Stroke Art Fair 2017. Where Are You?

Where is Stroke? 

Last week, as I jotted down my schedule, I saw that something fun was missing and I didn’t understand why.  Why was Stroke not on my calendar and why was Stroke not happening in May?

Tracking down Marco Schwalbe, I asked him where was Stroke and why was my favourite Munich Art Fair not happening in May 2017.

The Stroke/Schwalbe story is too long for a typical Munich Artists blog post so I’m going to sacrifice a few details, cut a few twists and turns out and get to the point as fast as Munich Artists can. (I guess I could have sacrificed this paragraph….)

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Divorce Affects Everyone

The biggest twist in the Stroke story happened in 2016 when Raiko and Marco Schwalbe decided to stop working together. 

Both brothers call the dissolution of their partnership a divorce which is a word that does not bring happy memories to anyone involved with that kind of thing. So, even though the two brothers worked for several years in the art world trying to bring art fairs to Munich and Berlin, they failed to keep on the same wavelength and decided to cut ties and divide up their creations.

Marco Schwalbe now has sole creative control over Stroke and he has full control over Stroke’s fate in Munich, Germany. 

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A NEW HOME

The dissolution of a partnership is always tough but in late 2016 the Stroke team forged ahead and tried to find Stroke a home for 2017. This proved to be difficult. The Praterinsel was sold to Urs Brunner and the new management substantially increased the rent for the space and reduced the space footprint for Stroke Art Fair due to safety issues with the older buildings.

Artists and event organisers working in Munich know what a pain it can be to get a space that is big enough and nice enough and cheap enough to make your project happen. This is what stroke faced in their hunt for a new art fair home for the 2017 season.

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After a few failed attempts to secure a location, the owners of Werksviertel/Kunstpark Ost came to the rescue and offered Stroke one of their existing building until it is demolished in three years. This amazing opportunity allows Stroke to exist in 2017 but, the timeline for the art fair had to be adjusted for the new larger space and short time frame.

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werksviertel near Ostbahnhof, Munich, Germany

 

In an effort to make Stroke a quality event at the Werksviertel/Kunstpark Ost location, Marco Schwalbe decided to push the event back so that his team could take advantage of the larger space and rethink how Stroke would grow in this creative sector of Munich.

With a new space, Stroke will offer more quality artwork from more curated galleries.  The focus for Stroke will continue to be contemporary emerging artists that embody the spirit of Stroke Art Fairs from the past while offering serious collectors a quality selection of emerging art from around the world.

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Although Marco Schwalbe and Mevena Chopova will curate the galleries admitted to the fair, Loomit will be curating the outdoor opportunities for artists to create large scale art pieces.

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The Future of Stroke Art Fair

In the future, Marco hopes to take Stroke along the road towards having dedicated artistic areas (digital, Illustration) and continue to provide Munich with a fun and well curated emerging art fair event.

In the future, the fair may go back to May but Marco is waiting to see how everything goes at the new location and this year’s October date.

If you are an emerging contemporary gallery and are interested in bringing your artwork to Munich, you can apply to the Stroke Art Fair being held in October 2017.  

The fair will be happening from October 4 – October 8, 2017.

Marco will give the first opportunity to galleries who were booked for the May show and as I mentioned before, the focus of his team’s curation is emerging art for collectors who enjoy the Stroke experience.

The Way to Neuperlach Zoo

On June 19, 2016 the Neuperlach Zoo opens to the public and Munich Artists wants to make sure you make it down to Quiddestr 45 for a street art photo safari.  To make sure you don’t get lost in the jungle of 8 story high rises, we documented how you get from the Subway to the Zoo (This takes about nine minutes from subway to the Neuperlach zoo.)  Please add the ten minute walk to your travel time so you don’t miss the festivities.

DIRECTIONS

Wherever you are in Munich, you will find your way to the Subway Line U5/U8 heading towards Neuperlach Sued and get off at Quiddestrasse.

