Big thanks to everyone who came out to the first weekend of EAST. We had about 150 folks brave the drizzly cold weather to come out and see the exhibit, with a great response.
We also had the opportunity to talk about Revolutionary Austin on the Austin Artists' Show on KOOP radio on Monday (below with Raw Paw).
We'd love to see you this weekend - at Springdale Farm market house - EAST #365.
A beautiful, and fitting, final behind the scenes video for Revolutionary Austin 2014 with a chat about leadership with one of my favorite community leaders, Heather McKissick as Abigail Adams.
Don't forget to join us for the entire exhibit during the East Austin Studio Tour November 15-16 & 22-23 at Springdale Farm.
We're counting down - less than two weeks away from our exhibit at the beautiful Springdale Farm! Our official number is exhibit 365 on the tour, and we do hope you stop by to say hi.
We will be hosting a sneak peek at during an intimate opening reception (and final fundraiser) on Thursday, November 13 from 4-6pm at the Springdale Farm market house.
If you can't make it, please consider making a donation to help us defray the costs (you can click on the link below!)
We raised about half of what the exhibit cost to put together, and had to cut back on quite a bit of what we wanted to accomplish, but we are very thankful for having your support to complete what we did.
Last week, we released the behind the scenes video with Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, who was more than gracious waking up at 5am to be photographed on Town Lake dressed as General George Washington. You can check out the video here:
Next week, we'll be releasing the final behind the scenes video with Heather McKissick as Abigail Adams - which is the perfect completion to this project on leadership. Heather's insights on this topic kept us going and she was an invaluable champion of this crazy idea.
Thanks so much for your interest and support.
We also completed our photo session with Heather McKissick as our inspirational Abigail Adams. We love both of these women for their strength, passion and leadership styles that, quite frankly, make you want to be a better person. We'll be unveiling that photo soon, as well
This weeks' ICYMI: don't forget to check out our behind the scenes video with Bijoy Goswami as Benjamin Franklin!
In other news, we’ve completed this year’s round of photographs and are currently putting together our companion website, posters and hard cover books for our early patriots.
Thanks so much for your support and interest.
We are now a month out from the East Austin Studio Tour and we’re getting down to business.
Although our goal was to photograph 13 Revolutionaries, due to budget and calendar constraints, we will be showing 11 awesome Revolutionaries for this exhibit (but stay tuned - we might have some future surprises!)
We couldn’t be more excited to show the exhibit, and in the meantime, we have a sneak peek from behind the scenes with Chief Art Acevedo as General George Washington. The Chief was such a trooper, at the crack of dawn on Town Lake for our session last week, but sometimes our props don't behave so well...
We've been putting together a companion website for the Revolutionary Austin exhibit. We'll let you know soon when it goes live!
As we wrap up our last Revolutionaries, we were just over the moon that Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo agreed to be our General George Washington. Be on the lookout soon for our flag raising photo.
Just because we took a few days off to enjoy the beautiful central Texas weather, doesn't mean we haven't been busy!
We have new photos with Bijoy Goswami as Benjamin Franklin and David Hess as John Durang.
There's also an ICYMI behind the scenes videos with Johnny Moeller and Dorsey & Susan (with #GustavotheGoose.)
And much more!
Both Bijoy Goswami and Benjamin Franklin are ideas guys - grand thoughts on a wide foray topics - with action plans to go with them all. According to his Wikipedia entry, Bijoy is an "entrepreneurial philosopher," which includes thinking, writing, speaking, connecting, coaching and strategizing on a variety of topics. Most recently, he has co-founded the ATX Equation, a group of Austinites currently in the process of identifying and mapping Austin's scenes.
We thought Bijoy was the perfect Ben Franklin, with Franklin's accessible intellectualism and consistent tinkering being the perfect pairing with Bijoy's modernity.
As we mentioned in our last update, David Hess is a local musician, comedian, producer we had portray the first American born actor John Durang. The concept of comedy/tragedy was David's idea, and we were happy to oblige.
ICYMI: We have behind the scenes videos from our sessions with Johnny Moeller, which you can check out here and our video with Dorsey & Susan can be found here.
If you like what we're doing, please consider sharing this with your social networks and/or donating to the project (click the link below.)
Thanks so much,
Now showing: behind the scenes of Revolutionary Austin with Dorsey Barger and Susan Hausmann, owners of Hausbar Farms and GuestHaus. These revolutionaries are on the forefront of Austin's urban farm movement.
We have these wonderful ladies as Miss Mary Ann Willson and Miss Brundage, two women in Colonial America, one was a folk artist and the other owned the farm where they resided in upstate New York. There is very little about the history of these two women who shared a passion for their community, and we love that we have folks like Dorsey and Susan in ours.
A lot of great new content coming soon, including behind the scenes with Dorsey Barger and Susan Hausmann of HausBar Farms as Miss Mary Ann Willson and Miss Brundage and actor David Hess and the first American born actor John Durang. We'll also have new photos with Bijoy Goswami as Benjamin Franklin. Stay tuned!
