Sharing happiness through art.
Artists around the world are sharing their work with their communities through a global art movement called Free Art Friday (FAF). It’s just a goodwill kind of thing. Every Friday, artists across the globe, create art and place it in random locations around their communities for people to find, take home and enjoy. Often the artwork is tagged, “I’m free. Take me home.” Some artists post pictures on social media with photo clues about where the pieces are hidden. Free Art Friday is about sharing happiness, and art always seems to do just that.
I heard about FAF in downtown Atlanta, and I immediately thought that our quaint city would be a perfect place for the movement. There are so many wonderful people actively participating in our community. Free Art Friday is just another way to bring people together, and who doesn’t love some extra happy in their day?
With the help of my apprentice, Em Harris (Em Harris Ceramics), we have been spreading the Free Art Friday love. Every Friday we drop two or three pieces of art around town. We post photo clues on Instagram and Facebook, to help people find the artwork. We ask folks to take a selfie with the found art piece, and send it to us to be featured on our social media accounts. We have had so much fun watching the response and seeing the joy created by our efforts. Nothing makes us happier than to see a picture of someone holding our work with a huge smile on their face.
We hope to continue to grow our Instagram and Facebook followings, so more people will learn about Woodstock’s version of FAF. The more the merrier! We also are looking for other artists and craftspeople to make contributions to our Woodstock movement. Anyone can participate. Just message us via social media or email firstname.lastname@example.org and you can be part of the fun.
We are going to continue doing what we love ̶ making art. And, every Friday we are reminded that sharing our gifts with others is not only joyful for them, but that energy comes back to us twofold. And who doesn’t love these three wonderful things? Free. Art. Friday.
You can find Free Art Friday Woodstock on Instagram and Facebook at @fafwoodstockga.
– Betsy Khuri, a local artist. Her studio, Betsy Oh Art, is located in Woodstock.