If you have been keeping up with Oak Street Art, you know that this year we have been involved with an educational outreach program in Murphysboro.
Metalsmith artist Sue Gindlesparger presented a lesson to three second grades at General John A. Logan Attendance Center on Wednesday, February 20th. The focus of the lesson was Adinkra Cloth (with roots in Ghana), and the personal symbols found on the traditional cloth.
Students created their own symbols using a base of styrofoam, and then printed their creations on cloth squares. The squares will be displayed together creating classroom quilts.
You can see from the pictures that the students are enjoying the art lessons - lots of learning and creativity involved!
Teachers participating in the outreach program will be heading up our Children’s Art Tent at the annual Oak Street Art Fair on Saturday, April 27th.
Two members of Oak Street Art will be showing and selling their work as part of the upcoming shop304 Showcase by Carbondale Community Arts.
Shop local for the holidays and delight your family and friends with one-of-a-kind art gifts by Darby Ortolano (ceramics) and Sue Gindlesparger (metals, jewelry). See samples of each artist's work below.
On Sunday, November 18 (2018), Shop304 will host this pop-up art sale from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Carbondale, Illinois. Stop by ArtSpace 304 at 304 W. Walnut St. in Carbondale! See map below.
In support of The Women's Center, Oak Street Art members set up shop at the Old Feed Store venue in Cobden, Illinois, on Saturday morning, November 3, 2018.
Sue Gindlesparger (metals, jewelry) and Darby Ortolano (ceramics) were on hand for good conversation and to share the work of all seven Oak Street Art members.
We were especially delighted to be invited to participate by Women's Center board member Stephanie Dillard. Stephanie also happens to be a talented stained glass artist featured in the 2018 Oak Street Fine Arts Fair.
A portion of all Oak Street Art sales from this "Feed the Need" fundraiser went directly to the Women's Center. In particular, proceeds were earmarked specifically for services to Union County survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
A few weeks before the 2018 Oak Street Fine Arts Fair, we spent a fun morning talking with reporter Chanda Green as Byron Hetzler snapped photos.
We loved the new feature story, Collective Souls: Oak Street Artists Nurture the Connections between Art and Community. Pick up a copy of the (beautiful, full-color, glossy) magazine where The Southern Illinoisan is sold, and see Chanda's story and Byron's photos online at the Life & Style website here.
It's spring! Three Oak Street artists will be showing and selling their beautiful work in downtown Carbondale on Sunday, April 8, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Come see ceramics by Darby Ortolano (sample below), prints by Luca Cruzat, and jewelry by Sue Gindlesparger (sample below). The Shop 304 Spring Art Mart is a curated pop-up sale featuring about 20 local artists, along with local favorite Jen's Joe coffee.
Drop by Artspace 304 (Carbondale Community Arts) at 304 W. Walnut Street in Carbondale. A map is below, and we hope to see you there!
Thanks to the Carbondale Times for publishing a piece about our recent fine arts fair, held September 23!
Two of the six founding members of the Oak St. Art Group (Rachel Malcolm Ensor and Sue Gindlesparger) were quoted as they spoke about their vision for the fair. Read the full story here: Oak Street Art Fair: Using Art to Revitalize the Community.
For us, one highlight of the article was the final paragraph:
Photos 1 2, and 4 by Carbondale Community Arts. Photo 3 by Oak St. Art Group. Blog posted by Ann Fischer
We had a blast during this morning's radio interview with Murphsyboro Mayor Will Stephens! Listen to Oak St. Art Group Members Rachel Malcolm Ensor, Sue Gindlesparger, and Ann Fischer talk about the Oak St. Fine Arts Fair, coming up Saturday, September 23.
Below: Oak St. Art Group member Sue Gindlesparger spiffs up the Oak Leaf Stage, readying it for musicians at the Oak St. Fine Arts Fair! See complete music lineup after the photo.
1. Brick street / historic venue: Both Sue Gindlesparger (metals, jewelry) and Rachel Malcolm Ensor (painting, mixed media) highlighted the location, along a charming brick street (Oak St.) in the historic arts district of Murphysboro. Come see the artists, musicians, and food vendors on Oak Street (south of Walnut) between 15th and 17th. (SEE MAP HERE.)
3. Sense of community: In a similar vein, Ann Fischer (photography) and Rachel are excited about this chance to bring people together. Everyone is welcome! Artists, musicians, food vendors, and community members can meet and enjoy each other's company.
4. Front-porch live music all day: Sue is especially excited for the full lineup of local music, starting at 10am. Bring lawn chairs so you can sit and enjoy the music, live from the porch of the Jones House in the arts district.
5. Eats: Come for both breakfast-y and lunch/dinner deliciousness from Muglee's Brew (coffee and pastries) and Pat's BBQ.
P.S. Bring your chairs! We'd love to see people relaxing with coffee and BBQ and taking in the music.
Hope to see you there!
Oak Street Art