Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I Am Going To Paint My Way Out Of This Town

I read a Herman Hess story once when I was in College.  It was about this guy who was being tortured in prison.  He was an artist as I recall.  One day he started painting or drawing a train station on the wall of his cell.  He heard the guards coming for him and his daily torture he quickly drew or painted a train and then got on.  That was the end of the story and I have never forgotten it.  I feel the same way as that character in the story...about living in Newark.  I didn't choose to live here, and each day I exist, I realize that I really want to get the hell out of here before someone else gets hurt! I do try very hard to see the know I do! 
So maybe I have to be like the guy in the story and paint my way out of this godforsaken hell hole.  They use U-Hauls here in Newark to make  and transport crystal meth probably to I notice them whenever I see them.  Maybe I will paint this U-Haul leaving Newark and going....ANYWHERE (the road sign will read ANYWHERE...passing another sign reading you are leaving NEWARK).  This one was right outside kitchen window.  I guess you can call me a land escape painter from now on:)  I am coming Columbus (My first choice).  I will be there soon!

post script:
The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) is currently accepting applications for visual artists for its 2013 Visual Arts Fellowships. Artists must be a Franklin County resident for a minimum of one (1) year to apply for the fellowships and remain a resident for the grant period if selected as a recipient. While students are not eligible, artists may submit student work that is within the required timeframe. The application deadline is Friday, June 28, at 5:00 PM.

GCAC will award four (4) $5,000 fellowships in 2013. The Visual Arts categories are 2 and 3-dimensional visual arts, photography, and crafts. These awards, based on the quality of work created within the last three years, assist artists in the creation of new work and the advancement of their careers. Through the recognition of individual creative work and artistic enterprise, the Columbus area remains a vital place where artists can live and work.

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