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Call to Artists

100 Days of Space for Creativity

Artists of all trades may exhibit artwork, writing, or an installation for the 100 days following the inauguration, free of charge, in our Backspace Gallery!  Ideas for talks, workshops, and performances are also welcome. We are keeping our ears and eyes open….

Call to Artists:
100 Days of Space for Creativity
Open Hours: Thursday – Saturday from 12 – 5pm until April 29th, 2017
@The Backspace Gallery
Through The Space Gallery, 266 Pine Street, Burlington, VT
All artists are welcome to participate in an evolving installation of work over 100 days with the theme of creating artwork as a form of political protest.
The Backspace Gallery is open every Thursday – Saturday from 12 – 5pm. During that time frame, until April 29th, 2017, artists may meet with gallery Director, Christy Mitchell and ‘pitch’ your ideas on using the gallery for displaying, creating, speaking or performing work simply for the sake of creating.
Inspired to act in response to the call to defund the arts on a federal level, The Backspace will serve as a free and open space to work in while you process reactions to our current political climate. Artists may use table space to make work, may use our hanging supplies to install a piece or installation, and may propose use of the gallery for hosting a talk or performance during the 100 days that follow the Presidential inauguration.
Email your ideas to spacegalleryvt@gmail.com or show up during open gallery hours for more information.

Gallery Receptions, First Friday Art Walk:

Friday February 3, 2017 from 5 – 9pm
Friday March 3, 2017 from 5 – 9pm
Friday April 7, 2017 from 5 – 9pm

Gallery Open Hours: Thursday – Saturdays from 12 – 5pm

Exhibition Duration: January 20 – April 29, 2017

You are welcome here, see you soon!

 


 7Days Blog, 100 Days of Creativity: S.P.A.C.E. Gallery Wants You

By Rachel Elizabeth Jones

The Thursday before the inauguration, Burlington artist Devin Wilder needed a space to screen-print some patches for the Women’s March on Washington. She ended up making her run in Burlington’s South End Backspace Gallery, a part of Christy Mitchell’s longstanding S.P.A.C.E. Gallery.

S.P.A.C.E. Gallery's Spaceman Mural by Adam DeVarney

S.P.A.C.E. Gallery’s Spaceman Mural by Adam DeVarney

The gallery and studio collective — whose acronym stands for Supportive Places for Artists and the Creative Economy — seems to be living up to its name. On January 20, Mitchell launched the fluid community art experiment “100 Days of Space for Creativity” in response to the threat posed to the arts and freedom of expression by the Donald Trump administration, based in part on reports of the intended elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wall of Works by Leah Dinkin, photo Rachel Jones

Wall of Works by Leah Dinkin, photo Rachel Jones

Essentially, the gallery will become a hub — with open workspace and exhibition space — for artists and arts-inclined community members. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., individuals can congregate and get creative.

Work (detail) by Leah Dinkin, photo Rachel Jones

Work (detail) by Leah Dinkin, photo Rachel Jones

“Inspired to act in response to the call to defund the arts on a federal level,” Mitchell’s statement reads, “the Backspace will serve as a free and open space to work in while you process reactions to our current political climate. Artists may use table space to make work, may use our hanging supplies to install a piece or installation, and may propose use of the gallery for hosting a talk or performance during the 100 days that follow the presidential inauguration.”

Detail of "One Equals Zero" by Franky D., photo Rachel Jones

Detail of “One Equals Zero” by Franky D., photo Rachel Jones

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Mitchell told Seven Days.” My vision for [this] is to excite people, to inspire people.”

Already, she has mounted a wall of small collages made from street detritus by Burlington artist Leah Dinkin, as well as two paintings contributed by S.P.A.C.E. studio artist Franky D. Dinkin’s irreverent paper-based works encapsulate themes of trash, trashiness and disposability, female sexuality and plenty of eyes and sight-based references.

Of his painting “One Equals Zero,” Franky D. said, “is based on my feeling that my one vote did not count … spawned by the Trump election and recent Prop 3 and 4 victories.”

Christy Mitchell holds patch by Devin Wilder, photo by Rachel Jones

Christy Mitchell holds patch by Devin Wilder, photo by Rachel Jones

Mitchell sees this art-production endeavor as separate from the exclusivity often associated with galleries and art institutions. During the 100 days, she said, she will make herself available for “on-the-spot critiques” and provide whatever counsel folks may be looking for in terms of their artwork and career. “Those little bits of encouragement are important in any artist’s life,” she said.

What local artists will make of the Backspace’s 100 days remains to be seen. The exciting part is that it’s up to them.

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