Q&A with Art Box Surprise Artist: Jaye J. Archer

Jaye J. Archer is one of the awesome Artists in our Artist Collective who helps us make fun art to put in the Art Box Surprises we send you! Get to know her a bit with our Q&A sesh below…

Is there a special meaning behind the name of your art/company/gallery/art name?
I wrote a poem of it. Here is the link: http://studio55.me/the-meaning-of-my-name/

Where do you live?
Denver, Colorado.

Have you always lived there? 
Nope, I just moved!  I love traveling so I move often. 

What’s your favorite thing about Denver?
I love the mountains in Colorado, they are so beautiful and I’m looking forward to exploring them in the summer. I’m also ecstatic about the multitude of bookstores and antique/thrift stores there are here!

Tell us a bit about your art process, techniques, and your favorite medium(s).
I’m an experimenter. I can’t stick with one medium so I go on various expeditions to try new things. My main go-to is acrylic or oil paint, but I dabble in watercolors and currently sculpture. I theorize all the time, and my paintings are usually a reflection of that. Currently, my obsession is personalities and phycology and how that coordinates with sociology and culture.

How would you describe your art aesthetic?
Surrealist, Expressionism, Conceptual, Characters/Portraits.

What is your art specialty/what is your favorite thing to create?
I usually create Surrealist Portraits, and I usually work with Acrylics and Oil Paint.

Do you sketch ideas before you create them?
Not often, only when I need to visualize it on paper.

How often do you create each week?
I strive for everyday, whether it is writing, painting, drawing, reading, or experimenting.

Where do you do your creating?
Dining room, living room, garage, car, airplane, side of the road, in the cafe, the list is endless.

Do you have a favorite series/collection you’ve made? Tell us about it.
I’m currently working on the Seven Deadly Sins Portraits, and my Favorite is the Monster Family Portraits.

How long have you been creating art/when did you start? What interested you/got you into creating art for others?
I’ve always wanted to be an artist, and I’ve been creating since I was a child.

Did you receive any training/take any classes in the arts? If so where?
Rochester Institute of Technology, Bachelors of the Fine Artist Studio with a concentration of Written Communications.

Is art your full-time job? Do you do any other work?  If so, what?
Yes, Art is my full-time job. I do also write Art Journalism and Book Reviews on the side, as well as Reselling Antique Cameras.

What is the price range for your art?
$100-1,000, I do sell some smaller simpler works for a cheaper price. I want it to be affordable as well!

Do you have a website/social media people can visit?
HTTP://studio55.me (all my links are on that website.)

What artists (or anyone else) inspire you? Why?
Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte. I’m in love with surrealist artists as well as Pop Art. Cubism isn’t really my style, but I love Pablo Picasso’s style and his outside of the box thinking. Andy Warhol’s was of experimentation inspires me to experiment as well.

What are some fun random facts about yourself?
I am a deaf professional day dreamer, who is addicted to green tea.

What would be your top tips to those who are new to art/trying to get into making art professionally?
Just go for it.

What are some words of advice you’d give to children artists?
Keep Drawing! Practice really does help, I always carry a sketchbook so I can practice whenever I can.

Do you think the arts art important in schools? Why/why not?
YES, YES, and YES. Art really promotes creative thinking, however to be said I always strongly believe the arts and science needs each other to survive and one can not thrive without the other.

Why did you want to be an artist for Art Box Surprise?
I honestly have so many little artworks laying around that I think are perfect for this! Also, a great way to promote myself, as that is an area I’m struggling with right now (I’m not a natural marketer, haha!), and I hope it gives me the confidence and the community I have been looking for!

Why do you think people should buy/gift/subscribe to Art Box Surprise?
It is a great way to promote other artists! Also, great for keeping fresh artwork alive in your place or for a office, gifts for family, etc.

