Free Art Drop Extravaganza

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By now, you may have heard about my One Spark 2014 project called The Dingo Walks in Love. In a nutshell, I will use the power of art, the power of public art, the power of socially engaging public art, and not to mention the power of social media to spread very valuable lessons in love. The star of this new series will be none other than, The Dingo, who will be beautifully demonstrating how to walk in love through various scenarios which include but are not limited to: Love is Patient, Love is Considerate, Love is Environmentally Aware, Love is Community, Love is Sharing the Road, Love is Kind, Love is Humble, etc. These illustrations will be printed and used in my free Art Drops, will be self-published in a book/ebook, will be shared through social media, and last but not least will be used for future public murals.

All this is in an effort to spread lessons in love, be reminders of how to love, be opportunities for teaching moments for the young and old alike. The broader the reach, the broader the impact of this project. To start this impact sooner than later, I will be doing a month long Dingo Walks in Love Free Art Drop Extravaganza with the featured illustration being prints of: Love is Patient. Untitled_artwork-1

There will be 2 free art drops a day for the entire month of March throughout the city of Jacksonville and beyond. Here’s where I need your help:

  • I need your help spreading the word about my project. Whether it be through social media, a personal email to friends and family, or even by word of mouth. Following the project on Facebook & Twitter is a great start because from there you’ll be able to share, tweet, retweet, post, like, etc the project as it develops and you’ll also have a better chance of scoring a free piece of art through the many Art Drops that I’ll be doing related to this project.
  • I need your support. The time and funds required to pull off a month long Art Drop and an opportunity like One Spark 2014 is HUGE! Consider making a financial contribution, purchasing some art from my online Etsy Store, or becoming an official sponsor (contact me no later than Friday Feb. 21, 2014 to arrange sponsorship) of The Dingo Walks in Love Free Art Drop Extravaganza.

We’ve all experienced moments of anger, offense, and hate at some point in our lives, but like the saying goes: Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. Whether we are the ones initiating the love or reacting in love, we can never have too much of it in our world. Help me to use the power of art to spread this message far and wide. Thank you for all your support. Now go out and make this world a better place 🙂

Love,

Yvonne C. Lozano (YCLART)

Email: YCLART@gmail.com Phone: 904-881-0120

#ILOVEJAX … Part 2

As many of you already know: I love Jacksonville! I spend much time and energy promoting our fabulous city (for free I might add) through my website, facebook, instagram, face to face interactions with everyday folks and I even make art about our fabulous city too (check out the Dingo Loves Jax series). It seems that a while ago, Jacksonville had some pretty major problems and has since been marked by many of it’s locals as a horrible & dangerous city lacking in any arts & culture and with nothing to do. Which is so far from the truth!

I will agree, we still have several issues that need to be addressed such as: the increased violence, murders, and drug crimes that run rampant in many parts of our city making us one of the worst in the state; the ongoing issue between the need for separation between church and state at our city council level; and then there is the desperate need for better & safer pedestrian/cycling infrastructure throughout our city. This is just to name a few.

But I digress, it’s important that as a community we continue to voice our opinions and concerns, while still embracing and celebrating and not forgetting all that is awesome and good about our city. Here are just some of my latest adventures for you to continue to live vicariously through or get up and get in on the fun:

JAX 2025 is a community owned and driven initiative to envision and develop Jacksonville into the city it wants to be by 2025. Anyone can join in the conversations and meetings so be sure to check out their website, just click the the pic. I’ve been to two of their meetings already and the flow of ideas is wonderful. Definitely get in on this or pass along to a friend.

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On January 31st, One Spark held their 2nd town hall meeting at the Florida Theatrer It was so exciting to hear all the great and wonderful creative spirits that live and breathe right here in our very own city. If you don't know what One Spark is, click the link above to get in the know and get involved.

On January 31st, One Spark held their 2nd town hall meeting at the Florida Theater It was so exciting to hear all the great and wonderful creative spirits that live and breathe right here in our very own city. If you don’t know what One Spark is, click the pic above to get in the know and get involved.

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My friend and one of Jacksonville's most prolific artists, Mr. Overstreet Ducasse, did a wonderful One on One artist talk at the Ritz Museum on Jan 22nd. It's always great to hear what goes on inside the mind of an artist. To see and learn more about Overstreet, click the pic and visit his facebook page.

