Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 11:07 pm
WHAT'S ART PARTY STUDIO?
You might have noticed the flyers around Easthampton that invite you to an Art Party Studio. Or perhaps you checked out the already successful indiegogo campaign that gives a little more insight into this creative party. Whichever tactic has tantalized your attention, be it guerilla or QR code, Amy Gardiner, Joseph Casciano, and Randy Barrios have a very innovative 'party' in mind for those who are artistically minded. Learn more about their endeavor in this interview with the founders of something more than a bash.
What is Art Party Studio?
Art Party Studio is a shared studio space and gallery that makes art accessible to creative individuals of all skill levels and mediums. Whether you want to scrapbook, paint, or access our digital darkroom, we've got you covered. We're running the space like an "art gym". For a monthly fee we provide access to equipment, workspace, and the support necessary to realize creative projects. We'll also be hosting events, running classes, and promoting the work of our members.
What's the Party about?
The Party is about making art fun. We're doing this by creating a dynamic, inclusive art space and by hosting a variety of art-centered events. For example, our gallery shows will give our members the opportunity to show their work in an interactive environment. A typical Art Party might include visual art, music, performance and surprises. It's more about experiencing art than simply viewing it.
What's the story for coming up with Art Party Studio?
Each of our founding members approached Art Party Studio from a different angle. Amy was looking for affordable space and a supportive creative community. Joseph wanted critical feedback on his work and needed access to tools that he couldn't afford on his own. Randy was looking for an art space to push the envelope with his performances and experiment with new art mediums. With our powers combined, we created Art Party Studio.
Who are the founding members and what are their interests?
Art Party Studio was founded by Amy Gardiner, Joseph Casciano, and Randy Barrios. Amy is interested in stories and interpersonal relationships. She creates animated shorts, comics, paintings of people in her life, nostalgic sculptures, and cooks tasty things to bring people together to laugh. Joseph's main creative outlet is photography, though he dabbles in video and music production. He's interested in how images and sound can create an experience in a viewer that is not necessarily tied to narrative. Randy is interested in art as a performance and a process. When not performing as Ms. Hors D'oeuvres with Bon Appétit Burlesque, a woman-friendly, body-positive neo-burlesque show in Northampton, he is looking to expand his craft of performance art through audience engagement and projects that focus on art as an experience.
Do you have a place for Art Party Studio?
We do! We're going to be in Suite 249 at Eastworks. It's the perfect starting place: it's easy to find, well maintained, and is accessible by bike and bus. We're setting up the space in July to prepare for our August 1st launch. People who contribute to our Indiegogo campaign will be invited to an awesome preview party.
What kind of equipment and materials will be available to members?
Art Party Studio will have both digital and hands-on tools. Our digital lab will include a Cintiq Wacom for illustrators, digital cameras, and a full-service digital darkroom with Adobe Creative Suite 6, a professional film scanner, and a high quality photo printer. Our hands-on tools will include sewing machines, knitting needles, crochet hooks, easels, and assorted painting and crafting tools. The space itself will have movable work tables, stools, and a comfy quiet corner with a small art book library. While we'll be focusing on providing reusable tools to share, we will sometimes provide members with a featured art material to experiment with while supplies last. It's also rumored that we're getting a donation of a sizable rubber stamp collection!
How can one become a member?
We're preselling memberships through our Indiegogo campaign. Once our Indiegogo campaign ends, people can come into the studio during normal business hours, see the space, and sign up for a membership at our front desk. Those who want to try out the studio before committing can get a day-pass.
What has been the reaction so far to Art Party Studio?
It's been awesome! Our family, friends, and people in the community have been incredibly supportive. We were astonished when we reached our initial fundraising goal in just three days. People believe in us and our vision, and we're super excited to be making this dream a reality.
What's the next step after the initial fundraising?
Our next big step is setting up the studio. We're building workspaces from scratch, purchasing tools, arranging the equipment, and spreading the word. And then we get to plan our first big party!
And after that? Any future hopes and dreams after the initial party?
We would like to grow into a bigger space where we can make room for larger and more specialized tools without losing the fun sense of community that is Art Party Studio. We would like to help artists find work with local businesses and start community outreach projects. We hope that Art Party Studio will become an important part of the art community for all of Western Massachusetts.
Check out Art Party Studio's website here.