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WCAD 2007-2008        WCAD 2009 FEB 17

ENTRIES: THE PLAN FOR WCAD 2009 

STATEMENT BY Minister for Europe Jan. 16, 2009

Nov. 2  Nov. 18  Nov. 20   Nov. 22  NOV. 30 Dec. 8  Dec. 10  Dec. 14  Jan. 08  Jan. 10  Jan 11  Jan 18 

Jan. 22  Jan 26.  Jan.31  Feb. 13  Feb. 14  Feb. 15  Feb. 16   Feb. 17  Feb. 18   Feb. 19  Feb. 22  Feb. 23

Feb. 28

The last view of what we did for WCAD 2009

" Man this is the coolest thing we have seen across the country---it is like an UNBURNING MAN."

Quote from a woman who had quit her job in Maryland and was driving through New Mexico on her way to a new job in Portland, Oregon.

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsandamendments/motions.htm

S3M-3454 Angela Constance: World Community Arts Day—That the
Parliament supports the World Community Arts Day 2009, which aims to
encourage people worldwide to create and showcase various forms of
art, such as song, dance, theatre, drawing, painting, writing, poetry,
photography, lectures, tours, talk, art classes and many other forms
of expression, to promote a theme of caring and sharing; commends the
celebration that will take place on 17 February 2009 in Livingston;
considers art an important catalyst for bringing communities and the
world together, and encourages everyone to attend their local
Community Arts Day celebrations and to enjoy the diverse range of
creativity.

NEW STUFF

Feb. 23

The link and small report above may not mean much to most people outside of Scotland, but  it is a very BIG DEAL indeed, and to a few of us who worked to promote alternative education through the arts so many years ago, this event is gratifying.

As for my part in WCAD 2009, once again it is done.

On February 21, I worked with only my neighbor kid, Fabian and pal Pete, to finish the FREEFORALLARTWALL I began in late October ( THE PLAN FOR WCAD 2009 ). 

It was the first day, the weather was pleasant in painting the assembled plywood mural and we finished by 3:00 PM.

Although there were not as many people as I thought may participate, in fact in all, only four adults and four children, I have been told over and over by the local people, that they think the wall is great and it is a real contribution to  community.

One thing for sure, young Fabian has had an experience that will forever change him. The boy is a natural artist and for all I know may be the world's next great muralist.

Feb. 22

It is Oscar Night and we are having an Oscar Party, so LATER  I will explain the finale of the

FREEFORALLARTWALL

But for now a few pictures of the last day of painting our part for WCAD 2009

Feb. 19

In short, the good thing today was my little buddies from next door showing up..

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1. 4:00 PM 2. 4:10:PM 3. 4:20PM 4. 4:30 PM  5. 31 PM  6. 4:40 PM   7. 4:55 PM

Feb. 18

Yesterday of course being the third anniversary of WCAD was an unusual day here in New Mexico.

For one, the wind was blowing in gusts of 30 to 50 mph, so hard at one point it blew part the FREEFORALLARTWALL down.

I had to stop what I was doing and repair it.

By that time the paint was also blowing off the brushes and freezing before it hit the ground...well a bit of an exaggeration, but let me say it was cold as the proverbial witches protuberance.

Naturally not one person stopped by all day, so I had the paint to myself. Lucky me.

By the time the school bus came, It was way too cold and way too dangerous for little kids to be standing in front of the mural if a big blow-hard wind decided to knock the whole thing down. I closed shop and went to the beer joint...possibly the first sane thing I had done all day.

But here below is what it looks like thus far. I plan to continue in some respect until this Saturday, Feb. 21.

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1. Detail of WCAD hidden title. 2. It was that cold. 3. Out in the road looking for customers. 4. Side view. 5. Road view.

Feb. 17

4:00 PM

9:00 AM --- day four

 

Where I live is south of Santa Fe about 20 miles, north of Albuquerque about 37 miles, and we are between the small villages  of Madrid and Cerrillos. The wall of art I have constructed is on the highway, but there is a driveway pull-in where people come to get their water tanks filled and also the school bus stops for local children.

Most people just drive by and look at the odd bill-board that changes daily and sometimes they honk.

So far there has only been five children and two adults who have taken part in the FREEFORALLARTWALL which seems minimal but on the other hand, it is there and will remain there for some time unless the county officials press charges or it is just so ugly I can't stand to look at it.

It is on my property, so I can do what I want...nah, nah de nah nah...

But...well I am having a good time doing what I did way back in 1975, on the Pilton playground in Edinburgh, Scotland, which is have fun with a few little kids splashing paint with wild abandon on an anonymous wall all day, then go to the local pub and have a pint or two with friends laughing at how much paint is all over my clothes.

Some things don't change.

Feb. 16

Day Three

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...dah, dah, dah, I will explain again later...

Feb. 15

Day two

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Explanations will be coming...

