Thursday, May 14, 2009

Five By Seven

LinedUpAndReady, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

So, I guess it's finally time for me to start blabbing about some of the upcoming projects I've got, especially since one of them is being unveiled tonight.

The annual five by seven show, or 5x7 as it's sometimes called, is a fundraiser, art splurge, and exhibit to benefit educational programs in Austin. The way the show works is that hundreds of artists (this year there were 706 participating artists) create unique works of art on identical 5x7 inch boards. Every board sells for $100 and each is displayed anonymously. Only when you purchase a work do you get to discover the artist's name.

I've donated two boards to the cause, though I don't want to post them here to destroy the surprise. (Let's just say, you might recognize my model, and leave it at that, ok?)

Tonight marks the preview party and artists' reception downtown at the Jones Center, 7th and Congress. I hope that if you're reading this, and you're in the Austin area, you might stop by and take a peek. I'd say come and talk to me, introduce yourself, and we can shoot the breeze, but, I'm guessing, since this show has already had considerable press (there was a big article in the paper today, complete with pictures) it's going to be packed and you won't get to meet me unless you bring your own cattle prod (seeing as this is a more sophisticated "artsy" crowd, a bottle of Chardonnay or two might work just as well in that regard, but I'll leave that to your discretion.)

Kidding aside, I'm actually very happy to be participating in such a good cause and what promises to be a fun show. I think the whole idea of creating a small work on board is very interesting and this show has me wanting to do more of that. I've always been a big fan of small works (for various reasons) and it's a great excuse to create something for a worthy cause.

If you're so inclined, tomorrow evening marks the gala opening dinner and start of purchase for the artwork. With over 700 artists represented in the show, you know, you just know, there's got to be some good stuff in there. And, just imagine how many people with blue hair and wild outfits will show up this evening and make it even more interesting. (And to think, all this time, you thought funding for the arts was dead.)

Tonight especially, a house made of art is a fun place indeed. I hope to see you there.

Until next time...


mythopolis said...

Sounds like a good show...good, if we could just get to the place where artists were called upon to re-invent curriculum!

W V : "aungsh"...........a somewhat fleeting anguish

Carol said...

Thanks, Mythos!

I'm starting to get very anxious about this one. It's been on more than a few news channels and newspapers today, though the formal "gala dinner" is not until tomorrow.