Jamboree 2011

The inestimable Christina Mezuk and I reunited for another installment of collaborative art at this year's Michigan Roots Jamboree.  For those who are unfamiliar, the Jamboree is a two-day music festival in Riverside Park in downtown Ypsi.  Artists paint on a small stage while the bands perform, then the finished works are entered into  silent auction.  Artists get 80% of the sale price (so Cristina and I get 80% to share).

We met once during the week leading-up to the festival and hashed-out a game plan.  We met at Aut Bar (a fantastic bar/restaurant in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown district) and, over the course of some cocktails and a plate of Super Nachos, pretty much decided on exactly what we ended-up doing at the Jamboree.  Last year, we had made plans, but ended-up scrapping them at the last possible second and going in a completely different direction.

We used acrylics on an off-white gesso'd board, 4' x 4'.  About half way through our time, it started to RAIN.  After a few moments of initial panic, we realized that we were getting some really cool effects as some of the colors started to run and mix in rather serendipitous ways.  So we adapted our game plan and ended-up creating a piece that I think we were both fairly pleased with.  It ended-up selling for over double the value of last year's piece.  And after we finished painting, we got to see Frontier Ruckus play!  ACES.

Big thanks to Kayj and Community Rebirth for another opportunity to participate in our sweet art scene here in YpsiArbor.