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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I’m kicking off the new year by participating in a show called “Playing With a Full Deck” at the Greene County Council on the Arts in Catskill, NY.  The show will run from January 18th and culminate in an auction of artwork on March 1st.  It’s a pretty cool show where 52 Artists collaborated in the creation of a one of a kind, limited edition, deck of playing cards. I CREATED THE 3 Of SPADES! The back was designed by Kiki Smith.  The artwork from my card will be on display in the gallery for the duration of the show so I hope you get a chance to stop by the gallery and take a look.  It’s unlike any work you’ve seen from me before and I’d love to hear your reactions so feel free to drop me a note. I’ll post pictures from the show after it opens.

Erika's Spade

A teaser from my card 😉

What the gallery has to say about the project ♠ ♣ ♥ ♦ 

“PLAYING WITH A FULL DECK is an innovative fundraiser for the Greene County Council on the Arts’  Program. Original works will be exhibited in the GCCA Catskill Gallery along with a limited edition deck of playing cards, designed by a star-studded list of 52 artists with Kiki Smith’s custom design for the card backs. These pocket-sized art collections are available for a limited time at $35.

FUN EVENTS

♠ Saturday, 18 January 2014 from 4-8 PM:  OPENING RECEPTION

♠ Saturday, 8 February 2014 @ 6 PM: CHARITY TEXAS HOLD ‘EM  POKER TOURNAMENT:  Buy a deck to play. Win lift tickets, spa days, golf rounds and more!  Space is limited so reserve now.  Call 518-943-3400 or email gcca@greenearts.org to save your seat.

♠ Saturday, 1 March 2014 @ 7pm:  AUCTION (Selected works from the exhibition)  & CLOSING PARTY

FUN THINGS TO BUY

  • ♦ POCKET SIZE ART COLLECTION, 54 ARTIST DESIGNED POKER-SIZED PLAYING CARDS IN A CUSTOM BOX (includes 2 jokers).  Edition of 500, 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards.  $35 Pre-event orders – Purchases before January 18, 2014.  $50 Purchases at the opening event, January 18 and after.

♠ 54 ARTIST DESIGNED POKER SIZED PLAYING CARDS (including jokers) ON 3 UNCUT SHEETS.  Edition of 25.  Three sheets, unframed.  15″ x 10.5″ (6 cards across, 3 cards down on each sheet).  $50

♣ BECOME A NEW MEMBER AT THE $75 LEVEL AND RECEIVE A FREE POKER-SIZE DECK

♥ DELUXE COLLECTION, LARGE SIZE DECK OF 54 ARTIST DESIGNED PLAYING CARDS, SIGNED BY ALL THE ARTISTS IN A CUSTOM BOX.  Edition of 25.  3.5″ X 5.75″ cards.  $100

♦ PLAYING WITH A FULL DECK T-SHIRT WITH JOE STEFKO’S ACE OF DIAMONDS DESIGN.  Mens & Womens Sizes S, M, L, XL available.  $35

♠ SET OF FOUR ENGRAVINGS BY KIKI SMITH.  MADE TO SUPPORT THIS PROJECT.  Image size 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ on 6 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ rag paper.  Edition of 9 (only one set remaining).  $1600

Gallery sales and auction proceeds  are split 50% to the Greene County Council on the Arts and 50% to the artist.  100% of the profits from T-Shirts, Kiki Smith engravings and the limited edition deck of cards will benefit the GCCA Visual Arts Program’s exhibitions and services for artists including professional development seminars for artists and crafts people at all levels. This gallery serves as a cultural anchor on Catskill’s Main Street hosting readings, youth arts events, lectures, meetings and partnering with artists. cultural organizations and community groups to add to the cultural vibrancy of the region.  

Help spread the word!  Forward this IndieGogo campaign to your friends. Like us on Facebook. Tweet away! #52PickUp. And let us know if you want to sign up for the Poker Party, or be on our mailing list for the auction. We are grateful for your help.

Greene County Council on the Arts.  398 Main Street, PO Box 463.  Catskill, NY 12414.  518.943.3400.  greenearts.org   gcca@greenearts.org

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