Invite a lot of people over for dinner, and it doesn’t take long for the table to fill up with platters, flatware, plates and elbows.
Invite a whole community to sit at your table for an art project, and the real estate goes just as fast. Just 37 spots remain on the Art Table, an installation at Vision Gallery that lets people make their mark on a piece of furniture not all that different, underneath its bedazzled top, from the average kitchen table.
“People have been coming in and picking a spot and creating something for that spot. Sometimes they’ll be here for an exhibit and see what we’re doing, and do it right then, but some people make a map of the spot they want and go home and make something and bring it back,” says Yvonne Villareal-Torres, who works at Vision, a warm and welcoming little gallery tucked into the ground floor of Chandler City Hall.
Impromptu artists can embellish or paint a section of the table top with supplies the gallery has on hand, or reserve a spot and take a more thought-out approach.
“Some people have brought things from home. Kids have brought in old toys and created little scenes. There are wine corks. There are pop tops from aluminum cans. There are beads and tiles. There’s a small sculpture made of license plates,” says Villareal-Torres. “There are flat, one-dimensional pieces, and there are 3-D pieces.”
She says it’s been fun to watch the table, which started with more than 100 empty spots, be filled in by people of all ages and from all walks of life.
It’s free to decorate a space on the table, while spaces last, but each contributor is asked to complete a form that tells a little about him and the artwork he creates on the table. Villareal-Torres says the pace is picking up now that the holidays have passed.
The project is tied to “Chairitable for Chandler Youth Arts,” an auction slated for March 15 in which chairs and tables embellished by about 50 area artists will be sold at Chandler Center for the Arts. The proceeds will benefit the city’s youth arts programming and job opportunities for artists to work with local youth.
If you go
What: Decorate one of the remaining spaces on Art Table, a free community art project
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays while spaces are available. Closed Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 21.
Where: Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler
Information: (480) 782-2695 or VisionGallery.org
Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or firstname.lastname@example.org