146% Funded

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Target: €1750

100%

€2,571 Raised

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29 Funders

Dublin

Flights of Fancy: Art Exhibition

By Kevin MCSHERRY

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Flights of Fancy: Short Stories on the Wing. 287 Harold's Cross Road (next to the Brick House Café).
June 16-26. Opening reception 6.30pm by invitation.

Each year, I hold an exhibition that is completely independent of the gallery system to focus on exploring what's essential in my work, free of external pressures. This is my Special Show where you can see me as I am.

As an artist, I'm not only interested in the imaginative and conceptual nature of my art; I'm dedicated to the craft side too. For me they're indivisible. I have always wanted to create things with my mind AND my hands. My influences are broad: Hopper, definitely; classical painters for their level of craft but also the surrealists. More strongly though, by so-called Pop Culture. I love great illustration work: From Mucha to graphic novels and the Hi-Fructose idiosyncratic art that comes out of the States. Cover art for the sci-fi novels of my youth. Dan Dare and the Trigan Empire!

Flights of Fancy: Short Stories on the Wing will be an eclectic mix of works drawn from my collection since the end of 2014. I hope you like them.

This is just a family event: me and my lovely wife Catherine - and whichever of my children I can dragoon into the project on the night. However -it was on precisely this basis that we successfully ran 2014's 52nd State of Mind exhibition. If you were there, I hope you remember what a ball we had. And I hope you enjoyed the rewards too.

I have no other source of funding. I don't petition the Arts Council for public funds. I believe that if my work is good, it will stand or fall on it's own merits according to YOU without an 'art expert's' intercession. I have work hanging in the British National Collection and published in the Wall Street Journal . That's enough kudos for me.

To make this happen, I will need to secure:

  • Public liability insurance (as this is a pop-up gallery).
  • A spotlight system.
  • Framing;
  • printing of invitations, a shopfront banner, A1 posters for a street sandwich-board.
  • A 16 page A5 catalogue and
  • postcards for rewards.
  • Most importantly: Wine and other refreshments along with glasses, etc for the opening party! Flowers for the gallery would be nice. 


Time is short -normally Fundit.ie recommend a 30-40 day campaign in order not to annoy potential funders. I simply don't have that time as the venue had to be secured and (because it's free) the owners needed to be reassured about my bona fides and that there would be no paying renters left waiting. After that, it'll be all elbow grease to prepare.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I'm grateful for that - this project could never get off the ground without help from people like you -but the rewards will hopefully be mutual: and a great event to boot!

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Rewards Update

Hello all, I just wanted to update you on the Fundit rewards: I have many of them ready now (a few have been collected already). If you didn't make the opening, do call in -it would be lovely to see you and show you the exhibition first hand. Drop me a line at kevin@mcsherry.ie or 086 247 0737 to let me know if you want to collect yourself or have me post them to you. Best wishes, Kevin

Invitation to the Show opening

Kevin here, You are cordially invited to the opening wine reception of my new exhibition in la Galerie Impromptu, Harold’s Cross this coming Thursday evening. The opening speech will be given by writer, humorist and co-presenter of RTE’s The Works, Kevin Gildea (again!) For more information, please visit my web site exhibition page: http://www.mcsherry.ie/p/53rd.html where there's an invitation which you can save to your PC and print (including a map) Best wishes, Kevin 086 247 0737

Only 3 days left. *Gulp!* Almost there.

Only 3 days left. *Gulp!* Almost there -91% funded. To update you all on the 'Flights' project: The venue has been cleared as the Harold's Cross Festival used it as an office and gallery space over the weekend. I'm going to have to do quite a bit of work to level the floor (it's very rough in places), fill in gaps and holes in the wall and do something with the ceiling. A few bags of levelling compound and buckets of elbow grease will do it. To celebrate the imminent closing of the crowdfunding campaign, I've put together a bit of music on the flight theme: You can hear it here. Enjoy! https://soundcloud.com/kevin-mcsherry/flights-soundscape

Added fun for the opening night.

I thought you might like this: For fun (and for free), At the opening, I'm going to have a table where you can make your own print from an existing linocut -then take it home with you afterwards. You'll have the help of one of my beautiful assistants. You can see the magic working. This is art as it's supposed to be. I won't be swanning around in an academic gown - more likely an apron. Birds of a feather flock together. Join me on June 16

Added fun for the opening night.

I thought you might like this: For fun (and for free), At the opening, I'm going to have a table where you can make your own print from an existing linocut -then take it home with you afterwards. You'll have the help of one of my beautiful assistants. You can see the magic working. This is art as it's supposed to be. I won't be swanning around in an academic gown - more likely an apron. Birds of a feather flock together. Join me on June 16

The Linocut Reward print: 'The King of the River'

Hello all: You can see a scan of this print and a 1min 15sec video showing how it's made at this link: http://www.mcsherry.ie/p/53rd.html It's an original hand-printed work, an edition of 50, each one signed and numbered. Thanks again! Kevin

Art Cards Rewards for Supporters

Hi all -and thanks so much for getting on board with me. I wanted to show you some examples of the Art Cards that are on offer on 2 of the schedule levels. (The 52nd State of Mind Show cards in 2014 looked excellent and these will be every bit as good). As I said, they'll be all new cards. Landscape Art Cards: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-eX1bQwyei9cS1FUU5YTWNhRlE/view?usp=sharing Portrait Art Cards: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-eX1bQwyei9QW5MQXhJYU1lVmc/view?usp=sharing Best wishes, Kevin

funders (29)

There are 27 public funders of this project


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