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Please help Kyle create wonderful new works of Art
$530 raised
21% of $2.5k goal
11 contributors
4 Years running

Hello Luv,

On Sunday August 16, 2015 the most important exhibition of my Art career, (to date), will open to the public at the Art Gallery of Burlington's community gallery. My responsibility as visual artist is to provide an exhibition of world-class contemporary Art that is beautiful, engaging, compelling, and inspiring to a broad audience.

I take this responsibility very seriously. 

I am reaching out to you to ask for your help in raising funds for the creation of new, mind-blowing works of Art, that will allow me the opportunity to fulfill my responsibilities as Artist.

Funds raised will help cover material costs related to the creation of new work for this upcoming exhibition, and costs related to supplemental promotion of the event. Although the Art Gallery of Burlington supplies exhibiting artists with a modest stipend and promotional efforts, I wish to go 'above and beyond' so that I may reach the broadest audience possible, and provide each and every visitor with an unforgettable experience through the power of Art.

the exhibition consists of three major components, each having unique costs related to their creation. Each component is detailed below, including the costs related to creating each.

1. Burial Mounds (sculptural component):

     Comprised of six separate mounds of hand collected, hand painted, twine bound collected sticks. Each burial mound consists of 365 'starburst' stock clusters. The burial mounds are to be exhibited in the 'flower of life' pattern.

Material costs: paint, twine, burial mound platforms, pall-bearer poles, various hardware for mounting and hanging, transportation costs. Estimated cost: $750.00.

2. Funeral procession for the beloved departed (public participation, performance component):

comprised of a mock funeral procession through the streets surrounding the Art Gallery of Burlington, ending with the installation of one 'burial mound' in the community gallery, AGB. Members of the public are invited to participate in the funeral procession, as an opportunity to build a sense of community and offer remembrance and gratitude for their loved ones, both living and departed.

related costs: varies props for the public, including small hand painted hand drums, hand painted parasols, permit costs, 'thank you' gift costs, choir accompaniment, and police escort costs. Estimated cost: $750.00.

3. Infinite expansion (painting component):

comprised of the hand painting of the entire gallery wall space, in the pattern of the 'flower of life'. Related costs: paint, rollers, tape, brushes. Estimated cost: $500.00

In addition, a portion of funds raised will be used for supplemental promotional materials, including post-card/poster/invitation printing, print/online advertisement, and a minimum of two 'live painting' promotional events in downtown Burlington, leading up to the exhibition opening in August. Estimated cost: minimum $500.00.

Thank you very much for your contributions and support. Together we can make this a wonderful exhibition of Art for all to cherish.

Thank You!

Sincerely,

Kyle Tonkens

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$25 CAD
6x6 inch original acrylic painting
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6x6 inch acrylic painting, painted to order by Kyle Tonkens, using colours chosen by you. Part of the ongoing 'Love letters from the grave' series. Flower of life motif.
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$25 CAD
Hand made, hand painted resin pendant necklace
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beautiful seashell resin pendant necklace. Hand crafted by artist Kyle Tonkens. Hung with a 19 inch metal chain. Approximately 1.5x2.5 inches. Colours may be chosen by contributor. Made to order. Shipped in a hand painted heart shaped box.
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$25 CAD
Set of 4 hand painted greeting cards
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Set of 4 original, hand painted greeting cards by Kyle Tonkens. Acrylic on paper. 4x6 inches each. Contributor may choose the colours used.
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$40 CAD
Hand made decorative tin can hand drum
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6 inch diameter by 10 inches deep. Easily hung on any wall. Hand painted canvas wrapped over a aluminum tin can, bound with twine. Hand drum is designed for decorative purposes, and is not intended for use as a drum. Contributor may choose colours of painted 'flower' component.
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$50 CAD
Hand painted 'starburst' wood sculpture
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Using collected sticks, twine bound, hand painted in a gradation of colour, intended to be wall mounted. 12x12x6 inches. The 'starburst' is the fundamental component making up the burial mounds to be exhibited. The contributor may choose colours used.
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$50 CAD
Pair of 6x6 inch original acrylic paintings.
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a pair of hand painted, original paintings by Kyle Tonkens. 6x6 inches each. Acrylic on wood. 2015. Signed by artist.
From the 'love letters from the grave' ongoing series. Note: colours vary, and may be chosen by contributor.
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$75 CAD
10x10 inch painting from the 'horizon' series
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10x10 inches acrylic on unprimed wood. Gallery profile. Painted to order, using colours of the contributor's choosing.
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$100 CAD
12x12 inch acrylic painting
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Title: seventh attempt at an ugly painting. Acrylic on wood panel. 2015. Signed by artist. Only 1 available.
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$150 CAD
12x16 original acrylic painting by Kyle Tonkens
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Title: first attempt at an ugly painting. Acrylic on wood. 12x16 inches. 2015.
Colourful painting using the flower of life pattern. Only 1 available.
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$250 CAD
24x24 inch original custom acrylic painting
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24x24 inches. Acrylic on canvas. Made to order. Kyle Tonkens will hand paint the flower of life pattern freehand, in a colour gradation chosen by the contributor.
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$500 CAD
40x60 inch original custom acrylic painting
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40x60 inch acrylic painting on canvas. Gallery profile. Made to order, using the flower of life pattern, painted freehand in the colours of your choice.
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$750 CAD
Custom paint job for any room in your house/office
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A custom paint job in any room of your home/office by artist Kyle Tonkens, using his trademark 'Flower of Life Free-Hand' style. Colours used may be chosen by contributor. Project space must be located within 100km of Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
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$1,500 CAD
Custom paint job for any three rooms
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Custom paint job of any three (3) rooms in your commercial/residential space. Possible surfaces include walls, floors, ceilings, pools, fences, and garage doors. Project space must be within 100km of Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
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$2,500 CAD
Burial mound sculpture.
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Hand crafted by Kyle Tonkens, the burial mound' sculpture is comprised of 365 'star bursts' made out of hand painted sticks, bound with twine. Each 'starburst' is comprised of 14 hand collected sticks. The contributor may choose colours used. Shipping destination must be within 200km of Burlington Ontario, Canada.
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$10,000 CAD
Set of six burial mound sculptures
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Six burial mound sculptures, each comprised of 365 hand painted/bound 'star bursts'. Each starburst is comprised of 14 hand collected, hand painted sticks. Contributor may choose colours used. Destination must be within 250km of Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
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