Below is what you will see when you are about to leave the subway.  If you go Left, you will see street art by the same artists but not the zoo.  

 

If you go left, you will see this which is a different street art mural created by Der blaue Vogel

 

If you get there a bit early, I encourage you to go left and see this wall mural that takes up the whole underpass before turning around and heading in the other direction.

To get to quidesstr 45, I would like you to turn right when you get off the subway.  This is what it will look like except those people will not be there.

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Then, you will walk until you see this.

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Don’t fret.  Turn to your left and walk up these stairs.

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Walk straight until you reach the end of the playground and then turn right and head in the direction of the Joey’s pizza (If it is still a pizza place.)

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Keep walking straight but not into a pole.

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When you reach these red and white poles, veer to your left and walk on the lovely path through all those big 8 story buildings.  This space reminds me of Berlin or part of Singapore so if you have never been to East Berlin or Singapore, you can sort of feel the vibe of all those communist styled block apartment buildings as you walk to the Neuperlach zoo.

Follow the well maintained path until you see this. This is the Neuperlach zoo waiting for you to come and enjoy a photo safari.  Please do not add any animals when you go. The Zoo is a curated project sponsored by the city of Munich and we want you to respect the work of the artists who have donated their time and artistic skills to making this fab street art project in Neuperlach.

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I have it on good authority that the theme song for the zoo is in the making so, at the zoo opening, you may hear a rap song dedicated to the zoo….lets keep our finger’s crossed that the Musician is able to debut the song in time.  I promise to share the song and the artist’s name on the website once the song is published.

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Pssst…I’ve heard there may be a  Neuperlach Zoo rap song.  

 

NOTE:  This is worth seeing but plan your day accordingly if you are coming on a day other than June 19th.  Bring a thermos of your favourite drink, some lunch and a blanket so you can enjoy a wild adventure in Mingaland.

Stroke Art Fair 2016 – Part II

PART II go here for Part I

Walk past the ISPO installation and enter the Ponyhof artclub room Displayed on the back wall are a few very large pieces. The one below is priced under 7000 Euro.  All the pieces by the artist Jakub Hubalek are monochromatic and I took a photo of the female portrait and a group scene. They both look like they are based on old photographs.  They look pretty straight forward but if you need more of a story, talk to the gallerist.

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Artwork  by Jakub Hubalek Stroke Art Fair 2016
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Artwork by Jakub Hubalek Stroke Art Fair 2016

In the same room, there are these two concrete blocks that I would have lugged home if I was looking for big sculptural pieces for a larger flat.  I like Valentina Murabito’s technique and the way she executed the work.

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Stroke Art Fair 2016 – Valentina Murabito – Analog photograph, photoemulsion on Concrete

 

INNERFIELDS

The artwork below is by Innerfields and I love Innerfields’ work.  Innerfields is a group of three street artists with a studio practice.  The cool thing about this group is that all three work on the artworks together and it really is seamless.  The work isn’t a collage of styles together but an Innerfields style.  The collection this year seems to be focused on the absence of the technology gadget – Let your brain insert the data.  Please don’t miss them.  The three artists are present I think. I saw two of them wandering around yesterday so I’m assuming the trio made the trip down from Berlin.

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Innerfields – Stroke Art Fair 2016

 

HNRX

We saw his work in two locations.  We’ve talked to HNRX and we want to make sure he continues making art so go buy some of his artwork.

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Provenzano Fine Art

Below is an artwork brought all the way from Brazil.   The gallery is on the bottom floor of the main building in a corridor gallery space.  I really liked the work of Nick Alive but he didn’t fly to Munich from Brazil. You are welcome to talk to the two very friendly gallerists who are present and the other artists in the booth. I don’t have a price for you.. I think this piece was under 1k Euro.

