We get quite a few questions here at the ArtLab about how a small, independent local artists can “get their stuff out there”. As a free-for-the-public-use space, the Art Lab on Linden Street is a great place to incubate your art project before sending as a submission to local galleries. The advantage of the space is it is a totally blank canvas, allowing all our artists to do what they want with the multipurpose room! We have a PA system for your music, moveable lighting, can do hanging installations, and movable tables, blocks and chairs so you can set up how you like! Continue reading
You’ve seen those empty store fronts as you’ve wandered the streets of Old Town Fort Collins. They look like buildings that need some energy to make them happy again. That’s what Art Lab Fort Collins is all about. We’re temporarily filling those wonderful buildings with art, innovation, music, smiling faces until a new tenant comes along. When a new tenant decides to move in, we just move on to the next empty space.
Watch the empty store fronts for something new in Old Town.
Locally esteemed artist Arthur Schumaker has donated a large portion of his private collection for sale to the Art Lab to support our ongoing fundraising efforts for redesigning the space. A large fashion show/ arts & music showcase, entitled ‘Facelift’, coordinated and hosted by Mari Bonhomme (Art Lab Coordinator) in conjunction with musicians from the Music District and artists from the NoCo Arts Collective, both of which frequently use the space, will be hosting an arts & materials sale at the Art Lab in early August, with 100% of the proceeds going to refund the ‘Facelift’ project.
The Art Lab’s remodeling project, affectionately titled the ‘Art Lab Facelift’ is well underway! Our recognizable, formerly ‘swiss-cheese’ walls have been spackled and repainted, and plans are well underway for a new website, new flooring, and a complete bathroom remodel. Want to get involved? Help us on a paint day? Or run an event with proceeds going to help fund the space? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Repainting and remodeling will be taking place throughout the months of July and August.
A significant portion of canvases and materials were also donated to a local children’s summer art camp run by Alie Rich, owner of Wildroots Studio. Kids participating in this camp use the Art Lab several times a year for Nature Arts Camps where they learn to make natural dyes, mandalas, and express themselves creatively using all natural and organic materials.
Arthur is a 20 year veteran of the local arts scene, who, with a teary eye while we picked up the materials stated: ‘I’m working on new works, and have changed my focus as an artist, but I just want to give back to the community.’ Arthur also has a large personal collection of hand-printed silk scarves for sale. Over 70 canvases, some painted and framed, and many blank as well as a myriad of materials will be for sale for bottom-market prices at the Art Lab this summer. If you’re a local artist looking to network, get some supplies, or just meet like-minded folks, this is the event for you!
Location: The Art Lab: 239 Linden St. Old Town, Fort Collins, CO
Date & Time: August 22nd, 2017 4P-12A
*Fashion Vendor and Music Set Times TBA.
July 25, 2017 8:00 amAlie Rich - Wild roots studios.com