|Chalking the walk under the watchful eye of our sunflowers, which bloomed from seeds that fell out of our bird-feeders!|
Yes, that is what one needs to do to be a Triple Crown winner, which was the topic of our Question of the Month. “You own the next potential Triple Crown winner! What is your race horse’s name?” Even with the challenges we faced this past First Friday, our turnout was fantastic all things considered. 78 people left their mark on our chalkboard, and another hundred or more left their mark on our sidewalk and street.
The Community Participation Project was to color in a shape that was connected to other shapes in a necklace like affect around the perimeter of our building. The initial 52 were done within the first 90 minutes so we had to keep adding and adding and adding…. Though intended for adults as usual, this project quickly became a favorite of families with little kids so we let them have fun and be creative much to the delight of those who came over to the west coast.
Next month my project is back indoors for the first step of a two phase project so be sure to stop in! Which brings me to the point I wish to make with this essay. The concept of the trifecta….how all of us can win with what we have been doing for, and with, the community these last 7 months or so. If you are an artist, you know that we are constantly asked to “donate” for “exposure” to what seems like endless charities and parties and events. Yes, I have commented on this numerous times, others have posted Facebook links to articles that address this issue and it is a touchy one for sure. However, let me keep this logical and local by proposing the following.
The Journey Classroom is currently offering for sale our community projects. These are framed or mounted works made by the people of Canton. These are original works of art, one of a kind, made with love and offered for sale to benefit a scholarship fund for artists and to be able to offer more projects (supplies cost money) for the community. Several non-profit organizations have recently asked for donations of artwork, 3 in the past 4 weeks alone. On the horizon are requests by even more. This is no common core math problem, a simple solution is easily achieved. What if…..someone came in and bought one of our works of community art (win for the scholarship and future projects), then that person donated it to the organization requesting art (win for the donor who gets a full retail tax write off) and the organization can then auction it off (win for the organization) and a fourth win for the people of Canton whose work is acknowledged! If one wishes to truly and genuinely support the arts...then buy some art.
The Stick Figures would be perfect for the waiting room of a pediatrician, or a dentist, or any other medical office as they are cute, entertaining and non-offensive. The Hearts could go in a cardiologist office waiting area or a children’s center, or anyplace that needs a little more love and a lot less big box landscapes. Our Fusion project is very contemporary and totally non-objective, perfect for a law office perhaps or a trendy restaurant. The Great Square Inches of Art, same deal, add some glass over the top and you have the perfect original work and the ability to brag that your organization supports the local arts scene and the local community. I will even toss in the photo of people working on your purchase. If one is going to talk the talk about being a supporter of Canton and of the Arts…well walk the walk down 4th street and put your money to a good cause. Don’t just give dollars to these non-profits, give a piece of your own community back to the community it will benefit.
The Jelly-wish could go in a place where people may want to make a wish….lobby of a medical facility or a specialty department? Our Pollock Pieces are available in a variety of sizes and who doesn’t love a little splatter art? Perfect for a lobby, waiting room, public hallway….your personal office…..don’t like my titles, feel free to find your own images hidden within. Have I made my point? Only one more month to shop for original community works!! Journey Art Gallery, open 12 – 6 Tues – Sat!!
Now on to the Question of the Month: “You own the next potential Triple Crown winner! What is your race horse’s name?” (Sorry if I cannot read your handwriting and got it wrong, some are pretty odd!)
Rorg Light-Foot Not Dog Food
Stolen From Pasture Turtle
Buddy Olaf Dunk Tripper
Its in the Lead Neapolitan
Billy Bob Falcon Glue
Dank Meme Ruin Eshter
Doc Antoon Calvary’s Secrets Lady on a Ten
Dreams Come True Sky Wave
Childhood Dreams Alien
Frau Blucher Pretzel Lucky Seeker
Given’in Legally Wed Bowling for Dollars
Bawarrior Shampoo Dream Hoof Hearted
Off Da Charts Justin Timberlake Ziggy
Running $$$ Sigh Kick Rufus
Cheat the Glue Factory Eat My Dust
Good as Gold Refuse to Lose Medic
‘bout Time Diva Days Fleet A’Foot
Furry Diva Dash Naked Boot Leg
Hit the Hay CoopCal Magnificent
Lord Castner Bootie Millennium Falcon
Bob The Erd Horatio Cost-A-Lot
PBAIOT Skyler Treble Cleff
Run Toto Run Around the Bend Luna
Run Like the Wind Dash
American Pharao Deuce Thunderbolt
Yesterday’s Tomorrow Dunk my Donut
Glue Factory Run Forest Run Electric
Stud-ly 1-HPWR 4 Rent
Amazing Grace Old Time Hoofer
Again, thank you to everyone who came out to play!