In mid-2018, Beautiful, Silly, & Terrible Things had a table at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, where we had one of the best overall crowd of neighboring exhibitors! One of those fantastic neighbors was a table for Khaos Art, run by George and Pam Taylor. The Taylors operate Khaos Art to help showcase, promote, and sell the art of artists with mental disabilities. These are artists who have incredible talent, but because of their disability, they are unable to handle the crowds that a convention circuit necessitates. Often times, these artists were not even able to obtain their own art supplies. Their creative spark, however, compelled them to create anyway, and so they would often create artwork with whatever rudimentary materials they could find, including dampened coffee grounds as paint and pen caps instead of brushes.
We had a chance to see some of these original art pieces made from these materials, and they were truly astonishing! Since the Taylors have begun helping these artists, though, they now have access to paints, brushes, canvas, etc., and they are reaching a much broader audience. When an original piece is purchased, it’s not unusual for the artist to write a letter to the patron as a thank you. In this Beautiful, Silly, & sometimes Terrible reality, the mission of Khaos Art is truly one of the Beautiful Things!
During these holidays, we know that money can be tight, but if you would, please consider helping out this worthwhile cause. The Taylors currently have a Go Fund Me running, and here’s a link to get you to their page:
Thanks so much, and have a wonderful New Year!