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“River” Will Soon Flow at OMA


By Bobbie DeBoer

Oceanside CA— Michelle Montjoy knows a thing or two about art. As a teacher and practicing artist in San Diego County for over 20 years, Michelle has shared her enthusiasm and talent with hundreds of people over the course of her career. She’s had solo shows at the Oceanside Museum of Art, The Athenaeum Arts and Music Library, and Art Produce Gallery in North Park. This year Michelle took a huge leap of faith and applied for a grant from the Creative Catalyst Program (through the San Diego Foundation), and was one of five artists chosen to receive a $20,000 grant. Michelle will use the money to produce and showcase her project, “River.”

A proud Oceanside resident, Michelle is passionate about bringing “River” to our community, and invites everyone (kids too!) to participate in its creation. The project will be made of recycled t-shirts donated by Oceanside residents and will be knitted into a room-sized installation displayed at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Free workshops will be open to the public September through December, with the project unveiling at the OMA on March 25, 2017 and running through May 7, 2017.

“Making things with our hands is important,” says Michelle, “and there’s nothing more satisfying than working with other people to bring a vision to life. I call the project ‘retro-revolutionary,’ like an old-fashioned quilting bee. People will come together from all walks of life to experience the joy of creating something with others.”

The first big event and workshop will be held on Sunday September 4th, Family Day at the OMA, from 1-4; on Thursday, September 15th, an adult-oriented workshop with wine and snacks will be held from 5-7; October 7th, the workshop will be held to coincide with the First Friday Art Walk; Thursday, October 20th from 5-7; Saturday, November 12th from 1-4; and Wednesday, December 21st from 5-7. Everyone is invited and no reservations are necessary. Come join the fun!
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