Fresh Artists Blog 

March 16, 2014

Fresh Palates-to-Palettes – A Vast & Tasty Menu of Life’s Options

 

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“Working this hard isn’t work when you love what you’re doing.”

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“My favorite part was being in the kitchens. Watching the team of cooks working together, laughing but working real fast.  I want to be part of this and be a chef.   I know it’s hard, but I’ll get there. Those chefs, they had a dream once too.”

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Chef Eli Collins discussing his tableau, styled and photographed by Michael Persico.

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“Even the salt was different . . . kinda arty. Tasted real different too.”

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Chef Gregory Vernick’s tableau of artic char, styled and photographed by Michael Persico.

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 “I want to design restaurants and the stuff that goes in them. I think its both art and tech, and I love both.”

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“This is MY museum now! I want to come all the time. Bet you could never see it all.”

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We found a true angel in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Barbara Bassett, Curator of Education, School and Teacher Programs.

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“We learned that Chef Drummond grew up in Philly, worked really hard and is now a world-famous chef!  I’m gonna be just like Chef Drummond. Maybe he’ll hire me!

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Painting of Chef Jon Cichon’s luncheon tableau at Lacroix by Darius Cross

Fresh Artists, Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School and Top Philadelphia Restaurants

Offer Students a Gourmet Sampling of Creative Careers

Philadelphia, PA, March 18, 2014 – Fresh Artists has joined forces for the second year with the Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School (SLA) and top local restaurants to introduce kids to the art of culinary masterpieces – both on canvas and on the plate.

Lacroix (Chef Jon Cichon), Bistrot La Minette (Peter Woolsey), Pub and Kitchen (Chef Eli Collins) and Vernick (Chef Gregory Vernick) have opened their top-rated restaurants to a select group of 7th grade students under the direction of Art Teacher, Deva Watson.

Watson learned the art of efficiency from working with area top chefs at Zahav and Pub and Kitchen. She applies the design and management techniques of a professional kitchen to creating a dynamic art classroom environment that inspires creativity and focus for her students. “Yes, Chef!” is the immediate response to directions given in this stimulating and unconventional art studio where cooking up a painting is a regular happening.

In 2012, Watson took a step further and partnered with nationally award-winning Philadelphia nonprofit, Fresh Artists, to collaborate on the development of a highly innovative four-month pilot program – Fresh Palates-to-Palettes. This multifaceted curriculum exposes 7th grade students from SLA, a south Philadelphia charter school located near the Philadelphia airport, to masterpieces in fine art and fine cuisine while introducing them to a variety of career paths in the creative economy.

Watson began by teaching her students about the art of the still life, starting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with a private tour of food-themed still life masterpieces in their collection led by Curator of Education for School and Teacher Programs, Barbara Bassett.  At each restaurant, students researched, met and interviewed the chef and discussed the design and branding of his restaurant. The students, as guests of the chef, were served the chef’s signature dish for lunch, then sketched a tableau of the meal in preparation for their final artwork project. The tableaux were styled by acclaimed professional food photographers, Michael Persico and Neal Santos. Noted portrait photographer, Susan Beard, donated her expertise by documenting the children’s experiences at the museum.

Returning to Watson’s art classroom, the children worked on their still life projects over a sixteen-week period, interpreting the masterpiece meals in acrylic, oil pastel and collage using large photographic reproductions printed by Fresh Artists.

“I never thought food could be art.  But food we get in the ‘hood ain’t art.”

The children returned to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in January to learn about careers in the art world with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s new Art Handling Facility with Fresh Artists founder, Barbara Chandler Allen (former Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Director of Registration) and more gallery time with Education Curator, Ms. Bassett.

Their third trip as guests of the Philadelphia Museum of Art brought them right into Steven Starr’s Granite Hill Restaurant kitchen where they spent over a hour with Executive Chef Gerald Drummond and met the lobsters that were then served to them in Chef’s signature dish for lunch. They had a private a demonstration of food styling by the Museum’s Education Department and sketched the still life created from the ingredients used to prepare lunch.

The Fresh Palates-to-Palettes project culminates with several activities: a gala reception, tour of the state of the art teaching kitchens and sit-down luncheon on March 18 for the chefs and project donors called Le Grande Vernissage (French for “varnishing” or private preview) hosted by Chef Michael Traud at Drexel’s new Center for Hospitality.  At that time, the students’ artwork will be displayed and each participating chef will unveil his “Le Choix du Chef” (Chef’s Choice).  On March 20, the four selected artists, joined by their five Chefs, will be honored by a special cooking lesson and dinner party given by Chef Scott Schroeder of South Philly Taproom, hosted by COOK, a state-of-the-art kitchen classroom. Metropolitan Bread welcomes Palates to Palettes during the Rittenhouse Square Art Festival at their Metropolitan Gallery 250 on the Square, where the boys will be giving tours of their artwork and raising funds for Fresh Artists innovative programs with reproduction prints of their stunning still-lifes!  In mid-July, the student’s artwork will be exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Students will be invited to an opening of their exhibit and have a special tour of the Museum’s special exhibition on American Still life with the exhibition curator, Mark Mitchell.

Fresh Artists will create large-format reproductions of the children’s Choix du Chefs that will be given to SLA and to each chef as a gift from the young artists. These artworks will become part of the award-winning digital art collection which Fresh Artists makes available to corporate clients who donated funds to deliver art supplies to inner city schools struggling with severe cutbacks in art programs.

“SLA is an innovative school with strong vision and Fresh Artists is pleased to work with Ms. Watson in the second-year refinement of this ground-breaking project.  Palates to Palettes breaks down barriers for our city youngsters, introduces them to potential creative careers and gives them additional skills and aesthetics with which to interpret their world,” said Barbara Chandler Allen, founder and President of Fresh Artists.

The innovative project receives additional support from Side Project Jerky, creating a limited-edition beef jerky flavor and dedicating the proceeds to fund student transportation costs of the project. Green Street Coffee raised funds for the children’s bus transportation, and many world-famous international chefs have donated their illustrated cookbooks to Ms. Watson’s classroom.  The pilot Fresh Palates to Palettes in May 2013 was the documentary subject of WHYY-TV’s James Beard Foundation Award winning Friday Arts program, The Art of Food.




December 15, 2013

Sharing the Exhilaration of Giving

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“It’s an exhilarating experience to give to others with no expectation of receiving anything in return. We call that “philanthropy”. It is exciting, empowering and elevating, and gives the giver a feeling of connectivity and purpose. People say that it can give you a sense of breathlessness to know you have impacted others in need with one bold action. Giving produces a deep sense of satisfaction and pride in affecting others so positively. Fresh Artists brilliantly invites vulnerable children into this rarified fraternity of givers. Introducing the concept of self-less giving to children who may perceive they have little to give shows a profound respect for them – seldom seen in our society.  Giving children a roadmap to actualize this giving is genius.”

