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Huntsville, the CB to You Mobile Art Lab is coming to your neighborhood!
Join us this August at the Madison County Library for four days of creativity and conversation focused on energizing communities through art. Each day of the visit will feature different activities and artists, as well as pop-up performances throughout the evening and weekend.
From artmaking and Storycircles to artist talks and live studio demonstrations, this traveling celebration of creativity promises to bring a little bit of inspired fun to everyone. Each stop will culminate in a free outdoor concert and community art showcase.
Join us in celebrating your hometown by creating art, stories, and memories together!
Free, no registration required.
Artist: Ziba Rajabi
2 – 7 PM: Drop-in Studio
3 PM: Artmaking – printmaking
5:15 PM: Artist Discussion
Artist: Trinity Kai
3 PM: Artmaking – Cyanotype
4 – 6 PM: Pop-up Performance w/Craig Colorusso
7 – 8 PM: Storytelling w/Molly Majorie Sroges, Ozark Poets and Writers Collective
Artist: Junli Song
7 – 8 PM: Storytelling w/Open Mouth Reading Series
Artist: Markeith Woods
11 AM – 4 PM: Drop-in Studio
12 PM: Artmaking – Painting
2:15 PM: Artist Discussion
2 PM: Storytelling w/Na’Tosha De’Von, Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel!
5 PM: Live Music w/The Matt and Gus band, presented by Music Moves
Activities from 2 – 8 PM
Artist of the Day: Ziba Rajabi
Ziba is an Iranian artist whose primary practice is focused on painting, drawing, and fiber-based installation. Her work focuses on merging past memories of her native land, Tehran, and her current life here in Arkansas through abstract forms. You can see more of her work at the temporary exhibition Crystal Bridges at 10.
Ziba will be at the library from 2 to 7 p.m. and will be introducing a printmaking-influenced activity at 3 p.m.. Following the art activity, Ziba will lead an artist discussion at 5:15 p.m. inspired by her own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience. Before you go, don’t forget to grab an art kit to take home with you!
Artist of the Day: Trinity Kai
Trinity will be at the library from 2 to 7 p.m. and will be introducing guests to a cyanotype activity at 3 p.m., using light-sensitive prepared paper and community-based objects. Following the art activity, Trinity will lead an artist discussion at 5:15 p.m. inspired by her own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.
Trinity creates work using her own personal narrative and examines systems of discrimination that exist within society. She creates through self-portraiture, written language, and materiality to share her experiences and bring viewers into conversations that can be reflective and transformational.
An extra pop-up performance will be given by artist Craig Colorusso! Craig will perform Ladybug Cathedral at the library from 4 to 6 p.m.! Using a bowed guitar, Craig’s Ladybug Cathedral is a long, slow, and deliberate performance that invites listeners to just listen and let the sound wash over them. Craig is a sound-based artist whose explorative work extends beyond sound and utilizes light and sculpture. In the past five years, Colorusso has combined his interests in the permanent and semi-permanent works: Sound Swings, Moon Pod, Covered Bridge ONE, and The Tunnel.
After the artist hours, an artist from the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective will be our featured storyteller from 7 to 8 p.m. to cap off the night! The OPWC is a non-profit organization devoted to the joys of the spoken and written word and is based in Fayetteville, AR. They support and promote community involvement by providing various opportunities for poets and other community members.
Their featured poet, Molly Majorie Sroges, is a linguist and ESL teacher who has dedicated her life to the study of language. Thursday, Molly will share readings of her own work while guiding a storytelling circle, encouraging guests through activity prompts and storytelling to participate in writing and sharing stories about their experiences in their own communities. Before you go, don’t forget to grab a free art kit to take home with you!
Molly is currently the host of the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective’s monthly readings as well as the host and producer of the Reading Circle Temple podcast. She has performed all over the state of Arkansas, has gotten her work published, received awards for her writings, and represented NWA at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.
