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My whimsical charcoal drawings will be in a group show. I need to have them framed and I want to get professional scans made.
My whimsical charcoal drawings will be in a group show. I need to have them framed and I want to get professional scans made.
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I'm raising funds to get at least ten of my drawings professionally framed and [as a secondary priority] to get them professionally scanned. The framing is to ensure that they will look as good as possible when hung in the Selections Exhibition this coming winter at the Library Arts Center here in Newport, NH and as good as possible hanging in any private collections—perhaps yours!—that they may end up in. The scanning is to allow me to make high quality reproductions available to the public, in case anyone's interested in owning such.

I posted the video below on the Updates page of the campaign last week. It shows my drawing process. I've decided to repost it here on the main page because I like it so much. You might still want to take a look at the Updates page for other stuff.

Risks and challenges

If my fundraising goal is met, I don't anticipate having any difficulty completing the project. My primary difficulty would be in getting everything done in time for the show. That's why I'm launching this campaign as early as I am. My experience with custom framing is that it's not a particularly quick process. So I'm giving myself a few months to get it all done. The actual dates of the Selections Exhibition are not yet set, as the Library Arts Center is having a new lighting system installed just before the show. They don't know yet when that work will be completed, but it's anticipated that the exhibition will launch sometime in February.

Allowing for the extra time also gives me the opportunity to anticipate any great demand for the show cards. If it turns out that 400 people contribute to my campaign, the show's organizers will probably not be prepared to have me swoop in and grab all those show cards without prior warning. By running the campaign so early, I can give them advance notice of any anticipated high demand for show cards so that they can have their print shop make enough.

In an ideal world, my campaign will be wildly successful beyond any reasonable expectation [For example, if 100 people contribute $300 each]. If that's the case, I'll end up having to produce additional drawings just to be able to fulfill the rewards obligations. That would be a wonderful problem to have. If it turns out to be the case, some contributors may have to wait a while to get their rewards, but they'll get them eventually.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    For a $10 contribution, you will get a hand written thank you note from me on one of the show cards for the Selections Show. This will be sent through the U.S. mail as a standard postcard. You know, old-fashioned-like, with a real stamp!

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    For a $25 contribution, you get a full set of show cards for the Selections Show. I will make an effort [though I make no promise] to get each card in your set signed by the artist whose work is reproduced on the card. Typically, for the Selections Exhibition, the gallery gets one postcard printed for each included artist. This winter's show will include 7 artists. That means you get 7 post cards!

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    For a $50 contribution, you will get a signed reproduction of one of my charcoal drawings [my choice], suitable for framing. In addition, you get all of the rewards listed above for smaller contributions.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    For a $100 contribution to this project, you will get a signed copy of a custom printed photo book [most likely printed by AdoramaPix, but possibly by some other similar publisher] full of reproductions of many of my favorite drawings. In addition, you get all of the rewards listed above for smaller contributions.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    For a $300 contribution, you get a signed, framed charcoal drawing. To the extent that it's possible—based on availability—you will be allowed to choose which of my drawings you will get. If it's one of the drawings that's shown in the Selections Exhibition, I will also make an effort to include a note to the effect of "From the private collection of [you]" on the wall tag. In addition, you get all of the rewards listed above for smaller contributions.

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    I have to choose between six and ten works to be exhibited in the Selections Show. I have my favorites in mind, but I'm not always the best judge of my own work. For a $350 contribution, you get to help decide which of my possible inclusions becomes a definite inclusion in the show. I expect that by the start of the year, I will probably have five definites and probably between ten and fifteen possibles. You will be the deciding vote to push one of the possibles into the definites column. In addition, you get all of the rewards listed above for smaller contributions.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Exactly like the $350 reward level, except that you get to have two signed, framed originals instead of one! Plus, for being such a generous contributor, you will get top priority in selecting which drawings will be yours. Note: If the combined number of contributors at or above $350 exceeds 5, the first five to make a contribution between $350 and $499.99 will get priority in deciding which possibles get moved into the definites column. I hope you will understand. Remember, even if you get squeezed out of getting to help decide what goes in the show, your $500 [or greater] contribution gets you that second signed, framed original drawing.

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