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Spotlight: Triple the Love returns as to-go event

The third annual Triple the Love event will have art supplies to take home, including instructions on how to make origami birds.

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Three Roswell art institutions invite the public to create art at home

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

For the third year, Triple the Love unites three art institutions: The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (AMoCA), Bone Springs Art Space and the Miniatures & Curious Collections Museum (MCCM). The museums and gallery will offer free supplies for art activities for young and old to create. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be different and instead of creating the art on location, the art supplies will be available for pick up on Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the different venues.

One of the organizers is artist Miranda Howe who owns Bone Springs Art Space, 212 E. Walnut St. “This year, we wanted to keep the theme going, but be responsible in this era of COVID, and so we created the idea of Triple the Love — to go. You can come to the Anderson Museum and make essentially your own greeting card to-go packet. You come and pick out the supplies you want to use, put them in a little bag, and then you can take it home to make your card. At Bone Springs, I’ll be having a little packet of scratch art and paper things and the tools that you need to scratch your design on your little Valentine’s piece — and then you can do that at home. I’ll also have a special sale in my gift shop with anything that has pink, red or purple in it, it will be on sale,” she said and laughed.

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“As part of the Big Read grant, the Miniatures & Curious Collections Museum was a partnering organization with that endeavor for that grant, so they are focusing on making little mini-books to correspond with Big Read. They’ll have a little package with origami paper makings that you can come and pick up and take,” Howe said.

Asked about the origins of the event, organizer and AMoCA Director Nancy Fleming said, “We’ve always done the card making here. We partnered with different people in the past to do the Valentine’s card making. We change it up every year to make the greeting cards because we have tons of paper and envelopes. Over the years, we’ve accumulated tons of doodads and stickers and templates and punches. We’ll have a lot of things punched, there will not be a lot of touching. The people can choose what they like. I’ll have the gemstones already on the glue dots, we’ll just take them off.”

Fleming said that some of the items will be limited per person, such as the gemstones, but that they are generous with the handing out of the supplies. Having the event for five hours will give everyone more time to spread out and pick up their art supplies at each location.

Howe said, “While they are at the locations, they can look around the museum.”

“We’ll still have the Loteria Art up (at AMoCA, 409 E. College Blvd.), which they may not have seen, and then I’m going to have as part of the Big Read on March 20, I am having Paul Valadez giving away his art. They’ll be able to see some of our Big Read displays, pick up a book if they haven’t gotten one,” Fleming said.

Asked about the details of the art projects, Fleming said, “All the envelopes are recycled envelopes from our collage art. I save greeting cards and then I put all of the good envelopes back here, so I have a plethora of them. But I cut cards to fit them. I do think, a lot of people who have been here before, they’ll know what to do and, of course, people search on the internet for ideas. We just have some unique things they don’t have at their house, that’s the enticement to come.

“The mini museum (MCCM, 320 N. Richardson Ave.) will have instructions; we will have examples. We have a real mini-book — it’s like an inch by a half-inch, super cute and the supplies will be there to make that. We’ll have instructions on how to make bigger small books. The origami, too, will have instructions. We’ll focus on birds. Birds is the next Curious Collections show,” Fleming said.

Miniature books have been around for a long time, with its height of popularity in the mid-1800s. The famous French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte took his miniature book library with him to the battle field. According to the American Miniature Book Society, there are approximately 200 miniature books from the 1600s still in private collections today. There is only one museum devoted to the tiny books located in Baku, Azerbaijan. It houses the collection of collector Zarifa Salahova and opened to the public in 2002.

Howe said that at Bone Springs Art Space, she’ll have little packets prepared to hand out with scratch art supplies.

Both the cards and art supplies from AMoCA and Bone Springs Art Space can enhance each other. “If you make an origami bird, that can totally go into the card,” Fleming said. “You can lay out the supplies however you want and hashtag it so we can see what you do.”

The participants can upload their finished art projects on Instagram or Facebook and tag it with #tripletheloveroswell.

For more information, visit its Facebook event page or call 575-623-5600.

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