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The Puzzle Art Installation & Collaborative Project is a growing & traveling, group art exhibition. It was initially sponsored by the Monmouth County Arts Council and was created and developed by the artists Tim Kelly & Sandy Taylor (MCAC) and Marie Maber (Brookdale Community College) for the 2009 Teen Arts Festival at Brookdale. It was a great success and a lot of fun. After the festival people began to ask, "What is next?".

It is now coordinated and maintained by Tim Kelly. The puzzle art project evolves and grows through Tim's "Art is Good" creative workshops (www.artisgoodclass.com) and also through schools, arts groups, organizations and individual artists throughout the country and around the world.

The Puzzle Art Installation & Collaborative Project is proof that art is essential to life. Each piece is an individual artists story. Every piece
is different... like us.

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CBS "Eye on New York" segment on The Puzzle Project.

Puzzle Art Project Details:

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Puzzle Installation Project History:

THE ORIGINAL NEED:
The Monmouth County Arts Council wanted to add a live collaborative installation project to the Teen Arts Festivals.

THE IDEA:
The Monmouth County Arts Council's Sandy Taylor and Marie Maber of Brookdale wanted a way for each students individual voice to be included with others in a collaborative effort. Along with the artist, Tim Kelly, it was decided that a big "jigsaw puzzle" may be a clever solution. The "Puzzle" installation project was born.

THE PROBLEM:
As with most art related events in todays economic climate, we were tight on financial resources. The cost of materials needed to complete the project properly was beyond our budget. Not good.

THE SOLUTION:
Tim Kelly found help were he does time and again. As resident artist at SurfTaco, he's learned from working with Rob Nagel (SurfTaco founder), that the Taco has a sympathetic ear for art. It didn't take long for SurfTaco to see the value in the project and step up to the plate. Rob offered to pay for the materials and generously offer SurfTaco's space for any preparation or project needs. We couldn't have done it without them.

THE PREP:
The folks at the Belmar Arts Council proved that the strength of art is found in the artists themselves. Several artists and volunteers from the BAC showed up one sunny weekend to generously help prep the puzzle materials. We turned each 8'x4' sheet of foam core (paid for by SurfTaco) into 8 individual puzzle pieces. The universal puzzle piece die was created by Tim and produced by routing the shape out of 1/8" styrene. We were tracing, cutting, chatting and listening to tunes until approx. 800 pieces were prepped for the installation.

Below are pictures of prep day. The first photo is of the sun rising over the ocean in the morning just prior to us meeting. We took it as a good omen...

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THE BEGINNING:
The Art is Good creative workshops, hosted by Tim Kelly, were a great place to make some sample puzzle pieces. See some pictures from the workshop.

THE HIGH SCHOOL OUTREACH:
The Monmouth County Arts Council sent artists, Sandy Taylor & Tim Kelly to local high school art, writing & photography departments to discuss the project and distribute blank 24"x24" puzzle pieces, as well as show sample pieces.

MOMENTUM:
Soon artists of all ages began meeting for casual puzzle making sessions.
It was a fun and cathartic form of expression.

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THE INITIAL INSTALLATION SETUP:
On Friday the 13th of March, Sandy & Dave Taylor, their friend Gary, Tim Kelly and Robert Maber setup the metal support structure for the installation in the Visual Arts Gallery at Brookdale Community College. The first puzzle pieces were joined together.

HANGING DAY:
On Tuesday, March 17th (St. Patricks Day) we received and assembled all of the puzzle pieces created prior to the festival. The students work was inspiring and the puzzle combinations were endless.
It surpassed all of our expectations.

2009 TEEN ARTS FESTIVAL:
On Thursday, 3.19 & Friday 3.20, a few thousand high school arts students took over Brookdales campus for two days of art, music, dance, preformance, poetry, and much more. We offered two days of nonstop puzzle making. Our team of puzzle artists helped students utilize the paints, collage materials, mixed media, markers and most importantly, their own ideas to make puzzle pieces. It was inspiring and dynamic. The room was alive and the young artists fed off of each other and the puzzle team fed off of the students. It truly was beautiful. The work produced in such a short period of time, transformed the collaborative installation into a work of art.
See Pictures.

