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Artist studios in Portland, ME creating space with access to equipment and community - ensuring generations of inspiration and support.

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UPDATE 4/12/14

DOUBLE RAFFLE through the end of the campaign.

1) Pledge $30 or more - enter to win Meg Walsh and Hannah Tarkinson Nautical Flask with leather wrap - $165 value

2) Pledge $60 or more - enter to win Hannah Tarkinson or ponomo hand tooled and sewn leather Tote Bag. $800 value.

3) Pledge $70 or more - enter to win a chance at BOTH!

Visit our Facebook page for details.

WHO: Running With Scissors;artist studios & community.  We are a 10 year old creative community with 50+ current artists working in diverse mediums, sharing equipment, inspiration, work space and support. Over the past 9 months we moved with 22 of our artists from a smaller and less equipped space to our new home at 250 Anderson Street housed in 16,000 square feet of dedicated creative work space.  We also developed The Bayside Clay Center, a dedicated clay space with 13 resident and 12 associate artists.  

Although this move has been tremendously successful, we have fallen short on funds to complete the intended mission.  

Running With Scissors, 250 Anderson Street, Portland ME 04101
Running With Scissors, 250 Anderson Street, Portland ME 04101

We cover a wide span of backgrounds, goals, ages, styles and training. We share our desire to create.  We are daughters and uncles, teachers and lawyers. We are wait staff and retirees, hipsters and a great grandfather. We are your teacher, your neighbor and your friend.  We have come together and now invite you to MEET US FOR YOURSELF!

Jen ,Craig and Sam
Jen ,Craig and Sam

WHAT: Our goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000.00.  Our need surpasses $50,000, but $25,000 is a great start!  Maybe we can get even closer with this effort . . . let's see what happens. We need to finish our build out and buy the equipment so the community stays vital and sustainable.

WHAT WILL THE FUNDS BE USED FOR?

SAFETY, ENRICHMENT & SUSTAINABILITY.  

We will use the funds to ensure the safety of our artists; to purchase a spray booth and to construct the proper ventilation when we are using air borne or toxic processes; to purchase a safe table saw called a saw stop to save our artists fingers and give them a powerful and accurate tool for wood working, and to acquire a glaze spray booth and safe ventilation for ceramic artists. 

saw stop table saw
saw stop table saw

We will use the funds to help advance the art of our members by completing a silk screen set up so our print makers can move their work out of the kitchen sink and into a proper wash out booth, come out of the closet and into the use of a real exposure unit and have adequate ventilation for etching and other chemical processes. 

wash out booth
wash out booth

We will use the funds to help promote our artists finished work by setting up photography equipment and shooting space so artists can prepare slides for exhibitions, web information and online sales and by purchasing track lighting for our gallery, so when the work is done it can be seen. 

Green room for video projects
Green room for video projects

We will use the funds to advance the skills and education of local artists by fitting our classroom with the studio easels, doors and other needed furniture and by creating more community outreach and accessibility.

SEE OUR PROGRESS and MEET the PEOPLE HERE.

WHERE: Running With Scissors and the Bayside Clay Center reside in the urban East Bayside neighborhood of Portland's peninsula.

250 Anderson Street, Portland, ME 04101
250 Anderson Street, Portland, ME 04101

East Bayside is an eclectic residential, light industrial neighborhood bubbling with innovative creative and collaborative small businesses and organizations.  We are proud to be a part of the neighborhoods revitalization and an anchor for the creative community here.  We feature some of the local businesses in our rewards and look forward to our communities growth;Tandem Coffee Roasters, A Gathering of Stitches, A Mobile Fitness, Aikido of Maine, and Maine organic granola company GrandyOats.

