Free Art Fridays In Munich

I try things in Munich and then when I find myself doing things alone or only with Katrin Klug, then we just kind of putter out after awhile because we love doing things together but with projects like Free Art Friday, the point is to have lots of artists, not just two.

This year, I was putting out photos for Free Art Friday, and then my mother had her stroke, and I took some time off and then I found out that I was the only cheerleader in Munich and that just kind of sucked so I took an even longer vacation from encouraging artists and that long break confirmed that it did not seem to matter to most artists, so I wondered what was the point of working so hard to create something in Munich. (Examining your life happens when dramatic life changes occur.)

Because I was feeling this way, I focused on finishing my current art projects, tried not freaking out about my mother’s 4k a month medical bill, took a step back to see how many projects were not in line with my passions and started steering Munich Artists in a direction that fit with my life circumstances and the new strain to my pocketbook.

It is now November, and I am almost done with this year’s projects, and I thought I would spend the next two months isolating myself so I could focus on writing but, an email showed up in my mailbox yesterday that made me think about Free Art Fridays.


Kimi Te found this Free Art Friday Gift.


The email was from Kimi Te  who was in Munich for Jewellery week and found one of my photographs.  I know that a few Munich Artists have found my work around the city and that a few Mingas have my work but it was nice to see that someone living in Italy has a photograph of mine from the Free Art Friday project.

Getting this email made me smile.  I enjoy giving small gifts of artwork so I decided to do a Free Art Advents Calendar 2016.

This is not a formal Munich Artists Project.   I want to focus on writing two books during November/December so I will spend no time organizing artists for collaborations. Instead, you can contribute by dropping off artwork on a hook on the board on the day you want to share it. (Lots of ons in that sentence.)

This is a drop off and share good karma kind of project.  Each day I will have my artwork as a present on the Advent’s board and I would love for you to add yours.

The advents calendar will be outside our Frauenstrasse 18 studio.  I am there from 1000 to 1500  M,T,Th, Fr so if you want the art piece but don’t want to interact with me, you can show up after 1500 and before the front doors closes at 1900 to see if there is some artwork is left. I will keep you informed on Facebook when art pieces are picked up.

I will keep you informed on Facebook and Instagram when art pieces are picked up and whether there is artwork still to be picked up before I leave the studio.

I will post a photo of the board next week so you can see my Munich Artists Advents Calendar that will holding the parcels.

If you are an artist and you want to put a present on the board hooks feel free to stop by and add one. Please make sure the present is wrapped securely in plastic so that it doesn’t get wet and that it can hang from a hook. I will leave presents on the board until they are taken and I will be posting each wrapped present on Facebook so our Facebook fans can have a first crack at getting the packages left by Munich Artists.

Thank you Kim Te for reminding me that the little things are cherished as much as the big. This advent calendar is a nice compromise for me since I canceled the art swap.


If you are near the Munich Readery tonight, stop by and say hello. We are celebrating the launch of the Munich Stories 2016 book tonight starting at 1900. There is a limited amount of seating so come early. We may be doing a second book reading in December/January depending on how many people want one.  We will be publishing a Kindle/ibooks version of the book once the hard copy is back from the printer (We had them, sent them back and are waiting for the reprint.)




Munich Project Updates

This Week’s Project Updates:

  • B/W artists book:

Last Saturday, Munich Artists started a project for an artist’s book focusing on black and white ink on paper.  The artists have now collected their supplies and are in the process of making their art pieces.  As the weeks go by, I will share more images of the artwork.

  • Long Night Of the Museum Connected Installation:

The centrepiece of our installation is a zoetrope which now has a physical form thanks to the Werkbox 3. I will be picking up the skeleton for the zoetrope today and will post an image next week of the finished piece.  Katrin Vogl is currently at the space working on her sculpture and our floor stickers will be printed next week.

If you want to take a peek at what we are doing, you are welcome to stop by and see.  We will be at Frauenstrasse 18 M-F from 830 until 1600 until October 16th.

  • Free Art Friday Munich 

Katrin Klug has been putting her small pieces out every friday.  Last week, Katrin left a piece of art in a cafe and it was snatched up! If you decide to participate in Free art Friday, please do not to put your art in a store or someplace difficult for people to reach.   If you do put outwork out for Free Art Friday, please let us know so we can write about it on the Free Art Friday Munich Facebook Page and on the Free Art Friday Munich Blog.  On new media, we share where each piece of art can be found and the artist’s name if they want to share it.

  • New Projects:
    • 1.  Artists book with Brigitte Pruchnow.  We have set down the parameters for the book and the project will begin in January 2015.  This is a unique project and may turn into a series.  The project will be open to all Munich/Bavarian artists but you cannot apply. each artist is picked by the artist before them. I will only be choosing artists if we end up getting stuck because an artist did not finish their art piece in the designated time.  If you are a Munich artist you may submit your name to the list of standby artists but I can’t promise that you will be picked. I will post the name of the artists as they complete their art piece and show on a map where they are located. This way you can see how the project is working its way around the city and how the artists decide who to pick as the next artist in the chain of artwork.
    • 2. Artists book/zine with Andreas Hirsch.  This project is starting in November 2014. It is open to illustrators and writers.  I must meet you before I will put you on the team.  We are looking for visual artists who love to think outside of the box, have their own illustrative style that is not Manga related and flows well with the other artists involved. For Writers, we are looking for writers interested in a magazine/zine/graphic novel and able to write flash fiction that translates well into English.  All the artists for this book series must want to work in a group, must be able to meet deadlines, and must be interested in long term group project.  We are looking for a group of like minded artists with a sense of humour so that the project stays fun and professional.  We want the first product from this group to leave the nest in March 2015.



Wine Helps Creativity Flow

Welcome to the second day of this week.  Here is some international, local and Munich artists news for you:

  • This is why artists get such brilliant ideas at parties.  Wine helps creativity flow
  • You will have plenty of opportunities this week to test this theory about wine when you visit the art studios and drink the wine which will be flowing all over Munich.  If you would like to attend a traditional vernissage, there is an opening at the Pasinger Fabrik starting on July 10th for a group of artists.
  • On July 25, 2014, Munich Artists will begin participating in the global initiative Free Art Friday. This is a regular art event where artists leave artwork around the city for people to find. The artwork will be left only in commercial areas of town where people will be able to find the art.   We will load photos of the artwork that artists have placed around the city for you to find and each art piece will be labeled with the name of the artist and their website on a little Munich artists tag.
  • Starting on July 8, 2014 we have a 30 day drawing challenge happening.  This is a drawing, not sketching challenge which means you can have a little help from  a projector, a light box, photoshop or whatever device you find helpful when making a drawing.  There are no rules on size or format. All that is required is that you make some art each day for the next thirty days.  We will be posting the topic to sketch each morning and artists are encouraged to share their work with us the next day.  Do on Day 1 I will give the topic.  Day 2 You will see a gallery of images from day 1 and the topic for day 2.