HopeArts

Updates from HopeArts.

  1. Get to Know HopeArts

    It is true the HopeArts Ministry section of our website needs a little updating, but the ministry blog is always up to date, and doesn’t cost the price of a large Rembrandt to change, lol.

     

    HopeArts boasts several ways to participate in art-and-faith-centric community:

    The Arts Hope Group: Meeting at 5:30 P.M. in a private home every 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month (beginning in Oct.), this artist-specific group meets to discuss, share food, and support one another as we explore the intersection of Art and Faith. One needn’t be Christian to attend, nor even a member of Hope Chapel. On our off weeks the group encourages impromptu outings to Austin-area art events, and just hanging together. Contact the Arts Ministry Director with questions, or for location information.

     

    Open Creation Times: Specifically on Wednesday Nights (and, in general Mon.-Fri. When opened/ or by keyed-access) starting at 6:30 P.M.and running till 8:30 P.M., the Art Studio on the Hope Chapel Campus (located abutting the Pastors Offices) is opened to artists wanting a shared communal space in which to create. Lockers for supplies can be rented (monthly), though those are limited. Open Creation Times are for any artist, Christian or not, member of Hope Chapel or not. Studio Rules STRICTLY enforced (to preserve the space for the use and enjoyment of all). NOTE: running until Mid October 2019 the studio is under renovations, and the Open Creation Time will be work day time

     

    The Writer’s Group, 3-Friends:  The 3-Friends Writers Group: This hybrid online-&-in-person group is geared towards the encouragement of writers through positive-only, supportive-only feedback on pieces generated through weekly, prompt-led practice. Weekly prompts are given, and written responses posted to an online forum, where the other members offer their kind and supportive feedback in comments to the piece. This group has informal meet-ups to socialize and share work in-person only when convenient or desired, sometimes in virtual and sometimes in physical locations. Contact Art Ministry Leader for more details.

     

    Workshopping Group: This group is specifically for those writers looking to workshop and refine completed works to be submitted for publication or professional submissions. Bring your “Strunk and White,” roll up your authorial sleeves, and get ready to get elbow-deep dirty in working over your pieces. Contact the workshop leader for details. 

     

    Submit publications for our in-house art magazine, “Feast,” or attend our Arts Events:  Check our Art Ministry Blog and the Hope Chapel Calendar for information of Gallery Openings, Maker Market Festivals, and more to engage in event-specific community life of artists sponsored by Hope Chapel.

     

    Check out our community page for a fuller description of us.

  2. Maker’s Market & Festival

    Our Maker’s Market Festival is Saturday, Oct. 12th! It’s HopeArts’ and Hope Chapel’s indoor/outdoor art market and festival, with taco truck, bouncy house, activities and games, and so much more! Invite and bring your friends and neighbors and their kids from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

    We’ll be showcasing works for sale by creative people in the HopeArts and greater community. Featuring artists, crafters, and makers of all kinds. Portions of sales and booth rentals go to support the HopeArts’ Ministry. Donations also accepted!

    RESERVE BOOTH SPACE TODAY!
    There’s still time to reserve booth space – check here for details: HopeArts.org (indoor and outdoor space: $35 per vendor).

  3. Art Studio Rules (updated)

    HopeArts Art Studio Rules

     

    These rules exist to ensure the experience of the studio for ALL artists, and to promote a safe and supportive environment of creativity for the community of artists.

     

    These rules are updated periodically, and so it is incumbent upon the individual artist to keep up with the rules and any updated information/policies outlined herein.

     

    1. Love (agape and phileo) One Another: be patient, be kind, be considerate, be humble, consider others as you would consider and esteem yourself, be not self-seeking, be not rude, be not aggressive or bullying, be safe and a safe-place for others.
    2. Love the Community of Artists as you would love (agape and phileo) an individual artist.
    3. Clean up after each session: no janitorial services visit the studio; each artist is responsible for cleaning up spills and messes, returning items to their lockers of community cubbies/storage areas, taking out trash (especially any trash with food wrappers/food stuffs). 
    4. Any chemical usage requiring ventilation or mask usage not permitted during Open Creation Times (Mon.-Fri. 6:30 P.M.-8:30 P.M.), or within 4 hours (or a longer reasonable time for ventilation of space) before those times. We have artists with breathing issues, and health and safety to consider. 
    5. No food to be kept in lockers.
    6. No open consumption or sharing of substances or materials for which anyone potentially suffering an addiction to said items; this includes alcohol, pornography, and the like.
    7. No possession, storage, usage, or distribution of controlled substances; if it is against the law, it is against the rules.
    8. Any coarse joking, lewdness, conversation, or topic which explicitly hurts or bothers another artist present is to be ceased upon first request.
    9. Activities affecting other artists as a whole are allowed / determined acceptable by the group present.   
  4. Updates&Discussion

     

    The community at HopeArts, this coming school calendar year, will be focusing its efforts and energies on fostering deeper community. The Arts Hope Group will meet twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month (exact location TBD; but likely someone’s home). The meeting will begin at 6:30 P.M., will be potluck style, no childcare is provided but children are welcomed. The first meeting will be Saturday, September 7th. 

