So, I ended up going on a spontaneous and unplanned trip to Salt Lake City, UT for my little sister’s 16th birthday. I feel so blessed to be on this trip because not only do I get to spend time with both my sisters in such a beautiful city, but I also got a belated birthday present from my older sister: a ski lesson at Snowbird; AND the icing on the cake is, I also get to expand OPERATION- Bring Art to the People from Jacksonville, FL to Salt Lake City.
Chicago artist, Patrick Skoff , was the inspiration. In a nutshell, he found a way to spread the joy of art to random people in his own city by starting art hunts and through his efforts, the word got out and now the power of public art has grown wings.
After reading Patrick ‘s story, I realized what a great vision he had for reaching the masses with the joy of art so I contacted him and found out he was working on a national art hunt as well. I told him I was going to start an art hunt in Jacksonville and with the help of Art in Strange Places , Arbus Magazine , and several local artists who participated, we had our very first JAX ART HUNT on February 5th 2011. We are planning to host one hunt a month as we try to reach the masses, especially those random folks that don’t normally venture into art galleries or museums. It’s a way to show the community how life changing art can be, even in everyday life.
When I found out I had the opportunity to come to Salt Lake City, I loaded up a few of my small paintings into my carryon bag along with an extra piece from my good friend and fabulous artist, Susan Sapinski . I just couldn’t pass up the chance to spread the love and share the art. Sometimes waiting for people to come to where the art is isn’t enough, sometimes it’s more productive to bring the art to the people. 🙂