I have some exciting news! I am having a large show in Scottsdale over all of my photography I have done with The Roots. This will be my very first show! There is a preview show April 21st at The Yucca Tap Room in Tempe. The 5 and 6 Gallery (5and6artspace.com) in Scottsdale will have a soft opening on Cinco de Mayo with an official opening date of May 6th. For the official opening, DJs Darrell D and Skip Skoolnik will be spinning The Roots all evening and there will be drinks and refreshments. There will also be an after party at The Rogue (facebook.com/theroguebar) from 10 PM – 2 AM.
I asked a painter here if he would collaborate with me and paint on top of my photos. His name is Adam Dumper, but he goes by Dumperfoo. His work is amazing and I have followed it for years. Not only will he be painting on large prints of my photos, but we are turning the whole gallery from floor to ceiling into a Roots mural. You can read more about Dumperfoo here: boomboxknocks.com/dumperfoo
Over the next month of creating our pieces for the show (approx. 20), I will be documenting the painting process. There will also be extensive documentation of transforming the gallery into a gigantic mural. We started last week by painting one of my Polaroids of ?uestlove (the drummer) so I could take pictures for our flyers (this painting is not a part of our show, however will be at the preview show). All of this documentation can be followed on the Facebook page we created (link below).
Tempe Camera (tempecamera.com) has graciously stepped forward to assist us by discounting their services. The Impossible Project (theimpossibleproject.com), creators of an instant film, are sponsoring us with film to help document our journey. Okayplayer (okayplayer.com), Internet home-base for The Roots, will be helping with world wide exposure. Boombox Knocks (boomboxknocks.com) and Coolin’ Out Clothing (coolinoutworldwide.com) are also sponsoring.
Is there a way you can help us? There sure is.
Shows are incredibly expensive to put on and we can use all the help we can get in that department. Instead of just asking for a donation, we want to give something back. If you would like to donate, here is what we will do:
$25–$50: You may pick any image from my Flickr page for a signed 5″x5″ print. Most of my work is square, but, if your pick isn’t square, the largest side will be 5″. A link to my Flickr page is below. If you would like one of my “blocks,” please let me know and we’ll work that out.
$51–$75: You may pick any image from my Flickr page for a signed 10″x10″ print (if the image is not square, the largest side will be 10″). The deal with my “blocks” could apply here as well.
$76–$100: You will get one of the limited edition prints from our show. We’re choosing our 5 favorite pieces from the show and creating limited edition prints of each one. They will be 16″x16″ and printed on professional grade Fuji paper and signed by both of us.
$100+: You get one of the limited edition prints from our show and a choice between a 10″x10″ print from myself or a 6″x6″ painted canvas (with painted edges) from Dumperfoo painted specifically for this project.
We have created a Paypal account for an easy donation process:
Please specify what you would like in return for your donation. If you’d like a print from me, please include the link from the Flickr page along with your mailing address. Please allow 10–15 business days for shipping due to the print/paint time for a custom order. Shipping is included with your donation.
If you own a business and would like to donate more and are interested in sponsorship, please let me know and we can work out those details.
As another way of saying thanks, I will be creating a nice print to hang at the show with all our donators’ names. If you would like, I can also include a site next to your name.
Another excellent way to help us out is by word of mouth! No matter where you live, please let people know! If you have a blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc., we would love the exposure! We have plans to move to show to LA, Philly, NYC and wherever else it might take us. So, the more hype, the better!
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