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Our First Anniversary was a Success!

Our first anniversary celebration was a successful Fabulon event. It was so packed, I felt like I barely spoke to anyone as the evening came and went in one fabulous blur. I do truly appreciate everyone who attended and has played a part in Fabulon’s first year story. If I didn’t get a chance to address you personally, I do apologize but am most sincerely grateful.
 


In case you missed the news, the mayor was at Fabulon! This is kind of a big deal to me. He said he supports the arts. He promised to include West Ashley. He personally told me that he would attend an event sometime at Fabulon.

In this election year it is impossible to escape the quagmire of political banter with it's slogans and recriminations. But our mayor made some promises and followed through on them. That works for me.

The Mayor and Mrs. Tecklenburg’s visit at the start of Fabulon’s second year means that we are being recognized as an entity in the art scene.  We have made a contribution to West Ashley. We are a go to kind of place. We strive to foster relationships and offer opportunities for new and emerging artists. We hope to assist in learning about art appreciation and facilitate art making for everyone. This is a big deal to me. It is my promise to do all I can to continue to grow in this manner.

 

Here’s some plans for the coming weeks, months, and into next year. Help me spread the word.

 

Classes are starting now! 

  • Exploring Painting for Adults starts this week. 9/1
  • Creative Endeavors for Kids starts next week. 9/6
  • Painted Furniture Workshop Saturday 9/ 10
  • Encaustic Workshop Saturday 9/24
  • Third Thursday Art Night Out starts 9/16

Our next awesome show features the work of Michael Hayes. He paints large-scale abstract pieces. This is the kind of work I love to show people. It’s the stuff they don’t get at first but then learn to appreciate once they are encouraged to slow down and really study. They grow on you. And he has some smaller works on paper that are very affordable.

 

In October we will be at the Farmer’s Market, Moja, and we will have a Hip Hop Pop Up show, and be at the Charleston Arts Festival.

 

Plan to do all your holiday shopping at Fabulon’s Maker’s Market starting in November. Buy Local!

I Live Here photography in December, Not Your Typical Love Story in February, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother in May.

New classes are starting September 1st! See details on the website.

We had such a blast with our Art Night Out that we decided to continue it every third Thursday starting in September. Each week features a different project, no registration or experiences, $20 fee includes all materials and a fun night of art making.

Coming soon: Michael Hayes solo show, "Finding the Form" September 23rd

 

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There is an Art to Looking at Art

Friday is our first anniversary show. It should be a fun night. This will be the first time presenting artwork for some of the artists. They might be a bit nervous. Please come and cheer them on. The work is truly quite good and reasonably priced. I have reassured the artists that I have delightful people on my newsletter list and all have been invited. Maybe you, as an attendee, are as nervous about talking with the artist as they are about meeting you. After all few people have ever been taught how to look at art. There is an art to looking at art.
 
We hear a lot about reading, writing, and arithmetic. But it is equally important to have a certain degree of visual literacy. As we move toward the more universal language of emojis, icons, and graphic language, it is easier to appreciate why this is important. We are more acutely aware of the fact that we learn and retain better from pictures. Some symbols and signs are easy to read. But we can learn to read more complicated images, too.  This is important for communicating, understanding, and learning.  
 
When I was teaching in Maine, the Visual Thinking Strategy was a hot way to approach learning and communication knowledge. This method fostered critical thinking skills and analysis by using art. Students were encouraged to look at pieces of art and ask a series of questions.
What do you see?
What is going on?
What do you see that makes you say that?
What can you infer from certain details?
 
The part I liked best is that the students looked longer, and they would dig deeper and then back up their answers with details based on the evidence in the painting.  Then they applied it to other aspects of life. Most of what I know and retained about history came from studying art. When I read the newspaper I look at the photos and really read into them, too. When faced with an advertisement, I dissect them and am less often sold something I don’t really want. Try it. It is fun.





















Look at this painting and imagine this conversation:
What do you see
I see a man
What ids going on
He’s deep in thought
How do you know this?
Because he is looking down with his hand to his lips.
What can you infer
I think the artist wanted to show that he has had many experiences.
What do you see that makes you say that
 because she painted all of the colors and lines on his face.
 