Thanks for reading! Now check out some of Jaye’s art:

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…and last but not least, a self portrait of Jaye J. Archer:
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Meet Art Box Surprise Artist Jon Salvador Gascón

Jon Salvador Gascón is part of our Art Box Surprise Artist Collective and we are so excited to introduce you to him! Check out his bio and art below:

“My art is abstract; where images can be whimsical, thought-provoking, striking and sometimes shocking. I try to convey the complexities, emotions, and intricacies of the human condition. Each piece I create is a feast for the eyes, the mind and the soul. I describe my work as “random, abstract expressionism.”

I was born and raised in San Jose, California. I have always been a creative person; drawing and doodling as a kid. I became a graphic artist because of my love for design, colors and esthetic appeal of printed advertising, commercial art, rock posters and record covers. I have always had an appreciation for art but had never attempted to put anything down on paper or canvas. I began drawing on in 2007 as a way of dealing with anxiety. I found putting my emotions on paper to be very meditative and profound. And the results were extremely satisfying to me.

I am a self-taught artist and also a collector, so my appreciation of art has greatly influenced my own work. Artist such as Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Keith Haring, Alexander Calder, H.R. Geiger, and Andy Warhol have inspired my artistic style.

In the beginning, my drawings were very private and personal and only seen by very few. My early drawings were done in black ink or black ink with one color. For me black ink my drawings represents deep human emotion at its rawest and most fragile. Black to me is very powerful and bold, especially against a white background.

It was not until late 2013 that I started posting my drawings on Facebook, just to share with friends and family. But when the positive comments started coming, I felt my confidence grow and I started drawing on a regular basis. At the beginning of 2014, I began experimenting with multi-color drawings. Using my graphic artist experience I began to use different color combinations that I found appealing. I found the color gave life to my work.

In the spring of 2014, First Friday in Downtown Las Vegas became my first public showing of my illustrations. In the fall, I participated in the Art2 Downtown Arts Festival, and a month later began showing my work at Art House LV Gallery in the Arts District of Downtown Las Vegas.

In late 2015, I was selected, as one of 20 artists to participate in ZAP 7, a program designed to beautify Las Vegas neighborhoods and parks. This was my first foray in public arts and was a learning and rewarding experience. As a result of Zap 7, I became involved with Guerrilla Artz and have participated in numerous events with this art collective including: “Day of the Dead” at New York, New York Casino, 2015 Life is Beautiful festival, Summerlin & Henderson Arts Festivals, and First Fridays.

 In 2017, I participated in the 12” of Sin Art Festival. Also, in 2017, I had my first solo show, Abstractions, at the Art House LV Gallery. I also have work at Jana’s RedRoom Gallery.

I have participated in many charity events, including: Aid for AIDS of Nevada AFAN “Paint The Town” (2016 & 2018), volunteer with ”Project Daybreak”, and the Home Deployment Project’s “Artist Lend A Hand” (2016 & 2017).”

 

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Preview Thursday (and a peek at First Friday) in Las Vegas Jan 2018

Blog post by: Susan J. Tosches-Deneau

As many of you know, we are based in Las Vegas and we LOVE going to Preview Thursday out here to check out what local Artists and galleries will be showing for the month. Preview Thursday is the quieter less crowded version of the super popular First Friday art festival. We LOVE both days and wanted to share some of the highlights we caught from this month with our camera phone. Enjoy!

Does your town have a Preview Thursday or a First Friday art night? Maybe another day of the month? Do you have a local gallery you’d like us to check out? Tell us about it in the comments or email us at hello@artboxsurprise.com for a chance to get featured! 🙂

