Retrospective 2009-2016

It all started with a BLOG!

In May 2008 I decided it was time to document my M.F.A. process. One semester deep, a lot of mixed emotions surfaced into a blog called “project art school.” One year after that, I found myself confused, misdirected, and more unmotivated than ever. I withdrew from my course work in May 2009.

In August 2009, we returned from a month-long roadtrip camping up the pacific coast. It was that journey and our experience in Seattle which influenced the birth of project art school in brick and mortar. It would start by catering to my very own people — art students. The idea was to have pre-packaged supply kits for lower division art courses, a place to ask questions and have open forum on anything art or school-related.

PAS-Section-1We had no idea what we were doing. Certainly we knew we loved art. Recreational art was the only type of art we knew. Thankfully, that’s the only type of art that exists in our world. Art as escape. As recess. As expression. As therapy. And as a means to nourish the soul.

It was a crazy dream, and we said “Yes!” We opened shop within the Carpe Diem Experience at 115 S. Harbor Blvd. in downtown Fullerton for a year before moving into the warehouse we now call The Magoski Arts Colony at 223 W. Santa Fe Ave. Rather than a store, we became a gallery and workshop studio.

PAS-Section-2It wasn’t long before ‘project art school’ turned into ‘PÄS.’ PÄS is pronounced PAUSE, and our mission is to Do Art, View Art, and Love People. We have gone through many trials. Changes. Moves. Doubt. Confidence. Acceptance. Lessons. Uncomfortable situations. But with all that, we’ve found our community. To us, that is what community is. We didn’t plan any of it. We just surrounded ourselves with artists who view this world a little different. Artists who repel complacency. Who seek. And seek. We’re growing up with our community, with art, with love.

PAS-Section-3In addition to throwing art shows and meeting great local artists, we were still able to support local charity organizations while also being supported by our community! Everyone wins. For 7 years, our exhibits impacted the local community for positive change. But anyone can throw money at a cause, the positive change has happened in us and in the artists we share life with.

Today project art school is the private studio of Brian and Kristy Prince and the blog below is an archive of past shows as well as recent art sightings we come across in this great world.

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Expression Session

Expression Session Workshop!
with Kristy Prince

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In this one-night workshop you will express your Right Now, creating a 12″ x 12″ canvas with paint and collage. You will give yourself permission to “BE” in the moment of today, while playing with color and texture. This is an opportunity to experiment and play, rather than having to “know how.” No art experience necessary, just come, let go and have fun!

10 people maximum.

Cost: $25 (includes all art supplies and refreshments)
Everything you need will be supplied but feel free to bring anything you may want to use for collage or inspiration ideas.

project art school
223 W. Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832


To register, click here:


The Girl Goes Big

Kristy Prince had a BIG idea of a painting that you can walk into. She dances her way through paintings in her studio as she applies layers and layers of paint on canvas’ of all sizes. This time she wanted to go big and do the entire wall in the gallery. She planned to have multiple legs dangling from the top edge, but in the end settled on one large set of legs that steals the show every time you walk by. With the help of Valerie Lewis on the shading/refining of the legs, The Girl Goes Big became a reality in the space formerly known as PÄS.









Los Angeles Printers Fair 2016


Students, educators, enthusiasts, collectors, typophiles, bibliophiles, graphic designers, artists, and professionals come enjoy the varied demonstrations and array of vendors at this years LA Printer’s Fair at the International Printing Museum! It will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Fair supports the non-profit International Printing Museum and its educational mission.
315 W. Torrance Blvd.
Carson, CA 90745

For more information, go to:

Hope to see you there!


John M. Sollom at the South Bay Contemporary

Happy Summer Art Lovers,
Our dear friend and prolific artist, John Sollom currently has an exhibit at South Bay Contemporary (formerly Zask Gallery) in San Pedro. There is an artist reception on Saturday, June 11 from 6-9pm. Here’s the facebook event:
Come out!

He’s a mad man these days having painted over 300 paintings just for this show. “300 paintings for Sue” is a compilation of what I like to call his Handy Man work. John taught me how to frame walls, install doors/windows, hang drywall, patch/paint, frame/hang art, you name it! He is truly a renaissance man of the craft. This body of work displays vintage tone settings of many the forgotten skills of a true handy man. These oil paintings are on 8″ x 8″ panels and can stand alone in a frame or, as in this show, compiled to make one large masterpiece. He’s known for his signature thick, loose brush stroke that carries extreme likeness of his subjects, but I’ve always appreciated his sense of composition. His grids, colors, and use of type is what attracted me to his work seven years ago.

Check out his Instagram feed — it’s gnarls:


Introducing Coffee at the 223


It was a good run as a gallery. We befriended many many wonderful people and as a result, a great community was developed. So, as we decide what to do next, join us for some good art talk with coffee on Wednesday mornings from 9:30am – 12pm. Learn something. Share something. It’s a step toward more open hours for the Magoski Arts Colony, and a great venue to experience a loving artist community.

Coffee at the 223
223 W. Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832