WHY: Equipment, resources and community are vital elements in an artists creative path.  These are the same elements that are often very difficult, if not impossible, for an individual artists to obtain.  Too many artists graduate art school and are faced with the reality the equipment they had at school is now impossible to own or borrow.  We share potters wheels, kilns, computer and sinks, printing press and a display gallery, etc. By combining our resources, we are able to lift these barriers and open doors to creative work otherwise not possible.    By elevating these opportunities, we also lift the greater community of Portland and encourage a spirit of looking beyond our limitations to all our potential and possibilities.  As Portland grows and blooms and its demographics change, we want to ensure that artists remain able to evolve here also. This Maine city has an incredible, thriving creative population and a community and we see this space and community growing and enriching this city and state for generations to follow.  

Meg Walsh in her ceramic studio
Meg Walsh in her ceramic studio
Community events - 2 Degrees Portland
Community events - 2 Degrees Portland

WHEN: NOW! We did it!  We moved to 16,000 square feet, scraped the floor and built the walls, and fit it out with the equipment we had, some we have had loaned to us and some we have been able to source affordably.  

So, WHY NOW? We are an existing community and our new space is up and running, but we need to finish our build out and buy the equipment so the community stays vital and sustainable.  A space that is not complete or lacking the correct tools for artists to continue to elevate or finish their work in a healthy and safe environment is a tool that does not work for long.  

We are running a 30 day campaign to try to capture the support and resources we need to ensure we can achieve our mission in a timely and effective manner.

                          

HOW: We are engaging you, our community of family, friends, art enthusiasts, and creative economy supporters and saying THIS is the time to help.  THIS is when we need you to join us in your support of creative space.  

We are not a fledgling start up, but a mature group that is, after 10 years of healthy, independent growth, now needing a small boost to be able to sustain what we have started and nurtured thus far and share with a wider community than ever.  We are a unique strong hold in a rapidly growing community and we need to ensure that the creative artists who helped make Portland so interesting and desirable remain able to work here.

We will be saying THANK YOU in our creative way with unique gifts.  All are one of a kind, just as is our community and our supporters. Check out a few of our tantalizing rewards BELOW and more listed and featured on our website:

Beautiful beach stone jewelry designed and crafted by RWS member Jennifer Nielsen
Beautiful beach stone jewelry designed and crafted by RWS member Jennifer Nielsen

Use your reward toward one or more of her fantastic creations.  See for yourself!  http://jnielsenjewelry.com/index.php

A hand pulled letterpress note card offered by Running With Scissors owner Kate Mathison Anker. (example)

ponomo cross the body bag - leather
ponomo cross the body bag - leather

Hannah Tarkinson - owner and designer of ponomo is offering ONE of her leather cross body bags.  She is also collaborating with us to create unique earrings and necklaces with scissors accents and mixed and re-purposed metals in her unique style.

Here is an example.  Scissors and styles vary.  

Each one is unique.

 A RWS artist made ceramic mug, a cup of GrandyOats organic oatmeal and a 1/2 pound of Tandem Coffee.  We only have 20 of these!

Styles and designs vary in the cups - each one is unique.

RWS artist made cups
RWS artist made cups
Tandem Coffee 1/2 pound bag of seasonal coffee
Tandem Coffee 1/2 pound bag of seasonal coffee
               

http://www.tandemcoffee.com/

   NEW REWARDS:

Owner Kate Anker is offering a copper etching/monoprint entitled "Mountains and Rivers Without End" - unframed it is 4x4".  Colors vary.

"Mountains and Rivers Without End" Kate Anker
"Mountains and Rivers Without End" Kate Anker

Emma Tallack, RWS Artist and incredible jeweler is offering a $25 off a purchase of an item available through her studio or online.  

http://www.emmatallackjewelry.com/

 

We are offering many more enticing reward options.  Please check them all out at rwsartstudios.com and click on Support RWS.  Please contact us with questions regarding any of our items or other aspects of our campaign!

JOIN US! RUN WITH SCISSORS!!!

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges; Every time you go for something daring, there are potential risks and challenges. We know that in the effort to change and improve infrastructure, obstacles such as zoning, city requirements and design limitations can arise. We have tried to anticipate as many of those as possible, but there is always the reality of something arising once you get into the heart of the project. Being creative folk, we do feel we have the benefit of flexibility and resourcefulness in our favor. We will ensure we communicate if we change tack or alter our original mission and why. We always welcome your inquiries, advice and continued conversation. We grow stronger as we draw our community round.

