See Color in Action at ClearWater Studios' Live Collaborative Painting Event
Jul 13, 2018 04:53PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
"PASSING: A Collaboration" @ GAS Gallery And Studio / by Gerard Amsellem and Mikel Frank
Frank, who recently moved to the Charlotte area after living in New York for 29 years as an Event Coordinator and Stage Manager for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, combined forces with manager Sarah Gay to create not only a unique live collaborative art exhibit, but also live painting events.
“When I saw the space, I thought it a perfect venue for an exhibition like this,” said Frank in a ClearWater Press Release. “The artists here have been incredibly welcoming and supportive, and Sarah is great to work with. The space is so unique; it works very well.”
On July 14th, for ClearWater's monthly Second Saturday, another live painting event will take place with one of Frank's longtime collaborative painting partner, Gerard Amsellem starting at 11am. Both form the Visual Passion Duo and they will be bringing their artistic and performing talents to the studio for a 5-hour, Live Collaborative Painting Demo: VIsual Strategies. Local jazz pianist Noel Freidline will be there providing live music throughout the event.
This is not something foreign to the Visual Passion Duo, who have worked together to create art before (see the video below for a full visual on the process). Frank and Gerard Amsellem met in 2010 at the grand opening of GAS Gallery and Studio in Maplewood, NJ. Since then, creating art together has become natural, particularly when it relates to life and death, a topic that bonded them in the first place. One of their most notable pieces is titled "The Passing," which was their first large scale public “performance” painting, measuring 15 feet wide by 7.5 feet high. That was in 2011.
Seven years later, they are still working together, leaving behind a trail of live collaborations, including a unique multi-media, interactive art extravaganza called Visual Passion: On Love, and so much more. Their presence in North Carolina is much anticipated.
The third and final live event will take place August 11th, Family Collaborative Painting Day. At this event, families are encouraged to join Frank in the creation of the final live art piece that will be added to the exhibition.
The exhibit "Visual Strategies: A Collaborative Project" will be available through August 24th, so be sure to stop by and enjoy the collaboration!
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Visual Passion Duo | "Naissance" 2013