The Foundry Artist Cooperative, located at 100 South Main Street, Chambersburg, is currently displaying a collaborative painting by 36 women artists from the area, with individual canvases being sponsored to benefit Women in Need of Chambersburg. “Women@Work” will be on view at the Foundry through November 1, with gallery hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-3pm.
“We had to work creatively to find a way to foster this collaboration while in-person events were not possible,” explained Foundry artist Anne Finucane. “We reached out to artists outside the Foundry and were very gratified to have 23 artists from the community join 13 artists from the Foundry in contributing individual squares to create the whole “mosaic” painting.
The 36 women artists have each worked in their home studios – not knowing what the final product would be – to create panels which have been brought together and assembled to form a large multi-media mosaic painting. The 36 panels represent diverse artistic expressions unique to each individual artist, but when viewed together, the work speaks with one voice depicting Women@Work.
The painting depicts Chambersburg’s beloved Falafel Shack restaurant, located on the Square, at 9 North Main Street. The Falafel Shack was created by the family of Amer Chaudry and Jasmina Ademovic, with the goal of “expanding peoples’ palates and minds with their food!” They began with a stand at the North Square Farmers Market in 2013 and have just celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the restaurant. The painting depicts their kitchen on a typical summer day, with workers including Daniela Crawford, Aaron McKenzie, and in the background, Amer Chaudry.
The Foundry artists have decided to use the painting to raise awareness and funds to support Women in Need. WIN has provided services to victims, survivors and significant others of individuals who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault for over three decades. With a suggested sponsorship donation of $50 to $100 per panel the Foundry hopes to achieve a fundraising goal of $2,500 for WIN. Each sponsorship will go directly to Women in Need, while the squares will remain together as a tribute to women in the community. Sponsorships can be purchased in person at the Foundry, or online at www.foundryartmarket.com
Home to an eclectic mix of handmade works by artists from around the Cumberland Valley, the FOUNDRY houses a retail shop where guests can purchase unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are made locally, view rotating exhibits featuring the work of artists both local & regional, and shop the Salvage Supply area of the store, where used art and craft supplies are available at rock-bottom prices!
The Foundry invites you to Treat Yourself Tuesday on September 3, 2019.
Treat Yourself Tuesdays with Deb @ the Foundry! Deb Slocum will walk you through the process so you can create a personal masterpiece! Come and paint this beautiful fall birch scene painting on Treat Yourself Tuesday!
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: The Foundry Co-Op, 100 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 1720
Price per person is $40 for 16 x 20″ canvas panel.
All supplies included. Age teen +. Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
You are welcome to bring a non-alcoholic beverages or snacks to class to enjoy.
The FOUNDRY Artist Cooperative, located in DowntownChambersburg and home to an eclectic mixture of handmade works by artists from around Central Pennsylvania, is set to launch a brand new initiative, SALVAGE SUPPLY – Art Parts for Creative Reuse, this Friday, March 2nd. The nearly new/gently used art & craft supply section within the Creative Space in the FOUNDRY will debut on First Friday with a fun SCRAPPED Competition, featuring four artists competing for the title of SCRAPPED Champion. The event will run from 6:00-8:00pm and is free and open to the public of all ages. The FOUNDRY is located at 100 South Main Street and can be found online at www.foundryartscoop.com.
“Most creative people have a small stockpile of supplies they purchased for special projects or to try a new medium and then never used again,” explains Anita Crawford, Operation Coordinator for the the FOUNDRY. “We think there are people around the area who can make good use of those supplies to create something amazing! The FOUNDRY is providing a location and calling on the community to donate unwanted supplies so they can go to a new home where they will be lovingly used.” Donations to the store are accepted during open hours each weekend: Fridays noon – 6:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am – 5:00pm, Sundays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and Mondays noon-6:00 pm, or other times by appointment. A few examples of acceptable items are: paints, brushes, papers, canvases, embellishments, fabric, stamps, glass beads, yarn, frames, mat board, sewing supplies and art tools. A full list of supplies the store does and does not accept can be found here.
The name “Salvage Supply” and tagline “Art Parts for Creative Reuse” pays homage to the history of the organization’s 100 South Main location, which housed community cornerstone, Sherk’sHardware, from 1874-1980. When the FOUNDRY moved into the space, some basic renovations were done to reveal the original hardwood floors and brick and plaster walls to bring back the general store feel of the location. The addition of Salvage Supply plays into the memory a lot of residents have of coming to the store to pick out the parts they needed for projects.
To kick off the launch of the Supply section, The FOUNDRY is hosting a SCRAPPED Competition forits March First Friday event. Four FOUNDRY artists will call on their creative skills as they face off against one another to make prize-winning artwork. The catch? In each round, they have to use all the surprise Salvaged Supplies we provide them, however random or unlikely they might be. At the end of each round, a panel of three guest judges will “scrap” one artist who fails to measure up in terms of creativity, skill and presentation. The last artist standing takes home bragging rights of SCRAPPED CHAMPION!
“Think HGTV’s show, ‘Chopped’ cooking challenge,” Crawford says. “Replace the food with random art supplies and you have SCRAPPED. Our members are excited for the challenge and have been speculating what supplies they might receive. None of them will know until they open the box during the competition.” In addition to the debut of Salvage Supply and the SCRAPPED Competition, the First Friday event will also host the opening of the March Gallery Exhibit, featuring Philadelphia-based fine-art printmaker and encaustic artist, Gillian Pokalo.
ABOUT THE FOUNDRY Since 2015, The FOUNDRY corner store has housed a retail shop, where guests can purchase unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are made locally, view rotating exhibits featuring the work of artists both regional and national and learn new techniques or have a fun evening with friends by attending our wide array of classes. This spring, The FOUNDRY is expanding its outreach into the community by offering Art Parts for Creative Reuse – at discounted prices through the new Salvage Supply store within the Creative Space.