This year, Robbie and I decided to do a follow-up to
our mini-meet last year. That one-day event was nice and mellow, but there
just wasn't enough time to get much painting done, so this year we went
for a 2-day event, and called it the Hogtown Panel Jam.
We are both new at this meet stuff, so we tried a few
things, namely painting a 6'x28' mural. We were able to secure a spot on
the stage at the Downtown Community Plaza here in Gainesville, and we
opted to do an entertainment theme, on panels in the shop.
I think everyone who worked on it enjoyed
themselves...I hope so anyway. It turned out pretty well, and I was able
to secure some of that new anti-graffiti clear from 1-shot, in a matte
finish, to put over the painting. Diamond Supply in Tampa supplied the
1-shot, and Kevin Ledbetter from 1-Shot arranged for is to get the
clearcoat free...our deepest gratitude to both of these companies for
their generous support of our efforts.
The mural will be installed in January of '05 and is
a gift to the City and people of Gainesville, Fl, on behalf of the
letterheads at the Hogtown Panel Jam. If there is enough interest, we will
try another mural again next year, with a different theme. We had wanted
to install the mural sooner, but the city has erected a huge ice skating
rink directly in front of the stage where this is going, and there are
racks of ice skates in front of the wall. Oh well...
Another feature of our meet was the "Hogtown Saturday Nite" pickin' party we had. Those of us who were there for that know how special it was...many thanks to Janet and Tammy for giving us some momentum...you made us sound good.
Robbie and I both would like to thank all those who
attended, and we hoped you all had a good time. We want to keep doing this
meet every year for a while and hope to have the opportunity to branch out
into different areas of focus each time. We are talking about doing some
glass projects next year, as well as some sort of mural, preferably a
slightly smaller size than 28 feet! It's my hope we can get everyone who
attended this year's meet to come back and have some fun with us again
next Oct. Each time it should keep getting better....Who knows....we may
have a special guest..!!