Making sure that Creative Gateways stays a collaborative community can be difficult, as art is an ever-changing, unpredictable, yet always inspiring process.
Today, we show you one of the ways that we make sure we stay a tight-knit, cooperative environment.
Creative Gateways – a normal day
On any given day, when you visit Creative Gateways, you will see artists both working in solitude and collaboratively. A visitor will find some doors shut to help with focus, and some rooms filled with music while others are filled with silence. We all work best in different ways and in different settings. Regardless of our preferred noise level or working location, what you will always find is a willingness to connect and work together to help each other move through a difficult process, or just to ideate about where a project will end up.
Although this organic collaboration is important and useful, we want to make sure that both the artists and staff have some formal, planned time to get to know each other, enjoy each other’s company, work together, and learn about their neighbor’s strengths. This has led the creation of Creative Gateways Art Nights!
Although these events are more planned than our usual collaborations and conversations, art nights are still pretty loose in their structure. They start with delicious dinner (sometimes punctuated with homemade desserts), wine, and are followed by learning experiences led by one of the resident artists. The first night was held in the AMusinGlass studio at Creative Gateways and was led by Pilisa Rainbow Lady. There, she showed the other artists and staff how to create fused glass art. Frit, chemical reactions, and the unpredictability of the kiln were heavy in the conversation as pieces were being built. Everyone was able to make their own creations, infusing their expertise into a new medium that they may not have worked with before.
The second art night was led by Michael and Sumati Colpitts in their at-home ceramic studio. The other artists and staff were given free reign, allowing them to create pieces with clay that best represented them. Lace, toy motorcycle wheels, and shoe soles, among a plethora of other tools, were provided, leading to an unending amount of inspiration. Pieces ranging from mini human sculptures to abstracts made of scrap clay, to ornately decorated bowls, and elaborate flowers were all imagined and created. All of this was possible because we sat at a table together, providing each other ideas and assistance on how to best make the creation that we felt bubbling up from within ourselves.
See collaboration at work
These art nights are the perfect way to get our creative juices flowing and help provide us with inspiration through the use of a new medium. Although these evenings are not open to the public, our studios are! If you’d like to check out our community, consider attending one of our many events and workshops, or visit on your own free time.