NEXT:
After Brookdale, it was installed at SurfTaco at 1003 Main Street in Belmar, NJ.

Several sub-installations are currently being developed across the country and around the world. School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego found us and made the project bi-coastal. The YMCA in Brooklyn started making puzzle pieces at several locations. Then Monmouth County Library System hosted Art is Good puzzle making workshops at all of their branches. Soon we were making puzzle pieces with organizations, supports groups and with random artists.

THE FUTURE OF THE PUZZLE PROJECT:
The installation has been traveling and growing around
the USA and the globe.
Puzzle sub-installations are being developed internationally at The Secondary School of Applied Arts in Kosice in Slovakia, The Shanghai Community International School in China and the Escola Xin Hua at Macau in Hong Kong.
They will all be reunited in NYC for an awesome group exhibition.
We will then go then intergalactic...

Have you made your puzzle piece?

To learn more or to become part of this historic collaborative project email tk@timkellyartist.com or call 646.734.9072

Puzzle Making Workshops
are brought to you by
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www.artisgoodclass.com

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About the Puzzle Project

Puzzle Installation Participants

Puzzle Project Team

Puzzle Project Press

fun workshop pictures:

Figment NYC 2012
on Governors Island

2012 Northside Art Festival
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Art Connects New York
Soho Exhibition 7.6.11

Art Connects New York
Soho Workshop 3.2.11

Middletown Arts Center
Installation & Reception

Puzzle on NY1 at In Rivers
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

2009 Teen Arts Festival

Keegan Theatre
Washington, DC

In Rivers Art Space
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Monmouth Library
Puzzle Installation

Monroe Center for Arts
Hoboken, NJ

Chelsea Market-
Artists & Fleas NYC

Woodlin Elememntary School
Silver Spring, MD

Island Heights Elementary School

etsy Puzzle Making
Downtown Brooklyn

David S. Zocchi
Brain Tumor Center
7.26.09 workshop

European Conference
in Kosice in Slovakia 2011

Deal Elementary School

Czech Republic

David S. Zocchi
Brain Tumor Center
2.15.09 workshop


Art is Good Workshop
at SurfTaco

David S. Zocchi
Brain Tumor Center
3.14.10 workshop

Brooklyn Art Party

South Richmond High School

South River Library

PS177 in Queens

Puzzle PS161 Harlem

Monmouth Library
Howell Branch

School of Creative
and Performing Arts
in San Diego

The Secondary School
of Applied Arts
in Kosice in Slovakia

Puzzle Project
at Camp Jinka

The Reaves Gallery
Chelsea, NYC

Queens Museum
of Art

Puzzle Germany
The Papst-Johannes XXIII Gesamtschule in Stommeln-Pulheim

New School Monmouth NJ

Monmouth Library
Allentown Branch

Monmouth Library
Eastern Branch

Monmouth Library
Manalapan Branch

Monmouth Library
Wall Branch

Monmouth Library
Marlboro Branch

Monmouth Library
Hazlet Branch

YMCA, Greenpoint
Strong Kids Installation

YMCA, Greenpoint
PS16

YMCA, Greenpoint
Harry Van Arsdale H.S.

