Grand Opening Reception of our new Spectrum Gallery

             Artists Alive and Well is happy to invite you to attend the Grand Opening Reception of our new Spectrum Gallery in the Memorial City Mall, Unit 822, in the hallway by Dillard’s on the EAST end of the mall, on March 7, 2015, 6-9PM. All original artwork by Houston area artists. Meet the artists of Artists Alive and Well, Inc. We are a Texas non-profit corporation, currently applying for our 501c3.

Mission Statement: Artists Alive and Well, Inc. (AAW) supports its member artists in creating innovative, economical opportunities to exhibit and sell their work and gain recognition throughout Greater Houston. We provide artists with a congenial environment for exchanging ideas with other artists, reaching out to the community, and expanding/building their careers with passion and confidence. AAW meetings focus on educating artists with practical knowledge and strategies for marketing their art and developing and managing their careers.

It will be a great pleasure to see you there!
Suzanne Buckland
Artists Alive & Well

Suzanne Buckland

Roy Salazar
Caroline Marcos
Artists Alive and Well Showcase
 
Check out our NEW Showcase Window in The Memorial City Mall at the mall entrance next to Target. Currently featured are artists Caroline Marcos, Roy Salazar and Suzanne Buckland.
 
 

Mixed Media Mandala Workshop with Caroline Marcos  
 
Sunday March 22, 2PM at Spectrum
 
What is a Mandala? Mandala is an ancient Sanskrit word for circle, Mandala is a sacred shape within which many cultures have expressed their soul. Mandala is found in nature, in the sacred geometry of a nautilus shell, a flower, and the milky way!
In this workshop, you will learn about and see examples of the Mandala, in different cultures, art history, nature and different artists’ work, as well as my work. You will be introduced to various media such as collage and water-soluable fine art quality media, then these two worlds will come together in a unique way for you, as unique as you are. Please check out photos to learn more and see other participants in action.
This workshop will introduce participants to mandalas,what they are, how they’ve been used in different cultures and traditions and spirituality. I will introduce how they’ve been used in the field of art therapy and finally each participant will create their own original piece using mixed media. I will teach how to create, textures, and layering using watercolors, collage, and derwent inktense water-soluable pencils on bristol paper!

This is a 3 hour workshop Fee is $45 includes all materials (provided by instructor)

Call to Artists -
AAW is happy to announce this call to artists for Spectrum Gallery in Memorial City Mall. We will have monthly workshops for both adults and kids, a monthly truck show for small handmade artworks, jewelry, and handmade crafts, and we will also feature one jewelry artist per month in the gallery. We need more sculpture, artists and paintings. The next day we will be accepting artwork is March 12 with the artist’s reception on March 13, 6-9PM. The first trunk show will be Saturday,  March 28, 1-5PM.
Want to sell your original artwork?  CLICK HERE.
Want to conduct a workshop? CLICK HERE
Want to participate in a trunk show? CLICK HERE

AAW Spectrum Gallery doors open to the public, 3/1/2015

Spectrum Gallery is open to the public starting today, 3/1/2015…We will be having our Grand Opening Event 3/7/2015 saturday starting at 6pm to 9pm, we will have drinks and snacks provided. We will also have snacks provided by Oil & Vinegar whose store is located in the mall just down from Spectrum Gallery. this is going to be a fun event, looking forward to seeing everybody there.

 

Artists Alive and Well, Inc. – Spectrum Gallery – Call to Artists and Call for Volunteers

Artists Alive and Well, Inc. – Spectrum Gallery – Call to Artists and Call for Volunteers

Artists Alive and Well, Inc. is happy to announce the procurement of a new gallery facility located inside Memorial City Mall at Unit 822 (Enter mall at the side door to Macy’s parking garage) and also a Showcase Window in the hallway by Target.

We are calling on all members to first of all, volunteer your time to helping us get the space ready. We will be painting and cleaning the space this weekend, then we can move in. We will be giving up our current storage unit since we will have the use of a storage room at the new location. Thus we need at least two volunteers (one with a truck) to clean out the storage unit (located on Harmon St.) and transport the items to the Memorial City Mall. We also will need volunteers to help with moving furniture, cleaning the unit, and building art storage racks in the storage space.

AAW will need a few items to assist us in the gallery and we are asking for donations. Here is a list:
Tall ladder
Printer and Office supplies (paper)
Hanging Hardware (hooks, Command strips & hooks, D-rings and wire, etc.)
Jewelry Display Case
Pedestals for 3-D work
Materials for the storage rack (wood, nails, etc.)

