TIME FOR ART
by Kirby Lindsay
Gyan Davies wants to provide a place for creating; a place for ‘Art for Art’s Sake.’ At the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Avenue North), Fremont Arts Council (FAC) headquarters, Davies has restarted her workshops on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm – 9pm. She invites all those with artistic aspirations – and those who wish to explore latent talents they may have – to join her.
Davies held these sessions last year, until Solstice Parade preparation interrupted. She acknowledged she saw a “pretty low attendance,” but friends and FAC acquaintances continue to ask for the “forced playtime,” and Davies intends to give it a chance.
Art for Other’s Sake?
Peter Toms, co-founder of the Solstice Parade, and others have lobbied for “more art” during FAC meetings dating back to 1996. As an organization, the FAC hosts committee meetings, Board meetings and general meetings, and members sometimes feel bogged down.
To maintain their creative outlook, a ‘Fun Committee’ developed. During monthly Committee of the Whole (COW) meetings, this ‘committee’ (made of anyone who had an idea) instigated during their report – a Maque daVis look-a-like contest, recitation of a Pledge of Independence, words of wisdom by Swami Larry, sing-along of an adaptation of ‘Oh Lord, It’s Hard To Be Humble’, bestowing ‘Real Artist’ abilities using blue paint, etc.
Toms started ‘Let’s Talk About Art,’ a COW meeting agenda item. According to minutes from the December 2, 1997 meeting, “he wants to hear more about Art and what we are doing in our Art.”
Today, Davies said, this push to do art continues at the FAC, “some time when you’re not meeting, or parade building, and not at a bar.” A professional artist, Davies creates art all the time – for pay, for causes and for friends – and, “I have to let go of that when I walk in here, and that is good for me.”
Art for Our Sake
“I always have something in my closet,” Davies admitted. Projects she wants to do, materials she set aside, and ideas she ignored can finally come to light. On October 21, at Art for Art’s Sake, she had time to design a headboard for her own bed. Inspired during building of the 2009 Parade, and the work of Rob Rogalski, she has held her vision as art for work’s sake continually took precedence.
David Holland also attended in October, when he “just happened by” on his way home. Using the wealth of supplies available in the Powerhouse, Holland tried out painting. While he denies any aspirations to being a painter, he took the opportunity of the open workshop setting to experiment.
Davies does set ground rules for the evening. “Anything you work on can’t be for pay. It can’t be for a deadline,” Davies insisted. “This is partially about the energy in the room,” she explained, “and partially for the artist. If I have to put aside what has to get done, I’m more likely to get something done,” for fun, or for herself.
“When you are doing something you love, the energy is better,” she explained. Experience the difference at the next Art for Art’s Sake on Wednesday, November 18, from 6:30p – 9 p.m. In December Davies advised that she may move the date up, and she expects Parade prep to preempt the event in the spring once again. Until then, stop by, and get your art on!
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