Workshop: Holiday Herbal Extravaganza Making - Soap, Lip Balm, Face Mask, Perfume
Dec
3
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Holiday Herbal Extravaganza Making - Soap, Lip Balm, Face Mask, Perfume

Join us for a very special holiday workshop with Vique Simba and Grab Bag Studio! If you have always dreamt of making amazing homemade Christmas gifts (and sick of buying these things in stores when you know they can be made at home but don't know how!), then this workshop is just right for you:) Join us for a herbal extravaganza making cold process soap, lip balm, face masks/scrubs and essential oil perfume! You'll never buy any of these things again and you'll love the creativity involved in making these things! You'll leave with some of all four and four new found skills!!!

Workshop ticket is $40 and includes all materials! You are going home with your own studio-made soap, lip balm, face mask/scrub and essential oil perfume!!! To RSVP email your name to grabbagstudio@gmail.com

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Nov
27
1:00 PM13:00

Window Display: System Dynamic - Manual Stread by Miggie Wong

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Interested in the intersection of manual labor and machine work, System Dynamic - Manual Stread, a window installation by Miggie Wong, investigates the dynamic problems of a social, economic, mechanical or political system. Her act of ‘streading’ the ribbons (streading, a neologism by Wong, refers to the laborious and repetitive act of making curls to the ribbons. She refuses to speak of curls) as well as the act of numbering them in order to create a system represent her efforts to map an understanding of dynamic systems characterized by interdependence, interaction, information flow and circular causality.

System Dynamic - Manual Stread is now on view at the 24/7 window gallery at Grab Bag Studio.

 

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Miggie Wong creates situation-based performance projects. As a native of Hong Kong, her intercultural experiences across several countries has diversified her artistic awareness coupled with her own ideals. As such, she offers whimsical experiments that explore and document ideas of social interaction, cultural mutation, radical hospitality, and acts of sincerity. www.miggiewong.com

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Nov
18
5:00 PM17:00

Special Event: Healing Circles Night with artist talks and performance

  • Saturday, November 18th, 5pm-9pm
  • Grab Bag Studio (2626 E. 10th St., Long Beach)
  • Free event. We accept donations. 
  • No rsvp needed

For the Healing Circles Night, Grab Bag Studio transforms into a lounge environment with cozy, crocheted pillow, rug and lamp stations for visitors to mingle, meditate or rest. Enjoy artist talks, a Q&A and a book launch. A performance by Natalie Mik in collaboration with Geneva West and Akari Takahashi using movement scores collected from conversations with the audience will be presented throughout the night. Visitors can bring their hooks or needles, sit down and spend a comfortable time crocheting and knitting.

The crocheted mandalas will be on view until November 26. Learn more about the mandalas HERE.

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Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Crochet Workshop with Threadwinners

  • Saturday, November 18th, 11am-2pm
  • Grab Bag Studio (2626 E. 10th St., Long Beach)
  • Workshop tickets:  $25 per student, includes all material. This workshop is suitable for ages 13+.

 

This is a hands-on crochet workshop led by Threadwinners, who have been investigating what it means to be a crocheter in the modern art world by creating work that promotes community activation, accessibility and the therapeutic process. Crochet and knitting circles have existed for centuries, mostly undocumented, amongst groups of (mainly) women. Wives, daughters, family members, and friends have continuously gathered in these informal gatherings to create an ephemeral dialogue; weaving words into the work created by their hands. Today, the act of creating through crochet is a therapeutic, cathartic act for many people of all identities. Crochet and knitting circles, where people come together to work on individual or collective fiber projects, still remain a popular and vibrant part of the fiber art community. These communal gatherings of friends, acquaintances, and sometimes strangers add another layer of healing and self-reflection to the act of crafting for many. Workshop participants learn the technical basics of working in the round and leave with the beginnings of your own crochet mandala masterpiece. Workshop tickets include all materials and are $25 per student. This workshop is suitable for ages 13+.

The workshop was organized as part of 'Healing Circles - Mandalas for Marinke', an exhibition that raises awareness about mental illness and depression. You can learn more about the mandalas HERE

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Performance: "Rise Above" by Kiyomi Fukui
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Performance: "Rise Above" by Kiyomi Fukui

  • Grab Bag Studio (2626 E. 10th St., Long Beach)
  • Saturday, November 10, 7-8pm
  • This is an RSVP-only happening with a maximum of 10 participants. To experience 'Rise Above, please sign up using the form HERE
  • Free admission. We accept donations. Snacks and refreshments will be served. 

