Passing the Torch: Artists Influencing Artists

Chaney Gallery, 2nd floor

The Artery, Annapolis's newest alternative art cooperative, is teaming up with Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and the Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) programs at Bates Middle School and Annapolis Senior High School to create an Art-and-Response showcase.

The students of the Bates Middle School PVA program will be given selected works created by members of The Artery so they may creatively respond through a variety of mediums. The students of Annapolis High School’s PVA program will work closely with The Artery’s organizers, Emily Welsh and Lindsay Zetter, to curate and construct an exhibit within the Chaney Gallery that will contain both the original works of art from the cooperative’s members, as well as the artistic responses from the Middle School students.

The Artery Cooperative, LLC

The Artery was created by a group of artists who wished to further enrich the artistic environment of Annapolis.  They are a cooperative for up-and-coming artists, providing an agency-type service in order to give them the opportunity to gain exposure within their own community. This could be through their own work, or ideas that promote the work of others.  Their mission is to grow the already-expanding art district by developing a steady schedule of singular or cooperative artist-based events such as pop-up shows, fundraisers, workshops, and speakers. Their goal for the future is to gain enough momentum to create a physical space in which artists can collaborate with each other, have their own studio space, and host their own shows within their own four walls.  They also hope to expand their influence to surrounding educational facilities in order to provide educational outreach.

The Artery Founders

LINDSAY ZETTER was born and raised in Annapolis, MD and has always maintained a strong passion for the arts. A lifelong classically trained dancer, self taught studio artist, and a Brokerage Firm office manager, steered her toward finding a way to bridge the gap between artist and business administration within the creative world. She attended Indiana University where she completed her Bachelor’s in Arts Management in 2010. Having completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies through a distance learning program with Royal Academy of Dance, she is currently Assistant Director at a ballet school based out of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Focusing attention to the studio art side of her interests, she thought her talents in administration would prove useful in creating a successful cooperative with her business partner, Emily.

EMILY WELSH was born and raised in Annapolis, MD and comes from a family full of artists. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she completed her BFA in Studio Arts and Printmaking in 2010. While in Amherst she interned at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in their Art Studio. After graduating, she was an Artist in Residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for two years and also assisted in researching and developing an etching studio there. When she is not making art, she is working as a waitress at Rams Head in Annapolis and interning at Manta Ray Records in Baltimore. Emily has been interested in getting up and coming artists into a group for quite a while and was thrilled when Lindsay expressed the same interest.

 

Images:  Left:  Ian Tom, Montana Black Spray Paint Can;​ Right: Ian Tom, Lonely Blue Star