These comments came to us from a new fan of Fresh Artists, someone we met through the new “Giving Tuesday” campaign. This person has made a life-long habit of philanthropy and called to tell me how stunned he was to see children in poor schools taking such effective action to help others.

#Giving Tuesday is the NEW antidote to the rank consumerism bombarding us towards the end of each year. We survive the spending frenzy of Black Friday by battling it out in the malls, then hunker down on our computers to seize every bargain we can on Cyber Monday.  #Giving Tuesday helps us assuage our souls through generous giving to thousands of organizations doing yeoman’s work in under-funded schools, out-of-cash opera companies, and homeless shelters with the wolf at their door.

To celebrate the unusual mission and method of Fresh Artists, we invited the brilliant photographer, Neal Santos, to create portraits of some of our Major Donors – our “Artist-Philanthropists”.  These are some of the 1,000+ kids who are now part of the “fraternity of givers” whom we have empowered and equipped.  These children are fixing something broken in the world – access to a quality art education in public schools.

Thank you, kids, Neal Santos and the many generous folks who gave to Fresh Artists on Giving Tuesday! 

 




August 4, 2013

Our “Clothesline” is Ready for Prime Time – A Manayunk Arts Festival Home Run!

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Fresh Artists artist-philanthropists Leah (FA ’08) and Andrew (FA ’11, ’12)

We’ve been cooking up the concept of broadening the reach of children’s philanthropy by starting a movement of Clothesline Art Shows around our region and …hold onto your hats –  throughout the nation!  We have piloted and tested a few of these “Clotheslines”  over the past few months with wide range of kids…an individual teenager’s Bat Mitzvah project, a birthday party sleep-over for 5 seven-year old girls, a whole inner city charter school dividing funds they raised between their own art room needs and a poor school in their neighborhood.

Recently, we were invited to try one at the famous Manayunk Arts Festival…a two-day affair that draws 200,000 people.  We figured we were ready to try something on a bigger scale to see how it goes.

It went.   Went well.    Actually, the kids “hit it outta the park”.

They raised more than $2,000 for art supplies in two days!

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Raquel tested a Clothesline for her Bat Mitzvah project

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We believe that “Pablo’s Clothesline Art Sales” are a great way to engage hundreds of thousands of children in bold, active philanthropy throughout the country.  We have been practicing, tweaking, editing, refining, and listening to the kids, their grown-ups, the retired art teachers who have been helping us design this. We are ready to make a firm commitment to taking this out into the world and are actively seeking sponsorship, funding and donations to create a strong infrastructure within Fresh Artists to administratively insure its success.

This is the way we work. Get a zany idea, brainstorm on our Giant Whiteboard over coffee in the studio, get a group of art teachers together and kick the idea around some more. Take it apart, put it together differently. Add.  Subtract. Ask some kids and schools to try it out. Get feed back from all stakeholders. Drink some more coffee. Figure out  how much money it will take to go to scale.

Then march out into the world and find investors. People and corporations who want to invest in children. And zany, entrepreneurial ideas. (What do you think they said when they heard about Google?  You want to do WHAT?!!!)

This a simple, but powerful idea.

  • Kids make art.
  • Hang the art on a clothesline or a fence.
  • Get folks to stop by and see what they’ve been up to.
  • Ask the folks to make a donation so they can deliver art supplies to schools in need.
  • People take the kids’ art home to enjoy.
  • Kids fill empty art rroom shelves of schools suffering with slashes in arts funding.

While kids are filling their hearts with purpose. 

And having fun.

Here are some photos from the June Giant Clothesline Art Sale at the Manayunk Arts Festival.  We believe we met at least 100,000 of the 200,000 people who attended! And everyone loved the children’s efforts and strong, clear message.

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We are looking for people who would love to invest in several hundred thousand kids by helping us take Clothesline Art Sales to scale….our phone number is 215-920-3317.

It’s a proven winner!  And so are the kids!

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Tillie, Bailey and Quinn (FA ’07, ’12)

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Retired art teachers, Evelyn and Eileen, love to volunteer for the kids … we are grateful for their advice and support.

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Everyone stopped to enjoy and make a donation for the kids’ art!

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Nishiana (our terrific FA studio intern) and her family

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Gia has a career in sales!  She’s a natural!

 THE BOTTOM LINE…KIDS

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July 18, 2013

OOPS! Too busy to blog!

Seriously. This spring has been a whirlwind.

The 2013 Collection

This year we invited a record number of 233 new youngsters from Denver, Brooklyn & Bronx, Norristown and Philadelphia to donate their artwork to help other children. Here is Sara who donated her artwork in 2008 helping to catalog this year’s accessions.

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PS/MS 194 in the Bronx received art display panels this year as their grant from Fresh Artists. Our intern, Maddi (in orange) and NYC Area Coordinator, Andrea Vizcarrando, are visiting PS/MS 194′s lead art teacher, Helen Serrano, and checking out the gift Fresh Artists delivered to the school.

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Big show at Urban Outfitters headquarters

in February, celebrating the Memory Games.   URBN’s Lauren Addis, Hancock Elementary’s Robyn Miller, Barbara Chandler Allen, and Roger Allen at Urban Outfitter’s world headquarters in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard.  The show of 135 images from Fresh Artists Memory Games (on sale at Anthropologie stores) was up for the month of February.

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Our 6th year delivering art supplies to fill art teachers’ empty shelves.   

Thanks to the generosity of HP and G & H Digital Services we were able to distribute rolls of heavy white paper to teacher in addition to the art supplies we purchase from Merion Art & Repro. Fresh Artists has delivered the value of more than $250,000 in art supplies and innovative art programs to severely under-funded public schools in five years.

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Art teacher Chip Watson of Middle Years Alternative School brought his son to help haul the loot!

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KIPP and Cayuga Elementary school were part of this year’s innovative programming “Mini-Masterpieces” .  A trip to PAFA to adopt a masterpiece, working on their artwork for weeks back at school, then a trip back to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) to compare their art to the original masterpieces.

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KIPP’S Misty Domers with Fresh Artists’ Evelyn Bock proud to be at PAFA with Brianna and her interpretation of Stuart Davis’ Table with Pipe.

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Jalen with his impression of Florine Stettheimer’s playful Picnic at Bedford Hills

 

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Wendoly with her gorgeous rendition of Charles Burchfield’s Hill Top at High Noon.

