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I have 2 exhibits in 4 months. One is a solo exhibit in a museum. Please help finance my shows!
I have 2 exhibits in 4 months. One is a solo exhibit in a museum. Please help finance my shows!
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During the summer of 2014, I completed my first series of scratchboard drawings in seven years. It was a series of 17 small bird drawings entitled Lil' Birds. These drawings were created to be exhibited at Hope & Olive Restaurant in Greenfield,MA in the winter of 2015.

Rose Breasted Grossbeak 4" x 4" Ampersand Scratchbord
Rose Breasted Grossbeak 4" x 4" Ampersand Scratchbord

No sooner had I finished my little birds, when I was contacted by the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in Brattleboro, Vermont.BMAC offered me the opportunity to have a solo exhibit in 2016. 

                                             BMAC  brattleboromuseum.org

The imagery however, needed to have an ambiguous narrative that could be read by the viewers in a variety of ways. As a result, Lil' Birds was much too literal and the drawings were also far too small for the space that I need to fill.

That's when I began creating Wishing for the Moon. This series of 14 drawings is brimming with personal symbolism. The drawings are intended to be inter-related but the narrative itself is known only to me.

Curious Companions  16" x 24"  Ampersand Scratchbord
Curious Companions 16" x 24" Ampersand Scratchbord

So two exhibits in a period of four months is exciting right? Sure, but two exhibits equal one big expense! And so that is why I am reaching out for patronage. I want the drawings for the museum exhibit to remain a surprise so I will only give a teaser. The bird images however are being used as reward incentives to help finance the framing, photographing and materials required to create all of these drawings. 

This photo shows just how LARGE the museum drawings are contrasted to the birds.
This photo shows just how LARGE the museum drawings are contrasted to the birds.

The video below shows all 17 birds and identifies them by name. I hope that you enjoy the imagery that I am sharing and let me thank you all ahead of time for helping me!

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17 Lil' Bird Postcards available for $20 pledge
17 Lil' Bird Postcards available for $20 pledge
17 Lil' Bird Notecards available for $30 pledge
17 Lil' Bird Notecards available for $30 pledge
White Stag Notecards available for $35 pledge
White Stag Notecards available for $35 pledge
Winter Bird Notecards available for $40 pledge
Winter Bird Notecards available for $40 pledge

The video below explains my process for creating a drawing from the very beginning to the final scratch!

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Risks and challenges

In addition to being a professional artist, I am also an art teacher in a local middle school. As many of you are aware, teaching requires a great deal of time and preparation and thus limits my time in the studio. (I LOVE teaching mind you, it just impacts how much art I can produce during the school year!)

For this reason, I will be using my school vacations to get your rewards in the mail. In fact, this is how I created the drawings for Wishing for the Moon...I drew the preliminary drawings over winter break and rendered all 14 boards over the summer.

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    I will send you a thank you postcard with a scratchboard image of a bird on it.

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    I will send you a thank you notecard with a scratchboard image of a bird on it. I will also include one of the blades used to create the drawings!

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    I will send you a the complete set of 17 lil' bird postcards.

    PLEASE LOOK AT THE LIL' BIRD VIDEO TO SEE ALL 17 BIRDS!

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    THE MIX & MATCH COMBO!!!

    You get 10 Lil' Bird postcards and 7 Lil' Bird notecards!

    Who doesn't like a combo? Sweet & Savory...Surf and Turf...you get the gist of it!

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    I will send you a set of 17 postcards of birds. Each bird image is different although they do look great in pairs! ( Except for that one bird who gets left out but it looks great alone too.)

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    I will send you a complete set of the 17 lil' bird notecards.

    FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ALREADY PLEDGED AT THIS LEVEL, THIS IS THE NEW REWARD!

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    I will send you a copy of one the preliminary bird drawing sketches. These preliminary drawings are created in my sketch book with pencil.

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    A set of 20 White Stag notecards with envelopes. This was an image that I originally drew for the 2006 poster for Welcome Yule. It is ideal for winter solstice celebrations and other holidays!

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    I will send you a set of 20 lil' bird notecards BUT they are the winter birds. This particular series of bird notecards is ideal for winter solstice and other holiday celebrations.

    THIS SERIES FEATURES THE 2 CHICKADEE IMAGES, CARDINAL IMAGE AND TITMOUSE.

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    I will send you a signed archival quality print of one of the bird drawings. I choose the bird.

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    I will send you a signed archival quality print of one of the birds BUT, you get to choose the bird!

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    Two signed archival bird prints of your choice. Many of these birds look great in pairs, otherwise known as diptychs. (Whenever I use that term in front of my middle school art students, I am greeted with strange looks and much giggling!)

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    Four signed archival bird prints of your choice. (You can see where this is going right?)

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    Eight signed archival bird prints of your choice.(Can you guess what the next pledge reward is huh?)

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    Seventeen archival bird prints. That's the entire series or should I say flock?

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    One original bird scratchboard drawing framed with archival materials. The mats are basic cream and the frames are classic black metal which on my extremely graphic images look perfect.

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    One of the original scratchboard drawings from the museum exhibit. These drawings are framed with archival materials. For those of you who do not know, the framer is a very talented artist himself. (Not that this bit of trivia really matters, but, hey, wanted to give him a plug on line. Thanks Frank!)

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