Art stirs the hidden depths of the soul and shows us new ways to see.
A bold new project is in the works at the William King Museum in Abingdon, VA.
We have an oft over-looked and neglected building on our grounds that will serve as a blank canvas for well-known graffiti artist, Patch Whisky, to transform into a work of art for the community. The project will bring attention to the William King Museum as it continues to offer cutting edge opportunities for artists and contemporary regional art of all kinds to engage the public.
The William King Museum inspires the public through the visual arts, enriching the lives of our region in Southern Appalachia. We believe that art is a transformative experience, and we seek to create culturally engaging opportunities for our community. We offer over 2 dozen rotating exhibits per year, arts education and outreach as well as public events. The Museum provides our residents easy access to world fine arts and contemporary regional arts without having to drive at least 2 hours.
Who is Patch Whisky?
Originally from Bluefield, West Virginia, Patch Whisky is a painter-sculptor based in Charleston, SC. He has shown in galleries across the country as far as Seattle including solo shows in Cleveland, Savannah, Asheville, Miami, and Charlotte. He has also painted murals for Warner Brothers and worked on projects for Mellow Mushroom and Triangle Restaurants. Patch’s degree comes from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he discovered his love for street art. His style has been described as “graffiti meets the cartoon network” and “the stuff scrubbing bubbles kills”. Painting on everything he comes across from parking meters to vehicles, Patch is on a mission to cover the planet with his signature monsters. Inspired by cartoons as a child, Patch Whisky often re-created his favorite characters on just about anything, even the underside of coffee tables. His color use, bold lines and emphasis on detail when creating his characters can be attributed to the influences of childhood cartoons and to his graphic art background. Patch loses himself in his characters, often finding himself covered from head to toe in paint.
The Museum currently resides in a historic 1913 building overlooking the town of Abingdon, VA. Directly behind our building is what we lovingly refer to as the "White Building". Visitors often park at the back of the museum where they are greeted by the White Building. The blank canvas on the White Building is ready for a new life as a piece of public art to inspire the community as well as tourists visiting our region.
As we often exhibit innovative contemporary regional art, the Museum would like arriving visitors to expect to view some of this art inside when they arrive. Most of our guests expect to see cultural heritage and world fine art when they gaze at our 1913 home, but our contemporary regional art exhibits often come as a surprise to some. We hope that transforming the White Building into a work of art with Patch Whisky's help will not only make our Museum more appealing, but also give the public a better idea of the exciting art it can expect to find inside-a bit more of the outside reflecting what's on the inside.
Patch Whisky is passionate about Southern Appalachia and has been flexible to help the Museum see this project through to the end. Your support will help the Museum and Patch Whisky to do what they do best. We need to buy the paint and supplies to paint the White Building as well as accommodate the artist during this project. Should we surpass our funding goal, additional walls can be painted and you'll help this community by putting smiles on people's faces.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenges will be weather related. Since this is a public art project outside, we may have to re-schedule Patch Whisky's visit or extend it, resulting in extra lodging expenses if the weather doesn't cooperate. We don't foresee a problem with being flexible with the dates, although we'd really love Mother Nature to cooperate!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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