Getting Smart with Art / by Ngoc-Tran Vu

From long days of work, from different areas, the art team still had few more task to go for. After the Steering Committee meeting from Saturday, art team got together to further discuss on the suggestions made of the draft presented on Wednesday. The team was deciding the proportions of the boards and how the small art work was going to be stretched into the big canvas itself. They knew they had to get smart with art on a physical level. Getting back on the drawing boards, then members came along to work with the real boards for the following days.

Left to Right: Tam, Tony, Justin, Kathy   Putting all thoughts and minds together for the art pieces. (Photo: Tran)

Left to Right: Tam, Tony, Justin, Kathy  
Putting all thoughts and minds together for the art pieces. (Photo: Tran)

The Working Process Behind the Scenes
Down in an eerie location, where pieces of the mural canvas is at, members changes up the mood of the location. Everyone was hard at work, having fun and bonding with members of different age range! Kicking shoes off to work in comfort! Every members had their hands on deck! From heavy lifting, sanding down boards, rolling on base coats, mixing paint, etc. There was a lot to be done, in a cut-out time! However, in all hard work, there were still moments to have fun! Music, laughter, and jokes flew in and about the location! How said working had to be boring and serious all the time? 

Tran hard at work piecing art together! (Photo: Kathy)

Tran hard at work piecing art together! (Photo: Kathy)

Left to Right: Tommy and Tony                               Tommy and Tony are working hard on glossing paint coats. (Photo: Kathy)

Left to Right: Tommy and Tony                               Tommy and Tony are working hard on glossing paint coats. (Photo: Kathy)

Our youngest member, Kimberly (7 yrs old), came in to help with work and volunteer to her time!             (Photo: Kathy)

Our youngest member, Kimberly (7 yrs old), came in to help with work and volunteer to her time!             (Photo: Kathy)

Kimberly: "SMILE!" Tony: *smiles* (Photo: Kimberly)

Kimberly: "SMILE!"
Tony: *smiles*
(Photo: Kimberly)

Left to Right: Kimberly and Tony Duo team hard at work sanding down the board and cleaning off the board!                                           (Photo: Kathy)

Left to Right: Kimberly and Tony
Duo team hard at work sanding down the board and cleaning off the board!                                           (Photo: Kathy)

Hung is unwrapping a new board with Tony (off camera) to prep for the sanding process. (Photo: Kathy)

Hung is unwrapping a new board with Tony (off camera) to prep for the sanding process.
(Photo: Kathy)

As far as this process goes, it seems like there will be no problem working with one another. It already seems like a big family at work! This project as only pulled community members closer by every meet!

- Kathy Le