Time to catch our breath a bit after a full week with #RevolutionaryATX! We photographed four more Revolutionaries this week and we couldn't be more excited to share them with you.
Revolutionary #6 is actor and all-around awesome guy David Hess, who we photographed as John Durang, the first American born actor. But Durang was more than an actor, he was a mime, dancer and acrobat during a time when theatre was banned in our country. Hess, similarly, is a musician, comedian, producer, and formerly a barista at my favorite watering hole, Cafe Mundi (R.I.P.). We caught up with this busy guy at Coldtowne Theatre this week. Here's a sneak peek at what we did - but it's not the finished deal...stay tuned!
Revolutionary #7 is the hugely talented guitarist and super nice guy Johnny Moeller, who you may know from his bands The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Moeller Bros., and Barfield. We have Johnny portraying Francis Hopkinson, a lesser known signer of the Declaration of Independence, but more importantly, the first American born composer. Moeller is one of the hardest working guys I know - and like most musicians, he's on the road a lot, but we're glad he likes to play around town. You can catch him playing at C-Boys or the Continental Club, which is where we photographed him.
It was a sheer delight photographing Revolutionaries #8, HausBar Farms owners Dorsey Barger and Susan Hausmann super early in the morning (even before the chickens were out of the henhouse!) These ladies are portraying Miss Mary Ann Willson and Miss Brundage, one of just a few lesbian couples written about in colonial American history. Just after the Revolutionary War, Willson and Brundage lived openly in upstate New York, on a farm they owned, where Miss Willson was a notable folk artist as well. Miss Brundage (whose first name is lost to history) helped other local farmers with their land, and the couple was very engaged in their community. Dorsey and Susan have a beautiful two acre property on the eastside where they grow organic food for some of the best restaurants in town (including Qui, Kome, Olamaie, etc). We are tickled they sat for this project.
That's a wrap for this week. We've got five left to go!
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the East Austin Studio Tour, November 15-16 and 22-23. We'll be exhibiting at Springdale Farm both weekends.
We're still trying to raise another $4000 to finish the project - if you like what we're doing, please consider clicking the button below and help out the cause.
Thanks so much!
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Great news! Revolutionary Austin has been accepted as an official exhibit in the East Austin Studio Tour! We'll be showing at Springdale Farm in the market house November 15-16 and 22-23. We're planning an exhibit opening on Thursday November 13 - stay tuned for details. Never been to E.A.S.T.? You can find out more info here.
We also just released the behind the scenes video for our shoot with Debbie Russell, political activist and rabble-rouser, as Deborah Sampson, a woman who disguised herself as a man to serve in the Revolutionary War, was honorably discharged after her discovery, and received a military pension for her service. You can see what Debbie has to say about activism in Austin in our video below.
If you like what you see, please consider contributing to our exhibit. We've raised over $4000 so far, and we're doing very well stretching what we've got. But we've got more work to do in a short amount of time and we still need to raise about another $4000 to get it done. Just click on the Square link below to show your support.
This weekend we are photographing:
- local actor David Hess as John Durang, considered the first American born actor at a time when theatre was outlawed in our country, at Coldtowne Theatre ;
- rock star guitarist Johnny Moeller of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Moeller Bros., and Barfield, as Francis Hopkinson, considered the first American born composer, as well as being a signer of the Declaration of Independence, at the Continental Club;
- HausBar farmers and local food leaders Dorsey Barger and Susan Hausmann as Miss Mary Ann Willson and Miss Brundage, a colonial lesbian couple who owned a local farm in upstate New York and worked in the local arts community.
Thanks so much for your support and don't forget - check us out, give a little and pass it on!
Another busy week at Revolutionary base camp and it gets more exciting every week as we get closer to completing the project!
Our online fundraiser has ended and we raised over $3700 both on and offline. Thank you to everyone who contributed to get us over this hurdle and keep the project going. But it doesn’t end there, in order to complete the project by November, we need to raise another $5800. If you’re enjoying our art, please contribute by clicking the button at the end of this post. We’d really appreciate it!
This week, we completed the behind-the-scenes video with Hon. David Escamilla and Travis Co. Attorney Mack Martinez and you can see it here:
In other big news, our first four 20x30 exhibition photos have been printed and we even completed framing Paul Revere!
Revolutionary Austin isn’t just about photographing people dressed in colonial era clothing, it’s a history and civics lesson as well, showing leaders from across Austin portraying people who were important to American history. Some you may know, and some you may not - but hopefully everyone will take away something new.
Our next scheduled shoots will bring out some of that history as we dig in with:
- local actor/musician David Hess as John Durang, the first American born actor
- Fabulous Thunderbirds/Barfield guitarist Johnny Moeller portraying Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and considered the first American born composer
- HausBar Farms owners Dorsey Barger and Susan Hausmann as Miss Mary Ann Willson and Miss Brundage, a folk artist and her farmer partner, one of the few noted lesbian couples in colonial times.
Stay tuned for more fun, and don’t forget to check it out, give a little and pass it on!
Thanks so much,
As we line up our next Revolutionaries to photograph, we have just completed the video of our shoot with Travis County Attorney David Escamilla and Asst. County Attorney Mack Martinez. We were honored to have them participate and both were such troopers, playing their parts flawlessly.
