It's been a while since we sent out an update to all of you, so we owe it to you to let you know what's going on.
First, we're excited to let you know that all the art has been captured and the layout process is underway. We're also excited to let you know that we've started sending out all the extra material that people claimed in addition to the book, as a gesture to you considering that the books are taking longer than we wanted. If you came in at a level with art or other perks, those have shipped already or are in the process of shipping by the end of this week. Below are a couple of our lovely recipients and their new art works.
Now for the delayed news....the combination of recapturing the images and also having a couple of artists not happy with the works they had in the show and wanting to rework them for the book has put us behind where we wanted to be. In retrospect we probably should have just mocked up the book with placeholder images to keep the ball rolling. But, like I said before, we're novices at this. It's definitely a mistake we wouldn't make on future projects.
So, given that we're actually getting these books printed in hardcover rather than soft and to do that affordably we'll be doing them overseas, it's looking like delivery is going to be some time mid-May. We'll keep you in the loop on future developments, and should anyone have any concerns or questions, don't hesitate to drop me a line.
In closing, I'd love to share this email with you from one of our backers who claimed one of the two paintings of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. We love how this project has touched some people, even more than two hundred years after the election in quesion:
"Not that you have a reason to care, but the story of my interest has been fun for me.
My parents live in Hilton Head, SC adjacent to the Pinckney National Wildlife Reserve. This was once the island plantation owned by Charles Pinckney, the infamous presidential loser.
My sister and I were visiting and spent two really wonderful afternoons hiking the length and breadth of this wild island nature reserve. Spectacular in a lot of ways.
As we exited both days we studied the historical markers by the highway which related the story of Charles Pinckney, how he signed the Constitution, but also about his famous losses to John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. [ed. note--actually Jefferson and Madison]
We had always known the name from our childhood in Charleston, SC and the fact that there was a fort in the harbor called Castle Pinckney.
Well we thought nothing more of it.
Then an artist friend, Abel Macias, you should check him out, turned me on to David Fullarton and his art. It was in that exploration that I found you. And I found Charles Pinckney once again.
That painting and I were destined for one another!
I haven't decided whether I will keep it. Maybe give it to my sister who lives in AZ and often feels far removed from family (and was hiking with me those days). Or perhaps give it to my mother on Hilton Head where everyone who walks in the door knows who Charles Pinckney is.
Whatever the outcome, the art will be loved.
Your project has really touched me and my family.
All the best, and again, don't hesitate to drop us a line.