This exchange program began at the studio in February 2014.
This program supports an independent economy at SheilaLynnK Art Studio.
I recently read an article about artist, Jocelyn Meggait, who set up a FREE art store/gallery and like her I am, " interested in the goods as much as the notion that communities of people could come together and circumvent conventional modes of commodity exchange....That means that instead of creating objects, she creates experiences — specifically, ones intended to prompt discussions on alternatives to capitalism."
I too, am in the business of creating experiences. Although I welcome the discussions about alternatives to capitalism, I also hope to create empowering, meaningful, and creative, experiences for all of my patrons. This intention is not exclusive to the Arachnoiditis Survivors Participating in the Art For Arachnoiditis Project. My hope is to keep art affordable and accessible for anyone who would benefit from it.
I also realize that there are occassions when it is extremely difficult to escape the idea that Money Makes the World Go 'Round. To that end, there is ALSO a reasonably priced list of pre-printed and commissioned projects available from the PriceLists/OrderForms tab on the Studio Home Page.
As you may know from my previous post and Facebook Page, I spent yesterday at the 5th annual SnowFlake Festival at the Fountain Arts Center in Belmont, NY. I did sell enough items to cover the cost of the table but, more importantly, I had a wonderful and rare-during-the-winter-months opportunity to meet other local artists, local patrons of the arts, and community members. I was reminded of the real reasons that I create art and festively distracted from the Bottom Line.
I was respectfully provided with Reasonable Accommodations, in the form of a cushy purple-upholstered bench at my table, for Arachnoiditis during this lovely holiday event. It felt a little strange to lay down in public but, as the years go by; I am getting increasingly accustomed to not pay attention to that conditioning.
The Allegany Arts Association continues to work to provide quality art experiences for patrons of the Arts, Artists, Artisans, and our community.
Many thanks to them for all that they do.
Wishing you all a happy holiday season and very Merry, Low-Marketing Christmas.