ArtLinks News Update

Participating in two very successful events, Town Day and The Bikeway 25th Anniversary Celebration, both in September, was not only fun, but we are happy to announce that ArtLinks is now 125 artists strong!

Steering Committee member Laurie Bogdan spearheaded this year’s group project for the aforementioned Bikeway celebration. Many of our members joined in to create beautiful flowers made from non-returnable aluminum cans. Don’t they look awesome? We are selling the flowers as a fundraiser to cover the administrative costs of outreach and other special projects aimed to embellish and benefit our town.

Monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month, alternating lunch gatherings with after dinner dessert get-togethers.

In August, we enjoyed a live puppet theatre by Margaret Moody. We got to play with her creations and learn the stories behind the marvelous characters she uses to teach and entertain.

In September, collage artist Karen McCarthy shared with us the intricate process of dyeing papers, transfers and pressing she uses to assemble her unique creations and how she achieves the soft leathery finishes and stitching to make the pieces look and feel like rare fabrics. She also discusses framing and shared her resources for best pricing and quality.

In October, Laurie Bogdan invited us to her studio to show us her distinct bird collages, the in-depth research into birding she undertakes and the intricacies of her backgrounds. She also shared her expertise in mounting pop-up art events, applying to galleries for representation, outdoors and indoors exhibits and the pros and cons of each venue. You can imagine the liveliness of the ensuing group discussion!

We look forward to November, when award winning Courtney Osgood of CKO PR, will spend a couple of hours teaching us how to make the best use of Instagram to boost our social media presence.

Artists Nancy Gray and Marina Strauss gather monthly on the 3rd Wednesday or Thursday of the month for Critique sessions. Dancers may offer a new piece, poets can read their latest poem, artists will bring works and musicians dare to perform snippets of a piece, all within a loving and supportive atmosphere where they receive knowledgeable and honest feedback, and whatever is needed to move forward, make changes or keep things as they are.

Visit http://artsarlington.org/artlinks/ to find out more or to join!