Cope Studios has expanded to a 10,000 square foot warehouse, with space for approximately 88 artists to have their own private studios. They also provide classes, models, and galleries for artists as they need them. I think a spot like this is great for the artist community and I do love how much is offered beyond just the studios themselves.
Last Friday marked the official opening of the new space, which is about 5 times larger than it was before. The artists from the studios as well as the Angeles Crest Art Guild were able to show off their art throughout. It was such a great variety of styles, genres, and mediums. It was a nice way to get acquainted with the space, and also to see so many different artists and skill sets all at once.
Prior to the Cope Studio’s event I hadn’t gotten a chance to see too many of the artists that would be displaying their work. We were happy to see and meet so many talented individuals. We are always looking for talented artists in this city, and getting to see so many in one night was incredibly important for those of us at Art Cricket LA.
One of the greatest aspects about participating in these events is getting to share our ideas with others. We were able to meet so many people and explain to them how the Art Cricket LA process works. People seemed to be very interested in the concept and that was great. Getting an opportunity to answer questions and take in such useful information is huge for us at this point.
The best part of the night was by far the talk we gave on ‘Fine Art vs. Factory Art’. We had a great crowd gather to hear our discussion. Diana, Jenn, and myself, were able to share information from our own points of view and I think it was relate-able for everyone in the audience. Jenn was able to speak from the client’s point of view, myself as the designer, and Diana as the artist.
Together we could explain the differences between factory and fine art. We addressed the belief that all art is the same. It is certainly not. There is a difference between something that was created by an individual with talent, and something printed out in mass quantities, wrapped around a canvas, without any concern for the subject and style. People should care about what they have on their walls, and choose something that calls out to them.
We were able to highlight how cost-effective purchasing local fine art can be. More often than not, you can find art from a local artist that would be the same cost of something you’d find at IKEA, or Z-Gallery. Considering it’s usually the cost that is driving the selection of art, it needn’t be an issue. Once you let us know your budget, we find something within that budget that you love.
In the end the night was a success. We were able to broaden some horizons and then helped share and sell some pretty amazing pieces. We made connections with a large number of artists as well as clients and that was a very satisfying feeling. The crowd was very receptive to our talk. The fact that all of us could share our message so freely was incredible. All 3 of us had fun and are happy to be able to do events like this at all.