I just learned today that my proposal for “The New Vision Heron Mural” for Salisbury, MD was accepted by United States Artist Projects for display on their website, www.usaprojects.org! The painting (12' high x 30' tall) will require a minimum of $5,800 dollars to produce; and this means that I have the opportunity to receive funding pledges; not just in the area where the mural is located, but with web-wide exposure for the project. It's an opportunity for individuals to personally donate any amount from $1 up to $10,000!
Below is the first version of the New Vision, which was submitted for consideration to the Salisbury, MD Downtown Historic District during their May meeting. At that meeting, Ms. Lee Whaley, Co-Founder of the Salisbury Arts and Entertainment District initiative, reported to me “Our presentation on the mural was positively received by all attending the hearing. Those in the audience liked the design and vibrant new colors….”
"After some discussion, the (conservative) historic commission voted favorably but they felt the colors were “too trendy and not in sync with the surrounding properties.” They voted to accept a configuration of the four herons.…” Ms. Whaley continued, ”They are asking that the colors be limited to blue and green, the thought being that while we are located in an emerging urban city with a new, lively arts focus, they would like to see the mural reflect the colors of nature – the blue heron, sky, adjacent Wicomico River and city green space.
That is a great rationale for a color scheme! I dove right in and worked through several iterations, and submitted this as a final draft:
Ms. Whaley and I discussed some funding options and I took a little tour online for "Funding Art Projects" which led me to USA Projects. The site made it all sound so easy! I started to create my proposal--all went well, except that I had to make a promotional video for the project! Never did anything like that before! I free-styled it, as you can tell; but just began speaking about the various aspects of the project...tough at first, but after about ten takes, I had the first 15 seconds figured out! On to the next aspects of the proposal until, a couple hours later...:
So, HERE WE GO! This promises to be an interesting process--it already is! Stay tuned for updates, you can click "Follow" on the New Vision Heron Mural project page: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/new_vision_heron_mural
Take note of the perks available for certain levels of contribution, from custom note cards, process artworks and limited edition postage stamps reminiscent of the classic "Duck Stamp"! Fun stuff for your personal collection, and very unique!
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