My friend and one of Jacksonville’s most prolific artists, Mr. Overstreet Ducasse, did a wonderful One on One artist talk at the Ritz Museum on Jan 22nd. It’s always great to hear what goes on inside the mind of an artist. To see and learn more about Overstreet, click the pic and visit his facebook page.

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Photo Jax 2013 was a 4 day event (Jan 24-27) spread across 5 venues, celebrating everything that is photography. Part of the event, which is my favorite, was the Instagram Community Response Projection (#PhotoJAX500) which allows everyday Instagram addicts like myself to showcase our goods. I had about 5 of my images selected and projected in front of MoCA during the event along with 495 other lucky participants that got selected. Pictured above, is none other than Gambit (aka the Jacksonville Dingo). Click the pic to find out more about PHOTOJAX :)

Photo Jax 2013 was a 4 day event (Jan 24-27) spread across 5 venues, celebrating everything that is photography. Part of the event, which is my favorite, was the Instagram Community Response Projection (#PhotoJAX500) which allows everyday Instagram addicts like myself to showcase our goods. I had about 5 of my images selected and projected in front of MoCA during the event along with 495 other lucky photos that got selected. Pictured above, is none other than the Jax Dingo (aka Gambit). Click the pic to find out more about PHOTOJAX 🙂

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Earlier in January, a very famous local dingo (aka Gambit) was spotted at the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. This is one of Jacksonville's best kept little secrets. With a beautiful lake right smack in the middle of it and tons of beautiful trails all around, and as an added bonus it's totally dog friendly. Absolutely worth checking out. Click the pic for their website.

Earlier in January, a very famous local dingo (aka Gambit) was spotted at the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. This is one of Jacksonville’s best kept little secrets. It has a beautiful lake right smack in the middle of it, tons of beautiful trails all around, and as an added bonus it’s totally dog friendly, too. You  absolutely want to check it out. Click the pic for their website.

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A few weeks ago I visited Big Talbot Island and got lost in the beauty that is Boneyard Beach. Not only are there hiking & bike trails around the area but this beach is an absolute gem! Definitely worth the drive, hike, and climb to get to it. Click the pic for a link to their website.

Then there is Big Talbot Island. I got lost in the beauty that is Boneyard Beach. Not only are there hiking & bike trails around the area but this beach is an absolute gem! Definitely worth the drive, hike, and climb to get to it. Click the pic for a link to their website.

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And last but not least, Jacksonville's spectacular sunsets! This one was caught on A1A near Hannah Park.

And last but not least, Jacksonville’s spectacular sunsets! This one was caught on A1A near Hannah Park.

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Not included but also part of my latest adventures in Jacksonville include but are not limited to Hanna Park, a Jacksonville Giants basketball game (which btw is a WINNING team 22-1), & a trip to The Museum of Science & History.

*If you would like to follow my adventures on a daily basis, be sure to follow me on instagram or facebook.

OPERATION: Bring Art to the People (What Happened to the Chickens?! Edition)

In an effort to spread the message about the power of art, I took my children’s book illustrations for my story called, “What Happened to the Chickens?!” on my latest road trip and shared them with random people in random locations through random art drops. To read the entire story visit: What Happened to the Chickens?!

Even though I’m back from my road trip, I still have a handful more of illustrations to share periodically through the coming weeks so stay tuned 🙂

If you want to learn more about this public art project, read the back story here: OPERATION: Bring Art to the People

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OPERATION: Bring Art to the People (Hospital Edition)

"Dingo Love" at the Pedestrian Stop Sign

Yesterday, I discovered a dear family member needed to have emergency surgery today. No worries, all went well and she is happily on the way to a full recovery, but as I sat in the waiting room and looked around at all the concerned faces of loved ones & patients alike, I realized this was the perfect place to share some love & continue OPERATION: Bring Art to the People with a Sneaky Love Art Drop (Hospital Edition). So, I quickly got to work drawing what makes me happiest: doggie love!

Hopefully, whoever found today’s Art Drop, whether it be a patient, loved one, or an overworked employee, will be feeling a little more loved. Since I’ll be spending quite some time at the hospital for the next few days, there will likely be a few more drops made to brighten an unsuspecting random person’s day 🙂

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