Today I want to introduce you to At The Spot Studios and founder Luke Newman’s vision to spread and share Art with the world in Mt. Airy, MD. First of all, I want to say that I am going to keep mentioning Art for many reasons. Interior Decorating and Staging definitely needs art to be successful and survive, however I also feel that art enriches our lives and our children’s’ education in so many ways.
Art serves so many more purposes than to just be pretty or creative. It feeds our need to innovate, to make something unique and original, to make our world not only visually better, but functionally better and most of all, spiritually better. I personally believe that art and creativity are good for the soul. With that said you might be thinking, but “I’m not artistic, I’m all Math, Science, and Logic.” I am here to tell you that I believe that there is an artistic bone in every being on this earth, you just might not see it right away.
There are so many forms of Art that it can be found in virtually everything from the design of the space shuttle, to the detail oriented perfection of a sky rise building, the photograph of a water droplet suspended in midair, the intricate painting of a butterfly’s’ wings, or an actors’ incredible, mind blowing and convincing, performance and the list from there is infinite. There is art in everything. You just have to be willing to look around and see it.
With that analogy in your mind I would like to talk about Luke Newman, the founder of At The Spot Studios, and what he is doing with his vision and mission to share Art, all and any forms of Art, with the world. I sat down with Luke recently to talk about his artistic endeavors and where At The Spot Studios was going from here.
Just to give you a little history, Luke’s passion for Art started during his childhood years and grew from there. At just 18 years old, he joined the Army while realizing he had a knack for telling stories and shooting photography and so his creative journey began. During his service to our country, he used his free time to hone his skills and feed his passion through writing fiction, blogging his experiences in Iraq and at home, and perfecting his photography skills, creating his own (what he refers to as) “photojournalistic style.” Once he retired from the Army in February of 2016, he decided to return to school and pursue the passion which he has been chasing all these years and so At The Spot Studios was born.
His work is truly inspiring. I first experienced ATSS in October of 2016 at his first Art Show in Mt. Airy, MD. For a first-time Art Show, I was blown away and inspired by everything and everyone there. All the Artist were local to the area including Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. What surprised me was that there was no limit to what type of art was there. I experienced beautiful paintings, photographs of all sorts of themes, and even art made of burnt wood, which sounds archaic but was a unique and intricate masterpiece.
I even bought a piece of art at the show by the talented and lovely Heidi Capman. Then, I was lucky enough to win an auction and receive a lovely photo taken by Luke himself. You can see both pieces below. I could not be happier with their work and it really enriches my city apartment giving it a uniqueness and beauty that I appreciate every day.
Something I loved about talking with Luke was that he was very down to earth and and he had no reservations about any type of art that someone wanted to present. In his words, “What I really want to do is SHARE art. I think it’s important that people see the value of it in their everyday lives. There is so much art that goes into aspects of our lives that we don’t even consider. The packaging on a microwave dinner, for example. A photographer took a photo of that food and ensured the lighting and composition were just right to make it the most tasty looking Salisbury steak ever.” It was at that moment that I realized he wanted to make a difference in this industry.
If you are like me, you might be wondering what types of art you can expect to experience with ATSS. The answer from Luke is “The ultimate goal is to have no limits. If someone can imagine it, At The Spot Studios will be able to accommodate it.” That is good to know, since their second show is coming up on April 29th of this Spring. However, this show is a little different from their last.
The Fall show was just an array of whatever the artists wanted to share, but this spring will be different in that it is themed. There will be a heavy interest in photography in particular and there are many different types of artists featured there. Some of the Artists you can look forward to will be photographer A’Jaisia Summerville, Shaye McCoy (Author and creator of the Uncommon Realist blog), Luke Newman himself, painter Heidi Capman, digital artist John Shine, poet Jada Carrinton, rapper Gabriel Flood aka ClrConscious, and the list continues from there. Those are just some highlights. As you can see there will be an array of art represented at this show. The point of this show is not only to host artist, but to inspire them to create new art. I find that very inspiring.
A great thing about Luke’s Art shows is that they are also charity events. It is important to note that as of the present, they do not have a 301b tax code. This does concern some donors. However, all the money collected for the charity portion of the events goes to sponsor the Making Strides Walk in Mt. Airy MD. Even though the funds will stay local, it is important to note that this is a breast cancer event. So, it will help many cancer victims and survivors in the area.
If you are an artist and would like to participate, there is still time. I can’t make any promises that by the time you read this there will be space left. If you want a chance to get involved with the spring show, you can contact the organization in several ways. You can contact Luke directly at Luke.Newman@AtTheSpotStudios.com, through their website at www.atthespotstudios.com, or you can find them on Instagram @AtTheSpotStudios. ATSS also has a Facebook page you can check out and can make contact there as well. If you are interested at all, I would not wait. You have until April 15th to complete any new piece or pieces you want to showcase. However, space is filling up fast and this is an opportunity and experience you really don’t want to miss!