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Antonio Masi, master watercolor artist, offers a limited edition series of prints of the nine iconic bridges of New York
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The Bridges of New York: Limited Edition Prints

The nine major bridges of New York are more than structures of steel and stone. They define Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs. They connect peoples. They are the arteries by which the lifeblood of one of the greatest cities on Earth flows. They are a testament to the age in which we live. For these reasons and more, renowned watercolor artist Antonio Masi has put brush to paper to capture these monuments to our modern age. Now, with your help, Antonio wants to immortalize the paintings he has created by sharing them with you.

Antonio Masi has won national and global acclaim for his paintings of New York's bridges and has been featured in magazines, newspapers, websites, videos and on television for his work. Antonio co-authored the book "New York's Golden Age of Bridges" with Joan Marans Dim, which was published by Fordham University Press and features Antonio's paintings exclusively. Antonio is also well known in the worldwide artist community for his lectures, demonstrations and service. He is currently serving as the President of the American Watercolor Society, the oldest and most prestigious watercolor society in the country.

The purpose of this kickstarter is to create a unique set of limited edition prints of the nine major New York bridges. These high-quality giclee prints are incredibly accurate reproductions of the original paintings and are printed on premium watercolor paper. Featuring as many as 16 colors, a giclee print is as close to the original artwork as you can get. However, giclees are expensive to produce and that is where you, the Kickstarter community, come in. 

Antonio needs your help to get this project off the ground. At the highest levels of support you will receive a set of nine 16" x 20" giclee prints in an archival box. Each set is hand numbered and signed by the artist himself and, once they are gone, they will never appear in this form again. There will only be 99 sets created, which makes these unique sets a must for serious collectors, who plan to keep them in their original archival box for posterity, as well as art connoisseurs who plan to decorate their home or office with these magnificent works of art. 

Thank you for your interest in this unique offer and your support of Antonio and the fine arts in general. The timing of this Kickstarter has been arranged so everything offered will arrive before the winter holidays in case you plan to gift them.

Here are a few of the places Antonio's work has been featured:

For a list of Antonio Masi's awards and accolades, and to view more of his work, go to antoniomasi.com

The Prints

Printed on premium watercolor paper using as many as 16 colors, these giclee prints are of the highest quality. The nine prints being offered are of the paintings below. All prints are hand signed by the artist. If you purchase one of the 99 limited edition sets of all nine bridges, they are numbered, come in an archival box, and include a 16" x 20" version of the poster design as a bonus. The limited edition set also comes with a letter of authenticity.

"Sunset" (The Brooklyn Bridge)
"Sunset" (The Brooklyn Bridge)
"Willie B" (Williamsburg Bridge)
"Willie B" (Williamsburg Bridge)
"Late Day" (Queensboro Bridge)
"Late Day" (Queensboro Bridge)
"Broken Window" (Manhattan Bridge)
"Broken Window" (Manhattan Bridge)
"Flag" (George Washington Bridge)
"Flag" (George Washington Bridge)
"Evening Approaching" (Triborough Bridge)
"Evening Approaching" (Triborough Bridge)
"Wispy Tower" (Bronx-Whitestone Bridge)
"Wispy Tower" (Bronx-Whitestone Bridge)
"Impending Storm" (Throgs Neck Bridge)
"Impending Storm" (Throgs Neck Bridge)
"Exodus" (Verrazano-Narrows Bridge_
"Exodus" (Verrazano-Narrows Bridge_

 The Poster

This original poster features all nine paintings in an original design. Printed with the same exacting standards on premium watercolor paper. This giclee print is suitable for framing as a beautiful work of art in its own right.

"New York's Golden Age of Bridges" Original Poster
"New York's Golden Age of Bridges" Original Poster

Risks and challenges

The only potential stumbling block we could imagine is getting so many orders for prints that several more high-quality printers would need to be employed to cover the order. Since Antonio will be supervising the printing of all giclees, this could, potentially, delay delivery. In this case, those who purchased the complete set would take priority over those that ordered individual prints.

