I happened upon a design contest through a connection I had made earlier this year with several members of Easter Seals in Manchester. They asked if I would pass the information along to any interested artist. My friend Peg Lipin and I have used the moniker, ART GYPSIES for various art projects. It always provided a platform for some of our ideas that were ‘outside the box’. One of our interests has been to somehow offer the arts to the military. While we were still contemplating the reality of this idea, the opportunity to support the military came about in another way through The Eagle Parade. Artists were asked to submit one or more designs along with a theme and the reason or idea behind the submission.
One program of Easter Seals of Manchester is Veterans Count. Their mission statement is: To provide critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to veterans, service members and their families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being.
Peg Lipin's eagle theme is "Old and New Glory".
The Eagle Parade 2016 began as a public art project in a way similar to the Cow Parade, which was an international exhibit of painted fiberglass life-size cows. Painted by local artists the eagles will be featured in public places. The bald eagle was chosen for many reasons. It is the perfect statement to raise awareness and funds for military members and their families through the Veterans Count program. Adopted as our national bird and symbol of the United States in 1782, the eagle is a symbol of majestic beauty, great strength and long life.
There are events planned around the state to showcase the eagles from now until the auction/finale on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016.
Peg and I have had our designs chosen by corporate sponsors; TD Bank and Bottom Line Technologies. There are other sponsors who have already stepped up to support this worthwhile project. We are honored to have this opportunity to give back to the military by using what we do best – art. Coincidentally, the eagles were shipped from Chicago to a Veteran owned business, Calling All Cargo, in Dover. As I write, our house is being painted by Exterior Images a Veteran owned business that employs several military vets as part of the crew.