The ArtLab

The front of The ArtLab, located in Uptown Greenville.

The ArtLab, located at 729 Dickinson Ave., will invite the community to participate in the annual Inktober © challenge through tags on its social media pages.

Inktober © is a challenge that occurs every October, according to the Inktober © website. A list of prompts is posted on the website, one word for each day in October. People can choose to draw the prompt every day, every other day or once a week, but they are encouraged to make a goal and stick with it, according to the Inktober © website.

“Jake Parker created in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year,” the Inktober © website said.

Participants upload their drawings to social media with the hashtags #Inktober and #Inktober2020, according to rules on the Inktober © website. The ArtLab is an arts incubator and gallery whose goal is to provide community art opportunities and make them aware of opportunities like this one, according to The ArtLab website.

Jacinda Aytch, graphic designer and illustrator at The ArtLab, said the challenge is for everyone because it is low cost. People can draw with regular pens or permanent markers on paper. She said it is a great way to keep the brain active because people can choose a prompt everyday or every other day and use their imagination to draw the word for the day.

“It is a way to be creative throughout the month of October without having to go out and buy a lot of art supplies that you may not use later on,” Aytch said.

If people are interested in art, they should participate in the challenge, Aytch said. She said the staff posts their artwork on a large sheet of paper on the gallery wall at The ArtLab and people can walk by and see their artwork through the window.

Ryan Harper, ECU liberal art history alumnus who is now a photographer at The ArtLab, said the event showcases different styles of black and white ink imagery and sometimes color ink imagery.

Harper said people can stop by to see the artist’s drawings on Fridays from Noon to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 to 8 p.m. He said there is a variety of artwork because everyone has a different interpretation of the prompt.

“I am a photographer that doesn’t really draw as much as I used to, but I find it thrilling to start drawing again and to do challenges like this (Inktober ©) and to see my interpretations of the words” Harper said.

Elizabeth Steiner, artist in residence at The ArtLab, said due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are only asking people to post their ink work and tag The ArtLab on their social media pages. She said the artist in The ArtLab will be participating in the challenge with guest artists.

Steiner encourages people to participate in the challenge to connect with people in their community and to see what other people are drawing for the prompts.

“The main goal of the event is to build community with other people in Greenville, North Carolina or outside of Greenville, North Carolina, who are participating in Inktober (©),” Steiner said.

More information about Inktober © and The ArtLab can be found on their website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

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