Heydays (Again)

Everybody Paint Now!


October 2004: In one of the more spectacular orgies of creativity all year, a handful of Austinites converged on an empty white gallery space inside Flatbed World Headquarters, and over the space of 12 hours transformed it into a phantasmagorical landscape of riotous color and whimsical shapes, fauna and flora, and geometric patterns. It was an exercise in concentrated art-making, with students and teachers from the UT community creating an immersive environmental artwork from a blank room. The evolution of that space, as beautifully documented on the Creative Research Laboratory Web site at uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab/2004_10_heydays/
, is a wonder to behold. A week later, another blank gallery was turned over for a 24-hour marathon in which masked musicians played and a white rabbit contributed to the creation of an "art wonderland" (uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab/2004_10_heydays/
). And it looks like the creation of it was a world of fun.

Well, guess what? This Saturday morning, that space in Flatbed will be blank again, and the folks at CRL are inviting anyone with an itch to draw, paint, or otherwise make a creative mark to join them in transforming it into something rich and strange. It's part of CRL's reprise of Heydays, the series of activities of which the two previous art marathons were a part. This year's 12-hour marathon starts at 10am Saturday, and CRL Director Hana Hillerova wants you, your friends, and your kids to drop by and draw, collage, paint, make puppets or costumes, sing songs, lift weights, or hula-hoop. Washable paint and tools will be available, but feel free to bring your own art-making supplies. Pick up a brush and go!

The Heydays art marathon will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, 10am-10pm, at Creative Research Laboratory, inside Flatbed World Headquarters, 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more information, call 322-2099 or visit www.utexas.edu/cofa/a_ah/crlab.html.

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