YMCA, Greenpoint

YMCA, Greenpoint
PS84

Esther Element

Monmouth University
Autism Fundraiser

Puzzle FAB
Maryville, TN

Monmouth & Ocean County
Brain Tumor Support Group
12.3.09

PS16, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

North Salem Elementary

Monmouth & Ocean County
Brain Tumor Support Group
6.5.10

David S. Zocchi
Brain Tumor Center
6.6.10 workshop

Compassionate Friends
6.13.10 workshop

JSAS Puzzle Workshop
Asbury Park, NJ

Happy Time
Lower Eastside NYC

Pekin, Indiana

Americorps, NCCC
Southern Region Campus

IPH Elementary School
in Surabaya - Indonesia

links:

Tim Kelly, artist

Middletown Arts Center

Monmouth County Arts Council

SurfTaco

Text for 10

Monmouth County Library System

Americorp, NCCC

YMCA -Greenpoint, Brooklyn

South Richmond HS

Puzzle Project Testimonials

Puzzle Home

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Puzzle Project News & Facts...

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Art Connects New York
491 Broadway, 5th Floor
Soho, NYC 10012
www.artconnectsnewyork.org

Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 3rd
Pickup Your Blank Puzzle Piece!
Stock is Limited


Gallery Hours:
Tues-Thurs
noon-6pm
646.546.5334 (you may want to call ahead)



$10 donation per piece
Return your puzzle piece when you feel most comfortable
email: tk@timkellyartist.com to arrange pickup or return
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On Sunday morning, January 2nd the puzzle project was profiled on CBS during a segment of "Eye on New York".
Click to watch it.
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Monmouth Library System hosted
seven puzzle making workshops throughout
Monmouth County for Jan-Feb '10

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The YMCA in Greenpoint Brooklyn offered Art is Good Puzzle Making Workshops at four of their 10-week after-school art programs. Their was a workshop every day of the week.

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The David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center has booked several puzzle making workshops for 2010. A portion of the funding has been raised through the Text for 10 promotion.

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You need only click through the pictures links above to see the impact art makes on artists young and old. Try to count all the smiles and see the looks of pride and happiness on the faces.

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Many of the materials that we use as art supplies are recycled/reusable. We like to think that if we throw something out it will be garbage for life. If we use it for puzzle making then it will be art for life.

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At select events we are asking for $10 donations in exchange for a blank puzzle piece. $5 will go to the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Fund and $5 toward sustaining the puzzle project.

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This is the first ever puzzle piece
made for this project. Tim Kelly,
made this prototype in between
food, nap's and football during
Thanksgiving Day 2008
.
click to see larger image

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SurfTaco generously paid for the
8'x4' white sheets of 1/4" foamcore
used to make the first 800 puzzle pieces.

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Tim Kelly produced a universal
puzzle piece die out of 1/8" styrene.
Sandy, Pat, Hutch, Tim and
the other kind artists from the
Belmar Arts Council got the project
started by spending an afternoon
tracing and cutting blank puzzle pieces.

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We gave the initial blank puzzle pieces
to high school students, kids, teens,
and adult artists...together the start of
this installation is what we created.

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We like to use various shells we find at the beach for mixing paint.


Puzzle Project Facts...

Each participating school, arts group or organization that participates:

  1. Recieves a puzzle introduction, which includes sample puzzle pieces and background information regarding the Puzzle Installation & Collaborative Project.

  2. Hosts "Art is Good" creative workshops for puzzle making. Art supplies and support are provided.

  3. Displays a micro-installation of the puzzle artwork made by the group as a large collaborative jigsaw puzzle. Each artist is able to invite friends & family to see what they contributed to the puzzle project.

  4. Includes their micro-installation with the larger puzzle installation, along with the thousands of other pieces created.

  5. Each and every artist that creates a puzzle piece becomes a contributing artist in the historic Puzzle Installation & Collaborative Project.

  6. Together with all the other puzzle artists, they help to prove that art is an essential part of life that should not be denied.

  7. They learned that ART IS GOOD

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There is one puzzle piece
made by an Australian artist.
He was on vacation and happened
to be in SurfTaco when we were
making puzzle pieces. He liked
the concept and decided to make
one, thus making it an international collaborative exhibition.

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Sandy Taylor would sometimes
start each morning before Puzzle
Project school visits, by painting on
a blank puzzle piece while having
breakfast. Kind of like method acting.