Jesse Perry: Artist or Circus Ringmaster?

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Local artist Jesse Perry’s “I’ll Paint on Any Thing – A Circus Sideshow” will be the feature exhibition at Practical Art for our Art Detour 26 extravaganza. Our main display wall will feature Perry’s menagerie of misfits: loud and proud, odd-man-out characters prominently staking places atop other discards of society– old shelves, shoes, a chair, even a vintage saw. Everything has found its place, everyone has been reclaimed. Hurrah! And take a gander (below) into the artist’s studio; “The Jackass-alope” under Perry’s brush already has a happy home, but there’re plenty of instigators still available. See them below, as well as find out what other sideshow attractions will be found at Practical Art all weekend long.

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Edgy, zany, and fun, right? Well, Jesse’s going to be around all weekend with his creative exuberance– from his opening reception this Friday evening  7-9pm, all through Saturday & Sunday from 11am-5pm for the Art Detour event… and he won’t just be maxin’ and relaxin’. Jesse will be live painting a mural in Practical Art’s heretofore super drab back classroom area. Yes! Our kids classroom space is getting a much needed overhaul! Jesse’s even providing xeroxes of his mural sketch for any kiddo attendees to colorize on the spot as a take-away.

Also! If you come early both Saturday and Sunday, from 11am-1pm, you and your kiddos will also get a chance to meet Shannon and friends from The Bergamot Institute! They organize a series of workshops for our summer kids classes, of which you can get a taste this weekend: they’re bringing a whole lotta craftin’ stuff + energy + imagination technical support. It’s a blast.

And for all, we’re offering up snacks and bevvies, information on upcoming events, and the heart of what we do– we’re the hub of a community of local artisans, 120 strong, who’re working to infuse your everyday life with a more uniqueness, beauty, and functional, artful, joy. I’m telling ya, you can get all this in one place. ❤

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