Workshop: DIY Divination Workshop with Kristi Prokopiak & Valerie Smith
Oct
28
11:00am11:00am

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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Exhibition: "Healing Circles - Mandalas for Marinke" with Kathryn Vercillo & Threadwinners
Nov
5
11:00am11:00am

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

  • Exhibition period: 5 - 26 November 2017 (open on event days and by appointment)
  • 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 – Mandalas for Marinke, a collaborative crochet art installation by San Francisco-based crafter and writer Threadwinners (Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn). The installation will explore themes of mental illness, healing and friendship using hundreds of colorful, crocheted mandalas and repurposed lamps that are assembled into a site specific artwork created by the Threadwinners. The mandalas are provided by Vercillo who had community-sourced more than thousand mandalas with the help of ‘Mandalas for Marinke, an online community project raises awareness about depression and suicide. The exhibition was organized by Grab Bag Studio’s member Natalie Mik in collaboration with Threadwinners.

 

Details: 

 

Next to the crochet art installation, the exhibition will feature a diverse range of creative production including an open studio, a crochet workshop, a participatory performance, artist talks, books and original artworks that allow for the audience to connect with the themes explored in different ways.

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. This is a simple act of sharing food and drink to advance aesthetic goals and to foster critical engagement with the art. When was the last time you had attended an art show opening and felt alone and estranged? Mandalas Brunch shifts the perception of an everyday experience of sharing a meal to an opportunity to spark encounters that aren’t always possible in a fast-moving and segmented society. Grab Bag Studio has been always a safe space for strangers and those who want to unfold their ideas and dreams. Therefore, we want to take the opening reception as a chance to set the tone for this exhibition, a space safe where we learn and experience the value of sharing and giving, express altruism, among friends, peers, visitor and strangers. Visitors can also bring their knitting and crochet equipment, sit down and spend a comfortable time crocheting, eating and making new friends.

Friday, Nov. 10th (12-5pm): “Open Studio”: Grab Bag Studio artist and curator Natalie Mik will meet with you to look at the exhibition, create collaboratively and talk about art, the Healing Circles exhibition, Grab Bag Studio and more! As we open only during special event days and by appointment, we like to extend the opportunities for our audience to connect with us. The open studio is a very 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 presented as part of the Healing Circles exhibition or turned into performance scores for the Healing Circle’s participatory 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. Amidst beautiful mandalas suspended from the ceiling, Kathryn Vercillo and Threadwinners will give artist talks and open up the conversation for a Q&A. A participatory performance will be facilitated by performance artists and curator Natalie Mik by collecting visitor’s voices and transforming them into performance scores. Visitors can bring their hooks or needles, sit down and spend a comfortable time crocheting, knitting, and making new friends. This is a wonderful chance to connect with each other and learn about the Mandalas for Marinke Project.


The Mandalas forMarinke Project: Healing Circles - Mandalas for Marinke at Grab Bag Studio is the first translation of a larger online project titled ‘Mandalas for Marinke’ to a physical gallery exhibition with the help of Threadwinners. Kathryn Vercillo who is the organizer of ‘Mandalas for Marinke’ launched the community project in 2015 to raise awareness about depression, suicide and mental health issues, after Marinke Slump, known to many as Wink, from the blog A Creative Being has succumbed to the struggle with depression and suicide. The online craft community was devastated and Vercillo’s response was to create a collaborative crochet art project to honor Wink’s life and work, and to celebrate her creativity in a way that allows her art to keep inspiring others even though she is now gone. Vercillo accepted submissions for several months and received contributions from several hundreds of crafters all around the world. More than 1000 mandalas were collected, and they were displayed in near-daily posts on Vercillo’s blog on Crochet Concupiscence for over one year. The Mandalas for Marinke Project now has a dedicated website:  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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Performance: "Writing Letters" by Kiyomi Fukui
Nov
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Performance: "Writing Letters" by Kiyomi Fukui

  • Grab Bag Studio (2626 E. 10th St., Long Beach)
  • Saturday, 9.9.2017 6-7pm
  • $5-$15 suggested donation, RSVP needed - more information TBA

Grab Bag Studio is hosting 'Writing Letters' a participatory performance led by Long Beach-based artist Kiyomi Fukui as part of Project Embodied. The performance will be documented by Long Beach-based writer Olivia Otsuki. 

 

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Oct
15
11:00am11:00am

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
11:00am11:00am

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
11:00am11:00am

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

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
Broersma and Mik collaboration at GBS

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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Workshop: Ceramic Cup Workshop with Brittany Mojo
May
20
11:00am11:00am

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
1:00pm 1:00pm

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
11:00am11:00am

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
11:00am11:00am

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
11:00am11:00am

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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
11:00am11:00am

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
11:00am11:00am

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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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