Covid19 in Three to Five Words
I am doing a limited run of this book but you can reserve your copy now on my Kickstarter page... Look in the "Rewards Section" ... you can reserve just the book with the "Book it" reward. You can also grab some original art from the book to go along with it... check out the other rewards for that.
How this project came about:
When the pandemic hit my community, my art festivals around the country were canceled and my studio building shut down to the public. At the time, I was starting a new series of work surrounding what I call “Three to Five Words.” My inspiration comes from short snippets of conversation that I overhear when passing others in public. When the order to “Shelter in Place” came about, I turned to press conferences, news, and social media for my phrases. I began to realize I was recording history as I painted. I posted them to my personal Facebook page as a break for my friends from otherwise stressful news, and I knew I was on to something. People were enjoying them and looking for them each day. The colors are bright, and the animals bring a smile. I was witnessing what my art could do at a time when we need it most... to be a light against a dark and uncertain landscape.
What it can do for people:
There are 50 pages of #3to5words art with a factoid of what inspired it on the opposing page (along with a sourced reference)... 104 pages that tell a tough story in a light way. Also included is a section where the reader can record their own memories of how this all went down for them personally. I am passionately behind this endeavor and while it started out as a way for me to process this time in history, it has turned into much more.
My intention is to put this book into all the hands that can benefit from it and a Kickstarter campaign provides a way for me to raise funds to make the production possible. I have a reputable printer behind me (Balfour) who is well known for its long and successful history of the manufacturing, sales and marketing of class rings, yearbooks, letter jackets and graduation regalia. They also produce quality fine books.
I am thrilled and humbled that I have a supportive community around me who are as excited as I am about the launch of this project! To reach far beyond that is my ultimate dream!
About my normal show schedule...
All shows have been suspended until further notice due to the Covid19 Pandemic. I normally have a full travel schedule (at least two art festivals a month along with open studio dates at Sawyer Yards) but that has all changed. I am hopeful that we can begin to see that happen again in the fall.