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    Studio 659 is Back Open

    Hello and welcome to an all new Studio 659.   The studio has new ownership under the direction of Arts Alive! Arts Alive! is a 25 year old non-profit in Whiting-Robertsdale area who raises money for and awareness of the arts.  We are so proud to be running Studio 659.  For now we will keep this brief and let you know about our new show. Pandemic: The Art Show Features over 40 pieces of art made during the Covid shutdown.  It’s a show representing brand new artists who found a new hobby to express themselves during the lockdown to seasoned artists in an array of mediums.  We are proud to have…

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    We have to stay apart!

    Oh, how we miss you all! Things just aren’t the same around here without exhibits and classes and workshops. But we have to stay closed for everyone’s good. An art gallery functions best when its artists and patrons can mix and mingle and laugh and learn and create, exhibit, and inspire. That’s all incredibly hard to do safely right now, even with the right protections and precautions. We want you to be safe. We need you to be around when we’re able to reopen. So for now, we’re thinking of you and wishing you well. We’re also working on some cool changes to how the Studio functions, but we’ll catch…

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    What’ve you been up to?

    We at Studio 659 miss you all so much, and we’re anxious to share the current exhibit and up-coming calls for art with you!! We have to wait until it’s safe, but we know art won’t quit!! So we want to see what you’ve been creating during the last couple of months. Did you take the Getty Museum challenge? Did you learn some new cake-decorating techniques? Did you finish a quilt or start a backyard garden?? Whatever you’ve been making, we want to see it!! E-mail images of your creations to artscouncil659@gmail.com before July 3. We’ll share all the submissions on our facebook page and website, and on July 4th…

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    Art in the Time of Pandemic

    By Brian Lowry     If there is any light that the COVID pandemic and social distancing casts, it is that we are more intimately bound together than we often realize. We share our lives with one another, and each of us is interconnected with everyone else in ways that we rarely take the time to appreciate or understand. The arts are an essential part of this connection. They are the ways we express ourselves and communicate with one another. They are the channels for beauty, joy and comfort.   It is often easy to disregard the arts as “unessential,” frivolous ornaments that we can do without. As we face…

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    Extra Extra!!

    The Whiting Arts Council/Studio 659 WRiteStuff article for April is going to be a big ol’ shout out to all the artists with a good hustle! Send us an e-mail to artscouncil659@gmail.com with the following information and let’s see if we can get you a few new fans…and customers! 1. a super SHORT, family-friendly artist bio (maybe 2-4 sentences about the kind of art you do and why) 2. the best ways to find your work (social media and shop listings are great) 3. and one or two high-quality images of your work HURRY UP!! Deadlines are deadlines, and we can’t stop the presses! Oh, and this is FREE!