artsy fartsyIt's official,
Nick, the guy who is doing the T Shirt designs ( yes, I'm making T Shirts out of both of the designs with some minor modifications because people seem to like both ) is also part of a new art gallery. He's worked at and helped promote an exhisting gallery which was a kind of co-op and has venutred off with some partners into building some fantastic retail space right by a river and oddly enough right around the corner from where Jesse James met his demise. ( Not the biker phenom but the real one who robbed banks. ) Jesse on the left is pictured here with his brother Frank on the right. It was the actual citizens of Northfield that started slinging lead around when the James / Younger gang pulled guns and started robbing the bank so hey, I'm not the first yahoo to be waving a shotgun around. It's a regular passtime here on the edge of the prarie that goes back a hundred years.
The grand opening is happening right away in the new year and we've worked it out to have the typical wine and cheese finger food thing but also have an openeing exhibit of Scrapbook pages and quirky Americana kind of stuff that will be kicked off by a screening of Scraped on Friday January 5th. The new year will be broken in with Scrapbooking going high art in focused lighting on white walls wish hushed and reverant tones. Yes, your vacation layout with pictures of the worlds biggest ball of twine can be hanging next to my layout of the thoughts on why we have big toes, next to pictures of little Benji's Bah Mitzvah.
This is going to be the convergance of cultures for me because I lived in Northfield growing up and my dad and stepmom live on a farm not far away. They'll be attending and bringing some cronies. Northfiled is the home to both the prestigeus Carlton and St. Olaf colleges. The population of the whole town is about 17,000 people with the colleges being so huge ( about 4,000 students ) that they actually statisticlly bring the average age of the towns population down to 23 years old. It's about an hour from the cities and surrounded by open fields. It's also ( as mentioned ) the offical place where Jesse James and his gang were destroyed with the bullet holes still in the wall of the last bank they robbed proudly displayed. So to wrap up the scene we're going to have an art show about scrapbooking in an ivy league town of 17,000 out on the prarie 3 doors down from a bank with bullet holes in the wall and it's going to be promoted with 70's hot rod art.
Here's the event poster. I'm dying of curiosity to see what you scrapbook ladies think. I love it but I don't expect you to.
I'm also recruiting for layouts. I need to come up with a theme and I realize that they are an emotional, creative and financial investment so I'm going to try and come up with some kind of free thing to give away for people submitting work to display. I'll post some thing later today with info and send it out through other blogs, online communities, email chain, etc. Heck, I might even post something on 2 peas but lets face it - they've turned into a mob of catty creatures that can really turn into a slamfest. I personally haven't been flamed there but I see and hear horror stories of people that have.
Viva Scrapbooking! The revolution will not be televised... no, wait a minute.