Unconventional Art finds a home of its own

Stephen R. Feilbach, inside the Unconventional Art studio, stands in front of a chalkboard where people of all ages are encouraged to draw and express themselves.

Stephen R. Feilbach, inside the Unconventional Art studio, stands in front of a chalkboard where people of all ages are encouraged to draw and express themselves. Photo by John Inman.

Vibrant colors and arts of all forms, shapes and sizes fill the new home of Unconventional Art, the brainchild of Stephen R. Feilbach. Through Unconventional Art, children and adults of all ages are invited to use art as a way of expression and a way to release emotions and energy.

"Basically this is kind of like walking into my mind," Feilbach said. "You try to explain to people what you do and what your vision is. Now you can walk into my vision.

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Unconventional Art is located at 324 South Oak Street, California.

“You can see the different art mediums I enjoy and the different art mediums I'm trying to show other people. It is just a real creative atmosphere, very private. The windows are painted because some people are intimidated by their own artistic ability, which I do not want. Some are intimidated by my art, but that usually goes away when we start chatting and then they do their own thing and its great."

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Unconventional Art director Stephen R. Feilbach works with students at California Elementary School doing sidewalk art.

Feilbach said he always wanted his own space, but that it took getting others to understand the vision he had. A big help, he said, was Dan Couch, who donated the space located at 324 S. Oak St., California. Others who donated materials included California Construction Supplies and the California Kiwanis. Having people in the community support the work being done at Unconventional Art helps keep the cost low.

For more of this story check out the July 11 issue of the California Democrat.

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