Public library's painting party set for May 28

Published on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 23:05 - Written by kgooch@tylerpaper.com

KELLY GOOCH

A 6x6 painting party will take place later this month at the Tyler Public Library.

The party, hosted by the library, in conjunction with Gallery Main Street, is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on May 28. 

The party theme goes along with this month’s library theme, “Superheroes,” according to a news release.

Access Librarian Lori Fregoso said materials will be provided, and participants may paint anything that they deem superhero-related during the free event.

The library is “celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary this month, so we thought it’d be fun to tie this in with it,” she said.

The library also is supporting the 6x6@110 Gallery Main Street project, she said.

The project began in 2012 and serves as a fundraiser for Gallery Main Street.

Participants, such as artists and art supporters, use 6-inch-by-6-inch canvases distributed by Gallery Main Street to make art pieces using various mediums, according to a previous news release. The artwork is then sold for $20 each during an exhibit, which is scheduled to open on June 6 and end in early July.

Main Street Department Leader Beverly Abell said last month that the project serves several purposes and came to her as a fundraiser idea.

The idea was intriguing, she previously said, because it was a fundraiser that still helped the Main Street Department stay within its mission.

“It is a fundraiser but also brought people to downtown, ... really gave people ownership in the gallery and also got people to own original art for the very first time. People have come back for purchases after that,” Ms. Abell said in April, adding that it also encouraged artists to participate since, unlike other exhibits at Gallery Main Street, it is not done via a jury process.

She previously said the 6x6@110 project also has received recognition from the Texas Downtown Association.

“It’s one of those great things that just clicked on all points,” Ms. Abell said last month. “It just sparked, and people love this thing. Even in January people are saying, ‘Do you have the canvases yet?’”

She previously said anyone may participate in the 6x6@110 project, “from professional artists to someone who has never picked up a paintbrush,” and people have used oils, acrylics, photography, beads and watercolors, among other things, to make their pieces.

Ms. Abell previously said each piece must be on a canvas provided by the Main Street Department because it helps as far as processing and hanging the pieces. Pieces also may not project outside of the 6-inch-by-6-inch range but may project from it by 2 inches or less, she said last month.

Part of the project fun, she said in April, is that buyers are not allowed to touch or look at the back of pieces until they buy them, so they don’t know who created the artwork until they purchase it.

Canvases must be turned in at the gallery by 4 p.m. on May 31, according to a previous news release. Those age 18 and older may complete three pieces, turn them in and then get three more canvases, she said. Those ages 17 and younger will receive one canvas for the project.

For more information on the project go towww.down towntylerarts.com, or call Gallery Main Street at 903-593-6905.

For more information on the painting party at the library, call 903-593-7323 or visitwww.TylerLibrary.com .