Before we went home to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, the StudioWorks artists gathered for our annual holiday luncheon. This year we chose a restaurant in our new Highlands home that was close enough to the studio to walk to it. After careful deliberation, we decided to try the Cafe Mimosa with its Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. It was a very cold day and the thought of hot tea and a warm bowl of soup sounded great to me.
The StudioWorks artists, staff, and surprise guests took up five tables in the restaurant. Fortunately, we had already looked at the lunch menu before arriving and so everybody had a pretty good idea of what to order. For some of our guys, Chinese food is a new experience that we were happy to introduce them to and most thought it was very good!
It was wonderful to be able to share a little fancier meal together and our artists really looked forward to the experience. As you can see many of them are in the holiday spirit. Both Natalie and Terry wore their Santa hats.
After the meal, Brad, Joel, and Chimel pose for a picture. From here, we walked back to the studio for our gift exchange. There’s nothing like having a good meal to put one in a festive mood!
Back at the gallery, there was a present or two waiting under the tree for all our artists. The StudioWorks program gave art supplies, but leave it to Jeremy to come up with some very personal and unique gift items. For example, Jeremy gave Julie a toy motorcycle that made engine noises when you pressed a button.
Our friend Vickey Reed came down to the gallery to celebrate with us and had gifts for the artists as well. Because we know Vickey has a sweet tooth, we can count on receiving some candy! We were also glad to hear that Vickey had some success with her own ceramic art too!
This has been an eventful year for our program and moving the gallery from South Fourth Street to Eastern Parkway has been years in the making. All our artists have worked very hard to get where we are and Zoom Group is proud of their many successes. Here Carol is finishing up another commissioned turtle painting and David is working on his painting in the background.
Nancy has a big smile on her face because she likes the painting she’s working on. She calls it the Rainbow People and features two small figures and a mouse standing on their own personal rugs! The balloon is left over from a previous birthday party.
This is our last post of a most eventful year! The future looks bright for the StudioWorks artists. If you are in Louisville and an art lover, please stop by and check out the latest works from our artists in our brand new studio/gallery. We are a good place to visit if you are in need of art, a smile, and inspiration too. From Zoom Group and the StudioWorks staff and artists we wish everyone a happy and productive 2011.