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Samantha with her brilliant interpretation of Arthur B. Dove’s Naples Yellow Morning

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Two very different “takes” on Raphaelle Peale’s Fox Grapes and Peaches.

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A Bouquet of Marsden Hartley’s Flower Abstractions by KIPP and Cayuga artists!

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Everyone sat on the steps of PAFA for a final portrait.

 

Fresh Artists on the TODAY Show!

Jane Pauley and her crew from the TODAY Show produced a feature on Fresh Artists in May. 5 million people watched! The phone still hasn’t stopped ringing with calls from as far away as Guam and Adelaide, Australia. It was one of the most exciting things that ever happened to any of us. The cameras followed the staff to a school, several corporate installations of artwork, a homeless shelter installation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (where our founder used to work managing the collections), and the Fresh Artists studios to see the large format printing of the children’s artwork by teen interns.  Our thanks to Jane Pauley, her producer, Kim Sedmak, and the entire crew, for an extraordinarily wonderful experience.

Click here to watch the show!

Here are some photos from the 6 day shoot:

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Jane and Barbara during the taping at Independence Blue Cross.

We are grateful to Kim Eberbach, head of HR at Independence Blue Cross for making the Joseph Frick Conference Center available to the TODAY Show crew for two whole days! They even turned off the elevators during the taping so the “ding” when doors opened didn’t disrupt the audio!

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Sara helping to print her donated artwork for the cameras.

 

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Roger and Barbara giving a tour of Fresh Artists installation at SAP America headquarters

 

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Intern Arthur demonstrating the donated Foster Keen Cut panel saw for the camera.

 

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Allen back in her old stomping grounds, the art packing workshop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

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Palates to Palettes – Careers in the Creative Economy

The grand finale of Palates to Palettes, our amazing program connecting masterpieces in fine art (Barnes Foundation) to masterpieces in culinary arts (5 world-famous restaurants and their chefs).  The culmination of a five-month study of still life, food styling and careers in the culinary industry led kids from Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School to a double celebration hosted for them by Le Bec Fin and then an evening at COOK, with dinner cooked for them by Michael Solomanov

Please click here to read the press release on this project. FreshArtists-PalatesToPalettes_PressRelease_May_2013

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Le Grande Vernissage – the exhibition of the kids’ artwork hosted by the world-famous Le Bec Fin. The kids were surprised with a kitchen tour and a two-course brunch served to them by the entire staff of Le Bec Fin.

 

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Art teacher, Deva Watson, with one of the winners of Les Choix des Chefs, Lynus.

 

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The kids were treated to a hands-on tour of the kitchens of Le Bec Fin, where they met some serious seafood!

 

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Deva Watson at Fresh Artists studio with James Beard Award-winning WHYY videographer, Monica Rogozinski, who did a documentary feature about Palates to Palettes for Friday Arts. Click here to watch!

 

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Famous chef, Michael Solomanov, of Zahav, cooked for the four young winners at COOK

 

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Chef Peter Woolsey, of  Bistrot La Minette, hamming it up with the girls from “French Laundry”

 

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The girls digging into the lamb at their COOK celebration dinner party.

Thanks to the following people and restaurants who made Palates to Palettes possible:

Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School – Mr. Alphanso Evans, CEO and Deva Watson, Art teacher Extraordinaire

Bistrot La Minette – Chef Peter Woolsey

Osteria – Chef Jeff Michaud

Sbraga – Chef Kevin Sbraga

WILL BYOB - Chef Chris Kearse

Zahav – Chef Michael Solomanov

COOK – Michelle Flisek

Le Bec Fin- Adam Olland

Side Project Jerky – Marcos Espinoza and Mark Novasack

Rival Brothers Coffee Roasters – Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi

Michael Persico – Photography and food styling

Susan Beard – Photography

Metropolitan Gallery 250  - Dani Sigel

Barnes Foundation – Derek Gillman and Blake Bradford

Dustin Kemper – graphic design

 

Our 6th Sprout Fest 

Honoring the young 2013 artist-philanthropists who donated their artwork to help other kids.

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Thank you, Testrite, for your wonderful donation of this portable Clothesline hanging system.

A fabulous surprise this year –  triple Caldecott Award winner David Wiesner spoke to the kids, showing them photos of himself making art in the rec room at age 7. The kids and adults were captivated by David’s life path and full descriptions of how he makes his books, from start to finish. David’s publisher, Clarion Books, generously celebrated David’s appearance at Sprout Fest by donating hardcover copies of his newest book, Art & Max (a book about the transformative power of art supplies – see why we love him!) to every child attending the event. We even dedicated this year’s JIHM Booth Photography studio to David’s charming reptilian protagonists. Thank you, David and Clarion Books.  You made the event!

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Yaira from Edison High School, with her beautiful, zany Robots painting.

 

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Thank you, Chef John Gallagher, Head of Pastry at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College for baking our signature artist’s palettes sugar cookies!  600 cookies! The Velazguez sisters, Juania and Nishiana, helping out.

 

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Devin and his beautiful artwork

 

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Thanks to Sakura, manufacturers of Cray-Pas for donating almost 500 12-piece sets for the children’s gift bags.

 

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Home-Schooler on a mission

We loved meeting home-schooled Hayley V. and her sisters from Delaware who are raising funds for Fresh Artists by connecting with tons of kids throughout the country who do Artists Trading Cards.  Please visit their website and vote for your favorites!

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Experiments in silk prints

Our friend, Rob Nute, of Ergosoft, introduced us to the master printers at Philadelphia University’s digital print studio. He ran some experimental tests using some of our high resolution digital photographs, and look what happened! We have visions of Fresh Artists silk scarves at Nordstrom’s this holiday season!  They experimented with artwork donated to us by Jade B. and Eric H.

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New Flor for the Conference Space

Thank you, Tricia Monsell, for sending us this beautiful and practical carpet tile!

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COMING SOON:

“The Dog Ate My Homework”, Pooch Portraits of Fresh Fidos

We put the call out to all the schools we work with across the country – “send us artwork depicting a memorable dog”. We provided ample inspiration to the kids through a gallery of real life dog photos from friends, our local no-kill shelter, Philly PAWS and Noah’s Ark out in Trinidad CO. The kids chose both to make representational versions of dogs and really wacky arty portraits.

Thanks to Linda O’Brien and Marilyn Leuszler, volunteer photographers who take beautiful portraits of dogs waiting to be adopted, we were able to give the kids truly moving photos from which to work. We also were given dog photographs from the staff at Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie to use for the children.  Our terrific summer intern, Emily Visich, a junior at Syracuse University in Graphic Design, is working with Roger to design a calendar that will be sent to the kids whose work appears, but also will raise funds for the shelter.  We love the idea of Fresh Artists kids acting philanthropically to help pups. Pups helping pups!

