by Kirby Lindsay
The vast quantity (and quality) of venues, activities and, well, art on the Fremont First Friday Art Walk for July 2, 2010 continues to grow. One of the newest, and most interesting, could well be a photo studio called Creativity Loves Company (CLC). Co-owner Peter Anderson, and his partners, hope their business can invigorate the Art Walk.
CLC officially opened the night of the May 7th Walk, in its unusual, and quintessentially Fremont, space. Located on what Anderson referred to as “the annex alley,” (at 619 N. 35th Street, #110) their front door faces the entrance to the PCC underground garage. The studio face sits perpendicular to the face of the more established, but equally underexposed, POTS Gallery. “It’s great being next to an art gallery,” Anderson explained, “having two venues so close.” In May both spaces drew people, Anderson explained, and “between us, the alley was really happening!”
For the Photo Booth
“We don’t emphasize ourselves as a gallery,” Anderson described, although the July Walk will be a display of photos of the mid-West, and the Iowa State Fair, taken by Anderson.
They will also operate, as at every Art Walk, their free photo booth. Visitors can take a photo, using the high-quality, studio equipment of CLC. Leave an e-mail address, and the photo will be sent along. Bring friends, family or snag strangers off the street - and get goofy.
Anderson acknowledged that participation in the Art Walk, and offering the photo booth, brings people into their new space. “You meet so many different people,” Anderson said, “It’s a great experience.” Also, the photo booth gives Art Walkers an interactive activity, outside of the passive observation of art. “We really enjoy being able to offer something different,” Anderson said, on behalf of his partners.
Three long-time friends own and operate Creativity Loves Company. As Anderson explained, he works as Studio Manager and does some photography, Alex Rubin handles the principal photography and Yuri Silagin manages their website and social networking.
The studio focuses on portraiture – Family Portraits, Maternity Sessions and even Pet Portraits. “Alex is really good with dogs,” Anderson admitted, and “pets are so much fun to shoot. It’s amazing the personalities you can discover.”
This time of year, they also produce Senior Portraits. They offer a variety of photo packages, depending on what the graduate wants. The largest package – called the Magazine Session - includes five outfits, and anywhere from 50 – 75 poses. They can also provide yearbook and Facebook photos, t-shirts and DVD slideshows – of the photos taken in their studio, and on location in Fremont. “It’s a great neighborhood,” Anderson declared, “and we’re lucky to be so close to so many great places to shoot photos.”
They’ve also lucked out in their neighbor, and landlord. “It’s a pleasure to work with a landlord that appreciates what you do,” Anderson stated about Mike Peck – local artist and owner of POTS Gallery. Check out both venues on Friday, July 2, from 6p – 9p – as part of the wide selection of amazing offerings at the next Art Walk. See you there!
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