The other day I was walking down main street Bunclody and came across a sign outside the old AIB bank building (oh yes banks failed over here too). It read ARTBANK. In I go and meet Maraed Butler and I introduce myself as a driftwood/found object artist. She suggests that I come back to show her husband, John Renwick some of my work.
John greeted me the next day and asked where my “stuff” was. I told him I left them in the car and he insisted I bring them in. I did and John set me up in the front window of the gallery, probably the best spot in the house.
A couple of things impressed me that day. First and foremost was John. His energy, creativity, patience, and class was captivating. Then the art displayed and his brief chat about the creative talent in the area (to date, there are over 60 artists involved). Lastly, he had started the gallery just 2 weeks before the day we met. I asked if there was anything I could do to help.
If there is one thing the Marine Corps thought me was never to volunteer for anything. So far. this is not the Marines. The First organizational meeting just took place and several renown artists were in attendance along with a curator of shows in New York, Germany and London. She is a fireball and when she walks in the room you know it. Anya Von Gosseln.
Photographer Craig Dutton
Artist Josephine Grant
Artist Mary Wallace
Maria Levinege artist
Dick Donagh, a graphic designer and a member of the planning team sketched out what was intended to be just an idea for a logo. Several members of this group, including me, like it. He did it in about 30 seconds. We will be voting on several versions of it at our next meeting.
As a member of ARTBANK™Bunclody’s development team, we are deep into a flexible business plan. It is a working paper designed to change for the better. It has a vision for the future and can operate in the present. There is a creative spirit embedded into the document along with a spirit of community need. A spirit that Jon Renwick’s supportive methodology is based on and driven by the volunteers that have been moved by his spirit, energy and ideas.
ARTBANK™ Bunclody is a non-profit organization that welcomes volunteers willing to work and those visionary organizations and individuals that can make a financial commitment towards the responsibilities that a simple yet aggressive mission has set forth.
As in the movie Field of Dreams, build it and they will come.
This spirit must be fed and the lights must stay on …stayed tuned.