The Art Trap Property debuts owners initial solo show – The Blue Banner


Emily-Ann Trautman

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Sunbeams cascade via the gallery catching the glimmer of paintings and collages adorning the walls of the YMI Cultural Center. Persons of all ages and backgrounds stroll via the show filled with an abundance of colors, shine and floral arrangements, appropriately named, Spring Awakening. Aja Cobbs, owner and operator of The Art Trap Property, presents her initial solo art show exhibition.  

“The Art Trap Property is a definitely entertaining, diverse cultural encounter for the guest. So anytime you come, you get to encounter type of a festival-form atmosphere exactly where you can acquire awesome art. Envision you can see something: vendors, meals vendors that may well be catering, folks who are on the rise. So that is definitely exactly where the power comes from. It is constantly a fantastic vibe as far as becoming a aspect of The Art Trap Property,” mentioned Cobbs, a 26-year-old artist and entrepreneur.

Aja Cobbs presents her initial solo art show, Spring Awakening, at the YMI Cultural Center. Photo by Emily-Ann Trautman

Upon getting into the show, the initial 60 guests have been awarded with a present bag containing a raffle ticket for a likelihood to win an original painting of Cobbs’. The opening occasion on March 16 ran from 7 p.m. till 11 p.m., but Cobbs’ installation will be out there to the public for the subsequent six weeks.

The show commenced in the art gallery exactly where guests have been no cost to mingle, network, acquire art and take pictures in front of the handmade flower wall by Cobbs. As the evening progressed, patrons have been invited to move to the second floor for dancing, drinks and soul meals. Other vendors have been also present right here to sell their one particular-of-a-type creations.

“I enjoy almost everything. Every little thing she has designed, I am in admiration. I admire her since she place all of this with each other, she designed the paintings and all of the marketing. For somebody to do that on their personal is astonishing. Massive props to her,” mentioned Jenny Funes, a freelance evening gown designer from Charlotte.

Cobbs, born and raised in Asheville, quit her day job in 2016 at the age of 24 to choose up art complete time. She had her initial exhibition and started The Art Trap Property in 2016. Cobbs describes The Art Trap Property as a travelling music and arts festival that caters to all artists, but specializes in the improvement of African American artists and entrepreneurs. In addition to the appearances in Asheville, so far the organization has traveled and place on shows in Charlotte, Maryland, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington D.C.

“Me and Aja have been undertaking stuff with each other for 3 years now. I aid her with her events and we collaborate. This is dope since it is our initial time undertaking some thing with each other and it is in her hometown. It is also my initial time in Asheville,” mentioned Mark Clarke, who is far better recognized as Milly and is a self proclaimed art dealer.  

Guests laugh and converse with one particular a different for the duration of the show. Photo by Emily-Ann Trautman

Clarke owns and operates The Mini Hip-Hop Museum, housed in Baltimore, Maryland. He was amongst one particular of the other artists presenting their operate that evening. There was a mini hip-hop history wall that guests have been invited to take photos in front of whilst they discovered the history of hip-hop and its culture.

“Artists get the tools from my system to study how to operate in distinct art shows. If you are an artist, you have your paintings and then you may well go get prints. Some folks do not know how to operate when they go to a different art show. They may perhaps just bring their paintings, which may perhaps be definitely higher priced. They do not know to bring prints of their artwork so they can sell it at a reduce price tag and attain extra peoples’ price tag points for these who cannot drop a thousand dollars on a painting. So you just want to be capable to make dollars for the duration of your experiences. And that is type of what the trap aspect is. It is like the hustle of an artist, you know? So I definitely get pleasure from that,”  Cobbs mentioned.

Any artist who desires to participate, study new capabilities and sell their art is welcome to present their portfolio to Cobbs and apply for a spot. Cobbs mentioned she desires to see the hunger of the artist. The Art Trap Property is creating plans to travel all through the nation and continue placing on shows. The subsequent show will be in August, exactly where the organization will be travelling to New York for their summer season festival. The one particular-lady organization is also set to open it is personal gallery in December of 2020.

“No matter your situations, you can manifest in your dream. You just have to think in your self. That is what I want to leave the folks with since folks, you know, attempt to place a limitation on themselves and it is just so critical to know that you can beat the odds,” Cobbs mentioned.


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