Thanks to the Tri-City Voice for featuring Project Mini Art in the September 15, 2020 edition!
By Radhika Sharma
In the dialogue, Republic, the Greek philosopher Plato said “our need will be the real creator” … i.e.: a need or problem encourages creative solutions to resolve the need. The Olive Hyde Art Guild’s efforts towards the first Project Mini Art is an inspiring and energizing case in point!
The Project Mini Art event was to be part of the Olive Hyde Art Guild’s (OHAG) 2020 Holiday show scheduled for September 25, 26, 27. However, due to the cancellation of the Holiday show because of Covid-19, it was reimagined as a special online show and sale via the OHAG website. In this project, 29 Olive Hyde Art Guild member artists have completed their 5”x5” mini artworks, donating their work for a website exhibit and sale in September. An Image Gallery will be set up on the Guild website to view all the 44 mini artwork canvases. Each will be sold for $25 and will benefit the Guild’s support of visual arts. Project Mini Art is led by Denise Oyama Miller along with Nancy Ruskin, Lisa Stambaugh, Kay Hille-Hatten, Judy Anglin and Joan Bobrink.
“We did not want to restrict the artists in terms of themes or medium,” says OHAG Project Mini Art Chair Denise Miller noting the minimal requirements of the guidelines. The art works will be sold independent of an artist statement (PMA is not a juried show). This creative freedom in the guidelines will manifest in a creative body of work, where each piece, “…stands on its own,” says Denise. Full of praise for her Olive Hyde Art Guild’s co-members Katherine Latson and Judy Anglin, Denise also praises all the 29 artists who have participated, donated their art and helped make this project a reality.
Web Diva and the creative online designer Lisa Stambaugh lauds the Art Guild for adapting to the needs of the times and for thinking outside the box in designing and hosting PMA. “It took some research and discussion before we picked Shopify – a turnkey ecommerce site as a platform to partner with,” says Lisa. Adept at designing online platforms, Lisa was delighted when she was entrusted with the responsibility of bringing the project online. She notes that, “No matter how established an organization is, we can always do something new and PMA is an illustration of this cool way to expand.”
PMA contributors and collaborators, husband and wife team Peter and Maureen Langenbach exemplify that expansive and creative spirit. Both artists bring a different sensibility to their art, says Peter Langenbach, “I am quick and political in my art while Maureen is meticulous and makes beautiful work!”
Collaboration was “fun” says Maureen and an opportunity to participate in the fundraiser and contribute to their beloved Art Guild. Echoing PMA Chair Denise Miller’s perspective Peter shares a few tips for young artists, “Get out there and do it! Enter as many competitions and shows as you can,” and as they say, the rest will follow.
Project Mini Art invites shoppers to purchase artwork via credit card or Paypal. The full list of participating artists is as follows: Judy Anglin, Simone Archer, Edie Christensen, Judy Cooper, Thomas Cory, Jaci Daskarolis, Neera Dave, Adriane Dedic, Aaron Dobmeier, Patricia Finn, Claudia Gray, Dimitry Grudsky, Seema Gupta, Susan Helmer, P. Kay Hille-Hatten, Marilyn Host, Maureen Langenbach, Peter Langenbach, Maureen Lardie, Robyn Leimer, Ruth Li, Susan Longini, Denise Oyama Miller, Maria Grazia Romeo, Jan Schafir, Barbara Schlein, Lauren Shaver, Lisa Stambaugh, Robin Worthington.
Key Dates to mark on your calendar:
- Sneak Preview of Artwork: September 18-24, 2020
- Online Sales open: 10:00am, September 25-October 2, 2020
- All on the OHAG website at www.olivehydeartguild.org