 

 

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Grab Bag Studio is hosting Rise Above a workshop-style happening led by Long Beach-based artist Kiyomi Fukui as part of Project Embodied. The happening will be documented by Long Beach-based writer Olivia Otsuki. 

 

"Seeking up to ten participants for 'Rise Above', taking place on November 10 at Grab Bag Studio in Long Beach, California.

I am looking to bring together individuals willing to embrace their insecurities and share traumas from their past. Participants will submit themselves to complete compassion towards themselves and to the others. After conversations and interactions, we will 'Rise Above' together by writing anonymous letters to other participants in the group." - Kiyomi Fukui

 

 

 

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Exhibition: "Healing Circles - Mandalas for Marinke" with Kathryn Vercillo & Threadwinners
Nov
5
11:00 AM11:00

Exhibition: "Healing Circles - Mandalas for Marinke" with Kathryn Vercillo & Threadwinners

  • Exhibition period: 5 - 26 November 2017 (open on event days and by appointment)

Additional programming: 

  • Brunch opening reception: Sunday, November 5th, 11am-2pm
  • Open Studio: Friday, November 10th, 12pm-5pm
  • Crochet Workshop: Saturday, November 18th, 11am-2pm
  • Healing Circles Night: Saturday, November 18th, 5pm-9pm

 

Grab Bag Studio is proud to present Healing Circles, the first physical iteration for 'Mandalas for Marinke', an online project that was organized by San Francisco-based crafter and writer Kathryn Vercillo to raise awareness about mental illness. Vercillo and Threadwinners (Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn) showcase crocheted mandalas by hundreds of crafters nationwide to further raise public awareness about suicide, depression and other mental health issues. 

 

Additional programming: 

 An open studio, a crochet workshop, a performance, artist talks and a book launch will accompany the exhibition. 

Sunday, November 5th (11am-2pm) Brunch Opening: Grab Bag Studio invites you to a public and free brunch as we celebrate the opening of our new exhibition!

Friday, Nov. 10th (12-5pm): “Open Studio”: Natalie Mik from Grab Bag Studio will meet with you to look at the Healing Circles exhibition. The open studio is a casual and free form of meeting, appreciating art, cultural exchange, conversations, encouragement, and freedom of expression. Your creative expressions and remnants of our conversations can be interpreted into performance scores for the Healing Circle’s performance.

Saturday, November 18th (11am-2pm): “Crochet Workshop”: This is a hands-on crochet workshop led by Threadwinners who has been investigating what it means to be a crocheter in the modern art world by creating work that promotes community activation, accessibility and the therapeutic process. Crochet and knitting circles have existed for centuries, mostly undocumented, amongst groups of (mainly) women. Wives, daughters, family members, and friends have continuously gathered in these informal gatherings to create an ephemeral dialogue; weaving words into the work created by their hands. Today, the act of creating through crochet is a therapeutic, cathartic act for many people of all identities. Crochet and knitting circles, where people come together to work on individual or collective fiber projects, still remain a popular and vibrant part of the fiber art community. These communal gatherings of friends, acquaintances, and sometimes strangers add another layer of healing and self-reflection to the act of crafting for many. Workshop participants learn the technical basics of working in the round and leave with the beginnings of your own crochet mandala masterpiece. All materials will be provided.

Saturday, November 18th (5-9pm): “Healing Circles Night”: For the Healing Circles Night, Grab Bag Studio transforms into a lounge environment with cozy, crocheted pillow, rug and lamp stations for visitors to mingle, meditate or rest. Enjoy artist talks, a Q&A and a book launch. A performance by Natalie Mik in collaboration with Geneva West and Akari Takahashi using movement scores collected from conversations with the audience will be presented throughout the night. Visitors can bring their hooks or needles, sit down and spend a comfortable time crocheting and knitting. This is a wonderful chance to connect with each other and learn about the Mandalas for Marinke Project.


Learn more about the Mandalas for Marinke Project here -->  www.mandalasformarinke.kathrynvercillo.com.

