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Ad2 San Diego Cause Marketing Night - Canvases for a Cause

Kristina Eastham | Digitaria
By Kristina Eastham , Digital Strategist | @kreastham
Sep 25, 2012

San Diego Ad2’s annual Cause Marketing Night has to be one of my favorite fundraisers. Get an industry full of creative professionals, ask them to have fun and decorate a canvas with no limitations, and then sell their art to raise money for a cause.

This year Ad2’s Cause Marketing campaign will benefit the Wounded Warrior Homes, a new nonprofit that provides housing to veterans in transition. In addition to being a great local organization, Wounded Warrior Project is an appropriate San Diego pick because of the city’s strong ties to the military community.

This year, more Digitarians than ever signed up for Cause Marketing Night. The featured art will be auctioned off Thursday night at 98 Bottles to support Ad2 and the Wounded Warrior Project, so sign up and come bid! Here’s a sneak peak at the art and a little on what inspired the artists. (Art described from left to right)

D Doan -- Pop art meets spaghetti western: The structure of Lichtenstein's Mirada Felina with the content from the western A Bullet For the General executed with an expressionistic touch (a la Kline). The phrase in my painting is spoken by the main character El Chuncho, a bandit, who after giving some money to a beggar advises, "Don't buy bread with that money, hombre! Buy dynamite! Dynamite!" Also, instead of El Chuncho speaking these words, I have the female character Adelita (played by the striking Martine Beswick) yelling them. I followed Lichtenstein's lead on this: Women with guns are considerably more compelling.

Abigail Hikima -- My painting reflects how feelings can suddenly change with life events. This painting represents how I feel about death and how bad feelings can easily overtake  and consume you.

Kristina Eastham -- Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time with my bike so I wanted to pay it a little tribute. Historically, bicycles brought women independence and played a major role in developing feminine fashion, fitness, and politics. Susan B. Anthony said “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling…I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride on a wheel. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.” I came across a website that had a list of rules for women cyclists in 1895, that made me laugh, so some of the “rules of the road” surround the pink version of my bike.

Eric Miner -- My painting is called “Unfinished.” The whole point is that it's something you can always add to and whoever buys it can paint a bird on it. Or whatever. But don't screw it up.

Brittany Raine -- My painting is called "Shadows." When you have little experience, a canvas, a lot of paint and a pair of fishnet stockings, you learn that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. At closer glance, one can see the different textures and layers of paint and maybe even the face of a woman woven into the canvas.

Robin Kadfalk -- I’m not ashamed to proudly declare my attraction to ‘plus-size’ women, who some unfairly call "whales." But while these magical massive muses inspire a hunger to create, they also make me incredibly nervous because they are so, so very beautiful. Therefore, the word “BREATHE” supplements my art to remind me to take deep breaths before approaching these beautiful creatures.

Tyler Luck -- It started off with a sketch and the painting took me about two hours. I wanted to bring the culture of Philly to my painting. Out there, friends of mine make hats called the Decades and the 19XX is sort of their logo. This painting was kind of inspired by them and that culture.

Allison Mason Mellon -- I fancy myself an avid artist. People just don't paint roosters anymore, and I felt it necessary to give them a presence in the art world. It's not foul to be fowl.

Sebastian Roberts -- This is my first painting, ever. I decided to try it because I love a creative challenge, and it's for a worthy cause. The scene is a memory of mine; I was thinking about the often-overlooked, fragile nature of memories.

Michael Zaspel -- The meaning of "home" carries different definitions for people. For some, it's a feeling of relaxation, comfort, and an overall sense of well-being. For others it's more basic; it's anywhere they can find shelter, protection and a safe place to rest.

A home should never be taken for granted.

Christine Wu -- The canvas that I created is made of pieces of fabric sewn together, although it may not look like it from afar. I liked how it might look printed or painted from different angles, but was actually three-dimensional upon closer inspection. Making a piece along with fellow co-workers for a good cause was fun too.

Rachelle Maisner -- My painting is "I can haz kitschy painting." Anyone who knows me knows that I love memes. I love how images and phrases just spontaneously become viral, for reasons no one can put a finger on. Memes are seldom ever attributed to a single person; they become noteworthy only when thousands of individuals take it and make the meme their own with a personal spin, then sharing it on the web, further propagating the idea. The I Can Haz Cheeseburger Cat is one of my favorites. I’ve used it as a springboard for this  cheaply produced painting with questionable art cred, yet it may be desirable to someone who recognizes the cultural icon. If anyone wants to pay money for this painting, it's because they share my kind of humor. It's not because it's made by a famous artist, or because it's highly creative, or because it's a high quality piece of work. If someone buys this, it's because they recognize the original lolcat. This is kitsch.

Brittany Dameron -- I’m liking the neon and sock bun trend right now. This piece is a tribute to cheap fashion and mod podge alike.