As for completing our rewards, we feel we have thought realistically about how to complete them all in a timely fashion. We know forces beyond our control can arise, but if they do, we will do our best to communicate to our donors what has happened and react responsibly. If for some unknown reason we are absolutely not able to complete the promised reward we will ensure that a comparable reward is found and agreed upon.

With over 50 artists all committed to our community and our long life inside that community, we feel we have the makings of a successful completion of the fundraising, the implementation of our goals and the distribution of the rewards.

In any aspect of this process, we welcome you to contact us with questions, concerns, ideas or support. Thank you for your time and your support! scissorsart@gwi.net or 207-831-5682.

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    43 backers

    "COMMUNITY BUILDER WALL"
    MEMBER THANK YOU!
    Be a building block in this exciting community and have your name added to our "Community Builder Wall". Receive an email of the finished list, our most sincere thanks and donor listing on our social media and web site pages.

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    41 backers

    BE OUR ROCK. Get $25 to spend on yourself or give to a friend from RWS artist Jennifer Nielsen Designs; hand crafted beach stone jewelry. http://jnielsenjewelry.com/ and our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall.

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    22 backers

    RUNNING WITH SCISSORS or BAYSIDE CLAY CENTER GEAR.
    Get yourself decked out with your choice of RWS & BCC apparel. Choose from either a a screen printed tee shirt or an art apron PLUS you will receive a unique RWS pin and both our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    1 backer Limited (11 left of 12)

    FUTURE SCISSORS SUPPORTER. You will receive a hand made decorative ceramic tile made by one of our members children in honor of all the future artists hoping to be apart of RWS some day. You will also receive our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    2 backers All gone!

    TAKE A PAINTING LESSON. Learn to paint with a 90 minute lesson taught at RWS Studios by RWS member Adria Moynihan Rusk. See her website http://www.adriamoynihan.com/ for more information. Enjoy a fun, creative and welcoming time while honing your talent or trying something new PLUS you will receive both our sincere thank and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    14 backers

    UNIQUE ARTIST CERAMIC ARTIST TILES.
    RWS painters, print makers, photographers and ceramic artists will create unique ceramic art works 6x6" in size. Celebrate our diversity with this reward and enjoy both our sincere thanks and be included on the donor listings.

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    20 backers Limited (35 left of 55)

    ONE OF A KIND ARTIST CUPS
    Be the talk of the table with your one of a kind RWS artist designed ceramic 8 oz. cup. Each one will bear the BCC, RWS and Kickstarter stamps to identify this limited edition run. PLUS you will recieve our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    20 backers All gone!

    THE PERCOLATOR
    Help start your creative mornings with a RWS artist hand crafted ceramic cup, 1/2 lb bag of seasonal Tandem coffee beansand a GrandyOats oatmeal cup. A truly Maine way to stay inspired. PLUS you will receive our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    22 backers Limited (2 left of 24)

    SCISSOR EARRINGS by ponomo.
    Be a cut above the fashion trend with hipster scissors earrings designed by RWS member Hannah Tarkinson of ponomo using re-purposed mixed metals with sterling silver hooks. http://www.ponomostyle.com/shop/ Styles will vary but all will be unique and fabulous PLUS you will receive our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    NAMING RIGHTS TO OUR CLASSROOM EASELS~
    Name one after your 1st art teacher or your great aunt Ida or choose them all and name them after all your family members. Get a unique and long lasting gift for someone by giving it in their honor. A plaque with the "name" and kickstarter info will be included and affixed to the easel and an image emailed to you and/or the honoree PLUS you will receive a RWS apron, our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    4 backers All gone!

