Friday, October 21, 2016

Show Your Work

Every Wednesday on our social media channels--Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram--we have our weekly shout-out to see our you putting our brushes to work! I call it #showyourwork Wednesday. You can share photos of your painting and projects with us a few different ways.

On Facebook, come on over to the Dynasty Brush page and share a photo with us--either as a comment to our weekly #showyourwork post, or as a visitor post on our page.

On Twitter, share a photo with us by tweeting us @dynastybrush or adding #showyourwork or #dynastybrush to your tweet. I just may retweet your photo to all of our followers!

On Instagram, post a photo and tag us @dynastybrushes or add the hashtag #dynastybrush. We may repost your pic!

When you share a photo, please tell us what line of Dynasty brushes helped you create your masterpiece. And don't worry if you aren't quite done with your painting, yet--we LOVE to see your work in progress!

Don't be shy--let us know you're out there! Share a photo with us next Wednesday!

And as always, you can find more information about all of our brushes on the Dynasty Brush website.

Friday, October 7, 2016

First Fridays

Many cities have art events on the first Friday of every month. Galleries open their doors in the evenings, some studios open up for visitors, artists come out to support fellow artists, people come out looking to socialize and celebrate the end of the work week. Some communities call these events "First Friday" or "Gallery Crawl." No matter what it is called, it is all about celebrating local artists and art based businesses.

I am based in Pittsburgh, PA where we have a bustling and hustling arts community. For the First Friday of the month is Unblurred, which is in our Penn Avenue arts district. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust also has a Gallery Crawl a few Fridays a year.  The Frick Pittsburgh also has First Friday events every month.

Six years ago, I moved to Pittsburgh from Tallahassee, FL. In Tally there is First Friday events in Railroad Square Art Park, the city's creative arts district. Though it has been a while since I have been to First Friday there, I remember Florida State University having some of their student studios in that same district, so there was an opportunity to see young artist showing their work.

I have also visited First Friday events in St. Augustine, FL and New Haven, CT and each event shed a light on what was happening at that moment in each of those cities. Though those two places are very different, one thing was the same: artists were showing their art and the community gathered to participate.

Does your community have a regular art event that takes place on the first Friday of the month? Don't know? Well, I encourage you to find out--you never know what amazing creative people are living in your neighborhood! And if your town doesn't have an event like this, maybe you should consider organizing one for your Neck of the Woods! Be supportive, share your work, enhance your community!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Art Can Help Heal: Paint Stong Orlando

On June 12 of this year, the city of Orlando, Florida suffered a devastating act of violence at Pulse nightclub. It left the local community hurting and the entire nation stunned. Sam Flax and his team at Sam Flax art supply store in Orlando were left wondering how they could help. Sam came up with the idea to donate art supplies to the community. With the help of the Sam Flax staff and numerous donors, including Dynasty Brush, Sam was able to help the Orlando community through the aftermath of horrible tragedy. Artists who received donations we asked to bring in their work so it could be displayed.

The artists of Orlando created over 250 pieces and the collection known as Paint Strong Orlando will now be displayed at multiple venues over the next several months. Paint Strong Orlando had its opening reception last night at the Orlando Public Library. The pieces in the Paint Strong Orlando collection will be auctioned off with the entirety of the proceeds going to help the victims of the Pulse shooting and their families.

Dynasty Brush is honored to a part of this beautiful project and thanks Sam Flax and his staff for giving back to the Orlando community in such a meaningful way.

Do you want to see Paint Strong Orlando but don't live in Orlando? Good news: you can view the whole collection here.

You can follow Sam Flax of Orlando on Facebook, on Twitter and on Instagram.  And if you live in Orlando, please shop there knowing they are a business that is devoted to helping their community.

I want to thank Elizabeth Neeley of Sam Flax for all her help with this post. Thanks, Liz!