‘Slop Art’ sale features student, local artists

Pottery, jewelry, drawings, prints. These were just some of the items available for sale at the Slop Art show Nov. 14.

As in previous years, the event was held at 6th & Main Market.

Each vendor at the Slop Art sale displays their work on a table.
Each vendor at the Slop Art sale displays their work on a table.

“6th & Main is such a great venue for it,” said Kelsey Fagan, a graphic design major, who organized the sale along with fellow graphic design major Katie Ellinger.

Ellinger said that the term “slop art” stems from that the fact that the pieces are low in price. Everything was $20 or less.

Refreshments were provided for attendees, and free wine and beer were available for those of age.

Fagan said the show was fairly easy to plan. “We discussed last month about a date,” Fagan said.

The pair said they thought Nov. 14 was the perfect date because it fell before winter break and finals. This allowed students time to attend the show and allows buyers to use the art as possible holiday gifts.

The show featured 16 vendors, including professors Jeremy Boyle, Mark Franchino and Gary Greenberg; graduate students Stefan Gewiss and Lauren Sutely; and current students Rebekah Alviani, Bailey Chiotti, Laura Duncan, Breanna Beiganski, David Aites, Sarah Strausbaugh, Carling Burke, Laura Stiner and Brittany Hauser. Fagan and Ellinger also had art in the sale. The student vendors are either art majors or those who participate in art classes at the university.

Laura Duncan, who takes a ceramics class at the university, created these wall tiles for the Slop Art sale.
Laura Duncan, who takes a ceramics class at the university, created these wall tiles for the Slop Art sale.

“We had art laying around that we needed to do something with, and this was a great opportunity,” said Sutley, a Clarion graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

She sold watercolor prints and small paintings of landscapes, flowers, and abstract scenes at the sale. “It took me about two weeks for some of the things,” Sutley said. “The [small] paintings took a few hours each.”

Chiotti, a graphic design major, has participated in past Slop Art sales. She said she usually makes art a few weeks in advance, specifically for the sale. This year, she created colorful abstract prints, some made on wooden blocks. She said she hoped people would see her art as something cool and useful.

Other artists like to plan in advance. Clarion graduate Gewiss, who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, sold framed pen and ink drawings of various animals.

“I did most of them over the summer,” Gewiss said. He said he made some of the drawings for fun but kept in mind that the Slop Art sale would be coming up.

“I think it’s a really nice showcase of the artistic talent we have,” said Mary Pat McCarthy, a professor of speech-language pathology at Clarion. She stopped by the Slop Art sale Friday.

“I think the pottery is unbelievable,” McCarthy said. She also said that having the sale on Main Street is a great way to bring the university and the community together.

Those who missed the sale are not out of luck.

“It’s held in the spring and fall,” Ellinger said. The next Slop Art show is set for April.

Slop Art is usually accompannied by a mug show and sale held at Michelle’s Cafe, creating a Main Street artwalk. Due to scheduling, the mug show opens early December and continues into January. The opening reception is Dec. 6.

The sale features mugs made by both students and community members within a 75-mile radius.

You May Also Like