Greetings Mushroom Artist!
Thanks for your interest in this joint project run by Metchosin ArtPod and the Metchosin Foundation. Our aim is to unite artists and naturalists in our greater community in a fun and educational project.
Artist: Jeni Luther
How it works:
Artists: donate the use of their mushroom image to the ABC project for cards and promotion. The original work remains that of the artist. Artist’ names and websites are placed on the front (image side) of the cards in perpetuity (=advertising!) if artists choose.
Naturalists (lead by mycologist Kem Luther*): research and provide the most current information to be used on the backs of the cards. Cards will be sold for use by students, artists, and other community members to further their appreciation of local art, artists and mushrooms.
Card decks of 36 mushrooms are sold for $25 through the Metchosin Foundation and Metchosin ArtPod (and possibly other non-profit nature groups TDB) and the (nominal) profits of the cards go to towards offsetting the programming costs of these non-profit organizations.
Step One: Choose a mushroom.
(Optional) go on a mushroom walk with Kem Luther- take photos, learn lots about mushrooms. Next dates:
Thursday, Nov 4, 10 am, Eleanor Mann Park (Alden Road entrance)
Tuesday, Nov 9, 10 am, Witty’s Lagoon Park
After you read through all the information below, follow this link for list of mushrooms and to sign up:
Step Two: Guidelines for drawing your mushroom
Step Three: The Product
Oct – March: Local artists sign-up for a mushroom species (one per artist). Project may fill well before March deadline. Kem Luther holds mushroom walks for interested artists.
1 March: all mushrooms will have been assigned by now.
1 April: High Res images of mushroom art submitted as per format below to firstname.lastname@example.org
15 April: Card formatting finished and Naturalist notes added to back side
Early May: Formatted Cards to printer. Boxes ordered.
Mid- May: Cards back from Printer. Assemble boxes, label them. Box the cards.
Late May/ Early June: Possible Kick-off even TBA. Decks on sale.
PS: * Who is Kem Luther?
Kem started all these nature decks off 5 years ago or so, with a flower deck c/w photos (a few years later I suggested a drawn bird deck using local artists in an effort to unite different people in the community- artists and naturalists- within one project). Kem is also one of the founders of the Metchosin Foundation, and is a dogged mycologist and naturalist in general. He just recently co-authored the newest, definitive BC ID guide with fellow naturalist and mycologist Andy McKinnon called Mushrooms of British Columbia. Available for ~$35 at Munro’s and through the RBC Museum when reprinted Dec. 17: