Tōmye: Living Artist

Encouraging Art Engagement

Donating Artwork


The 6”cube of wood, cracked and showing curvy lines of age, stayed motionless until my final decision of transforming it .  Well over a month, I moved my thoughts from self-promotion on all six sides, widening the crevices and within them propping paper-thin drawings, having a fellow artist slice the block apart and painting various subjects upon the slices, making a ceramic seated figure in a bent over position and adhering it to the block, etc.  The ideas went on and on until the week of the delivery date.  Having experimented with layering float glass/window pane glass in a kiln to create glass tiles with open spaces, I selected one to mount atop the block of wood.  With such a pristine, clear glass designated to rest on the block, the unfinished wood needed to be enhanced.  A little Spackle, a little Gouache paint, a little Polychrome and the block of wood and glass became a luminous pair adhered to one another.

Smaller bits of fused color glass were also adhered as if slipping through some of the glass holes. The accompanying image shows my final result.  And wouldn’t you know it, when I attended the Pro Arts Annual Box Exhibit & Auction, just about every thought of alteration to the block of wood I had, was fabricated by an Artist.  Many of the “boxes” including mine sold, with all proceeds to Pro Arts.  I like to be extended an option of donating a percentage, to reinforce the notion of supporting Living Artists.  Just as important, we need shiny examples of Art Organizations to thrive.

Author: Tōmye : Living Artist

There's the need to stay focused, organized and deliberate, to enhance connections, community and personal projects and remain healthy in every possible way! I enjoy framing items, painting portraits, fabricating fused glass objects, projecting a positive public persona all told, giving people the best I have to offer. Sharing my talents by tutoring youth & adults and counseling visual Artists, uplifts me as well. I very much like and reference Classic & Contemporary Arts of a multitude of cultures. Here's to self care and care for others!

3 thoughts on “Donating Artwork

  1. Hi there!

    What’s your email now? We can’t seem to contact you – wanted to send a call for Sun Gallery: entries:message:%3C1105056192036.1102581221368.649.9.31135506@scheduler%3E

    How you doing?
    Leslie & Åke

    PS: Naomi graduates Yale next month!

    • tomyegouache@sbcglobal.net

      Hi Leslie and Ake!
      What wonderful news about your graduate. I hope you’re experiencing fulfillment as well.
      Also, I have a call for art to send to you. Thanks for contacting me.

    • In cyberspace, it seems some things disperse quickly. I certainly hope that is the case with this info. Here are 2 scenarios to consider.

      Help Tues. Nov. 13, within the hours of 10:30-1:30 and Wed. Nov. 14, 10:30-3:00 with your creativity, adding to an Oakland Holiday Parade float at the Center where I work. The Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, previously known as the Alice Arts Center is located at 1428 Alice St., off 14th St. Share this plea for extra hands with anyone creative with their handiwork. The float has to be completed by the 21st of this month. Yikes!

      The other fun, is having a presence of your Art within the Prescott-Joseph Center’s Annual Holiday Fine Arts exhibit. The Prescott-Joseph is located at 920 Peralta St., off 10th in West Oakland, 94607. There is a ramp. Also the Prescott-Joseph is near the West Oakland BART station, 3 blocks west and then right 3 blocks north. You or someone you know can travel during the holiday, knowing your presence is still here via your Art. Tell anyone who may want to deliver Art that is for sale, this upcoming Fri. Nov. 16 or Sat. Nov.17, between 10:30-12:00, in the Prescott-Joseph Center. The exhibit is titled “To Share the Light of Yellow”Insurance is the Artist responsibility, which gives rise to the belief the economy is turning around for Artists as well as many others.

      There is a request of $20 for up to 8 Art-works measuring no larger than 48″ height and width” There is a reception on Sun. Dec. 9 with a suggested $5 donation for non-participants. Please remember to bring a statement and Bio and allow time to complete a Participant Form. Prescott-Joseph retains 30% of your noted sale price. Please forward questions to me (510) 452-0403

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