About Threadwinners: Threadwinners is the moniker for the crochet collaborative comprised of Liz Flynn and Alyssa Arney. They began working together in 2013 as art museum interns and started making art as Threadwinners in 2016. Since then, Threadwinners has been investigating what it means to be a crocheter in the modern art world and how community activation, accessibility and the therapeutic process of making contribute to the democratization of art. Threadwinners, a play on the concept of the typically masculine term “breadwinner,” aim to subvert the patriarchy and status quo through the vehicle of crochet. They examine American and pop culture, the body, psychology, nature, gender roles, and femininity in their work. Flynn has an Art History BA from University of California, Riverside and works in LA. Arney has a Printmaking BFA from the John Herron School of Art and Design-IUPUI and works in Orange County.

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Workshop: DIY Divination Workshop with Kristi Prokopiak & Valerie Smith
Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: DIY Divination Workshop with Kristi Prokopiak & Valerie Smith

  • Saturday, October 28 , 2017 (11am-2pm)
  • Grab Bag Studio (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach)
  • $45 workshop fee
  • To attend this workshop please RSVP with your name to grabbagstudio@gmail.com! 

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:  In this workshop led by Valerie Smith and Kristi Prokopiak, we will explore common themes and ideas represented in popular oracle decks and tarot cards. We’ll start with an overview of our favorite decks and concepts, followed by intention setting and a short meditation. Attendees are encouraged to journal their thoughts and doodle images that may have emerged during our sit. The subconscious will guide us to whatever is in our highest and best to create. This process encourages us to follow our intuition, honor our voice and heal through the physical act of making. We will briefly share these ideas with the group and flesh out what we may be called to create. 

Then we will experiment with techniques to bring these ideas to life. This could look like an individual deck, a series of larger pieces of art, or pretty much anything your subconscious guides you to create! This is an entirely intuitive process, and you are encouraged to utilize whatever supplies that speak to you. We can explore mark making, finger painting, collage and watercolor. There are absolutely no rules to this process! Everyone has their own unique strengths, and our work should reflect what feels good to us.

WHAT TO BRING:  Students must bring their own materials to create their personalized work. This includes whatever ephemera they are called to work with (magazine clippings, vintage books, wrapping paper, postcards, the possibilities are endless!). We advise you to make copies of irreplaceable items like old photos and letters. Please also bring an adhesive that feels good to you (matte medium, glue stick, rubber cement, etc.) and any other material you like to experiment with! The studio will provide the base material for the cards and basic tools including paint, markers, scissors, and pencils.  

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Workshop: Herbal Medicine Making with Vique Simba
Oct
15
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Herbal Medicine Making with Vique Simba

  • Sunday, October 15, 2017 (11:00am-2:00pm)
  • Grab Bag Studio (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach), Street Parking
  • Workshop fee is $30 ($20 for the class and $10 material cost)
  • To attend this class, please RSVP with your name to grabbagstudio@gmail.com! Spots are filling up fast so we will accept participants on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Vique Simba is coming back to Grab Bag Studio with a Herbal Making Medicine Workshop! Simba who graduated from Green Wisdom Herbal Studies' apprenticeship and advanced apprenticeship programmes will teach you how herbs and food support our healing when we are sick! 

 We will go through the step by step process of how to make elderberry syrup along with a ginger/lemon/garlic flu and cold syrup. This is a very hands-on workshop with lots of creativity! Ever wanted to learn more about herbalism, but didn't know where to start? This is the class for you! There will also be lots of opportunities to taste and learn about tinctures, elixirs, and syrups! We will learn how to make our own potions during this interactive and experimental workshop!

Everyone will leave with a bottle of both syrups for the $30.00 workshop fee. ($20 for the class and $10.00 for materials). To attend this class, please RSVP with your name to grabbagstudio@gmail.com! Spots are filling up fast so we will accept participants on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

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Workshop: Writing Class with Vique Simba
Sep
24
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Writing Class with Vique Simba

  • Sunday, September 24, 2017 (11:00am-2:00pm)
  • Grab Bag Studio ( (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach)
  • Email with RSVP to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. $20/person, Journal book and writing materials included.  

