Oddball Dispatch #1

Long time coming…

The first official Oddball newsletter is here! We want to thank everyone who has attended and participated in our shows and events this year and in previous years. As we get ready to launch into 2019, we are excited by all the new endeavors on the horizon. We hope you will continue to follow us on this journey as we continue to grow and figure things out. From the entire Oddball crew we wish everyone warm holiday wishes!

Art Does its Part!

July 13th, 2018, we kicked off our largest show to date, Strange Imaginations and Other Perplexing Wonders: “A Celebration of the Pop Surrealism and Lowbrow Art Movement”. Not only was it well attended but we raised over $1200 for Pads of Elgin, Inc. This non-profit organization provides safe shelter, support services, and advocacy to homeless individuals in Dundee, Elgin, and Hanover Townships. The Strange Imaginations show featured over 45 artists and over 150 pieces of art!

Oddball Art Laboratory

The Mobile Art Machine Rolls into Town!

We premiered Oddball Arts Mobile Art Machine at the Strange Imaginations show. This 1950s era cigarette machine was converted to sell original one of a kind art for a mere $5. The machine has been moving around to a variety of establishments in Downtown Elgin, and will continue to move around in 2019. The machine includes a large range of artists and different themed artwork that has been changing with the time of year. To see the latest on where the machine is located go to: oddballartlabs.org

Cartoon Cavalcade A Celebration of All Things Toony!

SAVE THE DATE: Cartoon Cavalcade A Celebration of All Things Toony!

Our next big show for 2019 is Friday July 12th. Stay tuned for further details and an artist call. We are already in the works for this show and have a lot of fun little extras planned for this event!

2018 Wrapping it up…

The year that is!  This year we focused on our large art show and the creation of the Mobile Art Machine.  We also took part for the first time in Art & Soul on the Fox.  We had our first print shop and did our first sales for artists instead of in the past artists having to handle all of their own sales.  While it was not without its bumps, we tried to figure everything out; we did learn a lot and already have improvement ideas for next year’s show.  This whole thing has been a huge learning experience for the Oddball crew and we’re very thankful and grateful to everyone for the encouragement and patience to work with us and give us a chance.  We’re hoping that in the future we are able to come up with more interesting ideas like the Mobile Art Machine.  Here’s to future shenanigans and lots of great things in 2019!

Any ideas for fun projects or shows you think we should be a part of, please drop us a line!