2 Jan ’18

HOUSE P(art)Y Inaugural: Holiday Edition

Art in Woodbridge is pleased to announce a new happening around the neighborhood: a roving open-house party that will feature the work of local artists for sale, drinks, good times, and an array of other activities – curated by interdisciplinary art action-figure, Sarah Rose “please, call me Rosie” Sharp (that’s me!).

I’m dead center in the background (note to self: stop talking in public); artist Bayard Kurth of Ocelot Print Shop is all smiles in the front. All images by Cassie Padula of CPadula Photography, unless otherwise noted.

Our first HOUSE PartY was a trial run, and took place on December 22, 2017, to ring in the holidays, celebrate the season, and present the work of an eclectic brew of artists:

On display were works by Woodbridge art-heroes, including one of artist-animator-educator Gary Schwartz‘s amazing zoetropes:

Gary Schwartz

Black & white photography collages by interdisciplinary polymath Tomas Laverty:

AIW benefactor Larry John (left) and party guest take in work by Tomas Laverty in an upstairs bedroom.

And the DIA’s own Alex Gilford, who showed (beautifully finished) concept drawings for a mural project that will debut in Woodbridge soon!

Alex Gilford

We also had two duos of visitors from other collectives: Nick Pizana and Brach Goodman, from Heavenly Dogs Collective (which operates the up-and-coming KO Gallery on Jos Campau in Hamtramck), and Bayard Kurth and Kinga Osz Kemp of Ocelot Print Shop – Cass Corridor’s own neighborhood printing joint, and the emotional center of self-propagated media.

Nick Pizana of Heavenly Dogs Collective, posing alongside one of his frenetic, sci-fi paintings.

A party goer takes in one of Bayard’s ocelot prints, developed in celebration of Ocelot Print Shop, which he co-founded five years ago, with Kinga Kemp and Stacey Malasky. Collage by Teresa Petersen on the right.

Perhaps the night’s most triumphant artist was mixed media collagist Teresa Petersen, whose room of small narrative collages proved irresistible for last-minute gift buying, colorful selfies, and grabbing art off the walls!

Teresa Petersen.

If you’d like to see Teresa’s work in action, folks from the Woodbridge Pub went on a patronage spree, buying a stack of works to go on display there. This serves as an excellent opportunity to remind small businesses that HOUSE P(art)Y is an awesome place to come looking for accessible and affordable works by artists that might grace your establishment!

Woodbridge Pub scored a stack of Teresa Petersen originals — drop in for a burger and see if you can spot them!

It was a really wonderful gathering, and stellar trial run for the HOUSE P(art)Y series – so successful that we’re going to continue the series in 2018. Our next edition is shaping up for mid-February, and I’m beginning to plan a lovable line-up of artists for you to fall head over heels for.

If you’re interested in hearing about HOUSE P(art)Y events, or would like to be considered as a participating artist (all are welcome, but especially if you live in Woodbridge!!), please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me:

Happy New Year, and stay warm until next time!

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