Protest Poster Painting Party!!! We DID IT!!!

Getting off to a GREAT start of the year on January 16th, SparkleBlob’s CraftNight had it’s biggest CraftNight EVER.

I decided that once a month at least, CraftNight would take part in at least one “Craftivisim” to get the public focused on fighting for social justice, civil rights, human rights, planet rights, and basically, the right to be treated like human beings with benevolence and tolerance for each other.

I think it was a good idea, because for our first attempt at rallying people: Akbar was stuffed to the gills!

People wanted, needed to put their thoughts and feelings on poster board, and do it along with other people having strong feelings about the new administration. We’ve never seen anything like it. David LeBarron and Bill Cole were my trusty cohorts, they were shellshocked about how many people we had busting down the doors to make signs! We couldn’t pour paint and replace water fast enough, we didn’t have enough brushes! We had to create a line to keep it from getting too crowded!

The experience was powerful and telling. For many of us, we haven’t had to work our activism muscles this much in a long time. Some of our younger participants had never put paint and brush in hand to express their first amendment rights. It was great to see people involved in the political process, and SparkleBlob will keep finding ways to keep our community engaged. And no, signs alone and marching are not the answer to the world’s problems.

Protesting is merely one branch of activism.

We also have phone calls to make, petitions to sign, and we need to lean on our politicians and journalists to do right by the planet and its inhabitants.

Because you know what?!?

If we destroy the earth, there will be no one left to argue about this stuff anyway, so let’s start by saying something about it!



Happy New Year 2017!!!

Well, if it isn’t 2017, comin’ round the bend and giving us a brand new shiny year.

We have our work cut out for us, and I assure you, we’ll not be sitting idly, playing croquet and lolling about, we’ll be thinking of ways to share art with you. We’re already gearing up for ways to bring the planet hope and justice through creativity. What we do is indeed, for the most part, interpreted as a type of frippery, or as a luxurious pastime, but it’s so much more than that, believe me. I am reminded of Karl Paulnack, who gave a welcoming speech to freshman parents at Boston Conservatory waaaaaay back in 2004, but it still hits home.

“Art is part of survival; art is part of the human spirit, an unquenchable expression of who we are. Art is one of the ways in which we say, “I am alive, and my life has meaning.” Concert Pianist, Karl Paulnack

If you’d like to read the entire thing, I recommend it highly, it’s worthwhile to the max. He handily illustrates clearly why art is of value. This articulation of purpose is very much how I view my life’s mission, and why I started SparkleBlob.

Keep an eye on us, we’ll be fighting the good fight one puffball, one chili dog, one puppet at a time. ~JP

Gothtober 2013 is ALIVE!

SparkleBlob would like to thank all participants, volunteers, patrons and performers in what was a wonderful Fall Fundraiser! More news on that is coming up verily, you can check out photos of the event here. In the meantime, another SparkleBlob program has begun it’s yearly launch and is full steam ahead!

What’s Gothtober, you may ask?

In it’s eleventh year, The Gothtober Countdown Calendar™ is a curated time-release flash-based online museum of 31 works of art by 31 different artists. The official run of the show is from October 1st to the 31st, a new piece being revealed with each day of the month.The best way to see what it is though, is by visiting it!

Gothtober is one of SparkleBlob’s programs, a spirited forum that encourages people to take part in creating something seasonal, strange and spooky.

In many instances, in the busy life, one must carve out opportunities to be creative. The world’s demands are formidable, and the unglamorous part of creativity is the staving off or shutting out of distractions, and clearing out a place for one’s own ambitions. Anyone who appreciates making creative work, or who wants to make creative work needs to experience this conundrum face-to-face, it brings satisfaction to the artist, and makes them understand and appreciate their fellow participants.

The habit of frequency is merely ONE aspect of maintaining the mind’s requirements for bringing forth ideas and bringing said ideas to fruition. During Gothtober, it has been found that ingesting a fair amount of candy corn can help with alertness, followed by a refreshing cat nap.

You can also read about the interesting back story on each artist’s piece that launches day by day, when you visit the Gothtober Blog. Happy Viewing! -JP Head Candycorn