Artist: Carole Freeman
My kids and I attended
the FACE THE WORLD Global Paint Party at Edward Day Gallery
on Thursday, January 5, 2012 (5 pm - 9 pm) and it was an amazing art experience.
FRIEND ME PROJECTS is a
global initiative to celebrate friendship, connection, and common
humanity. Upon entering the gallery we were warmly greeted by one of the founders of FRIEND ME PROJECTS, Michael Bain, who welcomed us to the event and
invited us to take a closer look at the "friend me" solo exhibition
by Carole Freeman on view.
Artist Managers: Mr. Michael Bain & Mr. Jake Gold
It is so rare one is able to
enter a gallery environment and be allowed to participate in the theme and spirit of the show. The amount of interactive events adaptable to kids
is even rarer - so I was truly grateful to be allowed the chance to experience AND even
create art in a close community involving my family.
My kids were able to create
portraits of each other using similar materials Freeman employs herself. Above
Ground Art Supplies generously donated all the materials for the evening. Looking back on this great evening, I offer three main revelations from memory:
First, I thought how
generous and down to earth Freeman is to allow others to explore her own approach to portraiture.
Interviewing artists for years, I have found most painters vague at best when
asked to reveal their techniques; yet Carole freely distributed everything required
to create similar work to the more advanced paintings she had on display in the
Directly related to my first
point, I immediately rediscovered a great respect for painting - specifically in Carole's
work - when attempting to help my kids render the likeness of themselves in paint. I think critics should paint more often as a reminder of the difficulty of the medium verses the speed of opinion. This active experience made me appreciate professional work on new
levels beyond mastery of technique - I began to understand the time investment
hidden under the luscious surface of each work.
Finally, I began to sink in
the luxury and fun of painting on a slippery yet forgiving mylar surface and
for more than a second I wanted to be Eric Fischl and master this glassine-like
surface with seeming ease. Sorta like wanting to be Bobby Orr as a kid again.
Photos with subtitles Courtesy of: Bill King, 2012
Thanks so much Carole and
Michael for this wonderful experience. My kids and I had the best time and we
look forward to the live auction and virtual postings. I hope we are able to
contribute to The Stephen Lewis Foundation Arts Fund through our art and
your awesome event.