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Artist, Alan Shuptrine, continues working on his Appalachian Mountains paintings for a museum exhibit, book, and documentary film.
Artist, Alan Shuptrine, continues working on his Appalachian Mountains paintings for a museum exhibit, book, and documentary film.
33 backers pledged $20,330 to help bring this project to life.

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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

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Photography equipment, camping gear, and art supplies
Photography equipment, camping gear, 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:

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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)

The Tennessee State Museum
The Tennessee State Museum

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.

Fletcher, copyright Alan Shuptrine, watercolor 2015
Fletcher, copyright Alan Shuptrine, watercolor 2015

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

The process:

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.  

Grace, watercolor by Alan Shuptrine
Grace, watercolor by Alan Shuptrine

 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. 

Thirteen Susan's, watercolor by Alan Shuptrine, 19 X 29 inches
Thirteen Susan's, watercolor by Alan Shuptrine, 19 X 29 inches

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. 

Bed of White, watercolor by Alan Shuptrine, 20 X 16 inches
Bed of White, watercolor by Alan Shuptrine, 20 X 16 inches

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 !

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    A generous THANK YOU for any support that allows Alan to launch into PART 2! Thank you so much for your pledge. All backers will be within our news updates and be listed as one of the supporters. This is one of the best gifts to give an artist, so he can continue to concentrate on his craft!! www.alanshuptrine.com

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    Want to try a taste of the South? It is a Shuptrine local favorite, a jar of "kick up your legs" Shuptrine's Twisted Jar of relish (A Southern chow chow, all natural, and gluten free).

    Your jar of Shuptrine's Twisted Relish will be shipped right to your door, or local pick up is ok! Just let us know! This is an Appalachian style relish recipe perfected by the Alan Shuptrine family. It goes great on just about any meat or salad and you might just catch yourself eating it right out of the jar with a spoon! Try it on a cracker with cheese or on a tortilla chip! Also receive a personal thank you within Kickstarter and mentioned as a permanent supporter of Alan Serpentine Collection paintings! <http://shuptrinestwistedproducts.com/products> !<http://alanshuptrine.com/paintings>

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    A Serpentine "Think it. Create it. " Alan Shuptrine tee shirt! 100% Cotton, modern cut and screened on front and back. Color: Serpentine Green. Please specify size (S, M, L, XL ) when ordering!! See our design below but remember

    it is prototype and style is subject to change.

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    For your donation of $250 or more, receive a hand-signed 11 x 14 Artist Proof print, of Shuptrine's " Into the Clearing ". A small inscription or cartouche will be added by the artist. See the "Into the Clearing" painting image within the Gift photos, and on this kickstarter story. THIS WILL BE THE GIFT THAT WE WILL BE GETTING TO EVERYONE BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS!! A great Christmas gift!!
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    BRONZE LEVEL BACKER - You will receive a (2) 16 x 20 artist proof print, hand-signed by the artist. These favorite award-winning watercolor paintings, " Summer Blues" and "Bed of White" will be offered this ONE time and will be delivered by Christmas! These artist proof prints are created with the finest printing methods, using the highest quality inks and digital mastery, to create an exceptional reproduction that is approved by the artist himself. Size: 16x20 See the painting images in our kickstarter !

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    This reward is for 4 dedicated hours of special one-on-one instruction (more time can be discussed) with the artist to learn watercolor realism techniques. It does not matter what level you are as an artist, as Mr. Shuptrine is a great teacher and can instruct basic points of interest, from dry brush watercolor to blending and shading techniques. One of his instruction times can be fulfilled before the holidays 2015, if requested locally. A time for both student and instructor will be matched! If client wants to discuss out of state watercolor lessons, just call us at 423.266.4453 and speak to Rachelle Haddock, National Manager to set up travel dates and costs.

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    SILVER LEVEL BACKER: You will receive a beautiful conceptual (study) painting (unframed, protected in archival sheet for shipping ) of Alan's award-winning watercolor, "Grace". The original painting of spring dogwood blossoms showcase Alan's love of nature and creating drama in the details. These watercolor studies will be offered one time only. There will be only 6 available around 8 x 10 inches. Estimated delivery not until February 2016, as each one is an original. For those of you that want to give a holiday gift, we can provide a gift card for this study- Just let us know! The final painting of "Grace" can be seen within this KickStarter. www.alanshuptrine.com

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    GOLD LEVEL BACKER: You will receive a gallery wrapped canvas of Alan's award-winning painting, "Thirteen Susans". This 18 x 24 inch giclee is created with the finest printing methods, using the highest quality inks and digital mastery, to create an exceptional reproduction that is approved by the artist himself and enhanced. Unframed
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    SERPENTINE LEVEL PLATINUM BACKER: This is the ultimate reward! You will receive a 16" x 20" ORIGINAL Alan Shuptrine watercolor from the Serpentine Chain Collection. The best part about this reward is that it will be painted just for you on the Trail, and there will only be 2 of these offered. Your painting will be highlighted in museum exhibitions in 2017-2018. Its significance is its uniqueness to you. Details about your Trail painting will be discussed on a personal level between you and Alan Shuptrine, including an estimated time of completion. It will be framed by Alan in a handmade wooden frame, adorned with serpentine stone in its own unique design. You will also receive a hand written thank you note from the artist, describing the area and what was special enough to be captured in the form of a visual testament of the Appalachian Trail. <http://alanshuptrine.com/paintings> <http://shuptrines.com>

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