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FiYA Studio is a POP up art gallery, which will transform an empty building into a fantastic two month long cooperative art exhibit.
FiYA Studio is a POP up art gallery, which will transform an empty building into a fantastic two month long cooperative art exhibit.
54 backers pledged $2,130 to help bring this project to life.

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  What are we up to?

We want to create an artistic stir in our town of Findlay, Ohio. Our POP up cooperative gallery exhibit will transform an empty downtown building into a two month long interactive art experience. We have a real a passion to see the arts thrive here, as this section of Main Street is still recovering from the devastating flood of 2007. Our plan is to present new art to the eyes of the community, and involve people of all ages in collaborative art experiences with professional artists.

Why here? 

We know that with your support, FiYA Studios POP up gallery will be a success! In addition to being situated at the second busiest intersection in town, our location also offers convenient, off-street parking~ a hard to find commodity in Findlay.  Plus, we already have an art presence in this block, as we've been teaching painting classes in the building next door for nearly a year. We have a lovely following of folks who regularly attend classes; some even come from over an hour away to paint with us!

What kinds of interactive experiences do we have planned?

We'll be working with our visitors on a variety of collaborative projects, where people of all ages will be able to add their own ideas to a work of art begun by one of our professional artists.  Check out this story!  We'll be working with glass, collage, drawing, painting, sculpture, and jewelry.  The final works will be framed and presented for auction, with proceeds benefiting art programs for youth.

We're also gathering people of all skill levels to participate in our "30 Artworks in 30 Days Challenge", which will be held during the month of January.  This will be an online program that allows artists and non-artists to upload their works in a virtual gallery. These pieces can range from simple sketches or collages, to more complex paintings, sculpture, and jewelry.  We'll begin the challenge on January  2, to coincide with the annual world-wide "30 in 30" painting challenge, hosted by painter Leslie Saeta. 

We will have weekly demonstrations and hands on activities given by the artist members of our shop.  Our plan is to offer a range of activities that will interest all age groups.  

HOW are we going to tackle this, you might ask? 

Well, to start with, we already have a pile of fantastic regional artists from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana on board, and they're ready to share their art and vision with our community.  Our space will be filled with paintings, glass, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, printmaking, and drawings for sale, just in time for holiday shopping.   On November 1st we will launch our exhibit to coincide with the annual Downtown ArtWalk , which is Findlay's biggest art event of the year.

What happens when our project ends at the end of December?

With your help, this project will serve as a "trial run" for the future.  We'll evaluate our POP up gallery project in early February, and use our findings as an indicator to determine our potential continue to offer artwork and experiences like these on a more permanent basis.

Why we need your help...

Kristen and I have wanted to do this project for several years. However,  as artists and mothers, (Each of us have four children!) we aren't financially able to make this happen by ourselves.  While we're extremely rich in our passion for the arts, we need dollars to make this happen.  Kristen and I thrive on sharing our expertise and love of art with people in  our local community and beyond.  With your help, we'll dive in head first to make this project a huge success.  

Thanks for reading our story, and HUGE hugs for supporting our efforts.  Hopefully, you'll love the rewards we have to offer!  Even if you can't contribute financially,  we'd be so very thankful if you would simply pass this along to friends & family.  

In summary, here are our four goals:

1.  To raise enough money to make our project a reality.                        While our committed professional artists have agreed to chip in a little for their space, we still need your help to meet our expenses.  $2000 the absolute bare minimum we need to raise to cover our rent and utilities.  We'll still need to pay for insurance, sales tax license, marketing materials, used display fixtures /hanging materials, frames, and art supplies to produce our collaborative art projects, plus, materials to build our window displays, and refreshments for our openings.  

2.  To provide regional professional and emerging artists the opportunity to present and sell their artwork to our community.

3.  To actively involve people of all ages in our community by providing interactive art experiences with professional artists.

4. To be a positive presence in a neighborhood that is struggling to recover from flood damage.

Best to you all, ~ Kelly Alge and Kristen Dukat

Want to know more about us?  You can find us on Facebook at:  Modern Ancient Glass, (Kelly), or, (Kristen)

Here are the great rewards we have to offer!

 Three of these are yours for a $15 pledge!

