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Day Three: The Event

Brush High School students Chealsia Smedley and Shayna Mell report on the opening night environment …

Artist Kristin Bly poses for participants during the opening.

This is the day we’ve all been working towards; the opening. During the day, SPACES is bustling with constant activity. There was an excess of things to prepare, but in due time, with a touch of magic, everything was ready to go.

A line forms outside of Josh Parker’s installation: “Sometimes an entrance is actually an exit.”

The event: 7:00 p.m. Things were at a good pace. The food was nearly gone, there was a long line outside of the tunnel, and Kristin Bly’s room of viewer portraits was being created right before our eyes. One viewer, on his way to Bly’s room expressed,” I feel like it’s all potential,” which it certainly was.

Ben Kinsley and his mom- also the auction winner- discuss plans  for their future project. At 7:30 p.m. Arzu Ozkal came waltzing in, fully equipped with hooks and ropes. She included the audience, in a pulling performance leading her into her empty space. “SPACES has been doing a lot of creative things. It’s not passive, I love it,” said involved audience member, Elaine Hcilinen.

Every artist was pushed far beyond their comfort areas. “I’m entrusting people with myself, and I’m hoping that they don’t take advantage of me,” said artist Ben Kinsley who auctioned himself off. Ben, who usually directs people to surprise others, now had to allow himself to be surprised and directed.

Arzu Ozkal and her color commentator Eleanor Lebeau prepare to enter SPACES for their live performance.

Even though I knew art and creativity would be utilized and challenged; it was still surprising to actually witness it myself. Witness the artist’s showing of their challenges, and witness the public’s reaction to that challenge. The experience was cultivating, inspiring, and something that I would never take back.

By: Chealsia Smedley and Shayna Mell

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Dance party here, there, everywhere

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Behind the scenes … the dance party… a little known treat at SPACES. I am using my dance card (yes, we each actually have a physical card on hand for this occasion) and would like to call a dance party for everyone.

So stop what you are doing! We deserve to dance after going through hundreds of applications, working hard at our desks, enduring a long day of grant writing, organizing upcoming exhibitions and events, planning budgets, tweeting and FBing, coordinating artists, managing thousands of names, etc.

Let’s have fun and get excited about the future.

Thanks to my fellow staff mates. Thanks to all our workers (Katie, Nick, Laura, Paula, Kelly, Drew, Steve, Erin, Tim, Chris, Sara, Heather and Vanessa) who help make our job little easier. Dance!

(Yes I am one moon walking.)

Posted by Marilyn Ladd Simmons, Gallery Manager and Artist Wrangler

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