There was joking all year last year about getting 'this circus' on the road. I traveled 4 states last spring/summer hitting as many shows as I could and traveling on the road two weekends or more from March to the end of September. It was a busy season of tent camping, packing, unpacking, setting up, tearing down, and moving art displays etc all summer. By the end of summer, my wheels were already in the spin to figure out a better way to do what I was doing. And so the dream began...it started with the vision of a vintage RV...Educational materials, DVD's playing, art and cool stuff to touch and feel...maybe even a mustang joining on the circus from time to time.
And here we are in January and the beginning of the circus is in the works. We leave thursday to pick up our little '1969 Red Dale Vintage RV', its a 15 foot light weight easy pull with lots of storage and wall space to fill with a mural of mustangs running free on the outside to arouse the curiousity of passerbyes...Am I excited you ask...you betcha! It reminds me of our 'evangelistic' early days, bringing the 'gospel' message to the streets...only the 'mustang' gospel message now will be presented through the visual arts, music, photography, poetry and literature...all in the form of what we will call a little 1969 RV...'The Mustang Mansion'.
I have been on the phone all week getting schedules planned with stops in 6 states beginning the first part of April. Along with a packed season of shows and stops, we will also be doing a few Benefits to help raise funds and even do some building of an office/shop, putting Cip's skills to work as he travels with me and donates his time for some mustang sanctuaries along the way.
I will say I have been completely overwhelmed at the support and encouragement that has been offered to help get me to the next phase of 'vision' for the road tour. Even as I talked of this last year...the idea of it coming to pass was a little hard to imagine with the financial pressures all around. But, you came through! I am so thrilled thru calendars, wearable art, prints and a few paintings, and even the sheer generosity of some...the funds have been raised and the purchase made to 'get this circus' on the road!
I will take the next few weeks good weather permitting and begin the work of cleaning, prepping and painting the logo design and links on the outside...loading up with a 'library' that will be shared in rest stops, road sides, parking lots and where ever we may meet those with a curious heart to learn more of our magnificant American Living Legends...the Mustang.
A huge thankyou...to so many of you, for your prayers, words to press on, for your investment thru art to support this circus tent tour! Your spirits will be with me in heart as we pull out of the driveway for our first departure this spring. There is still much that will be needed to prep the RV to be road ready...below are few things I am presently still needing to acquire...If you are in a place to help, trade for some art, or donate...please contact me! And...enjoy the pics of our early beginnings!
Some stuff to accomodate the Library...
A 16-20" Flat Screen DVD combo Tv for showing documentaries & range footage
Books and literature all about our wild ones!
Documentary DVD's of wild mustangs from HMA's and Holding facilities
An outside canvas portable tent to set up outside the RV
I will be 'dolling' this TinCan up with horsey curtains and miniature wall art and the like to provoke all kinds of curiousity and create an environment that says 'Mustang' without even saying a word ;0) stay tuned as renovations take place!