Guerrilla Art with Jenn Mason

Come along with Jenn Mason as she shares her Guerrilla Art experience in the Carribean.

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  1. Wow, Jenn, what fun to know that you have left something so inspiring for another to find.  I am enthralled and plan to enjoy share around my travels as well.  Thanks for the video…”a picture is worth…” (hey, maybe that could become one of your themes…).  Always playing, Jo Ann

  2. Hi Jenn,  Just got back from a cruise myself,  I wish I had seen your video first!!  What a lovely, fun thing to do.  I hope you have signed your work somewhere.  The recipient of your art might really appreciate just that little bit of info.  Keep on crusing!!!

  3. I think I am missing the point here!  I make a piece of art (jewelry in my case) and leave it somewhere???  This definitely is not marketing, so does it fall under good will or “do something for someone and don’t tell anyone you have done it?”  Judy

  4. Hey Jenn. Fantastic video. Loved Fred Free’s article in CPS and I love this idea. Thanks for sharing your adventure. Wish I could have been there to see people’s reactions when they found these great pieces of art.

  5. I find it very disturbing that you are being interviewed while driving AND with your precious child in the back seat. You are putting your child(ren) at risk and teaching them poor driving methods.

    Sorry, but I just couldn’t get past that in the video.

  6. This is very inspirational–and I really enjoyed the article too.   I agree with Jenn that you would have to indicate somehow that the piece of art is not “lost”.  Judy, maybe in the case of jewelry you could make something that could be moved around in a public space rather than something to wear on the body.  Jewelry for a tree?  or a park bench? 

    I definitely have on my radar to do this–and I’m a fiber artist, so am putting on the thinking cap…  .

  7. Hi Jenn..loved the video and the idea of Guerrilla Art!  It could just inspire someone to become an artist and play it forward!

    Also, it looks like something fun to do…I shall be trying this and leaving mine somewhere this summer…just for fun!!!

    Keep up the good work.  I am a subscriber to CPS…LOVE your magazine…looking forward to many more.

    Hope your cruise was a great experience.

    Smiles and Blessings,

    Nancy

  8. I love this idea and hope to prepare a couple of things to take to (leave at) conferences I have to attend in the next few weeks.

    (To Floramary: It didn’t appear to me that Jenn is the driver in the video, and upon checking I found that driving in St. Martin is like driving in the U.S.  They drive on the right side with the driver in the left seat. So why not take another look and enjoy the concept of guerrilla art?)

    (To judykc: Everything is definitely not about marketing ourselves. I see this as “do something for someone and don’t tell anyone you have done it”. However, I have found in life that it generally is impossible to do good secretly without having something good come back to you.)

  9. I love this idea!  We all have art that didn’t work for us, but cut up into smaller pieces can, & are really nice.  This is a great way to inspire others, & in a small way of giving back.  It’s good for the soul!

  10. Hello Jenn,

    Thank you MaryAnn for clearing up the driving issue- I was having a hard time with that myself! I continued to read up on guerilla art as well as mail art, and it is about spreading spontaneous, inexpensive creative thoughts, not expensive hand made artwork ( as in judykc’s jewelry). sounds like we are being asked to stretch our creativity and share some creative joy, and I’m on that! Regina

  11. Hi Jenn,

    when I read that you were going on a cruise to the Caribbeans I knew you were heading to my island. At the beginning of the video, the road you’re traveling on the hill (the speed bumps) is where my friends manage a small hotel that caters for Americans (what a view, right?), it is situated somewhere on top of the road, you passed it with your car.

    If the beach you visited, and left one of your art pieces on the table was at the bottom of that hill, then I live right at the end of that beach. 

    The idea to create art for a different reason than money is good for the spirit. Quite a lot of people are so attached to the physical and therefore also to their art, that they sometimes have difficulties to part with it or to give it away.

    I’m into quilting art and I love to use mixed media and collage in my hangings or whatever I make, that type of art is unknown on this island, there is one quilter on the Dutch side, me on the French side and I have one quilter friend in Anguilla, 20 minutes from here by boat, to whom I’ll forward this article.

