How we began:
When Tracy Negrete started a small ladies’ paint club in 2011, she did it to bring some artistic passion into her friends’ lives. She didn’t know of any other group out there that could bring artists together to inspire each other and collaborate to create something better. They worked in her small studio apartment, making paintings and drawings and becoming closer friends. She met Katie Phillips soon after that, and after discovering she was also an artist, quickly shared her idea. It was that fateful meeting that began the transformation of the humble paint club into Squeeze Art Collective.
We started with small shows at local bars in Long Beach and discovered the need for a collective of artists in our community. The support and enthusiasm that greeted us inspired us to try hard to make a group of artists come into existence. We introduced themed show ideas to venues and events and were warmly welcomed as the newest art collective in Long Beach.
After a few growing pains and more experiences under our belt, we have built a strong network of artists and a history of shows and events that continue to garner us more recognition and opportunities, for which we are profoundly grateful.
We have since hosted or participated in over 40 events, shows, and fundraisers. We’ve moved from our garages and apartments into a dedicated studio space where we host exhibits, workshops, monthly round-table member meetings, and will soon offer classes. Businesses and organizations approach us with new collaborative ideas several times a month. We continue to develop and grow and look forward to building a more collaborative, artistic future with our neighbors and friends.
Our partnerships include Green Long Beach!, The Growing Experience Urban Farm, MADE, Autism in Long Beach, Building Healthy Communities, We Labs, Arts Council for Long Beach, Art Exchange, Bixby Knolls Art Walk and more.
If you’d like to work with us, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org today!