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Posted 6 June 2020

Reopening at Studio 23!

Studio 23 Family, 

We are so excited to open our doors to you again. 

Throughout the stay-at-home order we have continued to provide content through social media and our website. That is here to stay: We will continue to offer virtual classes, free art projects, artist demos, and tours of artists’ homes and studios. Staying connected to you was so much fun, and we loved seeing your posts of your own creations. Thank you for supporting us through this time. 

On Monday the governor announced that children’s day camps and museums can reopen to the public, but with guidelines. 

We will open our gallery doors on Tuesday, June 16, at 11am. 

Your safety is our priority, so we have some new procedures in place: 

– You must wear a mask. If you don’t have one, we will have masks available for $1.

– Please keep social distance from others, remaining six feet apart. 

– Our galleries will admit up to ten people at a time. 

– Our classrooms will also have limited capacity, based upon space. 

– Restrooms will not be available to the public.

– We ask that you do not enter the galleries or classrooms if you are feeling unwell. 

– All individuals must enter through our main entrance on Water Street. 

– We will have limited hours: 11am-5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Our staff will be cleaning, organizing, and getting ready to welcome you back. Please be patient as we begin to schedule classes at the studio. Also note that all of our virtual classes are still happening! You can still make art with us in the comfort of your home. 

Thank you for understanding the changes we have made. We can’t wait to see you in our space, creating and admiring local art!  

Sincerely,

Tara Welch

Executive Director 

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Posted 22 May 2020

We’re Going Virtual!

With everything pandemic-related going on right now, Studio 23 has made the jump to virtual class… and we’re jumping right in! Besides the free virtual lessons we’ve been providing through our Facebook Live art lessons, we’ve also been busy planning away with our instructors to bring you classes through Zoom. We have some great classes already posted and we’re adding more every day. A great example of our virtual programming is our Still Life Colored Pencil Project with artist Julie Tyslicky! In this class you will be drawing and rendering in full color a still life of fruit on fabric. You will be instructed on ways to set up your still life. Composition, design and light source is discussed as well as color theory.

This class does not teach you how to draw but rather how to better use the color pencils in your drawing. This class looks to build on your existing drawing skills and done completely through the comfort of your own home using Zoom.

Another great class we’re offering is our Virtual Plein Air Workshop with artist Ruth Howell…
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood to take a Virtual Plein Air Painting Class with Artist/Instructor Ruth Howell.

Through a series of three sessions on Zoom, a virtual meeting site you can access in the comfort of your home or studio, Ruth will guide you through painting outdoor scenes in plein air. The opening virtual class will cover supplies, equipment and tips to paint outside. Ruth will announce the first assignment that each artist will complete during the week. The assignments will be discussed “conversation style” at the beginning of each session and then students will progress to the next topics listed below. Artists are encouraged to work in a painting medium such as watercolor, oil, acrylic or pen and ink.

We also have workshop offerings for children! Our teen instructor, Spencer Scharf is offering two workshop… A Dragon Trophy Workshop and a Tiki Mask Workshop…. In the dragon workshop, join Spencer as he takes you through his paper mache dragon trophy step-by-step. Spencer will be able to interact with you through zoom so you will be able to follow along AND ask any questions you need to create your masterpiece! With his Tiki Mask Workshop, Spencer will takes you through his cardboard Tiki Mask step-by-step. Spencer will be able to interact with you through zoom during this workshop, as well.

There is plenty more where that came from so I encourage you to check out our class listings on our website and Facebook and sign up for a class today- don’t let this pandemic stop you from getting creative. Studio 23 has got you covered- we’ll help you get creative while you’re being safe!

 

I hope you all enjoy your holiday weekend and I hope to see you (virtually) very soon!

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

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Posted 8 May 2020

Have a marvelous May with Studio 23!

Hello Everyone!

Can you believe its May?! Since the #stayhome order it almost felt like time was inching by, but now I sit here and type wondering how it is May already? A lot has changed in our world, but I believe that the importance of art remains relevant. We have seen authors read their famous books, actors perform on zoom and art lessons through video chat. Our art world has adapted to make sure we can still serve our community. To us, we need art just like we need fresh air! I hope that you have had time to enjoy our videos on Facebook. Now all of these videos are available on the home page of our website! No more worrying about not have a social media account, you can enjoy them anytime on our website.

Studio 23 is lucky to have the great staff we do. We knew to adapt quickly and now we are excited to announce virtual classes and a Craft Bar pick up.