Projected opening date is 2/27/2015

Call to Artists –

Short notice exhibition. Our first exhibition will be 2/27/15 – 3/12/15. Drop off for artwork will be 2/26/15 & 2/27/15 one time only. This will be a short exhibition to get the ball rolling. The Grand Opening will be on March 7. Subsequent exhibitions will be monthly beginning 3/12/15. Here is the proposed schedule:

2/27/15 – 3/12/15 – Artists Reception 3/7/15 (Grand Opening – one time only on Sat.)

3/12/15 – 4/9/15 – Artists’ Reception 3/13/15

4/9/15 – 5/14/15 – Artists’ Reception 4/10/15

5/14/15 – 6/11/15 – Artists’ Reception 5/15/15

6/11/15 – 7/9/15 – Artists’ Reception 6/12/15

7/9/15 – 8/13/15 – Artists’ Reception 7/10/15

8/13/15 (Contest winners only)

We will only accept new work on the second Thursday of the month. This will be the day to drop off and pick up artwork. The gallery will be open 10AM – 9PM on Thursdays unless otherwise noted. The Artist’s Receptions will be on the Friday following the installation day, 6-9PM. All artists exhibiting must attend the reception, as well as volunteer three (3) hours of their time during the exhibition. A sign up calendar will be provided at drop off. If you cannot attend either the Artists’ Reception or volunteer time, please do not apply for the exhibition on that month.

The Spectrum Gallery will be run similar to a co-op without the expensive fees. AAW membership is $40 per year. You can join Artists Alive and Well by sending $40 to newmember@artistsaliveandwell.com via paypal. Non-Members will be charge $100 hanging fee. There is a hanging fee of $50 per exhibition for members. Commission on sales will be at the rate of 25%.

Each artist will enter three (3) pieces of Original artwork per exhibition. Hanging of the artwork will be at the discretion of the curator and assistant curator. Some artwork will be held in storage during the exhibition in order to replace sold pieces.

Spectrum Gallery will feature one jewelry artist per month. Spectrum Gallery will have monthly “Trunk Shows” for artists who specialize in small works, jewelry, fiber art, and other handmade items. No manufactured items will be allowed. $50 per table. Artist keeps 100% of the sale and will be responsible for their own sales (not through the gallery).

Here is the Schedule:

Sat. March. 28 1-5PM

Sat. April 25 1-5PM

Sat. May 30 1-5PM

Sat. June 27 1-5PM

Any questions, comments or for more information please email Suzanne Buckland at artistsaliveandwell@gmail.com

For a copy of the artists agreement see
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SyTQI-kv0EwHXTYsFXyjh4ZtM_raFbIC1zh_-7iKbR8/edit?usp=sharing
I am so excited to share this new opportunity with you all.

Suzanne Buckland
Artists Alive & Well

Tomorrow is going to be crazy! We will be accepting artwork

Tomorrow is going to be crazy! We will be accepting artwork beginning at 10AM. Please use the back door to the gallery. The painters are still working. Roy Salazar and Yvonne A. Ybarra are moving the display panels to the gallery storage room. If you have a truck and can help contact Roy Salazar. The floor will need cleaned after the painters are done. I’ve called one place for an estimate. If anyone has a floor cleaner that can clean natural stone tile, please let me know. I’m taking either bids or in kind donations. We will accept artwork through Friday night. Bring three pieces each. We have a donation of an antique jewerly case but need a volunteer or two to pick it up in Halletsville. It is totally glass. We will have one jewelry artist per month, in addition to our monthly trunk show. I also have sign up sheets available for workshop instructors. Stop by if interested.

Call for Artists and Volunteers

Artists Alive and Well, Inc. – Spectrum Gallery – Call to Artists and Call for Volunteers

Artists Alive and Well, Inc. is happy to announce the procurement of a new gallery facility located inside Memorial City Mall at Unit 822 (Enter mall at the side door to Macy’s parking garage) and also a Showcase Window in the hallway by Target.

We are calling on all members to first of all, volunteer your time to helping us get the space ready. We will be painting and cleaning the space this weekend, then we can move in. We will be giving up our current storage unit since we will have the use of a storage room at the new location. Thus we need at least two volunteers (one with a truck) to clean out the storage unit (located on Harmon St.) and transport the items to the Memorial City Mall. We also will need volunteers to help with moving furniture, cleaning the unit, and building art storage racks in the storage space.

AAW will need a few items to assist us in the gallery and we are asking for donations. Here is a list:

Tall ladder

Printer and Office supplies (paper)

Hanging Hardware (hooks, Command strips & hooks, D-rings and wire, etc.)

Jewelry Display Case

Pedestals for 3-D work

Materials for the storage rack (wood, nails, etc.)

