Serving Up Creativity Daily

Clay artist Marie Gibbons has been looking out on 44th Avenue and Tennyson Street from her EvB Studio storefront for four years now. Part of the charm of her little studio and gallery in the shadow of the Oriental Theater is its accessibility to the street traffic and the out-side world, which Gibbons has always encouraged with a sunny personality and an open invitation to come in and make art.

But it never hurts to shake things up, which is why Gibbons is celebrating the studio’s anniversary by declaring herself an “ARTwaitress” who serves up art experiences to feed the mind and spirit in her streetside clay-art diner.

“It’s kind of how I’ve always explained it when new people come in,” Gibbons says. “I try to take the fear factor away from people who are doing art for the first time by serving up fun, fast projects that I’ve put together on purpose. I’ve learned how to prepare them so that everybody gets to make a piece they’re proud of in the same amount of time it takes to get a bite to eat at a restaurant. It’s not so much a reinvention as it is a reconnection. It’s harmless and it’s a lot of fun.”

To that end, she’s putting in counters in the front windows to give the studio a diner feel and proffering vintage aprons to buy or just to wear while making art. And along with the new moniker, she’ll also be offering new promotions, including Reservation Saturdays, for which participants can reserve one of six different mini-shop projects to finish in a single afternoon. Stop by today between noon and 5 p.m. to celebrate as this new leaf turns over; Gibbons will offer refreshments and a free surprise mini-shop to all takers as part of the festivities. EvB Studio is at 4343 West 44th Avenue; visit
Sat., April 2, 12-5 p.m., 2011

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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