The Essex County Artist Fund is Essex County Community Foundation’s response to the immediate and everyday needs of artists to be supported and lifted up across the county and across sectors. At ECCF, our philosophy is to build a creative ecosystem focused on awareness and appreciation for arts and culture, capacity building, collaboration, and cultural planning. Individual artists and arts/culture organizations are key to this network. www.eccf.org/creative-county.
Artist Name: Michelle Brown – Marblehead
Learn more: http://shipyard @shipyardart
Creative Practice: I have been a painter, exhibiting at Marblehead Arts, Creative Spirit, and Galleries at Lynn Arts. I design clothing from my paintings. I finally was able to rent a studio this past December and have been running paint pouring workshops for groups of up to 6 people in my studio, which had become very popular before I had to cancel all upcoming classes. Income from my classes has allowed me to pay the rent on my studio, plus some profit. Now that the classes and all upcoming shows are canceled/postponed, it is going to be a struggle to pay the rent on my studio.
Artist Statement: I want to make art accessible to more people. In my classes, I have been able to help people with no experience create a piece of work that they never thought they could create, and they are so excited to have opened themselves up to the creative process. It is therapeutic, and it makes me happy to see how much people are enjoying the classes.
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