Launch Pad Cooperative displays ‘8 x 8’ exhibit for one night only on Dec. 15Written by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you looking for fine art at affordable holiday prices? If so, the Launch Pad Cooperative’s upcoming “8 x 8” exhibit may have just the thing to fill your stockings this Christmas. The group will display small works from artists from around the globe for one night only Dec. 15.
“In terms of soliciting work for this show, we really just put it out there, on the Internet. People we knew, we just let everyone know that we were looking for art by people from all skill levels from anywhere in the world,” said Cooperative member Ian Welch. “We haven’t gone through everything yet, but we’ve gotten 100 pieces here, maybe more, and Tim Gaewsky’s parents even had an ‘8 x 8’ party at their house in Cleveland that brought in around 65 pieces.
“We want to engage the public with shows like this, really create a community dialogue. All work for the exhibit is priced at $20 and has been donated by the artists to benefit the cooperative.”
The work will be on display from 6-9 p.m. Patrons will be able to take their purchases home that evening. Work will then be made available on the Launch Pad website from Dec. 16 through Jan. 4. Launch Pad Cooperative was founded by Timothy Gaewsky and currently has six core members, as well as three associate members.
“We all know that just walking into an art gallery can be intimidating, for many reasons, but mostly because people think that they can’t afford anything,” Welch said. “By keeping the pieces in this show small and affordable, we’re really hoping to reach out to people who care. We want everyone to get excited, it’s great when other artists come out, but we really need members of the larger Toledo community to come out as well, it’s vital.
“There’s really a sense of community here at Launch Pad that I don’t think you’ll find at every modern art gallery. We’re a little bit off the beaten path in terms of our Downtown location, but we’re branching out to really include every artist in every discipline. Just recently we started a lecture series, the Featured Lines Poetry Reading, and we’re planning a lot of really wonderful projects.”
The “8 x 8” exhibit is free and open to the public. Launch Pad Cooperative is located at 911 Jefferson Ave. Additional gallery hours are by appointment only.
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