Honest Arts Committee Debuts Earth Day Events

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The Arts Committee strives to enhance the Co-op’s appearance and promote cultural arts both within the Co-op and in the greater local community by soliciting, coordinating, promoting and exhibiting visual arts and interior decor.

Regular meeting: 3rd Mondays, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Board Liaison: Saul Rigberg

Murals, Mosaics and Mission, Oh My!

What exactly is going on in the back hallway? And why has the Membership bulletin board been moved to the front of the store?

The answer is that, following a proposal earlier this year from Saul Rigberg, the Co-op Board approved a brand-new, ad hoc committee with a dual purpose: to support the store’s overall interior and exterior aesthetic appeal; and to promote and encourage artists’ work both within the HWFC community and, eventually, the public.

Welcome to The Honest Arts Committee—20-strong and still growing! This past winter, we gathered to commit our energies to a uniquely structured group—one that operates under the Board’s supervision like other committees, but that also works closely with Co-op Management regarding the physical space. What better way to cooperate?

Now, the hallway leading to the teaching kitchen and community room has been transformed into a gallery space. Observant shoppers may have noticed carpentry activity, as painted rail molding was installed to hang artwork.

When will we see the results? Come to our grand “soft” opening on Saturday, April 22, 2017, when the committee will debut HWFC’s first exhibit of paintings, photography and more by approximately 10 talented member-owners who responded to a call for submissions in March. Come meet the artists and see their work!

In addition to premiering the Co-op’s first art show, the Honest Arts Committee is working with the Education and Marketing Departments to coordinate Earth Day offerings. We invite all—readers, friends, and especially families—to join us on the 22nd for music and arts activities from 12-4pm.

We will sponsor outdoor sidewalk chalk drawing with Member-Owner Kaaren Caron, weather permitting; and face painting with Nina Stanley, rain or shine. During the afternoon, kids and their grown-ups can visit the community room for a recycled bookmark craft project with Carol Ostrow, appropriate for children ages 5 and up. We also have several musical groups lined up to fill the store—inside and, weather permitting, outside—with sound.

So far, Honest Arts has attracted many enthusiastic members representing a variety of skills and media—from carpentry to ceramics and everything in between—but we can always use more talent. We plan a wide range of projects: outdoor mosaics and murals; signage; fiber works, stained glass, curated themed gallery shows; and more.

We’d like to hear from you if you are interested in serving on the committee or participating in future events. It’s never too late to join. To sign up or ask questions, send your contact info to HonestArtsCommittee AT honestweight.coop (Be sure to include your full name and member number.)

Member-owners will receive credit hours for their time and will have a hand in developing a new and innovative branch of the Co-op.

Stay tuned for updates—and please come join us on Saturday the 22nd of April!

Carol Ostrow joined HWFC in 2013 immediately upon returning to live in her native state. With a background in graphic design and journalism, she serves on the Communications Committee as well as the new Honest Arts Committee. Carol crafts decorative work and wearable accessories out of recycled objects and works with kids as a teaching artist.