PITTSBURG — From the other room, one can hear the laughter of children as they create works of art Monday at ArtForms Gallery.
The children learned about Wassily Kandinsky, and created colorful concentric circles using paint and a paper plate.
Kandinsky was a Russian artist who focused on color and rhythm, he is one of the many artists the children will be learning about at ArtForms Gallery’s Art Camp, instructed by ArtForms Co-op Member Nicole Meyer-Foresman.
ArtForms is a local artist cooperative which provides artists with a place to exhibit and sell their work and gain exposure through the storefront and social media.
“It is fun to challenge each other,” Founding Member of ArtForms Gallery Janet Lewis said. “It is a good place where ideas can be bounced back and forth.”
Looking back, Lewis said the gallery’s landlord, John Kutz, is much to thank for the aesthetic venue of the storefront and gallery — she said the gallery is listed number one of things to do in Pittsburg on TripAdvisor.
“John would be in here late at night,” she said “When I passed by he would be in here working on the floors — he did this for us.”
ArtForms will be celebrating its one year anniversary from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the gallery.
Members of the gallery will be unveiling a special piece, which Lewis said they were challenged to create specifically for the event.
Since its opening in May 2016, the gallery has continued to grow with an average of 16 artists all with different artistic interests — including fiber and textile, painting, wood carving, blacksmithing, photography and jewelry.
This past year, the gallery has collaborated with many artists and students from Pittsburg State University. Lewis said they plan to continue to collaborate and be open during community events on Broadway.
The place plans continue growing by offering a supportive member option.
Community members interested in art can be “supportive members” which will have benefits — including workshop discounts and other special project meetings just for members.
The gallery is also working on creating more off-site workshops, for example, Founding Member Sylvia Shirley’s Cow Creek Pottery studio.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP.