"Tasteful" art will take on a whole new meaning on Valentine's Day when The Art Studio invites artists and art lovers to a show that pairs art with food for a fun event to showcase local work. The First Annual Taste the Art event will be held this Thursday, Feb. 14, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Art Studio, 20436 Brian Way, Unit G, Tehachapi (in Old Towne). The event is free.
Colleen Grant, owner of The Art Studio, has put out an open call to artists to submit work for the show -- at no charge. Entry deadline is at 5 p.m. today.
The 1st Annual Taste the Art Event is open to all artists, students, and newbies working in all painting, printmaking, drawing media and photography, Grant said. Abstract, expressive, impressionist or realistic styles are welcome (must be rated PG). Entries will combine an original subject or concept and pair it with a matching food (example: a green apple painting with a bowl of green apple Jelly Bellies, or bite size dried apples).
This month The Art Studio is celebrating its third anniversary. Grant operated out of space next to Albertson's for the first two years, moving to the larger space in Old Towne to accommodate the growing number of students.
The Art Studio has had several gallery showings for student work, but this will be the first gallery showing open to everyone with a call to all artists.
The idea for Taste The Art evolved from Grant's desire to get everyone involved with and experiencing art on different levels.
"I just thought it would be a cool concept for the view to fully (no pun intended) appreciate the art," she said. "My mind is always on art and sometimes these ideas just pop in," she added.
"Fun and creativity is what this showing is all about and we look forward to seeing some new and familiar faces enjoying a little food and a lot of art," she said.
As an example of how art and food might be paired, she said the first entry is an oil painting of an apple, accompanied by caramel candies.
"Thus you will enjoy a 'caramel apple,'" she said with a smile.
Other artists may be on the adventurous side and may serve you an oversized foot with a slice of cheese.
Art can be any size, and the artist must bring matching food for tasting. One framed and ready to hang artwork per artist will be allowed, and Grant is not charging for hanging -- or if the artist sells the work during the show.