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SPACES Monster Drawing Rally images   04.16.15

Sat 4/11 - Cool Cleveland

SPACES' fifth annual Monster Drawing Rally fundraiser featured 100 area artists creating pieces in hour-long shifts, while visitors watched them create and honed in on their favorite pieces to try to be the first to claim them when they went up on the wall, selling for $75 a piece.Some of the biggest names in the local art scene participated, along with up-and-comers. And there was a designated kids area for younger artists who might be up-and-comers a couple of decades from now.

View the images from coolcleveland PHOTOSTREAM here.

-Anastasia Pantsios

by Catherine Butler - for Monstrer Drawing Rally 2015, ink , paper
by Catherine Butler - for Monstrer Drawing Rally 2015, ink , paper

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Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

Open Call! Monster Drawing Rally 2015   03.04.15

Monster Drawing Rally, is a live drawing event and fundraiser.

Yes, once again MDR is back! For 5 years, this family fun event has been a hit with artists and the general public.

What you have never been to MDR?!?!?
Well, image 100 artists in three shifts creating new works right in front of your eyes.

Once the work is completed it is hung on the wall and sells for $75 (including tax).

For the little ones, we have an Lil' Monster Drawing area for little ones to create works and hang in the front gallery.

$5 ticket includes admission to the Monster Drawing Rally, participation in the Li'l Monster Drawing Rally for kids, non-stop tunes by Mr. Suit aka DJ TotalBusiness, cash bar, yummy food provided by the TOUCH Supper Truck, and a spin on the Blick Art Materials Prize Wheel. and many more. Check the MDR page on SPACES website for a complete list of sponsors.
SPACES members and children receive free admission.

Want to participate?:
Artists can sign up here OPEN CALL.
or
Join the Monster Squad and volunteer.

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Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

Monster Drawing Rally 2014 Artists Time Slots   04.04.14

MDR is April 12th 5:00 - 10:00PM

We have our artists!
(see below)

Want to know more?!
Want to volunteer? http://bit.ly/MDR_VOL
Check out images from last years event, photos by Ross Bochnek, http://bit.ly/MDR_Flicker2013


EXTRAS!
Utrecht / Blick PRIZE WHEEL –Guests can spin the wheel for prizes ranging from art supplies to tote bags to t-shirts.
Rust Belt Monster Art Collective – Members of the collective will create a large-scale work for 3 hours during MDR. The finished work will be available for sale, and the price will be based on the number of participating Rust Belt Monsters.
DJ Chris Kulcsar – Chris will keep the tunes going all night and work on his own MDR piece at the same time. OOOH the talent!
The TOUCH Food Truck will be parked outside with yummy grubs.
MDR Fan-Josh Usmani tells why he this is one his favorite events - http://bit.ly/MDR_BLOG.

- See more at: http://www.spacesgallery.org/project/2014-monster-drawing-rally#sthash.dAlmsW76.dpuf


Keywords: blick, chris kulcsar, daves, live drawing event, mdr, monster drawing rally, rustbelt monster collective, utrecht, vedda
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

my favorite event of the year...by Josh Usmani   03.28.14

Monster Drawing Rally is my favorite event of the year in Cleveland.

I was first invited to participate in 2012 by Dante Rodriguez. I'd never been to the MDR before, and had no idea what to expect, but I knew it would be special as soon as I heard the concept: 100+ artists drawing live in a gallery for one-night-only to benefit SPACES.

This will be my third year participating. I look forward to it more and more every year. This year, I had the honor of designing the official promotional image for the event. Also, I'm honored to be one of this year's guest curators – charged with selecting some of the participants.

Typically, artists do their craft in the solitude of their studios. The work appears completed in galleries like magic. Some artists (like performance artists) create their work in front of their audience, but most visual artists never "perform" in front of their audience unless they're sketching at a coffee shop or something.

The energy in the room is palpable. It's not often that 100+ artists gather in one place to create. This collective creativity creates an atmosphere that radiates with positive energy. You're sure to feel it the second you walk through the door.

All the work is sold for $65. With all the work priced equally, the artists are competing, not just for your attention, but your patronage. However, sales are not guaranteed, so artists are forced into competition to stand out amongst such a diverse, talented field. In this way, SPACES simultaneously creates an event that is both cooperative and competitive. Similarly, patrons must compete with each other to purchase their favorite works. If more than one person wishes to purchase a work, they must draw cards. If you aren't paying attention, your favorite piece may be gone before you notice. It's this healthy competition that keeps raising the bar at each annual event.

For one-night-only, SPACES allows these talented artists the opportunity to perform like "rock stars" in front of thousands of viewers. It also gives the audience a rare glimpse into more than a hundred creative processes. In one night, viewers can see dozens of techniques and styles.

The best part for the audience is the ability to purchase work that was created in front of their eyes. Any work bought at the MDR is a guaranteed conversation starter. Not only do you get a new, one-of-a-kind work of art; you get a story to go along with it.

SPACES' Monster Drawing Rally is a mutually beneficial experience for the artists, the audience and SPACES. Don't miss this special evening at SPACES Saturday, April 12th 6-10pm.

Josh Usmani


Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

SPACES' Monster Drawing Rally 2014 created by Josh Usmani
SPACES' Monster Drawing Rally 2014 created by Josh Usmani

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Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

MDR: Many hands make a light load and Artists Time Slots   05.03.13

Thanks to the folks who help make this years Monster Drawing Rally 2013 happen!

Monster Drawing Rally is a live drawing event and fundraiser featuring over 100 artists.

Monster Drawing Rally was conceived by Southern Exposure (SoEx) in San Francisco and has become a national model. SoEx has partnered with many nonprofit arts organizations across he United States to help them establish the Monster Drawing Rally with SoEx's support. SoEx is proud to share their successful fundraising models and community-building strategies with similar artist-centered organizations. Each MDR is run a little different.

For SPACES' MDR we picked 10 "curators " to help us fill the over 100 seats with talented artists.

After the curators' artists have signed up we open it up to the public via an open call. Thanks to all participating artists!

MDR 2013 Curators
Joe Ayala
Linda Ayala
Cathie Bleck
Susan Channing
Hilary Gent
Andrea Joki
Sarah Kabot
Lori Kella
Per Knutas
Justin Will

Artists Time Slots: See when the artists are going to be drawing.
http://bit.ly/YktA3e


Big thanks also to the sponsors
Bolthouse Farms
Dave's
Great Lake's Brewing Co.
Grovewood Tavern and Wine Bar
Matthew T.
Nate's Deli & Restaurant
Pat Catans - for MDR Jr.
Utrect- for MDR
Vedda and Sons


Live Event: Saturday, May 4, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Artists drawing: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Admission: $5
(FREE for SPACES members/Season Pass holders and children age 17 and under)
Work Remains on view through Sunday, May 5, 2013




Monster Drawing Rally 2012
Monster Drawing Rally 2012

Keywords: artists, fundraiser, mdr, monster drawing rally, sponsors, thanks
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

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