On view December 5, 2017 through January 7, 2018
For the month of December, Creature Comforts is partnering with local printshop Pixel & Ink to feature their Athens Art Prints program. With over 50 local artists now participating, Athens Art Prints provides a digital reproduction and print-to-order service with no upfront production costs, meaning an artist can generate and sell high-quality prints of their work and avoid what are typically prohibitive overhead expenses.
In 2016, Pixel & Ink co-owners Laulea Taylor and Carolyn Crist launched Athens Art Prints to provide a radical solution to one of the creative community’s greatest hurdles, the catch-22 of funding and income. Artists, musicians, and creative workers of all backgrounds are familiar with the problem: time and supplies are precious resources that catalyze ideas into income, which goes back into creating work. If an artist does not have the resources to start their creative work, they cannot generate income—thus the cycle continues!
Athens-based artists face the additional challenge of working in one of the nation’s most impoverished cities (based on per capita income), so finding local, regular supporters of artists’ work is especially difficult. Pixel & Ink co-owner Crist’s reported on the struggles of working in the Athens art market earlier this year in the Flagpole, our local arts and culture paper. Crist’s article was a strong motivator for Creature Comforts’ developing its Get Artistic program (set to launch June 2018), which will expand the rotating exhibitions the brewery has hosted since 2014 into a more extensive community outreach program to support the local arts community.
At best, the challenge of reliable funding and income presents opportunities for creative adaptation; at worst, it discourages creative individuals from pursuing their passion and sharing it with the world. Community and creativity are both foundational pillars for Creature Comforts, so we do what we can to support and empower those with whom we share a figural (and sometimes, literal) table. Through this exhibition and our Art Party event exclusively featuring Athens Art Prints artists (December 14, 5-10pm; details and RSVP here), our partnership with Pixel & Ink represents our commitment to these values.
This exhibition features 33 of the Athens Art Prints artists, presenting a colorful and diverse portrait of the Athens community. All of the work on view are reproductions printed at Pixel & Ink, and are available for purchase. In part of our commitment to supporting local art and artists, Creature Comforts never takes commission on sales of artwork exhibited in the CCBC Gallery. So you can be sure your purchase will entirely go back to the artist and printshop! For more information on Athens Art Prints or to purchase prints, please visit the Athens Art Prints website.
Upcoming art events at the brewery
- Thursday, December 14, 2017: Art Party featuring Athens Art Prints with an Artists Market (5–9pm) and Silent Art Trivia with Tatiana Veneruso (7–9pm)
- Sunday, January 7, 2017: Closing Reception and “Take Down the Show!” Art Sale for the Athens Art Prints exhibition