    Thank you for having left your art on this island, and I guess we should thank Fred for sharing his idea of Guerrilla Art with us through you. All the best frome the tropics, Caribquilter

  12. A few years back a friend who lives in Mexico started doing this . She create tiny art in bottle caps (metal). So I tried it with the caps adding a magnet and a tiny note saying this little art is for you. A few times I sat a little way from where I left it and watched the reations. I got mostly smiles, a few didn’t see them (too busy), and children loved them. It was a fun thing to do. Everyone should try this sometime, it’s very rewarding to the soul.

  13. A few years back a friend who lives in Mexico started doing this . She create tiny art in bottle caps (metal). So I tried it with the caps adding a magnet and a tiny note saying this little art is for you. A few times I sat a little way from where I left it and watched the reations. I got mostly smiles, a few didn’t see them (too busy), and children loved them. It was a fun thing to do. Everyone should try this sometime, it’s very rewarding to the soul.

  14. I really enjoyed watching your video on leaving behind art work while on vacation-such a cool idea.  I’m going out to Utah in August and think I will do this!  I just finished up school this week and haven’t done any artwork for the past few months. This is going to be a great incentive to work on a few small projects!  Thanks for inspiring me to do what I love.  :  )

    Eileen

  15. Great idea, I can’t wait to make something to leave behind.  To me, this is a Random Act of Kindness, it has nothing to do with marketing.  It’s creating (and leaving) anonymous art without any expectation of recognition or payback.  It doesn’t, and shouldn’t, be some expensive piece that would be in a show or gallery.  I agree with Mary Ann, when you do something good, it comes back to you in ways you may not even realize.  Try it, it’s a FANTASTIC feeling to do something anonymously!

    It didn’t even cross my mind that Jenn was driving the car while doing the interview.  It looks like she has a dash cam or is holding the camera in her right hand.

    I’m disappointed with seeing negative comments on such a positive experience.  I guess those are the people that need to do something like this more than anyone.  It will change your perspective and the way you view the world.  REALLY!

     

  16. Hi, Jenn! That looked  like so much fun!  I was in St. Maarten before Andrew hit many years ago and it looks as lovely as ever. I have also taken the idea of guerilla art to heart and decided to combine that idea with the “100 Books Across the Globe” idea (Sommerset Magazine) and try to get my art in the public eye in the small art community that I live in. I am making  several pieces  that I will be leaving in random places around town with nothing more than an e-mail address to my blog/gallery on the back, along with a note telling the finder that this piece is a gift. I am in hopes that it will make people smile and maybe help out a struggling artist in the process…and it just seems like a fun way to give something back to the community that I have lived in for 27 years! I am also thinking of setting up a “show” in a spontaneous location for some other amateur artists in my area who don’t have the 10 years’ gallery experience required by most galleries in town for an artist to get a showing. I hate that you must have experience but you can’t get experience because no one will help you gain it. It is a conundrum you see in many “snootier” galleries in many art communities around here.

  17. Wonderful video. Loved seeing where you are.  Your guerrila art was really awesome.  I want to do this but wonder how I can get hubby to take me to an island.  Hmmm, Maybe a trip to a local big city will have to do. LOL!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Tess

  18. Dear Miss Jenn,

                This is so fantastic.  I carry around earrings that Ive made and when the opportunity comes up I will give them away but this is even better because its like finding a unexpected tresure.  I also like the idea of secretly watching to see the reaction when they read that its a gift. Thank you!

  19. Thanks, Jenn, for sharing your video. I read the article about Fred and his guerrilla art and was already intrigued. I love the idea of brightening someone else’s day, anonymously, and will definitely give this a try.

  20. Hi Jenn, Thank you for sharing your experience with this terrific idea!  I haven’t been able to read my latest CPS thoroughly yet and will make time tonight to read it in detail!  Your video has inspired me to create some small items and leave them around town and on some upcoming road trips.  It’s like leaving a piece of sunshine for an unsuspecting person – yes, a Random Act of Kindness as tracijohnson said.  We can all do with more beauty in the world – whether we receive it, or create it!  Rock on!

  21. How is this to be considered guerilla art when there is no social commentary as is associated with this genre?  Freebie, leave-behind art yes, guerilla… mmmm not so much.

    Sweet of you to do this but definitely not a social commentary.

     

     

  22. Not every painting turns out perfect, but there are always interesting areas.  I cut out the interesting parts, frame them and secretly leave it for someone to find.  I love that I have made someone smile! 

    I teach travel art journaling on an 8 day tour.  For the next tour, participants will be asked to leave a piece of their work behind.

