Yesterday was Austin Museum Day at the Blanton, where my frames were finally installed for visitors to enjoy. I arrived an hour before the event to make sure everything went smoothly and my workshop helpers (Mike & Matt) were super great at getting all the pieces up on the wall quickly. By the time the event started, there was already a line of visitors waiting outside the museum's entrance to see the new exhibitions and take part in the day's activities.
The event was themed as a "Tailgate pARTy" and featured the Texas Cowboys and their famous canon, life drawing sessions where visitors were invited to create quick gesture drawings and/or serve as models alongside the Cowboys, a community art project inspired by El Anatsui's tapestries, food from the Blanton's cafe, an artwork-themed football toss (if you can imagine!), and the "Make your Mark" free drawing area designated by my frames! It was so fun to see the excitement of children and adults alike while they were drawing on what seemed like the museum's walls. It was interesting to see people's reactions to having their own creation displayed in the museum, which is typically reserved for Artists (with a capital "A"). I think it takes the intimidation out of the visitor experience because they feel as though they have contributed something to the space, giving them some ownership of what is ultimately intended to be their community's cultural haven.
Overall I had a really great time embellishing these frames, though I probably won't use a hot glue gun for a very long time...click here to see my process for creating the faux frame effect.
One last thing, I have to give a BIG shout out to MY MOM who helped me out with this project! Love you, MOM!
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