    LIMITED EDITION PRINT~
    Copper Etching and drypoint created by RWS owner Kate Anker. Prints may vary slightly. 10x12 etching can be seen on our website. PLUS you will receive our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    2 backers Limited (4 left of 6)

    ONE MONTH OF CLAY BLISS~

    $140 toward an Associate Clay Membership - either new or existing. A great gift for a budding ceramicist or someone new to the area. Have access to all BCC equipment including Pacifica wheels, pug mill, wedging and work tables, extruder, electric kilns, raw mats room and ample storage as well as wood shop, computer, library and community. One Month is normally $150. www.baysideclaycenter.com for more information. PLUS you will receive our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    9 backers Limited (15 left of 24)

    ROCK PAPER SCISSORS~This is the tri-fecta of rewards. Receive a ROCK; $25 to spend at Jennifer Nielsen Designs;beach stone jewelry, PAPER; a bundle of 20 hand pulled letterpress cards from Kate Anker, and a pair of unique SCISSORS earrings by ponomo's Hannah Tarkinson. (Totaling a $160 value) PLUS you will receive our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    3 backers All gone!

    LIMITED EDITION PRINT~
    "Mountains and Rivers Without End" Copper Etching and monoprint created by RWS owner Kate Anker. Prints vary slightly. 4x4 etching can be seen on our website. PLUS you will receive our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    0 backers Limited (6 left of 6)

    LIGHT IT UP ~ Name the lights that will brighten a photo studio for artists to shoot small portraits, still life, images of their work so they can share them with the world. YOUR CHOSEN NAME will be seen by every hand that touches these lights and will make an impression that will last long after the lights go out! You will receive a photograph of your NAMED ITEM WITH PLAQUE and our sincere thanks and your name on our Community Builder Wall.

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    1 backer All gone!

    PUG IT~
    NAMING RIGHTS TO OUR CERAMIC PUG MILL. Help us reduce and reuse our clay waste with our PUG MILL. A giant auger and compressor take sloppy clay waste and churn it into usable tubes of wonderful clay! What would YOU name that baby? Let's see. We will email you a picture of it PLUS you get the BCC apron, our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    3 backers

    Jewelry by Emma Tallack ~
    Get $25 to spend on yourself or give to a friend from RWS artist Emma Tallack; hand crafted unique jewelry. Please see our images on rewards section and on web site. You will also receive a RWS tshirt, our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall.

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    1 backer All gone!

    NAMING RIGHTS TO OUR WASH OUT BOOTH
    Silkscreers will smile every time they spray out their screens when they see your NAME, business name or quote on the wash out booth of their dreams. Make your mark as we rinse off ours. We will email you a picture of it PLUS you will receive your choice of screenprinted RWS apron or t-shirt, PLUS our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    NAMING RIGHTS TO THE EXPOSURE UNIT
    Yes, this is risky business, but we will let you put WHAT EVER YOU WANT on our exposure unit. We will email you a picture of it PLUS you will receive the RWS screenprinted tshirt, our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    1 backer All gone!

    ONE OF A KIND SCISSOR SPONSOR
    Stand out in the crowd with a unique leather cross body bag designed by RWS member Hannah Tarkinson of ponomo. http://www.ponomostyle.com/shop/ This will be the piece you design your outfits around. PLUS you will receive our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    SCISSOR NECKLACE by ponomo.
    There is no equal to these unique SCISSOR necklaces designed by RWS member Hannah Tarkinson of ponomo using re-purposed mixed metals with scissor accent. http://www.ponomostyle.com/shop/ Styles will vary but all will be unique and fabulous PLUS you will receive our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    1 backer Limited (29 left of 30)

    ~ ONE TICKET~ OCTOBER 2014 GALA EVENT ~
    Celebrate with a small group of supporters and RWS artists with a limited ticket event in our gallery this October 2014. Local Music, Food and a truly unique experience are just the highlights. Do not miss this opportunity for a creative, festive happening in the space YOU helped create! 50 tickets total available. PLUS you will receive our sincere thank you, the RWS t-shirt and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    3 backers Limited (3 left of 6)