What do you think? Come see this painting for yourself on Friday. Be sure and say hello to the artists. Ask some questions. I bet they won’t mind.

 

 

 

This piece by Jirah Perkins will be available in our Souvenirs of Summer Show. 

Come celebrate the last vestiges of summer with our new year celebration! Souvenirs of Summer II August 26, 5-8pm. 

Awesome new art, collectors wall of $50 paintings, refreshments, live music, meet the artists, and art activities.

New classes are starting September first. See details on the website.

We had such a blast with our Art Night Out that we decided to continue it every third Thursday starting in September. Each week features a different project, no registration or experiences, $20 fee includes all materials and a fun night of art making.

Coming soon Michael Hayes solo show finding the form September 23

 

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Summer's End

 


It’s the first week of school for most districts in the area. For me, this time of year brings that same sense of renewal and new beginnings, hopefulness and promise as New Year’s Eve. Once a teacher, always a teacher so I still function best with a July to June academic calendar verses the tradition January to December version and I have an obsession with wanting new pens. I am organized and ready for a new year at Fabulon!

This time of year also comes with some reflection on the previous year. So much has happened this year that it would take forever to recount all of the fabulous events, joys, and phenomenal people that have entered my life. If you are new to Fabulon, you can catch up with our previous newsletters under our blog heading on the website.

Let me focus briefly on just this summer. In the span of a few weeks I worked with middle school, elementary, and high school, painted with preschoolers, the elderly, and a student who is deaf. But the most profound experience was trying to help my mother learn to use the shower in her new room at the memory care facility. This single moment in our relationship underscores what it means to be a teacher.

The lesson that stays with me the most from all of the pedagogy and inspirational lessons from my entire teacher training is that teachers are not supposed to teach reading, writing, arithmetic or even art. Teachers teach people.

Remember to be kind to yourself as you try something new. You aren’t merely learning a different skill or perfecting a hobby, you are developing your self as a person. That is pretty precious. May all of my students find teachers who get this idea. May all my teachers remember this. May all parents expect this.

May this year be a joyous new year for everyone.

Painting of the Week
Homage to Rothko I by Michael Clifford Hayes 

New classes are starting September first. See details on the website.

We had such a blast with our Art Night Out that we decided to continue it every third Thursday starting in September. Each week features a different project, no registration or experiences, $20 fee includes all materials and a fun night of art making.

Coming soon: Michael Hayes solo show "Finding the Form", September 23rd

 


This piece by Jirah Perkins will be available in our Souvenirs of Summer Show. 

Come celebrate the last vestiges of summer with our new year celebration! Souvenirs of Summer II August 26, 5-8pm. 

Awesome new art, collectors wall of $50 paintings, refreshments, live music, meet the artists, and art activities.


 

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August Art Show Registration

August Show Registration

Feeling very inspired by the submissions for Souvenirs of Summer, Fabulon’s first art show. It amazes me that there are so many talented and passionate people taking the risk to put ideas on paper or canvas and share them with the world. In the process of reviewing the submissions, I have been introduced to interesting and hardworking artists. So glad to add these new and emerging artists to our creative space.

The question came up about what it means to be an emerging artist. According to Artnet, emerging artist refers to “someone who is in the early stage of his or her career, but who does not yet have an established reputation among art critics. Emerging artists help shape the dynamic and constantly changing landscape of Contemporary Art. Am I the only one who associates emerging with classic images of butterflies transforming from the chrysalis? So I consulted all of my dictionaries. (As an artist that incorporates words into my pieces, I actually have 8 dictionaries and 3 thesauruses or thesauri.) My preferred definition is “yet to be”. Very poetic.

So I proclaim the official Fabulon definition is any artist regardless of age or experience, style or medium, who has yet to be all they want to be. Welcome to Fabulon. May you continue to explore, expand, and emerge.

Friday 7/24 is the submission deadline for Souvenirs of Summer Fabulon’s first art show. Still time for artists to get their work in at fabulonart.com.

Click the here to submit your art for the show! 

Thanks, Susan

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