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Up close shot of Raleigh French with his Empowerment Series inside Corner Gallery inside Arts Factory. Find out more at: http://www.octipoppiartworks.com
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Raleigh French with his Empowerment Series inside Corner Gallery inside Arts Factory. Find out more at: http://www.octipoppiartworks.com
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Loved this “watch your step” sign inside the Corner Gallery inside The Arts Factoryhaha
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One of the Artists in our Artist Collective, Jeffrey Locke Lemert of Jlockeddesigns, next to one of his new works inside Jana’s Red Room. Find out more at https://mytreestore.com/
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Up close shot of Jeffrey Locke Lemert’s art inside Jana’s Red Room. Find out more at https://mytreestore.com/
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Worm Witch was created by Jennifer Henry (pictured) and Mary Sabo. The show inside The Cube LV (inside Art Square) featured gummy worm treats, stickers and zine give-aways -fun! Find out more at: http://www.thecubelv.com
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One of the Artists in our Artist Collective, Anja Whitemyer, with her art inside her gallery, A W Gallery, inside the Arts Factory. Find out more at http://www.anjawhitemyer.com
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One of our featured Aritsts in our Artist Collective, Jana Lynch inside her gallery, Jana’s Red Room. Find out more at http://www.janasredroom.com
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David Fay with his sculpture inside Jana’s Red Room. Find out more at http://www.janasredroom.com
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Close up of David Fay’s sculpture inside Jana’s Red Room. Find out more at http://www.janasredroom.com
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Dray Dizzle inside his gallery Dray Studio & Gallery inside the Arts Factory. Find out more at http://www.draystudio.com
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One of the Artists from our Artist Collective, Alexander P. Huerta, inside his gallery PeaceNArt Studio. Find out more about Alex at http://www.facebook.com/Peacenart-Studio-264999616870708/
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Up close shot of Alexander P. Huerta, with some of his new works inside his gallery PeaceNArt Studio. Find out more about Alex at http://www.facebook.com/Peacenart-Studio-264999616870708/
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Nicole Cochener inside Squishy Studio (inside Arts Factory). Find out more at http://www.squishystudio.com
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Lynne Adamson Adrian with some of her art inside Wonderland Gallery (inside the Arts Factory). Find out more at http://www.wonderlandgallery.com
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Kat Tatz with some of her art inside Wonderland Gallery (inside Arts Factory). Find out more at http://www.kattatz.com
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Deana Khoshaba hanging out with friends & fellow Artists inside her gallery: Deana Khoshaba Studio & Gallery (inside the Arts Factory). Find out more at http://www.deanakhoshaba.com
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Wade Scuster with his art inside 6 Gallery (inside Arts Factory). Find out more at http://www..wadeschuster.com
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Benjamin Schmitt with some of his works from the “Celestial Abstractions” collection inside Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gallery inside Art Square. Find out more at http://www.priscillafowler.com
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Larry Keenan with his art (and cute dog!) inside Wonderland Gallery inside Arts Factory. Find out more at http://www.wonderlandgallery.com
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Mandy Joy with her current show inside her gallery, Obsidian Fine Art, inside The Arts Factory. Find out more at http://www.facebook.com/obsidianfineart/
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Steve Anthony with one of our favorite pieces of his art inside his gallery, Obsidian Fine Art, inside The Arts Factory. Find out more at: http://www.facebook.com/obsidianfineart/
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Havi Mandell with her art inside her gallery (inside Art Square). Find out more at http://www.heartrageouslife.com
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Joseph Watson inside his gallery in the Arts Factory working on a new piece. Find out more at http://josephwatsoncollection.com/
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A peek at some of Joseph Watson’s works inside his gallery, including one of our favorite books,”Go, Go, Gretta!”, find out more at http://josephwatsoncollection.com/ and http://www.gogogreta.com/
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Check out this cool art/sitting area setup outside Lisa Dittrich’s gallery, Random Alchemy Studio (inside The Arts Factory). Find out more at: http://www.facebook.com/RandomAlchemyStudio/
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Lisa Dittrich hanging out with friends and fellow Artists in her gallery, Random Alchemy Studio inside The Arts Factory. Find out more at: http://www.facebook.com/RandomAlchemyStudio/
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Local Artist (and one of the Artists from our Artist Collective), Sallie Douglas, showing us Ivan Fernandez Mesa’s self portrait inside Random Alchemy Studio. I took my friends and fellow Artists Cerin Reid lifestyle blogger at http://www.facebook.com/serendipitousreid/ (a Preview Thursday first timer) and Zach Pasag (all the way from Alaska to check out the Las Vegas Arts District for the first time) along with me for some Preview Thursday fun! Find out more at: http://www.facebook.com/RandomAlchemyStudio/
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Local Artist (and one of the Artists from our Artist Collective), Effie Hlad, showing me some of the details of Ivan Fernandez Mesa’s art in the art at Lisa Dittrich’s gallery, Random Alchemy Studio. Find out more at: http://www.facebook.com/RandomAlchemyStudio/
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Tasty way to end the night with vegan tacos at Mingo Kitchen & Lounge inside Art Square! The vibes and music are always right! 🙂 Find out more: http://www.facebook.com/eatmixmingo/
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Love this “Art” word sculpture, the light up paint brush sculpture, and the Stratosphere in the background in the Arts District!
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Look who we found at First Friday! Megan Dresback, the creator of Mallows and one of the Artists in our Artist Collective! Be sure to check out her new book: “The Adventures of Ninja Mallow” Find her at: http://www.facebook.com/meetthemallows/
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Of course you know we had to get a signed copy of Megan’s new book!
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We hit up Tacos Huevos on First Friday and got some super tasty vegan tacos!! (can you tell I like vegan tacos? haha), find them at http://www.facebook.com/tacoshuevos/inside the Arts Factory