    ROCK PAPER SCISSORS PLUS+
    This is the tri-fecta of rewards with NECKALCE OPTION. Receive a ROCK; $25 to spend at Jennifer Nielsen Designs;beach stone jewelry, PAPER; a bundle of 20 hand pulled letterpress cards from Kate Anker, and a unique SCISSORS necklace by ponomo's Hannah Tarkinson. (Totaling a $335 value) PLUS you will receive our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    NAMING RIGHTS TO CLAY SPRAY BOOTH
    Name the clay spray booth Helga or your companies name, name it after your third grade art teacher or after your first pet. Name it what you want and we will put it not only on the spray booth, but also on the door to the room it is in! We will email you a picture of it PLUS you will receive both our sincere thank you, the BCC apron, our sincere thanks and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    ~ TWO TICKETS~ OCTOBER 2014 GALA EVENT ~
    Celebrate with a small group of supporters and RWS artists with a limited ticket event in our gallery this October 2014. Local Music, Food and a truly unique experience are just the highlights. Do not miss this opportunity for a creative, festive happening in the space YOU helped create! 50 tickets total available. PLUS you will receive our sincere thank you, the RWS t-shirt and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    1 backer All gone!

    NAMING RIGHTS TO THE PAINT BOOTH/ROOM.
    Say it loud and proud that you like clean air! Help us have some too by naming our spray booth and ventilation room! ANYTHING YOU WANT - we will put it not only on the spray booth, but on the door to the room as well! We will email you a picture of it PLUS you will receive both our sincere thank you, the RWS T-shirt and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    NAMING RIGHTS TO OUR SILKSCREEN ROOM~
    Wonderful creations will happen in our screen printing room and YOUR NAME will be seen by all who print there and walk by the room - honor your own creative legacy, celebrate your inspiring relative, or honor your art teacher by purchasing it from your class. We will email you a picture of YOUR NAMED ROOM and PLAQUE, our sincere thank you, the RWS silkscreened t-shirt and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    1 backer All gone!

    NAMING RIGHTS TO OUR NEW L&L KILN + One OCTOBER 2014 GALA Ticket ~
    With a shiny 10 cone beauty, our clay artists will be able to make larger work and try out high fired glazes in this electric kiln. Add YOUR CHOSEN NAME to this and make it outstanding and a gift for years to come! We will email you a picture of it PLUS you will receive ONE TICKET to the October 2014 Gala, our sincere thank you, the BCC t-shirt and your name on Community Builder Wall.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    NAME OUR PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO + ONE OCTOBER 2014 GALA TICKET~ Every person who enters or even walks by will know that you care about artists ability to share their work with the world and to be able to reach their artistic goals with the equipment housed there. NAME OUR PHOTO STUDIO after your business, your mentor, your partner in creative crime. Be proud of your accomplishments and those that will be created with your help. You will receive a photograph of YOUR NAMED ROOM and plaque, a ticket to the limeted number October 2014 Gala, our sincere tahnks and your name on our Community Builder Wall

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    NAMING RIGHTS TO SAW STOP TABLE SAW + TWO OCTOBER 2014 GALA Ticket~
    SAVE AN ARTISTS FINGERS and help us acquire this safety saw for our wood shop. YOUR CHOSEN NAME will live on as our artists thank you with all ten fingers. We will mail you a picture of it PLUS you will receive TWO TICKETS to the October 2014 Gala, our sincere thank you, the RWS t-shirt and your name on Community Builder Wall

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    EDUCATION SPONSOR~
    NAMING RIGHTS TO THE RWS CLASSROOM + SPECIAL NAMING CEREMONY + TWO OCTOBER 2014 GALA Tickets. Ensure that we can teach and learn for years to follow. Choose a special person or honor your own legacy with a prominent sign above the hall of learning at RWS purchased from a group or an individual. Celebrate with a special half day tour, naming christening to be held in honor of this contribution PLUS You will also receive TWO TICKETS to the October 2014 Gala, our sincere thank you, the RWS t-shirt and your name on Community Builder Wall

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Funding period

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