Our mail swap is going strong! Now that the kiosks have FINALLY found places in the real world, let’s transition the mail swap so it’s prompt based. Until now, we just took whatever you made. Moving forward, we’ll periodically introduce prompts to inspire you to make art! THe first prompt is “stamp.”
Tiny Gallery kiosks are going up around town! The first is at Art & Soul of Sebastopol. The second will be on 4th Street, Downtown Santa Rosa, as a component of the Chamber of Commerce’s “Open and Out” event. Street closures and foot traffic! Yes, please!
So, how can you tell if a piece of art is available at a kiosk or through our mail-swap? Look for identifying graphics on the picture of the work! Here are three samples and an excuse:
Art in the kiosk at 4th street has “Open & Out Downtown Santa Rosa” pasted on its picture.
Art in the kiosk at 755 Petaluma Avenue in Sebastopol has “Art & Soul” pasted on its picture.
And finally, we’ll be using a cancellation sticker to differentiate postcard art from the mail swap.
Legacy postcard art doesn’t have any kind of identifier, because we hadn’t thought of adding these until after we had multiple art exchange streams!
“Two Santa Rosa artists, Robert van de Walle and Dawn Thomas, had a clear and simple vision of an innovative project they wanted to do, but of course, life doesn’t always work out exactly the way we expect…” Read the rest of the Press Democrat article, by Dan Taylor, at this link: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/entertainment/10902181-181/tiny-galleries-will-send-the
Our country relies on the hard work and dedication of our Postal Service. Their charter is astounding: to collect and deliver mail to every address in the United States, at the same price for every customer. It’s a bold idea that has withstood the test of time, and tested mail carriers’ mettle, for generations. It’s inspired poems, songs, novels, and art.
With Tiny Galleries’ postcard swap, we’re doing our little bit to support the USPS. Many of our artists are going above and beyond making mere postcards, creating complex works requiring far more than a postcard stamp to deliver. You are all generous, remarkable souls and the world is a better place with you in it.
Are you sheltering in place? Make art!
On our homepages you will see images from our Instagram (tinygalleries). Make a postcard sized piece of art, send it to us, and we’ll send you back someone else’s art. You even get to tell us which one you want!
Send your postcard to
1561 Laguna Road
Santa Rosa CA 95401
We’re in the final days of our donor matched funding at Ioby. We’re very close to being able to build twice as many Tiny Gallery Art Exchanges! The work of finding excellent homes for each kiosk continues. We’re currently negotiating a location in Alameda, which would be simply delightful to increase that city’s visual artists… visibility.
https://ioby.org/project/tiny-galleries-art-exchange is live and has already reached more than half our funding goal! At this point, we’ll be able to build three Tiny Galleries. Where shall we place this one? I’m looking at you, Oakland!
Here’s some excellent news: ioby.org picked up our Tiny Galleries as an “Artists Lead” project! Every dollar (up to $1000 per donor) given to the project gets matched until we reach $15,000 in matching. How great is that? Your art patron dollars have never worked harder.
Head over to ioby.org and make your donation today!
We got the Pop-Up Grant! Yay!
Now to start navigating all the things we have to get into place before we can launch the Tiny Galleries.
Bob’s brilliant Explainer video was something I wanted on the site, but it can’t be loaded using the Video widget, oh, no. You have to try and fail a bunch of times, and then look up the kludges that work for other folks. Like pasting in the link in the URL bar – while watching the video.