Chance of Showers- An upcoming exhibit.
Recently I was invited by Seattle based Design Commission to participate in a unique group show. I have never considered using an umbrella as a surface to paint on, and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. I’m happy to be part of a show that will benefit a good cause.
Here is a description of the show from Design Commission’s site-
This one of a kind December gallery exhibition and silent auction features over 25 decorated and artistically transformed umbrellas from artists, designers and architects across the country. Each artist is given the same canvas to work with—a plain, white nylon umbrella— and will create a work of art by embellishing with paint, reconstructing with other materials, or sculpting into a new shape. Some umbrellas will be usable, others purely works of art. All proceeds from the auction benefit 826 Seattle.
826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing center that helps students, ages six to 18; develop their creative and expository writing skills. They provide students with access to writing workshops, publishing projects and one-on-one help with homework and English language learning - all free of charge.
826 is such a great idea, and it is similar to another writing center that David Eggers is involved with in San Francisco.
I painted the umbrella with acrylic, and I must say that it was one of the more enjoyable surfaces to paint on. No resistance to the paint. I took it outside while it was raining to test out how durable it was, and it held up great.
So, if you are in the Seattle area, stop by and check out the show!
To find out more information on the show, click here.