Farley Hammerton. January 23, 2013.
CODE GREY: SUBURBAN RENEWAL – PART I
Alfred E. Neuman once said, “The suburbs are where they cut down all the trees and then name streets after them.” Ancaster’s current art renaissance is no joke, however. Artsprawl, held every third Friday of the month, features drive-thru art hosted outside people’s homes, perfect for the car-centric city.
“The idea is that you never leave the car,” says organizer Soren Fieberman. “The artcrawl on James Street is not really appealing to the average person from Ancaster. Bumping into strangers, eating grilled cheese, human interaction – if they wanted that, they’d move into an apartment on Bay Street. At Artsprawl, you simply drive by the art, take a quick look, and your home for dinner.”
The movement started with the so-called “Soccer Mom” demographic. “We were bored. We’re all highly educated at the best schools, and there’s only so much help the nanny needs with the kids. We’re all in art classes, so it’s time to show our chops,” says proud mother of one, Sharon Winchester.
You won’t find the risky art that characterizes the artcrawl, but you will find plenty of practical folk art. Among the top-sellers are wall hangings with “Bless this Mess” on them, or “Don’t Pee in Our Gigantic Pool, We Don’t Swim in Your Bidet.” Lawn silhouettes, paintings of unicorns, and macrame owls fly off the lawns of the artists.
This just may be Ancaster’s chance to show Hamilton that they indeed have a soul.
See Part II of the Series – Suburbanicity: Ancaster’s Newest Paper
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