You can check out the behind the scenes video here:
We'd also like to thank everyone who donated to Revolutionary Austin during our IndieGoGo campaign. We raised over $3600 (on and offline) which really helps us in continuing this endeavor, and we appreciate your support.
We are now accepting donations via Square, so if you'd still like to help us out, we'd love to have your support. Just click on the link below this post.
Thank you again for your support and encouragement. We're just about two months out from the exhibit and getting more excited by the day!
Thank you to everyone who helped out with our online fundraising campaign - we reached over 70% of our goal, which is good enough to calendar the next round of Revolutionaries!
Our fundraising will continue and we are still in search of a local non-profit to fiscally sponsor us (take contributions on our behalf). We're on to asking our 8th organization, but still moving ahead.
If you haven't checked out the behind the scenes videos, you can see them here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFl2o7Qs5QlP3g09FYsK7bA/videos
We'll have new photos within the next two weeks, until then, we're printing the first five now and will be sending them out for framing, coordinating our next three shoots, and moving forward.
I really appreciate your support - thanks so much for everything!
A few years ago, I had an idea to photograph public people as Revolutionary War era characters after a conversation with a friend. A few months ago, I began asking my friends if they'd be willing to participate in such an art venture, the first one I've ever done. These folks trusted me enough with their time and reputations to agree to this crazy idea.
And now it's happening. My first public art project.
We've been asking for your support to help us make this idea happen - and many of you have (which we very much appreciate!) But we've only reached 50% of our fundraising goal, and our project might be in jeopardy.
If you like this idea, think art is good, want to support creative representations of our community, or just think I'm a nice person, I encourage you to support us today.
We still have 8 revolutionaries left to photograph including Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, Heather McKissick, Johnny Moeller, David Hess, Bijoy Goswami, and others. We'd love to get it done.
Thanks so much for your time, encouragement, and support.
3 days left with our online fundraiser - please help us finish Revolutionary Austin: www.igg.me/at/revolutionaryatx
We've been busy this week putting together two behind the scenes videos of our sessions with our Revolutionaries Glenn Gadbois and Rudy Malveaux and you can see them here or click the video below:
We also submitted our application for the East Austin Studio Tour, and are now waiting in suspense to see if our Revolutionaries get accepted...
Our IndieGoGo campaign has three days left (it ends Saturday night at 11pm CDT). If you've already helped out, we really appreciate your support. If you haven't, please check it out, give a little and pass it on. www.igg.me/at/revolutionaryatx
Thanks for your interest and support.
Please help us continue this project by donating today: www.igg.me/at/revolutionaryatx
More Revolutionaries to share this week - 5 down, 8 to go!
Travis County Attorney David Escamilla, Assistant County Attorney Mack Martinez, and political activist and organizer Debbie Russell were our subjects this week, and all were perfect in their respective rolls as John Adams, Bernardo de Gálvez, and Deborah Sampson. (Don't forget - we'll have more about each person and historical figure during the exhibit!)
David was our barrister John Adams c. representing the British Soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre. Although Adams sympathized with the colonists, he deeply believed everyone deserves a fair trial, access to justice, and equality under the law. It's that value in both men that I honor and respect.
We've met 35% of our fundraising goal and we appreciate those online and offline that have donated to our funding campaign - but our deadline is coming up on Friday. Please take a look, give a little, and pass it on.
More later this week with photos from Mack and Debbie!
We've been having a great time putting together Revolutionary Austin, and as I go through the photos, there are ones that really capture the essence of what we're trying to do. Sometimes, I just can't decide - so I'm turning to you for your vote.
Glenn Gadbois was our fantastic Paul Revere - and we have two completely different looks. Which one do you like? Down in the comments, let me know your favorite by voting Image One or Image Two (that's all you have to say.)
(And don't forget, our IndieGoGo campaign has 12 days left and we've met 33% of our goal. Please help us finish this fun project! http://igg.me/at/revolutionaryatx/x/8281690)
Thanks for your support! Please pass this project on to folks you think would support our efforts!
This week, we are excited to be photographing two close friends for Revolutionary Austin: Travis County Attorney David Escamilla as barrister John Adams and Assistant County Attorney Mack Martinez as Bernardo de Gálvez, at the Travis County Courthouse.
(If you happen to know the Judge who has their courtroom decorated with large historical flags, please DM me with their info - I'd love to photograph in their courtroom this week!)
Our fundraising is steadily growing, but we could still use your help. We're trying to raise $5000 by the end of the month - we've reached over 33% of our goal, but now it's getting down to the wire. We won't be able to complete the project unless we raise the money needed to rent costumes and equipment. If you give a little and encourage others to give, I'd really appreciate it!
If you know of a web designer who wouldn't mind bartering a simple website for photographs, please let me know. We recently purchased the domain www.RevolutionaryAustin.com and would love to get the project it's own site.
In the next few weeks, we'll be revealing the other Revolutionaries as we schedule them, so stay tuned!
Thanks for your support!