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Community Art Studio Searches for New Space, Seeks Support

Vignette Vignette, the up-and-coming community art studio painting the town in the Andersonville and Edgewater neighborhoods, is searching for a new location to open its doors this summer. Previously reported as opening at 1212 W. Thorndale Ave., the studio is looking for a new space to launch its drop-in and month-long classes that still lays its roots in the Northeast Chicago area.

While their opening timeline leans heavily on the procurement of a new location, which is still to be determined, co-owner Stephanie Preston is confident the studio will open no later than June 1, 2015.

“We are still looking at opening in June, which is as far as we can push it back. We have a summer program for children that we want to stay on track with, and are looking to fulfill our programs in July and August as well,” said Preston. Vignette1

Vignette Vignette’s opening date is also dependent on the donations it receives from the studio’s various promotional events and Kickstarter campaign. Both initiatives focus on building support and raising awareness for the studio’s mission: giving back and bringing together the community in an environment that encourages creativity, artistry and imagination.

With a goal to reach $15,000 by Sunday, April 5, the studio has successfully hosted three community-centered events over the last month, including a complimentary ceramic bowl building workshop, a puppy painting event, and a free ice cream social served with the finished and glazed bowls built at the first event. Drawing in crowds, Vignette Vignette roused a wide-range of community support, earning the studio more than $12,500 toward its Kickstarter goal, but leaving it with $2,500 to raise before the first weekend in April.

Working in tandem with the studio’s promotional events, Vignette Vignette is also leveraging its inventive personality and offering imaginative gifts to its Kickstarter pledges in an effort to reach its $15,000 goal. Among the many gifts offered, a few include the opportunity to dedicate the studio’s library, the honor of naming their big red kiln, a pass to a month-long workshop, and even a full scholarship for a child to attend Vignette Vignette’s Children’s Summer Camp program. Vignette2

“We want to provide programming that allows us to raise money, not only for the studio, but for half or full scholarships for kids in the area,” said Preston, “[…] the Kickstarter campaign is a first step in doing that.”

While specific classes have yet to be posted to the studio’s website, Preston urges interested residents to check back in May to peruse their selection of workshops and to sign up. Classes will equip participants with all of the necessary materials and change on a monthly basis in an attempt to cover a handful of different mediums and reach a wide variety of interests.

With just a few days left in its Kickstarter campaign, Vignette Vignette is gearing up for a quick move into a new space, its grand opening, and a long-term, vibrant and colorful relationship with the surrounding community.

For more information about Vignette Vignette, visit their website here. To back the studio’s Kickstarter campaign, visit their page here.


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