And The Winner Is...


It's a pretty cool feeling telling someone they've won something. We've had our first experience with that moment as we have informed three of our followers who bought raffle tickets for the abstract artwork painted by artists Wayne Epperly and Amber Stone in September as part of our "Canvas and Keys" event, that they were winners. The first time was a total spur of the moment adventure as we showed up at Mack and Mack unannounced and completely surprised Robin Davis as she greeted us at the door by handing over her painting. The expression on her face as we snapped her picture said it all.

We took advantage of another moment during the show at Sessions with The South Carolina Broadcasters and Nikki Talley to announce the second winner. Once again we managed to surprise one of our staunch supporters, knowing he would be in attendance,  by calling out Frank Orthel's name from the stage.  Another little twist on that night which made things even more meaningful was that we were able to acknowledge Wayne Epperly presence during the presentation as he was among the audience members there for the show. He seemed quite happy to be a winner, don't you think?

There is one more moment yet to come. Though there will not be that element of surprise since our last recipient already knows she has won, there is still the anticipation of waiting for it to be delivered. We have a little road trip to Chapel Hill planned for next week to transport the third and final painting to its new owner Susun Coleman Miller. An update about our visit will come soon after we return

Each of our three winners and all the others who participated in the raffle have our deepest gratitude.  Their participation helped generate funds for the artists and for The Collabative.

Surprising one raffle ticket winner


So we stopped by Mack & Mack on Thursday to drop off a surprise to Robin Davis. 

Somebody was happy... 

We raffled off the 3 paintings that were created during our Canvas & Keys event, Sept 7, and Robin bought several for her favorite. After the drawing, we decided it would be fun to reveal the winners in various, surprising ways. So while the people who were there for the drawing know (maybe we'll tell you about that sometime, too!) know, you'll have to wait a little longer to hear about winners of number 2 & 3. 

Thanks Robin, and thanks to everyone else who showed their support by buying a ticket or coming out to an event. And a special thanks to the whole team who came out and made the music and paintings to make this possible. Check them out and learn more about their art.

Stay tuned for more fun and games on the raffle front!

Raffle Tickets: 3 abstract paintings created live at Canvas & Keys


Of course you know by now that our event on September 7 paired musicians with a flair for the spontaneous with fine artists who love the blank canvas... with a little mystery hanging overhead. You probably know that this was our least programmed, most improvisational event to date. Intentionally so!

But did you know that at the end of the night, thanks to the hard work of painters Wayne Epperly and Amber Stone, and musicians Luguzy Atkins and Matthew Parrish, we had in our possession 3 complete paintings that are now being raffled off to some lucky winners?

Just ask
this person

Winning art
in a raffle
is awesome fun!

We want some lucky winners to be at least as happy as ***that blogger friend of ours, so not only did we sell tickets at the event on September 7 but we're also selling them on our site, here, and through the end of the month.

We opened the night with faith in these artists, in the creative process, in the inspiring power of shared, collective energy, and we knew that whatever was created on September 7 would be magnificent. We were not disappointed.

You can buy tickets any one of two ways. One ticket for $5, or three tickets for $10. There are 3 separate purchasing options: #1, #2, and #3 will get you a ticket for the corresponding painting. And we've set up some promo codes to discount multiple orders. Read about that over here.

On September 30, we'll draw the winning ticket. Sometime just before midnight.

About the Paintings

Each abstract was painted on a 24" x 36"  canvas using acrylic paints. The sides of each canvas has been finished with a coat of solid black.

For those who prefer to see art in person, our friends at 900 16th Street have agreed to hang the paintings just inside the entrance to The Creative Center's gallery. You can go over and see them hanging on the wall. But you don't have to drop by in person. If you prefer to shop online, this page is for you.

We hope you buy the winning ticket!


***Does "that blogger friend of ours" look familiar to you? Take another look. She'll be involved in one of our upcoming shows!