“What you tell yourself every day will either lift you up or tear you down.” ~ Unknown
All of the newly minted Book Benches were in Gratz Park yesterday and today. Tomorrow, they’ll be distributed to their new locations around town where they’ll remain through November. The project was spearheaded by Kate Savage of Art Connects. (Really proud that I’ve sold work through their Mobile Gallery) The project paired Kentucky authors with Kentucky artists. Stacy and I made a point to go see them while they were all together. I was really impressed with the quality of work. I wasn’t familiar with most of the artists. They were, quite deservedly, chosen from 92 proposals submitted to paint the 37 benches. I don’t know who the judges were, but well done indeed. I can’t wait to see these around town. As much as I liked the similar horse project several years ago, I really love this project. It shows off the incredible number of stunning writers and artists we have in this state, which we aren’t necessarily known for. The outside world knows us more for horses, bourbon, and basketball (and worse) rather than the literary hub we’ve always been. Hopefully, this project will help change that a little. Even if it doesn’t, folks in downtown Lexington will have 37 beautiful benches to sit on for a while. Everybody wins. By the way, Kiya Heartwood’s nickname for Stacy is Max (taken from Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are). Though this is a different Max, it was fitting that I caught Stacy beside it.