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    POSTCARD FROM THE ARTIST. You will receive a postcard, hand-signed by the artist, thanking you for your patronage. The front of the postcard features the painting "Sunset" of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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    SET OF 6 POST CARDS. The front of these postcards feature 2 each of "Sunset" (Brooklyn Bridge), "Broken Window" (Manhattan Bridge) and "Willy B" (Williamsburg Bridge). The back of these cards are blank for you to write on.

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    AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF "GOLDEN AGE OF BRIDGES". This 124-page book features Antonio's paintings of the 9 major New York bridges and a detailed account of their histories and importance, co-authored by Joan Marans Dim.

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    ONE 8" x 10" HAND-SIGNED PRINT. Choose one of the nine beautiful paintings featured in this kickstarter. The print is a high-quality giclee reproduction of the original on watercolor paper. The printing of each giclee is supervised by the artist himself before being hand-signed and shipped to you in a sturdy shipping tube.

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    ONE 16" x 20" HAND-SIGNED PRINT. Choose one of the nine beautiful paintings featured in this kickstarter. The print is a high-quality giclee reproduction of the original on watercolor paper. The printing of each giclee is supervised by the artist himself before being hand-signed and shipped to you in a sturdy shipping tube.

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    TWO 8" x 10" HAND-SIGNED PRINTS. Choose two of the nine beautiful paintings featured in this kickstarter. The prints are a high-quality giclee reproduction of the original on watercolor paper. The printing of each giclee is supervised by the artist himself before being hand-signed and shipped to you in a sturdy shipping tube.

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    POSTER (24" x 36") featuring all 9 of the paintings featured in this project in one great design. This poster is a high-quality giclee print on watercolor paper, suitable for framing as art. The printing of each poster is supervised by the artist himself and shipped to you in a sturdy shipping tube.

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    THREE 8" x 10" HAND-SIGNED PRINTS. Choose three of the nine beautiful paintings featured in this kickstarter. The prints are a high-quality giclee reproduction of the original on watercolor paper. The printing of each giclee is supervised by the artist himself before being hand-signed and shipped to you in a sturdy shipping tube.

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    TWO 16" x 20" HAND-SIGNED PRINTS. Choose two of the nine beautiful paintings featured in this kickstarter. The prints are a high-quality giclee reproduction of the original on watercolor paper. The printing of each giclee is supervised by the artist himself before being hand-signed and shipped to you in a sturdy shipping tube.

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    THREE 16" x 20" HAND-SIGNED PRINTS. Choose three of the nine beautiful paintings featured in this kickstarter. The prints are a high-quality giclee reproduction of the original on watercolor paper. The printing of each giclee is supervised by the artist himself before being hand-signed and shipped to you in a sturdy shipping tube.

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    LIMITED EDITION PRINT SERIES. This is what this kickstarter is all about! With your pledge of $950 you get all nine 16" x 20" prints in an archival box. These prints are limited edition and hand-signed and numbered by the artist. Once this limited run is sold out they will never be offered as a set again. The set also comes with a letter of authenticity. As a special bonus, anyone who orders the complete set will also receive a 16" x 20" version of the poster design only available when you order the complete set.

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    LUNCH WITH THE ARTIST. With this pledge you will get a limited edition print series of all nine bridges, signed and numbered by the artist in an archival box, the poster, AND sit down with Antonio for semi-private (small group) lunch at a fine restaurant in New York City. Transportation and lodging are not included.

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    FULL DAY WITH THE ARTIST IN THE STUDIO. With this pledge you will get a limited edition print series of all nine bridges, signed and numbered by the artist in an archival box, the poster, AND a full day painting one-on-one with Antonio in his Long Island, NY studio. Learn tips and techniques that give Antonio's paintings their original, striking style from the artist himself. Transportation and lodging are not included.

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