In the Spring of 2008, 5 neighbors -- all artists and creators making beautiful artwork and crafts in our basements, bedrooms and dens -- decided to invite our friends and neighbors to a neighborhood art show. A local musician/composer provided music, a husband with a background in the wine industry conducted a wine tasting and a wonderful local bakery provided "decorate your own cupcakes" on a warm, sunny Mothers Day afternoon. We dedicated a portion of the proceeds to a local not for profit we all cared about.
We made so many friends that day and realized that art was happening in basements and studios all around us! We also discovered a community of willing buyers/collectors eager to make affordable high quality art part of their daily lives. Thus began the concept behind ArtSpring. The discovery and promotion of artists and artisans in our own backyards, making their work accessible to the local community through sales and hands-on workshops, dedicating a portion of the proceeds to a neighborhood non-profit.
Currently, thanks to wonderful people and to the wonderful commitment of dedicating a portion of community space to the promotion of art, we are located in a beautiful space in downtown Silver Spring. Sales of all the work in the store support the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, a 501 C3 organization, also dedicated to promoting art in the community.
Creating the "Founders' table"
Founders' table can be seen at ArtSpring.
Linda Blackbourn, a Wisconsin girl at heart -- Linda has adopted Silver Spring, MD as her home, with her husband and three great kids.
Linda has lived a lifetime in the arts, having grown up with a gallery/frameshop in the family, she went on to found a corporate art and framing business in Chicago, IL, and an art gallery in Houston, TX. Since Arriving in MD in 2002, she has focused on her handcrafted jewelry business, A-Z Jewelry Design.
"Creating handcrafted gemstone jewelry is my passion. I feel so lucky to have met these vibrant women and to have the chance to build ArtSpring here in the center of Silver Spring. Life is good!"
Linda left ArtSpring in the Spring of 2011 to focus on the Jewelry business. You can still find her jewelry at ArtSpring.
Annette Florin is FrouFrou a GoGo! Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she lived on Manhattan's Upper East Side for many years, and now resides in fabulous Silver Spring with her two amazingly fantastic teenaged boys.
FrouFrou thrifts the world, (ok, ok, the neighborhood), for rejected treasures, then with a little paint and polish transforms them into object that are colorful, functional and fun. Her specialty is designing leather handbags from thrifted, vintage bomber jackets. Check out her website for a sampling of her work: www.froufrouagogo.etsy.com.
Words of wisdom from Ms. FrouFrou: Let's promise to fill our lives with
joy, art and color.