 2019. From April 8th to June 28th, North Branch of Heaven at the Courthouse will be on display at the Courthouse Art Gallery, Wyoming County Courthouse, One Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
From April 8th to June 28th, North Branch of Heaven at The Cup will be on display at the Community Cup Coffee & Tea House, 421 Main Street, Towanda, PA 18848.
From April 8th to June 28th, North Branch of Heaven at the Cafe will be on display at Tina’s Cafe Coffee House & Eatery at the Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.
The four North Branch of Heaven exhibits will feature artwork by a wide range of KAA member artists, among them: Billy Brandenberg, Betty Bryden, Jack Donnelly, Rita Eddy, Erika Gibson-Bertram, Richard Griffith, Sue Hand, L.P. “Rip” Howard III, Ben Jackson, Melissa Jennings, Catrina King, Joe Kluck, Chris Lathrop, Debra Lee Osborne, Sue Palackas, Christopher Ries, Amanda Robinson, Gayle Ruckstuhl, Morgan Scudder, Jayne Stevens, Alice Strauss, Sharon Templin, Michelle Thomas, LaVonne Walter, Joe Welden, Charles “Ty” Welles, and Frank Wengen.
The Nuts and Bolts of a Paint and Sip
(originally posted January, 2018)
For your first paint and sip to be truly successful, you need to plan couple months a head. Better to over estimate with everything, than under estimate your event.
I normally shop locally, but out in rural country, you naturally have to drive at least 30 minutes to get to most places. This go around, I turned to Amazon, because there are no locally own art supply stores. Below are a list of products I decided on:
Easels: US Art Supply 18″ Large Tabletop Display A-Frame Artist Easel (12-Pack). Main website: http://www.usartsupply.com/
I found this company has the best price for bulk easels on their amazon account. They arrived in a timely fashion, no assembly required. I purchased the larger easels so that I could use a variety of canvas sizes (between 8″x 10″ / 20×25 cm up to “18 / 45 cm )
Great company for paint and sip projects. The price was great for the amount of paints you received. Didn’t dry out during the class. My biggest fear was the product being to watery. Didn’t happen. They are non toxic and no running down the canvas. Very pleased with the product and price. A little bit of paint went a long way.
I was very pleased with the deliver from this company. As an artist the last thing you need is for your canvases to show up damaged. It just causes more delays. 99% of the time, I load up and purchase my canvases from a chain supple store about two hours away. They arrived undamaged and as advertised. Found them to have the best price for this project.
Good buy for the money. All arrived on time and undamaged. Liked the lid idea because, if I have another event that day. Just cover, pack and reuse. On another note: I’ve read that some use paper plates, a good, frugal idea, as well. There are many way to present your event.
Paint Brushes: Variety Size Packs
As you know paint brushes come in varies sizes, so I went with several different types of bulk variety packs. Giving each painter six sizes to chose from. My best deals were found at my local dollar store or chain store.
- Paper Towels
- Vinyl Table Covers
- Masking Tape (Any kind, can be used as masking and adheres table covers)
- Water containers (I recycled plastic yogurt containers)
- Water pitcher (to refill containers)
- Color Wheel (If you don’t own one, get one!)
- Smocks (I used over sized t-shirts and smocks)
Preparing the canvases
Because this was a family event and we anticipated all ages, “Paint and Sip with Parent”. I penciled up the subject matter. Then went over my pencil with black and light blue sharpies. I prepared twelve canvases and one on the fly, when an extra guest showed up. Keep your design simple.
Venues: Where to have your paint and sip
I was lucky that the venue was provided for me. Doing this completely on your own requires renting or holding it in your home. Around here it would have cost me $150.00 for a couple of hours. Which would have been a financial loss. Check with your local church, fire hall, community clubs or art organizations about renting their space. (The good thing about local venues is they may already have tables and chairs)
Advertising, Advertising, Advertising:
Design a flyer and post it everywhere! Social Media is a great place to start, Twitter, Facebook, Your website etc. Reach out to local bulletin boards in your churches, veteran halls, senior centers, grocery stores, gyms, libraries etc.
