The concept is simple: Artists of all ages and experience come together as a creative community to make and sell art. Beautiful.
Every Wednesday at 6:30 PM, the night begins with a spin of "the wheel". At 7 PM artists begin to work inspired by the words the wheel has chosen. They have 2 hours to complete the work. This is called the "Art Battle".
The house is packed with artists and spectators alike. There is no drinking or smoking allowed. A lovely grey haired woman at the door is responsible for getting all who enter to sign a release form, in case they are caught on camera. A silent black and white film plays on a projector and I hear music in the air.
Around 9 PM the bidding begins. Artists walk to the front of the room, artwork in tow, while the DJ does a smart and often comical description of the artwork up for bids. Bids begin at $1, $5, $10, $15 or more. The highest bid began at $50 and sold for a bit more than that.
At some point during the night I heard myself saying: "I can't believe I'm in Calgary. I can't believe Calgary is cool enough for this."
Trust me, Calgary is this cool.
To read about how Gorilla House got started or to check out next week's event for yourself go to: http://www.facebook.com/GorillaHouseLiveArt
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.