Ever wondered how to start writing? Want to do a zine but don't know where to start? Vique Simba has been writing and publishing zines and columns/articles for many years and would love to help you figure all this [and more] out! We will cover the creative journey, discuss insecurities / vulnerability / ethics and the practical aspects of writing.  This is a workshop to help you find your voice, discover what you want to write about, and how to make it all actually happen!  (For age 14 and over)

About Vique Simba and her writing: Vique Simba will also introduce her book “Simba: A Collection of Personal and Political Writing from the 90s Hardcore Scene!”. This book started in 1992 as a traditional zine and morphed into one of the most popular and well-respected ‘emo’ zines of the 90’s hardcore scene. The book is comprised of 7 years of Simba zine that was published, plus 5 years of columns and articles from Heart Attack, Fracture, and Clamor Magazines. Vique Simba has been challenging gender roles, rules and assumptions about sex, friendship, and love, never afraid to discuss something “too personal”. Simba crossed the boundaries between the hardcore and riot grrl scenes and undoubtedly one of the most influential zines in the 90s.

Photos by Natalie Mik

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Workshop: Still Life Painting Class with Shea Vititow
Sep
10
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Still Life Painting Class with Shea Vititow

Want to learn how to paint? Or perhaps, simply get back into painting? In this workshop students will be provided with a constructed still life, as well as the materials and instructions necessary to paint from life. Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts when painting from life (what you see), mixing colors, and color theory. Taught by Grab Bag Studio's member Shea Vititow.

Email grabbagstudio@gmail.com with RSVP to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. $25/person, all supplies included.

You can also sign up for the workshop by visiting our website and filling out our workshop sign up form.

If you are interested in participating but don't have the funds to pay for the workshop: Apply for our education scholarship that gives one person a free ticket to our upcoming workshop! Visit our website, at https://www.thegrabbagstudio.com/workshop-scholarship/ to learn more.

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Performance: "Braiding Traces" by Sheila Garrett Rodriguez
Sep
9
6:00 PM18:00

Performance: "Braiding Traces" by Sheila Garrett Rodriguez

  • Grab Bag Studio (2626 E. 10th St., Long Beach)
  • Saturday, 9.9.2017 6-7pm
  • $5-$15 suggested donation, drinks and snacks will be served
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“[…] Now, Rodriguez carefully combs, parts, and arranges strangers’ hair but the silence has dissipated and curiosity and vulnerability take its place. People line up to have their hair braided, to be transformed by and simultaneously become part of a temporal familial tribe.” (excerpt from Virginia Arce’s writing about Rodriguez’ first performance of Braiding Traces)

Grab Bag Studio is hosting the next Project Embodied performance! Braiding Traces by Sheila Garrett Rodriguez is a participatory, intergenerational performance that connects to ideas of communitas, reproduction, and reenactment. Witness this marvelous performance, as the artist and her daughters explore the notion of the passing of knowledge through domestic and mundane acts that are often invisible to the public and poorly documented by the institution. Braiding Traces will be followed by a reading of Virginia Arce's words in response to the performance.

ABOUT PROJECT EMBODIED: Project Embodied creates social gathering and archiving for performative, time-based and experiential works. We organize intimate gatherings where the artist can meet with a curious, small group of people to present work that requires a live audience. Each gathering presents a social happening where the audience learns about the performer, where the performer learns about the audience, and where the art is in between. Despite the growing presence of performances in the visual art context, there is a lack of knowledge and research around this discipline. The practice of writing is one of the most crucial but underdeveloped methods to document performative works. Such documentation presents the foundation for building an archive and ultimately a stronger discourse. We address this problem by actively building and adding to a discourse that is artist-led and artist-owned. Therefore, Project Embodied commissions one writer for each performance to document the work experienced. The writings are added to the project’s free and public online archive with selected writings published in the performance art journal ‘The Invisible Archive’. Project Embodied organized by Natalie Mik.

Photos by Christian Alvarez

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Exhibition: PANTRY by Ryan Flores
Jul
29
6:00 PM18:00

Exhibition: PANTRY by Ryan Flores

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Grab Bag Studio is proud to present, “PANTRY” an installation by artist, Ryan Flores.

Interested in window displays and their relationship to still life, Flores investigates the seduction of consumption. Through installation in the windows at Grab Bag Studio, this idea of consumption is magnified. Employing the luscious language of ceramics, Flores entices the viewer with imitations of fruit.

Through form, Flores likens the art object to consumables, acknowledging the relationship between art and commodity. The objects are a signifier to the act of consumption and therefor, depletion. The vessels act as spaces within place, and amplify the collection of consumable stuffs. 