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Donated by WinKani Correa, Grade 12, Frankford High School

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Donated by Tamarah Overton, Grade 6, AMY NW

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Donated by Jennifer Tsogtsaikhan, Grade 10, Denver School of the Arts

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Donated by Zaahira C., Grade 6, AMY NW

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Gabrielle is a 2013 art donor who came to the studio to see her artwork printed on “Suzy”, our 44″ HP DesignJet, a gift from HP.

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Then she met “Rue”, Fresh Artists family dog, and got to take her giant print home!  We love showing kids how these amazing printers work their magic.

That’s it for now! Time to clean up the studio storage room and get ready for the new year of projects, programs, installations and working with terrific teachers, kids and corporate partners!

Thanks to all the young artist-philanthropist, teen and grown-up volunteers, corporate partners, cookie bakers, chefs, photographers, jerky-makers, and art teachers who make this such a success.




January 21, 2013

Salon on the Schuylkill a Success!

“Your best yet”

“This gets more fun each year!”

“We wouldn’t miss it!”

“Having the kids with their art was a real treat!”

“Watching the kids watching the sculptor replicate the 2nd grader’s artwork in  ice was magic.”

“The Memory Games are brilliant! I bought 4 of them!”

“We had loads of fun with the arty Photo Booth. The pictures were great. We’re hiring Seth for our next corporate retreat!”

And the best comment of the evening came from one of our youngest artist-philanthropists, who looked up at me and said,

“You mean these guys came all the way here to meet US and see OUR art?”

Corporate executives Eric Grae (HP), Roger Allen (Fresh Artists), Valerie Lagauskas (Event Navigators), Tom Yungen (HP), Heather Gibson (Sentry Art Advisory Services), Lori Morrissey (SAP) and John Pauciulo (Eckert Seamans) came to see the children's new art at the World Cafe Live and celebrate the fruits of the children's philanthropic actions in the world.

We had a blast. There were about 300 people who stopped by throughout the evening to meet the kids, see the new children’s art  installed at the World Cafe, have some refreshments provided by Hal Real, Founder of World Cafe Live, and schmooze with influential people from the legal, pharma, design and education communities. We were honored to have national product managers from HP’s large-format printing sectors visiting both our studio during the day and attending the evening event, Eric Grae, Tom Yungen, and Kerry Ignatovitch.

Eiko Fan Takahira, Art teacher at the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, showed Tom Yungen of HP artwork made by her student, Ryan Bonner. Fresh Artists has many brilliant works from HMS children in the collection. These bold abstracts are very popular, and have raised funds for tens of hundreds of pounds of art supplies given to poor schools.

For the first time, we invited youngsters whose art was installed in WCL and their families.  We were delighted with the strong turnout. Our guests enjoyed meeting the kids and hearing about what inspired each piece.  The kids were such a hit, that we will invite them each year from now on.

The Velazguez girls and Artist-Philanthropist Malberson Nunez with Founder, Barbara Chandler Allen, Juania was our student speaker this year. An art donor to Fresh Artists of her 6th grade artwork, Juania is now in college, pre-med, with the goal of being a pediatrician. She told how important being philanthropic is in her life. Her sister, Nishiana, is our Print Studio Intern, and helps Fresh Artists each week, in many important ways.

We added another new feature to this year's Salon - a three-level Clothesline art sale with high-quality reproductions of the hottest children's artwork. Here's Lisa Margraff, Food & Beverage Manager of WCL, with Roger, admiring the kid's art. Thank you, LIsa and Hal Real, owner of World Cafe, for donating all the beer, wine, buffet and venue rental each year. We love this mutually beneficial partnership!

Our guest speaker was Farah Jimenez, the CEO of the People’s Emergency Center in West Philadelphia. A core value of Fresh Artists is to also give a great deal of our signature artwork away to people who are serving children and families in need.  This year we chose the People’s Emergency Center to be the permanent home for 14 large works of art that have been enjoyed by staff and visitors to the World Cafe since last February. We will install the artwork in PEC within the next month. Farah’s remarks were exceptionally moving to everyone in the cafe. She talked about how much inspiration artwork is to people living in chaos and displacement.

Our featured speaker, Farah Jimenez, CEO of the People's Emergency Center, and recipient of the gift of this year's art collection. All 14 pieces of art will e installed throughout Gloria's Place, a shelter for homeless women, teens and their children in West Philadelphia. With Farah are corporate members of Fresh Artists Print Studio Partners (l to r) Mike Zaikowski, Profiles Fine Print Studio, HP's Large Format Product Manager Tom Yungen, and Ken Johnson, Glaxo Smith Kline.

Our youth-run entertainment was terrific!  The CAPA alumni jazz combo entertained before the program, and the famous Masterman School’s “Sweet 16″ a cappella group had us all singing along afterwards. We love to showcase musical youngsters at Salon and thank them for their enormous contribution to the evening.

Masterman School "Sweet 16" brought down the house!

Our “Merch” table offered 5 editions of our new venture into children’s educational games, The Memory Game. People were snapping them up for gifts as well as the new 2013 Fresh Artists calendar, published each year as a gift to Fresh Artists by our friends at Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group. The games are in all Anthropologie stores throughout the world, in Whole Foods, the AIA Bookstores, and in many other high quality children’s bookstores, boutiques and gift shops.

the Addis Group's Kris Lamley and Susan Yeager of ReSourcePros were at the helm of our shop.

The gifts from our business partners were astonishing this year!  The Fresh Artists Business Advisory Council set a lofty goal of $30,000 in event sponsorships…a jump from last year. Not only did the group hit the target, they exceeded it!  These funds are dedicated to a fresh, new website…ours is heading into it’s 6th year. It was built on old (non-CMS) architecture…and is pretty hard to use. We are thrilled that we will be starting over from scratch to make a user (and owner!) friendly site with three dedicated portals for children, teachers and corporate clients.  Thank you to the BAC for yet again astonishing us with your generosity and dedication.

Here is the list of the 2013 Salon on the Schuylkill Sponsors – Angels every one!

PLATINUM   $5,000

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HP

Martin Banks

Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group

SAP Americas

 

GOLD  $2,500

Anonymous (W.L. Gore & Associates)

Independence Blue Cross

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP

 

SILVER    $1,500

Goodwin College of Professional Studies, Drexel University

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

FIrstrust Financial Resources

Hangley, Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin & Schiller

Health Partners

 

BRONZE     $1,000

The Addis Group

Elliott-Lewis Corporation

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The Lighting Practice / In Posse

 

Friends of Salon    $500

Bookminders

Patriot Construction, Inc.

