This afternoon, I had the privilege of attending a reception for the Mail Art Projekt Exhibit. Located in the Post Memorial Art Reference Library, the exhibit features art pieces mailed in from around the world. Back on Day 330 last year, my grandson Dayan and I competed our entries for the Projekt and dropped them into the mail. These postcard sized works of art were fun to create and we looked forward to seeing the pieces displayed this month.
Today we had the opportunity to attend the exhibit, find our art work and view the many other Mail Art pieces. At the library I met Dayan and his mom…my daughter Elissa…and my sister Linda. Also attending were Dayan’s dad Kevin, stepmom Kim and his sister Emma and baby brother Eli. As we arrived, I was thrilled to see a large group in attendance at the reception. The event was also covered by at least two local tv stations.
We had fun browsing the amazing Mail Art. I failed to get a picture of it, but there was on display a map of the world with pins marking where each entry came from. Art was mailed in from around the world and the art was as varied and interesting as the countries they came from. I loved that it was a hands-on exhibit and we were allowed to pick and examine the postcards. I loved too that there was a small table set up with materials so that visitors could create their own small work of art. Dayan’s little sister Emma made a precious Mail Art to take home.
Dayan and I let our family members look around and see if they could find our Mail Art pieces. They discovered them quickly! Displayed near each other, it was a thrill to see our art work exhibited along with other creative and intriguing pieces. We discussed some of the more unusual Mail Art, like the one with a whole skull thrust through the postcard and the multiple card piece that was not only clever, but told a story.
We had so much fun doing this Mail Art Projekt that we are entering mail art in another project, this one located in Austria. Those pieces are due in March and have a theme of Turquoise. Dayan shared with me his idea today for his Mail Art and it is incredible! He is way ahead of me. I know I’d like to use watercolors this time….and that’s all the planning I have done!
I am grateful for this opportunity that the Post Memorial Art Library offered. Dayan and I both hope they will make the Projekt an annual event, as we would like to continue to enter, and we’d love to continue to grow in our ability to create interesting and great Mail Art. The exhibit will be on display for the remainder of the month. Check out this fascinating collection of art.
Sample Mail Art
This afternoon was really a series of firsts, all shared with my grandson Dayan. Last week we spent an afternoon selecting materials to create mail art to send to the Post Memorial Art Library in Joplin. They are sponsoring the Mail Art Projekt, with entries to be postmarked no later than December 1. The art, which is created on large postcards, can feature any subject or theme, as long as it can be mailed in. Completed pieces will be displayed in an exhibit in January 2015. This is just the sort of interesting project that my artistic grandson and I could enjoy together as a first, and we agreed to create mini works of art on oversized postcards.
Today, I picked him up from school so we could begin creating. He’s a growing teenager, so first things first. We grabbed a late lunch to go at the newly opened Orient Express in Webb City. I have one of these amazing little take out cafés near my house. I’m glad to see another one open in the area. Dayan called ahead to make sure they actually had opened. For our first visit, we ordered sesame and general tso chicken and crab rangoons and headed back to his house to eat before we dived into our project.
Dayan had the great idea to pull up Netflix and watch Dr Who while we ate. Dayan is a huge fan of Dr. Who. I began watching the series, starting with season 1 of the new series, so that Dayan and I can discuss the show. We found where I left off with the 9th Doctor and his companion Rose. I have to say, it is more fun to watch Dr Who with Dayan, who knows everything about the series and filled me in on important-to-know info.
We left Dr Who going on the tv while we emptied out sacks of art and craft supplies. Dayan is focusing on a geography theme, with an emphasis on traveling, while I am creating a piece of art that includes this year’s word and symbol and hints at next year’s. Armed with scissors and glue sticks and a plethora of materials, we chatted and laughed and paused often in our work to watch the Doctor and Rose in their escapades. I treasure these times with my grandson. He is already talking about colleges. In such a casual atmosphere, we talk about all kinds of things, from movies to relationships, dreams to the mysteries of life, and the latest funny happenings at school.
Creating mail art is fun. Spending time with Dayan is priceless. I love watching him create. I value his insights and his fresh perspective on life. And he’s got a wicked sense of humor. In fact, I had so much fun hanging out with Dayan today, that I totally forgot to capture our firsts and our art projects in process with my iPhone camera. Oh well. I am grateful for google pics. And I’ll make sure to get photos of the finished mail art next week.
Sample Mail Art