Left Holding the Bag?

For the benefit of children in coffee-growing communities,
that’s the whole point

YOU ARE INVITED to an art party Saturday night at 3Ten Haustudio in Castleberry Hill. See Seaberg Acrobatic Poetry and other performances. Listen to jazz, blues, rock and bluegrass by local bands. Chow down on pizza from Slice and salads from Ria’s Bluebird.

It ought to be a good time, but this is also a party with a purpose. Artist Diane Hause, who frequently opens her studio for benefits, is raising money for Coffee Kids, a nonprofit organization that helps children who live in coffee-growing communities around the world.She’s hit upon a novel idea.

Hause gave artists a 12-by-16-inch plastic coffee bag and asked them to fill it with stuff around their studios or to make a piece that would fit in the bag. She will sell the bags, displayed throughout the studio, in a silent auction during the party. It turns out this was just the kind of challenge to get the creative juices going. More than 100 artists responded.

Here are some examples:

STUDIO SWEEPINGS: Some of them took the title seriously and filled their bags with such items as paint-can lids, sawdust, ceramic shards and sandpaper — artfully composed into little assemblages.

MINI ARTWORK: Some made 12-by-16-inch artworks, from paintings to metal sculptures. Victoria Martin-Gilly created a goodie bag, filled with several small pencil drawings.

CELEBRITY SOUVENIRS: Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls contributed a bag that includes a armonica, a hand-written play list and guitar picks.

FUNCTIONAL ART: Mary Ann Martino crocheted part of a scarf and wrote a poem about its colors, along with an offer to finish the scarf for the buyer.

CONCEPTUAL ART: Mark Wolfe enclosed an American flag that was made in China in a comment on outsourcing.

— Catherine Fox for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, VIZARTS
November 11, 2004

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