Waterworks Visual Arts Center

Providing diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education, & outreach programs.

Silly City Artist's Exhibition
February 9 - March 30, 2019

Liberty Street Window Gallery

 
 
 
 

Silly City Artists’ Exhibition

Febraury 9-March 30, 2019

FEATURED STUDENT ARTISTS:


Dustin Boger

Brandon Bautista

Tyler Bueschler

Jessica Calkins

Dalton Canup

Colby Carver

My-esha Chaffin

Dalton Connolly

Dylan Connolly

Evan Davis

Ellen Eaborn

Madison Evans

Anna Everhart

Eric Guarduno


Sebastian Gomes

Nuna Herh

Brian Hills

Nick Jones

Ali Khatib

Fares Khatib

Brandy Letrick

Bryan Morgan

Chris Melgar

Cameron Miller

Shradda Prassad

Jecenia Lara Ramos

Chancellor Rankin

Orianna Reed


Levi Rosser

Lila Rosser

Domenic Sanders

Chase Shoaf

Madisyn Smith

Stella Sophia

Hope Spurlock

William Turner

Blessed Thompson

Blessing Thompson

Madison Welborn

Quintin Wilson


ABOUT THE PROJECT

DAYDREAM BELIEVERS


It all began with a daydream. “Let’s tell the story of Rowan County through the eyes of children and in the process make something beautiful!” The Transportation Museum was a great place to start. Students from North Rowan Middle School were welcomed with wide open doors. They climbed on, in, and under trains as they photographed parts both large and small. Guides recounted the history, uses and unique details of the cars, trains and buildings they were exploring. When they returned to school, their adventure was translated into a collection of expressive illustrations of trains, vehicles, and architectural gems from their community.

The magic of how this community-based art came to be displayed as a collective piece belongs to Fresh Artist, a nonprofit based in Philadelphia that invented “Silly City”, a unique art program where children explore and interpret their communities by painting “portraits” of buildings, landmarks, people, dogs and lamp posts! Roger Allen, Fresh Artist’s Creative Director, brought all the pieces together to tell the story. The result - delightful, wacky tableaux.

Our mission is to provide life-changing experiences for children through the power of art. In the process, they discover the unique beauty of their communities. The partnership with Fresh Artists brings an additional dimension to the project – the young artists are invited to donate the use of their art to help other children – empowering them through philanthropic action. Their transportation illustrations are now part of Fresh Artists Collection which “goes to work” raising funds to deliver art supplies to schools struggling with cuts in arts funding.

Our dream is to tell the story of Rowan County through Silly City art. We are a tapestry of small towns and communities; as our children learn their history, explore their neighborhoods and interpret the built and natural environment, it will become part of them. Amplifying their art in partnership with Fresh Artists’ shares it with an enormous audience. Our dream is for them to nurture their roots and share happy memories of childhood. But most importantly, always to know they have a place to call home.

— Sherry Mason Brown & Kimberly Lentz


 
 
 

ABOUT FRESH ARTISTS

GREAT ART DOING GOOD!


www.freshartists.org


Fresh Artists is a national nonprofit organization that empowers compassionate, creative & capable young people to tackle the critical shortage of arts funding in our public schools. We create real life opportunities for kids to engage as philanthropists, to exhibit their artwork in highly visible, unexpected places and to deliver innovative visual art programs and art materials to public schools struggling with shrinking art budgets.

Fresh Artists is honored to bring our signature architectural illustration program, Silly City, to the children
of Rowan County. This fun, highly educational art-making program invites youngsters to look closely at their built environment – houses, shops, churches, and landmarks in towns, cities and rural countrysides, and illustrate them without the use of rulers or scale! Think of it as children making portraits of architectural gems in their community.

The buildings, benches, fountains, and light posts are lovingly rendered in chalk, then acrylic paint, and detailed in marker. People are added, then dogs, baby carriages and cars! Trees and bushes complete the collection. Fresh Artists then assembles the pieces digitally into “streets” and “scenes,” with little concern for scale or accuracy... in other words – SILLY!

The result is fast, fun and festive!

We are grateful to Sherry Mason Brown and Kimberly Lentz for bringing Fresh Artists to Salisbury to do a workshop for all the art teachers in Rowan County. This first installation in North Carolina was made by children in the North Rowan Middle School, under the direction of their Art teacher, Leigh Ann Alexander.

 

THANK YOU ALL WHO HELPED:


OUR GENEROUS DONORS

Sharon and Mike Agee
Bob and Kaye Mason Amos

Cathy Griffin
Century 21 Town and Country

Steve and Celia Jarrett

Robert L. Mauldin Charitable Trust

Joe L. & Hester M. Sims Family Foundation

 

NORTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM STAFF

Kelly Alexander

June Hall

LeAnne Jonhson

Betsy Mowery

 

NORTH AREA PRINCIPALS

Alexis Cowan

Meredith Williams

 

ART TEACHER

Leigh Ann Alexander

 

FRESH ARTISTS STAFF

Barbara Allen                     Alex Boatman

Roger C. Allen                     Katie Latona

 

SILLY CITY PROGRAM DESIGNER

Robyn Miller

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT


Tony Martin                       Beth Nance