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Art In Community

 

Community Project in process at the Old Capitol Art Fair in Springfield, IL

It’s been a great start to the art show season! 

At the first show of the year I got to witness art in community at the Old Capitol Art Fair in Springfield, IL. My painting “Spheres of Completion” was the featured artwork for their yearly Community Project.  Together the community created an enlarged 6 ft x 10 ft painting made up of 308 5 in x 5 in painted squares based off of my original painting. I so enjoyed watching the process as each one of the squares were painted by individuals in the community and then piece-by-piece added to a large magnetic frame.

Kids adding their painted tile to Community Project

I even slipped away from my art booth for awhile and got to paint my own square tile and have it added to the mural. 

Jumping in and painting my own square for the community project

 

So relaxing to get to paint during an art fair!

The completed community project piece will be on display at the Illinois State Museum for the next two years and at the 2019 Old Capitol art fair. It was really thrilling as an artist to watch the cooperation and creativity in action as festival goers participated in this interactive project by painting their very own section of the finished piece! 

Close up of Community Project

 

I just love all the juicy colors and individual brushstrokes!

 

Finished Community Project at Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield, IL

Finished! What a tremendous job by the community of Springfield to complete this painted mural project during the Old Capitol Art Fair!!! This project was brilliantly constructed and organized by the committee who organizes the fair-GREAT WORK everyone!

Children’s Art Tent purchase

The Springfield show also had a Children’s Art Tent where only kids were allowed to shop for their own pieces of art. Artists at the show donated work which was priced at $4, $5, or $6 and then the kids got to pick out their favorite pieces. It was so great to have kids stop by the booth and show me their painting of mine that they selected in the Kid’s Art Tent. Another great way of making art accessible to all members of the community-even the very youngest ones.  

Mulvane Art Fair Topeka, KS

The first weekend in June brought us to the Mulvane Art Fair in Topeka, KS. We sweated through a super hot set up day, but then the temperatures dropped and we had two fabulous art fair days on the campus of Washburn University. It was so great to meet so many new art friends in Topeka!

We travel to Spring Green, WI this weekend. Join us Booth #30B Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24. (Show Hours Sat. 9-5 and Sun. 9-4.)

The studio is hopping in between all these shows as we also do final preparations for shows in Brookings, SD and Aspen, CO in July. We’d love to meet you on the road or if you happen to see a painting you are interested from my photos from the art fairs, please feel free to contact me and we can deliver or ship it out to you! 

Featured Artwork-Springfield Art Fair Community Project

“Spheres of Completion” ©Melynda Van Zee

I’m pleased to announce that my painting “Spheres of Completion” will be the featured artwork for the Community Project at the upcoming 57th Springfield, IL  Old Capitol Art Fair on May 19 and 20, 2018. An image of my painting “Spheres of Completion” will be enlarged to 6 ft x 10 ft and then divided into 308 5 in x 5 in squares. Each one of these squares will be painted by the public and adhered to magnetic tiles at the art fair. Then, piece-by-piece the painted squares will be reassembled on a large magnetic board. The completed community project piece will be on display at the Illinois State Museum for the next year and at the 2019 art fair. I’m looking forward to seeing cooperation and creativity in action as festival goers participate in this interactive project by painting their very own section of the finished piece! Come join the fun this Saturday, May 19 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, May 20 from 10-4pm.

In celebration of the community project at the Old Capitol Art Fair, I’ve created a series of mini-works inspired by the original painting “Spheres of Completion”. Stop by Booth #95 to see the original “Spheres of Completion” painting and see the inspired mini-works in a similar rainbow color palette which will be available for purchase. There will be so much color for everyone to enjoy!

New Shows and New Work

New work in Progress

 

This is the time of year when the anticipation starts mounting-I’ve been working in the studio preparing for a new art fair show year. This involves much sketching, journaling, sorting, organizing, preparing canvases, dealing with filing taxes and show applications. And, after all the many hours of preparation, the fits and starts, painting a new body of work.

More new color from the studio

I’m so excited to share this new work as I hit the road traveling. We will be spreading our art fair wings this year- traveling to three new shows in Springfield, IL, Topeka, KS and Aspen, CO. Can’t wait to meet new art friends out on the road. We are also looking forward to returning to several previous shows. The schedule isn’t finalized yet so keep checking back to see if we might be able to connect again in person this year.

Collaboration is Key to Creativity

You Are Light 60×40(2) © Melynda Van Zee 2018

I recently created several colorful paintings for a lovely home. One of the great joys of working on this project was the opportunity to collaborate with the owners of this home. I really enjoyed working closely with this family as they studied my work and decided which colors and sizes they would like for their original paintings. After we discussed the many options and possibilities and made final decisions, I went to work in the studio to dive into making their vision come to life.

You Are Light 60×40 © Melynda Van Zee 2018

One facet of the commission process that I particularly enjoy is that my clients become like an art director for the project. Their likes and desires and favorite colors and settings all play into the creative process. Together we envision the finished work. Collaboration is a key to creativity!

Wind and Waves 48 x 36 © Melynda Van Zee 2018

I’ve had so many fabulous experiences as I’ve collaborated to create unique and personalized original work with the insight and direction of my clients.

Wind and Waves Detail 48×36 © Melynda Van Zee 2018

If you are looking for more color and gorgeous artwork in your work or living spaces, please contact me here in the studio at melynda@melyndavanzee.com. I’d love to collaborate with you to add inspiration to your life.