Shaw Carpet

Sherman Mills

 

Pro bono counsel, Eckert Seamans was well represented at Salon by Rich Pierce and John Pauciulo.

Architect Bob Reid (Elevate Architects & Collaborators), Sara Anderson (head of facilities for First Niagara) and Susan Yeager (ReSourcePro)

Board members, Pastor Christine James (Careview Community church) and Jim Pinheiro (Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group)

The KIPP School''s Misty Domers (2nd from left) w2ith her husband Ted and friends. Fresh Artists is providing a year-long pilot art-enrichment program for all KIPP 5th graders. We are pleased to work with Misty, the KIPPster kids and her colleagues.

 

Heather Gibson (Sentry Art Advisory Services), Gretchen Suess (Penn's Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Marilyn Leuszler (Gretchen's mom and Fresh Artists Western States Coordinator!)

Board member, Valerie Lagauskas (Event Navigators) welcomes Fresh Artists' New York CIty Coordinator, Andrea Vizcarrando to Salon

(Far right) New Print Studio Partner, Joe Gallagher of G & H Services, an HP distributor and new Fresh Artists donor, with Board President, Jim Pinheiro (Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group)

This is a great time to also acknowledge the extraordinary generosity of our new category of donors, Print Studio Partners.  Starting last year with the buildout and furnishing of our new teaching workshop for large-format digital printing, this group has expanded exponentially to donate more specific studio equipment, furnishings, and now consumables for the printers such as paper, ink, adhesives, cutting tools, a fine-art quality scanner, framing, scanning services (for “lumpy children’s art!) and even coffee to keep us all awake!

Two of the most important men in our life! Hoagie Bock (Centrum, Inc) donated the Mitsubishi Mini-Split Heater/Air Conditioning Unit that makes the studio cosy in winter and summer, and John Siemiarowski (Electrical Wizardry) who spent 16 Saturdays last winter wiring the studio as his gift to Fresh Artists! See why we love these two guys! A Family Affair! We also have to give a shout-out to Evelyn Bock, cub photographer, who took so many of these wonderful shots at the party! A true master teacher, Evelyn retired after teaching art in the Philadelphia schools for 37 years to become a passionate volunteer for Fresh Artists. Her involvement ranges from teaching our Sprout Studios and Mini-Masterpieces in partner schools to taking informal pictures whenever we gather. Evelyn is one of the most eloquent and ardent spokesperson for the mission of Fresh Artists. Thank you, Evelyn, for your many gifts to Fresh Artists and to creative children.

 

Well-known photographer, Susan Beard, volunteered to be this year's Salon photographer. Susan is reunited with an old friend, Antoinette Maciolek, a new Fresh Artists staffer.

We are delighted to announce that One Village Coffee, a local artisan coffee roaster in Souderton, PA, has partnered with Fresh Artists to place 24 works of art from our collection on bags of their best selling variety, Artist Blend. This means our images (and URL!) are now all over the country, in Whole Foods, co-ops, and gourmet shops from Boston down the Virginia. Steve Hackman, the CEO, has fallen in love with our mission.  Please go to the One Village Coffee website and read all about the work they are doing in Africa, and in the States to deliver the finest, most sustainable coffee possible.

CEO of One Village Coffee Roasters, Steve Hackman, with Jose Sebourne, Art teacher at Northeast High School. Artwork of Jose's students, Reem Khalafalla and David Chubok, was chosen by the staff at World Cafe Live to be installed in their 2013 collection.

Zoe and Woody (Roast Master) of One Village Coffee brewing up lots of Artists Blend for Salon guests.

Oh the places we'll go, throughout the Eastern seaboard, with One Village Coffee! Sixteen different children's artwork to start! Thank you, Steve and company. And thank you for the coffee you supply for our studio! It's the best! And so are you! Please go to One Village Coffee and read the whole website. This is a fine company, a B-Corp, run by people of integrity. We are honored to be their partner.

 

After you read all about our fabulous donors, check out the wacky Silly Salon (JIHM BOOTH) photos at the end!

Seth Shimkonis, owner of JIHM Booth (Join In Hilarious Moments), is a loyal supporter of Fresh Artists. Seth donates a JIHM Booth for every Sprout Fest (annual celebration for the children) and Salon. Thank you, Seth! You are not only a talented photographer, you are a talented photographer with a huge heart.  That’s a winning combination in our book!  Your gifts make a lot, alot of people happy, connected and spreading silliness, a powerful and precious commodity in these days.

 

Seth Shimkonis with Alpha Kanu, Artist-philanthropist and volunteer printer in the JIHM Booth.

 

In Kind Gifts – Print Studio Partners

3A Composites, Statesville, SC

Alpha Imaging Technologies, Bayport, NY

Art Guild, W. Deptford, NJ

Centrum, Inc., Sharon Hill, PA

Epson, Long Beach, CA

Ergosoft Rip Solutions, Nashua, NH

Foster Keen Cut, Montgomeryville, PA

G & H Service Company, Norristown, PA

Graphic Art Supply, NYC

Image One Impact, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Lithotone, Inc., Elkhart IN

Markely Enterprises, Elkhart, IN

Merion Art & Repro, Ardmore, PA

One Village Coffee Roasters, Souderton, PA

Parthenon Framing, Bohemia, NY

Profiles, Chestnut Hill

Service Point USA, Woburn, MA

Shades of Paper, Mt. Laurel, NJ

Specialty Graphic Imaging Associate, Washington DC

Sun-light Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

Reed Photo, Denver

Silicon Gallery Fine Art Printing

Susan Beard Photography

Welch Packaging, Elkhart, IN

World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA

 Any omissions are simply mistakes on our part. Please forgive us, and send us a gentle note asking us to rectify the situation! We’re on it!

Eric Grae (HP Americas Sales & Marketing Manager of Large Format Printing Materials) and Tom Yungen (HP's Americas Product Manager of Large-Format Printing Materials) flew out to visit Fresh Artists. One stop was the installation of Fresh Artists work on the entire 24th floor of Independence Blue Cross (a GOLD Sponsor of Salon). All Fresh Artists artwork is printed on HP large-format printers using HP photo paper. We are profoundly grateful to HP for their generosity as major donor of large-format digital printing equipment and consumables to the Fresh Artists Print Studio and Teen Internship Program.

