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Call to artists for Habitat public art project

Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County (HfHAC) is issuing a call to artists to participate in a Public Art Project benefitting HfHAC.

In the past, the birdhouses that were used for this call came from a unique partnership with the Crowley County Correctional Facility (CCCF) and Habitat for Humanity of Colorado, and were decorated and embellished by participating artists. Simple birdhouses are built out of the scrap material by the offenders, and given to Habitat affiliates for free to be used as giveaways, for decorations or as fund-raisers.

The 2009 Birdhouses for Humanities project has been expanded to include original creations by the participating artist in addition to the embellished Crowley birdhouses This a call goes out to local artists to submit either one of the following:

1). An original birdhouse of the artist’s conception, using their choice of materials and design. The original birdhouse must be properly constructed and decorated to be able to hold up to the elements if placed outdoors. Not including display stand, original birdhouses must fall within the following dimensions: 14 inches wide by 14 inches deep by 30 inches high.

2). A Crowley Prison birdhouse can be picked up from Habitat for Humanity and can be decorated by the artist with their own design. This birdhouse may also have things added on to it, and may be expanded to fall within the following dimensions: 14 inches wide by 14 inches deep by 30 inches high. The embellished birdhouse must be properly constructed and decorated to be able to hold up to the elements if placed outdoors. Crowley Prison birdhouses are available for immediate pickup from Habitat for Humanity, upon design approval. Call Cindi Galabota at 264-6960 to reserve your birdhouse.

Suggested deadline for birdhouse submission entry forms is Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. All submission forms must have either a written description of the design or embellishment of the birdhouse, or preferably a sketch of the idea for the birdhouse. Submissions must not include inappropriate images or concepts, or they will be rejected. Approved applicants will be notified immediately by e-mail or phone call of their acceptance. All birdhouses prepared for this public art project are due at the Habitat for Humanity office no later than Monday, Sept. 14, 2009.

Hand-painted birdhouses should be finished with at least two coats of polyurethane protective coating, either sprayed on or brushed onto the finished birdhouse. Exceptions might be houses that are stuccoed or built with reclaimed wood. If the birdhouse is to be hung, a chain must be attached. Birdhouses that are free standing may be submitted with a stand, which can be part of the design and hence will be auctioned with the birdhouse, or it may simply be for display purposes only.

Finished birdhouses will be auctioned off at a live auction during the Habitat for Humanity Gala to take place Saturday Sept. 19, at the Pagosa Springs Community Center. The theme for this year’s Habitat Gala will be “Tool belts and Tiaras.” All proceeds will support Habitat for Humanity programs.

Submit your name, address, phone number and e-mail address, along with your written or illustrated description of the birdhouse you will be designing to Cindi Galabota at cindihabitatarchuleta@centurytel.net or call Cindi with any questions at 264-6960.