What You'll Get
Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling into manholes. Give the most overworked sense a vacation with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a one-year Contemporaries-level membership to the McColl Center for Visual Art (a $75 value).
Though admission is always free, the Contemporaries-level membership provides invitations to special events and parties and includes discounts on ticketed events. Housed in a historic church, the McColl provides feast after ocular feast. ZipStir, a current exhibition, features installations by Hong Seon Jang and Jonathan Brilliant. Jang's work displays the connectivity of the world using US zip codes and plastic zip ties, and Brilliant crafts patterns out of consumer materials such as coffee stirrers.
Bringing together accomplished artists and creatively inclined members of the public, McColl aims to catalyze artistic innovation that enriches the entire community it serves. Fundraisers, including the upcoming Palate to Palette event in December (get a $10 discount with your Groupon), provide Contemporaries with lively opportunities for philanthropy, mingling, and performing trust falls. McColl's artists-in-residence program supports the work of emerging artists producing everything from textured mixed-media collages to muddled digital print/animated narratives. As part of their residencies, many artists give back through various outreach projects that enrich children's artistic lives.
You can meet these artists and watch them compose their work on select Saturdays during open studio. Many of the open-studio sessions also come with an opportunity to create your own art, such as woodcut prints or public-space murals. McColl even gives lessons in creativity for stiff suit, tie, and bejeweled elbow-length-glove types.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 16, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Must activate by 5/16/11, membership expires 1 year from activation date. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.