 

Fresh Artists Staff & Volunteers

Barbara Chandler Allen, President & CEO

Roger Allen, Creative and Operations Director

Antoinette Maciolek, Executive Assistant

Christine Kochevar, Advisor, Large-format digital printing

Marilyn Leuszler, Fresh Artists Western State Coordinator (Colorado)

Andrea Vizcarrando, Fresh Artists New York Area Coordinator

Robyn Miller, Evelyn Bock, Sonya Smith & Eileen Rudnick, Program Art teachers

Steve Trueman, Author, “Pablo, the Philly Philanthropist” and “Clothesline” storybooks

Meredith and Samantha Wiggins, Editing and photography

Nishiana Velazguez, Student Intern

Joshua James, Video, Studio and event assistance

Janine James, interviewing and Story Meister

Alpha Kanu, Alexis Bloom & Juania Velazguez, Artist-Philanthropists

 

Thanks to our Special Friends

Susan Beard, Photography

CAPA Jazz Trio

Ice Bars Luges and Logos – Rob Capone, Ice sculpture on the spot

JIHM Booth -Seth Shimkonis

Masterman School Sweet 16 A Cappella Group

One Village Coffee – Steve Hackman

 

Fresh Artists Board of Trustees

Heather Gibson, Sentry Art Advisory Services

Pastor Christine James, Careview Community Church

Valerie Lagauskas, Event Navigators

Jim Pinheiro, Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group

Nancy K. Wolff, School District of Philadelphia, Art educator, retired

John Pauciulo, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, pro bono counsel

 

 

Business Advisory Council (BAC)

Sara Anderson, First Niagara Bank

Scott Binder, Health Partners

Alex Brame, Service Point USA

Nicole Carville, Haworth

April Colby, Martin Banks

Rick DeCoyte, Silicon Valley Fine Art Prints

Helen Diemer, The Lighting Practice

Rob Diemer, In Posse

Rosemarie Fabien, Fabien Communications

Lauren Fantini, Caroselli, Beachler McTierney & Conboy

Peter Hahn, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania

Jennifer Heller, Comcast

Ken Johnson, Glaxo Smith Kline

Kristine Lamley, The Addis Group

Susan Mock, Academy of Vocal Arts

Lori Morrissey, SAP Americas

Robert Reid, AIA, Elevate Architects & Collaborators

Janine Sesso, Independence Blue Cross

Seth Shimkonis, JIHM Booth

John Siemiarowski, Electrical Wizardry

Jeffrey Totaro, Jeffrey Totaro Photography

Suzanne Turk, Goodwin College of Professional Studies, Drexel University

Amanda Weko, AGW Communications

Jerria Williams, SEPTA

Susan Yeager, ReSourcePro Insurance Services

 

Artist-Philantropist Matt DeLaurentis (between parents) and his family hamming it up at Salon

 

Writer Janine James and brother Josh spent the evening interviewing kids, families, event volunteers and corporate supporters. Fresh Artists, The Movie, coming to theaters near you soon!

Malberson Nunez (remember that name, he will be famous!) with his art teacher, Sonya Smith, Mom and sister enjoying the evening

 

Velvet McNeil of YES Philly, our teen internship partner, stopped by to have some fun and support the kids

Uber-Volunteers Rosemarie Fabien and Amanda Weko, design writers who help us reach out to the press to tell our story

Drumroll.... our thanks to the Art teachers whom we are rallied to serve! Thanks to Eileen Rudnick (two students represented in this year's WCL Collection, Rovic Merginio and Destiny Goodger) and Robyn Miller (her student, Michael Kushnir, also in this year's WCL collection) with Robyn's husband, Les Cooperson and Fresh Artists Co-founder, Roger Allen. Eileen is recently retired from the School District of Philadelphia, and now working with us on interesting, innovative programs. We are actively approaching master art teachers with the invitation to work with us after they retire. It is part of our commitment to the Encore Movement to engage brilliant art teachers in our mission, mentoring younger teachers and helping us implement some of the zany ideas we cook up.

 

 

 

 

                    THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS YEAR’S                               SALON ON THE SCHUYLKILL SUCH A ROUSING SUCCESS!

See you all next year!




November 13, 2012

Memory Games Premiere at Anthropologie!

Our first venture into the design of children’s educational games has appeared on the shelves of the trendiest retailer in the country…Anthropologie!  We were contacted by this iconic design store about 9 months ago when they heard about our unusual remix of the venerable family matching game, featuring the stunning artwork of 3rd – 5th graders in Philadelphia public schools. Two of our first themes, Fresh Food and Fresh Architecture, were chosen for Anthropologie’s holiday line, and are in 170 stores around the world, and on line. Another edition, Mini-Masterpieces from the Barnes Foundation, is carried in the Barnes Gift Shop.   The complete line of all five games is carried by SITE-NYC in Astoria, Queens and the Philadelphia AIA Bookstore.  We are eagerly seeking more stores to carry this line of heirloom, intergenerational games, proudly made in the USA! All proceeds from the games benefit art programs and supplies delivered to severely under-resourced public schools.

Fresh Artists Memory Games_press release

 

 

 

Art teacher Robyn Miller with her students, members of the Fresh Artists Sprout Studio, who made art featured in the Memory Games. Visiting the Rittenhouse Square Anthropologie thrilled see their games on the shelves!

Our games were chosen by Anthropologie’s head gift buyer for their holiday line and thousands of games were shipped to 170 of their stores around the world!  We took a few of the kids who made artwork in the games down to the Rittenhouse Square store to see the games as soon as they hit the shelves (see photo below).  We were all thrilled and danced around the store, giggling and being silly…checking out the rest of their products, critiquing their packaging, graphics and price points. We thought our products were pretty wonderful and so did several people who came over to see what the ruckus was all about.  Reports are that the games are flying off the shelves!

We hear the Fresh Artists Memory Games are being featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Holiday Gift Guide, which will be published on Thanksgiving Day.  Thank you, Caroline Tiger, for this wonderful coverage!

Thank you all for being generous and brave to get behind this entrepreneurial endeavor. The kids had an idea, and we did it!  But we couldn’t have “did it” without each of you. Your support meant success for this project.  We think this may develop into a sustainable funding stream for Fresh Artists, or as bankers would say, “reoccuring revenue”. As Martha would say, “A good thing”. As the head of a small but mighty, ambitious nonprofit…I would say, “Hallelujah!”

We have several more themes in the design pipeline, and we will keep you all in the loop about what’s next for the kids.

We want to take this opportunity of thanking Tim Markley of Markley Enterprises in Elkart IN. We were determined to fabricate the games in America, and we were so fortunate to meet Tim through SGIA (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association). Tim jumped in as soon as he heard about our dreams, and volunteered to be our fabricator. He patiently held our hands throughout the entire process. He taught us a lot and donated a great deal of the cost of the games.  Several of Tim’s colleagues also donated product or labor when they learned about Fresh Artists and our mission. We are grateful to Bob Pinkowski of Lithotone who donated a lot of the cost of the printed box labels and inserts as well as Jeff Pawlak of Welch Packaging, who donated the cartons and labor. Their support meant a stronger bottom line for the kids.

