Time's a Charm
They say that things happen in threes. And here at
Rossi Studios, we'd be hard-pressed to disagree. Within the past month, Karen
has gotten three calls from three different organizations asking her to paint
an animal for their charity event. It all began with "A Bear Affair,"
northwestern Connecticut's public art project to raise money for five of the region's
organizations. Next came West Hartford's "Cow Parade 2007," followed
by the creation of a whale for South Windsor, CT.
Public art projects, such as the ones Karen is participating
in, have become very popular over the past decade. The "Cow Parade"
was the original event that spurred on similar displays around the world. "Cow
Parade" began in 1999, with the first project taking place in Chicago. Since
then, many local organizations have adopted similar events to raise money for
their charities or specific causes.
The gang of animals that Karen has been entrusted with has
been undergoing some major transformations. The bear is currently residing in
Karen's Norfolk studio, where it is being covered with a landscape of the town
of Norfork. Local landmarks such as the Manor House and Greenwoods Theatre, along
with several churches and historic homes are depicted on one side of the bear.
Tobey Pond is painted on the opposite side, making the bear quite a well-rounded
depiction of the quaint CT town.
"Flossie the Cow," which is being sponsored by Avon
Dental, is the animal that has been given the biggest facelift thus far. Woodland
Auto Body and its owner, Howard Weiner, donated their efforts to transform the
cow into a Tooth Fairy. Fiberglass artist and Woodland Auto Body employee, Russ
Simmons, artfully crafted wings for the cow using cardboard patterns that Karen
provided. He also used a mold of a crown from Avon Dental to create a crown for
the top of the cow's head. Finally, the cow was finished off with the smiling
mouthful of shiny teeth. Karen is in the process of working her magic as she paints
the cow in her whimsical, trademark style.
Dental Group is hoping that Flossie will help to make patients and children more
comfortable in a dentist office. Other goals from sponsoring the cow include contributing
money to the Dental School at UConn and creating local high school scholarships
for young adults who are considering the health field.
Whale of a Project
The most recent addition to Karen's animal projects
has been the Whalers whale. The first ever reunion of the former Hartford Whalers
hockey team provided the inspiration for this piece. The blue and green colors
of their original logo are now the color scheme of the whale. Plans for finishing
the whale include a hockey scene, complete with the members of the Hartford Whalers
team. Karen's former high school classmate, Boo Shephard Quenville, organized
the reunion and Karen's participation. The whale will benefit a charity that's
yet to be determined.
So, it might be safe to say that Rossi Studios has been
a bit of a zoo lately. With a bear, a cow, and a whale on our project list, we
have certainly been busy painting, decorating, and conjuring up the ways to turn
white fiberglass creatures into colorful, Rossi masterpieces.
former Hartford Whalers hockey team gathered for a special reunion party. They
all added their signatures to the giant whale sculpture that Karen painted.
Norfolk-themed bear, which is being painted in Karen's Norfolk, CT studio is in
the final stages. It will be on display in downtown Norfolk this fall.
begins adding color to the "Tooth Fairy Cow" that she is creating for
West Hartford's "Cow Parade 2007." The cow is being painted in the office
of Cow Parade sponsor, Avon Dental Group.
Tooth Fairy cow, which is painted in bright colors and adorned with a crown, has
illustrations of the Tooth Fairy story drawn on its body.
Studios' intern, Natalie, helps paint the whale that Karen is creating in South
Windsor. The piece was inspired by the former Hartford Whalers hockey team.