So this past Sunday, we put on the Homegrown Art Show at Mojo’s to benefit a local non-profit organization, Rainbow House. Rainbow House focuses on child abuse, neglect, and youth homelessness cases. Mojo’s has a nice outdoor grassy area under some big oak trees, so we had Lowe’s donate 4x8ft pieces of drywall to put up in a half moon shape for all the artists to display their work on. We dubbed it “CoMo’s first outdoor fine art gallery”.
We had 14 walls set up, a few tables for our jewelers, author, Dorraine Darden, and wheel-thrown ceramic artist, as well as an outdoor stage with local bands, face painter, silent auction, a blacksmith, photo booth, and Pepe’s Food Truck pulled up outside. It was a huge party, and the best day of my life, to say the least. KOMU even showed up to interview me! Oh yes, and Jerod from Best Ink (the current running season on Oxygen) displayed his work as well!
The only downfall was the rain, which decided to make an appearance a few hours into the show. We rushed everything inside and covered up the artists’ work so it wouldn’t get soaked.
Our Keltic band greeted us inside and got everyone up and dancing. Following them was LA MOVIDA from here in Columbia, Mind at Large from Austin, The Thin Dimes from St. Louis, and our headliner, Mary and the Giant.
We ended up raising over $2,100 for the organization!
It all still kind of feels like a dream to me because I’ve been wanting to do something like this for so long, and it finally happened. I want to thank everyone who helped us out. Our sponsors: Lowe’s, Pizza Tree, Jimmy John’s, KOPN, & Schlafly. Our silent auction donators: Bluestem Missouri Crafts, Broadway Brewery, Missouri Theater, and Sparky’s Ice Cream. And, OF COURSE, my friends and family who came out, called me, supported, and cheered us on throughout the whole process–we did it!
You can check out a few photos from the event here: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-3IS4slHfdicHFyS1dUMWlqa2c&usp=sharing
Photo booth photos are by Justin M Photo.