Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I'll Drink to That . . .

It's time once again for another installment in the series of "The Forgotten Posts" from our monthly "ATC Workshop & Swap" Group Challenges . . .
You're going to have a party.  Or maybe just having a few friends over for a barbeque.  Whatever the event, from formal to casual, you most likely go to the market to pick up some supplies for your guests.  After you've placed all your groceries in your cart, you head to the "adult" beverage area. That area where all the beer and wine is kept, that is.  You add a few 6-packs of beer to your cart, then move over an aisle and begin looking for the appropriate wine.  You pick up the perfect one to compliment the event . . . in fact, you most likely pick up a few, maybe more . . . and you're on your way to the registers to check out.  Your event goes with a hitch, everyone loves everything they've been served, and goes home, leaving you with a mess to clean up.  Paper plates go into either the trash or recycling bin, same with any plastic, beer cans, and most everything else.  But what about those empty wine bottles?  And depending how many guests you had, and how many bottles of wine you bought, you probably have "a few".  Usually, most of us wouldn't give them a second thought and would either dispose of them in the trash or recycling bin and we're done with them. But if you were to take just a minute to look at them with the "creative" side of your brain, what sort of ideas would come to mind?  What would you create? Where would you start?  That was the Challenge given at our "ATC Workshop & Swap" Group last May.  If you take just a minute and "think outside the box", those glistening, empty bottles can actually become a blank canvas, crying out to you and challenging your artistic talents.  Take a look at the amazing and creative results from our extremely talented group of artists who faced the same challenge head on . . .

Top Row (L to R):  "Patriotic Flags", by Charlotte Fern; "Charming Frogs",
Jean Hamrick; "Metal Daisies", Terri Durst
Middle Row (L to R):  "Grog & All Laced Up", Charmaine Conway;
"Mother & Child", Deb Schinzel
Bottom Row:  "Which Way to the Beach?", Lylia Hagerty

Any member of the Group can challenge the others with creating something unique from any ordinary object that might not otherwise be considered "art". The goal is for anyone who participates to create one Challenge Item for "Show & Tell" using everyday mixed media materials . . . embellishments, paints, papers, stencils . . . whatever strikes their fancy! Without any themes or other guidelines to follow, the end result is to simply showcase each artist's personality through the type(s) of techniques used and their finished project.

Join us in congratulating and thanking all of these great artists who took part in this Challenge!  We'd love to hear what you think, so please leave us a comment . . . or two! . . . and share your thoughts.  And if you'd like to take part in our monthly "ATC Workshop & Swap" or Challenges, join us the second Thursday evening of each month from 6:00pm-8:00pm and you too can begin to think big in a small way!  No membership required and it's FREE!  Hope to see you there!

Watch for our next Challenge Results ~ Altered Mini Mint Tins ~
coming soon!

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