Sunday, July 5, 2015

Win Win Win

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!

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