 

Feb. 14 Valentines day in America and day one of my little mural exercise.

This is what it looks like today at 9:00 PM

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1. the golden hour  2. from the highway  3. at the gate  4. another view

From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

I think I was lucky to have anybody stop because the wind was blowing and it was bitterly cold...

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1. 10:00 AM  2. Kids still there 3. 11:00 AM  4. 1:00 PM 5. 2:00 Pm 6. detail at end of day...

A man from Paris, France with his two sons showed up, and it turned out he was Turkish and originally from Istanbul. It is a small world, as I know only one person from Istanbul, and this man was good friends with my friend, We tried to call on his international telephone but there was no answer.

Feb. 13

Hmmm, Friday the 13th and all is well.

Well what?

Well, officially, if it is not snowing or horribly cold tomorrow I will begin the spontaneous element of the FREEFORALLARTWALL.

 

Jan.31

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1. From Highway 14. 2. Shiloh and Gina at the gate. 3. Detail. 4. Fabian, our neighbor across the street who can hardly wait to paint. 5. Another shot. 6. Fabian on his motor scooter.

Jan 26.

I am puttering with the FREEFORALLARTWALL...still looks like an ART-JUNK-PILE.

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1. The gate section. 2. Fence on highway. 3. Detail. 4. Whole front area to be developed. 5. WCAD part so far.

Jan. 22

At this point I am only telling a few artists directly about what the FREEFORARTWALL is doing and have invited them for the real beginning Feb. 14 to 21.

I am the only one adding things to the wall, and I have to admit it kind of looks very ART-JUNK-PILE.

I have to council myself about letting go of good-taste-control.

Hmmmmmmmm.

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1. I am adding words, notice BE HERE NOW. 2. Front entrance. 3. WCAD sign. 4. Another view. 5 Whole front area.

Jan 18

8:37 PM    Well, hmmm, it is late and I feel good.

ACTUALLY.

Today.

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1. LOVE SOLSTICE is announced. 2. Yes, Love Solstice. 3. It is here. 4. Yes, the very first.

5. Announcing. 6. LOVE SOLSTICE begins.

 

 

Below is the unofficial official opening of the sculpture/paint/mural

...details to be announced  soon...

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1. Getting spare tire ready. 2. Where the Spare tire. 3. Beginning WCAD Sculpture/Paint/Mural. 4. Painting. 5. More Painting.

6. More. 7. And more. 8. First  section in place. 9.The whole area. 10. Detail. 11. The WCAD area where event will be staged.

 

Jan 11

Above is how the INVITATION  for WCAD looks on front fence looks from the main highway.

Jan. 10

WCAD 2009

Interested? Email me at kjwolverton@aol.com

When is graffiti legal?

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1. Driveway to painting garden. 2. The original banner. 3. Banner from a film set. 4. Van and truck that will supply paint etc. 5. Beginning of FREEFORALLARTWALL banner. 6. Detail. 7. In process. 8. In the completion. 9. Two sides. 10. WCAD on front fence. 11. Almost done. 12. View into WCAD 2009event site.

When its on your own property and you say it is okay.

So, as of today WCAD is painted on panels that face the main highway running in front of our house, as well as a large banner featuring not only WCAD 2009, but what I am calling the

FREEFORALLARTWALL

...which closer to the actual event will go out on front fence...

Well...hmmm. I have yet to get all details together but the idea is that starting on Feb. 14, I will put panels up along my fence line as well as supply paint and assorted objects, so that people can stop by and add what they want in a creative  spirit.

We may also tour the panels locally, to Madrid and Gypsy Plaza.

I will monitor the site and along with fellow artists we will contribute to the organized accident.

Hopefully along with the panel event we will have tables set out displaying flea-market and local art.

The panels will be completed by Saturday, February 21 and we will have a finale bon-fire.

If you are interested in participating please email me at kjwolverton@aol.com

or telephone  at me on cell (520) 730 5103   sorry, I still have my old Arizona number but I am here in Cerrillos, New Mexico.

Jan. 08

At last with 5 weeks in front I have begun the preparation of the

  The WCAD 2009 

FREEFORALLARTWALL

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1. My trucks and workshop area. 2. The Bosque where I get the wood. 3. The whole front are where the FREEFORALLARTWALL is happening already. 4. The front with Santa. 5. Front gate seen from driveway. 6. The front with Santa and Band. 7. Wall blowing in the wind. 8. Wall with concession booth.

Dec. 14

So far I have concentrated on getting Day of the Dead St. Nick and 9 reindeer up on the fence. Sometime after the New Year I will put up the FREEFORALLARTWALL banner, and take it from there on community participation of WCAD 2009.

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Dec. 10

Dec. 8

With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name:

Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!
 
Here is where I am with Day of The Dead Santa and 4 of his deer...4 more to go, then lights...

