The Toledo School for the Arts held it’s annual fundraiser, UNDISCLOSED, a few weeks ago. The concept of this fundraiser is a unique one. They invite local and nationally known artists, celebrities, and TSA alum to create a 12 x 12 wood panel. The artist signs only the back of the panel. The night of the event, attendees receive a numbered raffle ticket. As the numbers are called, guests scramble (numbers are called every 30 seconds) to choose a piece of art. The name of the artist is only known after the artwork is chosen. Hence, the name of the event…UNDISCLOSED.
My daughter and I were asked to create panels for the event. Grace is quite artistic, and she was very excited to be asked to participate in this event. I was flattered to be asked, but I questioned my status as an “artist.” I consider myself to be crafty, but not on the level of a true artist. Nonetheless, I decided it might be fun to create a panel!
The idea for my panel was quite simple. To start, I painted it white.
I’m loving the look of the ampersand symbol lately…I’m seeing it in a lot of home decor. I found a template of one that I liked online and printed it. I cut it out, and traced it on the panel.
Then the fun started! I glued gold sequins to the panel to make the ampersand symbol.
Add a couple black stripes with paint, and there you have it! Or at least I hope someone will have (choose) it…
Grace decided to create her panel using a technique she learned during her art class at school this past year. The class studied the works of Roy Lichenstein, a well known pop artist. Her panel is a collage of pieces cut from magazines, and then she used Mod Podge to glue it to the panel. The four framed artwork of the lips is also a nod to the style of Andy Warhol.
I don’t have any pictures of it in progress…she didn’t show it to me until it was finished. I think it is really artistic! You can’t see all the details of the magazine pieces in this picture, though. Such great colors!
Let’s fast forward to the night of the event. Grace and I attended with some friends of ours. It was amazing to see all the panels hanging on the walls. What awesome talent we have here in our city!
We drew numbers 30 and 69 (out of 110) to choose our artwork. Our thought was to have three favorites in mind, just in case the one we really wanted was already taken. It was so fun to see which ones would be chosen by the attendees.
Then it was our turn to choose…
We left UNDISCLOSED with some new art to display!
What a fun event…from creating the panels to attending the fundraiser!