A need coupled with creativity can do wonders to beautify your world.
This is the idea that brought together the arts community of Lawton and Classic Chevrolet of Lawton with a host of artists participating in âPaint the Car Lot for Arts for Allâ.
The event, which took place in open spaces in the parking lot at 8803 Cache Road, enabled the local community to create art while contributing to Arts For All, according to Albert Rivas who helped organize the shindig.
âThis is a unique event that has never been done before,â he said. âWe started with the question, ‘How can we benefit the artistic community? “”
Registration fees for the 21 or 22 participants were added to donations to be applied to the nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the arts in southwest Oklahoma. Rivera thanked Classic owners Ervin and Bridget Randle for supporting the mission and offering to help. They pledged to donate up to $ 3,000 in matching funds raised during the event.
Bridget Randle thought the event of the day was the perfect way for donors to be the performers as well.
âWhat’s a better way to support our artist community,â she asked rhetorically.
The timing was perfect. Randle said a chip shortage prevented new cars from arriving on the lot, so there had been open spaces. When her husband heard about the idea for the event, he immediately offered the bundle as a canvas for the chalk designs of the day, she said.
âHe has the ideas and I can execute them,â she said.
Wearing her new favorite Stillwater musician Rigby Summer t-shirt, Sharon Cheatwood actively wiped the excess chalk off her hands. The smile on her face showed that was exactly the way she likes to spend a Saturday. Any day, by the way, she said.
âIt’s a lot of fun,â she said. “I haven’t done anything like this since Open Streets.”
In one space, the scales of a mermaid tale were developing with each stroke of chalk made by Samanthia Davis and her 5-year-old daughter, Cynthia. Her husband, Cy, works at the dealership and when he told her what was going on, the mother and daughter jumped at the chance to participate.
âIt’s a lot of fun,â she said.
Professional artist, Aaliyah Climes traded in her usual medium of oil and watercolor paints by brushing abstract and surreal images for her creation. Chalk is an essential medium. She calls it forgiveness.
âI like to immerse myself in just about anything I can get creative with,â she said. “Usually chalk is the best way to express yourself without any pressure.”
Sometimes the time spent making the art is the masterpiece.
As Melissa Griego worked with Morgan and Kaden Kastner to create their image, she said it was a great way to come together and bond while their father, Kayle, was at work.
“It was a good day,” he said.
Sometimes the simpler designs make the most sense.