Making Space

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

~ Vincent Van Gogh

In last week’s email I mentioned “creative debt” and the collection of projects and materials that build up over time. In each week’s email I share an artist or two’s work… but each week I add somewhere between a couple and a dozen artists to my “to share” list. They’re too good not to share, so today’s the day! I’ve got a couple of fun links to share, and then a bunch of artists and their projects!

  • Elizabeth Catlett Mora would have been 108 on Saturday!
  • We’re accepting art supply donations for our Spring Clean Art Supply Drive this month. So, if you have art supplies and materials that you aren’t using (new or used), drop them at the store and we’ll distribute them to an organization or two who can really put them to great use!
  • Andy Baio is colorblind – here’s what the world (and some hard-to-use web interfaces) look like through his eyes. “At a glance…avocado toast and peanut butter toast look pretty much the same to me.”
  • In perhaps the opposite vein – here’s how birds see each other.
  • Youth artwork from the 9th Annual Unchain My Heart youth art exhibit is still available for purchase through the end of April! You can view and purchase youth artwork from their website. 100% of the proceeds for the artwork go directly to the youth artists.
  • The Connections Art Show is an exhibition featuring 3 artists (with 3 distinct styles) in Moody’s on Mill Street in Bayfield, next Thursday (the 21st from 4:30-7:30).
  • Here are artists and art projects:
    • Lucy Simpson hand stitches photorealistic embroidery.
    • Lerlandro Erlich’s disorienting installation allows people to dangle from balconies and scale a brick facade. (More examples visible on his website.)
    • In “Fragmented,” Robert Strati renders scenes in ink from shattered porcelain plates.
    • Parn Aniwat creates a charming cast of chiseled characters under the moniker Wood You Mind.
    • The Ukiyo-e Search collected a wide variety of Japanese woodblock prints and more than 223,000 individual artworks from the early 18th century to today. They encompass an array of styles, subject matter, and aesthetic impulses, the database is organized by artist and time period, and the system facilitates easy comparison of copies held at museums and institutions around the world.
    • Back in 2020, the Smithsonian Institution placed 2.8 million high-resolution images and 3D models of objects in their collection into the public domain. Over the past three years, that collection has grown to 4.5 million images. It’s an absolutely immense trove of objects that people are free to use and remix however they wish.
    • Joe Bignold is a quirky and avian printer who uses handmade linocuts.
    • FlukeLady has been obsessed with painting whimsically spooky ghost art for the last three years.
    • Alicia Levantini is a pen & ink illustrator who creates custom house and building drawings as well as create stationery and prints of her work.
    • Jessica Durrant is an illustrator who specializes in watercolor & gouache fashion and lifestyle illustrations.
    • Anthony James Gustafson is a science and natural history illustrator.
    • Christopher Robin Nordstrom creates precise miniatures of Tokyo’s architecture at 1:20 scale from materials like MDF board, styrene plastic, wood, and brass.
    • Josh Gluckstein fashions life-like portraits of elephants, primates, pangolins, and big cats out of cardboard by tearing, cutting, and gluing pieces together into expressive visages, sometimes applying thin washes of paint for added depth and detail.
    • Zoe Feast has been playing with a laser engraver to translate her whimsical illustrations to a three-dimensional surface.
    • Jeffrey Sparr has harnessed his passion for painting and is on a mission to help millions of people find peace of mind through the arts (like he did for himself.)
  • There are classes/workshops/projects available at the Dancing Spirit Community Arts CenterLet’s Letter Together, the Scrapbook NookCreate Art and Tea, the 4 Corners Gem and Mineral Club, Seed Studio, and the Durango Arts Center. There are a lot more things happening that I don’t include – so if you’re ever looking for something to do, start at

This email is a bit different than normal – I think I made it about halfway through my list of artists to share. (Well, one of the lists.) So, next week we’ll probably do something similar. Hopefully you found someone inspiring, or a project that sparked an idea for you. We need to remember to fill our wells so that we have a source for our inspiration to pull from. With the current weather, maybe that’s just you getting outside for a bit! Whatever it takes to get you creating, the world needs your art!

Matthew & the Art Supply House crew

P.S. – If you’ve looked ahead at this month’s calendar, you may have noticed that April has 5 Saturday’s this year. That means that April 29th is going to be our next Customer Appreciation day! Do you have your bag ready?