I have recently been awarded an artist in Residency at Thomasville Center for the Arts. One of the first projects has been taking part in the celebration of Thomasville’s 185th Anniversary. The challenge below details the parameters of the project.
Artist Collective at Grassroots Coffee September 19, 2016 – January 13, 2017
Grassroots Coffee • 118 South Broad Street, Thomasville, GA
Project: 185 is moving into the third installment of the three-part exhibition series, celebrating Thomasville’s incorporation as a city 185 years ago. The third installment, “We the People”, depicts the camaraderie and spirit of the Thomasville community through the artwork of six members of the “Artist Collective Thomasville”.
Collective Members were each given a section of the Preamble to the Constitution, concentrating on the concepts Union, Justice, Tranquility, Defense, Welfare and Liberty. Each artist will depict through their art how they believe these concepts relate to Thomasville.
My contribution aims to showcase Liberty. The richness demonstrated in the arts and humanities are excellent indicators of a towns “liberty”. I am going to paint vignettes relating to the arts Thomasville has showcased. These images will seem to emerge organically from a silhouette of our Big Oak. Painted words within the painting propose that the “Arts flourish on the Milk of Liberty”
I completed this 4′ x4′ painting through 2 weeks of conceptualizing, two days of layout design, one afternoon of transferring design to panel and 3 days of painting in public at Grassroots coffee. The original oil painting is for sale for $500. Purchase option coming soon.
Head to the Collective website to meet “We the People” artists and view their work!