My wonderfully creative friend Molly (of Happikins fame) invited me to a girl's night out at the LabourLove Art Gallery in downtown Durham Saturday night.
I arrived around 6:45 and got to tour some of the artist studios located in the area, and I felt all artsy and chill and big-city like. We received a mix-media art lesson from the gallery owner, Kelly Dew, and learned how she uses scraps of patterned paper to create these beautiful paintings. Then we were let loose to attempt our own "masterpieces" of birds and insects.
Kelly has a southern accent, a two-year old, and decided in 2009 (year of the recession), along with her husband, to start this art gallery. She's super talented, and laid back. She offers art lessons for kids on Saturday, and I'm definitely going to sign the little man up for classes ASAP.
I'm just so excited about getting back into art and can't wait for the next night out at the gallery!! I'm hoping Kelly will start having them at least once a month - or at least once a quarter!! About all I get to paint these days is the molding in my house after the dog, the hubs or the kid has scuffed it up.
Artists at work.
My bird painting.
The LabourLove Gallery is located in Golden Belt, a newly restored historic textile mill that has been recreated with artist studios, live/work loft apartments, offices, restaurants, retail, live music, events and more.