Two events in one night is a feat. On Friday, September 8, we successfully pulled off the opening of our CC Gallery Project show: Flora & Fauna of the Desert AND created a unique art-making experience at Mesa Arts Center’s Season Kickoff event. Let me tell you a little bit about these wonderful happenings.
Have you ever made a fascinator? Are you perhaps as naive as I am and don’t actually know what a “fascinator” is? Well friends, it’s a tiny hat like the ones the ladies used to wear in the early 1900’s and that are currently worn in their eccentric greatness to themed parties and to derby celebrations (none of these things are facts, if you want facts I suggest deeper research). Our hands-on activity at the 2017 MAC Season Kickoff Festival was DIY fascinator making, aligning nicely with this years theme of The Good, The Bad, and the Weird. People: It. Was. Nuts. The hats made were nothing short of fabulous, but the excitement and frenzy surrounding the feathers, pom poms, and fake flowers was a sight to be seen. I took a step back for fear of my and my unborn child’s safety, but I am happy to report that we all survived; me, the fetus, and the two wonderful volunteers, Kaida and Kyle. I would also venture to say that we had many many satisfied customers, roughly 200+ judging by the amount of materials we went through.
The other event that we proudly pulled off in tandem with the tiny hat making was our CC Gallery Project show: Flora & Fauna of the Desert. We hung this show earlier in the week and I was personally blown away at the quality of works that were included in the collection. We had over 20 artists submit work and had room to include 13 pieces ranging in size, price, and medium. We also had six artists participate in the artist market and five who did live art demonstrations. This included Jacob Bush who covered himself in paper mache and stood for the duration of the opening (a total of 3 hours!), and Kyllan Maney, our curator and shrink art expert who made flora and fauna themed shrinky dinks for people to make and take as a reminder of such a magically creative evening. Plus, cookies. This opening would not have been possible without the hard work of our volunteers, so a big shout out to Kyllan Maney, Jacob Bush, Lydia Quinones, and Jenny Mason. And an extra special shout out to Pamela Slim, owner of K’e and a friend to CC from the beginning.
So there you have it. Two events, art of all shapes and sizes, wonderfully magical volunteers, crazy talented artists, all in one night. Killed it. Check out the photos on our facebook page!
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