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"Heroes on the Line"
Original Acrylic Painting by Lianne Westcot
6"x18" canvas in a solid oak float frame
Market Value: $235
Deadline: EXTENDED November 27, 2020
This original painting will be a GIFT to a generous person! The recipient will be determined by the highest "silent bid" to a GoFundMe to help feed local families:
Mobile Soup Kitchen Project GoFundMe Page
As you may know a derecho (high wind storm) blew through Iowa in August, affecting a large part of the state. Power lines went down, trees fell, homes were damaged, and businesses temporarily closed. Many people were left with no electricity, spoiled food, etc. At that time two things intersected for me: I helped clean up yards in Cedar Rapids, and, I met a family cooking free meals under a bridge for their neighbors who were in need.
One day I was helping clean yards and when we arrived, the neighborhood street was LINED with white bucket trucks. We were working in a backyard where linemen in orange shirts (our work team also wore orange) were busy restoring power to all those homes. They were heroes to those people getting power back! As they were working behind the home nearby, I took photos with my phone and later painted my vision of the scene.
Back to the family cooking meals under the bridge, while the weather was in the 90s, I stopped by a few times with ice for their coolers As the days went on I was amazed at how committed they were to serving their neighborhood, not for just a few days but every day since shortly after the storm. Others came alongside them with donations & food.
The spirit of people helping each other, heroes of many kinds, and the appreciation for each other, all came together to inspire this idea to donate the painting to help these meals continue. Here's how it works.
How to Participate
I am conducting this similar to a "sealed bid" process, but with a twist. The recipient will be the person willing to make the highest donation directly to the GoFundMe page. The deadline for "bids" is November 27, 2020. The painting will be a GIFT to that person after their donation is verified. Anyone who is not the "winner" isn't obligated to give a donation, but welcome to give any amount they wish.
If you'd like to participate, please e-mail me with the following information:
*Amount you would like to donate
*First & Last Name
*How you heard about this project
Email me here -- watch your email for a confirmation. (If you don't receive a confirmation, please reach out before 11/20 at my contact page.)
- Your information will be confidential.
- I will work with the recipient to verify the donation.
- Tax deduction: I believe any amount over market value may be deducted, but please get advice from a professional.
- I can arrange delivery. If shipping is required, the recipient will cover the cost.
- Artist retains all rights to reproduction of the original painting.
Learn more about the Mobile Soup Kitchen
- Follow Bridge Under the Bridge on Facebook
- This video explains how they got started.
- Trunk or Treat under the bridge
- Mobile Soup Kitchen GoFundMe is here.
"Favorite Scene" Special Offer
1) Send me a good photo of your favorite scene, somewhere or something that is special to you.
2) and I'll create a 5x7 painting on paper for you.
$45 each (+shipping)
SUCCESS TIPS: A clear photo will get the best results. You may send extra photos for clarification; just let me know what you want included. The photo should be free from copyright and I can't use another artist's creation. Larger sizes available upon request.
Feel free to contact me with questions!
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Browse my current collection by appointment, My "art show booth" is all set up. Contact me to schedule. Located in tan building behind Warehouse Auto.
Next level painting or drawing skills
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You'll do an acrylic or drawing project, and I'll teach you techniques that will help improve your skills. Done via weekly email and video chat. Learn concepts that will take you to the next level. Four-week session: $65
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Schedule outdoor painting for yourself or a group. Set up a time that works for both of us and the weather. Paint a scene with me, or work from your own viewpoint. $25 for first-time session
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For those who have experienced financial hardship because of the shutdown, I will work on a sliding scale.
--Rocks, marbles, baubles, etc from around the house
--Something to attach them to (outdoors- stepping stones or clay pots, cement edging pieces) (indoors- any piece of wood, tray, even metal if your glue will stick to it, not plastic or flexible items)
-- Good solid glue of some kind (I use 'power grab' because you can sink the object into it, but any of the good glues will work)
-- Lay out the design (It should look good from a distance, but if younger people want to just glue them down that might be more fun.)
-- Whether they are laid out ahead or as you go, start gluing. To keep glue off fingers, put some glue on a plastic container lid (1 per kid) & use a plastic knife put apply. Put water in the bottom part of the container to clean fingers (paper towel helps) and put in knife so it won't dry when not in use.
-- When glue is dry, check for loose pieces and re-glue them.
FINISH THE PROJECT
-- After the glue is dry, start grouting. I like the white premixed tile grout (avail. at Menards) and then I can mix color into it.
-- Or if you already have grout or ingredients to make it, that works too.
--Neat grouting method: put some in a baggie and cut the corner (start small) and then squeeze it into all the cracks and crevices. You can smooth it out as you go or if needed lift some back out with fingers or a small sponge or other device. Have a bowl or bucket of water ready to rinse hands, sponges, and other implements and then dump it outside. (It will have grout material in it so not good for the sink & plumbing.)
Acrylic Painting Classes
at the studio near Swisher IA
Friday Mornings -- 10am to Noon on these dates
Friday Apr 3 ○ Tuesday Apr 7 ○ Tuesday Apr 14 ○ Friday Apr 17
4 sessions for $60 or $25 per class for drop in
Monday Evenings -- 6:30 to 8:30
April dates TBA, please contact me if you are interested
Reserve your space: firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-270-7341
Upcoming Art Show
Arts For Africa
Saturday, April 25, 10 am to 3 pm
Noelridge Christian Church
All funds raised will go to the Tumaini Secondary School in Tanzania
Get started with drawing or acrylic painting ...
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Iowa City Holiday Art Market IS ON!
Dec 7-8, Sat: Noon-6 / Sun: 10-4
Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City
Many regional artists, purchase art for loved ones or treat yourself, More Info
Special Note - Good News!
The Summer of the Arts organization has graciously picked up the show and I am excited to participate!
Acrylic Painting Classes
The learning and creativity never stops at my teaching studio.
Group Classes - Monday Evening or Fridays
Private Lessons - by appointment
Bordeaux & Brushes at the Secret Cellar - Dec. 12
Paint holiday wine glasses!
Join Lauren Chalupsky-Cannon of The Secret Cellar and I as we guide you through a fun and creative Wine 101 and acrylic painting class. Bring a friend! See dates and registration info at The Secret Cellar website.
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