Our Story

The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable.”                         -Robert Henri 
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Artist Statement

“I have been an artist all my life. My talent for drawing and painting was recognized at an early age and so began a lifetime of developing that talent. I majored in art in both high school and college, and I illustrated my first children’s book while earning my degree in illustration from Columbia College. Throughout my many years in school and in the professional  workplace, I had created countless pieces of art and illustration, but the most difficult skill, I found, was to create freely. In all the years of formal instruction and developing my artistic skills, I learned, perhaps, the most difficult skill was letting go! “

Why I do Art Rave

“If you ever watch a young child paint, it’s a beautiful thing. They just go for it!  They’re not overly concerned with the outcome, but thoroughly enjoying the process. Like Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” As adults, we have long forgotten the days when we actually enjoyed making art!  We often think that you have to be an artist to make art or paint a painting. Why? Do we have to be a Michael Phelps to enjoy a dip in the pool? Of course not, but most of us wouldn’t think of picking up a paint brush unless we were an artist of some sort! I believe that there is an artist in all of us! Why not let the  magic of being part of an Art Rave (and perhaps a glass of wine) bring out the artist in you?

While I want Art Rave to have the most beautiful, inspiring collection of artwork, it is not about the paintings. Art Rave is about finding that place  where creating art is fun!  When you experience painting in this way you connect with something inside yourself, as well as the people around you.  Sure, you will learn a few things about painting, but more importantly you learn to let go and trust in the process!  There is something fundamental about painting on canvas. With computers replacing almost everything these days, and schools cutting funding for art, painting on canvas is becoming “a lost art” and yet, it IS ART! You may come to an Art Rave with little to no painting expereince, but you take away much more than a finished painting. You take away the belief that painting can be fun, and, with a little shot of inspiration, anything is possible!”

To see more art by Michele Van Patten visit her website at mvanpatten.com