We would like to thank Art Teacher Extraordinaire, Robyn Miller, of Hancock Elementary School in Philadelphia, for her tremendous support, hours of making art with the kids, and generally being a guiding light throughout the process. She hauled kids around, snitched paint sample chips from Home Depot, taught kids about color and design, allowed Fresh Artists to take over her classroom with emergency artmaking sessions, got (what seemed like thousands of) licenses signed and returned to us and did everything with playful good humor. See her in the photo above, off to the left, beaming with pride at her students’ accomplishment.

And a special shout-out to Laura Kellner of Kikkerland. We talked with Laura three years ago about this crazy idea we had. Laura was our main design guru, helping us fine tune our graphics, packaging and helping us with a marketing plan. Her enthusiasm for a Fresh Artists line of children’s games was immediate and has never faltered. She has been our champion, opening doors for us, and giving us invaluable feedback on product improvement.  Thank you, Laura, for your unwavering support.

We hope you have fun playing with the games…and that they become a treasured family heirloom. This Thanksgiving we will be playing with the games, putting several together for a humongous family contest on the studio worktable.  I will raise my glass of wine and give a thank-filled toast to everyone who helped bring these games to life, especially to the 135 youngsters who unselfishly donated their artwork to help thousands of other children.

Peace to you all and thank you!

 

 

 

 




September 11, 2012

Teen Internships Begin!

Robert and Nick launched the Fresh Artists Teen Internship Program this week!  These two young men are students at YES Philly, an in-school GED program in North Philadelphia. Internships are an integral part of their school’s initiative to help kids who left traditional high schools finish their degrees and get valuable real-life experience in local businesses.  A YES Philly board member approached Fresh Artists more than a year ago, inviting us to partner with them.  He saw a powerful synergy between our organizations, since we are both serious about giving inner city youth access to skills and experiences in the convergence between art and technology.

YES Philly uses media arts in their school to engage their students so all interns come to Fresh Artists with a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut.  Our new Print Studio is a large format digital printing teaching workshop with incredible equipment donated by HP, Neschen, Service Point, Ergosoft and Neschen. The idea is to introduce the YES Philly kids to the fun and future in this burgeoning new technology, give them some hands-on experience running the equipment while they print small jobs for local nonprofits at greatly reduced rates. The young interns will learn marketable job skills while working with people providing valuable service in their community.   Several of our Business Advisory Council members have invited the teens to visit their printing operations like Service Point USA, Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group, Silicon Gallery Fine Arts Prints and Profiles Fine Art Printing.

Christina and her 4th grade artwork

A WONDERFUL SURPRISE

We met another terrific young person from YES Philly! We chose Christina Battle’s 4th grade artwork back in 2005 when we decorated the Education Center, headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia.  When we started Fresh Artists a couple of years later, we tried to find Christina to ask her to donate her beautiful self-portrait to us, but could’t find her. We kept the license in a folder called “Find These Kids!”, and seven years later…we met up with Christina through YES Philly!  We invited her to spend the morning in our Print Studio printing her exquisite portrait, and getting to know her. She donated her artwork to Fresh Artists and made plans for her to intern with us after the first of the year.




August 18, 2012

Fresh Artists Healing Work @ Yale

 

Fresh Artists interns Carly & Quinn installing self portraits made by 3rd graders using recycled paint color sample chips from Home Depot

We just got back from installing 21 pieces of art at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Child Sexual Abuse Clinic. They met Fresh Artists at the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Leadership Conference in Washington DC, and eagerly signed us up to decorate their new facility in New Haven.

Reception area at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital Child Sexual Abuse Clinic, children's self portraits and "Silly City" tableaux

180 DEGREE TURNS ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS

When we started Fresh Artists back in 2007, we mainly envisioned filling the blank, white walls of corporate America with this vibrant artwork and using the money from the donations to fill empty art room shelves in poor public schools.  Then, in the fall of 2008, the world came to a crashing halt. The donations faucet was turned off. As any good business must, we brainstormed, retooled and began serving small nonprofits as a way of staying alive during the downturn.  This allowed us to continue to collect and exhibit children’s art and move forward, albeit at a different pace.  We began to place art, mostly just covering our expenses and often for free, in places that served the same children we do – homeless shelters, soup kitchens, child abuse centers, and minuscule community development centers.  We had faith that the economy would turn around (it did) and we would move forward to grow and innovate during the interim.

Carly preparing Jasmine Tilley's 4th grade study of ferns for installation

A NEW PURPOSE FOR US

Since being discovered by the national leadership of the NCA in 2008, we have placed our children’s artwork in more than 30 child advocacy centers throughout the country. Sometimes just one piece, usually about 20-30 pieces…and once 172 pieces at Safe Shores’ new 40,000 sf facility in Washington DC. We have heard again and again how our artwork transforms these places where the most battered, ravaged and terrified children come to be tended, protected and healed. We heard “When I am pushed to the limits of my endurance seeing the brutalized, broken children come in day after day, I lift my eyes to gaze on this hopeful, harmonious art. It is a balm that saves me every day. It gives me strength to persevere…to stay the course in this hard work I have chosen to do in the world.”

Fresh Artists artwork made into ceiling tiles to distract children while undergoing exams for sexual abuse

A WACKY IDEA

We have wanted to try something new…to use the children’s art to distract little ones while on the examination tables. So we proposed to Victoria Isaacson, Child Life Specialist at Yale’s clinic, that we replace some of the ceiling tiles above the exam tables, giving a strong visual blast of color and interesting, cheerful shapes to look at while undergoing scary procedures. Vickie was eager to try this…and we are eager to hear how they are received in the weeks to come.

 

So what started out as a 180-degree turn in our business model resulting from the world’s financial woes…has turned into one of the most meaningful, gratifying things we do. We weathered the fiscal storm, continuing to do good and to innovate, and discovered a truly powerful purpose for Fresh Artists – providing comforting, healing, inspirational, transformational artwork to children battered by the worst storms of life, and to the extraordinary people who care for these angels.

We are always moved to tears when we finish one of these installations.

