This is my 6x6NW Art Show Submission

Follow the White Rabbit Painting

This is my 6″ x 6″ painting that I’m submitting to the 6x6NW Art Show put on by The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Art Council.  I do enjoy donating art on occasion.

It is titled “Follow the White Rabbit.” It is an acrylic on wood panel. It features a little white bunny in a dense yet colorful forest. Is the sun setting or rising? I think it is setting. What do you think?

I grew up in Lake Forest Park so I like the idea of supporting an organization from my old neighborhood! It looks like a fun event with music and art and a raffle to win “Collectors Choice” which is the opportunity to choose the first work sold.

Their website says, “The Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a community-based arts organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.” It think this fundraiser is pretty inspiring!

The Art Show/Fundraiser will be on Oct. 7th, from 7:00-9:30 pm at the Shoreline Community College, Student Union Building Lobby. Cost $10.

16101 Greenwood Ave N, Bldg. 9000
Shoreline, WA 98133 

The shorelinearts.net website says, the “Art exhibition and fundraiser, 6X6NW will feature hundreds of 6 x 6-inch works of art from artists locally, and all over the country, in all variety of medium. This evening event will include music, food, and a chance to purchase any of the artworks for $36. Proceeds from the event support Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council programming.”

So if you are in the area and looking to purchase some mini art, this art exhibition fundraiser is not to be missed!

Follow the White Rabbit Painting

“Follow the White Rabbit,”6″ x 6”, acrylic on wood panel

When I was in my early twenties, my Mom would purchase some of my paintings and donate them to Fundraising Causes she believed in. I thought it was a pretty cool idea as my work not only was sold but it then got in front of a larger audience.

So, I’d like to donate this little painting to this event in honor of my Mom, Audrey Gruger, who had a long and distinguished career as a community activist and elected official. Audrey served on the King County Council from 1982-1993 and represented the 1st Legislative District in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1976 to 1981.

It would be interersting to know who purchased my work from back then. I did have one person a couple years ago email me as they had one of my early pieces and wanted to know more about my work. It was fun to correspond with that person.

So who will buy this piece? I hope they contact me to let me know. 🙂

Happy art shopping everyone!

 

 

#twitterartexhibit created by David Sandum and my “Flying From a Leap of Faith” Art

I’ve finished and mailed my #twitterartexhibit piece titled “Flying From a Leap of Faith.” It will be entered into the Twitter Art Exhibit in L.A. I donated a piece last year to the exhibit when it was held in Moss, Norway. This year it’s in Los Angeles on January 12, 2013.

The Twitter Art website says, “Twitter Art Exhibit: Los Angeles is the third installment of an open international exhibition of handmade postcard art for charity, donated by hundreds of participating artists from around the globe.

While the first two exhibitions were held in Moss, Norway, the Los Angeles show marks a global launch for the concept by founder David Sandum, a Swedish-born artist who conceived the Twitter Art Exhibit as a vehicle for doing good through social media and online community-building. The idea is simple: artists from all over the world receive a call through Twitter social media to create original postcard-sized art, which they mail to a local curator who then exhibits and sells them to benefit a local charity. Artists must have a Twitter account and interact with exhibition organizers to help seed the event.”

This years Twitter Art Exhibit in L.A. will help fund Art Division, a great non-profit dedicated to training underserved youth who are working toward a career in the arts.

My contribution this year speaks of moving forward with faith and courage. Always changing and evolving takes faith in yourself and the universe to move you in the direction of your dreams. It can be so rejuvenating and freeing, this hopeful leap of faith.

My painting has a fiery orange bird reminiscent of a Phoenix Rising which can signify renewal or rebirth. No wonder because I feel like I’ve been going through a transition with getting married in September and taking on a new last name (Gaskill). With those changes have come rebranding my website and art to be known as “Art by Lindy” instead of “L. Gruger Art.” It’s been a bit confusing for my art career to rebrand myself but it’s been difficult having so many names – Lindy Gruger, Lindy Gruger Hanson, Lindy Hanson. Phew! So now I’m one name – Lindy Gaskill and when it comes to talking about my art and website, “Art by Lindy.”

I like choosing a couple non-profits a year to donate a piece of art to and this is one of them. I think it’s a great way to give back while supporting an organization that I believe helps youth in the arts.

If you are an artist and would also like to submit art to this event, please go to the website at http://twitterartexhibit.org/callforartists to find out more about it.

“Flying from a Leap of Faith”, 4.7″ x 6.3″, acrylic on paper

I Made Another YouTube Art Video

It’s not that making videos is that hard on my MacBook. I use iMovie and it’s pretty intuitive. But it’s hard to find the time! And I can’t seem to figure out how to get rid of that annoying sound, the hummm, that is in the background of my voice talking. Oh well, it is an exercise in letting go and saying, “things do not have to be perfect.” I just wanted to get it done and share with you a bit about making it.

I’ve had the video pieces on my Mac since June but finally put them together last night. This is a video about the painting I made for the Fur Ball Auction in Todos Santos that benefits the dogs and cats there. You can read info about that in an earlier post. I believe the auction will be in January in 2012.

Enjoy!

Furball and Art Auction Painting

My artist friend Beth Parker made the sweetest painting titled Barbados Beach Shack. I love that painting and I have a card of it in my art studio. It inspired me to create my own little beach shack. Mine is titled “Little Blue Beach Shack” and it is a donation painting I’ve created for the Todos Santos Furball and Art Auction that will be held in February 2011.

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Little Blue Beach Shack by L. Gruger
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The Furball is a fundraiser that has been held over the years and is organized by our friend Angelique in Todos Santos.

A quote from the Baja Western Onion says, “These funds are used for the on-going effort to spay and neuter the dogs and cats of Todos Santos and Pescadero. Local vets perform these operations weekly, both in Todos Santos and at El Refugio in Pescadero. In addition, there is an annual clinic when U.S. vets come to our community and perform surgeries on two hundred or more dogs and cats.”

Angelique’s passion is the animals and especially the kitties!

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Angelique runs “Kitty Heaven” which is a refuge for homeless cats in the Todos Santos and surrounding area.

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The cats run freely in a sheltered area that she had built. They are well cared for, spayed or neutered and their shots updated. All are up for adoption.

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But Angelique needs help with maintaining Kitty Heaven. She can’t do it alone.

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There are about 25-30 cats at any one time at Kitty Heaven being cared for.

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Angelique knows them all by name. She knows each of their stories. Where they came from and for how long they’ve been at Kitty Heaven.

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kitty6If you can make a donation to help Angelique with Kitty Heaven, it would be greatly appreciated! See the link below. Thanks!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE VIA PAYPAL!!!