LOCAL ARTIST LEAVES BEHIND BRICK-AND-MORTAR STUDIO...FOR A BUS AND A ROUSING NEW PROJECT.
Mobile businesses are happening all around us and in every industry. The art world is no exception.
Artist Jenny King has been a fixture on the Marietta Square for almost a decade. At the end of the month, she will be moving her studio from the cozy spot above The Australian Bakery, to a shuttle bus conversion. “Leaving the Square was a tough decision, I love it there, the people, the community, but ultimately, transitioning into a mobile studio is in alignment with a project I’ve been working on for awhile now called Artist on the Lam.”, she explains.
Since 2009, King has contributed countless hours to help create the booming art scene present today on the Marietta Square. Her efforts include sharing her studio space with other local artists via Red Door Art Gallery & Studio, creating the charity event Trilogy, making the First Friday Art Walks more exciting for patrons with Mystery Themes, and even donating her services to The Winter Wonderland Experience by painting the mural at the ice rink, and that’s just to name a few.
She has strived to help bring the community together through art, so why move off the thriving Marietta Square now? She says that it’s simply the right time for her. “The Square is in a good place with some very talented and dedicated people to support it. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the last 19 years, my boys are getting ready to go off to college soon and so now I’m looking forward to slowing down from the grind, logging some travel time while still being able to create art.”
Her new project aims to continue that spirit of building community through art, but on a broader platform. It’s described as “a video documentation of the creative process presented in an engaging format to nourish your mind and spirit.” She breaks it down for us like this: “If Bob Ross and American Pickers had a baby...it would be Artist on the Lam.”
Fellow artist Kirk Stansbury is an integral part of this endeavor as he brings a different style of art and perspective. His work uses many upcycled and repurposed materials he randomly finds and constructs into a folky and funky art.
“I’m excited about it on a number of levels.”, says Stansbury. “This is a new experience of the unknown. I’m looking forward to traveling to new places, the adventure, meeting new people, the things we’ll discover to create art. My only hope is to educate and inspire others while having a little fun along the way.”
The diversity of Kirk and Jenny’s styles along with their congenial personalities is sure to make this a dynamic production, which is on track to launch in 2018.
The heart of Artist on the Lam is to inspire people by shining light on what it takes to create art in a way that others may learn. “If even one person out there can take something from this, can learn something new, travel (even if only vicariously) to a place they’ve never been, but especially if someone connects with their inner artist from watching Artist on the Lam, we will know we have achieved our purpose.”
King is not quite ready to leave the Square completely however. Her art will be remaining as she partners exclusively with Markay Gallery. “The Light Series is an important body of work to me.”, says Jenny. “I went through some very difficult life changes over the last two years. I’m still going through it. This series has been very soul healing for me.” The collectors that are drawn to these paintings seem to appreciate the ethereal feeling of hope they experience when viewing her work as well.
Markay Gallery, located just off the Marietta Square at 26 Winters Street, is the newest venture to join the Marietta Square, its owner however, Amber Markay Byrd, has been a prominent figure in the community for the last decade and has had a significant impact on the growth and success of the arts in the area.
“Having met Jenny almost 10 years ago, I have loved seeing how she uses art to connect with people in such a special and meaningful way.”, says Byrd. “Her canvas is her page and her paint is the story. Her work is beyond beautiful, it’s a personal connection to behold. Having her on board as a Markay Gallery artist is an exciting new chapter for both Jenny and the gallery. We’re honored to represent her!”
Amber’s vision and forward thinking approach to connecting collectors to the kind of art that “you just can’t live without now that you’ve seen it” has catapulted Markay Gallery to the top of unique gallery experiences to acquire the best and brightest the art world has to offer.
Jenny King still accepts commissions for clients who value a personal touch when it comes to art. View all the services she offers at www.JKingArtworks.com.
To learn more about the Artist on the Lam project, please visit www.ArtistOnTheLam.com.
For more information on Markay Gallery, please visit www.MarkayGallery.com.
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I've seen images of this private collection in a magazine or online somewhere...I can't quite place it. So when I walked in the front door and recognized the space, I about fell over.
This collection is amazing to see in so many ways and to hear the owner talk about each piece and artist with his passion and love of art, made it an more inspiring experience.
These images were snapped with my phone, with owner's permission and are unedited. These are also just a few of the many incredible works. WOW!
How to decorate with art...or something like that...is an article I came across while searching for content to share on my eNewsletter.
From: Troy Beasley | HGTV
Buy What You Love "The key to displaying art is buying what you love and surround yourself with it. It doesn't have to be expensive or valuable to provide you with great pleasure on a daily basis."
It reminded me that not only do I completely agree with what Troy said, but that I had written an article about it a while back.
I was particularly fond of this article and wanted to share it with you guys, but ran into a small glitch. When I rebuilt my website from scratch last year, I lost years of blogging. But...I was able to dig it up on my GoogleDocs! :) Enjoy!
3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN BUYING ART
There’s a lot of art out there. Trying to choose just one piece can be daunting. But buying art doesn’t have to be intimidating.
Here’s three simple things you need to know when making a decision.
1. Buy art you love.
How do you know if it’s love? You will think about that piece often. It will haunt you until you come back for it. You will mentally hang it on your wall just to see how it looks. You may mentally hang it on several walls just to see how it looks there too.
When you buy art you love, it will always have a special place in your heart.
2. Buy art you love.
Don’t buy a piece because it matches your sofa. Don’t buy a piece because it has the trendy color of the month. A close friend of mine is lucky because I have actually re-worked that piece they bought to match their sofas five years ago. They learned the hard way. You don’t have to.
Buy art because it evokes emotion in you. Buy art because you can’t stop looking at it. Buy art that inspires you.
3. Buy art you love.
Seriously. Buy the art YOU love. Not your interior decorator. Not your BFF. Not your mama. Not your papa. You. Buy the art YOU love. If it doesn’t speak to your people, that’s ok. I’ve often found that those same people end up loving the piece too. Either way, it makes a great conversation piece.
Bonus Tip: Buy art you love. Don’t pass it by. Original art is just that, original. There is no other piece just like that one you love. If you let it get away, someone else will take the art you love home with them and they will live happily ever after. Don’t let someone else have your fairy tale.
Buy the art you love while it's available.
I've always been an artist, yet only became a collector a few years ago. I love every piece I've ever bought and enjoy telling the story behind each...How I came to acquire it, how I came to know the artist and how the artist explained how he/she created that piece.
My only regrets are the ones that got away.~jk
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