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Route 66: helping America get its "kicks" since 1926! I want to make 66 paintings of the signs and sights along this iconic highway.
Route 66: helping America get its "kicks" since 1926! I want to make 66 paintings of the signs and sights along this iconic highway.
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16 Days on the Road + 8 States + 2440 Miles + 112 Gallons of Gas + 14 Nostalgic Motels + 365 Days in the Studio + 952.3 Cups of Coffee* = 66 Paintings of Route 66

I love old signs, particularly vintage neon from the 1940s – 1970s. The more rusty, decrepit, and forlorn they are, the more I love them. All my life I’ve been attracted to them like a bug to a streetlight. 

Along with the ubiquitous "gas, food and lodging" establishments (and their eye-catching signage) Route 66 offers a plethora of oddities and attractions such as a blue whale made of concrete, a giant green astronaut, and the Devil's Rope Museum - "The Largest Barbed Wire Historic Museum in the World!" 

Cadillac Ranch, the world's largest ball of string....these are a few of my favorite things.

Route 66 was bypassed by the Interstate Highway System and officially decommissioned in 1985, which is why you no longer find it noted on most maps. With fewer travelers to support them, many of the restaurants, motels and attractions along the route closed and have fallen into disrepair. My goal is to document the things that still exist and the remnants of those that have been lost before they are gone forever.

In December, 2011, I will travel the full length of Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, taking photographs of the sights and landmarks along the way. The photos will serve as reference material to create 66 original oil paintings.

Creating the paintings will take about a year. When they're completed they'll make their debut in an exhibit in Greenville, SC, then take a little road trip of their own to various venues along the route.

To make Project 66 happen, I need your help. I'm raising money to cover travel costs, canvas, paint, supplies, and exhibition expenses.

Your generosity will not go unrewarded, because I've created unique items that will only be available to Kickstarter supporters.

The column on the right lists the rewards you will receive at the various contribution levels. Please note - you can pledge any amount from $1 to infinity. (And if you are financially able to pledge infinity dollars, please call me. I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I want to tell you about).

If you can't afford to give financially, maybe you know someone who can. Put your mouth where your money isn't (or something like that....wow, that sounds wrong.)

What I'm trying to say is, "TALK IT UP!"

Please help me to spread the word by posting a link to Project 66 on Facebook or by emailing a link to coworkers, friends, family, your doctor, your mail carrier, that weird guy who hangs out at the coffee shop - in short, everyone you know. Be sure to ask them to pass it along as well. This is one of those proverbial "the more the merrier" situations.

Gifts of cash and gifts of gab are equally valuable and equally appreciated!

Thank you for considering my project -  I am sincerely grateful for your support.

 *Approximate - results may vary

T-shirt design - two color screen print on a medium-blue 100% cotton tee

"Map Doodle" example - each one will be completely unique                                                                                                                                 

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    Good karma, my eternal gratitude, exclusive project updates on Kickstarter, and an invitation to a special "backers only" preview party of the finished paintings in Greenville, SC (you'll have to get yourself to Greenville if you don't live here)

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    All the $1 stuff plus one custom postcard mailed to you from somewhere on the road

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    All the $6 stuff plus your name will be included in the massive graffiti "tag" I will be leaving on one of the cars at Cadillac Ranch (I'll email you a souvenir photo)

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    All $26 level rewards plus a signed and numbered 8x10 Kickstarter limited edition screen print (unframed)

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    All $37 rewards plus a hand-screened commemorative t-shirt - see photo for design

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    All $66 level awards plus an original "Map Doodle" - see photo for example. May show the entire route, may show a single state, but each one will be unique

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    All $99 level rewards plus a copy of The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian, signed by the author and personalized by yours truly

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    All $166 level rewards plus "Souvenirs From the Road" - three appropriately kitschy Route 66 mementos sent from various locations along the route

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    All $244 level rewards plus a signed, limited-edition hardcover coffee table book with images of all 66 finished paintings

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    Pledge $1,111 or more About $1,111

    All $660 level rewards plus an original painting of something from the route OR a similar sized painting from my current inventory (for those who don't want to wait). I will give you photos of several options to choose from. Paintings will be in oil on gallery-wrap canvas in the 18x24 to 24x30 inch size range

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    All $1111 level rewards plus a folio of 66 fine art prints - one of each of the completed paintings in the collection.

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