Avant Grande Art Show: featuring artwork by the Starbuck baristas of Indiana






couldn't get down to this show by its start time because I was scheduled to

close a certain bookstore café on Friday night. I don't blame anybody for this:

retail is what it is. But it was because of a certain empathy for my

brother and sister Starbucks baristas—FOOD SERVICE WORKERS OF THE WORLD

UNITE!—that I booked downtown to the ARTBOX before the show, a one-night

event, which drew a crowd of about 400 to benefit Young Audiences of Indiana,

shut down. There was some good work still on view, including Nathan Winship

Smith's stonework with glaze "Bomber Bottles." These were actually three vases

with skull and crossbones designs; they were sleek, hip, and professional

looking. Not the type of thing you'd necessarily see in your neighborhood

Starbucks but that was sort of the point. ARTBOX director Jason Myers was

effusive with praise for this caffeinated corporation. "Starbucks really

supports the alternative careers of their employees," he said. Part of this

corporate support included an information/career building session for emerging

baristartists, held three days before this show.


Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.

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