My second year creating DCA at this elementary school. They have an annual event called "Art Walk," where they bring in many local artists who show their work to the kids and families. This year, it was close to Dr. Seuss's Birthday (or birthay, as I sometimes spell it :O)
My first year at Via Colori, street art festival benefitting the Center for Speech and Hearing in Houston. Wonderful festival with lots of really good artists creating colorful chalk drawings on the city streets. Live music, food & fun. Robin was unable to shake loose from a prior commitment, so I was joined this time by my dear sister, Wendy, who acted as my able assistant. For this event, I created four pieces with a loose Houston theme. First, Four Houston Blues musicians, Albert Collins, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thorton and Clarence "Gate Mouth" Brown. Then a piece depicting hands signing "love" to honor the Center for Speech and hearing. Next, Tom Hanks in Apolo 13 "Houston, We Have A Problem." Finally a Caddo Indian. The Caddoans originally lived in the Houston area. Wendy and I had a great time, and were well-treated by the Via Colori staff and the good folks from MINI and BSSP.
"The Great Race is an antique, vintage, and collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally on public highways. It is not a test of top speed. It is a test of a driver/navigator team’s ability to follow precise course instructions and the cars' (and teams') ability to endure on a cross-country trip. The course instructions require the competing teams to drive at or below the posted speed limits at all times." - from the FAQ page on The Great Race website. I was invited to come demonstrate DCA at one of the stops along the way, in Findlay, OH. I really can't say enough about what a unique, friendly and interesting town Findlay is. Everyone we met was fantastic and we were treated with great warmth and care. Did you know the Dali Lama has visited Findlay? And Tibetan monks have visited the town twice. We were made aware of this by the man responsible for bringing them, the amazing artist, Philip Sugden, who has his studio in Findlay.
Wow, what a great experience. I was invited to create work on several cars for a gallery show of my work to publicize Carstar's annual fundraiser for cystic fibrosis research. Robin and I flew to Toronto where we stayed in a beautiful hotel and I worked for several days to produce work for the show, a teaser for out front, and a piece depicting the hosts of a national morning talk show, which did a short segment on the event. This was my first solo gallery show, and it was very successful in getting media attention for this great cause. Most of the pieces had Canadian themes: polar bears, Toronto skyline, Canadian musicians, Lake Louise, and then two other others, one based on M.C. Escher's "Relativity" and a depiction of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. The folks we worked with couldn't have been nicer and it was great to be part of such a worthwhile project.
Awesome music festival in the incomparable Texas Hill Country. This little festival is perfect; they stop selling tickets after 2k. Wonderful camping, chill folks, great music, high-quality production. One of the organizers is Aaron Brown, owner of Onion Creek Productions. This video production company created my profile video as well as the Montanozo music video, by Grammy award winning, Grupo Fantasma, which I was lucky enough to be part of. The work I did at UTOPiAfest features the native American theme intrinsic to the event, and some of the weekend's musicians.
Robin and I flew to to LA for what we were told would be a british Nokia ad. It actually ran in other countries as well. I did two pieces for it, and they used one in some markets, the other in some other markets, and didn't use any in still others. We had a good time. The shoot itself was very interesting, and they put us up in the Bonaventure, the location of scenes from several movies, plus we got to play in LA for a day.