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Nick Alive -Brazilian Artist at Stroke Art Fair 2016

For the Artists.  If you are part of Munich Artists or a Munich Artist and I didn’t capture your pretty face, I’m sorry. I didn’t realise there would be so many of you!  I went on the press tour and you or your artwork were not there yet or, you were so busy I didn’t get to talk with you, or, you didn’t scream at me to stop and pay attention.  I’m sorry. I love all Munich Artists and I’m encouraging people to go find you at the fair but, because of International Print Day, I don’t know if I will make it back out to the Island so we will have to do a little game planning for next year.

For collectors. I did a quick breakdown of the galleries present.

  •  14 galleries/art collectives are from Munich.
  • 10 galleries are from other areas of Germany.
  • 2  galleries are from Switzerland.
  • 10 galleries are from Turkey, UK, Netherlands, Brazil, Spain and the US. (Numbers are approximate, I’m an artist not an accountant.)

You will find excellent artwork at the fair and I’ve shown you photos of some of my favourites that were hanging or displayed when I walked with the press tour.

You will be happy with most of the prices. I’m not a big fan of paying high prices for unknown artists even those I love.  When you go, buy what you love and can afford. There is plenty of artwork to choose from and many of the artists have created artwork that is small and can be carted home on the subway without leaving you with a hole in your pocket. (Except for Valentina Murabitos Cement rectangles. You will need a forklift to get those home.)

If you are looking for more international artists, you may get a tad grumpy.  I pointed out the artists from Paris, Brazil, Turkey and Spain and you can hunt down the Polish and British  & Dutch artists.

If you are a street artist and I didn’t say hello, please email me and I will go photograph your work on the streets of Munich, Germany and share it on the website. If you are a street artist and you didn’t create street art pieces while in Munich…. shame on you.

Have fun everyone this weekend.  I wish the artists amazing sales and I wish the collectors a good art hunt.

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork from the Deadline Urban Art Festival and Schlachthof

Did you get over to the Deadline Urban Art Festival?  If you didn’t here are a few photos of the interior artwork at the Schlachthof which is right next to Tumblingerstrasse which is why I put all the photos together in this post. If you have photos from the festival you would like to share with me, I will post them in an additional post and give you photo credit. If you don’t I will have to meander over there and snap a few more later this month.

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Now, the artwork from other areas of the Schlachthof (not part of the festival)

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Outside walls on Tumblingerstrasse:

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New HNRX Street Art Near Candidplatz

I will be posting an interview with HNRX over the weekend (Cause he was nice enough to send me coordinates where to find him.) While you wait for me to finish writing, you can grab your calendar and jot down the following information:

  • Date: July 15, 2016
  • Time: 2000 to 2400
  • Location:  Die Faerberei  Claude Lorrain Strasse 25 RGB 81543 Munich

For three days, HNRX will be selling artwork on cardboard to some lucky Mingas.  Go support HNRX so he can share more artwork on our city walls.

Most of HNRx’s walls are self funded and Munich Artists likes to encourage you to support artists chasing their dreams onto the streets of Munich.

After looking at your finances and setting aside 100 to 1k Euro for the July exhibition, head over to Candidplatz to see HNRX’s new very large art piece.  If you take the subway, you will exit and head over towards the little creek.

Please enjoy HNRX’s work while you can. He is a guest in our city for only a few more months and then he will be off hunting for new game walls in another European city.

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London Inspiration – Street Art and Graffiti (March 2016)

Finally!  Today, I’m sharing with you the street art & graffiti that I found during my recent trip to London.(Photos I have not already posted here and on Instagram.)

Before you take a peek, please note:

  1.  I still need to label artists if I can figure out who they are. Any help is appreciated.
  2. Layers upon layers of artwork. No piece is sacred.  A mural is a mural. Street art is street art and street art is temporary.
  3. The street art is not all over London. There are two main zones for street art/graffiti  These zones are filled to the brim with art so when you go there, every corner is a delight to explore. Plan to spend two days looking through those neighbourhoods.
  4. HNRX – I found him in London.  Go check out the artwork we have here in Munich at Tumblingerstrasse and the Kultfabrik. We are lucky to have his work here.  Go enjoy it while it is still up on the walls.
  5. Good. Bad. Great. Mediocre. Big. Small. Paper. Sticker. Paint. Spraypaint. Marker. The artwork is made with different mediums and all of the pieces exist in the same space and covers the same walls. The walls have a texture that is sculptural with pieces extending out into the street. It feels like the walls are talking to you when you walk down these streets – a loud art conversation asking you to join in.
  6. The neighbourhoods where you find the street art in London encourage street art.  In other areas of London, you will find very little street art.  The artists know where they are welcome and they go there to share their artwork and not worry about cctv cameras.  Some of the larger pieces on specific buildings are not commissioned but are created with permission from the store owners.  A nice piece of street art = tourists/visitors/photographs and a positive digital footprint encouraging people to visit.
  7. If you want to go painting on the streets of London, contact Wumi. We showed you some of his work here.  Wumi is really cool and knows where to paint and will tell you where you can get your art supplies and maybe if he likes your work, he will paint with you.

Sendling Utility Box Attracts Street Art – Can We Keep it Pretty Please

The utility box owners (two boxes) have been waging a war with a group of graffiti people since I moved into my apartment in 2009.street-art-sendling-munich-germany-photo-by-emmy-horstkamp-munichartists-IMG_8998

Every couple of months, the city comes along and paints the boxes a solid blah colour and within a few days, the graffiti taggers are back to “claim” their space with their tags.

I know graffiti artists say that I must accept tagging as part of street art but I don’t.  I understand it but it doesn’t qualify as art. It is just scribbles all over the buildings.  Sometimes an artist will create tagging stickers which , to me, make more sense.  They can be cool looking and plastered everywhere.

Anyways, that is the fight happening in my neighourhood between the city and this group of taggers until today when,

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street art piece in Sendling – Munich, Germany April 2016

I saw her this morning when I walked my dogs and quickly ran back to snap a photo.  She is on that city box that keeps getting painted.  She is in a precarious space so if you want to see her and snap a photo of her you better be quick – She is not in a designated Munich Street art space and that makes her super temporary.

This box is located between the recycle center, a garden house community, the Jewish cemetery and across from the largest climbing centre in Europe.  Munich, can we convert this box into a street art box?? Pretty please? We need an official nod of the head or it will all be painted over in a few weeks by the city. Munich,  the box already has issues with taggers. It is a non-ending fight so maybe the box should become a StreetArt box.

Munich officials, I suggest you hurry up and hire a new street art curator and implement the following rules for the artists for these two boxes and the neighourhood that surrounds them.

  1. Do not cover up the vent, the door hinges, or the useful aspects of this box.  Maybe those areas could be painted with a reflective colour to let the artists know what should be left untouched.
  2. Do not touch the walls of the cemetery.  That is a sacred space and that would make Munich very sad. It is a monument and of historical significance.  It does not need adornment or tagging.
  3. Do not touch any of the garden houses. They are tended to by nature loving Mingas who spend lots of time on their houses.   I talked with a street artist who said that if you go to Turkey, you can ask people to let you paint their houses… this would be an option for the garden houses.  I think that would be pretty cool especially with the houses that look a bit run down but ASK THEM do not just go painting things in the garden house community. The gardeners have enough problems with snails and the ravens.
  4. Do not paint Emmy’s house.  I live in a white apartment complex with lots of old people.  Don’t give them a heart attack. Don’t make it hard to get spaces for you to paint legally.  Someone tagged my house and the hausmeister ran around apologising and painted it immediately. You can put stickers in the Minga allowed sticker areas near my house to let me know you are nearby but leave my white castle walls alone. (my house looks like a weird castle in the forest.)  I love your street art but my neighbours love their white walls. You are welcome to street art paint the shed in my garden.  ONLY my shed. I will post a photo of it next week.
  5. Think about the neighbourhood. There are cool things happening in this area.  Ask the artist to theme their street art so the neighbourhood wants to keep it.  We have climbers, we have gardeners, we have people throwing away pretty cool trash. We also have hundreds of dog walkers and those people who hate them (someone just killed a dog in the park this week with a razor blade inside a meatball.) We also have bikers and people heading to the Zoo or the Isar (ten minute walk. I would love to see that incorporated into Munich Street art for my area of Sendling.