 

Meet Art Box Surprise Artist Suzanne Hackett-Morgan!

Meet the Art Box Surprise Artist Collective with Q&A Fun!
Today we are spotlighting: Suzanne Hackett-Morgan

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Where do you live?  Have you always lived there?
I live in Downtown Las Vegas in the McNeil Estates neighborhood. We moved here in 2002.  I was born in Burbank, CA and have lived in Washington, Montana and earlier in Nevada. I’m a Western gal.

Tell us a bit about your art process, techniques, and your favorite medium(s).
My grandmother was an oil painter, and I have followed in her footsteps. I would love to visit her in her home in Laguna Beach, and Her own paintings, and those of her friends, were my first teachers. I would notice that shadows were often expressed in unnatural colors, blue and violet in shadows for example, unusual brush strokes. She was largely a naturalistic painter, but she often tried out new things, like Chinese brush painting. She was always looking, sketching, painting…I learned to do this from her.

How would you describe your art aesthetic?
I am also a largely naturalistic painter, I like the illusion of reality and space on a two-dimensional surface.

What is your art specialty/what is your favorite thing to create?
I paint a lot of landscapes, deserts mostly, with abandoned or broken, worn objects in them.  They speak to me about the human condition, our desire to realize a “good idea” that usually goes wrong over time.  Nothing lasts.

Do you sketch ideas before you create them?
Of course!

How often do you create each week?
I work everyday…but I am a notoriously slow painter, it takes me a while to really see what I am doing. The concept comes quickly, but I really have to look hard to achieve a piece that satisfies my eye.

Where do you do your creating?
I have a studio in my home.

Do you have a favorite series/collection you’ve made?  Tell us about it.
My favorite series is called “The Western Addiction.” In it I used figures from the Marx Toys Johnny West series to illustrate aspects of the Ted Binion story. He was the son of a famous casino owner/gambler, Benny Binion. Ted was murdered/otherwise died in a controversial relationship with a stripper and a handyman. I always thought his story typified when Las Vegas changed from a Western town to the corporate frightening behemoth it is today. I made nine paintings in two months because I had the opportunity to fill a show slot at Winchester Community Center if I could get ‘er done. I did, and although several of the pieces have been sold or given away, I still have the key pieces and I love them more than any others I have done.

How long have you been creating art/when did you start?
I was 10 when I copied a picture of Michelangelo’s David from a National Geographic magazine photo and realized I could draw if I just paid attention to the lights and darks.

Did you receive any training/take any classes in the arts?  If so where?
I studied drawing and painting at Western Washington University, University of Montana, UNLV, and finally got a Master’s Degree in Painting from California State University, Northridge. I was relentless in my pursuit of learning how to do what my heart wanted to depict.