     

    And as several previous posts have brought up, we will be exploring the Hope Chapel Mission Statement, and what that looks like for us as artists, and as a community of artists. Likewise, we will be exploring these topics relative to (and in concert with) our continuing study of Madeleine L’Engle’s “Walking on Water”.

     

    The Studio Art Group and Open Creation Time will recommence with Hope’s Family Night on Wednesday, September 11th, at 6:30 P.M. in the studio at Hope Chapel. Childcare is provided through Hope Chapel.

     

    Our first Gallery Opening of the school calendar year will occur Thursday, September 26th, from 7:00-9:00 pm, in the Hope Chapel Sanctuary (no childcare provided). This catered gallery reception hosts the work of artist Donnie Boyd, of Prayer Collective Ministries. Boyd’s photographic work (which focuses entirely on the homeless and disenfranchised of Georgetown) is married to the effort of living out the hope of the Gospel message, and in so doing,  demonstrates the call to rise up and make the sacrifice required to meet the spiritual and practical needs of those within the community. The reception will feature an immersive installation component, and musical performance, along with a brief Q&A session with the artist. Contact Kevin Daniel with questions.

     

    Now for our weekly arts discussion…

     

    As has been mentioned above and in previous posts, we are exploring the Hope Chapel Mission Statement, and what that looks like for us as artists, and as a community of artists.

     

    I find that this morning, in contemplating that statement, I am revisiting the perennial question: “Just what does it mean to be an Arts Community, and how do we have community / a community as artists”. It is most certain to me that I have only the vaguest notion of “community,” and for every notion of “community” available there is a host of correlative ethnic, socio-economic, and historical contextualization factors to consider — begging the further questions of if one notion is sufficient for all, or how does one communicate any notion of community effectively to all potential hearers. 

     

    For an old Philosophy Major like myself those questions are fun. More to the point, those questions are essential, no matter how uninteresting they are to others, or how unproductive to still others with the project of actually forming community. But there’s the rub, so to speak: you can’t form that for which you have no vision, and to have a vision for something you have to understand that the host of correlative contextualization factors  are always at play.  

     

    If I were to get up on my soapbox (on this issue) I would likely launch into some rambling polemic about the stain of Jamesian Pragmatism throughout our Gen “X” (and older) thought processes, and about the pollution of Millenial (and younger) thought processes of hyper-Objectivism and Post-Post Modern (post)Ethicalism; I would launch into how, in too task-oriented fashion, pursue the project, utterly forgetting the Humanity such a community is built around (or simply reduce the Humanity to its psychological management). I doubt you would listen to it, if you’re even listening still.

    I think I am just going to put it to you, the community: how do we form a community? What elements must absolutely exist for community to cohere and to grow together? How do we, in at least 2 meetings a month lasting 2-2 ½ hours apiece form community itself, between us? Now, and this is an aside, but, can such be formed if you don’t answer the question(s), if at least only to yourself, and potentially for others to read/hear — relationships don’t work if any existing expectations aren’t voiced.

  5. “Prayer Collective” Opening Gallery Reception

    Thursday, September 26th, from 7:00-9:00 pm, in the Hope Chapel Sanctuary Gallery. This catered gallery reception hosts the work of artist Donnie Boyd, of Prayer Collective. Boyd’s photographic work (which focuses entirely on the homeless and disenfranchised of Georgetown) is married to the effort of living out the hope of the Gospel message, and in so doing,  demonstrates the call to rise up and make the sacrifice required to meet the spiritual and practical needs of those within the community. The reception  will feature an immersive installation component, and musical performance, along with a brief Q&A session with the artist. Contact Art Ministry Director with questions. (No childcare provided.)

  6. Arts Update 04/30 “BIG ASKS”

    So We will be meeting this Wednesday, for our last family night meeting of the semester, HOWEVER (and this is the FIRST BIG ASK), we need all art hands on deck to help move the supplies from the Studio to the Attic. This is the first step in our big studio remodel, and needs being done. This is light work,

    Just come to Family Dinner night at 5:30 pm Wednesday, and then meet at studio at 6:30 to move paints and brushes and so forth to the attic.

    SECOND BIG ASK:

    Folks, I need artists willing to be artists-for-others at our tent for the Violet Crown Festival.

    It is THIS SATURDAY. MAY 4th. Park across from Hope Chapel. 9am-5pm. (2 1/2 hour shifts preferred but you do what you can)

    What does that mean? It means you sit in the tent, being willing to write/draw/paint on the spot, praying on the spot, or displaying artwork. It means being prepared to discuss art and faith on the spot.

    There will be NO ABSOLUTELY NO selling of art at this event.

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