  23. My husband is a pastel artist who exhibits at art fairs around the country.  His work is generally well received and sells quickly. Occasionally, one will have been around awhile and we write free on the price sticker.  It has never taken more than an hour for one to be taken.  The sharp-eyed, interested people are the ones who benefit. When most people find it they ask if we are serious. We say, “yes, if you’d like it take it.”  They walk off delighted.  It is fun to do.  Check out his work at http://www.doncoons.com. – Kathy

  24. re: driving comment

    WHooPS!!! Open mouth, insert foot! 

    I am so sorry for my very incorrect comment! Thank you to the reader who set me straight. And yes, I think that Guerilla Art and all gorillas are wonderful too!

  25. re: driving comment

    WHooPS!!! Open mouth, insert foot! 

    I am so sorry for my very incorrect comment! Thank you to the reader who set me straight. And yes, I think that Guerilla Art and all gorillas are wonderful too!

  26. I loved this video! It brought the whole idea to life. I also would put this guerilla art under the heading of a RAK, or even a RAAK (random art acts of kindness – see http://milliande.ning.com ). I have done it by mail, which is really fun, but now I need to leave some art someplace too. Thanks so much for sharing, Jenn.

  27. Dear Ms. Mason,

    Enjoyed the vid & the scenery.  Here’s what I did for ‘guerrilla art’:  Some artists were having a discussion about how horrible it would be to find our artwork in second hand stores (where we are always shopping) so I thought, get rid of the fear!  Sometimes I just donate my artwork with all my other stuff.  (I call it rental-Buy a second hand item, use it a while & then return it).  That way, someone can buy it (my art piece) who likes it & the money will help people!  Oh why not! 

     Colorsplash, Sue

  28. I’m definitely going to try this and I’m going to label the back “Random Act of Artness” so it will be known that it wasn’t left behind accidentally.

  29. Dear Jen, wonderful variation of giving from the heart.  The town I live in has a community art co-op.  One year a group of our artists did this around town, leaving art behind.  Then they decided to try taking them to the local nursing homes and gifting them to the residents.  Heard many favorable comments from the staff as well.  Kathy

  30. I’ve left a quarter behind on purpose at the car wash. I found one once and it felt great. I’ve also left small smooth stones with painted faces at the old swimming hole and on rocky beaches. Fun.

  31. I’ve left a quarter behind on purpose at the car wash. I found one once and it felt great. I’ve also left small smooth stones with painted faces at the old swimming hole and on rocky beaches. Fun.

  32. To Floramary: Sorry, not trying to be nosy, but I did see (over-hear) your posting..:-) .I think we can watch & see that Jenn is NOT the driver of the car in this video. Just thinking maybe that didn’t catch your attention. I would agree that doing too much while driving is dangerous, esp. while your children are with you, but to me, anyway, it was pretty easy to see that she was not doing any steering, avoiding potholes, etc… And not that she was just “not doing it correctly”; but she was NOT in the driver’s seat or mode! You can just tell from the way everything is happening! Anyway… Great video, Jenn! I haven’t been here too long, but I love what I’ve seen so far!  LOVE the magazine! ( A LONG-TIME READER!) Keep up the great projects and ideas.  Lots of thanks from South Texas,

     

    Robin

  33. Wow…that is so inspiring and what a wonderful way to share art with your children and to really make a family vacation memorable.  Thanks Jenn!!!  I’m off to share this on my blog!!!

  34. I love the idea of making something and then walking away leaving it in the hands of the unknown.  I used to do this at the library in times of unemployment.  And, yes, an inspiration word written on the back will indicate that it’s not “lost and found”.  It was fun and challanging to create something different each time and to put ones whole self into this tiny piece.

  35. I like the idea! Can’t say much for the video, but it gets the idea across.  Maybe I’ll try this & not be so precious about what I create.  Love all the comments too.

  36. Wow I have never herd of this Guerrilla Art before and browsing through your site… I have discovered this interesting principle.

    Where can I find out more information? please.

    from the video they appear to be not very big maybe 6 inches by 6 inches?

    Made from ????? and no subject necessarily…. just pieces of colage?

    I live in the Gold Coast Qld Australia Surfers Paradise.

     

    opsey scrolled down and found previous comments……. will now read.

    thanks Judi Howard

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