Gallery STILL open! We had more fun than imagined. And so did members of CRASH Space. So much in fact they've decided to leave the art page and gallery open. So if you missed the show, you did not miss the show! Go! Listen to talks, see 3D, 2D, installation, participatory, music, art, reactionary, physics defying, fun for all ages!
Find it all here and now!: blog.crashspace.org/art-happens/
Here is a panel about Fun-A-Day that was live on 2/13/21. Part of the ART.HAPPENS virtual show.
a Virtual Show for 2021, organized by CRASH Space, Fun-A-Day-LA, & Fun-A-Day Reseda
When: February 12-14, 2021
Where: ART.HAPPENS Virtual Gallery
Regular Admission: Free
VIP Ticket: Variable Donation
If you can, please consider the VIP ticket to help partially offset the costs of CRASH Space a non-profit who is helping with all the tech and are all volunteers, like Fun-A-Day organizers.
In honor of the belated 10th anniversary of CRASH Space’s founding and the annual month-long art happenings run by Fun-A-Day LA and Reseda, we bring you a big, collaborative virtual art show! Wander the virtual space and explore artworks by dozens of artists in a wide variety of media, including illustration, textiles, creative reuse, chalk on sidewalk, UV-reactive paint, generative digital art, 3D data visualization, glitch art video, magic, and more! Socialize via video with friends both old and new, attend talks, workshops, and panels by contributing artists.
Attendance is free. The VIP ticket option gets you a lasercut thank you token, CRASH stickers, your name listed on the website as a supporter, and more. This event is being put on entirely by volunteers and funded by CRASH Space, a 501(c)3 non-profit. Any donations you make to help offset the costs are much appreciated!
More information about the events schedule will be available on this page as it is finalized.
CALL TO ARTISTS OPEN TILL FEBRUARY 2 - see post below
a Virtual Show for 2021, organized by CRASH Space, Fun-A-Day-LA, & Fun-A-Day Reseda.
The premise is simple: pick a project (take a photograph, make soap or a short video or the bed, draw/paint a picture, bake a cake, paint a tarot card, knit blankets for kittens, devise your own board or video game, hold a protest with signs for all, make one giant foldable piece of art, etc), do it every day in January, then show your work in February at a big, all ages group show!
Show location: Virtual
Artwork format: Works can be displayed as images, videos, 3d scans, a webpage that shows your project, live virtual performance, etc.
Show dates: February 12-14, 2021
Participate in ART.HAPPENS by filling out this form and letting us know what you are doing!
Post your progress and interact with other participants on our Google Group. If you want to help coordinate the show, please join the CRASH slack channel and ask for an invitation to the art show section.
More information about attending the show will be available on this page closer to the show date.
I'd never heard of Fun-A-Day LA before 2020 since I live in Long Beach and I wasn’t as familiar with what was going on in LA. Lucky for me, Amy and Richard decided to move to Long Beach and posted a call for entries on the Art Clout Facebook page. Art Clout is a Long Beach visual arts group founded by me and a couple of other local artists to help foster community and opportunities for artists, and Fun-A-Day really fit that bill. A few other artist friends of mine decided to participate and it ended up being a really great event. I’m so glad to have met Amy, Richard, Barb, and other artists who’ve already been part of the Fun-A-Day family.
Since I’d done projects like Inktober where you work on something every day for a month, the idea of a Fun-A-Day project wasn’t that daunting. I, of course, had to work cats into this project, as I am a “crazy” cat lady and love all things cats. Drawing a cat a day seemed like the perfect thing to do, and I set out a large sheet of watercolor paper on to which I drew cats from all walks of acquaintance: from my own cats to friends’ cats to celebrity cats to rescue cats. The result was a happy wallpaper pattern-like collection of cat drawings.
It was such a fun and positive experience for me that of course I was excited about participating again, even if it probably meant the format would have to go virtual—as so many others things have done—due to the pandemic. I’d also signed up to be a volunteer this year, as this is a project that I really believe in and want to do all I can to help make it a success again.
View more of Stephanie's cats (and other works) online at: www.steph-han.com
Watch Stephanie on Amy's Art Cabaret being interviewed for her own art and again for the podcast she participates in called Mona Lisa Has No Eyebrows.
Catch new art by Stephanie and other FADLA artists for 2021. Join in too, being an artist is not required. Registration and being in the show are both free to do and open to all. Registration starts in December.
Update - 2020 took us all for a turn where everyone in the world was stuck at home and all the other Fun A Day shows were cancelled. As we reflect back and realize that being an early bird was not planned, but ended up being great for many reasons - not the least being we got to see all the art, artists, family and friends in person! We hope to be able to do that again. Yet are planning a virtual show for 2021. Nothing is gonna stop the fun, but we will make the compromise of seeing you all online, and maybe some of you in person. The giant upside is now our show is available for everyone in the entire world to join in the show! Here's to 2021 and all our future connections and creations! Spread the word. Registration / call goes out in December 2020.
For now reflect back and enjoy 2020 in images!
This will be my fourth year joining in on Fun a Day LA, and every project I’ve done has been a real joy. It’s a time to think, what have I always wanted to get around to? and an excuse to DO THAT THING, NOW. It’s also a time to notice all the best clutter -- the interesting fabrics, the bags of yarn, the inks and paints and cardboard — they’re patiently waiting to be used, taking up space. It’s a new year, let them finally become something!
We asked Diane Cyr, who has been in every single Fun-A-Day-LA show to tell us a little bit about her work and why she participates.
'I’ve always been one of those “someday” artists, as in: “Someday, I’ll work on that project, but right now I have all these things I really ‘should’ be doing.” Working on my own projects always felt indulgent and selfish. I rarely devoted time to my own creativity—to doing something just because it was fun!
That’s why I was excited to hear about Fun-a-Day. For a whole month, I got to work on a project JUST for fun, with the satisfaction of knowing that it would actually be displayed and celebrated. I loved that there was no judgment or criteria—AND I loved that there was a deadline! It’s the only opportunity I have all year to tell myself every day, “Go ahead and work on that. In fact, make sure you work on that because you have to show it at the end of the month.” What could be better for a procrastinating, guilt-prone artist than permission to do what you want for a whole month! I love FADLA, and I’m very proud of the pieces I’ve made. If not for FADLA, they’d still all be living in my head, filed under “someday.”' Diane Cyr
Diane will be in the FADLA Now in Long Beach 2020 show. She is unable to make the show herself but her work 'Bag Crowd' will be in this year's show! So stop by and see what a "someday" artist makes when given a deadline. Better yet join in the fun. Registrations being accepted into January. Either fill out the form, email us or message us via social media.
Art Clout is about "Long Beach visual artists who wanted to find a way to better connect with their peers and to open up more opportunities for everyone.
We want to bring attention to new and emerging art, as well as share the experiences of more established artists. We also want to share the events and happenings around Long Beach, and to invite all makers and art lovers to come together and meet."
FADLA is about turning strangers into neighbors and friends. A perfect fit. And now that we are in Long Beach we've been featured on Art Clout! Check out our write up about Fun-A-Day and join in the fun! Accepting registrations till we overflow the gallery! So just send us a quick note or sign up on our very short registration page.