Jesse Perry: Artist or Circus Ringmaster?


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.







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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