Monthly Archives: October 2013

Snail Hunt

We hope you like our street art snails. We made them just for you.

If you love one so much, that you can’t help but take it with you, we totally understand.

1. Give it a nice home, with lots of love.

2. Post a photo of your new friend, with a tag like #ECSnails, #ECArtists, #MercedSnails, #SnailInvasion, or even #Snails.

The EC artists are checking Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr to see if any of their snails have been seen.

Happy hunting!

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ARTAGEDDON at the Arts Center

ARTAGEDDON at the Arts Center

The Merced County Arts Council is throwing it’s first ever Artageddon event.

The challenge:  You have four hours to paint, using only the materials you are given.  Weeks later, comes the competition… a single elimination tournament, judged by the audience.  Winners move on to the next bout, and losers… are destroyed!!! The Wheel of Death determines the mode of destruction, and only an audience member’s purchase will save the painting.  The winning painting not only survives destruction, but earns $500 for it’s creator.

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This is mega-exciting, and we cannot wait!

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Meanwhile, back at Music class…

The Snail Invasion street art project is taking the front seat right now, but we wanted to show what awesome things are happening in non-snail related activities.  (Photos by Christopher Moon Trent)

Sue Thao

Sue Thao

Shirley and James Brizendine

Shirley and James Brizendine

Lupe Chavez and Juan Betancourt

Lupe Chavez and Juan Betancourt

Denise Saelee

Denise Saelee

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Snail Invasion: Installing The First Wave

Some photos of a few of the artists installing the Snail Invasion street art project.

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From left to right, Oscar Onsurez, Ivan Hernandez, Yadira Prado, and Richard Chavez were in my group.  Since I had the camera, they’re the ones getting famous today.  Oh well… more installations to come.

This is a series, showing how you might miss the art around you, if you’re not paying attention.

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Here are some photos of the snails in place.

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October 2013 EC Snails: The Invasion Begins

After they escaped from the kiln, the snails made their way across the classroom, out onto the 3rd floor landing, onto the elevator, down to the 1st floor, through the galleries, and out of the Arts Center…

Special Thanks go out to EC Artists Anne Marsh, Melissa Fuentes, Hilda Cotta, Michael Cordova, and our awesome intern Lulu Gamez, for this fantastic stop motion video.

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October 2013 EC Snails: Out of the Kiln

Our street art project is underway. 500 snails were fired in the kiln. Here, the snails from the first shelf are escaping the kiln.

This is a bit of fun from our Clay/Ceramic Arts instructor Kristine Hansen.

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