Artlife is a project that gathers artists from various expressions (i.e. studio arts, writing, music, culinary, etc.) into a common space in order to gain insights, experiences, relationships and opportunities through working together on an ongoing basis. It explores the community building aspects of a multifaceted art group, aimed at uplifting the arts community including connecting with young artists.
Artlife grew out of semi-frequent gatherings and then more regular informal gatherings at the Minds Eye Manufactory in Ferndale, CA and the idea that these gatherings enriched the artistic life of the participants and the community at large.
Artlife has since transitioned into a studio home of its own in the Golden State Creamery building in Ferndale CA.
In July-August of 2015 at Piante Gallery in Eureka, CA, Artlife will have its first group show. The show will feature works from individual artists as well as collaborative projects. The multidisciplinary show will include music, installation art, makers arts and collaborations between technologists and artists.
Through a combination of regular gatherings, shows and online activities, the Artlife Project seeks to create a sustainable model for ongoing collaboration as well as seed and encourage the emergence or strengthening of other art groups.
The kickstarter funds will be added to projects participants' contributions to fund the regular gatherings and show preparation.
If you like the eye candy and to see lots of pictures and videos of the Artlife scene check out the video and other albums on our facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ArtlifeOriginal/photos_albums
HERE ARE PICTURES OF THE AMAZING ART YOU CAN GET AS REWARDS FOR HELPING THE CAUSE. ALL THE ARTISTS ARE OFFERING THEIR WORK ARE GENEROUS PRICES TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. <<< Note to you super supporters who want to pledge a bunch of money and get a bunch of rewards - kickstarter will not support that function, so please STEP 1 total the amount of all the rewards and STEP 2 select one of the rewards you want and STEP 3 Contact us and let us know each of the items you wanted. If it is an original piece it is important that we know asap so we can take it off the rewards options. >>>
A VERY special thanks to everyone who has supported the scene - none more than our significant others and kids who have seen the positive effects of Artlife in our lives and keep backing us up and joining in. Also a big yo yo we couldnt have made this a cool kickstarter without you to folks who have captured the scene in videos, pics and sound over the last years - people like Erik Borzi www.erikborzi.com who has taken some killer pics and videos (one of which we use in the kickstarter video of Jeff's awesome lighted balloons at Centerville Beach), Taylor, Janelle, KRISHNA!!!!! who shows up and posts pics on our FB regularly. Also much thanks to Marc and Leah at Minds Eye for putting up with and being a part of the wild early days!
Risks and challenges
All projects face risks, and teams that truly care about their projects should manage risk proactively. Below are the specific project risks with related contingencies:
1. RISK - Artists can not generate enough new work to fill the show.
CONTINGENCY - While this is less of a risk, we will be planning for both more than enough artists as well as more than enough works so that in the end we can curate a show from a larger body of work.
2. RISK - Grandiose creative ideas might get the better of us
CONTINGENCY - a project plan will be developed and all ideas will need to fit within the scope (budget, timeline and quality) of the project. Initial ideas for the show will be scoped out and managed by a project manager.
3. RISK - Show will not generate desired sales.
CONTINGENCY - In scoping and creating the show, the artists will be focused in part on generating works that are both desirable and obtainable for the market they will be shown in. As part of our project mission statement is to make artlife accessible, we want to everyone who wants to walk away with a piece of the Artlife experience to be able to do so. There will also be works that are less focused on the specific market.