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A World's Largest Art Event in Amarillo

Palo Duro Canyou

Palo Duro Canyou

What does the Amarillo Museum of Art (AMoA) have in common with The Louvre in Paris and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.? Paint-by-Numbers art!

But in typical Texas style, Amarillo will do it BIGGER!

“Ours will be the world’s largest indoor paint-by-numbers art project. Residents of every age in the Texas Panhandle are invited to join the fun,” said Lilia Escajeda, president of AMoA Alliance, volunteer group sponsoring the 2 month long event on the museum’s 1st floor.

Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 1 p.m., Amarillo College Fuse Arts club will kick off the event by sketching & numbering an original of West Texas icon Palo Duro Canyon–the world’s only paint-by-numbers art of the canyon–based on a photo by Amarillo’s Jim Jordan.

Dr. Graziella Marchicelli, AMoA Executive Director, notes “This is the first time a Texas art museum has staged such an event, and at 10 feet wide, this Paint-by-Numbers community event will be a great new component of our annual Panhandle Artists’ Hanging. Dates for the 2011 Hanging are January 7 – 16 with the Opening Party on Thursday, January 6.” Kevin Ball, president of the AMoA board of trustees agrees. “We want people to know that art museums are for everyone, and that ours is both fun and educational.”

Beginning Thursday, January 6 and continuing for the next two months, area residents of all ages—no art talent required—are invited to visit the Amarillo Museum of Art on the Washington Street campus of Amarillo College, 2200 South Van Buren St., to participate during museum hours, T-F from 10-5 p.m., S-S 1-5 p.m.

“AMoA Alliance will supply brushes and paint. Each numbered section is a $5 donation to the AMoA Alliance. All proceeds will go to the Alliance Education Fund, which last year supported the museum’s education programs serving nearly 5,000 students throughout the Panhandle area,” said Anne Amerson, event chairman. “Participants will have their name added to the artists roster. Everything for the event has been donated by a local business.”

AC Fuse Arts students who will begin the world’s largest indoor paint-by-numbers project in the museum include: Alejandra Amaya, (Fuse Arts president/AMoA Education Apprentice), Jordan Jones, Morgan Kuster, Carlos Najera, and Noelly Perez .

Answer the call of your inner artist. Be part of the “Paint-by-Numbers” project! January 6 through April 2011.

FAQ about Paint-by-Numbers (PBN)

  • Paint-by-numbers craze began in 1951 and sold 12 million kits by 1954
  • Andy Warhol’s PBN art was featured in the Museum of Modern Art, NYC
  • The Louvre, Paris, exhibited a PBN portrait of a Texan–President Lyndon Johnson– commissioned by Esquire Magazine in 1967; in 2008 they exhibited 6000 PBN canvases loaned by an American collector.
  • Smithsonian Museum, Washington staged an exhibit devoted to PBN phenomenon in 2002.
  • Largest outdoor paint-by numbers project is an Indianapolis mural 1,230 feet long.
Palo Duro Canyou

Palo Duro Canyou

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