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1. The installation so far. 2. St. Nick. 3. Dasher. 4. Dancer. 5. Prancer. 6. Vixen. 7. The sight. 8. Ruth's portrait of me. 9. The musicians. 10. Again the musicians..

NOV. 30

Santa now has a second reindeer...6 to go...I took them temporarily up to the INCAHOOTS ART GALLERY, where we will probably do the FREEFORALLARTWALL.

Nov. 22

One reindeer done of the eight...and St. Nick  done except for painting if I decide to go that far...also to hang them on our gate and put XMAS lights around them...oddly the sick theme seems to be apropos for the present economy.

from  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus%27s_reindeer

 The original eight reindeer

The anonymously-published poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (also known as "The Night Before Christmas" or "Twas the Night Before Christmas") is largely credited for the contemporary Christmas lore, including the eight flying reindeer and their names.

In the poem, Santa's transport is a "miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer" and the reindeer are "more rapid than eagles." The poem does not describe them, nor their positions in the sleigh-team, but does say they fly.[2]

The relevant segment of the poem reads:

With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name:

Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!

Nov. 20

The next phase of skeletal St. Nick in his sleigh. Next come the reindeer.

Nov. 18

I got started on the second part of my contribution to WCAD 2009 ( www.kwacoart.com/WCADupdate.htm - 4k )  yesterday....now to see if I actually get it done...but I will try.

However at this point it may not only take some imagination but a major element of Black humor to envision my skeletal St. Nicholas and his skeletal reindeer. At the moment they are just limbs of Russian olive trees I saved from the fireplace.

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1. beginning layout.   2. St. Nick and sleigh. 3. a reindeer. 4. layout beginning.

The idea is that by XMAS I will have them assembled and installed on our front fence, complete with XMAS lights. And that will be what I do for Holiday Cheer.

Nov. 2

Below are the first three skeletal figures displayed in front of my house on Highway 14

THE PLAN FOR WCAD 2009

This is the gate to the framework walls that will be embellished  with permanent and nonpermanent artwork by members of the Madrid/Cerrillos communities beginning on All Saints Day, October 31, 2009.

I own property in New Mexico that is between the villages of Cerrillos and Madrid. I have lived here for twenty years and periodically I have decorated the fences that lead into my house.

For World Community Arts Day I will organize several events leading up to WCAD on February 17, 2009.

The first event  will be October 31, which in America tradition is Halloween. In New Mexico we have a parallel  festival called Dios de Muertos (Day of the Dead). In this tradition the figures of happy skeletons are portrayed...so I will begin a series of skeletal figures as well as invite other local artist and community members acting as mentor/teachers to do what ever they like within the theme of Day of The Dead, such as as painting, sculpture, kinetic mobiles, electric displays or poetry on the prepared walls.

The second event will take place between the American holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas (to be announced) in which seasonal themes will be displayed, also with local artists and community members who are willing to mentor specific skills.

The third event will be Valentines Day, February 14, an American holiday where ROMANCE is honored. Once again local artists and community members acting as mentor/teachers will be participate.

The fourth and last event will be the actual WCAD event DURING THE WEEK OF  February 17, 2009 in which we will have bon fires, flea markets, music and art actions on the wall taking place.

All of the pieces created on the wall will be auctioned, if not sold already, and a percentage of the proceeds will be put in a special account for future WCAD events in our area.

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Here are two views but there are another 150 feet of wall viewable from the local highway.

1. East wall of site. 2. Detail of East wall.

STATEMENT BY Minister for Europe

WORLD COMMUNITY ARTS DAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2009

Statement by Ms Linda Fabiani MSP, , External
Affairs and Culture

I am delighted to add my voice in support of the 3rd World Community
Arts Day which will be held on 17 February 2009, and I do hope that as
many people as possible will get involved.

I know that this is a day which will be celebrated around the world.
That the event has, in such a short space of time, found so many
thousands of international friends and like-minded people illustrates
the importance of art in its broadest sense. But I don't see any harm
in banging the drum especially for the people of Scotland. The World
Community Arts Day connects to a Scottish ethos that uses art as a
positive force to change and improve its own society. The strength of
Scotland's contemporary arts and culture can tell the world in a
powerful way that Scotland is a vibrant, technologically advanced and
innovative country. I firmly believe that our many cultural assets can
help us move confidently into the future by building on our creative
talents and rich heritage.

The Scottish Government is fully committed to widening access to
culture for all communities and individuals across Scotland, and I see
culture's place in this nation as a key force in delivering
prosperity. It is our identity, and something we should all celebrate.
Culture sits at the heart of our best endeavours. And let us never
forget or overlook the main reason we want more people taking part –
the sheer joy, fun and fulfilment that culture brings.

I applaud World Community Arts Day and urge others to support and
celebrate this event - take part, get creative and above all, enjoy
yourselves!