The window acts as a democratic viewing space, allowing the public access to the work at all times. Whether a passerby greets the installation unexpectedly, or it is view intentionally, the work will remain available. 

The installation will be on view from July 29- August 26

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Exhibition: "A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar..." with Virginia Broersma
Jun
3
6:30 PM18:30

Exhibition: "A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar..." with Virginia Broersma

  • Dinner: Saturday, 3 June, 5pm - 6:30pm (RSVP, private event)
  • Exhibition Opening Reception: Saturday, 3 June, 6:30pm - 9:00pm (No RSVP needed, public event)
  • Exhibition Period: 5 - 25 June 2017, open by appointment
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Grab Bag Studio is thrilled to present "A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar..." a collaboration with Long Beach-based artist and curator Virginia Broersma, facililated by GBS co-founder, performance art curator and artist Natalie Mik. The collaboration will kick off with a private dinner event that is followed by a public opening reception for a wall display featuring Broersma's latest paintings, drawings and sketches. Throughout the month of June, Broersma and Mik will work together to think about how their different art practices can connect through a process-oriented collaboration. The public opening reception will be held on June 3rd, 6:30 pm - 9 pm and the exhibition will be on view from June 5th to June 25th, 2017.

When Natalie Mik asked Virginia Broersma to show her work for an exhibition at GBS, both quickly realized that collaborating on a conversation-based project could be an interesting and challenging endeavor. As both artists who also work as curators, Broersma and Mik are interested in interdisciplinary dialogue. While Mik’s practice looks at art through the lenses of performativity, Broersma identifies herself primarily as a painter, yet through conversation, they found common ground with specific themes and motivations within their work.

"If we as artists are considering similar things, how do a painter and a performance artist collaborate/communicate? Is a translation needed between our mediums, and what would that be? If we are both dealing with (re)presentation but in different ways, what is the thing/idea/source we are representing - the thing we have in common perhaps?" (text from email exchange)

"A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar..." creates artistic modes and strategies to these questions. Over the month of June, Mik and Broersma will begin the process of collaborating or perhaps better put, figuring out how to collaborate. The rules have to be reinvented. There will be no set goals, no formalized expectations but more willingness to trust each other. A dialogue with an experimental spirit and an openness to listen to each other will over the course of the month be documented in the space with remnants, notes, ideas, and unforeseen materializations. The exhibition component of this collaboration features a changing wall display at Grab Bag Studio. The display is reflective of Broerma’s art making process with finished and unfinished work of hers. Using this as a device for the collaboration, Mik will track the process and move around the work arrangements to understand how the ideas in the works have been formed. Notes and sketches from their conversations will be added to the wall as well.

On Saturday, June 3rd, their process opens to the public and the local art community of Long Beach and beyond. Grab Bag Studio invites the public to join their conversation on how to collaborate. We will think about ideas of communication, cross-disciplinary work, how an idea materializes, how bridges are formed. Mik and Broersma found their common ground with themes surrounding the representation of the body and the collective archive and how these shape and define us as people.  Diverse points of view and perspectives on these topics are invited and welcomed.


About Virginia Broersma:

Virginia Broersma lives and works in Long Beach and Los Angeles. Her primary focus as an artist is with issues surrounding the body and its representation. She has exhibited extensively in Los Angeles, as well in Tokyo, Berlin, New York, and Chicago among other US and international cities. Additionally, Broersma takes on select curatorial and writing projects that relate to her interests in the studio and in 2016 was jointly selected for the Emerging Curators Program at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). Broersma has been the recipient of several grants including funding from the California Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Puffin Foundation and was awarded a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago, IL, which she received in both 2010 and 2011. Broersma is also a contributor to the Huffington Post Blog.


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Photos by Virginia Broersma, Natalie Mik

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Dinner: A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar
Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

Dinner: A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar

  • Dinner: Saturday, 3 June, 5pm - 6:30pm (RSVP, private event)
  • Exhibition Period: 5 - 25 June 2017, open by appointment

Grab Bag Studio is thrilled to present "A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar..." a collaboration with Long Beach-based artist and curator Virginia Broersma, facililated by GBS co-founder, performance art curator and artist Natalie Mik. The collaboration will kick off with a private dinner event that is followed by a public opening reception for a wall display featuring Broersma's latest paintings, drawings and sketches.

