Monday, January 18, 2016

Hidden Houses

Clay Houses    2016    j. c. phillipps

The artist group that I'm with, the WeHa Artists Emporium, has been together for a little over a year now.  One of the things that has taken off are the art hunts that we do around town.  People seem to love them - and why not?  They're fun and they finders get cool free original art.

The trick for us has been how to continue to do these hunts and give art, without only giving.  As artists we are constantly asked to give.  Every charity event in town contacts our group or some other artists that they know for a donation so they can raise money.  Meanwhile, no one is buying our art or even covering the cost of supplies.

How do you find balance?

Clay Houses    2016    j. c. phillipps

For us, we've started to find a balance between creating these hunt events and having a show.  This Spring, we're doing a hunt called Hidden Houses that will feature small home inspired art.   It will be a one-day hunt and on the following day we're having a small pop-up art sale in one of our kind members houses.  We make extra houses and people who didn't find one can come buy one and maybe some other art along the way.

Clay Mushroom House        2016         j. c. phillipps

This worked out great in December with Finders Keepers.  We're hoping for the same response for Hidden Houses.

If this works, it will be a great way for our group to bring something fun to the community and give of our talents, but also get something back the next day.

Clay Mushroom Houses       2016        j. c. phillipps

I've started making some small clay houses (above) and just today started working on some paper ones (Below).

Paper Houses         2016          j. c. phillipps

I have three whole months to have fun, fun, fun with this project.  So I'm sure there will be many Hidden Houses posts in the coming weeks.

In other news:
No snow here.  There have been a few dustings, but it really hasn't been much of a winter so far.

I just submitted one of my picture book projects to my agent.  I think it's really good.  I hope he thinks the same.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great week!

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