Artist of the Day: Junli Song
Junli is a storyteller and uses visual narratives to explore the cultural ambiguities of being Chinese American. Her work reveals how identity is fluid as inherited stories and traditions are continually evolving. Junli will be at the library from 2 to 7 p.m. and will be introducing guests to a printmaking activity at 3 p.m.. Following the art activity, Junli will lead an artist discussion at 5:15 p.m. inspired by her own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.
After the artist hours, an artist from the Open Mouth Reading Series will be our featured storyteller from 7 to 8 p.m. to cap off the night! Open Mouth Reading Series is a community-based literary organization located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They have partnered with local organizations to bring engaging and creative events, programming, experiences, exchanges, content, and dialogues to Northwest Arkansas. OM hosts monthly readings and writing workshops as well as many other writing and engagement opportunities for poets and community members. Their featured poets will share readings of their own work while guiding a storytelling circle, encouraging guests through activity prompts and storytelling to participate in writing and sharing stories about their experiences in their own communities.
And of course, don’t forget to grab a free art kit to take home with you!
Activities from 11 AM – 5 PM
Artist of the Day: Markeith Woods
On Saturday, we have a day full of artists and performances! Kicking off the fun-filled day will be our artist-of-the-day, Markeith Woods! Markeith will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be introducing guests to a painting and figure drawing activity inspired by portraits of community members at 12 p.m.. Following the art activity, Markeith will lead an artist discussion at 2:15 p.m. inspired by his own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.
Markeith is a portraitist who is interested in human character and uses symbols, words, and images to recreate his experiences. He uses many mediums, such as charcoal, graphite, acrylic, and pastels, to observe the subjects that interest him.
At 2 PM, an artist from the Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel! will be our featured storyteller of the day! Their featured poet, Na’Tosha De’Von, is an MFA actor and published poet. Today, Na’Tosha will share readings of her own work while guiding a storytelling circle, encouraging guests through activity prompts and storytelling to participate in writing and sharing stories about their experiences in their own communities.
Na’Tosha has published and traveled her poetry in the Southern region. Believing that the premise of her art is to focus and heal, Na’Tosha uses her words to inspire and fight for positive change.
Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel! is sponsored by the local nonprofit organization Light House Solutions. Speak your Jewel is a diverse group of Social Artists within the NWA area. They come from all different walks of life to spark courage and participation within the community. Their artists are known for activating their jewels through dance, poetry, singing, painting and acting to deliver the power of their stories. Their mission is to help people believe humanity and divinity are one within us and their mantra is: You must never suffocate the genius that lies within you.
For the finale of the tour, CB to You invites you to a live music gathering at 5 PM by The Matt and Gus Band, presented in collaboration with Music Moves.
Matt Smith has spearheaded several projects and musical groups in Northwest Arkansas over the past decade, including the innovative rock/funk/reggae-inspired band The Flip Off Pirates. With his father Jazz guitarist Gus Smith, Matt recorded “Full Circle” featuring jazz standards and performs regularly as a father/son Jazz duo. Matt and Gus reside in Harrison, Arkansas.
Don’t forget to pick up a free art kit to take home with you!
The CB to You Mobile Art Lab is a traveling pop-up art experience energizing the power of community through art. Featuring regional artists from across Northwest Arkansas, the art lab will be visiting local libraries and festivals around the region to bring artmaking, music, storytelling, and more. Find out more about the program, see a full schedule of stops, and get to know our guest artists here!
The CB to You Mobile Art Lab is presented in partnership with Ziba Rijabi, Markeith Woods, Lakisha Harper Bradley, Trinity Kai, Tay Butler, and Junli Song. Pop-up performances will be performed by Papa Rap’s the fun love drum line, Craig Colorusso’s Lady Bug Cathedral Sessions, and Music Moves. Story sharing events are presented with Ozark Poets and Writers Collective, Open Mouth Reading Series, and Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel!