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Cardboard Art Festival: From An Artist’s Perspective

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To be honest, we’re using the term “artist” loosely.  Hello!  My name is Leah Nash, I’m the current Chairperson for the Downtown South Board of Directors, as well as a Downtown South resident.  This year, I submitted a proposal called “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats” to show in the 4th Annual Cardboard Art Festival {produced by The Daily City} and was pleasantly surprised when my proposal was selected.

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Until I realized that I would actually have to create this gigantic piece of art, made entirely of cardboard, in just three short weeks. Never did I think that I would consider cardboard so frequently, but here I was nonetheless.  I began collecting cardboard every where I went. I was {again} pleasantly surprised at how generous people were with giving me their cardboard.  In fact, thank you to the following companies for “sponsoring” my first art installment:

Columbia Street StudiosCommunity Acupuncture of OrlandoIn Bloom FloristGo Big Marketing, and Total Wine and More

After the Pulse tragedy, it was important to me to frequent as many Downtown South businesses that were closed by the investigation as possible.  I’m happy to say that 100% of supplies purchased for “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats” were made at our local Toole’s Ace Hardware store.  If you have ever shopped there, you know how friendly and helpful the staff is and my DAILY visits there for my cardboard art piece were no exceptions.  I’m actually selling “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats” for the exact amount that it cost me to make, which is $112.01.

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I was also very happy that the Cardboard Art Festival was hosted by Sodo Shopping Center, which is literally less than a mile from my house AND right across the street from my new favorite place, Ace Hardware {yes!  Ace IS the place!}.  With it being so close, I could easily transport pieces back and forth, as well as work in the space.  With my installment being so large {one piece is over 6′ tall}, it was nice to have large space available to me.

The 4th Annual Cardboard Art Festival is being held July 22 – 31 at the Sodo Shopping Center, next to TJ Maxx.  Click here for a schedule of events and gallery hours.  Every single piece of art is made entirely of cardboard.  There are tiny pieces all the way up to large installments, like mine.  “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats” is a three-piece interactive installment.  Please stop by during gallery hours to check it out, try some of the pieces on {there are Cat Hats!}, and snap some pics.  If you post your pics, please use #PeaceLoveandKittyCats . Cardboard Art Festival is using the following: #cardboardisawesome and #cardboardartfest2016 .  You can also find Cardboard Art Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Hope to see you there!

Here’s a sneak peak of “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats”:

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Here are some progress pics:
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