Until the new curator is hired and some kind of approved space is created, this girl is in DANGER of disappearing faster than intended by Nature or the street art rhythm of change. Lets get moving and make it legal for artists to give her some playmates.

TONA. TONA. Munich’s Got a TONA. Go See Our Green Wall And DON’T Lean Your Freaking Bikes On It!

Last week, our street art experts posted on Instagram a photo of this street art by TONA.  I was so happy to see a large piece downtown that I went there yesterday and shot this series of photographs memorialising the piece before it gets mucked up by tags and people who have no clue what it is.

Wall Mural by TONA in Munich
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Wall Mural by TONA in Munich
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TONA Detail 3 photo by Emmy Horstkamp – I have a post reviewing the Wunstkunst box coming up tomorrow.
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TONA Detail 7 photo by Emmy Horstkamp – Please don’t lean your bikes on our TONA.  We are lucky to have one of these in Munich in a central location. I know your child would appreciate it as much as I do.

Just in case you don’t know where this is, here is a map:

Note: If you find a cool piece of street art you think I should share on the website, please send me the address to emmy@kyfio.com and I will go snap some photos before it gets painted over or tagged or altered or scraped up by parents with baby strollers too big for city living. (I’m a mom so I can comment of parents with baby strollers the size of small caravans.)

Candidplatz – Munich Street Art

Organized by MUCA and supported by the city of Munich, streets artists created artwork on the pillars of the bridge spanning over the Candidplatz Ubahn stop.  The project is part of an effort to beautify the Untergiesing area and bring Local and international street artists together on the walls and public spaces of Munich, Germany.  The title of the project is “Building Bridges” and is part of the MUCA on tour project.  If you would like to read more about their project, you can go here.

The artists with artwork at Candidplatz are:

Herakut

Rone

Kelbebande Berlin

Case

It is worth taking a bike ride down the Isar to Candidplatz or hopping on the U1 subway and getting off at the Candidplatz stop.

Here is a map to show you where you will be going…

Street Art – Tumblingerstrasse – The Graffiti Walls of Munich – September 2015

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It is always a pleasure to see new urban art in Munich.  I tried to capture the full images so you can see the names of the artists on the works. I’m not that great at “reading” the signatures, so if you are the creator of one of these works, and you want your name on the photo, please send me your data to emmy@kyfio.com. Thanks!

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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-21 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-23 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-23 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-24 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-24 photo by Emmy Horstkamp

Art Cleaning Street Art – When does street art need to be saved from other artists?

NOW 

Over the last 12 years, street artists created a collage on the facade of the LUX in Berlin X-Berg.  Unfortunately for these diligent collagists, a graffiti artist has covered their collage with gray paint and the words “Thank STERBN.”  According to the Berlin group trying to restore the piece, the wall showed how artists can create artwork together and they want it restored.

The LUX (building) and the artists who worked on the original collaging want to remove the gray paint from the The LUX,  located at Schleisische Str. 41, 10997 Berlin.

PAST

Berlin’s mural artwork attract undesirable graffiti or people who have no idea how to create graffiti or urban art and just splotch scribbles on a wall.  In 2014, Vrubel Dmitri, organised an art cleaning of his mural “Brotherly Kiss,” to remove graffiti left by visitors and artists looking for a few minutes of fame.  Check out the link to see what his artwork looked like before it was cleaned up.

In Munich, Commissioned street “graffiti” art can be found under the Donnersburgerbrucke and at Candidplatz.  Curated Street street art can be found along Tumblingerstrasse and at the Schlachthofviertel.  If you want to see what other street art I find on my weekly walks around town, please subscribe to Munich Artists’s instagram feed which will show you Munich street art and graffiti found as I wander the city.

Should we be Cleaning and Restoring Street Art?