Throughout the month of June, Broersma and Mik will work together to think about how their different art practices can connect through a process-oriented collaboration. The public opening reception will be held on June 3rd, 6:30 pm - 9 pm and the exhibition will be on view from June 5th to June 25th, 2017.

The exhibition 'A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar' is on view through june 25. You can learn more about the exhibition HERE

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Workshop: Ceramic Cup Workshop with Brittany Mojo
May
20
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Ceramic Cup Workshop with Brittany Mojo

  • Date & Time: Saturday, May 20 (TBA)
  • Location: Grab Bag Studio (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach)
  • Email with RSVP to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. $45/person, All materials and firing included. 

 

Using traditional pinch pot and cooling methods, this hands-on workshop will teach the essential processes of making a cup. This workshop will be lead by Grab Bag Studio's own Brittany Mojo, a local ceramicist and sculptor. 

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Open Studio: Get Bent presents Happy Sundays
May
7
1:00 PM13:00

Open Studio: Get Bent presents Happy Sundays

 

Join us Sunday May 7th
1-6pm for an open studio and pop shop
at Grab Bag Studio in Long Beach

Our studio will be open for you to view current work by our 5 in-house artists, ask questions, collaborate and plan an event or workshop! 

Our Pop Shop with zines, pins, prints, and clothing will be open all day

Just one block from From the Moon shop ! 

More info @ 
www.thegrabbagstudio.com 
www.happysundayslbc.com
Instagram: @grabbagstudio

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Workshop: Making Analog Collages #2 with Carolina Velazquez
May
6
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Making Analog Collages #2 with Carolina Velazquez

  • Date & Time: Saturday April 8 (11am-2pm)
  • Location: Grab Bag Studio (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach)
  • Email with RSVP to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. $15/person, all materials included. 

We loved having Carolina Velazquez so much she's coming back to lead round two!

In this workshop, create a collage inspired by dreams and unfamiliar lands using vintage photography books and magazines. Workshop participants will learn how to cut, paste, and arrange fragments of images in order to create a bizarre visual narrative. 

Photos by Kelly Hamilton

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Workshop: Painting 101 with Shea Vititow
Apr
30
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Painting 101 with Shea Vititow

  • Date & Time: Sunday April 30 (11am-2pm)
  • Location: Grab Bag Studio (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach)
  • Email with RSVP to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. $20/person, all supplies included. 

Want to learn how to paint? In this workshop students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts when painting from life, mixing colors, and color theory. Taught by Grab Bag Studio's member Shea Vititow.

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Workshop: Making Analog Collages with Carolina Velazquez
Apr
8
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Making Analog Collages with Carolina Velazquez

  • Date: April 8th, 11am-2pm
  • Location: Grab Bag Studio (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach)
  • Email grabbagstudio@gmail.com with RSVP to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. $15/person, all materials included. 

In this workshop, create a collage inspired by dreams and unfamiliar lands using vintage photography books and magazines. Workshop participants will learn how to cut, paste, and arrange fragments of images in order to create a bizarre visual narrative. 

Photos by Kelly Hamilton

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Exhibition: Paintings by Matt Wolf x Leeza Meksin
Mar
16
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibition: Paintings by Matt Wolf x Leeza Meksin

  • Opening Reception - Thursday, March 16, 5-8PM (no RSVP)
  • Exhibition Period: March 16 - April 15, open by appointment.

Grab Bag Studio is thrilled to present 'Paintings by Matt Wolf x Leeza Meksin' featuring Baltimore-based Matt Wolf who bundles personal narratives into creative explosion paintings and NY-based Leeza Meksin who dresses up paintings and buildings in spandex outfits, using humor and drag to examine our potential queered experience of public space and art history.

Matt's mixed media paintings are ‘creative explosions’ through personal narrative and materiality. Born in Long Island, from a young age he learned to paint from his grandfather who introduced him to the world of Matisse and Picasso. Matt currently studies painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Working between painting and large-scale fabric installations, Leeza explores the public and private body as it relates to clothing and skin. Fabric, like many materials, has an implied gender based on social conventions. Spandex, in particular, has a dynamic gender-life. Through its use in athletics, theater, and fashion, it simultaneously elicits the feminine and masculine, the queer and burlesque, the glamorous and gaudy. Leeza's work explores queerness through juxtaposing materials such as spandex and neoprene with the more conventional painterly materials like linen and oil paint. In addition, she uses dyes and transparencies to highlight a narrow pictorial space, seeking to re-interpret the rectilinear conventions of painting and architecture and introduce a more body-affirming vocabulary.

