Backstage at the Egyptian: Chrystal Ciodyk of Chrystal Clinic
Interview with Chrystal Ciodyk of Chrystal Clinic who is hosting the Spring Art Exhibit at the Egyptian Theatre. Interview conducted by Marketing & Communications Director Jeanine Holcomb. JEANINE: What inspired you to put together the Spring Art Exhibit? CHRYSTAL: I have always been a fan of art and have a passion for connecting and collaborating with local artists and businesses. J: How many artists will be featured in this exhibit? C: 8 artists will be featured, 5 of which also have work on display at Chrystal Clinic J: Why did you decide to host this exhibit at the historical Egyptian Theatre? C: Ken Ehrhart, one of the artists, told me that the theater has hosted exhibits in the past. After attending a Leadership Academy class there, I fell in love with the history and everything about the building. It seems like a perfect collaboration! J: What can exhibit goers expect to see from these local artists? C: Each artist is definitely unique! I find that often times their personalities are reflected in their art. Coming to an exhibition, you have a chance to meet the artists and hear the stories of how each piece was made and the meanings behind them. It really makes observing and purchasing the art that much more special. Our youngest artist is 14 years old and the oldest is 78 so you will definitely see a vast range of styles. J: The past 12 months have obviously been incredibly difficult for many people, what impact can art have during times of crisis? C: A lot of people have gotten used to buying mass produced art for a cheap price. It hangs on their walls and gives little meaning or inspiration. Having a one of a kind piece, from a local artist, will evoke feelings every time you look at that piece. Art is also a form of self care. Anyone can produce art! For many people, it helps to balance and/or release emotions. Join us for the opening night of the Spring Art Exhibit on Thursday, March 18th from 5 to 8 PM. A portion of the proceeds of each sale with benefit the Egyptian Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Can’t make it on opening night? You can view the exhibit every Wednesday from 3 to 6 PM as well as during all Egyptian Theatre events until April 22nd.