Butterflies & children-what better way to fill a space full of hope,future and innocence?this art is meant to bring joy in hard times.
This painting is deeply personal to me as is the vision for the entire project. Before the project found a venue I knew I wanted it to be in a space that would benefit the viewers from being "lost" in the world of the little boy in the painting gazing up in wonder at the butterflies around him. The child in the painting (my oldest son) is full of hope and wonder, and the butterflies represent a sense of calm.
Butterfly Rain project grew from a painting I created for a competition. I could see that it still needed something, I just did not know what it was. then, I woke up in the night with a vision of creating 2d and 3d butterflies in metal, glass, wood, beads, ceramic, paint - a variety of materials that would hang from the ceiling and attach to the walls around the painting eventually filling the room with butterflies. The idea was to create more than just an art piece, but an environment in which the viewer would have the experience of being part of the painting. Since then I have been searching for a venue with an environment that could really benefit from the experience I want to create. A couple months ago I was approached by Sandy Veneman, co-owner of the Chartreuse Muse Gallery -she told me about the Family Justice Center, what they were about and what they wanted. Specifically, she was interested in my butterfly painting which opened the conversation of what my idea was. Sandy discussed the idea with some of the staff at the Justice Center and they loved it.Now that I have a venue I want to obtain the funding I need to complete my project.
The minium amount for the installation is $25,000.00 which pays for butterfly paintings, sculptures, murals,butterfly poetry and short stories created by myself and the artists I will commission to create butterfly art - Corey West(painting and mixed media), Kathleen Wolf(painting, murals), Sandy Veneman(painting, ceramic sculpture),Dana Morton (ceramic sculpture), BZ Smith (storytelling/poetry), Geoff Wynne (digital media), Richard and Kathleen Imlach(ceramic and repurposed metal sculpture), Calder Lowe (poet/editor), Mary Iserman at www.mycanvasprintingshop.com (prints for the rewards), Dave Iserman (watercolor), and Ellen Rohne(mixed media sculpture). All of these artists are being paid for their talents and contributions to my vision from miniature paintings to larger than life sculptures to butterfly stories and poetry on the wall. I want to give the art to the family justice center because it completes my vision, but because of the cost involved in creating and installing I cannot do this without outside funding.
I am open to the idea of expanding the project and making it larger and eventually filling the entire building of the justice center (which will be an entirely new project), but for now the amount I am searching for will complete the original vision I have in mind. Because my vision is also a "progessive" project - there will be more to do- the family justice center will host fundraisers to add to my vision and make it a facility wide project.
as always, I am happy to answer any questions about myself, my art, this project or questions about the facility hosting this installation. all of my contact information with email and phone numbers are available on my website. I welcome any questions that you may have. thank you so much.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 12, 2011.
Nov 12, 2011 - Dec 12, 2011 (30 days)
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a set of 2 signed notecards with the "Butterfly Rain" image.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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signed open edition print of "Butterfly Rain" - matted to 11x14 (print about 6x10) you may choose between a black or white mat.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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set of 5 signed notecards of "Butterfly Rain" . you will also get two prints of the open edition series, will come signed and matted to 11x14 (print about 6x10)- one for you and one for a friend :) you may choose a between a black or white mat.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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set of 10 signed notecards , and two signed open edition prints matted to 16x20 (print about 7 3/4 x 13) - one for you and one for a friend :) you may choose between a black or white mat.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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2 backers Limited (101 of 103 left)
I will create a limited edition series of small butterfly rain prints- approximate size of 18x8 1/2. the number in the series will not exceed 100 + 3 artist proofs for a cap of 103 -18x8 1/2 prints in all. the number in the series will be determined by how many are given as rewards via kickstarter. if there are 50 donations - the series will be 53 (50 prints + 3 proofs) and so on, up to 100.... you will get one print......all prints come signed, numbered and with a certificate of authenticity. .... and you will also get two signed notecards and one signed open edition print matted to 11x14 to give to a friend :)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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0 backers Limited (103 of 103 left)
same as option #5, except that this is the medium size print at approximately 24x11 3/8 inches.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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0 backers Limited (103 of 103 left)
this is the same as option #'s 5 and 6 except that this option is my large print at approximately 36x17 and this size print has the addition of being hand re-touched with the same materials used to create the original painting.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012