Leeza works in painting, installation, public art and multiples. Born in the former Soviet Union, she immigrated to the United States with her family in 1989. Her work has been featured in BOMB magazine, TimeOut Chicago, Chicago Tribune and many other publications. She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist grant (2015) and the co-founder and director of Ortega y Gasset Projects, a gallery and artist collective in Brooklyn, NY since 2013.

Photos by Kelly Hamilton, Tim Hsiung, Natalie Mik

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Open Studio: Office Hours with Sara Chao
Feb
25
11:00 AM11:00

Open Studio: Office Hours with Sara Chao

In line with her Sari-Sari Store installation, Sara Chao will meet visitors during office hours at the Grab Bag Studio from 11am to 2pm. 

During office hours, she will offer services such as mending clothes the Sara-Sara way (beads, fun fabric patches, stitching), confetti nail art, serving tea, and more. 

Walk-ins welcome.

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Workshop: Transparency Memory Booklet Workshop with artist Sara Chao
Feb
18
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Transparency Memory Booklet Workshop with artist Sara Chao

  • Date: February 18th, 11am-2pm
  • Location: Grab Bag Studio (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach)
  • Email with RSVP to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. $20/person, all materials included. 

In this workshop, create a suite of handmade booklets that mimic the way memories live in the brain: they overlap and bleed into each other, connections forming between the sensory, informational, and personal. 

Workshop participants will learn two classic book forms, the pamphlet and the eight-fold zine. To fill the booklets, artist Sara Chao will lead the group in memory-based collaging exercises, ranging from topics such as "What is home?", to a memorable meal, or a list of favorite things. There will be a show-and-tell segment for participants to share the highlights of their creations, as well as craft a clear vinyl case to carry all these new layered treasures home with them.

Plentiful collage materials will be on hand. Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring personally significant collage materials of their own if they desire. Come ready to reminisce!

Photos by Natalie Mik

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GBS Launch and Exhibition: Sara Chao x Michael Nannery
Feb
4
5:00 PM17:00

GBS Launch and Exhibition: Sara Chao x Michael Nannery

In honor of the studio opening, Grab Bag Studio presents its first exhibition Grab Bag Pop Shop: Sara Chao + Michael Nannery, a two-part installation of new works by Sara Chao and Michael Nannery. For this project, Sara and Michael create each two site-specific works that communicate to Grab Bag’s effort of growing diversity and connectedness through collaboration and artistic participation.

In her installation Sari-Sari Store, Sara Chao translates the format of the ubiquitous Filipino neighborhood convenience store into the gallery space. In the Philippines, sari-sari stores are owned by one’s fellow neighbors and patronized by locals in need of a little oil, a clove of garlic, or a packet of laundry detergent. They are spaces for personal interaction, a spot to wait to catch the bus or grab a treat. Sari-Sari Store is an extension of this connective community spirit, bringing warmth from the Filipino neighborhood all the way to Long Beach, California.

Sara Chao is a Los Angeles native and third-generation American. Her art practice is based in installation, extending to collage and textile-based sculpture. Fueled by a lifelong habit of collecting paper ephemera, her work acts to memorize the texture of the everyday life, in anticipation of future nostalgia. In using eminently recognizable materials, she invites viewers to make their own connections to their daily experiences, bringing the texture of the present into focus before it passes from view.

For Breathing Together, Michael Nannery has been acquiring vessels from local artists, in which he has been growing a wide variety of houseplants. As a collection, the work is entirely modular and rearranged to fit the Grab Bag space. Breathing Together is meant to form a lounge, in which one could sit with the plants and simply enjoy their company. Michael is interested in the simultaneous affect of plants physically purifying the air alongside the positive psychological cues they provide.  “In breathing together, we regenerate.”

Michael Nannery is an artist and independent curator based in Long Beach. Michael primarily seeks to share his work in increasingly diverse and varied forms. In addition to printmaking, his art practice is based on the care and examination of living systems, including plant cultivation, composting, fish keeping, and other means of regenerative production.

Photos by Kelly Hamilton, Tim Hsiung, Alex Cheseborough

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