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Creative Studio Sunday
The 2nd Sunday of every month

Join me at the Charlotte Art League on Sunday July 10 from 11am-2pm for yoga, meditation, writing and art journaling! The July theme is: Spirit of a Woman. Learn more here.

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The Imagination Brigade: An Analog Collage Workshop

It’s time to use our imaginations to create some funky collage scenes!

In this workshop we will be using old magazines to create surreal collage images. All supplies are included. Each person will create one 8×10 collage suitable for framing (or more if there’s time).

I will supply each person with a handy pre-cut scrap pack full of vintage pieces to get you started. I will also have vintage magazines on hand for you to use. If you google image “analog collage” you will see the wide range of what can be created once you start snipping away and getting surreal!

Cost: $10 Cash or CC/Debit only please

What to bring: Nothing! All is included!

Time: Saturday July 16, 10:30am-12:30pm

RSVP here or email brooke@hellourbanist.com.

memoir art journaling writing brooke gibbons charlotte art league workshop classComing Soon! DATES TBA

Coming in August! We are going to “write” our memoirs in a fun, humorous, and artful way. We will meet on a regular basis and use my supplies to supplement our memoir journals. Attendees will bring a dedicated journal to class to have as their memoir, along with ephemera, photos, letters, etc from home. I will supply prompts for each meeting to help us stay on track. Cost will be $10. We will meet on a regular basis so we can stay on track to completing our book.

New Workshop: Creative Studio Sundays

YOGA + MEDITATION + WRITING + ART

Hi Everyone! I am excited to be launching a new 2nd Sunday Series at the Charlotte Art League called “Creative Studio Sundays!”

Along with the wonderful yoga and meditation instructor Tamara Jefferies, I will be hosting this program at the Charlotte Art League on the 2nd Sunday of every month.

Here’s what is included:

11am-11:45am: Yoga and Meditation*
11:45am-12pm: Break/Set up tables
12pm-12:30: Discussion/Journaling prompts for the month’s theme**
12:30-2: Open Studio Art Journaling

Notes:
* I have been to Tamara’s yoga classes before and am so excited to have her be a part of this program. She offers gentle yoga that works for all ages, sizes, and abilities. She gives clear, simple instructions on how to get into a position and you are able to adjust the position based on your ability and comfort. I certainly lack flexibility in some poses, but have always felt welcome and comfortable in her classes.
**Every month we will have a theme to work with. June’s theme is “Wander” After a short discussion on the theme and some prompts to work with, we will dive into Open Studio Art Journaling where you are free to create what you wish in your art journals. All supplies are included, just bring your journal! (For those who have not attended one of my Open Studios: these gatherings bring together all different types of people and their journals. You have full use of my supplies which include glue, scissors, paints, washi tape, vintage magazines, etc. There is no instruction here but I can definitely help you out if needed. How and what you create is up to you. Some prefer mixed-media or various paints, some prefer just collage/paper and some just want to write. The fun part is being together and learning from each other!)

Cost: $25; Cash or Credit/Debit only please.
What to bring:
+ A yoga mat if you have one, if not please write to me and we will have one for you to use.
+ Your journal. If you don’t have one you can purchase one from me for $5.

You are welcome to bring food or drinks. Please no children or animals at this session, thank you.

Parking: There is metered street parking and we do have a free side parking lot. Since it is the weekend you CAN park on the other side of the lot that we share with The Charlotte Post.
Lynx Lite Rail: Our back door is the diagonally faces the Bland Street stop.

Please RSVP by contacting me directly or on Meetup.

Thank you, see you then!

Work in Progress

I need to apply the finishing touches (aka some gloss medium) to this mixed-media collage but I’m excited to start the first in a series of collage on magazine backing boards.

This one has pieces from a 1970s Ms. Magazine, images from a 1960s children’s reading textbook, paper pieces from Flow Magazine‘s first Book for Paper Lovers, the awesome vintage LADIES stamp I picked up at Vintage Charlotte, and a paper towel that was dyed when I dipped it in watercolor-from-tubes and squished it out under a running faucet.

The Jade Buddha

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In May, the kid and I had the honor of visiting the Jade Buddha at the Minh Dang Quang Monastery on its last day here in Charlotte. Known as the “Jade Buddha for Universal Peace” it is a travelling statue over 11 feet in length and weighing in at eight tons.  We had never been to this monastery in the Derita area of Charlotte before (another one of my favorite neighborhoods!)  so we enjoyed walking around the grounds and exploring this peaceful place. I was happy to see my child so happy and checking out not only the Jade Buddha, but all the permanent statues around the monastery.  It felt like the hottest day of the year up until that point, so we bought hats that I deemed magic because they instantly cooled us that moment we put them on.

Even though we are usually very private about our beliefs, and normally just celebrate and honor our Buddhist practice at home, it felt like such a special day to be at a Buddhist monastery with my child. We talked to the statues and thanked Buddha for his teachings and she ran around telling stories his life.  The kid said it was the “best day” and I agreed.

 

Work + Play: Life in South End

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The Charlotte Art League is in South End, one of my favorite Charlotte neighborhoods. We have the privilege of being in an area full of good food and art galleries, and we’re within walking distance to Uptown.  Our back door is a few steps from one of the lite rail stops, and we have walking trails around us, so everything is very convenient. I personally enjoy working across the street from the Common Market, so I can get a diet soda and/or mimosa any time I want. At one point South End was very industrial and now it has become gentrified, and there are apartments all around us. While I enjoy the revitalization in vibrancy from the neighborhood galleries and restaurants, I worry about the future of our own arts organization. We’re long-time renters in an old building, and honestly we can be sold (and torn down) at anytime. Our friend down the road, Price’s Chicken Coop is now dwarfed by mid-rise apartments on both sides, but its own little establishment still remains. My hope is that we, along with the other long-time places in South End can stay strong against future development. ♥