Set up and Break down:
- For a 2 Hour event with twelve people: Anticipate that you’ll need at least an hour to set everything up and a hour to clean up.
- Serving Food or Snacks?: You have to have something. Recommend store bought items. Saves time. You decide on how lavish you want it.
- Alcohol or Non Alcohol: Ours was a family event, in a public venue, so easy decision. You can do both. Just remember, if alcohol is served or if they bring their own. You open yourself up to personal liabilities.
- Clean up is very important. If you leave a mess, next time they may not rent to you. Even go the extra mile and thank them. Yes you paid to rent it, but your reputation precedes you.
At last, but not least. I wanted to thank my Patrons. Without your, encouragement and financial support this would’ve not been possible.
If I forgot anything leave a comment below.
Here are you choices for the family Paint and Sip Saturday, September 29th 2018.
- Come as you are, Blank Canvas.
- Friendly Owl: You or your child decide which face you’d prefer on your pumpkin.
- Fall Harvest:
Laceyville Pop Up Art Gallery
This was Laceyville’s first Pop Up Art Gallery. This exciting event brought emerging and seasoned artist into the foreground.
Artist like Melissa Jennings
Melissa is an abstract minimalist painter. Her peaceful approach to her art is insightful, and allows you to focus on what is necessary. Her painting style is made possible by using all natural pigments that inspire the natural beauty. Melissa’s works can be found here, and via Kitson Arts Alliance.
Graffiti Artist, Kim Diarra,
Kim’s art form is one I have respected through time. To see and appreciate his talent up close was a special treat. Kim’s visit to France, gave him perspective on the form and inspired him to continue. Kim pieces are available in a variety of sizes. He can be reach via Melissa Jennings Medicine Art.
Oil Painter, LP (“Rip”) Howard III ,
Rip has been an oil landscape, and nature en plein aire, painter for the about 35 years. He prefers rural landscapes and the challenges they bring. More information about Rip and his works can be found on the Kitson Arts Alliance web page.
Pencil and Pen artist, Mary Bendock,
Mary has been an active artist for 30 years or more. Having retired recently and many years of raising a family, she is putting her hat back in the ring. We welcome her and look forward to the many new works!!
Musician Group, Tim Young and Friends,
Tim, Robert and Jim have been a local favorite for numerous years. Their instrumental versatility can be caught at many local venues. Including, Meat Hook Barbecue, Sky Haven Festival and many other festivals through out the area. A wonderful addition to any event. For information and up coming performances contact Timyoung7846@yahoo.com.
Wood worker, Mel Crouse,
Mel has enjoyed designing hand turned, custom pens, pencils and accessories at his Riverside studio for about 10 years. These quality and beautifully made, from exotic woods, would make a great gift for your favorite person. For more information about availability of products contact Mel at Riversidepens@gmail.com .
Pen and Ink Collage Artist, Billy Brandenburg,
Billy’s unique style immediately captures your attention. His attention to detail is a fest for the eyes. Worth a visit. You can reach Billy, here: Inspired Slacker Artworks.
I’d Like to Thank “The Wiser Choice Restaurant” in Laceyville for the wonderful food platters and sandwiches! For a taste of great food and great service stop by or call ahead.
Stay Tuned for more to come…
The Feeling of Community
The rain continued as well, as the flow of people. The community decide that a little bit of rain was not going to ruin their parade of local talents.
Like Watercolor Artist Frank Wengen,
Frank is one of our region Northeastern Pennsylvania artist. His has the ability to capture the peaceful feeling that comes alive in our area. You can purchase Frank’s originals at esty . Catch up with him on facebook, or pinterest. He is an active member of the Kitson Art Alliance as well.
Al Wayman owner of Creek Road Pottery was a delight to have at this Pop Up Gallery.
Al’s functional crafted works are wonderfully textured. His use of color and style, not only create memorable pieces of art, but they are highly resilient for everyday use. You can find more of his available pieces on esty, facebook, instagram, and pinterest.
Trades of Hope partners with different rural artisan groups from around the world. They work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have HIV/AIDS and leprosy. Kelly represents the core ethics of this organization and we were proud to have her on board.