Right before the order was put into effect we opened our Craft Bar. A place that you can pick up an art project and have the steps written out for you. It is the perfect thing to take home! Our directions all have step by step pictures, making your art experience stress free and fun. Visit our link to reserve your art packet from the Craft Bar! We are offering a pickup day and we will bring the items out to your car.

We have two virtual class opportunities that you will enjoy. Our first is an online critique session with artist, Armin Mersmann and our Curator, Valerie Allen.

Join Armin and Valerie for a relaxing conversation about your art.

This virtual conversation and critique on your work of art will be Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Armin and Valerie will discuss the possibilities and “what if” solutions for each selected piece. At the end of this two-hour program, you will learn about overcoming specific challenges and discover new perspectives on your creative process.

Space is limited for this paid event. Each artist may submit one selection.

$10 per Studio 23 member and $15 for nonmembers.

 

Paint Your Neighborhood with artist Ruth Howell. 

Ruth Howell is known for her plein air paintings and now she is offering a three week session for you! This will be a virtual class, where you will meet online with Ruth to receive the assignment and demo. After each session you will have a week to go out into your neighborhood safely and create your painting.

There will be an information session held for this class on May 14th at 6pm. Information on this will be posted very soon! After the information session the dates will be posted on our website for easy sign up.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported us on Give Local Bay!

We raised $3,014 dollars for our Art Advocate Campaign and operational funding. Didn’t have the chance to donate? Visit our donation tab on our website and make a difference today!

 

As the new #Stayhome order is until May 28th, we are hopeful we can open for you soon. Plans are being made to open in June and we will keep you updated.

For now, we hope you will join us virtually and please keep creating. 

Sincerely,

Tara Welch, Executive Director

Studio23.Executive.Director@gmail.com

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Posted 30 April 2020

Making art accessible to all!

Studio 23/The Arts Center has been closed since March 16th. Since that time we have been focusing on online content for all of our members and community. Have you seen our live videos on FaceBook and Instagram? Make sure to visit our pages for FREE family art projects, artist tours and demos. A special thank you to all of the artists who are supporting us during this time.
Every Tuesday we release our weekly schedule. Check it out below to follow along with us! 

Give Local Bay!

The annual Give Local Bay campaign is May 5th! Just a few days away. We participate with the Bay Area Community Foundation every year to help build our endowment fund. This endowment fund helps ensure the longevity of Studio 23.

Did you know that we celebrated our 60th Anniversary last year? We made a commitment to make it another 60+ years and you can help us do that!

On May 5th you can make a difference and support Studio 23 financially. Why support us on May 5th? With every donation there is a $25,000 matching pool that we have the opportunity to earn from. That means your $100 donation could potentially be a $110 (or more!) donation to Studio 23.

Help us win a contest! 
Social Media Mavens: The organization with the most votes by 3 p.m. on Monday, May 4 wins. One vote per person. The poll is live, and you can start sharing the link with your followers, friends, and family: https://form.jotform.com/201123450911036

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Populace Coffee is supporting local businesses. Purchase your Studio 23 bag of coffee and a portion of the sale will be donated directly to us! This will help support our mission of making the arts accessible to all.
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Posted 24 April 2020

Art Education During a Global Pandemic!

What a crazy few weeks it’s been! As we all try and deal with the trials and tribulations this pandemic brings us, art studios and galleries across the country try to figure out their next steps. The first thing we’ve come to figure out at Studio 23 is there is a new “normal” for the foreseeable future. To keep with social distancing guidelines and to help keep everyone safe, we’re moving to virtual classes. It’s a bit of a change, but we’ve been testing the process enough now to know it’s very conducive to teaching and learning art. So, in the next few weeks you will start to see virtual classes and workshops listed on our website. There’s still a few kinks to work out, some classes may require you to pick up supplies from the studio. But, we’re confident it will work out. We are really excited to figure out this new version of art classes and we think you will be, too!

We’ve also decided we’re going to start loaning out pottery wheels to students. The cost will be $100 and you’re responsible for your own pick up. From there we will have a schedule of drop-off dates for green ware that needs to be fired. If you’re itching to get back on a wheel, this is a great way to do that.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to me! Or maybe you have a great idea for a virtual class or workshop? Just shoot me an email at studio23.education@gmail.com I would love to chat with you!

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

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Posted 27 March 2020

Education at Studio 23

Hello everyone!

Autumn here, your education coordinator.