END NOTE:
This was  Quinn and Carly’s last installation. The girls have been our volunteer interns this year working tirelessly, donating their time working on collections databases, doing art historical research for our Mini-Masterpieces program, creating program materials, traveling all over the east coast assisting with art installations, putting up with our dogs slobbering all over them, and being forced to listen to Bon Iver until they went batty. We kept them in decaf chai & diet Pepsi, they gave gifts of homemade French macarons & mango shrimp ceviche. Carly is off to Syracuse University this week & Quinn to Oberlin. We will miss them terribly. They have enriched our lives and moved Fresh Artists forward by leaps and bounds. Watch out, world….these girls can use serious tools, whiz around in Photoshop and are wired to do good in the world!

Two pals hamming it up.




June 11, 2012

Fifth Annual Sprout Fest a success!

Overheard in the audience minutes before the 5th Annual Sprout Fest was to begin, a mother hushed her impatient youngster, “Please sit still, philanthropists don’t squirm!”

Well, there were a lot of very excited youngsters present for the 5th running of the Sprouts…AKA Sprout Fest, the annual celebration where we honor the children who have donated the use of a digital image of their artwork to help thousands of kids in schools suffering from massive cutbacks in arts funding. This year Fresh Artists inducted 181 K-12 young people in the collection. This year was a giant leap forward: 126 pieces of art were donated by Philadelphia children, 11 from Norristown kids and……DRUMROLL…..8 pieces from Denver schools and 36 from New York City kids. We invited 6 youngsters from the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, to donated their outrageously beautiful and exhuberant artwork. Here is young Xzaria with a large reproduction of her artwork.

Xzaria’s mom and sister join HMS art teacher, Eikofan Takahira in celebrating her accomplishment

Second grader Rovic Merginio was pretty excited about his second visit to Sprout Fest. Last year, Rovic’s abstract study of dots and dashes took him to Sprout Fest, and this year’s musical theme caught the attention of the curators. Well done, Rovic and your art teacher,

Fresh Artist Teens were well represented like Esther, Fresh Artists ’07, now a junior at Girl’s High, came back to visit and support the new kids. She is joined here by Elaine ’14 of NE High.

Art teacher Jose Sebourne of Northeast High School had drawings by 12 of his students chosen this year! Here is a beautiful chalk pastel by De Andre Williams, '13

Fresh Artists student interns, Quinn (Masterman ’12, Fresh Artists ’07 and ’11) and Carly (Springside ’12)  provided invaluable help for the curation process and the preparation of all the Sprout Fest gifts to children.

Carly handles the Clothesline Art Sales table at Sprout Fest

PS/MS 194 Nathaly, Fresh Artists '12, with intern Quinn (Fresh Artists '07 & '11) at her artshow in the Bronx

Co-founder and Operations Director Roger Allen, Intern Quinn and Program Director Lauren Gutierrez with Fresh Artists New York Area Liasion Andrea Vizcarrando in the artroom at PS/MS 194 in the Bronx choosing artwork for the 2012 Collection. An avid art collector, art educator and children's docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Andrea read about Fresh Artists in a Wall Street Journal article, and made a personal commitment to bring this dynamic, innovative program to the New York city school children.

2nd grader Asjih was thrilled to be at Sprout Fest

Denver School of the Arts sophomores Oliver '13 and Karissa '13 donated their artwork (shown here with their art teacher, Deb Rosebaum) to help kids across the country. Their school will directly benefit from their talent and generosity, receiving a Fresh Artists grant of art supplies in the 2012-2013 school year. Eight Denver students were invited to donate their artwork to Fresh Artists this year.

2012 Fresh Artists Karissa's "Steam Pipe", Denver School of the Arts

Andrea Vizcarrando, art educator and children's docent at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Southern Colorado civic leader accomplished Japanese brush painter and teaching artist, Marilyn Leuszler, both read about Fresh Artists in the Wall Street Journal in May '11, and made personal commitments to bring Fresh Artists to the children of their regions. The result of their commitment, Fresh Artists is now a national organization, headquartered in Philadelphia, with an 800 piece collection of children's art from Philadelphia, Norristown, Denver and New York City!

A passionate supporter of Fresh Artists, Jim Pinheiro of Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group wouldn't miss a Sprout Fest! Pearl Pressman Liberty donated the printing of our signature "mini-masterpieces frame drawing paper" featuring gold-leafed "picture frame" borders.

Ergosoft Corporation's Rob Nute flew in from New Hampshire to attend Sprout Fest and to deliver the donation of the latest edition of their rip software for digital art printing to Fresh Artists Creative Director, Roger Allen. Ergosoft is a member of the SGIA (Specialty Graphics Imaging Association) the professional association that has adopted Fresh Artists as its corporate social responsibility partner. Rob's company is helping Fresh Artists set up its new digital print studio teaching workshop.

 As soon as the program began, the squirmy young philanthropist settled down, and listened with rapt attention to all the stories of how children are making a big difference in the world, raising money to fill empty art room shelves and bring fun art programs to his school.

He heard Ludy Soderman, head of the Philadelphia Multi-Cultural Family Support Center talk about how she has committed to translating and publishing Fresh Artists little storybook, Pablo, the Philly Philanthropist, into Arabic, Nepalese, Chinese and French this year and dispursing thousands of copies into ESL Schools throughout the District, like she did with the Spanish/English version she made possible this last year.

Ludy Soderman, Director of the SDP Center for Multi-Cultural Family Support speaking the children about the power of their philanthropy

“I like helping other people”, said this adorable, generous kindergartner from a Norristown elementary school. “Its the best thing to do!” she said with conviction well beyond her 5 years.

The kids get it.

We are thrilled.

Happy 5th Birthday, Fresh Artists. 




We bask in the reflected glow of the Barnes!

Well, all sorts of crazy good things have been happening to Fresh Artists. Being part of the Barnes’ opening festivities brought an unexpected new partnership from out of left field…Souderton PA. About 23 miles up the PA turnpike lives One Village Coffee Roasters, a major local purveyor of locally roasted coffee beans. They heard about us through Whole Foods, who just festooned their Callowhill store across the street from the new Barnes with huge banners of Fresh Artists children’s artwork from our Mini-Masterpieces program. They just launched a new blend called “Beautiful Brew”, and wanted to donate $1 per bag of coffee sold to Fresh Artists. Roger quickly designed a hang tag with Laresha Williams’ brilliant rendition of Matisse’s Red Madras Headdress…and we were off and running. We took several Fresh Artists philanthopists over to the store to see the banners and the coffee…and ran into Lisa Nutter, the wife of Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter. The girls gave Mrs. Nutter a pound of this delectable coffee to take home to Hizzoner!

Mrs. Nutter and Fresh Artists girls

Kerry Shepski, Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader, filled the Callowhill store with banners of our children’s artwork from the Barnes Mini-Masterpiece project.

 




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