Jump the Moon Art Studio has started a new fundraising event each month that will bring in top-tier artists for live demonstrations. The money raised will be used to build up a payroll fund, so the current staff, which is all volunteer, can include a few paid positions.
“We’re growing every day, and we would love to be able to get a small staff that get paid, instead of asking everyone to volunteer their time 100% of the time,” said Director Michael Bingham.
The artist demo nights are held monthly, with July being their third event. July’s demo will feature artist Michael Malm, who is internationally known for his work. Bingham said he’s expected to demonstrate a life portrait.
The events have been well attended so far, with artist David Koch leading the first demonstration in May. Koch is known for his murals that are featured in temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world.
“That’s the caliber of artists we will have each month,” Bingham said. “It will be someone who is really successful, and I think the community will really enjoy it.”
The nights are geared toward adults or those teens who have a real interest in art. “You’re sitting and watching an artist work for a few hours, so some teens and children might not be interested in that,” Bingham explained. “But adults find it really fascinating.”
Jump the Moon is a nonprofit organization that offers art-making opportunities to individuals with disabilities. The studio encourages all community members to use the studio and make art. They accept all donation amounts but suggest a $5 donation per visit. Art materials are free to use while in the studio. Located on Main Street in Logan, Jump the Moon is equipped with special tools and art-making devices that allow people “higher levels of self-expression and communication.”
For more information on their monthly art demonstrations, and other events, visit their website at JumpTheMoon.org.