That’s right, all the art you see here has been randomly dropped throughout Jacksonville and beyond, as west as Salt Lake City, UT and as north as Chattanooga, TN, in an effort to continue OPERATION: Bring Art to the People, a public art project designed to help connect random people to the power of art. As I get opportunities to travel, I will continue to set free more of my art into the open wild, until then, I will continue to do Art Drops through out Jacksonville, FL 🙂
So, as I defrost from my spontaneous trip to Salt Lake City, I smile and reflect on the series of events that brought me there. If it wasn’t for my older sister (2 years older) giving my younger sister (18 years younger) a ski trip surprise for her 16th birthday I may never of found myself in SLC this past weekend. Luckily, my younger sister’s father wasn’t crazy about her traveling alone so he requested I tag along. So when I came home a few weeks ago, I was greeted by my mother telling me “Surprise! You’re going to Salt Lake City to be with your sisters!” Luckily, I’m currently self-employed as a full time artist, so technically I keep to make up my own schedule so the spontaneous trip did not interfere too much with my life. In actuality, it was a much welcomed break from my daily routine. I got to spend some much needed time with both my sisters, visit with my bro-in-law, the visual eye candy of God’s amazing natural creations was jaw dropping to say the least, and while there, my older sister gave me my own belated birthday gift of ski lessons. I can’t say I know how to ski, but I am definitely one step closer to conquering the bunny slope and my soul feels rested, renewed, and energized to keep chugging along my current path.
When I found out I was going to SLC, I couldn’t help but feel like I should extend the JAX ART HUNT beyond Jacksonville. Not as a full blown art hunt, but with the main mission of the art hunt in mind: Instead of waiting for the people to come to the art, bring the joy of art to the people. So that’s exactly what I did, I loaded up a few of my flat canvas panel works that fit nicely into my carry-on and an extra piece from my good friend and fabulous artist, Susan Sapinski, and I kept an eye out for good drop off locations.
I also got to spend a lot of quality time in my sketch book, this is something I haven’t done for some time. Airports and traveling in general are really some of the best places to draw people because they are usually distracted by their surroundings, but still sitting in one place long enough for a decent sketch. On this trip, we had 2 connections on the way to SLC (JAX-ATL-MEM-SLC) and on the way back only one connection (SLC-MEM-JAX.) I made sure to take advantage of as many unsuspecting passengers as possible for my sketchbook practice.
I’m looking forward to my next adventure, whenever that will be, I don’t know. Regardless, this was an amazing trip, from being able to spend time with my sisters, the random art drops, getting my very first ski lesson, the tour of the beautiful Mormon temple, being able to say that I walked 2 miles through the snow and even to the heated Snowman Competition between myself and my little sister, this was a great trip and I feel so blessed to of been able to be part of it. 🙂
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. 🙂