It’s almost time for the Unity Art Walk, and the Millet House is participating with “Imagine,” led and directed by artists Tiesha Harrison and Therosia Reynolds, who will show their own work along with works by Jared Aubel, Nik Ridley, Andrea Rogers and Skye Rockett Day. For more information visit the City of Mesa website:
From the City of Mesa Unity Art Walk website:
“Each January, residents from the cities and towns of Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Guadalupe gather at Tempe Town Lake to celebrate diversity and culture during the annual Regional Unity Walk. While it’s still not safe to gather in large groups, the need for unity is greater than ever.
“In honor of the 18th year of the Regional Unity event, these Valley cities are coming together to host a “Unity ArtWalk: A Visual Journey of Diversity, Culture and Equity.” Each city has compiled a list of signature art pieces, including murals, photos, performances and sculptures for the community to experience. The majority of the featured art is accessible without going indoors, so it’s a safe activity to enjoy as a family outing, date night or even to escape your neighborhood to explore a nearby city.”
In other news, our Millet House Gift Shop is open! Check it out! We’ve made a beginning – lots more to add, so check back later to see more.
And we will recommence our Friday Open House Zooms on January 8, 2021, 5:30-7 pm AZ/Mountain time:
Every Friday, we invite you to join us on Zoom to talk about art. And if you *are* an artist, we invite you to show and discuss your art! We are all ears! And eyes! Send an email to email@example.com if you’d like to schedule a time to present your art! Time is 5:30-7 pm AZ time, which in winter is the same as Mountain time. (AZ does not do Daily Savings Time. We have sufficient sun, believe me. So in summer we are the same as Pacific time.)
Looking for Celebrate, the third and last online exhibit of 2020? Click on the link in the red menu bar, above, and you will be taken to the show.
An Opening Reception via Zoom was held on Friday, December 4, but our Friday Zooms continue and you are invited! Each Friday from 5:30-7 pm the Millet House holds a Zoom Open House. Join us for anywhere from five minutes to an hour and a half. Enjoy the new art and meet the artists! You will have to provide your pizza and soda for this virtual Open House, but we can still Celebrate together as we emerge from the darkness of 2020 and prepare for hopefully happy days to come.
Check back here on Friday for login information!
New Art Call, for our winter/holiday event, “Celebrate.” Check the ART CALLS tab, in the menu above, for more info.
Here for the Silver Linings show? Click on the Silver Linings — Main Page tab, in the menu above, to get started.
Interested in our weekly Zoom Open House? Return here each Friday for login information. Login at any time from 5:30 to 7 pm AZ/Central time on Friday for as long as you wish. Come talk art with us and meet artists!
Are you here for the show? Check the menu bar above and click on “Silver Linings Main Page.” The show runs until November 15, after which it will be archived.
Interested in our weekly Friday Zoom Open House? Come talk with artists, hear about their work, help plan the future! Drop in any time between 5:30 pm and 7 pm AZ/Pacific time. (We do this weekly and you are invited!) Info posted weekly, on Fridays. Let’s talk about the next show, which will be our holiday event and will include a Gift Shop. Please join us! Come back to the website on Friday to find the login information!
It’s Friday! The Millet House is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 897 3860 8279
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