Projected opening date is 2/27/2015

Call to Artists –

Short notice exhibition. Our first exhibition will be 2/27/15 – 3/12/15. Drop off for artwork will be 2/26/15 & 2/27/15 one time only. This will be a short exhibition to get the ball rolling. The Grand Opening will be on March 7. Subsequent exhibitions will be monthly beginning 3/12/15. Here is the proposed schedule:

2/27/15 – 3/12/15 – Artists Reception 3/7/15 (Grand Opening – one time only on Sat.)

3/12/15 – 4/9/15 – Artists’ Reception 3/13/15

4/9/15 – 5/14/15 – Artists’ Reception 4/10/15

Grand Opening of The New Spectrum Gallery

Artists Alive and Well is happy to invite you to attend the Grand Opening Reception of our new Spectrum Gallery in the Memorial City Mall, Unit 822, in the hallway by Dillard’s on the EAST end of the mall, on March 7, 2015, 6-9PM. All original artwork by Houston area artists. Meet the artists of Artists Alive and Well, Inc. We are a Texas non-profit corporation, currently applying for our 501c3.

Mission Statement: Artists Alive and Well, Inc. (AAW) supports its member artists in creating innovative, economical opportunities to exhibit and sell their work and gain recognition throughout Greater Houston. We provide artists with a congenial environment for exchanging ideas with other artists, reaching out to the community, and expanding/building their careers with passion and confidence. AAW meetings focus on educating artists with practical knowledge and strategies for marketing their art and developing and managing their careers.
It will be a great pleasure to see you there!

Suzanne Buckland
Artists Alive & Well

AAW is please to announce a new opportunity for members.

I’m currently working with the leasing office at Memorial City Mall to secure a space for the new AAW art gallery and showcase window. I need your help in naming the space. Two names have been proposed:

“Spectrum Gallery” and “Zone of Art”

Artists Alive and Well members must vote for one of these names. Voting will close at the end of the day today. Please return this email with your choice.

Later today, I will send another email with the completed proposed budget and a call for volunteers.

Artists Alive and Well is very excited about this opportunity. We all need to work together to make this a reality.

Suzanne Buckland
Artists Alive & Well

memorial city mall

Artists Alive and Well – February Meeting

Memorial City Mall

Artists Alive and Well will meet on Feb. 10 at 7PM at The Memorial City Mall. We have an opportunity to show our artwork at two different locations within the mall. We will meet at 7PM at the place marked “Gallery” on the above map. During this month’s meeting, we will discuss plans for an “Artists Alive and Well Art Gallery”. This may be our opportunity to have a permanent place. We have also been offered a window showcase, as marked on the map. Details will be discussed at the meeting on these two opportunities for our members.
Please come to the meeting to find out what you can do to help AAW make this gallery a reality. Volunteers will be needed. See you there!

Sincerely,

Suzanne Buckland

Juan Ibanez was admitted to Memorial Herman Heart and Vascular Institute in December

I have received an email saturday, regarding one of our artists: Juan Ibanez, who is in the hospital…..best of luck to you Juan.

Good morning!

First, if you receive this email twice, I apologize. Second, for some of you, this will be a surprise/upset.

Juan was admitted to Memorial Herman Heart and Vascular Institute in December due to difficulty in breathing. After extensive tests, we were advised yesterday, that Juan is on the heart transplant list. On a hierarchical scale that determines the order in which hearts are given out (1a to 7), Juan is currently at a 1b. Next week, they will perform a right-heart catheterization to see how strong his heart is currently pumping blood throughout the body. If it is at an index of 2.2 or better, he will come home with a portable IV and will remain a 1b. If it isn’t at 2.2 or better, he will be put into ICU with a rating of 1a. He will then be monitored closely to make sure that other organs in the body aren’t being adversely affected by the heart. If that starts to happen, they will install a heart pump and send him home after some rehab time. At that point he will be back at a 1b.

A lot of ‘ifs’ in there!

Juan is in really good spirits and is looking forward to whatever it is going to take to have him feel good again. He has his laptop, his DVDs, games, and TV. He takes 4-5 walks around the floor daily. He loves how he can just ask for what he wants and it is delivered. The hospital has a chef that selects patients and cooks them the meal they want. One day, Juan may be on that list and he is already plotting and planning what he will ask for! He enjoys the calls and visits that he gets. From time to time he wishes he was home, but he quickly moves away from that.

I am handling this fairly well. I visit Juan 4 nights a week and Saturday. When I am not there, I am handling household items or vegging out. I am making sure that I include social activity so I don’t get myself isolated. My family and friends are always checking on me. In fact, Susan is taking me shopping today at the outlet mall. None of that covers the fact that I really miss having Juan here at home.

Please feel free to call Juan at 832-289-4717. He would love hearing from you. When some of the ‘ifs’ are answered, I’ll let you know.

Kristina for Juan