Specifically, the Elevator Brewery Tap Room, located at 165 N. Fourth in downtown Columbus, Oh. This Pop-up fine art exhibit will be the first this year on the First Saturday art experience organized by Daniel Colvin, formerly owner of CS Gallery, Old Town East.
A POP-UP show literally pops up into a building lobby, entrance room, raw warehouse space, etc., for a brief period. This show will only be up for a few hours--- between 5 and 7 pm so if you do not visit this exhibit between those exact times then, well it will no longer be visible. But that is not a bad thing, it's really great! The ability to see a 'flash' of the artistic participants in this manner is totally unique. Unlike an opening of a group show where the art is 'curated', this exposure creates opportunities to view a different perspective and connect with curiosity seekers, artists and weekend visitors alike. I will be showing three pieces, all 16x20; two of which were originally done as sip-and-paint images! The two that are here were created not purposely for advanced events but actually do require some previous experience with these classes. Why I am pointing this out? Because all the time I have been leading these events and classes I have recognized that participants are more than able and willing to engage a difficult process; mostly because they have no previous knowledge that this one or the other represents a more challenging experience. If guided expertly, these techniques and results can be enjoyed by anyone who is willing to follow the procedures outlined by the instructor. Key component is the ability of the instructor. That's why I am sharing this post because these are real paintings!
As we crash into the new year we seem to carry over the frenzy of the holidays with an ever spinning cascade of concerns and responsibilities. At least in my case, there is an underlying sense of incompletion due to the backlog of personal goals set for the year before. This is no small matter as I perceive the entirety of mankind in a head-long leap, not sure of the destination.
Our universally acknowledged destiny to move forward as a species can sometimes be obscured by minute details that capture our attention by artificial means; the news, social media and smartphone addiction. How can we put ourselves back in control?
We are experiencing the rise of technology in applications designed to ease ourselves back into taking control of our thoughts and actions. This burgeoning trend has exploded to such an extent that simple remedies to anxiety, depression, mood disorders and the like grow exponentially as AI becomes more adept at reading our biorhythms, physical dispositions and even our life's purpose and goals!
In some ways, many of the perceived difficulties facing us are in fact, just thoughts; thoughts that can be overcome with inspiration and guidance from within our selves. The spark of motivation is a necessary component to jump start that inspiration and it can be introduced through almost any type of challenge. When we face that challenge and even have a small success, it can be a life-changing experience; not necessarily proportionate to the challenge. In golf it's par, In bungee jumping, it's height, in racing it's first place, but in art, it's the actual doing that brings rewards no matter what the outcome.
What I have personally witnessed in leading social group painting classes is that fully engaged participants are greatly rewarded with a sense of accomplishment that can lead to an underlying confidence felt in other areas.
“You can take control!” is what I encourage when directing a class; by taking control over the use of color, shape and application of paint to create a colorful painting that fosters a sense personal accomplishment. And that sense of accomplishment is ultimately accessible to ANYONE who goes through the challenge set before them.
The elevation of spirit is my personal guarantee for all participants that are up to the artistic goal they face in my classes. At the very least, the experience can be fun, entertaining and maybe even a little enlightening. I feel my absolute human best as a guide and mentor through my understanding and experience with creativity over the entire course of my life and will continue to offer inspiration and elevation. Motivation to accept the challenge? That's up to you!
Rick Borgia is an artist, composer and mentor: a developer of teaching concepts based on observation and instinct. He specializes in leading artistic activities and helping others to experience the art power that is present in everyone. Rick has spent his life between and among the muses of music and art; as a creative director for a worldwide marketing firm, as a guitarist and vocalist with the pop group, Mink DeVille, a film composer, graphic artist, music producer and more, gathering extensive knowledge and experience that he translates into understanding and communicating the creative process. He offers useful tools and techniques with his innovative teaching approach to foster self-esteem, understanding and cooperation to individuals, groups and corporations seeking higher performance goals in an ever evolving world.