|Artist Michael Messer is interviewed by Brinson & Salwa.|
A UNC-Greensboro student, Salwa Majeed sent me an email a while back. She asked to use the Four Saints Brewing Company's Art Wall Project for a college journalism assignment. Well hell yeah. That's what this art wall is about. Sure -- the art wall is about managing a 12 foot wall in a taproom that rotates an art installation of five visual artists every three months. The project that FSBC owners Joel & Andy hired me to manage is also about community. You know --
subjecting others to inviting the local community to engage in thoughtful visual art discourse over a pour of locally brewed beer. So, again, hell yeah.
Salwa and her project partner, Brinson needed to create a 'segment'. I think that's what that's called. A two minute video that portrays a compelling community project. And right there -- that's where the smile starts. It's one thing to host a public art project in the community. It's another thing to inspire others on their quest for knowledge to be inspired by said art project to, in turn, create another work of art about it. Dig? -- propelling the art, folks. When it's done in this manner, everyone wins: the community, the business with foresight to pay for the creation of art, the artists, the students -- okay, backing off the soapbox. You get it.
|Salwa, Brinson, Les III, Joel, & Michael|
Salwa and Brinson visited the taproom to interview FSBC owner Joel, me, and of course the fourth Art Wall artist, Michael Messer. The students also followed Michael in his studio while he was producing his wood relief art piece. All the while they asked great questions and collected fantastic footage. The good vibes were flowing during Michael's public work session at the taproom and it shows in the footage. We had fun.
And maybe you'll get the good vibes in the video Salwa and Brinson put together. Check out the video below. The students earned an A in my book.
The FSBC Art Wall Project's fourth artist, Michael Messer will have his work on exhibit through the end of June 2017 in the taproom located at 218 South Fayettville Street in downtown Asheboro. Limited edition commemorative stickers and t-shirts featuring his art are available for purchase while supplies last. Check out his nifty art projects in progress via instagram .