Is art your full-time job?  Do you do any other work?  If so, what?
It pretty much is now. I retired from a 33-year career in nonprofits when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2012. I continue to do some consulting in the arts and fundraising, as well as enjoying being a mom and wife for the first time…I was always working and chasing the dollar…helping other people make their art while putting mine on hold.

Who is your target market?
People who appreciate fine art and can afford to buy it.

What is the price range for your art?
My work sells in the range of $2 a square inch, usually in the range of $500 – $3,000

Have you shown at any galleries etc.?  Do you have any upcoming art shows/events?
I have had solo shows at Trifecta Gallery in Las Vegas.  I have an upcoming group show at Nevada Humanities called “Transcendant Mojave.”

Do you have a website/social media people can visit?
Yes and no. I have a Wix.com site and a Facebook album.  If you Google me, I show up on a lot of links, most notably for my paintings being used for The Killers album “Sam’s Town.”

What is your favorite art supply store/resource?
I support Desert Art Supplies in Las Vegas, but I admit being an Amazon and Dick Blick patron.

What artists (or anyone else) inspire you?  Why?
Thomas Moran, Maynard Dixon, Eric Fischl, Edward Hopper.  These guys push me to be better.

Do you read any art books/blogs/magazines?  If so what are your favorites?
I read a lot of art biographies mostly.  Hyperallergic got too trendy for me.

Do you have any funny stories about when you were making/showing your art?
None I can repeat in pleasant company.

What are 3 fun random facts about yourself?
I used to be a lumberjack.
2. I played women’s rugby for 20 years, I was never very good.
3. I used to date Tim Burton.

What would be your top 3 tips to those who are new to art/trying to get into making art professionally?
1. Touch your art everyday.
2. Create what truly moves you.
3. Tell people you are an artist unashamedly

What are some words of advice you’d give to children artists?
Just do it and enjoy the materials…whatever they are

Do you think the arts art important in schools?
Of course…it’s your response to the info you are exposed to…your process

Why did you want to be an artist for Art Box Surprise?
I thought it was a lovely idea, and a good vehicle for keeping me always having something to do.

Why do you think people should buy/gift/subscribe to Art Box Surprise?
You might get really lucky!

Check out some of Suzanne’s art:

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Here’s one of her works in an Art Box Surprise (fun!):

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Q&A with Chelsea Rayl of River and Ivy

Get to know Chelsea Rayl from our Artist Collective! You might even be lucky enough to find her rad art in your next Art Box Surprise.

Is there a special meaning behind the name of your art name?
My ig @riverandivy is named after my children River James, and Ivy Lane💗

Where do you live? (Have you always lived there?)
Originally, I’m from New Mexico, now living in Las Vegas since 2000.

What’s your favorite thing about Las Vegas?
My favorite thing about Las Vegas is that people come from all over the world, you really become exposed to so much variety and culture. Plus! Las Vegas is home to some of the world’s most interesting, and talented performers and artist of all kinds, it’s a unique city, and our culture and community continue to grow. It’s an inspiring thing.

Tell us a bit about your art process, techniques, and your favorite medium(s).
I love working with acrylics and doodling.

How would you describe your art aesthetic?
I’m inspired by the mystical, magical imaginative, and occult. That’s what comes out naturally.

What is your art specialty/what is your favorite thing to create?
Favorite thing to create…anything and everything…things that are dreamy feeling or mystical.

Do you sketch ideas before you create them?
Yes, but… my style of drawing is so drastically different from the way I paint. I never know exactly how it’s going to come out….

How often do you create each week?
I create as often as I can. I’m always working on something, I have two kids so usually I am painting with a baby in my lap, everything is spontaneous, but I do go through waves where I’m feeling more creative than others. But I’m never NOT creating….

Where do you do your creating?
I paint in my kitchen a lot …. That’s really the only thing happening in the kitchen because I can’t cook hahah!

