Recently, I attended a public arts reception for “Art M.A.G.N.E.T.” (Mini Art Gallery Neighborhood Entertainment Tour), a project sponsored by the Operation ARTS Foundation located in Maryland. This organization's mission is to train artists to be better entrepreneurs through networking and professional development events, while creating different exposure opportunities.
The project was inspired by the Free Little Art Gallery / Free Little Library movement, and includes a mini art gallery where the community can add or take tiny art. At the reception they held a tiny artmaking workshop for those who wanted to contribute art to the gallery, and they even had a tiny ribbon cutting ceremony. It was so cute! It's the first of more mini art galleries to come, and a documentary will be made of the project's journey.
The event was held at Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, MD. I have been a supporter of the Center and the Brentwood Arts Exchange for several years, and I'm glad that their doors have reopened after being closed due to the pandemic. It felt good to be in an art space again. I've missed visiting galleries, viewing exhibits and being surrounded by all of the creative energy. It's so inspiring to me.
If you happen to be in that area be sure to check out the mini gallery, then venture inside to see the Brentwood Arts Exchange's current exhibition. Don't forget to stop and browse through the Craft Store to see all of the beautiful creations by Maryland artists for sale there. You'll find some of my enamel lapel pins on hand too, which make great stocking stuffers for holiday gifts!