We recently had the pleasure to gush about Artsy events with Kelley Engelbrecht, founder and editor-in-chief of Wonderfilled Magazine in their follow-up to the Explore Asheville edition of their quest for adventure through art and design.
Check out Englebrecht’s article and the magazine’s colorful insight into an ideal day in the East Coast’s quintessential mountain town.
Read the full interview here:
Why did you start Artsy Academy? (Wonderfilled)
We’re looking to build and support a creative community with fun, creative events in cities which inspire us. (Artsy)
How important is the role craft & design play in our every day lives?
It’s pretty crucial, since life imitates art! As an artist, creativity fills a fundamental need for playful interpretation of the world around me, which elevates and quiets my spirit. Though I believe creativity is very important to integrate into our daily lives, I understand that it’s sometimes difficult to take the plunge to get started, a reality that’s especially relevant to beginner artists who have the urge to create, but don’t know where to start.
Artsy works to make art more accessible to beginners by providing all of the necessary materials, set up, break down as well as group and individual instruction needed to create a work of art from start to finish. Participants will have an opportunity to test drive quality supplies they might be considering purchasing, as well as access to artisan materials they can’t find anywhere else. The glow in the dark glass accents featured in our Terrarium Workshops, for example, are made by hand by Tracie in her Asheville studio.
Participants who signed up worrying about not being able to draw a straight line will leave with a finished work of art, and ideally, a positive enough experience to get them started creating independently.
Why is it important for folks to craft things with their hands?
People are turning to Pinterest and adult coloring books to quiet their minds and to regain connection with a world outside a screen. With crafting, it’s often more about the journey than the destination since it’s easy to relax as you’re tangibly progressing at creating something beautiful. Creating anything, but especially with high quality materials is infinitely more satisfying than buying something from the store.
Besides the fact that our finished, living works of art looks fantastic, building an Artsy terrarium fosters a healthy home. Keeping living plant materials inside serves as a natural air filter, removing volatile compounds, not just carbon dioxide from the air. Because the terrariums are self sustaining, the garden under glass is likely to live longer, for less effort.
On an existential level, the locally-harvested crystal accents will purify your room’s energy, especially when kept next to a window. Similarly, constructing the terrarium together is meditative because you’ll lose yourself in putting a little self contained universe together.
Painting in and of itself is fun, however creating collaboratively with Artsy events builds community. And because many hands builds light work, an organized group is able to create a large scale work of art for their office or community center in a relatively short amount of time. Artsy’s team building mural projects can incorporate the input of up to hundreds of people, so the mural can serve as a focus and a point of pride for your organization.
You’re in 5 different cities – how does each place influence your company?
Our venues and featured projects reflect the character of each of our cities. The Country Club Chicago, for example, is located within a few blocks from the iconic Wrigley Stadium, where one of our painting workshops feature a Blackhawks-inspired composition. The setting and subject material are fitting for a sports town with a ridiculously good taste for art, food and drinks.
Furthermore elements from each of our cities are woven throughout the fabric of our company. For example, Mountain Glass Arts in Asheville provides the raw materials for our terrarium workshops, which co-founder Tracie Sell manipulates to create the containers and glow in the dark glass accents participants use to shape their living art.
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