My mom is an artist, and I grew up in a house full of art. The act of collaboration has always fascinated me; I love comic books and graphic novels and Dali's series of paintings based on books. I'm also working on my MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast program, which requires that I complete a third semester project. When trying to come up with project ideas one day, the idea of a collaborative art show popped into my head, and I couldn't stop thinking about it. My mom owns an art gallery in Fort Worth, Texas, so I asked if I could use the venue for the show.
After that, I sent out a call for submissions. I received so many great pieces from all over the U.S., it was difficult to choose which ones I would use, but I finally settled on eleven pieces of art and eleven pieces of writing (five poems, five flash fiction pieces, one nonfiction piece). I compiled the written work and sent it out to the artists, and then I uploaded the art to the Art on the Boulevard website and sent that out to the writers. Each writer chose one piece of art to use as inspiration for a second written work, and each artist chose one written work to use as inspiration for a second visual piece. That means that each written piece will have a corresponding visual piece, and vice versa. I'm very excited to see the results, which will be displayed at Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, October 6th.
At the show itself on October 6th at Art on the Boulevard, all forty-four pieces (the written and the visual) will be displayed and for sale, with most of the profit going to the artist (Art on the Boulevard takes a 15% commission, to help with costs of running the gallery). There will be free food and refreshments. It will be a free, all ages event. A live jazz band from Denton, Texas, will play throughout the night, pausing only for the reading of some of the written pieces. The band will even play a piece based on one of the poems.
Because Art on the Boulevard already has a well-developed customer base, we'll have a starting point for promoting the show. We'll be able to utilize their e-mail list and their facebook, but in order to send out paper invites to the rest of the mailing list - in addition to putting up posters to try and draw even more customers into the gallery - we'll need additional funding. My goal is to expand the audience for the show, because I believe that the talent participating in it deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. This is where your support comes in.
Another of my goals in doing this show is to provide an outlet for artists to make money from their work, so I knew from the beginning that I didn't want to ask the artists and writers to take any kind of cut on the work they sell at the show. But in order to get the word out to as many people as possible, I'll need to raise some money. We need funds to:
1. Print and mail out invitations to Art on the Boulevard's mailing list.
2. Print the written pieces to display during the show.
3. Print posters to display in the local coffee shops, restaurants, etc.
4. Possibly take out an ad in the local paper.
4. Pay for refreshments and drinks for the reception (Because what kind of art show is without wine and cookies?)
Any funds raised over the goal amount will go into savings so that I can put on another show next year, with a whole new selection of art and words!
However, Kickstarter does run on an all-or-nothing model, so if we aren't able to raise the goal amount by the deadline, we won't get any money (though you won't be charged any money, either). So please, donate to get some great prizes, pass this on, and help support the creative community!
We have lots of great prizes for you, listed to the right, in exchange for donations:
Any donation of $10 or more receives a PDF file of all the work from the show, so you can view and read even if you're not able to attend the show.
At the $25 level, you have your choice of five prizes:
1. A PDF of all work included in the show plus a personalized haiku or small poem based on a theme of your choice by Sarah Kate Moore.
2. Or you can opt to receive a signed copy of one of Tony Pisculli's, P.J. Kryfko's, or Anca L. Szilágyi's flash fictions from the show, along with the PDF of all work included in show.
3. An autographed, postcard-sized print of Rhiannon Rasmussen's Greetings, Citizens! as well as the PDF of all the work included in the show.
4. A 3-pack of greeting
cards from Art on the Boulevard artists plus the PDF of all work included in the show.
5. A live MP3 recording of all the jazz and all the readings from the show, plus the PDF of all the work included in the show.
6. A commissioned flash piece based on theme of your choice (perhaps even featuring you as a character, if that's what you're into) written by Bonnie Stufflebeam (me), Tony Pisculli, or Anca L. Szilágyi.
7. A custom pen-and-ink drawing on subject of your choice by Derek Kampa, artist of "Ghoul."
8. Commissioned double dactyl or limerick by Evan Klavon on theme of your choice.
At the $50 level you receive the PDF of all the work in the show PLUS
one of three options:
1. A signed 8x12 print of Jose Luis Torres’ Trigonopoly.
2. A commissioned jazz composition on theme/title/mood of your choice by Peter Brewer (BM University of North Texas - trumpet performance, MM University of Oregon - jazz composition) who will be putting together the jazz band for the event. PDF score and MP3 included.
3. A customized set of four hand painted wine glasses or pint glasses by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam. You can either pick four of the designs I currently have, or submit a custom order which I will then design. Shipping is included in the U.S.
For a $60 donation, you will receive a PDF of all the work included in the show and an 8x10 original, signed sketch by Antonio Lanza.
For $80, you can receive a PDF of all work included in show as well as a 5x7 framed painting by Linda Wallace.
And for $600, you can receive a PDF of all work included in the show and a Jennifer Stufflebeam original 48 x 60" titled “Red Landscape” (valued at $1000 – we’ll pay shipping up to $100).
The People & the Work
I was able to choose submissions from all over the United States. To give you an idea of some of the work that will be displayed, I've compiled a list and an example of their first submitted work:
Tony Pisculli - "Totality"
Anca L. Szilágyi - "A Meal"
P.J. Kryfko - "Things Abstract and Invisible"
Gillian Osborne - "Oh You, Puppeteer"
Victoria Sayeg - "Itch"
Angie Kimmell - "The Night Leonard Cohen Followed Me Home From Cannon Beach"
Julie Day - "Crash Landing"
Sarah Kate Moore - "Infinitive, 2 AM"
Renee Lyons - "Cardinal"
Evan Klavon - "Centaur, 1968"
Karen Bovenmeyer - "Cadaver Feet"
Brandon Lussier - Brandon will be contributing a written piece based on one of a piece of music that will be played at the show.
Artists (picture of work in show included at end of video or here)
Jennifer Stufflebeam - The Wanderers
Linda Wallace - Dust and Beauty
Samira Syed - Cityscape
Becca Waugh - Smash Stack City
Antonio Lanza - Embestida
Kris Goto - Untitled
Jose Luis Torres - Trigonopoly
Gale Johnston - Tic Tock
Derek Kampa - Ghoul
Rhiannon Rasmussen - Greetings, Citizens!
Trayce Cochran - Paradigm Shift
Peter Brewer (BM University of North Texas - trumpet performance, MM University of Oregon - jazz composition and the composer of the song at the end of the video) will be putting together the jazz band to play at the event, as well as offering for one of the prizes two commissioned compositions based on contributor's choice of title/theme/tone.
Thanks so much, everyone!
- (30 days)