ARTSConnect is combating isolation with creation, community and collaboration. Shocking, I know. This time, however, it’s not an impressive mural that runs a city block but an eight and one-half sheet of 80lb text in which you “print it, paint it, read it or play it.”
The Local Color Project by ARTSConnect is taking original works to create connections while supporting local artists of all disciplines. Artists submit their work for inclusion and we, the muses, print the coloring sheets, read the poetry or act the scene – all for free, technically, but there is an unspoken expectation or hope that you will donate just a little bit directly to the artist, which you are given opportunity when you download the works. And when you’re done with your appropriation? No, it won’t be the next Dave Loewenstein exhibit opening, but do send your beautiful work of art to firstname.lastname@example.org or share on social #localcolortopeka.
Artists participating to date include Prince Ollie (the Syrian hamster) and artist Elysia Holland-Kyzer, muralist Dave Loewenstein, floral pencil sketches by Barbara Waterman-Peters, portraits and landscapes by Jennifer Bohlander, nature and animals by Shannon Fouquet and poetry by Dennis Etzel, Jr.