Thursday, May 22, 2014

Just a sampling of the loads of new stuff...

We are busy at work here getting things in order for our Grand Reopening in August! We are excited about the space overhaul and think you will be too. The "new" space will include a paper room, more building supplies for those bigger projects, and a much renovation store to include a handmade section and a vintage section!

To make all of these wonderful changes, we would love to have you come visit and take some materials for your summer projects! All furniture this week- $10. Tables, desks, etc. Student desks are free.Wrapping paper 2/$1.00. Let's move this stuff!

Also, Next Thursday, May 29th, we are hosting a Golden Paint workshop with Adria Arch, "A to Z of Acrylic Paints."

Innovation and new technology are changing the options for ACRYLIC art exploration!

This lecture packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding listeners through the basics while opening up new possibilities. Gain information about mineral and modern pigments and how this relates to clean color mixing, glazing and the creation of fabulous new colors. Learn the unique properties of Fluids, Heavy Body, and the OPEN acrylics. Discover Interference and Iridescent paints for unusual effects. Get a grip on the many gels and mediums and how they can change texture, saturation and intensity of color, used for sculptural effects and more. Check out the amazing new grounds to prepare truly, contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing, pastel, digital printing and mixed media. Discover how acrylics can simulate oil and watercolor, even gouache, yet are infinitely more versatile.

This lecture includes an array of examples of these materials that you can sample at the workshop. Attendees leave the lecture enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of acrylic painting!

RSVP here.

In our free store:

big boards

3d glasses

bra straps and hooks

Building materials

Office / classroom tools

These frames are more yellow than they appear

Quilting /sewing notions

Plexy, wood, etc.

Huge roll of pink fuzzy material, cut as much as you need.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Extras Updates -please read!

Let's cut to the chase...  Robert and I have been working our tails off for the last nine months and we
are ready for a night of celebration! This upcoming Saturday, we are hosting our annual silent auction fundraiser here at Extras. 

We all get bombarded by invitations to various events, especially via social media. Our annual fundraiser is not one to quickly pass over. Over the past few years, Extras has gone through dramatic changes, from location to leadership.

These changes came with growing pains.

However, we are more determined than ever to keep Extras up and running. Robert and I are up for the challenge, but here is our reality:
We cannot do it without your help! 
Membership fees cover one third of our operating funds, but only if we have minimal staffing and just work to get by.  To keep things moving forward, and continue to gather materials and get them into your students' hands, we need to hire more staff in the upcoming year. We simply cannot run an organization of this size with two staff people indefinitely.

I know it's easy to assume someone else will come and someone else will give. After all, we can't all give and support everything. But at this time, it is is crucial to our organization that we raise the necessary funds to make sure we have the support we need to keep on keeping on.

This is not a gloom and doom scenario, as much as it is the reality of the survival of a non-profit trying with superhero effort to rebuild and continue its legacy of helping children and helping the environment!

We hope you will join us this Saturday, and if you cannot, we hope you will be an Extras Hero and consider making an investment in the future of our organization by making a donation!

Here is the info:

Saturday, 7pm, $25 at the door
Includes light fare, beverages
Music by the JunkYard Band!
Silent Auction
Spin and Win and more!

Sponsors: EDIC - Economic Development Industrial Corporation, LHAND - Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development

Here are some of the items up for auction:
Red Sox Tickets vs. the Rays!
Red Sox Jackie Bradley autographed ball
$100 gift certificate to Montserrat College of Art
Passes to the Peabody Essex Museum
Passes to the MIT Museum
The Fireplace Restaurant wine tasting
Family membership to the Audubon Society
"Remember When" Lot of antique toys donated by the Science Museum!
A truckload of materials delivered to your favorite school / program!
(Starting bid $250, limited travel distance)
Many more items, including a 6' tall mirror man!
Gift Certificates, buy now handmade items, and more!

While it's hard to let go, we simply don't have the room for him anymore!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New Materials~

We are open this week Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, but not Saturday! We will be closed all day preparing for the auction!

Come by and grab some of these cool rubber things delivered to us by a member!

big enough for upholstering!