You are invited to explore the fine art and great food at the Arts in Ada Festival on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm. Over 90 artists and artisans, including my own work, will be displayed on the beautiful tree-lined Bronson Street in Ada, Michigan. This year I’m excited to also participate as a judge for the art competition. Visit adaarts.org to learn more.
In April, my ArtPrize Eight Color Me Orange—Color Me Kind installation traveled to an elementary school in Virginia, shown above, and influenced students to create their own work in a Detroit area school. In Virginia during my presentation, seven hundred students pumped their fists and chant “Oh yeah” every time I said, “Be a friend first” or “Treat everyone like a friend.” Then the students wrote promises to live by the Golden Rule on orange paper fish and tied the fish onto an orange canvas.
This installation has started conversations in other schools, too. Here are some pictures showing how ArtPrize Color Me Orange—Color Me Kind also inspired students in Detroit to color their school orange. These third graders painted koi fish and wrote kindness promises.
The Gold Rule encourages us to treat everyone like a friend. Logan’s story shows us how to live by the Golden Rule.
“Hey, Logan,” the kids taunted. “Go get the gas meter and bring it over here.” Innocently, Logan, who has autism, ran over to the gas meter and attempted to pull it off the house. But when the game was over, the kids ditched Logan, leaving him in tears.
But Logan continued to respond to bullying with kindness. When students forgot their lunches, Logan was the first to say, “Do you like potato chips? You may have mine.”
By living by the Golden Rule—treating everyone like a friend, even your enemies—Logan colors his neighborhood with kindness. How can you live by the Golden Rule?
The 23rd Annual Arts in Ada Festival is now accepting applications for this year’s juried art exhibition on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Over 90 artists and artisans will display and sell their fine art and fine crafts on the beautiful tree-lined Bronson Street in Ada, MI.
NEW! $1,200 IN CASH PRIZES! This year I will join the Ada Arts Council as a special guest Juror, and together we will award the top three fine art artists and the top craftsperson during the Arts in Ada celebration.
Cash awards are as follows:
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $150
Best in Show: $250
APPLY TODAY! All visual art mediums will be considered, including but not limited to: painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, mosaics, mixed media and fine crafts. For more information, or to apply visit: adaarts.org. Applications are due on or before May 1, 2017.
See Pamela paint live with her hands. Don’t miss Live Coverage at the UICA on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
UICA Members: $10
General Public: $25
Dress: 70’s Flair
The Color Me Orange—Color Me Kind orange panels with thousands of ribbons signifying a promise to be kind have been donated to the following schools and organizations:
Westwood Middle School of Grand Rapids, Michigan
William C. Abney Academy of Grand Rapids, Michigan
Southwest Community Campus of Grand Rapids, Michigan
Kentwood Public Schools of Kentwood, Michigan
West Michigan Academy of Spring Lake, Michigan
Saranac Community Schools of Saranac, Michigan
Wedgewood Christian Services of Grand Rapids, Michigan
Don’t miss this great opportunity for fun and learning! Pamela will be teaching a middle school art class at the Grand Rapids Public Museum School. For this art-making adventure, students will be guided through the steps of creating an ArtPrize installation—including a mini ArtPrize exhibit for family and friends on the last day of class.
Grand Rapids Public Museum School
January 12, 2017 through April 20, 2017
Shelley Irwin visits with ArtPrize Artist Pamela Alderman to learn the art of finger painting on Art Unfiltered.
To schedule Pamela for a live painting demo at your next event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.