Do you have a favorite series/collection you’ve made?
No favorite series or collection, I improve over time, so I look forward to what my future self will come up with…I like to grow.

How long have you been creating art/when did you start?  What interested you/got you into creating art for others?
I’ve always been creating in some form… dance or music or writing, performing, acting it’s all creating….my husband encouraged me to paint it was really the one creative avenue I had not yet explored, but I always envisioned myself painting when I was younger I would think about having a studio in my home where I would paint.

Did you receive any training/take any classes in the arts?
No classes or training yet,  I learn a lot from others, I’m always willing and hoping to improve. I’d love to branch out, so I will probably take classes in the future.

Is art your full-time job?  Do you do any other work?  If so, what?
Art is not my full-time job. I’ve also worked as a performer on the strip in various shows for over 10 years. I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to be a Magician Assistant, a Hypnotists’ assistant, a showgirl, a mime, a clown, a dancer, an actor, and for the last 6 years doing astrology, tarot and palmistry readings. I really love doing all things creative, I love astrology and tarot, painting is just another extension of all those things, and it inspires me a lot!

Who is your target market?
I guess my target market is anyone who is interested in imaginative, sci-fi, 1960s, colorful or occult.

What is the price range for your art?
Price Range $15-$250

Do you have a website/social media people can visit?
People can find me on:
Instagram: @riverandivy

Facebook: Chelsea Rayl
Email: chelsearayl@yahoo.com

What is your favorite art supply store/resource? 
I shop online or go to Michaels, but you can find art tools anywhere its really up to the each individual I always say do whatever works for you.

What artists (or anyone else) inspire you?
Klimt, Mucha, anything 60s.

Do you read any art books/blogs/magazines?  If so what are your favorites?
I do read a lot!! Not so much art specific, Juxtapose is pretty cool.

Do you have any funny stories about when you were making/showing your art?
Hahah!!! No funny stories, just lots of mistakes hahah and lots of messes hahha!

What are 3 fun random facts about yourself?
3 random facts…. 1. I am the oldest of 10 children!! 2. I don’t eat meat or dairy. 3. I love to read and have a personal collection with a couple hundred books!

What would be your top 3 tips to those who are new to art/trying to get into making art professionally?
I don’t know that I’m qualified to give tips hahha!!! I think just keep making stuff…. you will learn and improve over time. Don’t let others tell you what you can, or can’t, do or be, if you want to be an artist just start making art, and be open to constructive criticism and ready to do the work.

What are some words of advice you’d give to children artists?
For children…just do what makes you happy and don’t give up!

Do you think the arts art important in schools?  Why/why not?
I absolutely think art is important in schools, children need creative outlets! It’s therapeutic, and helps kids to express and develop their individuality and emotions in healthy ways.

Why did you want to be an artist for Art Box Surprise?
I love Art Box Surprise because it brings artists together, provides something beautiful for the community! Plus, there is the added bonus of benefiting a good cause through a portion of the proceeds!

Why do you think people should buy/gift/subscribe to Art Box Surprise?
Because when you support local arts you support your community, art brings energy to your space, and who doesn’t love a good surprise?!!chelsea11892328_10153505432179070_333819641576825078_o16195176_10154868763684070_2011593837399340267_nchelseas artchelseas art1chelseas art2chelseas art3.jpgchelseas art4

Find a little Burning Man style art gifting love inside our boxes!

We love that our Artists often include free little gifts for our subscribers, like these awesome photo postcards Jeff Knox has gifted to us. These postcards were originally made as gifts for fellow Burners at the famous art filled Burning Man festival and Jeff wanted to also give them as art gifts to some of our Art Box Surprise friends, like you! “I am fascinated with exploring photography beyond the simple snapshot. Initially I began working with night photography and light painting. This quickly took me into the realm of the Milky Way and star trails. Ultimately it has lead to a series of long exposure panoramas that continue to evolve today.” -Jeff Knox Find Jeff at: http://www.facebook.com/JeffKnoxPhotography/

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