Created to Create
cuated by Christy LaRoy
Show runs April - May
$15 to enter the show
email work to be considered to
Drop off dates will be posted/worked out closer to the show
I grew up creating little things alllllll the time, and from everything around me. I drew, colored, painted, built, and sculpted from paper, scrap wood, flower and water, tape, fingernail polish, paints, glue....and so on. I grew up to take art in high school and college then became a professional artist.
I have also always been a Christian. One day while studying the Bible I became conflicted, it said God didn't want us to make human sculptures (I am paraphrasing). I was frustrated because I l love sculpting people, they are little sculptures that make a social statement, usually with a strong wholesome or christian message. But I stopped creating them because of my confliction inside, I did continue to create a lot of functional pottery during this period.
As life went on though I realized that God is an artist. He has created an amazing world full of different, beautiful, unique creations. And the same way scientists studies the world and learns how God creates different things and makes our world work, the artist studies the world and can see God's artistry. He has created beautiful sunsets, gorgeous trees, countless species of plants and animals, and he gave us emotions like love and compassion.
When I create new artwork, even the sculptures, I am reflecting God's beauty and creative side. I can bond with my God and feel closer to Him. And I can share my faith and relations ship with God, with others through my artwork. Just like the rest of my life, how I live and react, donate, volunteer, sharing my heart and faith is important for Christians....and art is my best way to share my heart with the world.
I know this struggle isn't just my own. I have talked with several other Christians (mostly women) who have had this struggle too. For Christians, we are supposed to be good stewards of our money, and blessings, so we don't always buy more expensive material items.....but purchasing something from a local Christian artist, is honestly so much more of a Godly thing to do than to buy a mug from japan, for less, probably giving money to companies that don't treat their employees properly.
Buying artwork from a local Christian artist will help them to continue creating more Christian art. And every piece of artwork gets a little bit of the artist that transfers to the viewer, even if the artwork isn't overtly Christian. People with beautiful faith, create beautiful artwork.
This show is for Christians to participate in. The work does not need to be overtly Christian. Many pieces of art are created by a Godly inspiration but aren't always noticeable until you read the meaning behind the symbolism or inspiration.
All submissions should include an image and description about the work. You can submit several pieces to the show. We will accept all work that fits into the space.
Michigan Road Trip
cruated by Christy LaRoy
Michigan is a beautiful state, it is uniquely shaped, full of beaches, forests, large cities and small towns, campgrounds, festivals and fairs, concerts, starry skies, spring blossoms, fall leaves, and winters rolling snowbanks. There are tons of fun things to do on a weekend or day trip, looking back at life there haven't been many memories that are as wonderful as packing up the truck and heading out on a road trip.
For this show we would love to see your interpretation of a Michigan Road trip, the beginning, the travel, the destination...all of it fits for this show.
This show runs during our Downtown Monroe Fine Art Fair and River Raisin Jazz Festival, and the proceeds for the entry fees help us to provide funding for our community classes. Last year the proceeds helped us fund our Free Teen Open Studio Nights providing a space for teens to get in touch with a positive artist and creative outlet within our community.
Teaching at the AIE!!!
Do you enjoy teaching art of any kind? We are always looking for new teachers!! We have classes for kids and adults, for beginners and advanced artists, and all different types of art!!! We are looking for Painting classes, drawing classes, portraits, figurative classes, calligraphy, textiles, basket weaving, furniture making, carvings, jewelry, and possibly some Culinary arts. We have open minds at the AIE and want to spark a creative fire to as many people as we can, so almost any art is a possibility for classes!!!!!
Featured Artist Application for the AIE!!!
We are all about building carriers and art appreciation at the gallery. One of the ways we do this is by holding Featured Artist Shows. The artists gets a chance to hang their work along our featured artists walls for 3-6 weeks. The gallery creates a marketing campaign around the work, and the gallery and the artist work together to promote the show! Having a featured show is a wonderful way to show your full skill, expertise and artist voice.
If you are interested please fill out the artist application and return it along with at least 5 images of your artowrk, a bio, cv letter and artist statement along with the $25 application fee. You can either email the paperwork and images and pay usning the buy now paypal button, or mail your paperwork, images, and check to The Art Insight Emporium
131 East Front St
Monroe MI 48161
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cruated by Christy LaRoy
Frida is such an inspiration! She had a ton of crap thrown at her and she always got back up, and used Art to help her sort it all out and heal!
Anything is accepted for this show from your own version of an iconic Frida portrait, to something that has a ton of symbolism, to something that helped you heal.
email your submissions to
MoMac at the 129
MoMac is the Monroe Monthly Artist Collaborative, organized by Matt Bunkelman, Betzi Pipis/Leivens, and Christy LaRoy.
The exhibit at the 129 Lounge rotates artists monthly with an opening night reception typically with wine and beer samples or specials. Artists may apply by downloading the application or contacting one of the coordinators.
February's MoMac will be February 14th!
There is a theme this time that will be the the Massacre of St Valentine, the Chicago Massacre
March's MoMac will be Masquerade
The Downtown Monroe Fine Art Fair
This year's show will be August 11th and 12th! Find out more information on their website and the applications for the Artists booths and Blooming artist Booths are below!