There is something about art that has felt both accessible and exclusive to me at the same time. I’ve felt that it was easy to gain access to but harder to embrace. Having lived in New York and currently California I’m constantly at the center of all things art- music, painting, sculpture, poetry, writing. For every creative outlet there is an art form to support it. But for me the art world was always an “other” something to try to understand but never quite feel apart of. Sure I wanted to, I WANT to. But it feels almost like a elite society of folks who speak it, live it, breath and interpret it, in a way that I never could naturally, and if attempted, would embarrass myself . So I stay on the sidelines and I observe but I never quite let it pull me in. Until Eat, Drink, Art…
Held at Barnsdall Park in Hollywood this past weekend; Eat, Drink, Art was advertised as a “Kaleidoscope of the Senses”, where a vast array of visual and performance artists including live painters, giant puppets, nude sketch models, food truck purveyors and more would come together to raise funds benefiting The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. It was to be a night that would meld the exclusivity that is the art world with the inclusiveness found in charity and fundraising. The whole night was spent playing with art not just discussing it. I was able to get my hands dirty and create, I was able to interpret art with my guard down and fully experience art the way it should be experienced – through my own special kaleidoscopic view. Here are some photo’s from the night…
I got my Demi Moore on at the parks pottery making session where I’d intended on making a nice water jug, however the process is a lot harder than it looks so I settled for what I’ll refer to as an “artsy” shot glass.
The first piece in this set was created onsite at the event. It blows me away that artists can create so effortlessly in front of a room full of people. I can barely parallel park in front of an audience let alone create something so personal in front of one. Some of my favorite pieces of the night melded intricate sketching, and colorful backdrops with unconventional lines.
Music was blaring, people were talking and the artists were still able to create their work as if nobody was around. Watching the process was interesting,if you looked away for one minute when you looked back this world was made where at first you only saw a tiny dot.
Quite possibly the highlight of the night was the performance art. The detail in the costumes, the way nobody broke character- it was all so fascinating to watch. If I had to interpret the meaning of any of it I’d probably be way off so I didn’t attempt to it, I just allowed myself to feel the art and not think about the “meaning”. It felt vibrant, intense and exciting. I’m always impressed by the work put into a “thing” I imagine the people behind the work and what they must be thinking and feeling and challenge myself to feel as much appreciation for them sharing their gift as possible.
Another exhibit allowed us to use tape to create. As you can see I had to represent the blog 😉
As you can see, I’ve never met a photo booth I didn’t like.
Silent auctions were held to purchase the art that was showcased.
Wine and other cocktails were provided by the folks at Silverlake Wine who I am told have both a wine store and a wine bar. Can’t wait to check them out!
Part of the fun of this event was observing how other people interpreted the art and interactive galleries.
Postcards supplied the Eat portion of the night with their take on Central American soul food bowls and wraps. It was SO delish!
The night was definitely memorable, I met some great people, got to eat some great food and create and see some beautiful art. I’d like to thank Barnsdall Park and The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery for allowing me to cover the event. I urge everyone to check out the variety of artistic programs that these organizations have and to get involved with the arts in their communities. It’s been so important for me to have a creative outlet in my own life so I urge all of my readers to begin the search for their own. Until next time, remember- keep the party goin!