I just wanted to take a minute to talk to you about all the crazy things that have happened since the shutdown. Like many other places, Studio 23 has had to very abruptly (temporarily) shut down. This made it necessary to press pause on all classes and workshops. In order to keep making arts accessible in our region, we’ve had to shift all education to an online format. We will continue to offer online art projects until we are allowed back into the studio and can continue our programming in person! And you can look forward to even more online content in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to me! Just know that we have a ton more content planned and we will continue to bring you art lessons and culture through all of this.

Thank you for standing by us through these trying times. And if you can, please help us continue to bring you art by making a donation through our website. We can’t wait to see you all on the other side of this! Stay strong and keep creating… we will be with you every step of the way!

 

Autumn Reyes, Education Coordinator

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Studio 23 Craft Bar Grand Opening Happening Soon!
Posted 28 February 2020

Studio 23 Craft Bar Grand Opening Happening Soon!

Studio 23 is opening a bar!! Okay, before you go throwing your beer mugs in the freezer, it’s not THAT kind of bar- it’s a craft bar! The Studio 23 craft bar is a walk-in, self-service art experience. You can come in at your convenience and choose a project off of our menu and we give you a packet with your instructions and supplies. It seems to me that there are a lot of art enthusiasts in our Great Lakes Bay region who want to come to the studio and create but, the times/days of our classes never seemed to fit their busy schedules. I truly believe this could be the answer to try and fill the niche here in our Great Lakes Bay region.

To start with we will have a handful of projects you can order off the menu and we will also be offering an “ala carte” menu if you want to grab some supplies and really just dive in without instructions. We’ve got everything from painting to felt projects to diamond art to jewelry making. So it really runs the gamut. There is a cost; as little as $2 and as much as $25 per project. We really tried to offer something for everyone both project-wise and price-wise.

 Here is Randy making the Craft Bar!

This is not a one-time event. We plan on making the craft bar a permanent part of our classroom. The grand opening is March 5, 6,7th. We plan on having balloons and light refreshments to celebrate. And will be giving away free passes next week in anticipation of our grand opening.

Part of our mission here at Studio 23 is to make the arts accessible to everyone. We think the craft bar is a benefit to the GLB region by offering a creative experience that works around our increasingly busy schedules.

 

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns you can reach out to me directly by giving me a call at the studio or via email studio23.education@gmail.com.

 

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you all at our Studio 23 Craft Bar grand opening!

 

Autumn Reyes, Education Coordinator

 

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Posted 24 January 2020

Adventures in Art Education

Hi all!

Autumn here, Education Coordinator of Studio 23! January at the studio means we’re getting ready for winter classes to start! I’m so excited to offer our members some really great classes in drawing, painting, clay, and everything in between. I have some new workshops and classes that I really urge you take advantage of- they’re going to be so fun and so educational.

All of our winter classes and workshops are posted on our website and Facebook. We are currently taking signups and classes are filling up fast. My advice is if you want to ensure your spot in a particular class, sign up today!

 

Studio 23 Spotlight

A segment focused on the students and educators of Studio 23.

 

Jean Preston

Prolific. Prolific is a great word to describe Studio 23 student Jean Preston. The woman is a workhorse in the clay medium and man, she can crank out some beautiful work! Jean loves to work in functional pottery and has a very specific style- she LOVES texture! Watching her in the clay studio is fun because she knows exactly what she wants from the clay. Under the tutelage of Pat Lightfoot and Maureen Bokhart, Jean has really defined her style. Jean always seems to find a way to include beautiful pattern and texture to her pieces. While she was working in the clay room today I asked her “What does Studio 23 mean to you?” She had a long pause and a chuckle because she felt that was such a hard question. After a moment of pondering Jean shared this, “Studio 23 is a place I can come and relax. Always welcoming and always interesting stuff going on here.” She also mentioned that she has made a lot of new friends at Studio 23. I loved hearing that! It’s no secret that it becomes harder to make friends as we get older. So, to hear the classes I’ve created are bringing people together to form friendships… well, that just put a big ol’ smile on my face!

I didn’t want to interrupt Jean’s creative process for much longer so I just had one more question for her, “What’s your favorite part of Studio 23?” This question was much easier for her to answer, “The new clay studio! I just love the new renovations Studio 23 has made to the clay studio!” I smiled ear to ear on that reply, too! As a staff member of Studio 23 I hoped renovations would be well received but, you never really know until the dust has settled and students are back in classes.

If you are interested in more information on Maureen and Pat’s Monday or Tuesday night adult clay class you can check out the education page on the Studio 23 website or give me a call. I am always happy to talk art, art classes, and everything in between!

Well, that’s it for this installment of Adventures of Art Education.

I hope to see you all enrolled in the winter session!

Stay warm,

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

 

 

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