Lovely post from our Instagram friend hecho_en_mesa:
Take a moment if you are shopping and please consider selecting “Floaters Foundation” (dba The Millet House) as your charity of choice. Amazon Marketplace makes a donation on your behalf.
Log in to http://smile.Amazon.com using your current username and pw, under (Account Settings > Manage or Change Your Charity > search for “Floaters Foundation” (dba The Millet House) and select and support #Downtownmesa’s nonprofit artists collective and gallery as your charity. We know they’d appreciate the love and support! Feel free to Share this post and support our friends at @themillethouse.
Prime Days, October 13-14! If you are going to order, please consider going to http://smile.Amazon.com and selecting Floaters Foundation dba The Millet House as the nonprofit you support. Floaters is our tiny nonprofit, founded when our group’s main activity was to acquire and give older computers to people who were homeless or had been homeless, and then find mentors to teach them. The historic Millet House is the name on the National Registry of the house where we often met.
We morphed into a professional gallery and art collective because 1) the people we worked with were interested in art and 2) it became clear that the only way to actually integrate people on the bottom into society, their stated goal, was to become entirely inclusive. As a professional gallery we serve artists from all walks of life, all appreciating and learning from one another.
One more thing: as a co-founder back in the day I had witnessed the power of consensus, of giving everyone a voice and listening to them. Together we created an organization that actually worked. I felt called back from retirement to do this one more time, with art this time, for art knows no boundaries and does not discriminate among people. With a new, professional Board this year, we are now well on our way to becoming sustainable. Many thanks to our supporters! We love you!
Please do drop in, relax, and show our artists some love! The good people at The Millet House have put together a show intended to remind you of Silver Linings in this time and to make you think (and, if there is no silver lining as yet, to demonstrate their sympathy.)
Enjoy the Silver Linings any time, with the link in the menu above!
Today the Millet House is having to get dressed in public, or at least – that’s what it feels like. For, after consultation with the happiness engineers who run wordpress.com, it became clear that it would be necessary to make the new pages viewable while still being worked on. Long story, but WordPress has a new “editor” – a way to create and edit websites – and while the results are VERY pretty, conflicts arose. So, you can already see the half-dressed Silver Linings show in the top menu. HOWEVER the goal is still: today is the soft opening, and each participating artist will have at least one work up. Our official Opening Reception will be on Zoom, 5:30 to 7pm, on October 9 and the show will be complete by then. The October 2 Zoom would be a good time to show up and give feedback/ask questions, especially if you are a participating artist. We Zoom every Friday. Zoom info is always posted on Fridays on this page and in our Instagram bio.
Musings on a temporarily vanished past: in other times, we have had juried shows, with a Featured Artist and a group of Supporting Artists. Featured artists are asked only to attend the receptions, hang their own art and restore the walls after the show; and, if they have the ability, to contribute to our social media before and during the show. All art must be ready to hang. We hold both an Opening and a Closing reception. Artists are encouraged to bring snacks but we will provide snacks as well. During a show, it’s a good idea for any of the artists to choose a night to host an Open House, but this is not required.
Silver Linings is not that kind of show, but it has a worth of its own. Our 2020 shows, after March, are online only. There is no “featured artist:” featured artists spend up to a year preparing their exhibits, and an online exhibit is a new beast entirely that no one has much experience with. Still, artists have much to say about our current reality, and they need a place to say it; what’s more, what they have to say is important for the sanity and well being of all of us. People are thirsty for art. Know that in purchasing art, or attending a Zoom and commenting positively, you are helping artists whose livelihoods have disappeared. Artists have few options right now, as all manner of festivals and exhibits have been cancelled. Those who support themselves with minimum wage jobs such as conducting mall surveys also find themselves without income. Still, here at the Millet House we are selling more originals than prints – for people are thirsty for art; and if a work of art resonates with a viewer, it can become a reminder of the strength we are all asked to demonstrate right now, a bit of history, and perhaps also a reminder of the kindness and thoughtfulness that make the times easier.
We will return, hopefully in 2021, to professional juried shows. We will likely keep our new-found technology solutions as well, but the main events will, once more, be at the cute little adorable adobe Millet House.
Edit: A good place to ask questions about the show is during our weekly Zoom Open House, Friday 5:30 – 7 pm AZ-Pacific time, 8:30 – 10 PM Eastern. Since the show is virtual, you can submit from *anywhere — and purchasers may be (and have been) anywhere in the world.
Our show asks this question: did you find a silver lining in the midst of the pandemic and the quarantine? Perhaps you found quiet time to paint, or grew closer to loved ones, or realized how important Nature is for you. Perhaps in slowing down you realized that life is better lived at a slower pace.
We understand that for some, there may be no silver lining as yet, and we invite you to make that statement also.
We will have three virtual rooms in the Silver Linings show, so choose one subtheme and send a photo of the work you are submitting in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond with the online application.
Embrace the Weird (you may also choose to embrace something else)
Eye of the Storm
And you are invited! Join us to talk about ART at 5:30 pm AZ/Pacific time! Login any time between 5:30 and 7 pm, and stay as long (or as short) as you like.
We do this every Friday…
Zoom info here, Friday.
We are embarking on a second All-Virtual Show, titled:
We ask the question – what positive hopeful thing has happened to or around you during this pandemic season?
And we do know that it may be that there is nothing positive for some of you. What is your take on this question, then?
There will be three virtual rooms in Silver Linings:
Embrace the Weird!
Eye of the Storm
Please choose a virtual room for your art, then send an email to email@example.com with a photo of your work. We will respond as soon as possible with an application.
Please submit by September 24, 2020. The show will take place – online – October 1-31.
Friday Aug 21 5:30 pm Pacific/AZ time: our Open House via Zoom this week will feature artist Tiesha Harrison! Zoom info follows below: and all are welcome! Drop in from 5:30 to 7 pm, and stay as long as you like. We love you!
In pre-Covid days a group of us met weekly for nearly twenty years, before there was even a Millet House. We gathered for pizza, for computer lessons, for art making. We established a nonprofit and a gallery, the Millet House. In March 2020 our investigations into technology paid off as we were able to easily help the Millet House transition to online art exhibits and weekly Zoom meetings. No pizza, alas, but the silver lining is that more people can get to the meeting. You are invited to participate.
Above: Vanessa Ortiz Zapata in her studio, preparing to present to The Millet House
Fridays are Zoom Meeting days at The Millet House, from 5:30 to 7pm or thereabouts. Drop in any time to meet artists. We have fascinating discussions! And on Friday August 7 we were treated to a live demo by artist Vanessa Ortiz Zapata that had us all saying “Wow!” Vanessa introduced us to a whole range of tools (and, at the very end, one lucky participant guessed closest to the secret number and will receive an original painting in the mail!) Vanessa is an experienced, professional and fascinating teacher. Thank you so much, Vanessa! (Everyone is invited to our Zooms, which due to the pandemic have replaced our weekly face to face Pizza and Art Meetings. Zoom info is posted each week on our website: http://themillethouse.com )
Above: Vanessa’s workspace, shared via Zoom