Public invited to participate in art project in Johns Creek

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Arts on the Creek Inc. has announced its newest project as a part of its mission to promote the arts in Johns Creek and Georgia with the Block Party, a community-themed traveling art exhibit open to Georgia residents age 6 and older.

The Block Party is registering participants, individuals and groups through its website www.artsonthecreek.org and also via traditional mail.

Registered participants will receive one or more 2-inch by 6-inch blocks of wood with which they are to create a work of art that expresses their vision of community. Artists do not need any prior artistic experience and the project is also aimed at amateur and professional artists working in any medium.

Entry fee is $30 and includes mailing of blocks to artists and entry into the online and/or traveling exhibition. Blocks will be mailed out between May 8 and May 10, and finished artwork must be returned no later than June 20. Groups, classes and families and individuals can also order additional blocks in sets of four for $10.40, but will be able to submit only one piece of art per entry.

Photos of entered art will be posted on the website for public viewing and voting. An opening exhibit of all artwork will be held July 14 – 15, followed by the traveling exhibit that will make scheduled appearances throughout the ensuing months.

All mediums and materials will be accepted as long as the block of wood is an integral and significant part of the finished work and the work is based on the “community” theme. This may include traditional or experimental art forms: painting, illustration/graphics, photography, digital, sculpture, two-dimensional or three-dimensional mixed media, textiles, wood, glass, metal, ceramics, film, animation and music.

Public voting on Arts on the Creek’s website and social media will select winners in all age brackets. Work by professional artists will be categorized and voted on separately. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional winning pieces will be included in the traveling exhibit that will visit participating public libraries throughout the state. Winning artwork that can’t travel will be exhibited prominently on the AOTC website for a period of one year.

“This is a perfect project on so many levels,” said Karen Cohen, Georgia artist and chairwoman for the Block Party. “It’s educational and fun. We’ll be exploring all the different aspects of the concept of ‘community’ both individually and in groups. For teachers and parents, that’s huge.

“We’re also giving people who don’t normally have such an outlet an opportunity to think like artists and express themselves just the way artists do.”

Another goal is that participants will take away from the experience a personal understanding of what it takes to create art.

“Art informs, transforms, challenges and broadens perspective. It adds dimension, beauty and quality to our lives,” said Cohen. “It can be challenging, therapeutic, energizing.

“Yet according to the National Endowment for the Arts, public participation in art and art appreciation has significantly declined. Arts on the Creek wants to help reverse that trend,” she said.

“Arts on the Creek is proud to expand the types of art projects it hosts,” Arts on the Creek President Ron Cioffi said. “Starting with the Arts on the Creek festival from 2007 to 2011, our partnership with the Johns Creek Arts Center for an annual juried art exhibition and finally, in partnership with the city of Johns Creek on the Johns Creek Art Festival, we continue to look for new avenues to increase creativity in our city, North Fulton and Georgia.”

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