About this project
Thank you to all of our previous KickStarter backers and welcome to all newcomers!
Who am I ?
Hi, my name is Alan Shuptrine and I'm a watercolor artist from Chattanooga, Tennessee. My first KickStarter was fully funded in November of 2014! We are so excited to now move on to PART 2 of my project! I hope you will support me and come on this journey with me!
My Project is Threefold:
1) Create a collection of 60+ Appalachian Mountains paintings which will travel to numerous museums in both the US and abroad to the UK. I am currently working on the 29th painting, so the halfway point is very near!
2) Create and publish a collaborative coffee table book with a New York Times Best-Selling Author, Sharyn McCrumb
3) Create a short documentary film on the making of this Collection which can accompany the museum exhibitions
I have left my job to be a full-time artist. The funds from this KICKSTARTER PART 2 will help me continue my journey with creating a monument to preserve the Appalachian Mountains heritage and traditions.
A portion of your gift will help fund THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY,www.appalachaintrail.org and some needed expenses for working capitol, travel, photography, and art supplies
Now that I am nearly halfway finished with the 60+ Appalachian Mountains paintings, I need this second KickStarter, PART 2, to help me finish the journey! So far, I have painted in 7 out of 14 states along the Appalchian Trail and traveled half the 2,180 miles between Springer Mountain, Georgia and Mount Katahdin, Maine. There are many more miles to hike and lots of little towns along the way I need to see for inspiration.
If you live along the Appalachian Trail or deep in the Appalachian Mountains, chances are that your ancestors are of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh descent. That's because they are the offspring of mid-18th Century settlers (Celts) who moved into the rugged Appalachians. It just felt like home. But there is something even deeper than home that pulled them into the mountains--a buried secret!
Here's where it gets interesting, and this is what fuels my passion to create this collection of paintings:
Serpentine (Shown in the video above) is a steatite mineral that exists all over the world in a spectrum of colors. But there is a particular vein of serpentine, one that is dark green and mysterious, that lies beneath the Appalachian Trail. Running from Springer Mountain, Georgia and ending in Maine where the Trail stops in Mount Katahdin, the serpentine sometimes lurks just inches under the soil and at other times it's a half mile deep in the mountain. A vein of the same dark green serpentine also exists in the British Isles and snakes its way from Cornwall up to Iceland and then to the Arctic Circle.
The irony is that when the 18th Century settlers moved into our rugged Appalachians, they were actually coming home to the very same mountains (and to the very same serpentine) they had left an ocean away. It is my hope that this collection of paintings-- will serve as a monument to Appalachian Mountain culture and that it will create an awareness that we share more than just traditions with our brethren across the pond.
As planned, a major museum exhibition of my paintings--The Serpentine Chain Collection--which will debut in June of 2017 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Tennessee (photo below courtesy of web, hotspotsnashville.com)
After a 4-month-long stay, The Collection will travel to museums in Georgia, Florida, Virginia and then to many other potential venues in the Eastern Seaboard.
Someone asked me several years ago, 'How do you know what you want to paint?' Well, the answer is that it just hits me as I'm walking along. I never know until I go there, see it with my own eyes and feel it in my heart. - Alan Shuptrine
I'm visiting the Appalachian Mountains on 4-5 day treks (I call them inspirational trips) and taking my German Shepherd puppy Captain with me as a companion. I'm not out to break any hiking speed records; instead, I stop along the way frequently to set up my easel and paint loose watercolor studies in plein air. I also take video footage photographs, and do several sketches; then, upon arriving back in my studio in Chattanooga, I am able to create the finished paintings for The Serpentine Chain Collection.
During all of this, both my wife and national manager continue to run our gallery www.shuptrines.com which sells fine American art and provides a number of services. Among them are gold leaf frame restorations, paintings conservation services, and collections consultation. We also sell the works of a handful of renowned artists, including those of my father, the late Hubert Shuptrine (1936-2006), who was best known for his collaborative coffee table book titled Jericho: The South Beheld (Oxmoor House, 1974) which he produced with James Dickey, author of Deliverance. Our continued campaigns with Kickstarter will hopefully allow us to continue to plan my book with New York Times Best-Selling author, Sharyn McCrumb. Sharyn and I are planning our book, The Serpentine Chain, and we are hopeful that this all comes together soon after my paintings are finished.
What Are You Backing?
You are backing this because its all about preservation. Whether it's our land, people or the culture, I want to capture and preserve the culture of the Appalachian Mountains people and celebrate the traditions which are still alive and well after 250 years in our Eastern Seaboard. The Appalachian Trail is the longest " hiking "footpath in the world and is the largest and longest-running volunteer conservation project--ever! The Trail goes through 14 states, starting in Georgia, and ending in Maine. My wife and I have always supported the protection of our lands, and we are actively involved in The Tennessee Land Trust, The Lookout Mountain Conservancy,www.lookoutmountainconservancy.org and we support the Tennessee Wilderness Act and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
About the framed watercolors:
The finished paintings, called The Serpentine Chain Collection,will each be showcased in a one-of-a-kind rustic frame adorned with serpentine stones incorporated into the design. Each frame is handcrafted and accented with beautiful pieces of serpentine and other precious minerals.
About our rewards:
BACKER FULFILLMENT: Part of your pledge will go towards your backer reward! This part will be relatively larger or smaller, depending on which reward you choose. Thank you so much for pledging, and I hope you will enjoy seeing the paintings which you had a role in supporting! You will be able to view some of them on my website (www.alanshuptrine.com) and on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/alan.shuptrine). and (www.facebook.com/shuptrines ) You will also be able to keep up with me on the Trail as I will post how things are going during my journey!
Risks and challenges
Every project comes with its set of risks and challenges to overcome. I can say that there are risks and challenges for my project, but they are easily dealt with and I am fully prepared as we showed in my first Kickstarter, everything was fulfilled, on time, and even with special service to some! We are ready, willing, and able!
So for PART 2, I am prepared to handle this and I can personally assure that all backers will be fulfilled with their rewards.
The backers pledging for this project are very important to me, and they will not be overlooked! As I immerse myself into this project, I want to thank all of my friends and supporters who have kept us in business for over 30 years! The Serpentine Chain Collection is now a reality and I am living out a lifelong dream of being a full-time artist. I can't wait to get started on PART 2 !Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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