Gallery offers art experience

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Give a kid any age paint to play in and creativity will follow. The baby above was one of the many participants at the opening of "The White Show: Art in Process" last Friday at Jeannine Blankinship Gallery and Photography in Monett. Canvasses and painters alike were open targets for the creative process in the splatter painting room, pictured below, during the opening. [Jeannine Blankinship, photo]

"The White Show: Art in Process" opened last Friday at Jeannine Blankinship Photography and Gallery, located at 207 Third St. in Monett. According to Blankinship, the opening was very successful, and messy, as around 40 people came to make art and have fun in the process.

Three rooms were open for making art. In one room smaller children finger painted, and in another room, there was dry clay for sculpting and molding both traditional and unconventional designs.

The biggest excitement was in the splatter painting room. Covered in plastic, the room had canvasses on the floor and walls where participants could liberally apply paint through drizzling, pouring or throwing.

The splatter painters went through 15 bottles of Tempura paint by the end of the night. Teens were especially enthusiastic.

"There were two adults covered from head to toe in paint, too," Blankinship said. "The splatter paint room was crazy in black light. A lot of people stayed for hours."

Blankinship had a supply of disposable cameras out so that the "artists" could photograph their creations in progress before the next layer transformed the artwork into something else. She also had a photography studio set up in another room where creators had a formal sitting with their creations.

"It was really fun, one of the better shows," Blankinship said.

"Jeannine's Rules" were posted to provide a little structure to the controlled mayhem setting. The first rule was "Have fun." Others focused more on respecting the other participants and the building.

Blankinship spent the day last Saturday cleaning up from the opening. The show will continue on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but with her entire stock of Tempura paint used up, Blankinship did not plan to reopen the splatter paint room for more creations.

Large canvasses created the night of the opening now drape the walls of the room, shining iridescently in black light through the front window. Six other framed canvasses have been hung around the studio. Many of the photos taken on opening night are on display as well.

Galleries for finger painting and clay work will remain open on Saturdays. Blankinship said she always has art supplies in the gallery and welcomes visitors to come in and create.

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