Ask anyone who has seen our circa 1941 bungalow: even with the space we added on when we moved in about 25 years ago, it was never intended to multi-task as a home/office/studio/classic car warehouse.
We’ve got two separate computer stations/workspaces upstairs plus the lower level archives (aka the basement), which serves as storage for brochure and photo files and tons of art supplies. It’s part utility room, woodworking shop, and crowded art studio. Over the last few months TJ the Artist had been squirreling away stacks—I mean 4-foot towers—of cardboard. I haven’t seen the TV show Hoarders, but I’m thinking we might be a candidate (maybe that’s why I’m afraid to watch it).
The cardboard emerged as a giant bird and birdhouse, just in time to answer the Grosse Pointe Art Center‘s call for entries in The Green Show, which asked for interpretations of “green,” whether in color, environment, or theme. TJ’s two-part “Cardboard Canary and Birdhouse” was accepted and will be on exhibit until May 1. This is the second time he’s entered and been accepted in one of the GPAC shows; the first time he sold his entry. Way to go TJ!
The only downside of this success: It might encourage him to continue to collect and stash more scrap cardboard in our basement. Ah, the price we pay for art.
At Friday evening’s opening of The Green Show we saw Paige’s ballet teacher and her family; her husband also had a really cool painting in the show.
Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!