Ready Set Go: a Garnerville Arts Festival | ArtShape Mammoth experience By novel idea | Nfinit Foundation Arts


And then there was the question, "Do you wanna be in my show?". Something like that, that's my memory anyway. Margaret, founder of ArtShape Mammoth, was probably more articulate than that, but it felt just that casual and friendly. What she couldn't have known was my complete terror of being asked to do what I was

indeed ready for, and that she was one of the first to ask me that question. After years of working on the Naked Layers Project... Kyana Brindle, my creative partner and I had discussed wanting to exhibit it as an art installation; film, photos and text. In fact we had, some years previous, shown in a photo series, HerStory at Free Candy Exhibition Space (BKNY), an Elaine Hargrove curation, but not our whole project.



And so we said yes, thus the terrifying realization that we were gonna have to put some work in pulling everything together, but also realizing how the question "do you wanna be in our show?", forced us to look at ourselves as artists, indeed to face that we are.



(Kick that Bear in the Butt! Slay the interminable Beast!)

The moment when existing in doubt is compromised. Your on the roller coaster and there's no turning back! "And you can just stay with us at Joan's house", Joan's house which just happened to be in the home of the accomplished artist, Joan Harmon, with her incredible view of the Hudson; deck side, late night deck talk with the sound of the mighty Hudson as our soundtrack. All this after what was to us a seamless load in. Margaret had made it all so easy, so open and accessible.This was no small show, but a beautiful exhibition, in an incredible space, with exciting fellow artists, and we were a part of it! But I suspect that's what Margaret and ArtShape Mammoth are about, to make it all, "art", the makers and the viewers of "art", feel at home in the mutual sharing of an experience. Yeah, that sounds about right. But I suspect that's what Margaret and ArtShape Mammoth are about, to make "art" easy, and the makers and the viewers of "art" feel at home in the mutual sharing of an experience. Yeah, that sounds about right.



Novel Idea and Kyana Brindle are founders of Nfinit Foundation Arts , an organization in process of Non Profit status with the end goal of artist support. They are also opening a gallery space in Brooklyn called BAS | brooklyn art store. This is in appreciation of the gracious friendship and help from ArtShape Mammoth, which has served artists communities, and is a wonderful example of hospitality.





Novel Idea M.A. | 

Exec. Dir. Nfinit Foundation Arts








Novel Idea B.S., M.A.

Exec. Dir. Nfinit Foundation Arts


N f i n i t


ArtShape Mammoth:

Margaret Coleman, Executive Director

Amy Joy Hosterman, Program Director

Joshua Hosterman, Operations Director

Art+Travel by Cori Champagne

I love traveling for exhibitions. And I’m grateful that since joining ArtShape Mammoth, I’ve been given a lot of opportunities to do so. Installing work puts a unique framework around your experience of a city.  I’m not usually scoping out Home Depot locations when I’m on vacation, after all.

Out of town exhibitions pose their own challenges though, and take another level of organization to prepare for, as many artists know.  I compiled some lessons learned from my experiences, and I hope you will weigh in with your suggestions too!

Discount shippers:

I found out the hard way how much FedEx and UPS *love* to ship large boxes when I needed to ship a mannequin out to LA for a show. A few panic attacks later, my partner remembered a shipping option that is much more affordable, especially for large and heavy boxes.  It uses the luggage space in Greyhound buses that are normally under-used.  Allow for a little more transit time, but their rates are significantly better, and you can even save money by dropping off/picking up at the bus station versus door-to-door delivery.  Pack in sturdy boxes because it will go on and off a few buses.

Luggage is still cheapest:

I thought I was a genius when this first occurred to me, then found out everyone does it.  Still, a very affordable option for moving work from A to B, if you are going to be flying out for the show anyway. Most airlines charge $25 for a checked bag, which is still cheaper than the cost to ship the same stuff. Fragile work may not fare as well, but for an installation I was doing on the West Coast using large cloth panels, pure cheapness got me to fit everything in one suitcase.

Lumber changes around the country:

For the same installation, I planned to build the supports on site and bring the cloth panels with me.  I did a mock up in my studio with easy to find pre-cut lumber, so that I wouldn’t have to spend a lot of time cutting and could just assemble everything.  It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t be able to find the same lumber on the other side of the country.  I went to 3-4 different stores before I found an alternative, but now, I check availability at the specific store location when planning the work.

Tools: bring or borrow?

I hate losing my tools, and so try to avoid bringing them with me for installs. It’s rarely a necessity to bring general use tools because the gallery stocks them.  What I do bring are the component parts that I need for the work: specific size drill bits, exact paint for touch-ups, extra sewing supplies. I make an inventory list then use it later to make sure I don’t forget anything. That said, after so much careful planning, I neglected to bring a counter-sink with me for a recent trip. But, it gave me the chance to make some new friends at the nearby CreatorSpace!

What have you found that is a ‘must’ for Art + Travel?