Pants-4-Art: "The Fabric of the Community Allentown 250 Project"
- Organization: Pants-4-Art
- Causes: Civic, Educational, Kids
- Date(s): Various dates to be announced in November and December (see description below)
- Contact person: Anthony Donnelly
- Phone: 4843874109
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: buyartbyant.wordpress.com/celebrity-art-pants-project/
London-born artist and scultor, Anthony Donnelly, an Allentown resident for the past 5 years, aims to commemorate Allentown's 250th anniversary with a collaborative work of art built from the very fabric of our community, namely the pants we wear, and produced by
local artists and innercity children.
ALLENTOWN, PA -- Resident artist at 'The Mansion' (221 N. 8th Street), Anthony Donnelly, has ambitious plans to create a completely unique work of art to commemorate Allentown's 250th anniversary. As an expansion of his already successful celebrity charity fundraising platform "Pants-4-Art", which he devised back in 2011, whereby
autographed celebrity pants are reconstituted into canvases upon which he creates his artworks, he now plans to honor his hometown of 5 years by giving the city a very unique cityscape work of art.
Involving multiple pairs of signed pants from the community, including those of Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Michael Fegley of the Brew Works, Shannon Slattery-Fugate of the Baum School of Art, amongst others, and involving multiple local artists and local children, the multi-panel
6' x 10' piece will be an eclectic collaboration.
"It's an ambitious project," states Donnelly, "but this is the City without limits, so shouldn't a work of art reflect that?" Donnelly is no stranger to pushing the envelope when it comes to projects. With a background in corporate Europe and entrepreneurship, he is constantly supporting and encouraging people to expand to their fullest potential, which he incorporates in his art and motivational seminars
he runs from 'The Mansion', which he co-founded earlier this year with fellow resident artist, Katie Heffelfinger.
Donnelly and Heffelfinger have equally ambitious plans for their gallery and live-work space, including a great deal of community outreach and art-based training programs for local children, as well as totally revamping the extensive gardens into an innercity sanctuary. A preplanning meeting to educated interested parties is planned for Saturday November 17th at 10.30 at 'The Mansion'.
"This project is open to everybody," Donnelly said. "This is a community project and every member of the community is asked to attend and find out how they can help." In order to make this project work, he needs a great deal of help, from people willing to collect signed pants, to people willing to work on the promotional side of things, to
volunteers on the day to supervise children.