JT Maxwell, is a multi-instrumentalist. He’s a singer, song writer, producer and engineer of his own material.
JT was a delightful addition to Pop Up Art Gallery. His smooth vocal style and instrumental versatility, is a defendant crowd-pleaser. More information about JT Maxwell and his schedule can be found on facebook, reverbnation, and twitter.
Sue Palackas is a contemporary acrylics and watercolor painter.
She has exhibited at the EMCA Gallery and the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock and the Community Cup Coffee & Tea House (“The Cup”) in Towanda. Sue is a member of the Kitson Art Alliance. Her use of color is what draws you into the images she creates.
Hang with me. There are several more creative souls to come…
Laceyville Pop Up Art Gallery, Artists
Laceyville Thrift and Vintage Building Comes Alive
With a little elbow grease, leg cramps, thrown out backs, spit and shine the Laceyville Thrift and Vintage Building came alive. Her walls were lined with canvases, frames metal works, wood works and pottery. Her core was alive with music and the chatter of community. It was a good day for the town of Laceyville.
When you walked through the door of the Thrift and Vintage store front, Dan and Grace from Kitson Arts Alliance greeted you. Their warm smiles welcomed you in and gave you insight into some of the local artist participating in the Pop Up Gallery. Creative souls like Jayne Stevens, owner of Jayne’s Paper Craft and Photography,
Sonji celebrates and is inspired with the natural world around us. Her beautiful connections with the environment are revealed within her works. Each piece is unique and worth the purchase. You can find Sonji at her main site The Farm at Johnson Pond, facebook and Kitson Art Alliance.
Musician, Singer, Song writer, Gary Carl,
Gary is a five-time Platinum Award Winner Musician and Singer, 2012-2017. His ability to alternate numerous instruments and vocals, makes him an exciting addition to any event. His latest album “Off The Grid” is worth a listen. More information about Gary and his schedule can be found at ReverbNation, Gary Carl, facebook, or Kitson Art Alliance.
Kristal has a diverse portfolio, from metal, to wood works. Her ability to take every day objects and turn them into unique visions, can bring a smile of delight. Kristal can be found at Recycled Metal Garden Art, Ladyscroller.com and The Woodworking Lady.
Fabric Art Embroiderer by Donna Button,
Donna is one of our favorite embroidery artist. Her elegant craftsmanship was beautifully displayed at our Pop Up Art Gallery. To better understand the historic value of Embroidery visit Needlework through History. You may contact Donna through, Ladyscroller.com
More Artist to come…, stay tuned.
Well, we did it! Laceyville had it’s first Pop Up Art Gallery and I was just ecstatic to be apart of it! Before we get into the details, I wanted to thank those who help lay the foundation for the event. Doug and Terry owners of the Laceyville Thrift and Vintage Building. Thank you for working with me and allowing us to use your store front. The store front is available to rent or lease, so give Doug or Terry a call at 570-721-2796.
I’m grateful to Jeanne and Tony, owners of the Laceyville Hardware and Floor Covering. I was in and out of their store on a regular basis. They and their staff are very knowledgeable about helping you get the job done. We worked together on ideas about developing a wall hanging system (within budget), we enjoyed great conversation and customer service. Read more about their new entrepreneur adventure here.
My partner, David, for his patience and support regarding some of my wild hair ideas. Helping me paint the walls in record time (He’s much faster, when it comes to painting indoors walls, than I am). To Diane (for loaning Laceyville’s best floor laying spouse, Dean). Dean, thank you, for your time and ladder skills. I couldn’t have done it without you, sorry about the leg cramps.
Thank you to Joe, owner of Lech’s Pharmacy and his staff, for their patience, community outreach and allowing my patrons to drop off the originals for pick up. Like all the businesses in Laceyville, it’s about community.
Dan, Grace and Patrick of Kitson Arts Alliance, thank you for chipping in and spreading the word within the art community. I look forward to working with you in the future.
I would love to thank my patrons and the community of Laceyville for spreading the word, coming out on such a wet day and helping to make it a success.