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Family, friends, friends of friends & family, and all you special people finding this page,
My name is Eunice Kindred & I'm an artist based in New York, NY and I am looking for your support for my first solo exhibition, "Soundtracks : Freestyle"
What I assume most people know of me is that I do ALOT of things. I work, I dance, I design, I teach fitness classes, I bowl, and now I even DJ (what?!) it can be overwhelming, I know!
But I'm truly a painter at heart. I've been drawing and painting since I was five, exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions across the country, studied under various artists and graduated with honors for painting (yes, at Harvard, a visuals arts program exists outside of government, economics, or the sciences).
Fast forward about 10 years, and I've done a lot of things since stepping foot in NYC but what i haven't done in a while is paint. It is for good reason. For me, painting is a personal process and I literally have to feel inspired to put brush to canvas. It's just not as quick as whipping out a logo. The inspiration to paint hasn't struck me in years...until now
Because of this, I am asking for your help to bring a dream to life:
My first solo exhibition in NYC.
OK, I'M LISTENING...A LITTLE MORE, PLEASE?
For my solo show titled Soundtracks: Freestyle I'll be painting a completely new body of work--at least 30 pieces-- that will explore the visual expression of music and choreographed movement with paint. Through each piece, I will be painting to a soundtrack, some mixed by yours truly (DJ SEFA!), others mixtapes or albums picked up along the way. Just as a dancer may "freestyle" to a song, I will "freestyle" through strokes, color, and application. My interpretation of songs will be truly personal - drawing upon the beats I anticipate, memories those songs may evoke, and limited by the length of the soundtrack.
Here's a demo of what's it like to create each piece:
I'M DOWN - HOW CAN I HELP?
It's a bit of a daunting endeavor - so I can use your help in so many ways! I'll take hugs, high-fives, and as many "likes" as you want to give me, but funding is what I'm looking for specifically. I'll need at least $8,000 to make this show the very best it can be.
WHAT'S MY MONEY GOING TOWARDS?
- Supplies (canvas, paper, additional paints and brushes, etc)
- Produce a bound, full color, high resolution exhibition book for 2013. It will serve as my first catalog of the my work but in notebook format (so you can use it!).
- Secure an exhibition space to showcase my work
- To cover production costs from printing to framing, to all the things that go towards putting on a good show.
Know that the more you donate, the more cool stuff you get in return for your kindness. ;)
OK, YOU GOT ME! How can I help?
Scroll up the page, and on the right side you'll see a button that says "BACK THIS PROJECT". Click it, and follow the instructions.
If you can't afford to give financially, please help spread the word to friends and family, or anyone else you think who may be able to help via Facebook, twitter, email, or just good old fashioned word of mouth.
If I don't reach my goal of at least $8,000, I don't get any of the funding. I can always raise more than the goal, but never less.
I am looking forward to bringing this show to life and seeing all of you at the opening!!
My deepest thanks for your consideration and remember...
if all else fails, freestyle.
T-shirt reward ($35 backers and up)
“What don’t you do?”
It’s a frequent question I get and I have a few answers for that: I don’t sing (even though I have a song). I don’t do math (hello, calculator!) and I don’t often say “no” to vanilla macaroons or french fries.
What I didn’t do as a child and teenager: Sit still.
I learned my first plie at age 2, sketched my first drawing at age 5, bowled a near perfect game at age 13 as a champion bowler, exhibited and sold my artwork in galleries and shows, and started my own graphic design business at age 14. I appeared on every major network channel almost yearly, every Tampa newspaper, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Inc. Magazine, National Geographic for Kids, and even received a congratulatory-keep-up-the-good-work letter from President Clinton. Let’s just say high school was busy. Harvard was impressed and by 2002, after two years of cheering with the Harvard Cheerleading Squad, three years of running the Harvard Graphic Design agency, and four years of dancing and choreographing with Expressions, I graduated cum laude with a concentration in painting in Visual and Environmental Studies (our fancy term for “art”) and stepped into NYC armed with a portfolio and a set of design skills I learned outside of college.
What I didn’t do as a college graduate: Sleep.
After a summer at Columbia, I made my way into publishing where, as a self proclaimed bookworm, I was surrounded by a wonderful team of like-minded book lovers. I was able to build a solid foundation of print design and production and after several years entered into art direction and advertising. All the while, outside of the office I was either found in a rehearsal studio or on stage dancing with isa[dance], a dance group I founded in 2002. This eventually led me into the world of fitness where I not only teach dance, but also share the joy of health and movement. Throw into the mix launching a clothing store based in Austin, TX, and an entertainment promotions company in NYC and you can safely say that sleep was a luxury.
What I also don’t do now: Shy away from challenges.
Looking for an alternative workout, I signed up for a half marathon and ended up completing four. That tipped me off to tackling other crazy things like completing a triathlon (learned to swim for it then finished 3rd in my age group!), picking up djing, producing podcasts, and attempting to learn aerial dance (it’s hard!) Of course there’s other things, like this kickstarter project for one, that I can throw in here but I was trying to keep this bio short. And I’m sure by now, you catch my drift…
- Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
- Tampa Museum of Art
- Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
- The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
- Grey Wall Gallery
- State Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.
- Galaerie Nouvel Espirit
- Mailou Art Festival
- The Heritage Grill & Pasquinucci Art, St. Petersburg Fl
- "Las Damas De Arete Cross of Lorraine Society" Burdines, Tampa, FL
- MacDill Art Gallery, MacDill AFB
- Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City, FL
- Artists Unlimited, Tampa, FL
- Barnes & Nobles Booksellers, Brandon, FL
- Barnes & Nobles Booksellers, Marietta, GA
- Barnes & Nobles Booksellers, Sarasota, FL
- Barnes & Nobles Booksellers, Tampa, FL
- City of Tampa, Main Library, Brandon and Tampa, FL
- Hillsborough County Center, Tampa FL
- Saffron's Caribbean, St. Petersburg, FL
Training & Study:
- Harvard University, B.A. cum laude, Visual & Environmental Studies, concentration in studio arts, painting
- University of Tampa summer arts program
- University of South Florida
Video Production & Editing: www.kevinjoelstudios.com
Music: "Bleuacide" by Graphiqs Groove(http://graphiqsgroove.blog46.fc2.com/)
- (45 days)