For $50 you can have yourself a good old time with a complimentary Ink painting class. You'll also receive a hand painted, one of a kind wine glass when you attend. Use it for yourself, or give the experience as a gift for a friend!

You can be one of our Angel Donors, and receive and original, one of a kind glass angel, framed to 5x7.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we currently face is meeting the deadline to fund our project in only 2 weeks, but we'll have some definite challenges ahead once we're funded. For instance, it is going to prove difficult to get people to come into our POP up gallery because this part of Main Street was so heavily damaged in the 2007 flood. Many of these buildings have been torn down or have remained vacant since then, and although we're at a major intersection, it is a location that could easily be forgotten. To face this challenge, we've developed some great strategies to get people to come in, remember us, AND come back. We'll host rotating, hands-on art demos, offer giveaways, and knock out intriguing window displays that are sure to stop traffic.

Another risk we face is the possibility that our committed artists may not see the sales they hope for over the course of two months. We are opening our Pop up exhibit at the height of the holiday shopping season in attempt to counter this risk. We have the trust of these artists, many of whom are our friends, and we'll do everything in our power to bring them sales and exposure in this new venue. Marketing is our strong suit, and we're prepared to hammer out a great campaign for all involved.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    You want to see FiYA happen! You'll have your name featured on our "On FiYA for Art" board, and receive a framable thank you card for our gratitude.

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    You'll get 3 different 4x6 signed prints of our famous "Birches" Series of ink paintings, and your name featured on our "On FiYA for Art" board.

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    $25 will get you one of our ORIGINAL 4x6 paintings, matted to 5x7! You'll receive either a landscape or floral painting, artists' choice.

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    The Navy Paintings is an ongoing series being painted in oil by Navy Veteran, Kristen Dukat. She began this series when her son Jared left for boot
    camp. He now serves on active duty in the Navy. For $35 you'll receive 5 prints, matted to 5x7, from the series.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Have a fun evening painting with us! You'll get a complimentary seat at one of our "Inks & Drinks" classes, AND a custom, hand painted wine glass. You can attend the painting class anytime between now and May 2014, or give it to a friend to use as a gift from you!

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    You'll get a signed photo book featuring our ink tile paintings, PLUS an original framed tile from the book. And, be featured on the "Wall of Wonderful" donors. First Come, First Choice.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    You will be an angel to one of our emerging artists! $100 will sponsor an emerging artist for the entire duration of the exhibit. This provides space and hanging materials for someone who is talented and just starting out in the art world! In addition, you will receive a 5x7 framed, original glass angel, made by Kelly Crosser Alge

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    Commission of your choice by reknowned artist from Toledo, Ohio Dani Herrera. Dani creates incredible collages out of paper, fabric, zippers, leather, and any other recyclables you can think of. A priceless gift for that hard to please someone in your life.

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    You'll receive an 11x14 custom portrait of your favorite pet, painted in oil by Kristen Dukat.

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    Want to learn to draw with glass? You'll receive a private in-studio class, up to 8 hours with glass artist Kelly Crosser Alge. You'll create an 8x10 framed, original work of art, all materials and firing included. This would be a great holiday gift for someone who loves art and loves to learn something new!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    How about a PRIVATE Painting Party for up to 20 people valued at $750? You'll spend an evening learning to paint with our vibrant new inks! You can either come to us, or if you have a space within 50 miles of Findlay, we"ll bring the class to you! Each participant will leave with several original works of art, with their favorite one in a frame. This would be an excellent corporate team-building opportunity, especially during the drab winter months! Schedule in Jan.- March 2014.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    A miracle donor you are! You really want to see FiYA studios succeed! Your donation will cover most of our building rental for the entire two month exhibit. This is our biggest expense to put on the exhibit, and you will receive all rewards #1 through #7, plus your choice of reward #8 or #9. You'll also be put at the top of the list of 'On FiYA" donors, and highlighted in our program.

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    Pledge $2,995 or more About $2,995

    For this super generous gift, you'll get a private, 3 day "Glass City" kiln glass class, taught by Kelly Crosser Alge for up to 4 people AT YOUR LOCATION! That's right! I'll fly anywhere in the continental US to teach at your location, before May, 2014. All you need to provide is the space and use of a kiln that can hold up to an 11x14 piece. You'll be specially recognized on our "ON FiYA" board and in our program. Please contact us with any questions.

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