My first project is a collaborative mural piece. My folks drew the windmills, I worked on the tulips with the help of friends, and the 2 white blanks will be a rotating mural (4x16ft) painted by local artists. First artist to throw down is a good friend Nick Giannini who has got a most unique style. Check out his work at http://www.visualartillery.com/ Should be completed by next Saturday...here's what we got so far:)
The initial concept of the mural. Got the image idea from the photo below from Carlsbad.
Big thanks to Micah, Jina, John, Corey, Katelyn, Gia, and Dixie for the creative collaboration!!
Props to my sister for creating this blog. It was created to promote awareness for the gallery and the events we hold. I haven't written a post yet, but I'd like to start with what this place means to me. It's my hope that this blog will help me focus on improving the gallery until we reach that point where it's self-sustaining.
To say that we've struggled to maintain this family-run gallery from original concept to now would be an understatement. It has truly tested our perseverance, and yet, has also been an amazing blessing.
As I reflect about the different events that have gone on here, I feel empowered to try harder to keep this place growing. We hold art shows promoting local artists. Each month we exhibit individuals artists who have displayed for their first time. We've exhibited artists showcasing their life's worth of artwork We've held group art exhibitions including the Sunnyvale Art Club, Santa Clara Watercolor Society, Metal Arts Association of Silicon Valley, students from the Academy of Art of San Francisco, and the Los Altos Art Club to name a few. For 2 years we've hosted the Fremont Union High School District Annual Art Showcase.
We host an open mic where musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians come to express themselves. Many times the first time they've gone up to perform for anything. With the help of some amazing bands, we raised over $700 for Japan for the Tsunami Relief Fund. We partnered with Sunnyvale Community Services and the Alvarez-Horine family to raise over $6000 for Sunnyvale Community Services. We host 3 toastmaster groups, a crochet group, a group of bridge players, book clubs, and a few networking groups. We hold art classes and workshops and for a month invited volunteer teachers to teach free art classes to the public. We've had art nights promoting 'street art', poetry nights, book signings, dance marathons, concerts, drop in drawing sessions, bike parties, and a 'trash to treasure' event where people brought 'trash' and we painted them into works of art.
We've hosted a Homestead High School high school reunion, a miracle fruit flavor tripping party, a speed dating session, a community photography contest, and a series of speakeasies. We host a weekly neighborhood breakfast club, a monthly bible study group, monthly tango night, weekly art critique groups, a bi-annual arts summit meeting, and a weekly class taught by PBS art instructor Stefan Baumann.
Before we opened on October 17th, 2009, friends of the gallery volunteered by joining us for cleaning parties, painting parties, building a wall party, taking down that same wall party, vacuum parties, sandwich making parties, and the list goes on. Friends and family have believed in us by investing into the gallery. To those that have helped create this place and to those who support it, I offer my eternal gratitude. Thank you!! This place means a great deal to me, and I truly believe it has created a lot of good for the community.
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Happy New Year from all of us at Sunnyvale Art Gallery!
We have great things lined up for 2012 and we have feeling, it's going to be the best year ever
With the new year, comes a brand new show.
Our January show celebrates local artists! All original work and you won't believe it until you see the quality and detail these artists put into their creations
The show features many artists who have shown here before but we are proud to present to you two new artists! (More coming!)
Robert DuVall who specializes in Gouache (that's pronounced goo-ahsh) brings a new kind of medium to our gallery! Gouache is opaque watercolor! Cool!
Wilbur Hamilton brings in a new batch of watercolors! We know there are watercolor fans out there
So bring your friends, family or a neighbor to your local Sunnyvale Art Gallery!