Sunflower Project: Community Collaborations

So last week I told you about the new painted utility box I contributed to the Marlborough community. I also mentioned the references to the sunflower project that I included in the design. Here would now be a good place to include some images of a couple of the other boxes from the project. These artists agreed to let me contribute a sunflower seed to the designs of their boxes, symbolically taking part in the project and growing it further to take root in the Marlborough community. Thanks Sharon Fortowsky and Ashley Oshiro for hosting the Sunflower Project in your projects. Hopefully we can collaborate again soon!

City of Calgary Painted Utility Box
Ashley Oshiro
(Detail with Sunflower seed by Debbie.lee Miszaniec)
City of Calgary Painted Utility Box
Ashley Oshiro
City of Calgary Painted Utility Box
Sharon Fortowsky
(Detail with Sunflower seed by Debbie.lee Miszaniec)
City of Calgary Painted Utility Box
Sharon Fortowsky

Did I Mention? New Painted City Utility Box.

Hi,

It appears I am so behind on keeping the blog up to date!

SO last spring I was given the opportunity to participate in a program bringing a suite of new painted utility boxes to the Marlborough Community in Calgary. I jumped at the chance, having spent nearly a decade of my formative years in the neighbourhood. Each artist created a design concept responding to the overall theme of home,  and to information gathered during an extensive phase of community engagement.

Here was my contribution to the Curb appeal in the Marlborough Community:

Home
Painted Utility Box
City of Calgary
Marlborough Community
Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Home
Painted Utility Box
City of Calgary
Marlborough Community
Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Home
Painted Utility Box
City of Calgary
Marlborough Community
Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Home
Painted Utility Box
City of Calgary
Marlborough Community
Debbie.lee Miszaniec

You may notice the retro colour scheme and styling. Marlborough is a 1970’s community and in talking to residents it impressed me how many people had bought when Marlborough was new and still lived there. It was also impressive to me how many people said it was their community and their neighbours that meant the most to them when they thought about their experience of living in Marlborough.  So I decided to create a design that was an ode to the 70’s roots of the area, and that focused on the points in our homes where we interact with our neighbours.  The theme of community was also a natural fit for the sunflower project, and you will see that I included copious references to it in the design.

Building Bridges: The Sunflower Project & the 2019 Multifaith Calendar

Wish150 Alberta Mosaic
Detail
Acrylic on Panel

I am pleased to say that the Sunflower Project is growing yet again!

The wish 150 Alberta Mosaic Sunflower has been selected by the Multifaith Action Society for inclusion in their 2019 Multifaith Calendar. The 2019 theme is Coming Together: Exploring New Connections. As the  aim of the sunflower project is to create bridges of good will and the growth of positive action, I felt that the Sunflower Project would be a great fit for the Multifaith Calendar. I am also honoured to be recognized and included as an artist of no faith (by choice), by the inclusion of my work in the calendar.

” Founded in 1972, the Multifaith Action Society (MAS) is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to the facilitation of interfaith education and dialogue. For over forty years, MAS has worked to build bridges between the myriad cultural and spiritual communities that characterize British Columbia, and has collaborated on a wide variety of public education campaigns and initiatives that have affected positive social change while raising awareness of multicultural issues.”

I believe that the effort to promote understanding between cultures and faiths is a good and worthy one. Therefore I am happy to have the Sunflower Project featured in a fundraising initiative which will be supported by individuals who also believe in affecting positive social change across cultures and faiths.

I will make sure to let you know when the calendars become available for purchase!

The Sunflower Project: Sharing Opportunities

Taking it Global, the group behind the Canada Wish 150 Mosaic Project, has asked me to share a funding opportunity for Canadians between ages 15 and 30 to initiate and implement community building projects, from gatherings to gardens and beyond. Funding levels for projects range from $250 – $1500. Visit   Canada Service Corps to learn more!

The Sunflower Project: Inspired Actions – Kelly Small

Wish150 Alberta Mosaic
Detail
Acrylic on Panel
A letter from a member of the Sunflower Project:
I happened to sit beside Debbie.lee and her friend as we made art at Rumble House one evening over a year ago. Towards the end of the evening, she mentioned she was an artist and told be about her website and sunflower project. I was intrigued and inspired! At the time, I had been doing some soul searching after being a stay-at-home mom for 5 years and having done a fair amount of artistic journaling that year as a way of expressing my grief after my Mom passed away in February 2016. I would look at the sunflower seed painting she sent me, pinned to the bulletin board above the sewing area I had created with my Mom’s sewing machine. And then the seed sprouted as I realized I could share artistic journaling with others. I started a Meet-up group called Artistic Journaling for Times of Transition and have offered 12 sessions. This is now sprouting and growing in other directions as I continue to share my gifts with the world. Thanks planting a seed, Debbie.lee!
Artfully yours,
Kelly Small
I can’t tell you how much it means to know that the seeds are sprouting out in the world! If you would like to join the project  follow this link to sign up.
Congratulations Kelly, I look forward to seeing more from your growing project in the future!
Debbie.lee Miszaniec,
One Life Fine Art

Sunflower Seed Paintings 31 – 36

These six sunflower seed paintings are the first for 2018, and the first of thirty I was able to purchase materials for, thanks to the honorarium from Taking It Global’s Wish 150 Mosaic project. Thanks Taking It Global!

In honour of the new year, I decided to take these six back to basics with black and white, and to explore active words which might give us thought about how we want to be in the new year.

Root has already gone to a good home. I am sure the rest would also like to find their homes! Go here to learn about the project and sign up to receive one free, or donate to ensure we keep this project going!

Sunflower Project 2017 Review

Wish150 Alberta Mosaic
Detail
Acrylic on Panel

One year since I started the Sunflower Project, to encourage lovers of art and of life to share their gifts with the world.

This has resulted in 30 paintings completed for the project, 18 of them with the assistance of donated funds from supporters.  25 paintings have been mailed, my gift, to people who have signed up on the web site to participate in the Sunflower Project.

And then, the project grew: Taking It Global and Wish 150 invited me to contribute a piece to the Alberta Mosaic. The detail above is from the panel I contributed to the mosaic, and is based on the Sunflower Project. The Mosaic was unveiled in Edmonton at the end of October, and there are plans being discussed to have it exhibited in Calgary as well.

As a result of receiving the honorarium for contributing to the mosaic, I am able to produce and mail 30 more Sunflower Seed paintings!

I look forward to carrying the Sunflower Project into 2018 and watching as those seeds grow into something beautiful!

Sunflower Project Update: Paintings 13 – 18

Sunflower Seed #13
Acrylic, 5 x 7
by Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Sunflower Seed #14
Acrylic, 5 x 7
by Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Sunflower Seed #15
Acrylic, 5 x 7
by Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Sunflower Seed #16
Acrylic, 5 x 7
by Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Sunflower Seed #17
Acrylic, 5 x 7
by Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Sunflower Seed #18
Acrylic, 5 x 7
by Debbie.lee Miszaniec

These 6 sunflower seed paintings, exploring a purple/yellow palette and stripes, have been brought to you by Kamla Hari McGonigal, who donated the funds for the materials for these six paintings. The first four will be going out to Carol Borschneck, Estelle Bungay, Jazmin Tyson and Katia Goussous (in that order) later this week. Sunflower Seed Paintings #17 & #18 are still looking for a home. Go here to learn about the project and sign up to receive one free, or donate to ensure we keep this project going!