Public street art murals are not graffiti and open to manipulation, collaging or overpainting.  The street artwork at Candidplatz and Donnersburgerbrucke are not graffiti.  The city subsidized the creation of the art pieces and allowed the artwork to be created. The city invited specific urban artists to create the work so the artwork does not fall under the definition of graffiti which is:

[an] unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface.

Urban styled artwork in the public realm is not graffiti unless it fits this definition.

The artwork on the Lux building is allowed by the owner of the building. The artwork is not graffiti but urban street art where the artists have permission from the building owner.  The artists in Berlin worked for 12 years on a public art piece which has been covered by a graffiti artist who did not know.  Maybe they were from another city or were not involved in the street culture of Berlin.

The graffiti artist decided to add to the artwork with a different agenda and covered over the artwork of the other artists. This happens all the time on tumblingerstrasse.  Great artwork is covered over to make room for mediocre work. The walls change with the weather and Munich artists understand that artwork that goes onto those walls have a temporary life which is captured by Munich photographers because permission does not mean permanence and we want to remember the great artwork created in Munich.

If you would like to see some of the street art in Munich captured by Munich photographers, you can check out the following two books:

  • “Munich Street Art – A road safari”.Roy Hessing and Jörg Müller anchor, 12 Euro, ISBN 978-3-00-033149-7 (We have a few copies at Frauenstrasse if you would like to buy one.)
  • Street Art Munich a book created by Reinhild Freitag shares artwork by Munich artists Loomit, Eazy and LawOne.

street art Muenchen

As an urban artist, I enjoy seeing the artwork of artists on the streets but don’t confuse graffiti with urban art murals. The two are not the same.  The artwork at the locations mentioned above are allowed by the city or the owners of the particular buildings so the artwork has left the realm of graffiti and has become Urban public art.

graffiti on Munich Window

Friday. Get Ready to Artsy.

Edina Fischer - Tools of a Trade - Day 7
Edina Fischer – Tools of a Trade – Day 7

First, if you are participating in our self portrait challenge, we are on Day 7 and the theme is Tools.    Edina sent her photograph in early this morning. The tools of a jewellery artist/ Goldsmith.   If you don’t know about art jewellery, we shared an article about art jewellery a few weeks ago and you can read it here.

TODAY there are two artsy things to do downtown.

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Urban Art and Popcorn is today!

sommerfest

Summerfest im Kunstverein is Today!  Galeriestraße 4, 80359 Munich, Germany (starts at 1700)

WORKSHOPS:

If you are putting workshops into your calendar, two Munich Artists have sent us information about workshops in the city.

abstract art workshop

Starting August 20th  – Painting and Drawing 4 day workshop – August 20 – 23, 2014 at Atelier project Kunstkuerse Muenchen.  Britta Eriskat helped organise this event inviting Heiner Blumenthal to come down from Cologne to teach this course.    (Thursday through Sunday)

kalligraphieworkshop

October 10th and November 11, 2015.   A calligraphy workshop with Steffi K. (The artist who designed the Munich Artists logo).   Here are the details in German:

  • Ankündigung: 
Workshop für Anfänger – EINFÜHRUNG IN DIE MODERNE KALLIGRAPHIE
  • WANN:
Samstag, den 10.10.2015 
Workshop #1: 9-13 Uhr, Workshop #2: 14-18 Uhr
  • Samstag, den 07.11.2015 
Workshop #1: 9-13 Uhr, Workshop #2: 14-18 Uhr
  • WO:
Coffee Fellows, Schützenstrasse 14 
(Workshop-Raum, obere Etage), 80335 München
  • Pro Workshop sind max. 10 Teilnehmer möglich.
  • ANMELDUNG: 
www.steffikalil.com/workshop oder per E-Mail steffi@steffikalil.com

That is all for today. I need to now go figure out what my tools are and snap a photo for day 7’s challenge.  (I have too many trades/tools/ideas for just one photo. I might require a whole book for this theme.)

Have a great Friday and let me know what you think of the urban art festival.