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Local Artists Pop-Up Show

Aug 27, 2017 11:23PM ● By Elena Hutslar

Photo caption (LtoR): Lisa Fulmer, Rashmi Rajesh, Amy Eikner, Sharon Petersen

Local Artists Pop-Up Show


Amazing things transpire when Concord artists get together. The best part of being involved in our local arts community is the friendship. It's one thing to sit in a room filled with people who all geek out the same way about watching an artist create a little magic, but it's another thing altogether to find and connect with truly kindred spirits. These connections are powerful and meaningful on so many levels - personally, emotionally, intellectually, and creatively.


Here's a perfect example of the positive, collective energy we can whip up in a matter of minutes. A few weeks ago, a small group of us were enjoying wine at a gallery reception in downtown Concord and Sharon Petersen said to me, "You know, we should get a group together for a pop-up art show this fall, like maybe in someone's front yard on a busy street." I agreed that it was a great idea to get in front of all the holiday shows, and the word spread through the gallery like wildfire. Within a day or two, three artists had offered their homes, twelve artists were confirmed to participate, and a whirlwind of group emails ensued.


We decided against someone's front yard because the public might assume it was a garage sale and try to haggle with us on pricing for our work, so a day later, we connected with our neighbors just down the road, in Pleasant Hill, who were kind enough to let us pop-up in their commercial studio space. Before you could blink an eye, we had tables set, a flyer designed, signage in the making, and status updates flying all over Facebook.


This is what I love about Concord artists - our mutual support. We all genuinely care about each other, and we want everyone to succeed in whatever creative endeavors they choose to pursue. We embrace the artists who live here as well as the artists who love visiting here. We promote each other's shows and classes, we hit those "like" buttons, and we look forward to opportunities to get together.


We deeply appreciate those organizations who make space for us (and our art!) to gather in Concord, including the public library, businesses in our rotating gallery program, I Heart Art Studio, B8 Theater, aRt Cottage, and Raquel Amaral Gallery. Artists and art supporters are working together to build a stronger community!


Our pop-up art show is on Sunday, September 17, 11am-5pm, at I Heart Art on 15 Vivian Drive in Pleasant Hill. Bring the family, enjoy free refreshments, marvel at the creative space, and chat with our ever-so-friendly and talented local artists