|Christine on her first visit to the Hope Gallery, last year.|
When you initially walk up to this "empty lot," it doesn't look like much. My eyes were drawn to the castle structure at the top of the hill, and I still don't have an answer to what it "is." Christine said she was told this lot was once under development of some sort, but the project(s) fell apart and the lot was left with some walls and a semblance of structure until this Gallery was begun. You can climb all over it, making sure not to disturb any artists, of course. Daryl and I decided it looked a bit tricky for us, but Christine and the kids went to the top and gave us a nice photo op.
When they were climbing around, we walked the lower part and admired the world of some pretty dedicated artists creating their own stories.
Once the kids came down we looked for their favorite art, and each were able to make a selection.
The kids wanted Christine to paint their names on a wall (you have to be 18 to use the spray paint), and we quickly found out that this time of year most of the space is reserved for "real" artists. Part of the year anyone can spray their art, messages, etc., on the walls, but right now is not one of those times.
That would explain the number of sketch pads and laptops we saw at many of the work sites.
One rather interesting event that was happening was a film crew was following an artist around as she went from sketch to finished product. Today they were filming her as she looked at the space she would be using and made some preliminary sketches. From what we could tell she was going to be featured on some program, promoting the arts/the Gallery.
Everywhere you looked was decorated space. Watching the activity was a wonderful way to pass the morning, give the kids some exercise, and discover that the arts are indeed alive and well! Let's keep the movement growing!
|What a welcome respite from Michigan winter!|