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Betony & Tim Coons create art & music projects together. "Bellwether" is an art series/album exploring belief & sacred space.
Betony & Tim Coons create art & music projects together. "Bellwether" is an art series/album exploring belief & sacred space.
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Giants & Pilgrims is a marriage of Art and Music.

My wife Betony is an incredible artist who makes these vibrant paintings and I’m a musician and have been writing songs since I was 10 years old. Together we find these themes and ideas we feel drawn to and Betony will create an art series and I’ll record an album and the works are companion with each other.

It's really so good to be able to create work you find moving with your best friend.

Our newest work to be released this year is called Bellwether.

The word bellwether is an old shepherding term. It refers to the one sheep in the flock that was a little bit more obnoxious and aggressive than the others, and the Shepherd would put a bell around it's neck so he would know this sheep's whereabouts. And this also helped the shepherd as others in the flock would find new pastures by the bellwether’s hungry searching.

This felt like an appropriate title for Betony and I’s new art and music project. Because for this venture we are exploring belief. We’re asking ourselves the big questions like, What DO we believe? What do we want to pass along to our children? What are ways we approach and live in the divine? In the process of this project we’ve found ourselves enjoying the depths of the fields we've been given, but also chasing bellwethers; jumping some fences and finding new ground. The end goal, of course, to find places of peace and truth, satisfying the eager soul.
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For the Art series portion of this project, Betony will be exploring religious archetypes. Within literature and even movies you find these scenes that depict what you’d call the baptism scene or a resurrection scene or a calling. In collage and acrylics she's going to be depicting her own narrative and story within those religious archetypes.

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For the music portion this album is actually going to be happening in three movements to be released over the year: Cathedrals, Tables, and Dark Fields. In searching for the sacred I believe these are great metaphors of resonant places we happen upon. Cathedrals are those spaces that we step into and it takes our breath away. We are in awe at the wonder and majesty of it all. Think of the Grand Canyon or becoming a parent for the first time. Then there there's the table in which we realize how holy and wonderful the common, every day occurrences can be. Have you ever sat around the table with family and friends and just been completely at peace in the moment? The last movement, Dark Fields, will be songs that embody feeling alone in the big empty. I see this as a sacred space too. It's in those struggles we find ourselves growing more than we realized possible.

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So, a painting series and an album of 3 movements: Cathedrals, Tables, and Dark Fields. This will be Bellwether: a searching of the sacred space.

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We’re doing this Kickstarter because creating good art costs money. We could do this all out of pocket and release the project in the red with a big marketing campaign and our fingers crossed. But it seems so much wiser to ask those of you who’ve found resonance in our art; those of you who trust us in what we create, for basically a pre-sale. With your early purchase of Bellwether you’re insuring we are able open this project to the public on great footing.

As always, thank you for letting us be a part of your experience. And thanks for your support.

Pictures of Rewards

Bellwether Limited Edition Art Prints:

A. Wonders & Ladders 

Wonders & Ladders
Wonders & Ladders

B. House with Many Rooms

House With Many Rooms
House With Many Rooms

C. The Woods

The Woods
The Woods

Silkscreen print "Empty"

Empty
Empty


Silkscreen Print "Balm in Gilead"

Balm in Gilead
Balm in Gilead

Silkscreen print "Ponder Anew"

Ponder Anew
Ponder Anew


T-Shirt

Bellwether T-Shirt
Bellwether T-Shirt

 

Risks and challenges

We are a couple who creates art & music together. So the risk & challenge with that lies mainly with our 4 kids. We set timelines for ourselves and feel good about our deadlines. But if one of our kids breaks a leg or gets long-term sick that will effect not the completion of the project, but the project's completion date.

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    Bellwether Digital Album (3 movements)

    Download of all 3 album movements for Bellwether:
    Movement I (releases March 3rd)
    Movement II (May 15th)
    Movement III (September 15th)

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    Bellwether Hardcopy Album

    Hardcopy will include all 3 album movements of Cathedrals, Tables, and Dark Fields

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    SilkScreen Print: "Empty"

    From a limited edition run of 50 silk-screened posters. This piece gives the feel of an illuminated manuscript.
    Silver ink on heavy-weight forest green paper.
    An impressive and framable 12X16 print

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    SilkScreen Print: "Balm in Gilead"

    From a limited edition run of 50 silk-screened posters. This piece gives the feel of an illuminated manuscript.

    Gold ink on heavy-weight navy blue paper.
    An impressive and framable 12X16 print

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    SilkScreen Print: "Ponder Anew"

    From a limited edition run of 50 silk-screened posters. This piece gives the feel of an illuminated manuscript.

    Blue ink on heavy-weight navy blue paper.
    An impressive and framable 12X16 print

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    Bellwether Limited Edition Art Print

    Bellwether Limited Edition Art Print (choose from the 3 released early below) + Bellwether Album Download

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    Bellwether SPECIAL No. 1

    $65 worth of merchandise for only $35.
    Bellwether Limited Edition Art Print (choose from the 3 released early below) + Bellwether Album Download/Hardcopy + Hard copy of Almanac No. 1 (2014)

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    • Bellwether Lim Ed Art Print
    • Digital Download of Bellwether Album
    • Hardcopy of Bellwether Album
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    Bellwether Shirt

    Shirt

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    2 Limited Edition Bellwether Art Prints

    Receive 2 art prints (choose from the early released works seen below)

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    Bellwether SPECIAL No. 2

    You'll save $55 on merchandise.
    Receive THREE Limited Edition Art prints and EVERYTHING listed below.

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    • Bellwether Lim Ed Art Print
    • Digital Download of Bellwether Album
    • Hardcopy of Bellwether Album
    • Haystacks: Giants & Pilgrims "Favorite Songs" Album
    • Almanac No. 1 Hardcopy (Giants & Pilgrims album from 2014)
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    Bellwether EVERYTHING Special No. 3

    You'll save $65 on merchandise.
    Receive 3 Limited Edition Art prints (early released and seen below) and everything associated with the Bellwether release.

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    • Bellwether Lim Ed Art Print
    • Digital Download of Bellwether Album
    • Bellwether Shirt
    • Hardcopy of Bellwether Album
    • Haystacks: Giants & Pilgrims "Favorite Songs" Album
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    Art & Music Workshop!

    Develop yourself as an artist in 3 sessions (Skype or in person if local) with Tim or Betony Coons. Want to workshop a song or take the next step as a professional artist? We'll help.

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    Every Bellwether Print!

    Receive every print from the Bellwether Art Series

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    First Pick of Bellwether Paintings

    Receive a $300 credit toward any Bellwether pieces. You'll be the first to see the gallery and choose which art you'd like to own

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    A Betony Coons Commission

    Betony will create a work of art specifically for you. You give her themes and ideas and imagery and she will provide the original piece. Commissions in the past have included family portraits, pictures of homes, and whimsical landscapes. (adjustable 24x24 piece)

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    House Concert

    Tim & Betony will provide an evening of stories, songs, and live painting for you and your closest friends and family. (Does Not Include Travel Costs)

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    House Concert + Bellwether Painting

    Tim & Betony will provide an evening of stories, songs, and live painting for you and your closest friends and family.
    (Does Not Include Travel Costs)

    And you'll get first pick of a painting from the Bellwether art series ($500 credit)

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